Sorry I've not been around lately (cannot believe it is 11 days since my last visit to these 'ere parts). You would think with my impending retirement things would be winding down? Far from it! The number of incidents to deal with has increased (though that has been good news where 'knowledge transfer' is concerned). And there has been some system testing to be done - I think they are using me while I am still available. Anyway, it will all stop on Tuesday evening when I walk out of the office for the last time. Can't wait! And once I am free to do what I want, visits here should be more regular.
Red - good luck with the Dover marafun tomorrow. I always think with rain, it just means I get wet on the outside as well as from the perspiration. And judging by the forecast I will also be getting wet on my long run tomorrow morning. Re your conference call - one thing I will miss from work is the ability to use the headset with built-in microphone to make hands-free calls.
BIW - you mentioned woodpeckers and I heard them hammering away when I was running through the woods in Cirencester Park on last weekend's long run. I always think 'comfortably hard' means run at a pace where you can gasp the odd word but not carry on a conversation.
Exhausted - well done re Thu's 10 miler. Re struggling, some runs seem to be like that. Would have answered your question about using a nail in beading if I had been here in time!
HS - well done re Thu's hill session - sounds like hard work (and the kind of thing I need to do to increase my fitness).
Columba - I've not been on a running track for many years so don't know how I would pace myself. Though I do know that lampost #3 down Tetbury Road after the subway is the 1ml point for me on many of my routes and where I check my initial pace
*waves* to Matsmum & JJ
I heartily agree with the earlier comments about taking the bus and journeys being free with the bus pass. Something I hope to take advantage of after I retire next week. As well as the extra work lately, I have been keeping busy de-personalising everything ready for the handover. I have moved all my personal photos, documents, music & pictures from my laptop. I still need to review my emails in case there is anything I might conceivably need in future. The work phone has had all the personal contacts removed so apart from re-setting it to factory settings and clearing my desk/cupboard, I think I'm ahead of schedule on that score.
After I finish work on Tuesday it is going to be so much easier to fit in my runs. I hope I can also get into a routine of doing additional exercise along with my running. With the prospect of all those additional hours I can't think of a good reason why I shouldn't be able to fit in weight-training and swimming for example. Whether I get into the habit of playing golf more often or taking up bowls (I have a set of 'woods' in the wardrobe) only time will tell.
I have just finished my last ever 'on call' session (the phone stayed silent) so just two more days to go at work. Mrs Wm and I are going out for a meal on Tuesday evening to celebrate my retirement with my friend Alan who retired a couple of months ago (and who I am playing golf with on Wednesday).
Exhausted - arrrrr .. you be a mentioning grog me 'earty. Mention of grog always makes me come over all pirate-y On a more serious note, my treadmill is in the garage and it certainly make me puff and work up a sweat. It can be raised up to 10 degrees to simulate hills and has some different programmes built-in to change the pace and/or slope.
HS - yes, those are the plastic balls I meant - the theory is it won't go far when I hit it with the golf club. If you enjoyed the book about wrestling, keep an eye on BBC4. There is a programme about the 'golden age' of wrestling and they show it from time to time. Yes - I used to watch the wrestling with my Dad - he liked Jackie Pallo and didn't like Mick McManus.
*waves* to BIW, Red & JJ
We have some instant messaging software at work - I updated my status today to read "Only 11 working days to go". One of my 'friends' in my team said surely to be strictly accurate it ought to read 'working' (I am still working at the moment - but hope by the end of next week I will have reached the 'working' stage).
Exhausted thought I was probably counting the days until retirement. I am (only 11 more 'working' days to go) but there is a new release going in after I have left so at present I am helping out by doing lots of testing (to make sure the fixes for the bugs haven't broken anything that was still working okay). Also, I am busy doing a 'brain dump' and trying to pass on all my knowledge to the guy that is picking up my work. Maybe I will be able to start winding down a bit next week? We'll see!
Meanwhile, away from work, I have retrieved my golf clubs from the garage of my house. I've also started reading the "Teach Yourself Golf" book I discovered I had when I started de-cluttering my bookshelf. When the weather improves again I shall go out on the back lawn to practise my swing using practise balls (hollow plastic with holes). It would be nice to be able to actually hit the ball when I go to play golf on 1st April.
And (drum roll..) I hopped on the treadmill this evening and did 3 miles. I am planning to run again on Wednesday and am trying to get back into the routine of running 3 times a week.
Columba - the problem with getting to Swindon Parkrun has always been too much else to do on a Saturday morning - shouldn't be such a problem in future!
HS - re training and racing, as per my comment to Columba, making time has always been the problem up to now. Should be much easier to fit in my runs once I am retired. Boo to having toothache and needing to have it looked at (and subsequent expense).
*waves* to Red (and anyone else who pops by)
Not managed to get back out for a run since Mon evening. Not overly bothered as I don't have any races planned and am enjoying a bit of a rest after the training for the Bath HM. I'll get back into a proper routine soon!
Exhausted - hope your en-suite renovations go smoothly. Your last sentence about "Oh dear - how sad" reminded me of Sgt Major 'Shut Up' played by Windsor Davies in "It Ain't Half Hot Mum" - I'm sure the rest of you remember him as well.
HS - some impressive WAVA figures there. Mine range from the mid-fourties to mid-fifties. As a comparison, my highest scores are both PB's .. 56.41% (Chippenham River Run 5K - 2012 - 28:26) and 56.21% (Swindon 10k - 2013 - 59:55). I am okay on the putting green too - its getting there that is more of a problem I run with my arms at my side and try and concentrate on keeping my shoulders relaxed - have never needed to use my elbows (yet!). Incidentally, footballers falling over and rolling in agony until they realise the ref isn't watching is one of the many reasons why I have no interest in football.
No after-effects today from going over on my left ankle last night. I have walked to and from the garage today without noticing it in any way. I'm pleased to say the car passed its MOT - the only thing they found was the offside front sidelight had blown. The car is only five years old and has been regularly serviced - would have been worried if they had found anything else.