Thanks for the explanation Columba, of the two varieties of bluebells.
RayL, I hope you will soon be able to run at 100% MHR again, although it's not very often that we would run/race at that intensity, except for sprinting. Hope you meet your 85% parkrun target of 51 minutes.
WtnMel, de cluttering is very time consuming. When I moved from Waterlooville to the New Forest, I was lucky in that there were 4 industrial size wheelie bins for the use of residents of the flats where I lived. I was able to walk up and down 3 flights of stairs with storage boxes to throw the contents into the bins. This was good core training! I also did lots of shredding, which was very boring!
BIW, I gave up swimming twice a week some years ago, as I only swam breast stroke, and I read somewhere that the leg action was detrimental to running.
Last nights social run in the forest was very enjoyable, and there was a good turn out. We had two groups, each running a different route. My group ran 5.27 miles at a cracking pace for a 100% off road run, at an average pace of 9.18 minutes per mile. Alice and I raced each other up the hills, and had to run back for the others who thought we were mad. The session finished with stretching in the car park, and then a drink in the pub.
Today is a rest day, which is just as well as heavy rain is forecast, with gale force winds along the south coast.
Good luck with your marathon tomorrow Red. The wings are on their way which I hope will help.
BIW, well done for your very fast swim! There was an article on the local TV News yesterday advising that open air swimming in the UK is now becoming more popular than indoor pools. Lidos are making a big come back, and people are now swimming outdoors all the year round. Take care whilst driving even though you don't plan to have an accident. My car's service was ok, with no faults found. They were amazed that I had only driven about 600 miles in the year since the last service. Most of those miles were driving to and from races, so if I didn't run, I would hardly need a car, as I could use my bus pass to get around.
Columba, yes amazing that Jo Pavey ran at all. I think it was a last minute decision to race. Your run sounded really lovely with all the bluebells. I believe the Spanish variety are "taking over," it was on "Springwatch," I think that I heard that, and that they don't have any smell.
This evening is another social run in the forest, ending up in the local hostelry. "I'm only here for the beer, well it is Double Diamond," comes to mind. That brand was absolutely dreadful, as bad as Watneys Red Barrel.
Red, our posts crossed! Hope your stomach problem soon gets better. Take things easier before Saturdays marathon, and good luck with it. I don't have a race this weekend, but have the D Day 10k the following week. This is the last race in the Hampshire Road Race League season.
Red, thanks for the explanation of the Cakeathon, and well done getting round in a respectable time whilst not feeling 100%.
Columba, I don't think that the new owner of the Navigator's Hat was very pleased, but probably deserved it. Apparently, she got lost on her leg of the Trent Valley Relay, adding 30 minutes to the expected time. Well done with your 10k, a very good time and good placing in your age group. I believe Jo Pavey was the first lady, very impressive for a 41 year old.
Last nights track session went well and better than expected, after three consecutive forest runs. We did seven 400 metre efforts with 100 metre walks between each. The Coach set a target of 1.52 per lap for those of us expecting to run 10ks in 46 minutes. I only timed six of them, as I somehow, failed to stop my watch for one of them. My laps were actually faster, and were 1.46, 1.52, 1.47, 1.43, 1.44 and 1.42. I'm taking a well needed rest day today, for which my legs and feet will surely thank me.
My garage rep. has just collected my car for it's annual service, and I decided on a major service, as I have only had minor ones in the last two or three years. They will also be checking the tracking, flushing the system and valeting.
The window cleaner has just arrived and I'm also renewing my house and contents insurance, so today is going to be a very costly day. As a matter of interest, I got a quote from a different insurer, and will save nearly £200, so that will be a help.