Tuesday, 27 February 2018

This and That


I'm flat out here at the moment. I'm not complaining, I like it that way. I just don't seem to pause between waking at 6.30 and going to bed at 10. I've been putting the finishing touches to the running club's couch to 5k programme which starts in April. It has already garnered lots of interest, despite not yet being live. I think the 40 available places will sell out quickly. It's been a lot of work putting it all together: I've had two weekend training courses, researched and finalised the venue, decided on which days and what time it would run, put the rota together, sorted out the marketing and updated the group site with run and payment details, amongst other things. At the same time, M has been managing the club's annual public race which sold out within a month, so we've both been pretty engaged with club business recently. All good fun, and the C25K in particular is something I am really happy to be involved with. Encouraging new runners is a good thing to be doing.

My running is going well. I'm slowly upping my distances. Pop and I ran 25 miles together last week with the longest single run being just over ten miles. We did another hour this morning. I would have liked to have gone further but decided against it, it being -2. It took fifteen minutes for my hands to defrost to the point they would work properly when I got home. It was a nice run along country lanes through crisp sunshine and I was well wrapped, but even so my legs were numb by the time I got back. I have put the dogs' haircuts back a week :o)

This cold snap isn't great timing for those training for spring marathons. They are at the long run stage (18-22 miles) of their training plans. My buddy B, who is running London, told me she'd run for four hours on Sunday. Other friends were in Northumberland running an ultra. 35 hilly miles in 7 hours. I'm quite glad it's a half marathon and not a full we're doing this weekend! Hoping the weather improves for it and that I can be disciplined and keep to a steady pace and not get lured into racing :o)

I've just looked out the window and it's started to snow. Small flakes only, drifting quietly down. We had quite a lot yesterday: big, fat flakes, but none settled for long. I thought it was going to at one point and texted L to prepare for a recall from college, but then it stopped :o(. 

It was magic walking through the fields in a blizzard a little after dawn yesterday, utter silence, just the whisper of snow falling and no one else about. I stocked up on food afterwards just in case. I love the snow.

Hope you're all warm and dry, wherever you are.

CT :o)




22 comments:

  1. It keeps trying to snow here, the sky goes dark, a few flakes and then the sky brightens and lovely sunshine. We often miss snow, but I have a feeling this one will hit us.

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    1. Same here today, until about 5pm when it snowed and snowed and snowed. The world quickly turned white and Poppy and I went out to play in it 😊 x

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  2. I used to enjoy organizing events. In fact I put a few new ones on the local calendar. I couldn't do it now - too many rules and regulations. But in those days it was great fun. I even invented a race called the 5 pubs cross country race. The winner drank 9 pints and ran 12 miles over hill and dale. The finish line was a pub next door to a railway station, so transport home was available.

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    1. Blimey! 9 pints and 12 miles. It’d take me hours! 😆

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  3. Your weather seems very similar to here - big flakes yesterday (Hamish and I were very excited!) but, disappointingly, not much today. I think everyone had the same idea and stocked up on food yesterday - the supermarket was far more crowded than usual. Well done on running in -2! xx

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    1. I’d love to see Hamish enjoying the snow 😊☃️🐰 x

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  4. What a great enterprise organising a c25k program. I’m sure it will be oversubscribed and you will be very motivating. You certainly gave me the push I needed. Not a flake here but exceedingly cold. Looks milder by the end of the week so hopefully your half will be fine. Just seen two dead blackbirds in the road being nibbled by a magpie. I guess they were felled by the cold poor things. Part of the food chain now :(. Keep cosy. B x

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    1. Thank you for the encouraging words. Let’s hope it all goes to plan! X

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  5. I've got some new running gear arriving today, don't think I will be rushing to try it out tonight

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    1. I’ve realised I need thermal running gloves. Any ideas?

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  6. Your photo today is beautiful !
    One day a million years ago I was walking up the street and the snow was falling in thick soft flakes straight down. It was so quiet and very mesmerizing for me as I had lived in a desert. It just kept snowing and built up so much it stopped traffic later in the day.

    cheers, parsnip

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  7. Hope we get a little snow here...but maybe not too much! x

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  8. Just a little bit of snow has settled fortunately though it looked as if it would be worse at times. Great news that so many are keen to join in with the running. x

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  9. The littlest boy managed to scrape enough snow together for a very small snowball earlier. He really has no experience of snow that he can remember. Well done on all the running organisation, great that you are doing so much for the club, I hope it all goes well. The children are hopeful that their school will be closed tomorrow. Several of the teachers come from Wales and there has been tales of snow over there. I am sending you Bert to go for a 10-mile run with Poppy, it will nicely take the edge off of his laundry-chewing energy I think. Good luck at the weekend, and fingers crossed it isn't too cold. CJ xx

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    1. Bless him. Hope he gets enough for a proper snowball fight. Yes, do send Bert along. We’ll tire him out for you. Poppy would love having him along 🐶🐶🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️ Xx

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  10. Oh my!, you have been busy. I've just this week lost my cheap little black gloves I usually wear for running, but they did get a bit itchy so I'll be getting some Salomon ones once I'm sure which size I need.
    I hope the weather is OK for your run this weekend. We're covered with snow here. X

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    1. New running gloves, much more exciting than non-runners would expect! I doubled up this morning with ski gloves on top of runner ones and no numb hands at all.

      I've bought M a proviz jacket for cycling and it's just arrived. I am ridiculously excited about him unwrapping it! Have you seen them? They are a dull grey by daylight but when a light touches them in the dark they shine a really bright, glittery silver.

      Hooray for your snow! Looking forward to seeing pictures x

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  11. Hope you all stay safe and warm, looks like this weather event is going to get worse before it gets better.

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Thank you for leaving a comment. I always enjoy reading them and will try my best to reply to every one. CT x