Shades - it's a road marathon. What was wrong with the Marathon to Athens one? (Pen handy ready to strike it off my list )
Long ago my horse jumped and landed on my lower leg as she was loading into a horsebox. Despite me almost passing out and hardly being able to stand, we carried on, having a great day out - galloping for 30 miles all round Newmarket at a long distance event. When I finally got my boot off in the evening, the bruising and swelling went from my toes to my knee . I had to wear open sandals for 3 weeks and as the swelling went down you could see the horseshoe mark on my leg.
Khani - I'd love to see your doctor's face, as a seemingly sensible adult and parent admits to trampolining on the bed .
Shades - big well done on your 50k . The Alexander Marathon is in Northern Greece - starts in Pella and finishes in Thessalonika (6th April). There is some useful info on the website but it all relates to this year.
((Khani)) - speedy recovery for your back. How did you do it?
VR/ Emmy - I'm (slightly) interested in the Alexander the Great Marathon in April - looks like it's mainly downhill , but I can't work out how to get there, nor how you manage accommodation etc as it's a point to point.
Latest from the Mowzer wildlife watch - earlier this week I met a youngish fox meandering through the bushes. He must have been day dreaming as although less than 3 feet away he didn't see me until I had just passed him. Then he leapt about 2 foot in the air, dashed out into the field and then straight back into the bushes! On the river there are now plenty of goslings, a couple of baby moorhens and 2 duck families. Almost given up on the swans, but out running yesterday I was warned by a dog walker that there was a swan family on the towpath with a 'rather aggressive male'. 4 cygnets and mum were on the river bank but dad stood firmly on the path. I walked slowly towards him (right up against the edge of the bushes) and just as I was going past he went for me . But I was ready - and my 4 yard sprint would have made Usain Bolt envious . Might stay on the other side of the river for a while.
Shades - yes, New Forest in September, haven't done it before but heard it was 'good'. Haven't decided about Florence - have booked up for the Druid Challenge at the beginning of November and not sure how much holiday I have left.
Khani - I have that book. Maffetone is very 'holistic', lots in there about diet, health, lifestyle, stress etc. but he has had good results. Remember he's only using some of the same ideas as Lydiard and Hadd. Think he's a bit of an erstwhile hippy .
At the gym today (doing a bit of core strength work) and finished off for last 10 mins on the X-trainer. Usually HR struggles to reach 90, but I glanced down after a couple of minutes and it read 179 . Almost gave me a heart attack - way over my limit. Must have been a left-over from the previous user .