JJ - what Ceal said, and Mick, about the fitness, - not that you really need the advice, I'm quite sure you're capable of giving it to yourself. Thinking of you and Mrs. JJ. Can she at least read, to divert herself from the misery? (I remember you said she's an English lit specialist).
I too was wondering about Aws. I miss his TOTP pictures.
Mick - thank you for your kind remarks. I am quite dreading the half mara; but it's essential to do an occasional race, or it would be too easy not to bother with running if any little excuse offered itself. For me it would, anyway. Youngest Son and his girlfriend are doing the same race, which will be nice, and Younger Daughter will no doubt be along to watch, since I shall be staying with her.
Ceal - strangely enough, no; there is a 3 x (10 mins at threshold, 2 mins jog) next week, and 6 x (3 mins threshold, 1 min jog) the week after. I have some doubts about this schedule (and so does my personal-trainer son) but am going to stick to it nevertheless.
JJ - a 2.7 mile "gentle shamble" is a step in the right direction, even if you do feel you're unfit.
The spelling of "kniphofia" is really odd (I had to look it up before I posted the post about having bought one). The ph suggests it comes from Greek, the f suggests it doesn't, and the kn suggests... well, I don't know what language we get kn and gn from (something nordic?) but surely it's neither Latin nor Greek. A real Bitzer of a word.
A yellow one - a nearly-red-hot-poker, perhaps? Is there a white one?
TE - I hope someone's rapped the caretaker's knuckles. (Oh look, another of those kn words).
Red - the kniphofia is "Elvira", - supposed to be a good, bright red, which is what I want; I have seen yellow ones, but if they're called red-hot pokers I feel they should be red. Bright red. Good that you had no breathing issues today.
WtnMel - photos are definitely a work in progress! I have lots of slides. They were cheaper than prints, so I used to get slides and have prints made from them only if they were really good. Definitely worth contacting the Garmin people. My Garmin was refurbished when I had it, quite a lot of years ago; it has only "died" on me once, and I returned it, and got it back all ok for a very reasonable charge.
BIW - good that your hip is functioning well. You were very conscientious about rehabilitating it properly, so you certainly deserve that it should be. Speaking of swimming in the rain, I once swam in the snow. It was in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, which is naturally lovely and warm, and has steam rising off it as a permanent feature (maybe not in the summer, but this was February). A strange experience, floating in warm blue water with snowflakes drifting down onto one's face! The worst bit was the scamper between the (heated) changing rooms and the warm water.
Interval session done today, 5 x (5 mins at threshold, 90 seconds jog). Not especially remarkable, but it's done.
TS - apologies to Jules; it's difficult to judge gender on the internet, especially when the name could belong to either (and many names can, these days).
NZC - glad you're back running.
Ceal - I think puppeteers are very good at improvising!
Interval session done earlier this afternoon; 5 x (5 mins at threshold, 90 seconds jog). Minute-miling speeds were slower than last week, when I had to keep it up for 8 mins rather than 5! Highest HR I saw was 157, same as Ceal's, but in no other way did my run resemble hers.
JJ - just adding my good wishes to Mrs. JJ. Is she finding the treatment very tiring?
TS - oh dear, that pain back again? I hope Jules can sort it, he seems to have succeeded before.
Interval session this week is less taxing than the last one, then I have two short recovery runs later in the week, and (supposedly) a 10k race at the weekend. Will probably have to be a time trial again. At the end of the following week I have a 2-hour LSR, but am "allowed" to do 2 and a half hours, as I was concerned that my longest run in the whole schedule was considerably short of 13 miles.
Poured with rain here all day. Visitors have gone back to London.