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The runners' thread... (part II)

Discussion in 'off topic' started by PigletsDad, Aug 16, 2018.

  1. lordsummit

    lordsummit Moderator

    Kept wondering how you were getting on John. Good luck with the specialist. Hope you get the answers you need.
  2. sean99

    sean99 pfm Member

    Good luck from me also. I'd hate to be laid up for any significant time, so I really feel your pain. Hope they get it sorted and you can be back at the endorphins sooner than later.
  3. JTC

    JTC PFM Villager...

    Brief update: the previous stuff plus also they reckon I've got arthritis in my hip. Great. Surgery in April.
  4. PigletsDad

    PigletsDad pfm Member

    Surgery for hip, or other parts, or grand all in one?

    At least they think they can do something.
  5. JTC

    JTC PFM Villager...

    Surgery for hip.
  6. PigletsDad

    PigletsDad pfm Member

    Feels like bad taste to report this, but did 10.4 miles yesterday in 88 minutes - roughly 8:15 miling. Bright, windy, dry. I slowed a bit in the last mile or so, but furthest I have run since before Xmas, and more or less on track to do a half at the end of March. Leaves me six weekends to prepare, two of which will be away. So something like 12, 14, 14, 12, 10, 8 for maximum distances, and throw in a few interval session for sharpness
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  7. egodissolve

    egodissolve ....you're telling me Unicorns aren't real!

    Not been here for, what seems like, eons but so mega pleased to see you running again John.
  8. JTC

    JTC PFM Villager...

    Short update (again): despite multiple things wrong with my hip, and not doing any running since early November, I caved in yesterday, took some painkillers and tried a Parkrun. Might seem daft, and in a way it was, but I wanted to see just how much discomfort might manifest during a short run, and see what its progression looked like (i.e. did it level off or intensify). I figured 5k would be fine, and I had the option to duck out at any point.

    Anyway, the upshot is that I managed 5k. Not quickly, and certainly not without a fair bit of discomfort, pain even. I'd also lost a fair bit of fitness, so I struggled. With about 6 weeks until my surgery, I'd been wondering whether this was something that - if surgery failed to improve things - I might be able to live with, see whether something like Parkrun could continue to be an option. Short answer is, no, I don't think I could sustain running if it were always like yesterday. It was a bit overwhelming, but I am very glad I tried. It gave me a buzz for getting a 'running fix', and - to be honest - I felt no worse afterwards than I had before the run. I'm not about to start running 50 miles per week any time soon, but it's useful to know I can just about do the odd Parkrun in the run-up to the surgery. Whether I will (or should) is another matter, but at least I was able to gauge my level of capability in the face of the injuries.

    It was also good to see some of the familiar faces, though I was (by-and-large) avoiding eye-contact as I knew I might get some disapproving glances under the circumstances. After all, it might seem to some that someone bad enough to need hip surgery probably shouldn't be attempting a Parkrun :) But, nevertheless, it was good to check-in, even if in many ways it was tougher running the 5k Parkrun than it had been in the final 5k of running my last marathon (with bruised or possibly even cracked ribs at that).

    The big question is now how much of my injuries and ailments can be fixed/recovered-from. Time will tell.

    Hope you're all doing good running folks :)
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  9. PigletsDad

    PigletsDad pfm Member

    I have been away on holiday, and did the Agnew Park Parkrun in Stranraer in the face of Storm Dennis. This is a fairly new one, and they have folded up the course to fit inside a smallish park, even with three laps. Bracing conditions, with some really heavy rain and constant strong wind, but still got a field of 80 or so. My wife and dog did two laps, and stopped when I finished. In view of the conditions, it was not surprising that my time was a minute slower than normal. I was first back in my age group, by a few seconds, having run behind the only other crock until the last time we passed the duck pond, and then surged ahead of him by a few meters. As always, really friendly crowd, and great support from the volunteers.

    This was the dog's first parkrun, and she soon settled in to it - she can be nervous with dogs and people she doesn't know. When the rain came, she wanted to turn off the route, and go straight to the car park.
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  10. PigletsDad

    PigletsDad pfm Member

    Went out at the weekend with some of the people I usually run with at lunchtimes. One of the crew had kindly invited us to run from his house in a part of Herefordshire that I don't know very well. Nice and bright, not too hot, just a few short showers, mostly off road. It was pretty wet in places, but most of the tracks were passable. Very undulating, hardly any level bits. We did 11 miles in about two hours, with a few stops to regroup, eat jelly babies and wait for somebody to take a phone call. I only put my trail shoes in the car on a whim, but it turned out to be a really good move - I would have been slipping everywhere in road shoes. Sometimes I kept up easily, sometimes it was a real struggle - the final climb almost broke me, but everybody waited at the top.

