HS - happy (belated) birthday. Thanks for confirming there ARE hills in the Tailwind Heartbreaker (snigger)
Red - well done for completing your 52 in 52 challenge. One compost bin isn't enough for Margaret - as at our last house, we are up to three now.
As it was a lovely mild sunny day, I decided to run this afternoon instead of with the club later this evening. I only did 4mls - fingers crossed I can get out again on Friday for a longer run.
I see Red is putting up xmas decorations and HS is writing xmas cards. We have a xmas tree but it's in the garage. I've got our cards and decorations out but neither of us have written any cards yet (and the decorations won't go up until xmas week). We are having a family get-together on Sunday and I have bought everyone's presents - but they aren't wrapped yet!
Columba - glad it's not just me being a wimp and wearing tracksters!
HS - re losing posts, please do what I do. Write your thoughts in Notepad .. when you're done, Ctrl-A to 'select all text', Ctrl-C to 'copy all' and on the RW forum Ctrl-V to 'paste' .. it will save you a lot of frustration!!
JB6 - happy 39th anniversary in advance. I registered our 'anniversary' on the Beefeater website, hence the free bottle of wine. We had £15 of money-off vouchers as well so it was a cheap meal for us.
HS (again) - I must ask. Are there any hills at the Tailwind Heartbreaker?
DeltaD - welcome to the thread. Please join in with the 'banter' and you'll get some good advice re training. I don't have any 'energy' tablets before I run - but I sometimes take them during a long run in the Summer months and/or have one afterwards if I'm feeling washed out.
I didn't run today - I'm trying to be 'good' and restrict my running to weekdays so that we can go walking at weekends or I can help out around the garden. Today I installed an additional compost bin as Margaret had filled the other one up.
Hi everyone - I've tried getting on here a few times over the last couple of days without success but it seems to be working for me again now.
Red - poo picking again eh? You know how to live! Well done re beating your estimates at the Deal marathons. Fingers crossed you manage to complete your 52 in 52 without any problems.
HS - it is nice to feel my fitness coming back every time I run. Well done re your Hayling 10ml result (and impressive WAVA). I see you wore tracksters - I must confess my shorts have been at the back of the draw for a couple of weeks now (just me being a bit of a wimp as I've not 'experimented' with continuing to wear shorts when it turns cold).
JB6 - nice bit of 'stalking' there of our HS (in the nicest possible way!) and to read he dragged you along the last half-mile of the race.
Columba - my uphill overtaking is partly due to taking it steady over the previous 4.5mls but don't let the 'overtakees' know that! Good luck in advance with seeing the specialist in (that) London and hope he can help and advise.
I didn't manage to run last weekend so went out on Monday instead and did a 4ml route around town. I ran with the fartlek group at my club on Wednesday. We repeated the same 5ml route as in previous weeks and it was nice to see a small improvement in time - I even managed to overtake a few people in the final few hundred yards again. We're changing venue from next week and will be at Cheltenham FC's ground - its the 'right' side of town for me and not as far to drive.
Re my garage diy project, I got some plywood (rather than mdf) for the shelves but I'm still on the hunt for l-shaped brackets for fixing the shelving to the worktop and fixing the worktop legs to the garage floor.
Not being married, today is Margaret and my 'anniversary' - its 14 years since we first met for a drink so we've been out for lunch. We had a free bottle of wine but as I was driving, we didn't drink it all and brought the remainder home to polish off later this evening.
Hi everyone - oops, another two weeks flown by since I was here
Red - the bite/swelling has all gone now thanks but I'm still waking up with a sore throat which disappears once I've had my morning cuppa. Umm .. I see you just had the odd one or six marathons planned then It should be one down, one doing and four to go as I write this. Ooh - get you going to the cinema in the morning - you devil.
HS - glad to hear your club sessions are getting more popular. Also glad to hear your race went off without incident in the end - and well done for getting your revenge on your nemesis and beating him.
Columba - sounds like you've been busy with baby/dog-sitting etc. in (that) London .. shame about catching a cold.
DBI - like the sound of your 'mysterious night'.
Exhausted - congrats on journeying to grandparent land for the first time.
I've been playing in the garden this morning and have filled five dustbin liners full with leaves. I've put them behind the shed and made some perforations in the sides of the bags - hopefully by next year we'll have lots of leaf mulch to spread around the borders.
I've managed to build my worktop in the garage. Margaret tried shaking it and it didn't move an inch so she's pronounced it fit for purpose! I need to fit some edging strips and make a trip to Wickes for some l-shaped brackets to screw the legs to the floor - I'll get some mdf for the shelving while I'm there but otherwise it's ready to go.
Back on topic, I went out with my club on Wednesday and ran with the 5ml fartlek group. I was at the back most of the time but my fitness is slowly coming back after my enforced three week break and towards the end when we have an uphill section, I was overtaking a couple of the speed merchants who were flagging by then. Hoping to get out tomorrow morning and do a 5/6 mile run.
I see it's been almost three weeks since I was last here but there's not been much going on in Wtnmel world. The day after my last post the back of my left hand swelled up and got very itchy. The pharmacist advised it was an allergic reaction to an insect bite (gardening?). I was taking anti-allergy pills for a week or so - weak ones to begin with but when they weren't having any effect, stronger ones which made me very drowsy so I was unable to drive.
Having got rid of the swollen hand I came down with a stinker of a cold and seemed to spend all my time sneezing, blowing my nose and drying my runny eyes. The cold had gone away by the beginning of last week and once my 'tubes' weren't so blocked up I was finally able to get out for my first run for several weeks and managed 4 miles, albeit quite slowly. I went out again yesterday and did 5 miles and it wasn't quite such a struggle.
Having attempted to catch up and read back over several pages of posts ..
HS - lots of good training going on with you as ever I see.
Red - I trust you have recovered from your tumbles at the Vegan Day Challenge and the injuries have healed and aches and pains have gone away.
Columba - the nearest I've ever got to dry-stone walling was sorting out the front wall of our garden this summer (partly taking it apart to remove some plants growing through then re-building it).
Aquarius - Margaret has a leaf-blower/sucker which certainly speeded things up when I had a go at our leaves recently. Needless to say, a few days later, there are just as many new ones on the ground.
Our electrician was finally here last week and did several small jobs we've been waiting on for a few months. He fitted an extractor fan in the kitchen and a small heater in new en-suite cupboard (which now becomes an airing cupboard). He converted the bathroom radiator to dual-fuel and fitted a new dining room light fitting. In the outside garage, he fitted some extra power sockets and a second light switch (to save stumbling in the dark to the other end). And (drum roll ..) he ran a 35A power cable out to the garage and wired in my sauna.
My next diy 'project' is to make sense of our garage which is basically a bit of a tip with stuff all over the floor. I have some shelving to erect and a large piece of plywood to use as a 'worktop' with shelving on it so that will keep me out of mischief for a while. My main problem at the moment is there is so much stuff everywhere I can't use my treadmill. I would dearly love to keep hold of my treadmill (I'm not sure how much use it will get) but I sometimes think it takes up too much of the available space. Ho Hum ..