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Freezing here, polar buff and gloves on as I cycled into work, lovely day here very cold. Nespresso time. Taking youngest to her first concert tonight along with OH and no2 duaghter to see Jools Holland, who always does an ace concert....looking forward to that. Have a good day all.
Well it is looking sunny outside today but I dont know how warm it is. I will go for a run later and find out. No snow or any signs of it here but there were 2 senior gentlemen stood outside the pub looking at the sky last night,sniffing the air and saying that snow was coming so it might. As long it is not icy I dont mind as I only allow myself a maximum of 2 falls a year and I have already had those. Not long to xmas now.
It has been sunny all day here (mid-Wales) but cold. Frost appeared to have thawed in the sun but ground still felt crunchy under my feet when I went down the garden with kitchen waste to add to the compost.
Derek - I too recognise that slow-motion fall, - did one of those a while ago, returning from a run and tripping on the kerb at the top of my own drive (was distracted by a neighbour's cat on my car). Did 2 or 3 gradually collapsing steps, which fortunately brought me to a flower-bed rather than crashing onto the drive itself.
Norunday. Legs tired after yesterday's mudfest.Got a call from my bank's fraud people. They had identified 7 transactions using my debit card details, most to a payday loan company. They didn't match the normal spending patterns. Good work by the bank. Anyway, card cancelled, transactions reversed and new card on the way. The bank suspects a hacked terminal in a shop.JJ
Good that your bank was on top of that, JJ.
Mark, sounds like you are going to have a great evening. Jools Holland is a legend in his own life time. He has been performing for so many years now and is a real exponent of the blues. Please inform us how it went, and who his guests were.
Derek, I don't have slow motion falls on the ice or snow, I go down like a sack of spuds!
JJ, good work by your bank's fraud squad. I try to avoid using terminals in shops or pubs.
The snow held off here in the forest, but there was a strong icy north west wind, making it feel much colder than the actual temperature. I ran a steady pace 6 miles this morning, mainly on grass.
It was bitterly cold, wasn't it TE? Despite a 5 mile run, of which 3 were at tempo pace, I didn't really warm up at all last night. I also find that although friendly, running club groups do bring out a competitive side, another reason I like going. I can do steady running on my own.
IW, I too have been overtaken by several of those Rhinos. I just managaed to get ahead of a pint of beer at my first real race, Reading Half. I was dtermined that it wouldn't beat me!
Hope the talk goes well, Red. Travelling by train can be a good opportunity for reading or craft work such as knitting or crochet.
Glad that your bank was on the ball, JJ. They do seem to have means of spotting unusual transaction patterns, and have certainly noticed whn I've used a card abroad.
By the way - really great photo Derek - made me smile.
Good to see a bank on the ball. With my bank I have alerts set for lower and higher limits so I can check if anything suspicious.
Did a great interval session this am which was good seeing as how I got to bed at midnight after a fantastic evening at Sheff City Hall warm up act was Nel Bryden, what a singer just her and a guitar, a 1946 Gibson and a voice to die for singing all her own songs. Then two and a half hours of Jools, Ruby Turner, Louise Marshall, Roland Gift of Five Young Cannibals fame, showing my age abit with him but a great voice. Boogied the whole night as did my 11 year old...........great night. Returning to more serious stuff.......a freezing morning.........9.13 warm up mile then 7.39-7.11-7.24 then cool down 8.03 and a half mile to finish and felt much easier this week than last weeks interval session. Frosty here but no snow yet, bad accident on the road to Sheff last night take care out there on the roads.
Brrrrrrrr, it's cold here today with a wind coming from the North. Did a mini tempo run earlier (just 4.5 miles) and have posted all the Christmas cards that need posting.....I think......... Mike said we had some flurries of snow yesterday morning but nothing stuck and then it rained.
Mcs, the concert sounded fun.
JJ, excellent work by your bank. It's a dangerous time of year fro card fraud so good to see they were on the ball.
