HS - I'm not sure when I'll be attempting that 1 in 4 lane but when I do, it will probably be while walking. Mr's Wm has been out for a walk along another lane I thought might be a possible running route. But she said it was like a race track in places so back to the drawing board. Sorry to hear about the irritation when trying to enter the Southampton HM but see you managed it eventually. Your mention of the Salisbury Trail 33k reminded me of a number of years ago when I did the Sarsen Trail charity walk from Avebury to Stonehenge. They had a marathon and half-marathon on the same day but as it's across Salisbury Plain it was very bleak in places - not as interesting as your race sounds.
BIW - hope your leg improves enough to allow you to do the 5k at the end of the triathlon. Re surplus shirts - I managed to get rid of a whole load when I was de-cluttering before the move but I've kept back enough to keep me going (probably more than enough!).
Columba - I've never done a parkrun but have looked up my nearest (Cheltenham) and that is done over three loops - I've printed my barcode in readiness to go along there sometime soon. Sorry to confuse you with my acronym .. WMBO meant "who must be obeyed" (but as you're his mum I guess that can mean "who MIGHT be obeyed"!)
Red - it was so hot leading up to and after our house move I was wearing my technical t-shirts (usually worn just for running) all the time.
Ray - glad to hear you managed to get to parkrun on time - sorry you were disappointed with your time as it sounded a good time to me.
I went out earlier on and did 5.5mls by devising a route that circled back on itself in places or took the longer route and ignored any short cuts. As I am becoming more familiar with my new town and getting familiar with road names I think I should quite easily be able to add more twists and turns to up the distance to 6 or 7 miles. As I've said before, longer term I want to investigate the nearby footpaths that will take me up onto the hills for longer runs (10mls) in readiness for October's race.
4 mile run done & dusted. It was a tad warm and as I headed up the road from the house I looked down and realised I had my running shirt on inside out - luckily it looks very similar either way round so no-one would have noticed. When I got back I saw my average pace was 10.05mm with some miles done at between 9.52 and 9.57mm pace. Given my recent lack of running I'm classing today's little plod as a tempo run.
Back to the pensions paperwork. With my recent retirement, my financial adviser has been checking the status of my personal pensions with a view to deciding what actions to take. He phoned during the week wanting to set up an appointment to see me. I've had to put him off recently due to the house move so he's probably been drumming his fingers wanting to get on with things. It's almost the weekend so I'll put him at the top of my to-do list for Monday!
*rubs sore cheek and regrets shouting HELLO to hungover Red*
Columba - glad you are obeying PT's suggestions (PTWMBO?) re longer run and tempo session.
Red - Oi! I've not been ON my backside I'll have you know Good luck with your enhanced 60 by 60 challenge.
BIW - hope the groin strain and knee recover soon .. glad to hear swim training seems to have helped. Oh .. just read on about Nemo smacking into your injured leg.
HS - your 'jungle' run in the woods sounds like quite an adventure (of the wrong sort). Ouch to the sore thighs Glad to hear more recent forest run was better conditions.
Ray - glad to hear you've managed some good training the last few days.
Runningfox - hello *waves* .. I hope I am still running in my 70's (mere stripling of 63 at present) and even my 80's like you. I ran when I was younger but got out of the habit for over 30 years. I've been running again on and off (injuries permitting) since 2007 and have tried the Bath HM several times (keep getting cramps at 9 miles though training runs up to 13 miles have been fine). I've never done a marathon and have no plans at present. I enjoy my running and although I'll never be fast, hopefully I won't ever be last!
I haven't done jigsaws for years - have to say they don't really appeal. When I was young I had a puzzle of different shaped pieces (each of 6 squares) that had to be manoeuvred into a rectangle. I found it recently but one piece was missing - but then I discovered someone has written an app for it that I can use on my Hudl.
I will also be waiting for Win 10 (to let others sort out the bugs and find out more about it first). Margaret's laptop is Win 8.1 and my computers are both Win 7 so I expect if I upgrade, I will do all three at the same time.
I ran again on Wed afternoon - a little bit of rain but nothing to worry about. I only have the one route sorted at present - I used a slightly different route back at the end as the original came to a roundabout where there the footpath petered out.
Having just lerrrnched, I will sort through my pensions paperwork (Zzzzzz) while I digest it and will then head out on the same route again. BTW, my neighbour has explained to me the shortest route to the nearby hills. But warned me the lane in question becomes 1 in 4 at one point.
BIW - really sorry to hear about today's fall .. hope it isn't anything too drastic. Well done to Nemo for yesterday .. better luck next time with Charlie.
Redhead - HELLO!! How's your head feeling?
HS - hope today's long run went well. Glad to hear new trainers seem to be okay. I would like to join a club - fingers crossed whoever I join is more friendly than my last one (full of cliques and some faster runners not even bothering to speak to lesser mortals like me).
JJ - welcome back. Yes indeed - have been really enjoying this year's TDF.
Columba - well done re Fri's run and Thu's tempo session.
RayL - don't blame you taking a rest day if HRV was in red zone. If you've heard good things about CLC Striders maybe they're the ones to try. Can't help thinking though the alternative (Almost Athletes) more accurately describe me!
I finally got my running shoes on yesterday afternoon - I even remembered to charge up my Garmin before I set off. I ran a 4ml route around town (after checking Google Maps again to remind me which roads to follow) and got round in 40.52 (10.32mm pace). So the four week layoff doesn't seem to have affected my fitness level. Maybe shifting and moving all those packing boxes has been keeping me fit in the meantime. I will have to stick to runs around town until I have managed to suss out where the footpaths are. And bearing in mind my hilly race in October, I need to work out how to get to the hills I can see from our new house.
HS - yes, we really missed the internet when it was off - thank goodness for my smartphone! As I think I've mentioned before, I always have a rest day (don't think I've ever run on two consecutive days).
Columba - some good training going on for you I see (18k run; intervals).
BIW - hope Charlie behaves himself next time.
Ray - sorry to hear about the frustrating session.
The removal men came this afternoon to take away all the empty boxes - the conservatory and garage suddenly both appear bigger. It meant I had room in the garage to sort/re-arrange the remaining boxes and get them in some sort of order.
I ticked a few things off the to-do list today - registered with the local doctors and updated my address details for my credit cards.
I've checked online and there seem to be two local running clubs to choose from if I decide to join one - CLC Striders & Almost Athletes - will read more about them and check where they meet before deciding which one. In the meantime I have found a website called walkjogrun.net which has some running routes posted by other people living in Bishops Cleeve. I'll 'borrow' some of those routes to begin with until I get my bearings.
As you'll have gathered, I've still not run yet. I am playing golf tomorrow so I am hoping to get out and do a few miles on Thu/Fri (and expecting it to be hard work after several weeks off).