Older runners meet here.
Red: I will always rush to a concert that has a line-up of Chopin. They often move me to tears. Anyone listening to my attempts at Chopin will also be moved to tears, but for different reasons.
Columba: They were brilliant. I'd seen the cartoons before but I didn't know who the cartoonist was. Seeing tiny grand daughter sounds exciting. All that punching in the air of little fists and feet when they cry. Special times.
Thanks everyone for your very kind comments. It was the 30th anniversary of the club, so it was great that everything went so well. It was an enjoyable social event, as well as a good forest run, and gave us opportunities to meet up with members that don't regularly turn up for club sessions.
Red, your idea of more dangly bits for the hat hit the nail on the head. Every recipient of the "Navigator Hat," which is its official name, has to add something to it before handing over to the next recipient. Any suggestions from you all would be welcome.
I managed to beat the rain this morning, and ran 11 miles on road, increasing the pace mile on mile from 6 miles onwards.
Looks like our nice weather has ended, today is damp and rainy. Just because we planned to mow the lawn! Or more likely because Thursday is the May Day holiday.
Have to stay an hour and a half later at work today as there's a teleconference I have to attend, so no time to run today.
Red - John's foot is still not completely healed.
Speed work this evening, but the session has not yet been decided on. It will be off road, but not in the forest.
Very foggy here still. I couldn't find the horses when I went out at 5:30am! Off for my run soon. A nice hilly 5.5 mile route should hit the spot
Columba, I'd forgotten those cartoons. Thanks for linking to them
IW, boo to the teleconference and healing vibes to John's poor foot xxx
May I suggest TE provides Red with his postal address and Red knits / crochets some dangly bits for the hat and sends them to him? - We shall want photos, of course.
Off out shortly with the running club. This week we are gathering outside "my" village hall, so I've only got to trot round the corner instead of going into town.
Columba: Always good to benefit from home and away from time to time
This afternoon I raised my head, sniffed the air, and my whiskers quivered. I put my gear on and ran a 10 miler. I was listening to my scary Wagner playlist and almost in response was assailed by bloodsucking winged and horned beasts, almost like Valkerie, flying out of every hedge. It's definitely insect time!
TE: Cor! Increasing the pace. Red will have you looking like Bob Marley with that hat.
Sorry I've not been around much. Work are having a bit of a 'thing' at the moment about surfing the net so its difficult to make time get onto RW so regularly. Will skim through recent posts and try and catch up ..
Redhead - I'll carry on with my sauna sessions despite the 'dangers'. I seem to be able to lose toenails without going to the bother of stubbing my toes first. See you got up at silly-o-clock for a run and got wet And you've just passed 700 mile mark?
DianaD - see you've been playing in the mud on recent runs - great pic BTW
JJ - I've been in IT for years as a programmer, systems programmer and now support .. couldn't agree more with you and Redhead about lack of analysis.
BIW - some good training going on there. Have to say, I'm really enjoying the BBC coverage of the triathlon.
TE - running out of time tonight. Will try and look up those photos another time. I NEED to see this hat!! Well done re that 11 miler.
Exhausted - I didn't run for three months but that didn't stop me posting on RW!
NB: Apologies to anyone/anything I missed but should be in bed by now (up at 5am tomorrow).
Just ending by saying I did a 4ml treadmill run on Saturday (avg pace was 10:32) and have done a 3ml treadmill run tonight in 31.12 (avg pace was 10.24 and splits were 10.50 10.22 10.00). So speed (my relative speed!) is coming back nicely.
C2C update - was out walking again on Sunday. Wore my new Brasher boots outside for the first time. Mrs Wm joined me for the first 4 miles then headed home. I carried on looping around Cirencester park and managed 12 miles in total in 4h 39m. No problems with the new boots .. just my feet and legs were a bit achey afterwards! Oh, and lots of bluebells, wood anemones, wild garlic and violets to see.
Exhausted - 10 miles - that's funny, didn't you say you were giving up?
WtnMel - the same wild flowers are out here in force, as well.
Nearly 8 miles off-road (or mainly off-road) done with the club last night. Shall be taking things easy today!
Columba - that's exactly what I thought!
Lol at Exhausted's non-runningness
Nice running Columba.
WtnMel, that was a good walk. The wild flowers are so pretty in the hedgerows and the scent of the bluebells, in the early morning when the ground is still damp, is sublime.
xc run for me in the fog earlier. Rather ethereal and pleasant. Ended this month on 141 miles - last month was 206. I've had my sensible head on in-between my marathons and just kept my mileage low
Just lost a post, and may not have the energy to try & recreate it!
Nice photos TE, with plenty of familiar faces. Daughter's friend had har reception there, and it is a nice venue.
Also smiled at Exhausted's 'non-running'. 'Low mileage' from Red was amusing too.
We sometimes meet for running club just up the road from my house, and I like that too, Columba. Have a great time in London.
Good distance for your walk WtnMel.
parkrun is free, but you have to register in advance. Look at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/ It is an amazing movement, with more and more runs starting, both in the UK and abroad.
Exhausted, very pleased that you ran 10 miles. I didn't think you would be able to resist putting on your trainers again.
WtnMel, 12 miles walking in new boots is impressive. I'm not much of a walker, I'm afraid, I like to do my session in as short a time as possible.