A payday loan company? You'd think they had enough coming in from their payday loans without fraudulent transactions. Or maybe the fraud was on the part of someone who owed money to the payday loan company. Full marks to the bank, anyway.
Very frosty here this morning. Waited until midday to run, by which time at least some of the frost had disappeared but ice still around on puddles, and lake was frozen over except where the water-birds had kept it clear. Ran 4.15 miles at a pace which was nothing to write home about. succeeded in warming up but was still glad to get back indoors.
MCS, sounded like a really great concert, with quality guests. I don't know whether you are a fan, but Dave Brubeck has died. His best known classics are "Take 5" and "Blue ronda a la turk." That was an excellent interval session!
It's raining here at the moment, so will probably get a soaking at tonight's club session.
Diana, I do agree that club ruuning brings out the competitive side. I am in the medium group, and we are now of similar standards in the interval sessions, and push each other hard. We never know who is going to be first over the line.
There was a case once with cards where it by chance tthey found someonewho had paid off their council tax and each installment had been from a different bank account. Turned out the person worked in a call centre but the oddest thing was that most of those frauded had not queried the payment with their banks so good to always check statements.
Reading about everyone's running I decided mine had become a bit boring. Since I did the achiles in June I have been sticking to flat tarmac so today I headed off to the woods and I did enjoy the going through the mud and jumping the tree roots without mishap.
It was cold on the way down and I had just decided it was true what they say that you feel the cold more as you get older and then I saw some ice on a puddle which cheered me up no end to know it wasn't just me ageing.
Came across that lethat combination on the way back - small person with large golfing umbrella where the spokes are presented to you at eye height. With overgrown hedge to one side and traffic to the other, I had to go trafic while mumbling 'it stopped raining 20 minutes ago'.
snow showers again today, weathermen forecasting doom and gloom for the weekend, snow storm starting in Belgium early tomorrow and supposed to reach us by lunchtime. 99% of the country under snow by Saturday. Temps of minus 10 predicted for next week -eek!
Been in Oxford all day for sister-in-law's birthday.ColumbaSomeone had been paying off one or more payday loans using my card details.JJ
Today we have rain and it's a no run day for me as I've run 4 days on the trot. Still sticking to 5 days a week at the moment so will just be doing a LSR on Sunday although I'm tempted to have a short xc jaunt tomorrow just for the fun of it and to make a change.
My hands are aching form knitting and crocheting but I've still got loads more to do before the Christmas tree festival in our village church next Friday and Saturday. In a moment of madness I decided to decorate a tree to support ARUK - all the villagers support me either by donating money or by smiling and waving when they see me out running so I thought it would be a nice way to say thank you to everyone
IW, how many days left? Sounds as if you'll need your thermals next week
Last night's hill session was run in heavy rain. We did 4 sets of 4x45 secs with jogs back down, and 60 seconds recovery between sets. After a longer recovery, we did 1 set of 3 jogs uphill, with fast downhills. Our total mileage was 7.12. Today is dry so far, but very cold. No run today, but a long run planned for tomorrow.
Red, you really are a busy bee I don't know how you fit so many activities into your life!
Had a stressful morning here so sod it left the office and went for a nice four mile run i in the sun, did 4 miles in 32 mins........feeling speedy at the moment love the winter training especially with a tail wind..........and the sun is out cold but lovely day here in Derbyshire after a wild night of rain............have agood weekend all. 14 miles hopefully for me on Sunday according to my schedule that I am following at the moment.
"Cold but lovely" here too this morning, but didn't run as I felt very tired. Put it down to having run two days in succession, something I don't usually do.
JJ - on the subject of cash dispensing machines, I went to one I often use, next to a Co-op, and found myself face to face with a blank wall! I think perhaps they're upgrading them to make them harder to tamper with, as the one I next went to had been changed, now more like the ones they seem to have in London.
A lovely bright morning and nearly tropical at 2 degrees. Off for a long forest run later.
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