LMH - good to see you enjoying a run. Are you still a pirate? Last time I was on you had got a bit discouraged.
Dibs - 70.3 significance? Not age nor HR, I would guess?
Pammie - good to see that you are on the comeback again.
Donaldo - impressive!
OH - not sure what's up, but thoughts with you. Safe travels.
40 minutes - yes, Achilles are stubborn. I had a year of it, so did Mr. S. The doc told him to forget the running and order the bath chair. He presented his next HM medal to her. Don't think she was entirely grateful.
Alehouse - sympathies with the clearance business. We too have sacks and sacks full. Also we have accumulated an awful lot of styrofoam packing material. Not easy to get rid of.
Blisters - I side with those who advocate a rest. I've studied the counterproductivity of pushing through miserable weariness in some detail this past year. Then, when a bit of slack has changed the mental climate, feet sometimes start hankering after a run themselves. Had this experience out in Hong Kong, on the way home from visiting son 2. There is a lovely trail on a ridge called the Dragon's Back. We were only walking it, but my feet were itching to do more. They remembered some lovely runs with Tinebeest on Great Blue Hill and Middlesex Fells near Boston, delighting in the twisty ground. They wanted to run.
I didn't give them any choice today. Pool Penance Paid. Could almost keep up with most of the slow lane swimmers when doing flutter kick only. Thought I might up the kicking only distance, but pain from old groin injury set in. Not worth it for the sake of twelve lengths rather than ten. Don't see any point in increasing distance in any other form. I am not going piratical. Too scared of the roads. Shame about that.
Incredibly good to see so many of you here. I've kept clear of the forums because of some bad things happening that are not mine to talk about, but for the last six months they have dominated my life to the point that I can't think, eat sleep or see anything but those things, did not dare post for fear of saying too much. Beginning to get my head back, beginning to.
Haven't been a complete slacker for all that. DNF at last year's SLMM; day 1 was a lot harder than the preceding year, bad night, didn't recover, wasn't such a fool as to attempt day 2 which would have resulted in a DNF anyway, plus a lot of worry on the part of family and organisers wondering where we had got to.
Hip problems have meant a major re-think, and a self imposed penance in the pool for all of September. I now can do ten lengths of flutter kick only, allowing for a good gasp at each end. At the beginning my best attempts left me moving backwards slowly through the water. It seems to be paying off: a weekly diet of one sessions stairs, one pool session, and one run during the week, with bonus points for getting out for weekend runs.
The crisis, the need for flexibility, to be free to support family in need, forced my hand somewhat in the matter of work: I now am 80% retired, and actually usually work only 20% (rare occurence in part time work). The programmes I invented are now being run by others - hallelujah - and I am being very good about keeping my paws off. That 80% retired helps with the running too - no excuses for not attempting long runs in full daylight midweek.
Not clear whether I will be able to keep posting, but, I say again, it is a great delight to see so many familiar faces in the DTT. Makes me feel almost human again!
Wabo, I'm glad you're ok. Go steady for a few days, and avoid getting a second knock on the head. Apparently that's definitely something to avoid.
LMH. Really sorry to hear. Looking forward, you do seem to be breaking new ground in training strategies, if tri training has produced your fastest mile. Worth a bit of thought and experimentation that one.
Chickadee - sounds good - what are you training for?
emzap - sorry things are still problematic.
Got back to the UK last week after eventful travels. Started out with a nephew's wedding in the US - no problem, went on to travels with Tinebeest in China, got recalled to Boston, US, where my Ma had taken a turn for the worse, now ok, back at home with nursing help. Not conducive to sensible training, but beginning to make headway again. Got going last week with some routine 4mile runs. Today managed 8 miles. The good bit was that it didn't leave me wiped out. The travelling was never going to make for good training, but I think I'm content that I can do 8 miles no problem. Persevere.
Indeed Alehouse, hold your course. Stretching - yes, dangerous stuff, particularly when the stretch is achieved through a conspiracy of gravity and mass. I have found it easy, particularly in calf stretches, to overdo it. Better luck avoiding trouble when stretching by lying on my back with a stretchy band on the ball of my foot, stretching calves, hams and all other interconnected bits.
LMH - not a few of us run to keep ahead of black dogs. Good to be able to distinguish between black dogs and something physiological with a simple remedy. Otherwise you find yourself running in the wrong direction.
btw, I have signed myself up to come into possession of a black dog, in this case a large affection labrador assistance dog named Nelson, who is very good at taking socks off and assessing whether the toes need cleaning, and attending to that duty if required. He is presently looking after a pal of mine, and after discussions and obtaining his approval of the plan, I have agreed to be his retirement home when the day comes.
Postie - is that routine sort of mileage you're up to these days, or have you a race in prospect?
Me? Didn't get the run in, went over to see sis-in-law instead, did some minor adjustments to her cello. Then a whole lot of errands. Will try to do the stairs tomorrow. I think I have found a way of making them harder. Do some of the two-at-a-time flights s-l-o-w-l-y.
Happy birthday Dibs. No no emzap, on the hill, on, not over the hill! I couldn't begin to do your job, hardly bears thinking about. Good on you.
emzap, a friend has a useful saying: guilt is for teenagers. Forget it. You've got a full-time 12 hour shift job on your hands: reorganising all the little grey bits in your head and getting them to calm down and behave.
AF: leggings? Must say I abandon the leggings only when it gets really hot, not so much as to defeat the nettles but to avoid frightening the horses. Useful though. I have heard tell that nettle stings are good for arthritis. Think positive?
Congrats mava on bouncing back quickly. Shows the training must have been goood.
Chickadee - nice double digiter.
Don, LMH, glad to hear both of you are recovering.
Me? The Stairs. Ma's flat is in a building with twelve floors plus basement plus lift shaft. That makes 14 flights. 6 reps, half of them two at a time, either alternating by flight, by half flight, or by complete ascent. Dead chuffed with that. I have done worse on those stairs. I have never done better. Even better, I stopped because I had done what I set out to do, and a tiny bit more.
The tiny bit more is that on the penultimate ascent I had company: one of my mothers fellow residents in the sheltered living facility was laboriously tackling the stairs, up and down, a single flight, with the assistance of a physiotherapist. We cheered each other on, and I did the final flight all the way to the top, two at a time, rather than stopping at Ma's floor (8th).
Ma is looking much better this morning.
Training aims for the coming month: Work hard on the stairs, develop fueling/madopar strategy to avoid seizing up. This typically sets in after an hour, hour and a half of running. It's sort of like a whole body cramp, coincides with changes and judder in HR - 10 bpm raise + fluctuations ±3bpm over 5-10 second period not correlated with any change in speed/ascent, while we are all on the subject of interesting HR matters. Thought of asking doc about but hey, what can they say? "From our extensive research on pensioners with pd undertaking mountain marathons we can advise you that others in your situation have a 19% increased risk of..."
If I ask them, all they can say is no. "Wass nicht verboten ist ist erlaubt". I shall study ways of avoiding reaching that point of seizing up, and proceed with utmost caution. But proceed I will. Btw, Tinebeest is my partner for the SLMM, and it sounds like her training is going well. Good thing that.