The year summaries make good reading - Chickadee, Postie, RFJ -nice to count pb's in the year. Others had less obvious, but perhaps more obvious things to celebrate, thinking of Alehouse's comeback. Others just enjoying it - Donald and Dustin.
My year has been a bit patchy, but has ended on an up. One first VF60 in a hill run (yeah, I was the only one in the category, but heck, I ran it!). Two good training weekends and a very enjoyable run in the Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon. The autumn was a bit of a loss, but back in trainers in December, and pleased that it all seems to be coming back.
I've been better at running than posting: got out again with my leggy blond training partner several times since I last posted, including today, for 4 miles. She's a good influence: whenever she's on the leash she gently pushes me slightly faster than my usual jog, and I discover that I can indeed keep that pace up pretty well over the distance.
Aims for 2014: get to the start line of the Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon, Wansdale class.
LMH Hooray!! what a run! Fantastic. Enjoy the laurels.
OH - Polar bear party? Boats cancelled? What an interesting life you lead. I watch the pressure charts, and yes, looks like extra interesting times just now. (Work colleague booked himself a nice restful pre-Christmas cruise. Hope his tum is sturdy.)
Blisters - sorry to hear about DNS. Yes, like handicap races. Abseiling? Rather you than me. Mr. S. did a sponsored abseil. I only saw the pictures.
Emzap - well done for the Park Run. Not easy to run well when making social visits somehow.
NZC - lovely to see you. Hope PitB clears quickly.
Me? More running than posting, fortunately. Have all kids back home, or at least nearby over the weekend, so too much eating, lots of chatting, not much on the computer. I've managed two 3 mile runs with my floppy eared training partner, and of course, she gets a walk when I don't run. Pleased to say that with the resumed chemical regime, I feel back to where I was. Sure, not fit, but not staggering either. X-ray report in, not quite as clear of OA as I would have wished, but I think nothing to limit running. Need to double check with GP, but I can take that as a green light for training.
Bright sunny morning these parts, no doubt our turn will come to endure sideways rain.
Blisters - teeth? oh dear. Just signed off on one troublesome tooth, agreed with wonderful old dentist that best leave sleeping teeth lie. The "temporary" filling (while waiting to sort out whether jaw pain was some sort of inflammation related to tooth or just part of nerves being weird before crowing the poor thing) has been less troublesome and more permanent than many so-called permanent fillings. The young new dentist I think just wanted business.
Me? Did 3m. Difficult to get going, but ok once started. The programme is to try and get four runs in each week, one shortish but with faster intervals, one stairs, and one longer run, with perhaps 20 fast strides every couple of minutes. The fourth run is free choice, if it happens. I don't know why, but my legs seem to get bored and freeze up if I try and run slow and steady. Not going to worry about how far for now, never going to worry about how fast.
Hip not noticeably worse. Slept well again. I feel better than human, I feel almost like a runner again!
...Confidence is high that avoiding injury(too much pain in the area that caused my retirement) will lead to me being more than capable of supporting the friends whose fault it is that I am training again.
Well done. I reckon you'll find the pleasure/pain ratio from this new relationship with the support quite pleasing. Might take a while.
Me? Run didn't get done. I slept instead. Re-started meds, had the first decent night's sleep in months. No sweating, no pain, no headache. Slept again this afternoon. I feel nearly human again. Tomorrow, hopefully a run with my holiday training partner - a leggy blond with gorgeously silky ears.
(Swoops in with dazzling delighted display) Sing hooray for a bold GP! Medication status quo restored, new consultant's opinions not withstanding. Consultants can be changed if need be..
Christmas shopping? I'll leave that for later. Our big event of the year was having all the kids and wives back (from Asia and the US) for a family party last Saturday. Couldn't have been better. Christmas will be quiet, and for the first time in ?? years, I am not doing the cooking!
Cricket? Never did understand it myself, but have learned to adopt sackcloth and, no, won't say it, in response to oh's attitude of deep mourning.