I purchased one of the new Tom Tom's because I was fed up of being skinned a live by the HR strap. Fortunately I haven't had the problems that Ceal has but I do miss the wealth of info you can tailor for yourself on the Garmin.
Then, I think it was last week, I saw Mick say he was using an arm HR. Being a typical boy of I went to investigate and to cut a short story even shorter a bought a MIO Link. So far tried it twice first time I only got intermittent reading, today I wore the Garmin and HR strap on same arm and perfect.
For general slow runs I will use the Tom Tom but for more targeted runs and races I think I will go back to the Garmin and wrist strap - thanks Mick.
Ceal, no fundraising this time. The council are trying to promote the Adoption and Fostering Service by taking part in some of these mass participation events, I think GSR was the first. Our task is to talk to people about the service and encourage interested people to make contact; having done some admin work in both areas in these last three years and meeting some of the amazing foster carers it seemed the least I could do for our children.
TS your back spasm doesn't sound good, hope relaxes off soon.
Sometimes I forget how fortunate we are in this part of the country as I think a combination of the sea and South Downs manage to keep the worst winter weather away until I read your posts about running in snow etc.
Columba I am also aiming to take the mainly slow running route back except in the next couple of weeks I will go back to the Striders and join in the weekly speed session. Like you I do fall foul of entering the odd race or two.
I have also started back at the gym, abs & back and spinning at the moment. Once some of the excess blubber has gone I'll go back to the pool as well.
Empty emerging from his 6 month, or so hibernation !!
Unfortunately the dark cloud of my depression came back and swallowed me up, this time I had to sacrifice running to give some energy for the rest of life.
Over 6 months I managed a bit less than what I would call an average months training and then when I started back I came down with an ear infection. I wasn't totally removed from running as I made the effort to volunteer at Southsea Parkrun, ending up with 22 events only beaten by the race directors - I just love the atmosphere and community of our run. Todays park run was a tad chilly for timekeeping
So January has seen me start on the slow road back with the Southampton half on 26 April being my spring target race, this one being run to promote the Hampshire Adoption and Fostering Service which means I get a very vivid vest to wear.
Family wise quite a bit has happened Hannah and Darrell have both bought houses with their partners, Darrell got engaged, Jemma and Hannah started teaching at new schools in September, Jason and his friend have obtained a CKB franchise (martial arts) and Darrell should become a police officer in June when the intake happens - so a fairly quiet six months.
Liz unfortunately is still confined to bed but there are some hopeful signs, remarkably it will be 5 years in March when even more remarkably I'll have been retired for 5 years.