Big G and Ian - glad you enjoyed Barcelona . I might have to have a look at Barcelona marathon, but it won't be until at least next year now.
slowkoala - that gravity defying cake is fantastic . Do you have to keep it in the fridge all the time?
Shades - I've already entered the Suffolk marathon! It's called Haverhill which I hope it's not . I've more or less sorted most of this year out, but there are a few dates in August and September that I still have to decide upon. I don't know what happened to my plan to run events less frequently (can't really call it racing) and spend more time sightseeing etc . Is your half run by Hogweed Trotters? I've often seen the backs of their vests as they pound past me .
Another long walk on Sunday although not wet and certainly not as muddy as last time. Boots performed well and were comfy although obviously much heavier than running shoes. I wore 2 pair of socks - my thin toe socks (that I wear for running races) underneath and a walking pair on top. Was initially concerned that the boots might be too big, but by the end of the walk I was glad I hadn't got anything smaller.
As well as my boots (bought from a local shop) I've also bought 2 new pair of racing shoes (off the internet). Same (discounted) price as usual, but there was also an extra 10% off and no postage to pay for 2 pair. I only have one pair for races - currently on 300 miles. All my others are too small and I wear them for training. Some I can wear with the insoles but no socks and the others with socks but the insoles taken out.
I'm really enjoying Tai Chi. The hour passes so quickly. I'll need to make time to do some 'homework' but obviously it can't be rushed and squeezed into the odd 5 minutes. Everything is done very slowly, often with 'poses' being held. My arms certainly ache afterwards .
Lovely run with 'Daytime' group this morning. Bit chilly and very windy but we got back before the rain. We surprised a group of fallow deer who were really close, but they trotted off down the hill when they saw us.
Another easy week for me. Did 7 miles on Tuesday with our ex-beginners and again on Wednesday. Just 3 and a half miles today, although I did a 5ml walk yesterday and hope to go for a long walk on Sunday.
My fingers have been frozen during the cold spell, although some times I've been with people who haven't been wearing any gloves . Today, though, it's turned quite warm and I had to take my gloves off as I was getting too toasty. I've bought a pair of walking boots for my foray into walking - so far they seem ok . My trail shoes are fine and really comfy to walk in, but I can't see them lasting too long if they continually get soaked inside and completely covered in mud on the outside - or my feet come to that .
KK - a good double with White Peak is Leaden Boot on the Sunday. Very close by, but completely different as a trail run and very hilly - and you have to do some navigation although there are some signs too.
Shades - no meditation, just really relaxing and focusing on body movements. All movements are very slow and controlled. I'm hoping it will improve my posture and balance. Also as you keep your knees slightly bent it's supposed to improve leg muscle strength. We shall see .
You are going to be so fit with all the classes you are doing. Are they all included in your gym membership?
I'm having a couple of very easy weeks now, then building up again and also a few long walks with the LDWA. Don't have another marathon planned until Belvoir at end of February .
Big G/ mamafox/ Keith - have a look at www.sock-doc.com for a different take on foot/leg injuries. Hope yours all get better soon - it's hard to decide on future events if you're nursing an injury.
On Sunday I did the lovely named 'Cold Christmas to Good Easter', 27.2 mls run by a local running club Springfield Striders. Drove over to GE in the dark, just to get a coach back to CC which is very close to where I live. We started off on a hill which is part of our running club's routes and all the runners just shot off at a tremendous pace. I ran at the back with a friend for a while, but he had to disappear behind a bush so I joined the runner in front for a while. After a few fields and tracks we went through the village where my eldest daughter keeps her horse. Had to stop to tie a shoelace and then ran by myself for the middle part of the race. Also went along the River Stort (where I had previously run the Stort 30), then over a part of B.Stortford's x-country course (which I had run many moons ago) and along part of the Flitch Way (run on NYE). After that the route was completely unfamiliar. I overtook a few runners and then caught up with some friends who had got lost. Ran with them to the finish and was very glad of the company. We sneaked in just under the (loose) cut- off in 6:57. Started off warm and sunny, but the second half was very windy and I was grateful I had jacket and gloves to put on (and a hot cup of tea at the last checkpoint). Found it very tough - the mud was horrendous and there were also quite a few ploughed fields which didn't have the path re-instated. Sloppy mud wasn't too bad, but with the clingy stuff I sometimes felt like I was wearing concrete boots - still I guess the legs got a bit of a workout! Good refreshments at the checkpoints, friendly marshals and a welcoming finish with a meal. Rather muddy and cold I drove back in the dark. Good day out . Shoes scraped of mud, soaked in a bucket overnight, hosed this morning and will probably take all week to dry out .
Did a Tai-Chi class this morning - first time I've tried this. Very good but now my arms ache .
Shades / Big G - definitely a decrease in numbers next year - my bank balance won't allow it even if I had the time. I see that an Irish woman Brenda O'Keefe has broken the European Record with 106 in one year .
A first for me yesterday as I went out with the local LDWA group for a led/group walk. Walking was a brisk but comfortable pace and other members very friendly. Mainly on footpaths / fields / country lanes around Dunmow. 16/17 mls in total with a break of 30 mins for lunch (choice of shelter in church porch or coffee in pub). I opted for pub as was desperate for the loo (not too many leafy bushed around). Weather was atrocious though - started off with drizzle which rapidly got worse. Some nice countryside (mainly flattish) but I had to keep my head down to avoid the wind/ rain and to keep an eye on where my feet were going. Needless to say there was LOTS of mud. Jacket managed to keep the rain out, but feet were soaked. I wore my trail shoes as I find walking shoes/ boots to be too heavy and stiff. I had to wring my socks and gloves out before I could store them in the plastic bag for the homeward drive . Good day out though - will go again - and still very tired in the evening .