Hi everyone - had my week off work last week (bliss!) so was 'offline' most of the time. I was catching up on some diy jobs and mended a fence (new post needed) and removed a load of brambles amongst other things. Also did my xmas shopping and got my cards written and posted. So it was a useful few days all round.
BIW - lots of nice presents on your retirement I see. Curry and beer go down well here too - but korma or tikka are about my limit.
Exhausted - how lovely to have the beach to yourself on your run. How did that recent 'sprint' go?
Columba - yes, agree about arranging to meet up at or around Bath Half. Sorry to hear you've had a cold and eye problem.
HS - thanks for reminder to not neglect intervals, tempo, fartlek runs when HM training. My long runs include some hills (large and small) and are not exactly flat. Sorry I missed your birthday - belated wishes anyway. Agree was good to see Jo Pavey coming 3rd in SPOTY. Sorry to hear you've also been suffering from a cold but glad to see you are feeling better now.
Red - I've seen lapwings when I've walked on the Marlborough Downs (once when the males were doing the 'falling from the sky' thing to attract the females). Sounds like the Hokas are wearing in nicely.
Mrs Wm has been suffering with a cold lately. I've not caught it yet and have been sleeping in the East Wing (spare room) and it's just pecks on the cheek that Mrs Wm gets at the moment!
I didn't run at all while I was off work. But I went out on Saturday and did 10mls. It wasn't pretty - but I got round, albeit 6 mins slower than the last time I did the same route in October. I've been out tonight and done 4.5mls - a better run this time and I christened my new Saucony socks. And wearing them, have realised how my feet should feel (cushioned) rather than how they have been. Time to 'retire' those old socks methinks ..
Sunday morning and I finally have time to catch-up properly after a horribly busy week at work. I'm looking forward to spending the coming week doing work that actually achieves something useful (!) - and at my own pace.
Red - call me a grinch but I don't enjoy the build-up to xmas (which seems to start in October) and the over-commercialisation of the whole thing. I enjoy New Year much more. Will be interested to hear what you make of those Hoka shoes.
JJ - I track my shoe mileage on my running spreadsheet so know from experience not to go too far beyond 500 miles. At the Bath HM I get lapped by the elite runners at around 3mls - am gobsmacked by how fast they are running. Speaking of which - saw your post on the fast treadmill session - the advantage being it's so much easier to control speed/distance on the treadie.
HS - glad to hear car passed it's MOT okay despite mixup about front tyres. Sounds like you had a good time at the xmas/birthday party (belated birthday wishes by the way). Trust the cobwebs have been blown away by the time you read this.
Columba - see you have entered the Bath Half too. I've got my hotel booked (Premier Inn) - really mustn't leave it too much longer to try and book a table somewhere for the night before.
Exhausted - glad to hear chest problems have abated. I've managed to suss out how to change my own bulbs on the car (a certain amount of jiggery-pokery involved first time but have it sorted now).
Matsmum - always lovely to see wildlife - I run in Cirencester park and am sometimes lucky enough to see some deer (before they see me and sprint away!). Hope you don't need a hip replacement.
I went out yesterday and ran just under 9 miles. I didn't feel like I was having to work hard and ran comfortably - so was pleased afterwards to see I had been averaging 10:30 pace. I need to keep building up my mileage but it bodes well for Bath HM in March.
Well, despite Red claiming I've just been full of excuses .. today brought to an end what must be one of the busiest and most stressful weeks at work for a long, long time. One of those weeks where everything that could go wrong on our systems did go wrong - and all at the same time. One where you got to the office, your bum hit your seat and apart from making drinks and comfort breaks, you were working full pelt all day. I've been feeling 'punch drunk' by the time I've got home each evening.
On the plus side .. I have next week off work so I can forget all about system problems and re-charge my batteries .. and I really feel like I need it! I will be doing some jobs around the house next week - mending fence posts and the like - I'll sit down tomorrow and draw up the list of jobs and work out my plan of attack. And I might even be able to fit in a wee run or two! I will also be heading out for a long run tomorrow or Sunday to run off all the stress of the last few days.
I should keep quiet - more system problems today and I'm still working (again!) and if I'm lucky may get to logoff by 6:30pm. At least I am WFH today so no nasty commute to deal with. Oh well - there's always Thu or Fri evening for a run. Sssshhhhhh.....
Hi there - flying visit as I am still working (problems with system at work). Best laid plans and all that - I didn't get out yesterday as planned and won't be running tonight either. Oh well, there is always Wed, Thu and Fri evening instead
(will do proper catch-up when time allows - bye for now)