Evening all. Running has become very intermittent lately in Wtnmel World - as has everything else!
Columba - cars with colour displays showing how close you are to your surroundings? Technology has obviously moved on since I bought my car 5 years ago.
HS - thanks for explaining about bumping up your (weekly) mileage. Yes, let's hope in this heat, your record collection in your loft is still okay. Re Glastonbury - I didn't have time at the weekend to see any of the coverage. They have a 2hr highlights programme on Friday which I am recording. Well done re the Lordshill 10k result - great WAVA percentage!
RayL - great to hear the cardiologist has given you the okay to start training again. Not too much too soon though ..
Red - welcome back - sorry to hear hay-fever is still troubling you and Mike. I'm like HS - I use Fetch to record all my training (have entered all my runs back to 2007) as I like the tables/graphs you can use to compare training/races.
BIW - grrrr re getting beaten by that W70 woman - how very dare she! Let's hope she retires soon and leaves the field open to you.
Re Columba's comment .. I wish I could say our house is empty. In relative terms its less full than it was. At least most of the stuff that is left is actually needed. We are free-cycling stuff that didn't sell on Ebay and if it doesn't go it will be moved and disposed of when we get to the new place. 7 days and counting until the men arrive to pack up all our worldly goods.
We've been sorting through the stuff in the workshop today (garden tools and the like). It must have been untidy because although we didn't throw much away, now its all back in there seems to be more room!
BIW - good that there were so few swimmers around for Mon's swim session. I'm susceptible to horse-fly bites too but they've never made me unconscious - I've just had huge hard swellings on my arm or leg that have stuck around for a few days.
HS - glad to hear you always try and reverse park as well (sometimes think it's a dying art). Take your point though about making cars park front first on race days. I don't have sensors that bleep either - however with the way the mirrors work when I think I am almost touching, I'm usually still a few feet away from the next car. Shame about the rain for Mon's run and then it being sunny afterwards. I liked the fact you posted at 7:41 and said about needing to bump up the mileage and then posted again at 12:22 to say you had done 15 miles I presume that run DID bump up your mileage or is 15mls where you currently are with your LSR's?
Columba - well done re Tue's interval session and Wed's 'easy' run (well, maybe easy-ish).
As HS guessed on Monday, I am finding my running is helping me relax and forget about the stress of preparing for the house move. Speaking of which - I did 4.5mls this morning at 10:15mm pace. I was out by 9:30am and it was already getting too warm. After I had showered and recovered I started getting the last things out of the loft.
There was much more left up there than I thought! And I got very hot and bothered all over again (more so than when I ran earlier). But I'm pleased to say I stuck with it all afternoon and the loft is now completely empty and I have yet another huge pile of bags to go to the recycling centre. I peeled off the damp clothes (sorry, TMI?) and have just had my 2nd shower of the day. I'm hoping now I can be 'cool' for the rest of the day Off to get our 'Thursday Fish & Chips' and I shall treat myself to a cold beer afterwards (all in the interests of rehydration you understand!)
Been busy with preparations for the house move for the last few days ..
HS - well done re recent training (intervals, tempo, fartlek). I saw that email from Fetch as well - I see I just about scrape into the top 90% (ho hum). Glad to hear the parkrun went well. I always (unless impossible for some reason) reverse into parking spaces to avoid the problem you described.
Red - smiled at the hangover-recovery run Re 2nd birthdays - think it was on Mock The Week saying how miserable the Queen looked at Trooping The Colour. They reckoned it was because they always get her the same thing!
Columba - same here (re matching HE's pace). Don't think I get anywhere near it when I'm 'sprinting'. Well done re 5k. I guess as we're retired, running could be described as one of our part-time jobs.
BIW - a friend of mine left his dog alone while he took the other out (there was usually someone around). He returned to find the first dog had been spooked by something, jumped up on the dining room table and scraped the top with it's paws and ruined it. Hope your mojo has returned by now. Chuckled at Nemo beating Charlie at those 'dog olympics'.
Lou Lou - it will take a bit of time for your body to adjust to training again after a ten year break and it will take longer to recover from each run too. When building up distance for a half-marathon, you need to have a cutback week. I increase distance for 3 weeks then cut back on the 4th week .. then repeat. Just give it time!
Ray - well done re your 1hr race result. My PB for a 10k is 59:55 and I obviously hope to improve on that at some point.
