As a youngster, I would get home from School, get changed and go out to play with my pals.
Now I'm older, I get home from work, get changed and go out to play with my pals, but now I call it training.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Doctor doctor.....

Sometimes I feel like a teepee then other times I feel like a wigwam....
Ah yes I can see what the problem is, the doctor said....
You're two tents

Following Sundays half marathon race, on Monday I felt I should do nothing or just go for a jog.  So I just went for a jog of about 5 or 6 miles.
Tuesday I didn't feel like doing owt tough so I jogged with Scamp for about 75 minutes.
Wednesday I felt I should be doing something a bit harder, like reps, but I wanted to do them on Thursday really, so Wednesday I ran my 5 mile loop. I thought I was going to record a decent time but a timecheck at half a mile of 3:15  then one mile at 6:36 suggested something wasn't right. I guess it was just the remnants of the half marathon in my legs and by the second half of the run I was much nearer 6 pace than 6:30.

Thursday I met up with Darren at the track for 5 x 1mile.
1) Eased myself into the session - 6:02
2) steady effort without pushing -5:45
3) real good effort throughout - 5:34
4) as rep 3 and hoping to match it - 5:30
5) took it very steady - 5:44
Again faster than the previous week but then so it should be compared to the Millcroft mile with its corners and climb (and its 9 extra metres compared to 4 track laps)

On Friday I was  enjoying my walk with Scamp so much that we stayed out for ages and I decided that the extra walking could be in place of the steady 5 miles I had planned.

Saturday was long run day. 3 full laps of the hilly Talkin circuit was the plan. The best laid plans should allow for last minute changes though and after sleeping late I opted to save the travelling time and just run 20 miles from home instead. I could probably have found a 20 mile circuit on my old Garmin log from previous years but that would have also have meant carrying my drink and gel for 20 miles too.
The easier option was to run my 10 mile circuit twice (Two tens).
One tent,  one van, one marathon veteran

Without any hills to speak of I figured 7 minute miling would be the pace to aim for but I also wanted to run faster for the second circuit. Twice during circuit one I timed a two mile section at about 7:00 to 7:05 pace - spot on. My time for 10 miles was just over 70 minutes and I felt like I had scarcely done a thing.

I didn't run much harder for lap two - just a bit more concentration throughout. At 15 miles I still felt very fresh indeed and I had knocked a minute (12 secs/mile) off my time to that point compared to lap one.
At 18 miles I was feeling fairly tired and was sweating liberally with the effort required to run miles 17-19 in 13 minutes. The final result was 2hrs 18mins  and a few seconds or about 6:55 pace.

I hadn't exerted myself to any huge degree doing the 20 miles so today (Sunday) I joined my pal Popsy for his 10 mile effort run. He was aiming to run 6:50 miling and actually managed about 6:40. I decided not to be silly and risk injury by overdoing things so at 4 miles I stopped, stretched out a bit then walked and jogged around slowly until Popsy had got to the turnaround point and then ran back to where I had stopped. Without this run I would probably just have jogged in the park with Scamp and that would have been a good recovery run, but 8 miles easy is even better I think.


  1. ‘Doctor, doctor, everyone I meet thinks I’m a liar!’ ‘I’m sorry but I can’t believe that!’

    ‘Doctor, doctor, can I have second opinion?’ ‘Certainly. Come back tomorrow!’

    ‘Doctor, doctor, can you cure my sleepwalking?’ ‘Try these.’ ‘Are they sleeping pills?’ ‘No. They’re tin tacks. Sprinkle them on the floor.’

  2. AFTER WHAT HAPPENED TO THE FOOTBALL PRESENTERS, I not sure this joke is allowed, but;
    A young brunette goes into the doctor's office and says that her body hurts wherever she touches it.

    "Impossible," says the doctor. "Show me."

    She takes her finger and pushes her elbow and screams in agony. She pushes her knee and screams, pushes her ankle and screams. Everywhere she touches makes her scream.

    The doctor says, "You're not really a brunette, are you?"

    She says "No, I'm really a blonde".

    "I thought so," he says. "You have a broken finger."

  3. Tommy Cooper Doctor Jokes
    # A woman told her doctor, 'I've got a bad back. 'The doctor said, 'It's old age.' The woman said, 'I want a second opinion. 'The doctor says, 'OK. you're ugly as well.'
    # A man walked into the doctor's, The doctor said 'I haven't seen you in a long time'
    The man replied, 'I know I've been ill'.
    # A man walked into the doctor's, he said 'I've hurt my arm in several places'.
    The doctor said 'well don't go there any more'.

  4. Continued;
    I went to the doctors with a jelly stuck in one ear and custard in the other. The doctor asked, 'what seems to be the problem?' I said 'you have to speak up, I'm a trifle deaf.'

    I went to the doctors the other day and I said, 'have you got anything for wind?'
    So he gave me a kite.

    So I said to the doctor. 'People keep taking the Mickey out of me because I keep thinking I'm a cricket ball. 'The doctor said 'Howzat?' I said, 'don't you start'.

  5. I'm not sure where you left your coat Rick but I think it's about time you went and got it

  6. Too much humour nowadays on this blog.

    Mind you, liked the broken finger one.