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  1. RUN
    good UPDATE: Me and my Mojo

    As some of you lovely people are already checking up on me and making sure I'm alright (I am by the way :) ), I thought perhaps a quick update was in order.

    Having made the decision not to ... read more

    • Elliot W.
      Elliot W.

      Glad to hear all is well - a return trip to the forest may well rekindle your mojo! ....I already have a mile PB of 5:42 I think, sadly not at a HR that low though! ;-)

      2 days ago Like1 person

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    • Daniela
      Daniela

      There you are! I think about you everytime I see the huge flock of wild geese out there. Enjoy your time off running. Hope to see you soon on here again. In the meantime, I'll do my daily core... ;)

      1 day ago Like1 person

    • Saliha
      Saliha

      It's so great to hear from you...well, I haven't started kicking or punching but my shoulder has fully healed so yay! Taking a break from DM will definitely do you good but please don't get used to it :D Take care Chris

      about 19 hours ago Like1 person

  2. RUN
    good Oh, the irony! 5 mi 00:43 08:31 pace

    So, today I ran not because I felt I had to but, because when I actually wanted to!

    It was a TM run because, that is what I felt like doing and the run itself was fine - no pressure, no targets,... read more

  3. RUN
    alright The short long run of soul se... 6.45 mi 00:58 08:56 pace

    Once again the plan was an easy half marathon and, once again, the plan did not come together.

    I used to look forward to my long run on a Sunday. I used to love the ritual of getting my kit ready... read more

    • Saliha
      Saliha

      Making plans always end up in disappointment! I'm so happy you decided to shift your focus from races to "falling back in love with running"...I really like this run of soul searching, well done Chris :)

      19 days ago Like3 people

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    • Chris G.
      Chris G.

      Thank you all for your encouraging and reassuring comments. It wasn't an easy decision but, I feel so much more relaxed now that I've made it! :)

      17 days ago Like1 person

    • Dennis S.
      Dennis S.

      Sorry to read this Chris, But like everyone says, It,s meant to be fun, and like Emma says maybe mix it up a bit, maybe with some cycling? Good Luck whatever you decide.

      17 days ago Like

  4. RUN
    good Keeping it easy? 7.21 mi 01:05 08:59 pace

    I had a vague plan that I would keep the pace at around 9min/mile today so, mission accomplished on that score. I had sort of forgotten that the slower you run, the easier it is ;)

    The forecast... read more

    • Dennis S.
      Dennis S. You're an Inspiration
      You're an Inspiration:

      Eek! Horizontal Rain! I,ve got to ride to work and that in a minute and it looks like it,s heading my way!-lol :-) Seriously though, well done mate! :-)

      21 days ago

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    • Daniela
      Daniela

      Love to see the smiley face again! Great early run!

      20 days ago Like

    • Saliha
      Saliha

      4:45 what? That's a horrible time....for me! Well done for getting out there & battling with the wind & horizontal rain!

      19 days ago Like

  5. RUN
    good Two for two 5.62 mi 00:46 08:13 pace

    Back outside, same route as yesterday but somehow today felt harder. Didn't help that I'd overdressed and so overheated a bit towards the end.

    The pace was definitely towards the upper ... read more

    • Elliot W.
      Elliot W.

      Very nice run there Chris- It was a nice temperature this morning, I was probably a bit overlayered too.Looks like the mojo is coming back nicely.

      23 days ago Like1 person

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    • Daniela
      Daniela

      Haha, excellent run outside! Brilliant pace! I guess the geese are all over here. I'll tell them it's safe to return to the UK now, as you're running outside again ;)

      22 days ago Like

    • Laura
      Laura

      Just go out and run for fun Chris. Don't worry too much about gadgets. I haven't used my HRM for months! I would find a long route that you know and just run it. Don't even look at your Garmin. Have it on time of day. Give yourself a time, and finish on the dot. You'll surprise yourself!

