Hi everyone - Mr "Once A Fortnight" here again! You would think being retired I would manage to post on here more often .. ho hum. Anyway, catching up ..
DBI - don't blame you getting cross about that white stone being painted by some vandals - people are such morons sometimes.
Aquarius - re your husband's sailing trip, a few years back we treated my SIL to one from Christchurch which went across to the IOW and back again which was great fun - we even got a turn to take the helm while the captain made us a brew. Well done re your unexpected 10K PB! I got my EA card recently and it had the correct number so I'm one of the lucky ones.
HS - glad to see the washer/dryer is fixed. Great result for your 10K race - impressive WAVA!
Redhead - I always think comedy tan-lines (like from Bexhill) are part of being a runner.
Columba - glad you managed a 1 mile run but sorry to hear your knee is still 'niggly' and giving you problems. I've never mastered front crawl either BTW.
The handicap race (16th May - 3 laps of 1.5mls) was fun and I had a good race despite being passed by quite a few runners. I thought I might start being overtaken on lap3 but that began at the start of lap2. Seeing the results afterwards, the first ten people home beat their estimated times by up to 5 minutes so I guess they may adjust their start time at the next race. I finished 25th (of 36) and my avg pace was 9:24mm so I was really pleased with that.
I did the Westonbirt 10K yesterday evening. I had a good race with a faster second half and was passing quite a few people in the last 200 metres. My time was 1:00:42 (my PB from 2013 is 59:55) with an avg pace of 9:35 (and I see my WAVA score is 57.00 which is a PB for me) so again, better than expected with my lack of regular training.
I've entered the Ridgeway Run which I do in Tring each year (this will be my 5th year in succession) - I was quick off the mark and am runner number 4 (numbers 1 & 2 are reserved for last year's fastest man/lady).
Eight days since I was last here - how did that happen? I've been decorating the spare bedroom and more recently, 'playing' outside (digging and weeding borders). Anyway, catching up ..
HS - sorry to hear about your washer/dryer problems and your long phone call. I think I read somewhere if you are in queues to keep hitting the hash # key to get out of the queue. Or pick the menu number for Sales as they are usually quickest to answer (may have imagined that though).
Red - no worries about me pushing too hard before my 10K if my recent lack of training is anything to go by!
Columba - those nasty plants I mentioned weren't couch grass, bindweed, ground elder, japanese knotwood or hogweed .. I'm familiar with all those. Margaret found it in a book of wild plants and its called Red Valerian. We gather they sell it at some garden centres but as far as we're concerned, its a pain in the you-know-what. I see you have had your knee/foot problems diagnosed and know what to do to remedy them.
With all the work around the house, I've still not got back into a regular routine of three runs a week. I did a long(ish) 6.5ml run last Sunday and a 5ml fartlek run with the club on Wednesday. I spent most of today in the garden - tomorrow I'm over at my house and on Sunday we're visiting family in Warwick so no chance of any running for a day or two.
However on Mon eve I'm taking part in the first (of four) club handicap races of 4.5mls (3 laps). Slower runners start first, faster runners later and in theory we all finish together. Except of course, if you put in more effort, you'll improve your position. Should be fun - and there are prizes for the winners of each race and of the series.
BTW, I had an email on Thu eve to let me know entries had opened for the Ridgeway Run which I do each October. I was obviously quite quick off the mark as my race number is #4
Hi everyone .. sorry I've not been around lately. Have just been catching up with everyone's doings. Far too much for me to reply to individually but an honourable mention must go to HS for his MV70+ race result. And commiserations to Red for that recent fall on gravel.
We were away in Woolacombe for a week but had no wifi. I took my running gear with me but although we walked on several days, I didn't manage to run. Since we got back I've been busy working around the house. My son was over helping me mend the dry-stone wall at the front of our house. Some nasty plants (the name of which escapes me) had wormed their way through the stones and had started displacing them. We had to remove the stones in several places, dig down to remove all the roots then re-build and apply mortar to the capping stones to hold everything back in place.
I'm hoping this weekend I can start getting back into my 2 to 3 runs a week routine as it's not long now until my 10K on 24th May.
DBI - sorry to hear it was a wet weekend in Bavaria and you had traffic jams there and back. No grey hairs - what's Nemo's secret?
HS - well done re your 10ml run and congratulations to your friend Alice for her PB at Brighton. Toilets always seem to be an issue for ladies - when I've done the Bath HM, the ladies have always ended up using the men's toilets because the queues for their ones are so long.
I went out earlier on and did my 6.5ml route around town. I started steadily and found myself following a young lady who I expected to zoom off into the distance. In fact, when the slope started (not steep enough to be termed a hill), she slowed dramatically and started walking and 'Steady Eddie' here overtook her before the top of the road. It was a good run - I didn't have any intention of pushing the pace but found on my return, the run had been the fastest ever on that route.
HS - my club does have track training sessions and I must get myself along to them.
Aquarius - when rollering I just grimace while I deal with the tightness/soreness telling myself its good for me. I think the only times I've run with tight fists has been when I've forgotten my gloves and have run like that for a mile or so until my hands have warmed up.
Red - well done re marathon 72 .. your century has come a step closer.
I ran on Friday morning and did a 4ml route around town. I was feeling good so it turned into a tempo run - checking on my return I found my avg pace was 9.54 mm (the first sub-10 run for a long while) with quite consistent mile splits (9.52 9.54 10.04 9.54) - I hope getting closer to sub-10 minute miling is a sign of things to come.
No running for me today as we had friends round for lunch - I had to limit myself to looking out enviously at everyone jogging past in the sunshine while I helped get things ready. I shall head out tomorrow instead.