m/f , Shades - I am 'one proud mum' but at the moment son still wants to leave. I'm hoping someone can talk sense into him as it's a better career than he'd have outside the army. They were marching in parade dress (or no:2s) - shirt, tie, woolly material trousers and jacket with belt, big cap, gloves and rifle with bayonet! They had to stand still (often in full sunlight) for ages and you could see the sweat dripping down their faces . At Stevenage one soldier fainted, was caught by the soldier behind and then a couple of non-marching ones came and dragged him away. Paramedic whizzed in and when he was standing again I saw them take him into McDonalds . Reminds me of that saying 'only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun' - you can also add runners to that .
Just after I clicked my last post we had extremely loud thunder followed by heavy rain for 10 mins and then drizzle. Looks like it's stopped now so might venture out.
Big G - good luck with the anti-natal this afternoon . Perhaps they should have a men only session, then dads-to-be could talk about their anxieties, fears, emotions etc without worrying about feeling silly or intrusive.
Hot, hot, hot and humid today . Cloud comes over and I think 'can I get out for a run?' but before I can get my shoes the sun comes out again. Maybe later.
No run at all yesterday as went to yet more army parades - this time at Stevenage and yesterday evening at Hertford. Good turn-out at both particularly Hertford, which being the county town, not only had the mayor, British Legion vets, cadets etc but also sheriff, county officials, and various others in wigs or gowns. Got to give son a hug afterwards as he had his pic taken for the local paper.
Shades - I'm doing the Majors reservoir, Sunday only. Rory was on 100MC facebook page saying it would be a good idea for more members to set up their own marathons. Personally I think that lots of members already do that (their events are usually counted as 'trail') and if you include LDWA events then there are actually a plethora of events - often on the same day. (There are a number of weekends in the year where events I want to do clash ).Inventing even more will put some of the smaller events at risk. Even when marathons are run nearly all on the road (or pavement), like Holt Castle, they are still counted as trail. I guess the expense of road closures, policing, etc means that only energetic running clubs or big organisations will risk putting on a road race.
Emmy - sorry to hear your marathon didn't go to plan. Hope you're feeling better now.
Iain - speedy
I actually did a training session at the club tonight (I just pick those I like - which surprisingly are usually hilly ). It was called 'strength endurance' and we ran a half-mile loop (flat, up, flat, down) on path, trail and grass. Repeat up to 6 times, but continuous with no rest in between. Idea is to keep the running steady so you can complete the number of reps you decide on before you start. I did 6 as I was slow and steady, really fast guys just did 4. Pleased with consistent loop times and felt like I'd had a good work out .
Had a day out in Bedford today - went to see younger son march and parade through town with his regiment. . Stevenage and Hertford on Thursday.
Lee - I did some aqua jogging/exercise classes a couple of years ago. It was exhausting. The morning after the first session I could hardly get out of bed - it felt like I had been ironed into the mattress .