Too many kind words. I love to help people out and share what I've learned/ discover from others. It's just too frustrating to be a non-runner and hang out with running buddies. Running gives people an opportunity to discover strength and qualities of character they never imagined were possible. I wish you all tremendous success realising your goals.
Well, as one famous Scouser sang, "You say hello and I say goodbye".
I joined this thread in 2008 and have posted thousands of messages since. I've run Paris Marathon or been there spectating and supporting every year but one since then.
I set my best marathon time in Paris in 2012, after a 7 week taper period due to a mystery virus and was proud to notch up a 2h54 race. I had to have an operation on my left knee the following year and have been beset by meniscal problems. Today the doc at the Sports Lab I visit each year advised me to quit competitive running, saying I could become a jogger now and then if I wanted, nothing too far, nothing too fast.
So it's time to focus my competitive instincts somewhere else. I have very mixed emotions. I'm sad that I'll never run like I did before. I felt free and I felt strong. But I am happy that I can still use my body without much pain and I have choices. Many people don't have life or health choices at all. I'm probably going to be spending a lot more time on two wheels, chaffing at how much extra time it takes to get top fitness!
Perhaps I'll stick my head back in from time to time. I've made some great friends here and have enjoyed talking, sharing and helping. For those who have been around a few years, you'll know the truth of it when I say that this forum has been instrumental in changing my life. 'Au revoir' it is.
Nells - yes, all of what you said about working for yourself. Have been feeling ill all week and have to fly out tonight to Estonia to see a demanding client who just can't make up their minds. I do something structured, they change their minds and dither about. I offer something adaptable and they complain about lack of preparation. Does it seem like I don't want to go...?
Of course I do. Rent must be paid right!
In a week of non-exercise, I've gained 3% body fat (i.e. shed loads of muscle). Argh.
I went running with TinkerBEL on Tuesday RR. 6 something kms. I don't want to say easy because she was full on, max HR etc...
Given I only tend to run once or twice a week these days to avoid aggravating the Meniscal problem in my knee, I tend to try to make the most of it by going a bit faster or longer. And my bike rides have been really tough recently, just because I am trying to compensate for not doing so much mid-week.
Am finding it hard to get the work - exercise balance right in the last year or so since I have started my own business. It used to be much more straight forward as an employee: make everyone happy, plenty of time to nip into the woods for a run (office handily located right next door to the forest). But when you work for yourself, nothing is ever done fully. There's always more to be done and so I feel less able to 'skive-off' for a quick run, even though it'd probably be excellent for my concentration etc.
Mmm... needs some cogitation....
PC - sorry to hear about your sore toe. A searing pain would suggest something is damaged. It depends how long you experience that pain intensity for. Best is just to try to kep off it for a few days to allow you to work out how frequently the pain is triggered. If broken, 4 weeks of relative rest should see you right but there's not much treatment for fractured toes apart from that.
Did anyone else feel last night's earthquake in Kent? My top floor apartment on top of a hill near Brussels, certainly was shaking around a bit, enough to wake me up.