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Martin S @martin

I occasionally referee football matches, mad but challenging; whether it is a cycle ride on or off road, running for fun, skiing or even Pilates, I JUST LOVE IT!! My new challenge for 2013 is to complete a full marathon! I have entred the Virgin London Marathon in April, this will be my first organised race, scary..!!

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A perfect evening for a run, simply superb moonlit sea and surf :D
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I am doing very well. You may have read in my other postings that with the guy I've been dating recently the relationship has been heating up. After a number of dates we had last summer where I went barefoot he started going barefoot with me. He's been going swimming with me, now he's signed up for an open-water diving certification course & we're going together on a dive trip in Cozumel over Christmas/winter break. So as you can imagine that has been exciting!

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Oh, seriously jumping the gun but anticipating your next question - Yes, absolutely I would get married in my bare feet & I would absolutely be a barefoot bride!

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How has your father been doing? Haven't heard from you lately, so I hope things are going well.

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I managed to fit in a club interval session tonight, definitely one of those tough but rewarding sessions! Great to challenge yourself and clear the head , superb time out...! :D
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Keep inspiring us!! Have a fantastic weekend, super Martin :D

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Thank you so so much super Eunice, I hope that you have had a lovely weekend :D

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You're most welcome always always, awesome Martin!! Thanks so much.. Have a fantastic week to you! :D

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Urban route under moon light without music or monitors; simple pleasures :D
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Thank you Eunice, your kind words of support are hugely appreciated :D

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A nice steady run around the streets tonight...loosening up for intervals tomorrow! Bring it on :D
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I am doing well, but I'm sorry to hear about your dad. My prayers are with you all.

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Thank you so much Meghan, your kindness and support is greatly appreciated :D his treatment start on Saturday so fingers crossed, I feel it's going to be a tough few months :( thanks you so much again....

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Well I hope that goes well & I hope the treatments aren't too hard on him. In any case, training can certainly take a back seat for a while, he needs you to be there for him.

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Making the most of the bright cool Autumn mornings, a longish Sunday run on Forest trails, simple stunning ;D

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Tough interval session tonight....feeling that burn, love it :D
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Wow!! Super amazing run, thanks for your greatest inspiration for my run tomorrow, awesome Martin :D

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Thank you kind super Eunice! You will be fantastic, my thoughts will be with you awesome Eunice :D :D

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You're most welcome always, nicest Martin! Thanks to you sooo much :D :D

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Contributorgold Martin S So nice to catch again...very impressive :D :D

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Beach run, feeling just great..... Superb wet surf session :)
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Thank you so much Eunice, lovely comments of encouragement, so great up be back :D

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LOL, wow that would have made for a great story....I'm sure they would have brought me straight back after a few hours....!!

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Contributorgold Meghan L Hi you! Haven't heard from you in a while. Hope things are OK!

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We've had a dose of late autumn weather, recent temperatures about 15-20 degrees (F) below normal. I'm still wearing sandals & going barefoot but I've been wearing jeans & leggings. It's supposed to be more seasonably mild in the coming days.

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I haven't signed up for the Madison half yet, don't know whether I'll be in that this time.

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Yes, definitely enjoying yoga. I've been going to a regular studio this summer, but when it gets cold I'll be doing bikram again.

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Martin S Sleeping Yogi Challenge

Contributorgold Martin S ....I think this maybe mission impossible for a big boned runner, lol : D Very well done Meghan for completing, super amazing, very impressive : D : D

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Not necessarily. It's not about the bones as it is about flexibility. There are some larger people in my yoga sessions that may surprise you with the poses they can do.

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Well I have to admit, I found this course extremely tough, especially the first half which was very hilly! It was going great guns until extreme cramp set into both my 'calves' at mile 23 to 25, which stopped me running and could only progress by walking although painful and slow, ouch!!!. To sum it up, I made it round, (yes with tears of joy....why do I alway seem to run further, both app and garmin indicating 27.5 miles??) and yes.... I finished the last part of the course strong.....as for my dream target time sub 4.00hrs, that will have to wait for another day! I hope everone had a great long weekend! : D
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Congratulations! We're truly mega proud of you.. That's an amazing achievement despite you experienced extreme cramp in your calves, Martin!!! :D

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Contributorgold Martin S Have a super fun weekend Eunice, enjoy :D

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Contributorgold Meghan L I suppose you're in transit, but I'm wishing you a safe trip, & hoping the run goes well!

