DBI - that's very odd re the RW website wanting the original password.
Columba - glad to hear you enjoyed the Midnight Sun races; shame about the knee (I enjoyed reading the blog btw).
HS - well done re 4th MV70+ in your race and great wava score; shame your nemesis beat you again; great photo. Re England/Iceland I have no interest in football myself but can't fail to be aware how often the team fail to live up to expectations at the big tournaments. Re bowls, there are at least two more matches I am scheduled to take part in so I went to the club on Mon and have been practising!
Red - I'm in bed now but had a good stretching session for my back beforehand. I have various books about stretching but checked and see there are some Iyengar yoga classes held in the village at the Tithe Barn.
Ahhh .. the benefits of being retired. The weather was good yesterday so I cut the lawns after I got back from bowls practise. Today it was forecast to rain around lunchtime. So I headed to a local driving range to practise my golf and when I got back Mrs Wm and I pottered in the garden for two hours before the promised rain arrived. I spent the rest of the day in the study catching up on 'stuff'.
I will be off to the running club tomorrow evening - we're at a new venue now so the sat-nav will be helping me find my way there.
Hi everyone - 10 days since my last post so have had to skim through quite a few pages - back to my old tricks again!
Red - well done re marathon 83 .. and 84. I think I should probably be doing yoga as I get stiff when spending too long sitting around. And when I look at myself in a full-length mirror I 'lean' to the left due to tight muscles.
HS - re the rain-sodden training run, before we set off I tried telling some others it was character-building but I'm not sure they believed me. Shame about the muddy socks - but as they were old I guess they'd done their bit.
Aquarius - I guess I'm lucky that I don't seem to have any issues with eating before training. I do enjoy my porridge before my weekend long run - and a race is usually an excuse to have pasta the night before. However keen you are to see proof of my skinny-dipping antics I think I might traumatise the others on here if I did post anything. You had better join me at Druridge on 25th Sep and experience it for yourself (what do you mean you're too busy?).
Exhausted - sorry, had to chuckle at you having to change in the car. I've done that at races and no matter how many times you check the coast is clear, someone always seems to appear from nowhere.
On Fri 16th we lost power as the main supply cable got damaged (it was only 1" below the surface of the drive - much too shallow and very dangerous). It happened when a guy cutting a drainage channel around the base of the house hit it. Thankfully he wasn't injured but when we think what might have been! The supply company came out that night, dug a big trench and made the cable safe. They left just after 11pm having supplied a generator with us to provide power overnight. Teams of guys arrived on Sat to fix the damage permanently and while the power was off we agreed they could move the electric meter outside (it suited us too). It took until Tue to get the trench re-filled and re-asphalted. All the waiting around looking after things meant my training went to pot and apart from a 6.5ml run last weekend and a 5ml run this morning I've not managed anything else. I'm hoping for no unexpected problems this coming week.
Oh yes, and at my bowls match on Tuesday evening my team and I threw away a lead of several points between us, never recovered and lost the match - grrrr.
HS - the handicap races do seem to be going well so far so I hope I can pace myself better next time. Glad to hear you managed 7mls with no after-effects from the race at the weekend.
Red - we have to complete 3 of the 4 handicap races to qualify for the championship. I'm obviously hoping some people above me don't compete in races 3 and 4 so I can get more points (snigger).
Exhausted - I ran in the rain last night .. it was great fun splashing through the puddles (I gave up dodging them after a while!). It's my partner Margaret and I that are the problem! Her son is married but its us that live together, hence my reference to him being a 'sort of' son-in-law. Over the years we've also been 'Latties' (living apart together) and 'Pals' (partners although living seperately). My 'sort-of' grand-daughters refer to me as 'Grandad Mel' to differentiate me from 'Grandad' (their Mum's Dad) and 'Another Grandad' (my partner Margaret's ex).
Aquarius - gosh, there's a lot going on at once for you today .. hope you have a relatively quiet afternoon. Someone I chat to on Fetch also did the Blaydon race and managed her best time for a few years. Well done re your 3000m race. Running in the sea eh? Hmmmm .. as regulars on here know, the only time I normally run in the sea is when I am doing one of my 'charidee' skinny-dips I'll be doing that running into the sea thing again on 25th Sep at this year's North East Skinny Dip.
I went out on Mon and managed a 5ml run at 10 m/m pace which I was happy with. There were less people than usual at my running club last night due to the rain. Despite the downpour most people opted to go off-road. My friend Claire and I had already agreed we would be sticking to the roads and the other group were too speedy for us so we did a 5ml run together. I say together - I spent most of the time tagging along behind Claire trying to keep up with her and it was another run at 10 m/m pace.
Hi everyone - only a week since I posted .. I think my turnaround is improving!
HS - I always seem to manage a sprint finish and overtaking others is great for my morale. Ahhhh .. shredding .. I had so much to do before we moved my shredder over-heated several times and I had to take some enforced breaks (didn't mind really). Brilliant result for you coming in as 1st MV70+ in your men's race.
Columba - re the blackbird nabbing your strawberry, Margaret and I were discussing getting netting to protect our fruit bushes and cherry tree. Glad to hear your knee is mostly better (if a bit twingy now and then). I had friends (now moved away) who had a hot-tub and once or twice went in it on a starry, frosty night - we rushed to get in but could amble back indoors afterwards.
DBI - yes, I've never understood people not swimming in the rain. Had to chuckle to read you had 'cheated' and had a couple of little jogs.
Matsmum - oops re your snazzy bin that is not clever enough to beat Denzel. Running four days in a row? - I don't think I've ever run two days in a row, let alone four! Up until 6 or 7 years ago I was a regular at my local Ceroc (French Jive) classes but have got out of the habit. Margaret and I went to learn ballroom dancing in preparation for an invite to a Mayor's Ball but we've not done it since.
Red - sorry to hear the sad news about your friend Gordon. Well done re marathon 81 and good luck with #82 and #83
The results of last week's handicap race were published at the weekend. I was 18th of 23 (with 2 DNF's) and in the overall standings I'm 20th of 39. Doing a bit of analysis I can see if I had equalled my race 1 time I'd have gained another 9 points and 4 or 5 places in the standings.
My (sort of) son-in-law did the Two Castles 10K last Sunday from Warwick to Kenilworth - he claimed he hadn't done enough training but still managed a very respectable 42m 07s finish time.
HS - well done re your 6.25ml forest run. Hope you didn't get thundered upon during your 800m reps this evening (no thunder here yet). We've been moved almost a year but I still haven't sorted out a new local dentist - I must be saving money in the meantime!
Red - sorry to hear your sad news about your friend dying in hospital with throat cancer.
MWW - where I used to work (Bristol aka. Brizzle) they would describe HS's forest run as 'gert lush'
Matsmum - some people seem to finish a HM without niggles. At least my problem was just cramp and (I think) self-inflicted through not taking on enough fluid.
Last night's handicap race was good fun but my time was slower (43:39 vs. 42.02). Its a 3 lap race .. I set off too fast on the first lap, slowed a bit on lap 2 but managed to speed up again on lap 3 and catch the runner in front of me in the last 100 metres. We won't get the results until the weekend as the guy who organises the race is away on business for a few days.