Red, I've run 157 miles this month, but my total so far this year is only 637, which is way behind yours. If you are serious about knitting/crocheting something for the "Navigator's Hat," I will send you my address via the RW messaging service, which I presume is private. I will, of course, pay for the wool and postage. If this goes ahead, I will take a photo and post it on here.
Last nights club session was circuit training, all on grass. This was at the Gang Warily sports and leisure centre. There were 5 "work stations," positioned about 60 seconds running apart, each having 3 different apparatuses . We were split into groups of 4 and each started at a different station. We did 30 seconds on each apparatus, then ran at good pace to the next station etc. We were then split into pairs of equal abilities, and did 4 sprints of approximately 50 metres on tarmac trying to finish ahead of our partner. This was continuous with each pair starting as the previous pair finished. We finally finished off with a series of stretches, and ended up in the bar. Well, some of us did. I forgot to mention that the grass was badly waterlogged, and we could have done with wearing wellies for the running in between work stations. The wet did, however, clean any mud of the trainers, which reminds me, I haven't yet stuffed them with newspaper.
I ran 6 miles this morning on road, and didn't appear to have suffered from the previous evening session.
Weeeelll. I know. What I really meant was events. I hate 'em. Expos and portaloos and getting there and hanging around in the freezing cold. I'd just rather go for a run when the mood takes me a few times a week, or not at all if I don't feel like it. Everyone tells me I won't be able to do it unless I have the target of an event, and maybe I'll find out the hard way that they're right.
Insect bites all over me at the moment. Scratch, scratch. Does anyone else suffer from these?
Thanks, Diana on Park Runs.
WtnMel. It's always difficult breaking in a pair of shoes. Rubbing on ankle bones always seems to be a problem.
All the news is grim at the moment and the injustices and death tolls are disturbing, Syria, Nigeria, Congo and Sudan.. but there's something about a teacher being killed in her classroom a few months before she retires. Somewhere where you think you're safe and you're respected. Terrible
Agreed, Exhausted, doesn't seem fair does it?
John biked home from work yesterday but says his foot is sore again - I'm not surprised, it's still got a bunch of open blisters.
I shall run tomorrow, it's the May Day holiday and I've taken Friday off too so a nice long weekend.
Last night at club Charlie continued to surprise me with his rapid progress - he is now chasing the "bad guy" into the hide, sitting in front and barking until he gets the arm, and he lets go of it on command. Brilliant!
Just realised, we only have two weeks until our first triathlon race of the year! Better get out on my bike.
Exhausted - You're not the only one with insect bites. I have two on my back. Think I got them while gardening rather than running.
BIW - are blister plasters any good for John, or are those blisters too close together / too big to be suitable for plasters?
I agree about the Events, Exhausted; the getting there, the queuing for loos, the waiting (packed into a crowd, and likely getting rained on), and the general nerves and anxiety levels, don't like any of that. Wonderful when it's over, though. I only do about 3 each year, helped by the fact that there aren't many near home. Why do I even do three? - It's that argument about Having a Target.
'lo allGarden open this afternoon for local viewing. Nice steady stream of visitors so enough time to greet people and chat.
RedheadT.Wells parkrun is in Dunorlan Park. It's a two lap run.Don't get carried away about knitting dangly bits for TE. Check the spec with him first.ExhaustedNothing wrong with running just to keep fit but most folks quite like testing their progress with a bit of competition. I've never felt anything other than keen anticipation for any sort of sporting event.TEDefinitely a fine hat. It will be valuable on winter runs.JJ
Oh my goodness the rain is with us - but I'm not complaining 'cos it will water in all the plants I moved around yesterday so thank you! I did a treddy run earlier as we're off out to the kino this morning to see Calvary.
TE, I'd be delighted to make something for your hat but there's no need to pay for anything as I always have lots of spare yarn lying around. When do I need to have it completed?
JJ, Lol you naughty boy!
Exhausted, oh yes, I get bitten by everything these days. I never used t be bothered by midges etc but since the menopause they seem to make a beeline for me (although not the bees!).
Columba, hope you have a great time in London.
Exhausted - well done re 'non-running' 10 miler I don't suffer from too many insect bites. But if a horse-fly gets me I get a very bad reaction and a huge swelling on my arm/leg. These new boots have some sort of memory foam uppers so rubbing on ankles doesn't seem to be a problem. Agree about recent spate of news ..
Coumba - hope you took things easy after 8ml off-roader and legs have recovered.
Redhead - I'm very lucky to have Cirencester Park on my doorstep - miles of grass/woodland for me to walk in. Smiled at 'only' 141mls in April
DianaD - I've lost so many posts in the past I always do them in Notepad now and copy & paste into RW.
Terence - I love walking but yes, it's the time it all takes compared to running. Just until July though and after C2C walk has been done I can cut back on walking and concentrate on running. Want to train for a HM in the autumn. Circuit training sounds good fun (and good for you). Even the visit to bar afterwards to restore spent calories
BIW - well done to Charlie with recent progress. JohnnyJ - obviously the schoolboy in me but had a chuckle about dangly bits for TE
Will be running again after work today - will try and do another 4mls on treadmill. Will be in Malvern this weekend - will be walking them thar hills and new walking boots will get another test. Going to try and do 12 (hilly) miles.
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