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24/01/2013 at 09:28

Morning all. A bright sunny morning and a light covering of snow which fell through the night. It's forecast dry for today, with a maximum temperature of 2 degrees. Looking forward to this evenings club session, which will be long circuits.

24/01/2013 at 15:53

Matsmum - that sounds like a VERY upmarket tready!

JJ - oldest active parishioner I wouldn't mind.

6.25 miles this morning - or rather, midday-ish - in road running shoes and almost entirely on cleared roads and pavements. There were a few small patches where I couldn't avoid the snow and ice. It was quite cold, but there seemed to be a slow thaw going on, helped in the last half-hour by the sun breaking through the clouds.

24/01/2013 at 19:20

A bit of normality creeping in there.
Not sure how I would define "active". Maybe capable of 20 - 30 minutes slightly anaerobic exercise?

24/01/2013 at 19:48

My run ended up being 2 sessions of 3 miles each as the one this morning had to be cut short 'cos of coughing, which annoyed me so much that I went out again after lunch to teach my body a lesson!

24/01/2013 at 20:07

Bit chesty today then. Did you cough after the second 3 miles?

24/01/2013 at 21:20

More snow shovelling, a lo-o-ong day at work, then straight off to take K to her athletics. Last time I took her I spotted a zumba class going on in the studio and rather rashly asked grandaughter J whether she would like to join with me. I must have been feeling energetic at the time. But I kept my promise and we did have a lot of fun. Dancing never fails to make me feel good. The weather doesn't though - more snow today although it didn't settle, but warnings of a lot to come tomorrow and Saturday.

BI - who needs a huge comfy old armchair in a lounge when you can have exercise equipment in there instead!

Red - this sounds daft, but it is a tip I actually got from RW magazine. Or possibly Women's Running. If the weather is really cold make sure you do the first part of your run with a scarf across your nose and mouth. That way your airways don't react to the initial big difference in temperature. You have to have your body thoroughly warmed up before you lose the scarf. Just a thought, but you probably know this anyway. I hope it clears up soon for you.



25/01/2013 at 08:55

Morning all,

Bit shell shocked here in Redheadland.  A dear friend was found dead by her husband yesterday morning.  He'd just got up and left her sleeping, or so her thought, whilst he went down to make a cup of tea and some toast and only realised there was something wrong when he went back upstairs with it.  She had been taking medication to help her sleep but otherwise was healthy so there will have to be a post mortem.  She was only 49 and leaves behind 3 grown-up boys and dear, sweet Lola who's only 9.  Heart-breaking.

JJ, yes I did cough after the second one but not during so I felt better about that.

Matsmum, thanks for the tip and it is something I've always done in cold weather except I now use my buff (which is one of the best inventions ever!).  Although I've only recently been diagnosed with asthma, I have had breathing difficulties for as long as I can remember which I just put down to having smoked cigarettes in my 20s!

25/01/2013 at 09:18

Red, what terrible news, it makes us realise how precious life is. A lifelong friend of mine, who is only a couple of weeks older than me had a stroke before Christmas. We must make the most of every day, as we never know what is round the corner.

Last nights club session went well, and was very competitive. We ran a total of 8 miles, and the main session comprised 4 long circuits of 0.83 mile. We had approximately 2 minutes walk/jog recoveries between each.

Watching the Murray/Federer semi final on BBC2 at the moment, but must tear myself away and go out for a recovery run.

25/01/2013 at 09:50

Red - not only very sad news, but what a terrible shock. Poor little Lola, having to go through her teens without a mum.

Matsmum - I have read (and it may even be the same article that you mention) that some people have an allergic-type reaction to cold. My nose and eyes regularly stream if I'm out in cold or windy weather; I have to fill my pockets with tissues before I set out. But I don't cough, nor get closed-up airways as Red describes. I'll remember about the cover-your-nose-and-mouth advice; I was given a couple of buffs for Christmas, and they're lovely. So simple. Why didn't someone think of them before?

JJ - I don't really know how I'd define "active" either. Possibly as you say; plus, an element of flexibility, and retaining good balance.

25/01/2013 at 12:24

Oh dear Redhead, that's horrible, she was so young. I really believe that each one of us has an allotted time span, some more, some less, and sadly this was the end of hers. Poor Lola, growing up without her mum for advice and only 3 grown-up brothers, if only she had an older sister to advise her about "women's stuff". It will be tough on your friend's spouse having to be Mum and Dad to his little girl while mourning his own loss.

25/01/2013 at 13:36

Sad news Redhead life is short lived and glutted with agitation.......I was made redundant yesterday so not slept much last night......oh well had the best year ever in the UK office and January and then they shut us down................what to do now is the question.

25/01/2013 at 15:00

Mark, bad news being made redundant. Hope you find another job soon.

Did a 7 mile run this morning, bringing my weekly total to 45, Saturday to Friday.

25/01/2013 at 20:46

Sorry mcs, it's the pits losing your job, I do hope you find something else soon.

25/01/2013 at 21:24

Not good news about your friend and Lola is just coming up to an age when she'll need her mum. Life is strangely unfair at times.

Best wishes for a successful job hunt. One door closes and another one opens.


26/01/2013 at 09:22

Good morning all.

A lovely bright sunny morning, with temperature forecast to rise to 8 degrees. It's always the way on my "rest days." Tomorrow is forecast heavy rain

26/01/2013 at 18:48

Temp rose to 6C here and loadsa sunshine. Much more comfortable.

Younger daughter and baby grandaughter came for lunch today. The baby thinks I'm very funny; she smiles every time I heave into view.

26/01/2013 at 19:01

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26/01/2013 at 21:45

mcs - Oh that is miserable, being made redundant. I suppose you've got some sort of redundancy pay which will cushion you for a while. Are there many jobs going in your part of the world?

JJ - ah, there's nothing like a smiling baby!

There's a thaw happening here, but it has a long way to go. Ran 4 and a bit miles, nearly all on cleared surfaces. The uncleared bits were solid ice and lethal; I walked them, very cautiously.

27/01/2013 at 07:51

Columba, take care in the icy conditions.

It rained heavily all night, but has now stopped. Heavy showers and sunny periods are forecast for the rest of the day. It's 10 degrees at the moment, but is expected to get colder during the afternoon. The forest will be very boggy, but there should be five of us, so we will look out for each other.

27/01/2013 at 11:21

Ran 5km with Nemo this morning in the forest, successfully avoided the icy bits and enjoyed the crisp sound of the snow underfoot. Off to the annual triathlon swimming gala now - John's first race in M65!

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