Charlie_Quinn

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  1. It's either this shirt or my Spiderman compression top. I'm leaning more towards Spiderman at the moment.
  2. Congratulations on the job! That's excellent news!
  3. I've not done a race that late in the year before as I really don't do well in the cold. But I've done early spring races that have been cold, and Neoprene is a lifesaver. I have a neoprene vest that I wear between my long sleeve base layer and my race T. If a vest isn't enough, then you're looking at wearing a shortie wetsuit under your running gear! Depending on how cold it is, you might need a neoprene hat and gloves too. Leggings and long sleeve tops that are made with Merino wool are also really good, but they are very expensive. I believe the training centre at Nuclear (Wild Forest Gym) does cold water training sessions in the winter months.
  4. battlemage

    Awesome work Yeti! I really enjoyed your race report. You are going to love Nuclear Race. It's one of the best races series out there.
  5. I'm having crazy thoughts about signing up for the Manchester marathon next year (assuming my half marathon training goes well) if I do, we should definitely meet up! I've just remembered that I have a running shirt that says "follow me to beer" on the back. Maybe that should be my running shirt for this weekend! I've never thought about it before, but I guess it is! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I've got the plague. Stubes and have both come down with a throat infection. Perfect timing as always! Hopefully it'll clear up by the weekend.
  6. Week 4 Wrap Up Running: 51.27/80 miles complete Should easily hit 80 miles by the end of this challenge. I'm 12 weeks out from my half marathon, so I'll be starting my half marathon plan this week. I think I'll make sticking to my half marathon plan a goal, seeing as I finished my mountain goal. "Push. Harder. Go past the max" Juggernaut: Deload week complete. Onto 5s phase this week. Grip: 2/2 grip sessions complete. I can tell how much progress I've made by how well I did at climbing yesterday. I still need to work on my pinch grip though as that still a little weak Core: 1/2 sessions complete. I won't count the core intensive climbing problem yesterday! All in all, this was a really good week. I'm really looking forward to the week ahead, as this weekend I get to run around a field with a beer barrel with @jonfirestar and @Jarric! It's going to be so much fun!
  7. You are regularly running 10+ miles on your long run aren't you? I'm not sure you'll need to pull back too much next week. Barrel of Laps is going to be a lot of stopping and starting and we can take breaks between laps, so it's not going to be that intense. But then, I'm probably just being crazy as always, I've got to start my half marathon training plan next week or I'm going to be a week behind from the start, so no taper week for me!
  8. Thanks! Climbing was amazing, as always. I really wish it was something I could do more often. I always manage to convince myself that I've worked hard during the week and I deserve a rest. Which is technically true, but I can't really justify it, seeing as it's only 2 hours or so out of an entire weekend. -------------------------------------- I'm exhausted! Climbing was fab, damn I love this sport. Stubes and I both agree that we need to make more time for climbing. We have such a good time when we go and it's one sport that we really get to enjoy together. And it's so rewarding! We spent a lot of time on the biscuit problems (so called because of the colour of the holds) which are v2-v4. There was a particularly tricky one that was set in the corner that you had to really engage your core to stop you falling backwards. I don't think my abs have ever had a workout like this before! I could literally feel my ab muscles pulling, which sounds awful but it actually made me feel really powerful. Is that weird? We worked so hard that by the time we finished, my hands were red and the muscles in my legs and arms were shaking! My hands are satisfyingly sore now and I'm knackered, so I'm going to bed in 10 minutes. I'm just hoping I haven't ruined myself for lifting tomorrow!
  9. battlemage

    Yes! Well done! I'm so glad you had a good time. I was reading some horror stories on Facebook yesterday of people dropping out of the ultra after one lap due to hypothermia. Happy to hear that wasn't the case for you!
  10. I went for the run! 14km (8.74 miles. I should have gone a little further to make it an even 9!). Just having a little rest then we're going climbing! I haven't baked in a while either so it was nice to spend an afternoon baking and icing cakes.
  11. Yes, I'm looking at getting the roadclaws. Innov8 shoes have never let me down, but I've only ever had their trail shoes before. I think my mind is made up and I'll get shoes at the end of this challenge. I'm sure I'll cave and buy a rope at some point! I have some short ropes that I hang from my pull up bar for grip practice, but they are only about 3 feet long so no good for climbing practice. As for hanging a climbing rope, any tree with a strong high branch should do! I like the way you think! ------------------------------- This weekend hasn't been as productive as I hoped, so far anyway. I skipped parkrun yesterday out of laziness. I just couldn't be bothered to get up, convinced myself I could do a make up run later in the day and then didn't. We did end up going to the food festival and picked up some nice treats, but it rained a lot so we didn't stay long. I did some rainy day baking when I got home and made some vanilla cupcakes with toffee buttercream. They are delicious but really rich, which is probably a good thing, or the whole batch would have gone in one night! Got up late again this morning. I just didn't want to get out of bed. Why is it so hard to stay on track on the weekend? I have more time than weekdays, yet I just squander it. I'm going to go out for a long run in the next 30 minutes. I just need to stop procrastinating and get my lazy butt off the couch and go.
  12. I hope you are doing OK Salinger. Please don't feel ashamed or dramatic. Chester's passing (it hit me really hard too) has shown us how important it is to talk about depression and not bottle up our problems. I'm glad you called the crisis line. We're all here for you if you need anything.
  13. Week 4 - Thursday Took a forced rest day yesterday, as I was so very tired, so nothing to update really. Was planning on climbing tonight, but we've decided to do it at the weekend instead so we can spend a bit more time there. My plan is to lift tonight and then parkrun in the morning. I think we might go to a food festival tomorrow if the weather is nice too. As long as they aren't selling Guatemalan Insanity peppers, it should be good fun.
  14. Sorry to hear that you didn't get the job, but I'm glad to hear you have such a positive attitude about it. BTW, this just popped up on my facebook feed, and I could so see you doing this next year. You know, because you're the BreakPoint badass! The Unknown
  15. I'm leaning towards the running shoes, even though it's the most boring choice of the three! Your bouldering gym sounds cool! Mine only has small training area with campus boards and the like. We should put these all on the backs of T shirts. Same! I do manage to squeeze a lot of stuff into my tiny flat, but oh, the fun I could have with a few acres of land! No, I've currently got New Balance road shoes, but I've not been completely happy with them. I'm looking at Inov8 for my next pair.