Columba - I too wondered about the bare feet. tmi
Hello,Just been reading about news of Chouette's operation. I do hope she does recover well from the hospital stay and that the biopsy results are good to show that what has been done made it a complete success.
I remember very well Chouette when meeting her in 2009 where around 14 of us got together for the Serpies 5k. Still have the picture in my mind of her overtaking me in that race halfway round !
Please convey my good wishes to her too.
Ceal,I see you are continuing with the fast pace in walking. When do you think you'll be able to return to some running ?
I haven't been on much of late, to be frank about it I have not been too good. Found out that when I had that trouble with sleeping it was due to a form of depression. So the upshot is my doctor has put me on some ADs and I now begin to feel the benefit, I sleep better, eat better and feel positivity coming back.Still running ,though down to 2 sessions a week and a 5k parkrun each Saturday. I sure don't want to give up on running .
Impey, good to hear you're feeling more your old self. Sounds like you've got a good doctor there. Running has to be a good thing both physically and mentally when you enjoy it so much.
Visit to a local garden tonight owned by a Sir and Lady. Probably the best designed garden I've ever seen. CealI think you can safely wish Chouette our best wishes from everyone on here.ImpeyHope the recovery continues. There's a lot of evidence to suggest that running is a good antidote to depression.JJ
Columba, awsDidn't look at their feet.
ImpeyGood to hear that the medication is helping.
Impey, - oh dear; depression, not good at all. Lots of evidence that running - or any "vigorous exercise" - wards off depression.
6.61 miles X-C with the running club. Included lumps, bumps, tussocks, clumps of reeds, just-ploughed fields, squelchy muddy-water-over-the-shoes bits, and an almost vertical climb to a triangulation point from where there were wonderful views all around.
Sounds like a great run Columba - you are a great adventurer!
Impey - glad to hear you are feeling good again and still running.
Ceal - poor Chouette - hope she is going to be o'kay.
Your walking is very fast. I'm a stroller!
Aws - beautiful painting.
I put in a bit of effort yesterday, warmed up and ran 2km as fast as I could then ran home - short and sweet, but I have a 4km xcountry race on Saturday, so thought I'd better give myself a bit of a hurry up!
Ran 9km with my mates this morning.
6.03M; 1:16:47.6; 12:44/M; 12°C
Keep on keeping on, I guess.
K2 - So you didn't see the whole picture!
Thanks everyone for your response to my post re depression.Until I experienced the feelings that came with the mind illness I never realised how people really suffered. Of course, mine is relatively mild, but when you hear or read about those who have it so severe and really go through the mill when it gets so bad they feel like ending it all ,I can sense a little of their anguish !Some days I did feel very down and despondent and lost interest in listening to music and reading, even gardening. All the time though I kept up some running but that itself would not have cleared the symptoms.
Never had this problem ever in my life before so how it became manifested in me was quite a mystery. Perhaps some anxiety there as I have worried at times about my mother but wouldn't have thought it would affect me that way.
Now I have said that, I shall stay positive and let the ADs (and running) do their job and restore the chemical balance in my brain. Cliche.....onward and UPward .
Ceal,Yes, I do remember the time when it was hard for you looking after your mum.My mum will be 93 in November. This week she had a visit from a nurse to assess how she coped with being on her own at home as scanning has revealed some memory loss. We shall see her tomorrow as per usual to do some cleaning and shopping and take her out to the coast maybe.
Running wise, there was the 5k parkrun last Saturday when I ran a slower time of 29.58. I think possibly the meds may be slowing me down but I'd prefer getting better completely than being concerned too much about race performance, for now at any rate !
Monday ran 5 miles. Today ran 5.2 miles, mile times 11.55, 10.22, 10.21, 10.11, 10.20. Being in afternoon when the sun came out it was a little too warm and rather close so the run wasn't a bad one methinks !
Impey - I'd be very happy with times like those! - Never managed a 5k in less than 30 minutes.
I think, when a difficult situation goes on and on and on, even when in itself it doesn't seem too bad a situation, it can really grind you down.
Aws - forgot to say how much I liked the pic, - especially the little pale clouds drifting in front of the mountain (which looks to me very like a once-was volcano). I see no 13s again in your last run.
NZC - you seem to be running nearly every day!
Visit from baby granddaughter today but MrsJJ had gone to Oxford for grandmother duties there so I had junior to myself.Ceal I don't know what specie of poppy it is but I don't think you will get a second flush of flowers anyway. Take a chance and leave only one or two seed heads to mature and it may also flower again. If it self pollinates you will get the same plant from the seeds but if it has been cross-pollinated you will get something different. aws13s seem to be a thing of the past!ColumbaI think you are turning into a traditional harrier.JJ
Wishing you a fabulous birthday and a great year to follow!
Ceal A very happy Birthday today and a fantastic year to follow
If you get in contact with Chouette send her my best and wish her well. I've sent her an email but it may be a little while before she reads it
Not run since Monday will be out for a little one later been busy as we had our stocktake yesterday so a bit zombified we have a busy week still so this will probably be a down week but hope over next 3 days get in at least 20 hopefully one 30. sunday may have to be a rest day
Happy birthday Ceal!
Harrier indeed! - I don't choose these X-C runs; I just go out with the club and do what they're doing, - but usually about 10 or 20 metres behind.
Been swimming. This was the last of the lessons until September (there is one next week, but I shall be away).
I've never suffered from depression - not clinical depression, that is - but have been close to three family members while they were going through it, and wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.
Yeah, Happy Birthday Ceal, have lots more but stop counting if you haven't already. (There'll be enough other people to do that for you)
When I went to feed the fishes in the pond this morning there was something struggling in the water. When I rescued it I found it was a stag beetle and I took some photographs of it. I also looked it up on the internet and there I discovered that it's a protected species in this country, which I didn't know. The website asked for sightings to be recorded and gave an opportunity for photos to be uploaded to their extensive gallery, 963 now. I sent in 2 and was surprised to find them being exhibited immediately. This is the website http://www.ptes.org/moremammals/greatstaghunt/gallery.php but unfortunately you won't be able to identify mine as they're unreferenced so far as I can tell, so I'll post them on here in case you're interested.
Stag Beetle (2)
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