      22 days ago Like

  6. RUN
    good Better 5.64 mi 00:47 08:20 pace

    The most important goal of the day was to get back outside and to stop relying on the treadmill. New batteries were purchased for the headlamp and the HR strap was abandoned for now.

    I wasn'... read more

    • Luna
      Luna

      YAY!!!!!this is SO great to hear!!!Looking forward to read a "repeat" tomorrow!!! so happy about you feeling good and enjoying the run, so is the toe ok? :)

      24 days ago Like1 person

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    • Daniela
      Daniela

      yay! Good to see you back out there! I'm sure the geese missed you! Fantastic run today!

      23 days ago Like1 person

    • Elliot W.
      Elliot W.

      ..and there was a repeat performance! Looking good Chris.

      23 days ago Like

  7. RUN
    injured Not really surprised. 5 mi 00:45 08:57 pace

    This run is pretty typical of how my training seems to be going so far this year. My toe felt better than yesterday so, I decided to give it a go and see what happened. I reluctantly opted for th... read more

    • Emma B.
      Emma B.

      5 miles is 5 miles x it'll come Chris I'll send you over mine you can be the fixed body who does the running. X

      26 days ago Like1 person

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    • Elliot W.
      Elliot W.

      hope you get that toe sorted out - sounds like a strange one, the injury not the toe! It's (slowly) getting nicer outdoors - i think that will give you a lift not running on the 'mill as much.

      25 days ago Like1 person

    • Saliha
      Saliha

      Stupid toe! I hope it'll get better soon so you can get out there & amaze us with your superb running :)

      25 days ago Like1 person

  8. RUN
    injured Sore toe stops play! 0.5 mi 00:04:12 08:24 pace

    For the first time in what seems like forever, I woke up this morning actually wanting to run. Got changed, got on the TM and got started, feeling like this might actually be fun!

    But, it was not... read more

    • Luna
      Luna

      You still have time to decide, Chris!! Whatever you decide, it will be the best decision.Sometimes we need to remove some pressure to enjoy things; sometimes, the pressure is what we need to get back on track...Only you know what's the right thing to do!!Ultras can be really tough, they give you a lot but take a lot as well from you, mojo included.It's not math, we need to find our rhythm. I have a marathon on March 1st that I had signed up for last year;I am not excited as well!!

      27 days ago Like

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    • Fiona M.
      Fiona M.

      It's a decision that shouldn't be taken lightly. Marathons are a big ask for the body, my brother who ran comrades (86km) last year took a big break from distance running though he still did his 5mile both way commute to work but he wasn't running anything long on the weekends as he usually does. He then went on to run a 3:07 marathon in December (his longest run being 20km) and has picked up so many injuries from that one marathon after been pretty much injury free his whole running life.

      26 days ago Like1 person

    • Tara B.
      Tara B.

      Hey long time - I seem to always run into something with an upcoming race. Murphys Law I guess. Just go with it - I think you may be suprised by how quickly it is resolved right? Just being positive! Good luck with the toe and the races ahead - !!

      1 day ago Like

  9. RUN
    good 3 in a row 6 mi 00:53 08:49 pace

    Do you know what is worse than getting up at 5am? Getting up at 5am without any heating when it is snowing outside....yup, that is definitely worse!!

    Once again, I used the TM as a genuine meth... read more

    • Fiona M.
      Fiona M.

      We're watching the walking dead haha, pretty good considering. Very good 3 in a row Chris - I take that as a big positive this week!

      29 days ago Like1 person

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    • Saliha
      Saliha

      I would suggest The Following or Dexter, anything with serial killers :D Fantastic TM run Chris, enjoy your rest day :)

      29 days ago Like

    • Dennis S.
      Dennis S. Nice Job
      Nice Job:

      Well done Chris, Hope you enjoyed your lie-in!-lol :-))

      28 days ago

  10. RUN
    good An unexpected incentive... 6 mi 00:52 08:41 pace

    When I woke up this morning, I was cold. Turns out my heating has decided to pack up!! What better way to warm myself up than to jump on the treadmill!