Well, I'm glad the last few days are over and done with!
Clearing & dismantling the desk/storage unit here at Margaret's was hard work. My son had already dismantled the Ikea wardrobe at my house. But we couldn't manoeuvre the spare wardrobe into his room as it was, so had to dismantle it and rebuild it.
Margaret's son and I recycled all the stuff on Saturday morning - apparently you are supposed to book in beforehand if you turn up with a van. But my silver tongue meant they let us dump the stuff anyway. Then afterwards we transferred the desk/storage unit from Margaret's house to my house and then transferred the Ikea wardrobe back here. Phew!
Yesterday I was still feeling a bit zonked but I went for a gentle run around Cirencester Park. There had been a scout camp there over the weekend and I got fed up with having to step onto the verge about a dozen times as there was lots of to-ing and fro-ing going on. But once I got through that bit of the park, the rest of the run was uneventful.
Red - sorry to hear yesterday was pollenhellish but glad to hear you managed a 6ml run. Today's pollen forecast seemed to be promising more of the same Glad to hear Mike has had the all-clear re the blood tests Have to say, I have no idea about the current usage of Southport beach either.
HS - I know about Southsea beach but have never been there. We always head for the beach at Studland ourselves - we are National Trust members so we get free parking! Unfortunately pot-bellied is what shape a lot of people are these days and as for getting as red as lobsters, they should know better and use more sun screen. Had a chuckle at your story about the newspaper seller at Surbiton. Hope tonight's speed work goes well and the midges stay away.
BIW - nothing wrong with a lazy weekend every now and then. Well done to Nemo & Charlie.
Columba - the de-cluttering is still going well (see below). Bet you were happy with only four of you in the pool yesterday. Well done re your interval session around the lake.
Re the comments about sorting through my drawers - did I use the wrong phrase? I sometimes worry if I am writing things properly. I also worry about whether or not I am using apostrophes properly!
My long run on Saturday felt like hard work - I had to walk a couple of times and it was slower than usual. By comparison, I did 4.5mls around town yesterday evening. I was working hard but feeling full of energy and the time was faster than usual. Strange how the 'feel' of a run can change from day to day.
I started de-cluttering my clothes yesterday and have continued today. I went through my running gear, walking gear, polo shirts, t-shirts and sweatshirts and so far I have filled two bin liners (swing-bin size). I am currently sorting through my trousers and shirts and filling bin liner #3.
I am off playing golf again tomorrow. My friend Alan has a friend staying for a few days so I shall be playing by myself - that means I ought to be able to get round a bit quicker than usual. I shall call in to the recycling centre on the way to get rid of the last four bags of shredded paperwork.
Sorry for my absence for a few days - packing madness has now taken over from de-cluttering madness (which is still going on).
BIW - orienteering is one of those things on my list that I've never quite got round to. The appeal for me was that it wasn't all about speed and that mental agility came into it too.
HS - yes, I am loving retirement and don't know how we would have coped with this move if I wasn't at home. I guess if orienteering races were included in your club there might be a choice of owners for the navigator's hat next time!
Columba - maybe next time leave your jacket on the inside of the track near the start/finish line?
RayL - smiled knowingly at your seeing your near-neighbour but not recognising her. Having belonged to various clubs over the years I sometimes see people and have to mentally work out where I know them from.
Red - a shame the conditions meant you had to cut your xc run short.
Can't let these comments about not recognising people go by without mentioning I've been a naturist for years and used to be a regular at a local naturist swim. So I really could joke with friends I met in the street about not recognising them with their clothes on!
I ran my 7ml route in Cirencester Park on Saturday. It was raining and I thought that would mean it would be quiet. But there was a scout convention going on and there were tents/marquees everywhere. Not many people around though - it was 10am so probably too early for most of the youngsters!
I'm pleased to report I finally finished all the paper-shredding (note to self - do it immediately in future and don't save it for 'later'). I also finished ripping the music from my cd's - my iTunes library now has 8800 tracks and would take 27 days to play from start to finish.
This week I have to dismantle my desk and Ikea storage in my study - they won't fit in the new house so at the weekend they are going to my house in Royal Wootton Bassett where my son lives. My Ikea wardrobe is coming back here and on the way over to RWB we will be calling in to the recycling centre to dump some surplus stuff from the garage rafters.
I'm going to start decluttering my wardrobe and chests of draws today - will try and get out for a run after lunch.