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14/02/2013 at 12:04
I didn't say it to you because the horse had already bolted!! I look forward to the pancake, 1st class post please! Your HR was certainly under control this morning.

despite a wonky, a good pace from you even if you wanted faster. I think you will be faster when the spring weather arrives.
14/02/2013 at 12:32
Did anyone watch the TV programme on Ben Johnson et al. We did. Interesting but nothing really new, plus I didn't think the programme was put together particularly well.

I am shocked to hear the news about Oscar P. really shocked.
14/02/2013 at 14:07

not bolted - just cantered

The Ben Johnson programme was, I think, a repeat of one I had seen some time ago. Was it the one where  more than a little doubt was cast upon Carl Lewis and his cleanliness??

Lots of stories coming out of S Africa that make one think it may not have been quite so "accidental" as claimed.
However nearly every nice property I passed driving through J'burg had signs on the security fencing that surrounded each property saying "cross this and you will get shot" or words to that effect!!  It is an extraordinarily violent place when robberies take place so I shall suspend judgement on him until all the facts come out

14/02/2013 at 14:11

I'll send it by email - much quicker!!

Thanks - HR nearly under control - a few years ago that sort of pace would have had it around av120bpm so lots of work still needed. However I could have run quite a way further had it not been for a telephone conference call with tribes of solicitors looming .
what is a suitable collective nown for a lot of solicitors - other than greedy, useless bar stewards ??

14/02/2013 at 16:32

TS - Legal-grabbers? The legal could probably shortened to leg in many cases.

I've recently set up an account on Amazon for a trial period, this link should take you to see most of the stuff I've uploaded so far. Things on Amazon keep changing but a search on "Alan Shelley" or "Watercolour World" usually finds most of them in the first half-dozen pages.


14/02/2013 at 17:06

Ceal / JJ - I didn't drive the 8 miles to the leisure centre to confront the people who had failed to ring me back; I phoned instead, and this time got somebody knowledgeable. No lessons this week as it's half-term (so just as well I didn't drive over there) but can go next week for a free lesson to see if I like it, then pay for a course.

Ceal - bit of a risk, wasn't it, to ask TS for "the odd pancake"? - He may take you at your word and it could be a very odd one.

(((NZC))) - that was a nasty fall. You'll have all sorts of interestingly-coloured bruises tomorrow. Take life easy for a few days, if you can.

Pammie - not that sort of landing!  (I haven't even got a landing, - I live in a bungalow!)

Aws - another lovely sea picture.

Gentle three-and-a-bit miles today.

14/02/2013 at 17:21
I have received my virtual pancake from TS. It is delicious. I am pleased for you that you were able to make contact with the correct swimming peeps.

I fear the worst for Oscar. Not good at all. Yes it was the programme where Carl was implicated with taking drugs. As were many others, apparently only 2 in the final of the 100 at Soeul 1988 were clean as far as they could tell. All of the athletes were interviewed (in today's world). LCr was the only one who didn't seem to answer the question put directly to him. But it was rather a muddled presentation.

SA is the one place where Stewart won't run. Not that he runs in the cities in India but that is for different reasons.
14/02/2013 at 20:01

Surprised that you are still racing, no impact on the knee? 
Mileage has hit 40 after 4 days, should make 60+ k this week.

Ouch but you are a marathoner so no big deal ! Now if it was me I would immediately need man sized attention and sympathy. Tea in vast quantities and some soothing chocolate.

ceal, TS,
I found SA really scary and did not run. While I was there my business associate's FiL was badly beaten in his home despite incredible security.

I had a wonderful run today, 10k easy in sunshine and 0c with no wind and best of all dry paths.



14/02/2013 at 21:05
That certainly seems to have been perfect conditions today, 0c. Also, quite a step up in mileage this week.

I am going to the R Academy tomorrow to view the Manet Exhibition which is there at present. I am meeting my Northhampton friend there. It should be a great day out.

Is anybody going to LFOM next week? I shall be picking up my 2012 Trophy.
Edited: 14/02/2013 at 21:06
14/02/2013 at 21:26

Ceal - that must be nice to be picking up a trophy even though you are not running at the moment - good inspiration for your return.

Mick - I think everyone else was so over-awed by it, that I needed to stay calm.

Columba - glad to see you have been able to make contact with the swim school - look forward to seeing your progress. Yes, some nice bruises but still managed a 5km walk with Mae yesterday. Nice not to be in a hurry.

Torque Steer - maybe you need a rest day and a massage - we don't want a niggle to progress to anything else. And also it will help me not to get to far behind you

Graham - very nice running, anything with a 6 in front of it has to be good!

What an awful way to have to live to protect yourself - behind high walls and armed!   What a tragedy. I know I couldn't live without freedom, what good is wealth without freedom.


