Happy New Year all. Having read back, totally in awe of the annual mileage totals for 2016. Presumably you people do other things in your lives apart from running?? Astonishing.
Also good to see that there’s already been lots of miles run in 2017. Spoons, Reg, Bluemoon, hope the injuries clear up quickly. Presumably an injury involving a PC and a toe would call for a re-boot…
Am well into week 4 of the up to 55 schedule. All good at present. Yesterday was just a recovery so as a new parkrun is starting in our area on Saturday, had a jog up the canal to have a look at the off-road part of the course. When I was almost there, met this family of 4 walking with 5 dogs, 2 on leads and 3 running free. Have to say I don’t have a problem with dogs and find that most owners are very responsible. On this occasion however… one of the dogs, a small rat-like creature, was on the longest lead I’ve ever seen, so I was well within range. It came across the towpath barking and baring its teeth, it hadn’t got many but seemed to know how to use them. Then one of the free dogs, looked like a Bull Mastiff or similar, came over to help his mate. I just stopped not quite knowing what to do. Certainly my way past on the towpath was pretty well blocked. At this stage, the guy holding the lead of the rat had done nothing, but eventually he reeled in his charge saying ‘Come on, people are allowed to jog on the canal’. The Bull Mastiff obviously thought this was a reasonable comment and also backed off. I just stood there shaking my head and the other 9 just carried on down the towpath as if this was a regular occurrence. Hope they’re not around Saturday morning to watch the parkrunners go by. Thankfully uneventful 10 mile GA today.
Happy new year all. Was in Wales on New Years Eve for the Nos Galan races so back at the hotel seemed appropriate to enter another Welsh race. Which wasn't that easy in my slightly inebriated state but got there in the end. 2nd-timer after 2012 debut. Weather was quite nice that year.
Early morning slow 12 as the sun came up on the muddy towpath of the Staffs Worcs canal. Lovely day and spent a mile following a kingfisher. Obviously it had to keep stopping on a convenient branch to let me catch up. Bacon sandwich to complete a great morning.
Just a 4 mile recovery tomorrow to complete the first week. That will be parkrun with a 1 mile warm-up. Will be running the 5k at the same pace as the warm-up. Love parkrun. Still interested in trying to push the time down a bit but definitely enjoy it more when I take it slowly and can take in the atmosphere and ambience.
Well, I'm off and running. First session, 8 with 4 at H/M pace done this morning. Not easy at all but got through it. Promised myself I wouldn't, but in the end couldn't help going back on Garmin Connect and comparing it to last year. It looks pretty similar to be fair so encouraged.