Graham, I hope the track session went well. I am now reaching a state of mind that I think that a track session could be in my not too distant future. It is a shame that we can't meet up but I will probably see your ship in the harbour.
TS, I grew up in Marlow, not far from Henely. When I return home, I always manage a trip there with my sisters and often stroll along those tow paths. One of my favourite runs is along the towpath from Marlow to Temple lock.
I had an introduction to coloured pencils yesterday from a local artist who specialises in them. I was a little shocked at how complicated it all was. I had a lot of difficulties with topics like 'complimentary colours'.
The engineer in me wanted to know precisely why they were complimentary which took me into the 'colour wheel' which seemed to me to be completely arbitrary. I guess I will stay an engineer who draws.
My running is still progressing with gradual improvements in HR profile. I fly out tomorrow so will probably be missing for a couple of weeks.
Columba, I hope your 10k goes well. You have been very consistent in your training and have progressively increased your intensity so you have the training. Now all you need is to believe and trust that training to deliver.
Graham, I fly out of Santorini on the 6th at 1:00 so that doesn't leave us much time. What time does your ship dock? Great time and well done on your race series. I think longevity in running is a function of body weight. All of the good runners I know in their late 60s and 70s weigh less than 12 stone. Most of the 13 / 14 st types seem to be struggling with one issue or another.
TS, It is an incredibly low probability that two people who know one another but live thousands of miles apart are going to be on the same small island in the middle of nowhere purely by coincidence. My considered conclusion has to be that Graham is stalking me.
Another good but slow week. 5 days of running 5k per day. I even managed 5.8k today.
TS, That looks like very comfortable running to me.
Graham, Nice one, enjoy the glory.
Well another 5k done today in warm temps, 27c. All my aches and pains are behaving. I have lost a lot of fitness over the start of this year despite all my xtraining efforts. My HR is very elevated for a very very modest pace. My gait is still way off but it has to be loss of fitness. Hopefully if I can keep up my consistency even if it is slow ans only 5k at a time I should slowly improve.
Unfortunately my colours workshop got cancelled so now I am in search of a replacement. I have been communicating with a local professional who is willing to give me one on one sessions to introduce me to coloured pencils and pastels.
All this talk of sun and travel has reminded me we are off to Athens and Santorini at the end of the month.
John, Sorry to hear that the wheels fell off. These aches and pains seem to come with the territory when you reach our age but at least you realised that and took corrective action. In my case, I, unfortunately, am way too stubborn.
I have forgotten but when is your crazy moment event, the 8 miler sounds a good start.
Poppy, Maybe if you bang enough fingers with your rolling pin the achilles will stop hurting.
This week has gone well, I ran on 5 days, 5k per day, so slowly getting back.