Big G - hope you don't get too wet on your run this morning. I got soaked and in places it's quite windy and cold. I was trying to keep my feet dry but they were drenched by the 2nd mile and remained wet for the rest of my run. I managed to avoid any flooding but surface water everywhere and all the rivers are fast and furious, at Penn Inn the water is red from the soil too.
Let's hope the car parking tomorrow that you're marshalling is not in a field, you'll need a tractor if it is!
Cal - are you looking for a job at the moment, or just enjoying the non-working while you can?
Do you go to your running club sessions during the week?
Despite the awful conditions I had quite a good run today, glad I went out early and it's done. I was running along quite happily and then 2 guys running came along and overtook me, I had a moment of wishing I wasn't such a slow runner, but I cheered up when I got round the next corner as they'd slowed to a walk, they ran on again and then stopped fairly quickly for another walk! I think it might have been a personal trainer and his pupil and he couldn't get him to keep running.
mamafox - I think not sitting at a desk all day has helped my foot. I seem to be living in lycra and wearing trainers more, another bonus is a lot less ironing as no work clothes.
Bad luck about the cold, but at least you can get it out the way then resume training.
Big G - hope that volunteering project in Vietnam realise that they do need you and you get a chance to go.
I too, have settled into non-working very easily and have done absolutely nothing about trying to find a part time job, I'm thinking I may spin this out for a year if I can.
January/February is a miserable time of year anyway, and the time moving on doesn't mean that you will forget/think less often of Claire and Jay.
SK - sorry misunderstood about the shoes. The highest mileage I've ever had from a pair of shoes were Saucony (over 700) and the Guides are on my wish list when next buying shoes, so that moves them further up the list, not that I'll be buying shoes for a while.
Just driven back from the supermarket and we have even more flooding in the fields which means my planned route for tomorrow's run is probably partially flooded too. I don't mind getting my feet wet but not during a long run in winter so will have to try and find a route that won't be flooded, although it's going to be raining tomorrow too and cold
Louey - is your knee still bothering you? Trouble is if they tell you to rest/reduce your running then we start all the way down 'how badly am I injured' stress route. I do need to get a proper diagnosis at some time but at the moment I'm happy with my training so I'm not going to chase up the podiatrist's appointment.
Cal - not long until your race then, but your training is going well now and injury almost gone so you should be ready for it.
Re the 20 mile races, a 4 hour time limit is 12 min/miles so would be no problem for you.
Big G - that's a great hill session and to go out and do another 8 miler this morning is great training.
I did Powderham Road this morning
Pilates was tough today, she keeps telling us this class is Intermediate level, and she did a really tough session today, maybe to weed out those that should be in a Beginners class, was good though. I'm probably between the 2 levels.
Big G - there's too much lovely food to be eaten and as long as we eat healthily 80/90% of the time then I think that's fine.
mamafox - great news on the injury, your Chinese doctor sounds wonderful and now you can start running again.
Lunges are good strength and balance training, just make sure it doesn't aggravate your injury. They're easier if you use dumbbells as it helps with the balance, works for me anyway.
I'm sure your OH can find you a pull up bar.
I haven't had a first appointment with the podiatrist, I keep putting off phoning to chase up my appointment. My foot is the best it's been since I've had this problem, I still think it's arthritis or wear and tear related, all those marathons. But the flexibility is improving, think that's the Yogalates and Pilates and not sitting at a desk all day. I don't want a podiatrist to tell me to stop running either.
Steve - well done on getting a GNR place.
Iain - good idea to rest for a few days until your well.
Re your taper, only you know how quickly you recover from a long run, maybe decide nearer the time when you've done a couple of 20 milers.
Ian5 - good to hear you're on the mend, unfortunately winter viruses are the curse of the marathon runner. A week's training lost is not significant.
Very cold and frosty here today and the fog came down when I was running, when I finished my hair was completely wet with the fog.