    My HR was surprisingly low from the begi... read more

  11. RUN
    alright Trying to get back on track.... 6 mi 00:56 09:22 pace

    I did the unthinkable on Sunday - I skipped running completely! This is not like me at all but, I woke to the sound of howling wind rattling my window and I just couldn't face it!

    The longer... read more

    • Daniela
      Daniela

      Well done getting this run done, Chris! Ahh, I'd love to share my running mojo with you if I could :) Listen to yourself, do what you feel like doing...

      about 1 month ago Like1 person

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    • Dennis S.
      Dennis S.

      Ps: How about doing a parkrun? It,s free and i,m sure you,ll soon find a nemesis to compete with at your local parkrun who will give you competiton and may give you your mojo back as there,s no way your letting them beat you next week.....lol :-))

      about 1 month ago Like

    • Madison A.
      Madison A.

      Sorry to hear you've been lacking the motivation to run lately. Maybe try driving to a new place to run? Run with a friend or a pet?

      about 1 month ago Like

  12. RUN
    good Unimaginative workout title 6.03 mi 00:57 09:23 pace

    A dusting of snow this morning and, if I'd had any streetlit routes I could run, I amy well have ventured outside. But, along the river in the dark with ice and snow is generally not a sensib... read more

    • Emma B.
      Emma B.

      Nicer dread miles darling

      about 1 month ago Like

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    • Elliot W.
      Elliot W.

      Still cold out there but the light is definitely improving...won't be long now before you're out enjoying some epic long runs again! ;-)

      about 1 month ago Like

    • Dennis S.
      Dennis S. Nice Job
      Nice Job:

      Well done Chris, I,m getting a bit fed up of this cold weather too, No doubt i be complaining in a few months that it,s too hot!-lol :-))

      about 1 month ago

  13. RUN
    good Felt like a chore 6 mi 00:55 09:13 pace

    Garmin thinks I only ran 0.51 miles as I forgot to turn off the GPS on the watch Actually, that seems like a long way considering I didn't move anywhere!!

    Still struggling with the motivat... read more

    • Luna
      Luna

      I hope the mojo fairy visits you soon, Chris :) Great job for not being motivated, though!!

      about 1 month ago Like1 person

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    • Saliha
      Saliha

      Maybe you need a cookie :D Fantastic run Chris...keep up the good work :)

      about 1 month ago Like1 person

    • Chris G.
      Chris G.

      I have 2 races booked in April Tara but right now, I don't think I could walk 26 miles, let alone run it!! Mmmm, Saliha, cookie sounds good, yes please!! :D

      about 1 month ago Like1 person

  14. RUN
    good Finally, some progress! 6 mi 00:56 09:18 pace

    It seems that washing my HR strap made quite a difference today. HR before I started was hovering in the mid 70s. Not quite where I was last November but, I good step in the right direction.

    Inc... read more

  15. RUN
    alright A run that was nearly abandoned 12.12 mi 01:46 08:46 pace

    This was very much a run of two halves. It was hard to find the motivation to get out there today. I was tired, it was cold and I may or may not have had some beer last night...

    After about a mi... read more

    • Daniela
      Daniela

      That's still a fantastic long run you did out there! Hmm...I partially understand how you feel. The only thing that keeps me motivated to go out and run is all the great trail races I want to do in the future. I have zero motivation left for road running to be honest. Hamburg will be my last road marathon. It's just too boring :) Still, I hope you'll find the joy of running again. Enjoy your rest day tomorrow!

      about 1 month ago Like1 person

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    • Susan W.
      Susan W.

      Great job getting the miles in and at a nice pace, too. Tough to stay motivated to run outside when it's icy out. Hope you're enjoying your rest day!

      about 1 month ago Like1 person

    • Elliot W.
      Elliot W.

