TS - I'm curious to know what the "wimp's way" up Hipps Hill is; a different route, or just dropping to a walk? My x-ray is due tomorrow, and if it shows arthritis I will then be offered a steroid injection.
Mick - re approaching 70 - I think we tend to be dominated by our use of a decimal system for counting (reinforced by age categories for athletes which go in 5-year jumps), and consequently dread reaching what people will call "significant" birthdays. Certainly, age-related things are going to get us sooner or later, but not necessarily at 70, or at 60, or at 75... They will happen when they happen. Sufficient unto the day, and all that. There's someone on the Fetcheveryone website called "Canute", who is extremely knowledgeable about effects of aging on running and other athletic pursuits; he also has a website; if I can track it down, I'll give you the link.
I went for a long walk yesterday, all cross-country, full of hills and lumps and rocks and ruts and stiles and very squishy bits. My knee seems to have tolerated this quite well, so all is not lost.
I like the new picture, WtnMel! Has the blue come out of your ear yet?
DBI - even when Article 50 is invoked, it will still (or so I understand) be two years before the UK actually leaves the EU, so you have a bit of time in hand.
My knee will be x-rayed tomorrow, and if it turns out that the problem is arthritis I can then have a steroid injection (which may or may not "work"). In the meantime I went for a long walk yesterday, all cross-country, including steep hills, stiles, lumps and bumps, ploughed fields and very squishy bits; and the knee seems to have tolerated all that quite well. I stopped cycling 8 years ago when we downsized (found the traffic too nerve-wracking), and swimming is not something I actually take pleasure in, just do it by way of cross-training. If I could swim like DBI it would be a different matter.
Considerably cooler today; very grey and overcast.
Mick, whatever is going wrong? - That looks like a year's-worth of repairs all in a day. On a very much smaller scale, I have a pair of secateurs, almost brand new, which seem to have lost a little shaft so the ratchet mechanism doesn't work. I bought them in a garden centre nearly 30 miles away, and really don't fancy traipsing all that way to return them.
Shan't be running today; knee still hurting, and visibly swollen.
It's 30 here, which is unheard of for this part of the country.
Yes, Ludlow is a lovely town. I am over there at least twice a year, having my car serviced and MOT-ed (bought the car from a Skoda specialist just outside the town some years ago, and he's so reliable I've been going back ever since). I have run through it, walked through it, mooched around the shops and the market, visited the castle, and been for walks on the Common.
I'm with your wife, John B, - playing with grandchildren is vastly preferable to sitting in a car on the M25. Or even, than shopping.
Knee not so good today. I went out soon after 7 this morning (not so hot then, and some shade being cast) to run 3.8 miles (I am trying to increase the distance by 10% each time). Outward journey not too bad, but knee became really painful on the return; I was limping by the end, and very slow throughout. However, I have my X-ray appointment now, so hopefully that will clarify things a little.