Sounds like hard work Red, raking up hay. It's bad enough raking the lawn. There are eight of us so far in the 70+ category, so I will see if any of them are on the Run Britain and Power of 10 webs. This will give me some idea of the standard I will be up against.
Had a great fartlek session at club last night. We were split in groups of 5 and I led one group. Each group chose their own route, and we never met up with the others on the way. My group covered 8 miles and we did a selection of hills, up and down, straight stretches etc for our efforts and recoveries. We all put lots of effort into it, and varied the length of efforts and recoveries. None of them were timed, but just "as and when."
Today is a rest day and I managed a 3 minute front plank this morning.
Hi Deezel, good to hear from you again. Sorry to hear about your injury and how frustrating, so close to the finish! Congratulations on your great PB and 1st in the MV60 category. Take care in the parkrun as you don't want to aggravate the injury. By the way, I haven't had a beer for nearly 2 months now. It was part of my training plan for the NF Marathon, so I have continued with it. I still have wine with Saturday and Sunday lunch though, but didn't the Saturday before NF. I'm not going tea total though, and will still have a beer or two if meeting with friends in the pub.
I've had a change of plan; due to expected traffic chaos in Salisbury with the Half starting at midday, I'm not running it now, but am entering the club's own Solent Half. This means I will be "car parking" before the start, for the 5th year in a row, but better than the Salisbury alternative. I hadn't had to pay for Salisbury, so there is no loss there. I'm going to go hell for leather for 1st MV70 place. Last year I was 1st MV65+ so will try to make it a double.
Returning to the "cows incident," my sister told me that white cows in the forest had a reputation for being hostile and had been moved around due to many complaints of their behaviour. We had approached the cows very cautiously, and certainly not running. They were looking at us in a hostile manner, so we were very apprehensive. Perhaps they sensed that, and once they started stampeding, they all followed suit. We also passed lots of ponies, but they were no problem, and moved out of our way.
DBI, congratulations to you and Charlie, he is certainly a credit to you and second place is amazing. The sky is now the limit.
Red, I never get notifications, although the e mail response box has been ticked for years. I have tried unticking and then ticking again, but it made no difference. Good luck with the Sussex marathon on Sunday. I'm sure you will finish well within the cut off time, especially as you will have had a few days "recovery"
I ran a steady 7 miles on roads yesterday with Sarah, in my new Asic's. They felt really good, and it is always surprising the difference in cushioning. We get used to the gradual reduction of it, so I usually retire them after 500 miles or so. We have a fartlek session this evening with the club which unfortunately is now on roads. Our evening sessions in the forest are now over for a few months.
I'm finding my way round my new Huawei phone, but have experienced a problem that it won't sync with my Garmin. I have an appointment with the o2 Guru on Tuesday who I hope will be able to sort it out. It is a real pain having to manually upload to my laptop.
Ran a very enjoyable 11 miles forest run this morning with Giuliana , Steve and Adrian, which could have ended in tragedy! We had run several miles before approaching a small stream. There were dozens of cows, some with horns, either side which looked aggressive. As Steve and Adrian approached the stream, several cows ran towards them, but thankfully avoided them. The cows behind Giuliana and me were stampeding by those running at Steve and Adrian, and one was right behind me. I thought my end had come, but at the last second, it swerved and missed me by a fraction. I think it was a miracle that we were all unhurt and God must have been looking down on us!