    No idea what this means, if anything, for Forest of Dean.
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  11. Weekender

    Weekender pfm Member

    Back on Couch to 5K. Week 4. Heavy goods vehicle.
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  12. PigletsDad

    PigletsDad pfm Member

    Well Forest of Dean cancelled, and pretty much every other race for next few months.

    Offa's Dyke is mid June, and notionally still on, but you have to doubt it. I guess I will pretend it is still on, and use as a stepping stone for GWC in August - just possible that might run.

    I have looked at the GWC course - two big hills, total of 3.600 ft of height change, with some really steep descents - one is about 1 in 3 for a stretch. Three river crossings at fords, and a chunk of trackless moorland, but mostly stalkers' paths and the like. The two biggest hills are in the first 10 miles, final six miles on estate tracks.
  13. lordsummit

    lordsummit Moderator

    Yes, it’s tough. I’m still training for the Manchester Half in May, but it’s cancellation is inevitable. Pondering buying some new trainers to cheer me up.
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  14. Alex S

    Alex S carbon based lifeform

    Now the gyms are shut there’s people doing press ups on my street. And runners exhaling god knows what at passers by. My social distance is now an antisocial 5m. Luckily I have a really unfriendly dog that maintains a healthy exclusion zone.
  15. lordsummit

    lordsummit Moderator

    To be fair I go out on my own earlyish in the day or later on, stick to routes that are scarcely populated, and avoid everyone in my path.
    Now don’t get me going on the groups of cyclists I saw whilst out yesterday...
  16. PigletsDad

    PigletsDad pfm Member

    Round me people seem to be pretty good. Almost no cars parked on the common, seen pairs of cyclists out, looking like a family group. Very few runners, handful of walkers in the afternoons. Have been out with my dog occasionally, which makes it a dual purpose outing. She loves to run, although we have a few stops to sniff things or leave a message.

    A really big dog ran out onto the road when we went past a farm a few days ago, and she didn't like that. Nothing bad happened, but there was a lot of barking. I think it was something like a Vizla.
  17. cutting42

    cutting42 Arrived at B4 Hacker Erg \o/

    I have been running a lot more recently and the pavements are pretty busy with families, runners and walkers. I tend to run on towpaths and parks but getting there is on the streets. Everyone I have met has been friendly, lots of waves and nods and most making big efforts to stay well away, crossing the road to walk on a different side of the road etc but all done with a smile and a nod.

    I have to say it has been lovely seeing so many folks out enjoying the excellent weather and getting some exercise, I hope it continues.
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  18. robs

    robs pfm Member

    This time of year is usually the end of the RRR training regime (rugby, relaxation and rehydration) but it unfortunately came to a premature end...so I've started a little running again. After a handful of sporadic Parkruns, now curtailed of course, I tried a couple of gentle 10ks last weekend to see if I could still do it, then a faster one a couple of days ago, which felt great. Empty lanes around here, and perfect weather, good to be out again, and to hear that others are too.

    JTC - guess you're climbing the walls in more ways than one, hope the hip is not deteriorating, keep well.
  19. matt j

    matt j pfm Member

    I think I'm going to start running, it dawned on me today if I carry on like this whilst off work I'll be 18 stone by the time I go back, so best do something to help keep it off as I rely on my job for exercise.

    I will go out at night I think to help stave off the worst of the embarrassment of exercising in public. I'm more inclined to do interval sprinting than jogging, does that sound reasonable? I have a bypass nearby with a very wide path for walkers, runners and cyclists, I'm thinking that is looking favourite as it will be easy to give anyone a wide berth and vision is at least half a mile.
  20. andrew d

    andrew d pfm Member

    Matt, mix up your running, by all means do intervals but also do longer jogs. Google free training plans and see what's suggested. I've found that runners / walkers / cyclists really do stick to 2 meters distancing, much so more than people in the supermarket! let us know how you get on!

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