Columba I think the crocus trembled as I went past - but it may have just been by excessive weight causing vibration That was a good progression - and don't forget the last one was 18 seconds faster than the first which is a big jump.
Alsoran Thanks for the adoration. However it is all relative - I used to run HM's at substantially faster pace than that one 400m so my gruntlement is not easily assuaged. Politics - I think I have almost got past the point of caring what is said by anyone - the spin years just exhausted my patience with listening to the distortions. Similarly the doctors and pay/working hours. I would not have thought it beyond the wit of mankind for either of the parties to produce a spreadsheet identifying take home pay & hours worked for say year 1, 3, 5, 10 & 20 year seniority junior doctors under current and proposed options. The fact that neither side has leads me to speculate that they both have something to hide!!!
Gravitational waves are above my pay grade
Ceal Do an extra set as punishment I watched Simon's story last evening on catch up.
That was a hard watch!!
Beautiful and poignant portrayal of a family under immense emotional stress in difficult times.
I could quite understand his desire to end a life where he was trapped in a spiral of physical deterioration and decay and getting progressively cut off from all forms of communication and with no hope of remission.
But at the same time the hurt and anguish of his wife at his choice and of being left in such a manner leaving her thinking about what she could/should/maybe have done that would have given her a little longer with him was immensely distressing to watch.
I thought the female Swiss doctor at the clinic summed it up very nicely in her discussion with Simon back in August when he first went there when she said words to the effect that “for you the decision is easy because afterwards you don’t have to live with it, but your family and friends do”. I had expected a fairly neutral doctor but she came across as empathetic and caring on the choice made and how it impacted upon the family.
Tracey sad news from you - take care of yourself and your family.
Alsoran we haven't heard quite so much from the blessed NIcola and her associates about the robustness of the independent Scottish economy and Scottish oil since prices went below $30/barrel
Ceal I haven't seen the programme yet but will catch up on it.
Columba sounds like you are enthusing the whole family into running and racing!
Welshpoppy daylight makes such a difference!
I turned out for the usual early morning drag and for the second day running there was clear sky, light frost and early sun's rays already colouring the sky pink and blue - a perfect runner's day
I trudged on around my normal route and came to the start of my old 400m interval path. "why the hell not" thought I - "it's only pain" So I eased into it on the slight downhill, sun now fully out, still air and that wonderful feeling of cold, fresh air slipping past one as the body responded. 86 seconds later all over and only slightly out of breath as I rammed the Mr Sensible hat back on and resumed the trudge back home.
I was caught up a short while later by one of the runners I see regularly who said "just wanted to say how marvelous it was to see you running again" as she went past, which was nice that she had caught me in that moment!! Crocus in full bloom reminded me that max HR testing used to take place on this hill......................
guess what?? After a night of total deluge it has actually stopped raining
Folks generally don't misunderstand me so well What I actually said was "It is unlikely I will ever run again, having not done so for 18 months, at anything like the standard I once did, even age adjusted"
It is a qualitative not quantitative statement.
It's just that the days when I memorably misquoted and said "darhling, I wouldn't even get out of bed for 5000 m seem a long time ago.
Alsoran that is a a very sad story to hear and whilst time does heal hurt it is the opportunity lost that stays with one.
WD60 I hope you don't have to take a drugs test any time soon I think, like me, that you are due for a trade in for a newer body model!
Welshpoppy 5 miles on the treddie is very impressive - and much better than outside in that weather. mileage back up there so your progress has not been interrupted too much
Ceal well done - and a very consistent set of results as well in such conditions as well. Its all about leg speed and maintaining it and you will be fine. Remember your opponents will not know what condition you are in and you can probably con them over the first lap and a bit if you get to the front with your elbows and then the race is only over 600m!!
Good news about JJ. I am currently drawing up plans for work on my house - looking at the stock market turmoil this morning it could be a good investment!!!!!!!!
Alsoran good to see you popping in and still running - its a good sign when you still keep tabs on times It's all about what the body can/will let one doe - the mind doesn't mater, it can be bent to fit! It is unlikely I will ever run again, having not done so for 18 months, at anything like the standard I once did, even age adjusted!! Just running for 2 mins is beyond me and not so long ago 2 hours was a nice stroll. but there are limited things one can do at 0630 in the morning so I plod out there in my patheteic walk/run (occasionally) and pretend I am still doing it
MIck It's even worse for me - I have g'kids who think it would be great to do a Parkrun with G'pa a wup him soundly - they don't even understand the concept of WAVA gradings
Graham good stuff in the mud - and seeing a rare win! it must be spring...
Columba nice to see that competitive gene working its way to the surface in your recent race
NZC ice baths!!! We just have to open the door for one of those - or at least a shower as it has been raining so much. I think I would persevere with that physio if she can pinpoint your problem. A little good quality maintenance will reap big dividends
Ceal I expected you to take it easy between 400m sessions not go speeding on!! The 400's are all you need for both speed/strength and stamina for an 800m race at short notice
We went to see the youngest g'daughters in their dance school display yesterday in the opulent surrounding so the Royal Hall. Packed house and a very high standard throughout. Tabitha was probably the smallest on stage in her section but if didn't stop her giving a very firm and decisive push to the much larger girl in front of her when she hesitated in moving off onto the next sequence of steps!!!!