14/02/2013 at 21:32
Ceal - I didn't realise that it was half term next week. So I can't come to LFOTM
14/02/2013 at 21:51

Hope all you ladies have finished opening all those sacks of Valentine cards and presents.

I've done a lot of running in South Africa with no problems at all. Jo'burg seems to be the place to avoid.

6:41 miling with a dodgy knee isn't too bad really. I've never raced faster than about 7:20 miling.

The Manet exhibition is on my hit list. I would interested in your view.

An infestation of solicitors? Except for our elder son who is a partner in a US outfit.

Edited: 14/02/2013 at 21:54
14/02/2013 at 21:56

Baby sitting little Emilia all day tomorrow. Could be tiring keeping up with a 4 month old.

15/02/2013 at 11:32

good morning

good one - or maybe  a swarm as they are always attracted to odious circumstances? 

enjoy the Manet - it is on my list of things to do if I have spare time in London in the future 
I found running in SA  no problem outside of the cities - up in Mupalanga province  I used to have big groups of s'kids running with me as I passed them on the way to school - and the odd real crocodile which was well avoided!!!!

sounded good out there for you - nice conditions and distance 

oh dear now I have to look over my shoulder  for you and Ceal coming up, look in front for Mick6 and Graham and watch the side roads for  everyone else

Beautiful early spring morning as I ran a little later after doing some work so it was 0800 when I went out - sunny sky,no wind, dry underfoot and a frost in the air and skimming the ground with thin white crust.

Put me in a good mood after battles with solicitors and I launched into my usual 5 mile agenda in 39:43 (7:58m/m) with avHR145 (76%WHR) and a max of 158

1m 8:37 129 139
2m 7:30 137 147
3m 7:53 142 149 
4m 7:48 145 154
5m 7:47 150 158 Hipps Hill and unbelievably I get under 8 mins must be a mistake

legs wibbled somewhat over the last mile as the hill bit but quite pleased to hold it together 


Edited: 15/02/2013 at 11:33
15/02/2013 at 12:55

Went to see La Boheme last evening in the Royal Hall.
excellent performance by a touring Russian opera group in a spectacular venue royal hall.

One innovation was a simultaneous translation screen so that one could follow the words in English which would have been quite useful if it had not kept galloping ahead of the performance!!!
It also was a rather more literal translation so that some of the poetry of the words was rather lost. The famous line "your tiny hand is frozen" came out as "your little hand is cold" 

15/02/2013 at 16:10

Mick, I've finished my week today at 32.7 miles so looks like you've beaten me again. 

TS, next time I do intervals (next week hopefully) I plan to reduce the rest to 60 seconds as you suggest. Might do 5 x 400 with 60 seconds rest, have a decent break, and then do 5 x 400 with 90 seconds rest. And with a bit of luck, and not too much wind around, keep at about the 1m 30s lap time mark.

The knee doesn't seem too bad, and certianly no worse. It's a non-specific ache so hopefully nothing to worry about as long as I'm sensible.

As for South Africa, we were insulated much of the time from normal life by being in the game reserves, but out of them I did notice signs in hotels etc saying firearms had to be left at reception and don't remember seeing that before, even in America.

15/02/2013 at 18:03

Infestation, swarm... Except for JJ's elder son, and my eldest son who is a solicitor and works for a specialist bank.

How long is the Manet on for? I feel another visit to London is becoming due, at least in the next month or so.

NRD. Was working this morning, but got back in time to do a bit of cross-training in the garden. We have actually had some sunshine today, and all sorts of things are beginning to grow, weeds included.


15/02/2013 at 19:29

When do you think that you will be back to running?
My mileage has only very gently increased. I did a longer mid week run this week which gave the impression of a big increase but no.
As you can see in the top right chart, my mileage over the last 6 weeks is between 55 and 65k. This week should be around 65 as I have my long run tomorrow.


The plan is to run downtown along the frozen canal and to tour all of the ice sculptures, about 17k. 

Today's run was a short 6.5k at an easy pace.

16/02/2013 at 04:23

Nice going Mick.

Torque Steer - we'll keep you on the straight and narrow - your pace is looking good.

Columba - weeding is my form of cross training too.

I haven't run since Tuesday - bit too battered, I was going to go this morning, maybe tomorrow.

16/02/2013 at 16:03

Parkrun - it is uphill forllowed by downhill. Out and back. Ran wit h our slowest lady from the beginners group until I stopped to talk to some people who asked what was going on.
40:45. So am happy enough with that.
Lady finished in 40:33 and if I'd been running for myself I'd have been a bit quicker, I think.  Not pleased with my AG of 49% but it's something to work on.


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