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Sorry for the delay in posting. its been so busy here! I'm so pleased so you had a lovely few days, the weather seems to be warming up nicely.Like you, swimming in open water is just fantastic, albeit the next best thing to sea and surf, right? : D Wow, I didnt know that you had entered a half marathon, how brilliant.....was this a local race....how did you do....were you able to to run barefooted, I hope you are feeling ok post race? Yes, so, so pleased that you are able to enjoy the freedom of barefeet again, pure joy!

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My Summary of the Liverpool Rock and Roll marathon; as you are aware and due to one thing or another, my preparation for this race was a little intermittent. Pre-race nerves was probably the body’s way of indicating that thing haven’t gone well knowing from previous experience this distance is tough! Well the course was advertised as being fast and flat with lots of live groups performing at mile intervals. Well, the elevation gain was recorded at 3,421 feet and 3,458 loss, that’s not flat, it felt like I was running up hill continually for the first half of the race : O To target a sub 4 hrs., my aim was to run 20 miles in 3 hrs or better in which I achieved, so far so goo, so I thought!!...cramp set into my calves and by mile 23 the pain was so intense that I had to slow down to walking speed until mile 25 where I felt able to run for glory. The last four miles seem to go on forever, it was straight and long taking us along the road adjacent the River Mersey with a very warm head wind! When I finished the whole physical race journey, the physical race pain turned to emotion, tears of absolute joy I’m sure, lol : D The music that was promised didn’t really happen either, other than a few groups (no more than four) music was being blaring from load speakers I guess computer processed stuff….Hey, all the same, it was an amazing experience, The Liverpuddlian’s are so funny (the women are super dressed up, and guess at a ratio of 5 to 1 women / men), the men are all born comedians; the city is buzzing with life especially down Mathew Street which is where the Beetles made a bar called the Cavern Famous, so post-race celebrations was good! Well, back to the drawing board, I keep saying to myself, ‘ you can if you try; sub four planning here I come, LOL : D : D

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Hi Martin! I know the traveling gets hectic & can be a little stressful. Traveling is fun but you still do need to rest & decompress a little after the trip. Especially one like that one. Imagine how you'd feel after doing a Hawaiian Ironman, all that plus jet-lag. The lakes are fine right now but in a few weeks they're going to get weedy with the algae blooms, & some of them will get pretty disgusting. Took me a while to get all the slimy mud out of my hair after doing that underwater lotus headstand challenge. It was a local race & I did run it barefoot. I saw 2 other barefoot runners but it was right before we started so I didn't have an opportunity to say hello & comment on our excellent taste in running shoes, & I lost them in the pack so I didn't get the chance after the race either. I've seen in such races in other locales where they actually have a "barefoot division," but I haven't seen any such thing in races around here. My time was 1:38 & post-race I felt great, albeit a little windy. I did some yoga stretches as part of the cool-down, then while I was checking out my pads a passer-by noticed that I had no doffed shoes by where I was sitting. He asked if I had run barefoot, then had about a dozen questions about it. So hopefully I got to educate someone.

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Contributorgold Martin S Eunice, wow.....just lovin your posture perfect pointing feet handstand, so beautiful :D:D

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Pre-marathon tapering; a steady club run along a disused rail track, through a wood that was full in bloom with bluebells (so beautiful) and across a plain....a superb way to blow away the stresses of a busy day :D
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Thanks for being so inspiring always.. love to check out page, super Martin :D

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Pre marathon training only two week to go! Very tough trail running through waterlogged grass and heavy swamps for 40%?of the route :O definitely character building..... :D
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Thank you so much Eunice for your encouragenemt and support :D It nice to see you back and hope that you had a fantastic time on vacation? I'm so excited about my up-coming marathon which is being hosted by the Rock and Roll which is a US events organiser and their first UK event and supported by 30 rock bands around the route....running and rock music....superb :D I will be looking out for other tribesport people, I'm sure that you and Meghan (@meghanl) would have enjoyed this one :D

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You're most welcome, Martin :D Thanks very much, I'd a fantastic time during my vacation :)) Wow!! It sounds super duper cool.. am so excited for you!! I wish Singapore will bring in this event here soon and definitely will enjoy it :D

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Martin S Lotus Handstand Challenge

Contributorgold Martin S Thank you for the challenge Meghan, it may take a few days to master this one :D

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Thank you so much, definitely one for the soft mat, LOL..I just so enjoy challenging myself with these advanced poses, don't you just love how yoga strengthens, increases flexibility and helps to balance the body physically and wellbeing. Am going to enjoy practicing these, thank you again Meghan for creating these :D

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Just loving the sea front run tonight, so nice to hear the surf, and, barefooted....yippee :) looking forward to May, which means two bank holidays and the Liverpool Rock and Roll marathon, so excited :D sunshine and smile....superbness :D

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