Big G - glad you're enjoying your London break . The River Lea is more like a canal in places - I think that's where they call it the River Lea Navigation. There's all bits of it running alongside each other from Hertfordshire into London. On the maps they can't even make up their minds on the spelling and usually put both (ie River Lee/Lea). Where I live (in south-east Hertfordshire) we even have the New River running parallel - which was definitely man-made.
Horribly frosty first thing in the mornings here - took me 10 mins to get the frost off the windscreen this morning. Luckily it tends to warm up a little later - I've had a few nice runs along the river and round the nature reserve this week. Heard a big splash as I passed the lake and turned round to see if it was an otter (there are supposed to be otters there, but I've never seen one in 10 years ) but it was a pair of cormorants. However there was also a beautiful kingfisher in the tree less than a metre in front of me .
No race for me tomorrow, so I might go along to the local cross country for a laugh (when they go through the stream), to cheer them on and for the cake . Or I might stay indoors in the warm .
Moore - well done on yet another marathon . I can see how you got confused with the number of laps. Caldecott is seven and a half - not six and a half . What's the next one planned?
slowkoala - yes, it was Ware Joggers, although they have so many new runners now that I don't know even half of them.
lily - hope your foot is ok.
Khani - speedy recovery.
Moore - I've entered Flitch Way as well but now I won't be able to run. I usually work from late afternoon on Weds, so I thought if I got a move on in the marathon I could just get to work on time. Then Asda changed my shift so I have to start at 1pm. I arranged with a colleague to swap shifts but Asda won't allow it 'because it's Christmas' - lots of Christmas spirit there - NOT
Well done slowkoala . Our local club used Perivale 5m as one of their championship races today, but I don't know any of the results.
Great to meet up briefly with Moore and Emmy at Dymchurch on Friday . Weather wasn't too bad and had to take my jacket off after first (shorter) lap. Ran consistently and managed a quicker last lap finishing in 4:15:04, so pleased with that. Not much more that I can add to that - at one point I couldn't see over the sea wall or over the landside wall so it was like running in a tunnel. Lots of lovely company but just glad I had only booked up the Friday .
Shot off after the marathon to drive to Camber Sands. I spent a holiday there when I was about 9 and my dad used to spend a lot of his summertime youth camping out on the beach (I still have some of his very old black & white photos). I still have some of my parents ashes which I've been scattering in various places that had associations for them, so it seemed a good opportunity to scatter some amongst the sand dunes. Lots more houses than there used to be, but the beach was still the same and the café was still there. Glad I went .
Then came the horrible drive home - not too bad until I reached the M25 and traffic was reduced to a crawl for miles on the approach to the tunnel. Finally turned off the M25 when it was dark and my brain was turning to mush - ended up turning left before I should have and back onto the M25 . Went on the next junction but so much traffic, so many exits and dark on the roundabout so found myself on the M25 again . Thought I was going to get trapped on there for ever . Next junction I managed to get turned around the right way and finally got home just 15 mins after I should have done - couldn't believe that I could make so many stupid mistakes as I'm very familiar with that stretch of road .
mamafox - well done on your marathon . I wouldn't mind staggering if I could finish in that time!
Big G - the tree is a lovely idea. What is a 'selfie stick'?
Shades - my big toe felt stiff all last week but was ok by the weekend. The achilles niggle had almost disappeared overnight, but I felt it again when I put on my blue trainers (I don't wear them for running as they're just not quite right - and the top of the heel part is rather high and stiff) so I whipped them off quick. Later went for a short flat slow run and niggle disappeared and (cross fingers) hasn't come back. I think as runners we're quite sensitive to little aches and pains which non-runners might not even notice (as we are very aware of what they could lead to).
WD60 - Sunday's run wasn't an ultra, just a marathon. I tend to be slow (and cautious) on these off road runs . But much better than trying to churn out a 20 miler all by yourself -
Khani - well done on that 20 miler . You must have lots of self discipline to keep going so far from home. I did a 40 loop marathon at Faversham a couple of years ago (Shades was there too). I didn't think I would like it, but I did . Boston 6/12 hour is loops too - round the park but there are lots of different 'bits' with lots to look at.
Mentioning medal bling - where is Molly these days??
slowkoala - congrats on your award . Very well deserved.
Emmy - hope you make a speedy recovery. Are you at Dymchurch?
Moore 06 - Big well done on your double . I hope to be at Dymchurch (only on Friday), so maybe see you there.
Broadmeadow on Sunday. Rather muddy in places but warm and sunny once early fog had cleared. 4 miles along the canal to start, then off-road on footpaths, fields, woods etc. A small loop round a village (where almost everyone, including me, got lost ) then back the way we had come. Finished in 6:02. Great low key event, good organisation and fantastic company. Broadmeadow events are always enjoyable . Slight niggle in left achilles which didn't start aching until just before getting up this morning. Rest today and then see how it is. If it's more than a niggle I swear I'll never enter another event on the last weekend in November.