Ceal - sorry if I appear uncommitted but it's only because I don't really have a lot to say. If you look back you'll realise that I didn't really post much more than reports of my runs and even that was getting uncomfortable if not downright embarrassing. I'm getting quite good at lurking though and will look out for the odd totp that might come my way so I can brighten the place up a bit. Just don't hold your breath.
Colin - Thanks for the words of appreciation. Coming from someone who doesn't post on here regularly makes them more special.
I need to settle one or two misconceptions and firstly I want to make it clear that I'm not and never have been a dedicated runner. I started running for one reason only and that was to do the London Marathon before it was too late. I was 68 at the time and I ran it the following year on a charity place. Finding one was horrendous with refusal after refusal, and the fundraising was even worse, although I was their second highest fundraiser, I think.
The reason I wanted do the LM was because I always regretted not having done it the year it was introduced, when I was 20 years younger and might have been able to make more of a mark. Although I only wanted to do the LM I took the splendid advice of the folk on here who said I ought to do some shorter races for the sake of experience and by way of training.
Funnily enough I found I began to enjoy the running for its own sake, (particularly the early morning starts when there's hardly anybody about) even though my performances weren't up the standard I'd hoped for, especially of late. And lately my knees have been feeling stiff, also I've been taken short more than once which, exacerbated by some slight incontinence rather takes the fun out of it.
I had made up my mind I wanted to do VLM in my 80th year but that was rather selfish especially as Angela dreaded the thought and found it hard to be enthusiastic. I have to thank her for the support she has given me despite the fact that she didn't really enjoy the whole experience.
Now I'm faced with the prospect of either going for a charity place or abandoning the whole idea I confess I find the latter more appealing. I feel that too is being a bit selfish but I ain't gonna get morose 'cos nobody else knows what I'm thinking and I can't tell you how much I don't care what the critics think.
I thank God that I'm still here enjoying life and all His many blessings. Have I ever told you that I thank God for hot water every time I take a shower? I thank God for you lot as well!!
... to always run slower than you do. Key member indeed!!!!!
As to the time of day I run that's my choice and Angela doesn't influence it. If I ran later there would be too much traffic about and I'd have to wait too long to cross the road.
I've thought about park runs but don't like the idea much. I used to do a regular monthly 5k, largely in the park, it was organised by some members of a local club but was open to all, no charge, just turn up, no pressure.
Health and longevity? Well there are other ways to stay healthy and longevity is all about birthdays, the more you have the longer you live. Birthdays are important too, miss one and you're dead!
I don't think a heart wrencher in the local paper would cut much ice as far as Virgin are concerned.
So that's about it really. I just might do the odd run but I'm getting used to having plenty of sleep.