Columba, If your knee is still inflamed it will probably be too risky to consider your race. Based on my recent experience you cannot attempt too much until the inflammation is under control. I assume that there are no signs of a Baker's cyst and the joint is not leaking. The red squirrels come in a number of flavours. There are lots of little red pine squirrels similar to the English red. My favourite are the flying squirrels that seem to like our attic. They have fleshy bits under their arms to help them glide when they jump from branch to branch or in my case roof top to tree.
Graham, I am very lucky with my gym. In the morning it is full of retired people who are very sociable and chatty. There are lots of regulars who we have become friends with. Lots of coffee and lunch. It does have one downside in that it takes much longer to do a workout.
Today was a xtraining day. I decided on no aerobic efforts today and concentrated on working my legs with the usual monster walks and one legged stuff. Then worked the chest and shoulders. I find it more tiring to do a full body workout than going for a run and then stretching. All of the apple, cherry and lilac are in full bloom/blossom right now so really pretty ride home on my bonnie.
Hi aws, another book to read. I found Dawkins too arrogant and extreme for my taste. I found Alister McGrath's response weak at best and whose only credible argument seemed to rely on separating belief in God and religion which seemed a stretch.
ceal, I have been following the debate on the EU vote with great interest. I can see many positives about belonging to the EU but they are hugely outweighed by the negatives. My problem is that most of the negatives have already happened and are irreversible. Voting against would seem a bit like closing the barn door after the horse has bolted. I can appreciate why you feel the weight of responsibility as I would have no idea how to vote and I would consider myself an informed voter. Good luck on finding unbiased information.
Yesterday was another glorious day with a 7k run by the river and a set of strides to finish. Today it is a bit warm 27c but I got out early for an easy 5k.
ceal, Nothing worse than a summer cold, lots of sympathy. At least you do not have the heavy tree pollen, we get at this time of year, from living in densely wooded area. Lots of sneezing even without a cold.
Graham, I think you are doing exactly the right thing, very very gently returning. Are you doing any strengthening exercises as yet? I am half way through "The selfish gene" and I have read "The God Delusion". He does present his arguments in a academic style but I find his point are simply made if you trim away the long winded paragraphs. I think evolution and natural selection are a given, I think his main issue stems around how much of human behavior can be attributed to it. As you pointed out there is nothing benevolent in nature. We have a pack of coyotes or hybrid wolf/coyote really, that hunt around our area. Listening to them with a kill and seeing the mess doesn't leave much to the imagination.
A rest day for me, well at least no running. I have spent the day replacing external vents for the dryer and bathroom fans and repairing the garage door opener. Standing on a ladder way up high is not what I would call a rest. I am also doing battle with some red squirrels that think the attic is a good place to live.
Columba, Have you read any of his books? Next on my list is his "Selfish Gene" but I will certainly obtain "The Dawkins Delusion" I am fortunate here in that my local library has an Ebook section where with my usual jiggery pokey I can get a clean copy for my kindle. If not a visit to the dark side usually works. Having been educated in the C of E system from 5 to 16 I have been indoctrinated in RI. Dawkins does a thorough job of totally dismantling it all. What amazes me is how much I remember of all of my hundreds of RI classes.
My knee was always worse first thing in the morning and improved quickly. I would not say it is perfect now but I can run comfortably on it, I just have to be a little cautious with certain exercises.