      I actually really enjoy those conditions - although I did come a cropper on the ice myself on Sunday. Rather that than cold wind and heavy rain anyway! Very decent looking run after your time off - probably not lost as much fitness as you first thought.

      about 1 month ago Like

  16. RUN
    good Just a normal run today 6 mi 00:50 08:18 pace

    As I stood on the treadmill waiting to start my run, my Garmin told me my HR was at 106!! The most strenuous thing I had done by this point was tie up my trainers. I felt calm, relaxed and am cer... read more

  17. RUN
    good More treadmillery to start th... 5.01 mi 00:47 09:20 pace

    It seems the struggle to wake up is becoming a daily battle recently! But, I just about managed it today.

    Seems strange to find myself feeling pleased at an average pace of under 9:30/mile but,... read more

    • Luna
      Luna

      Ah, that wake up thing. It's a love and hate relationship for me :-) great job Chris, and good idea taking care of the foot. Have e great day, and rest day tomorrow!

      about 1 month ago Like1 person

    • Fiona M.
      Fiona M.

      It's the dark, horrid waking up in it every morning - I don't remember the last time I saw the sunrise in my run, really miss it. Great miles, Michael's sole was hurting today too, he took a golf ball to work with him. Ps I always run on incline 1, now you gonna make me think it should be 2 :)

      about 1 month ago Like2 people

    • Chris G.
      Chris G.

      I wouldn't worry Fiona, I tested mine last year and found an incline of 2 was pretty close. Every TM is different though and the miles still count regardless :)

      about 1 month ago Like1 person

    • Saliha
      Saliha

      The weather is to blame for that daily battle! Fantastic TM work Chris, enjoy your rest day tomorrow & take care of the foot.

      about 1 month ago Like1 person

  18. RUN
    good Today I stayed awake! :) 6.05 mi 00:59 09:47 pace

    Things went slightly more to plan today and I dragged myself onto the treadmill.

    HR was too high to begin with (I think it is time I started blaming the chest strap battery, don't you?!) so, ... read more

    • Fiona M.
      Fiona M.

      It's hard to be on the treadmill when your pace is slower than you are used to, the distance just creeps up too slowly doesn't it, at least there is a very good reason for doing it this way, that's motivation enough. Is it only Wednesday?!??

      about 1 month ago Like2 people

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    • Susan W.
      Susan W.

      Great job staying awake and getting a run in! Yes, it will definitely improve. I hope you get outside soon, I feel like it's been a while since we had detailed reports on what the cows and geese have been up to. :-)

      about 1 month ago Like2 people

    • Elliot W.
      Elliot W.

      My HR strap has been spiking a lot at the start of runs lately, it's annoying as it messes everything up. Might be the battery but I have 2 HRM straps and both with new batteries. I try and remember to moisten the sensor before starting, sometimes seems to help. Anyway, you got 6 done!

      about 1 month ago Like1 person

  19. RUN
    tired Oops!!

    So, here is how the morning went.

    Alarm went off at 5am and I got out of bed and made breakfast. So far, so good.

    Felt a little tired despite the huge cup of strong coffee so, closed my eyes - y... read more

  20. RUN
    good Back to square one 10.5 mi 01:42 09:42 pace

    I'm pleased to be back up to double figures again but, this run definitely did not go to plan. I had hoped that this would be a successful HR run but, it was clear very earlly on that wasn&#x... read more

    • Elliot W.
      Elliot W.

      I'm sure it won't take long to get that fitness back Chris - I can see the motivation creeping back again which is half the job!

      about 1 month ago Like

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    • Fiona M.
      Fiona M.

      Already in double figures, yep you amaze me. And I have full confidence in your hr training - I've seen what it has done for you. Ps ran on the treadmill a bit today and hr inside is much more well behaved.

      about 1 month ago Like1 person

    • Saliha
      Saliha

      Don't worry about the elevated HR, it's temporary. Excellent double digits Chris, you're still a strong runner :)

      about 1 month ago Like