Rocks and Breakers
NZCoh dear what a calamity!! I am sure it hurt like h~ll but you did make it sound quite amusing - particularly the bit about the g'kids thinking they had killed g'ma !!at least you got out of shifting some stuff
JJ getting outside - about time too!!
Mick6nice distance there 13.8K amongst the slush sounds divine - not!! Unfinished business - that's what you have with marathons
Grahamstill very good pace for your race at 6:41m/m - you need to reduce that rest time on your interval training !!!
Cealyou didn't say your words to Mick6 to me !!
We had 3" of snow dumped on us yesteray afternoon which made picking the g'kids up interesting and the pancakes tasted better afterwards - I will pop one in the post for Ceal
This morning the snow had turned to loose slush and ice so it became a slow steady run of 5.68 miles in 50:18(8:54m/m) with avHR131 (66%WHR) and a max of only 144 on the hill
1m 9:23 119 1312m 8:32 129 1363m 8:55 133 1394m 8:26 134 1395m 9:12 139 144 Hipps Hill.7m 5:42 135 142
Pretty undramatic but nice to see HR almost under control.
I seem to have developed a bit of Graham's wonky knee perhaps due to some loose footing somewhere but nothing too serious.
Cealnot 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
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 ??
TS - Legal-grabbers? The legal could probably shortened to leg in many cases.
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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.
Graham,Surprised that you are still racing, no impact on the knee? Mileage has hit 40 after 4 days, should make 60+ k this week.
NZC,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.
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.
Hope all you ladies have finished opening all those sacks of Valentine cards and presents.Ceal/MickI've done a lot of running in South Africa with no problems at all. Jo'burg seems to be the place to avoid.Graham6:41 miling with a dodgy knee isn't too bad really. I've never raced faster than about 7:20 miling.cealThe Manet exhibition is on my hit list. I would interested in your view.TSAn infestation of solicitors? Except for our elder son who is a partner in a US outfit.JJ
Baby sitting little Emilia all day tomorrow. Could be tiring keeping up with a 4 month old.JJ
JJgood one - or maybe a swarm as they are always attracted to odious circumstances?
Cealenjoy 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!!!!
Mick6sounded good out there for you - nice conditions and distance
NZCoh 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 1392m 7:30 137 1473m 7:53 142 149 4m 7:48 145 1545m 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
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"
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.
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.
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