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05/12/2012 at 18:10

Good that your bank was on top of that, JJ.

05/12/2012 at 20:09

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.

06/12/2012 at 10:38

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.

06/12/2012 at 10:39

By the way - really great photo Derek - made me smile.

06/12/2012 at 11:31

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.

06/12/2012 at 13:59

Afternoon all,

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.

06/12/2012 at 15:42

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.


06/12/2012 at 15:51

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.

06/12/2012 at 15:54

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'.



06/12/2012 at 16:54

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!

06/12/2012 at 21:19

Been in Oxford all day for sister-in-law's birthday.

Someone had been paying off one or more payday loans using my card details.

07/12/2012 at 10:21

Morning all,

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 

07/12/2012 at 13:31

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!

07/12/2012 at 13:39

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.

07/12/2012 at 21:01

"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.

08/12/2012 at 09:23

A lovely bright morning and nearly tropical at 2 degrees. Off for a long forest run later.

08/12/2012 at 17:06

I set off at around 11.00 this morning for my run. It was still very cold, but warmed up as the morning went on. I ran 12 miles through the forest, mainly on grass, on the toughest training run I have done for years. It was all up and down hill. My time of 2.07 hours, compared with my recent Solent Half Marathon time of 1.49, reflects the difficulty.

There were lots of horse riders in the forest, who I believe were partaking in the annual pony round up. They are worried about inter- breeding, and want less foals to be born. Sale prices for ponies have been as low as £10.

08/12/2012 at 18:06

Evening all
Ran 4.7 road miles yesterday with a couple of miles at sub-10 minute pace then did 4.1 miles off road today. A streak!

Christmas lunch tomorrow at younger son's place in Oxford. It's the only date between now and mid-Jan when we can get the whole family togther. We will be at home on Christmas day and will have to see who turns up for lunch. All very unusual!

The cash dispenser has probably been sold on Ebay by now.

Your run would be excellent 1/2m training. It suggests you could be better than 1:49 for a race on a decent course.

08/12/2012 at 19:11

JJ, your fitness seems to be coming back. Hope you enjoy your lunch tomorrow with your family. It's not very often that you can get the whole family together. My run was certainly chosen with longer distance races in mind. I do think that I can improve on my 1.49, as I ran that after taking the first few miles really steadily, as I was still afraid of my hamstring pulling again. I now believe that my hamstring and right calf are ok, and have started putting more effort into club sessions.

I believe I have already mentioned that a club runner has a place in the VLM and I intend doing long runs with her. If these go well, I will be comtemplating the Southdowns Marathon which is in June.

09/12/2012 at 15:18

Afternoon all,

What a glorious day it was yesterday and I succombed and did 3 mile xc before we went out to visit Rye (they had lots of things going on as it was the official turning-on of the lights that afternoon).  Today the weather was bright but with a strong wind and I did an undulating/hilly 10 miles comfortably with only a few wheezy bits on the really steep hills 

TE, you'll need to do some really steep hills in prep for the SDM as there are some real crackers along that route!  Fabulous scenery though and well worth it.  That's a ridiculous price for a pony.  The Blue Cross are full to bursting with rescue horses at the moment as people can't afford to keep them any more.

JJ, steady on, that almost sounds like training   Hope you had a nice lunch.

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