HS - no ring-a-roses at the party. The girls played inside until the two grand-dads had put together the see-saw the other one had bought. Then they played outside on that after we had eaten lunch and had some birthday cake. Well done re 8 miler in forest - glad to hear Alice is recovering well.
Red - good wishes for your 3 marathons in 4 days attempt - hope it goes well and if it was me, I would give the parkrun a miss. A stumpery eh? - you're in good company as Charlie has one at Highgrove.
*waves* to Columba, JJ, BIW, Exhausted and anyone else who pops by ..
I've been out and done just under 5 miles this morning. I set off on one of my usual routes around a nearby village. But to ring the changes, I headed back via a track that runs alongside the fields at the back of our house. I often see other runners going along there - made a nice change to be there myself. I've just been out and cut the back lawn as well so I am also now cream-crackered.
Columba - that tempo session sounded like it was a toughie - well done for hitting the requested pace.
HS - when I swam regularly for a while I used to have trouble counting lengths too. Well done re your hilly club session. Re 'streamlined' hair .. yes, there's less to cut these days but I don't see the price dropping!
Red - nice to hear you are okay (figured you were busy and would be back when time allowed).
BIW - love that logo the Channel swimmers have on their swim caps. Smiled at Nemo answering back at every command - presumably saying "OK boss" in dog-speak.
I got to play with a 'big boys' toy on Friday. Hired an electric breaker (think pneumatic drill - but quieter) to break up some concrete where I was installing a supporting post for the fence. Was hard work and my shoulders and arms still ache today.
It was a lovely day yesterday so I went and did 7mls in Cirencester Park - was lovely in the sunshine and the wood anemones and wild garlic were beginning to show. It was windy though - I was having similar problems to HS and had to keep pulling my cap firmly down onto my head to stop it blowing away.
Off to Warwick in a bit for grand-daughter's 4th birthday celebrations. Yesterday it was the children's party .. today its the grown ups turn to have some cake!
BIW - apologies, I can see I got the wrong end of the stick re marathons. I blame the late hour I was logged in! Well done re the swim training.
HS - as you can tell, I was amazed at the pace I was able to manage on those hill reps. The road I mentioned has at least 400yds of steady uphill and is a dual carriageway. So alternatives could be longer uphill reps or circuits up and down either side (using a footbridge at the bottom end and the subway at the top). Good luck with your hilly circuit session tonight.
Been out and played 9 holes of golf with my friend Alan and pleased to see my scores slowly improving. Its a Par 33 course and two weeks ago it took me 65 strokes to get round - last week it was 55 - today it was 53. That included 2 penalty shots as I drove into a ditch on the first two holes and some rubbish putting so plenty of scope for improvement.
Uh-oh .. it appears to be a bit late so had better make this posting a quickie!
Columba – well done re the swimming. Also, well done re 200m repeats. I think you’ll find the Garmin isn’t always spot-on (the GPS signals can over and under estimate). So probably best to stick to the interval times and ignore the equivalent mins/ml figures.
HS – don’t follow cricket now but in my ‘yoof’ I was scorer for the local 3rd XI. Well done re the track session – and good luck with forthcoming training for the NF Marathon.
BIW – well done re the cycling. I know what you mean about being envious but I’ve NEVER run further than a half marathon and don’t think I ever will.
Columba – I’m toying with selling some of the lp’s if the prices on Amazon seem high (collectible?). But I expect I’ll end up taking them to a charity shop like HS.
Surprised myself yesterday morning. Ran to the Tetbury Road entrance to Cirencester Park (a mile away) then ran fast up the hill to the subway (about 250 yds) and jogged back down. Repeated this 8 times then jogged back home. The surprise was when I checked the stats when I got home. The fast uphill sections were done between 63 and 66 secs (equiv. to 7:42 to 8:05 min/ml pace). I seriously didn’t think I had it in me to do that sort of pace, even for short uphill sections like that. Gives me confidence for the future.
Exhausted - sorry to hear you pulled your back but glad to hear it's improving. Hope tomorrow's planned run goes okay. I had to be careful over the weekend - Mrs Wm's son forgot to bring a gate for the top of the stairs when he dropped off our grand-daughters so I had to improvise with my massage couch and a small heavy cupboard (sewing stuff) that lives on the landing to keep our 4yr old from sneaking downstairs.
BIW - I wish there WAS some way to turn KH off (some legal way anyway). Glad you had a nice weekend in Bavaria.
Columba - well done re speed session. I know what you mean about unbalanced running when carrying liquid - 500ml is bad enough sometimes which is why I got myself a waist belt. I have a 3 ltr Camelbak with tube for walking - I sometimes think a smaller version might be a good investment for summer running.
HS - glad the dentist session was okay - and no charge? .. wow, what a surprise in this day and age. Well done re the club speed session, the 13ml LSR (good pace too) and today's 6 miler. Well done to Alice for Brighton result and good luck to her in quest for GFA time.
Matsmum - thank you for the "English Country Garden" ear-worm! Hope grand-daughter's Tough Mudder goes okay. And chuckled about little grand-daughter's joint party and not twigging they might be short-changed Well done re your 9 miler.
JJ - sorry laughing at doodle not impressed with running when dog walking.
Stirred some memories this morning - worked through my lp collection scribbling down all the details (sitting cross-legged and crouching by the wardrobe where they are stacked in crates). Now I have the list I can check for any gaps in my cd and download collection and fill in the gaps using some of the Amazon vouchers I was given recently for my retirement/birthday.
Been for a 4.5ml loop around town this afternoon - I felt comfortable all the way round and it was nice to see afterwards that despite some longer waits for traffic than usual, the time was an improvement on last week.