Oh dear O4S, absolutely beautiful area, but not on the legs! I spent half of my teenage years drinking in the Slad/Uplands area, so had many an interesting trip back from the pub... Sheepscombe is a lovely place too, one of the most bizarre places I've ever played cricket. Absolutely stunning views, but if you stand on the boundary at one end you can barely see the batsmen it's that steep - everyone has to shout at you to let you know the ball is coming your way so slightly dangerous, made even more so by the obligatory pint in the Butchers Arms before the game!
Fingers crossed for Friday and that you can finally get the house sorted...
Congratulations Bro, not surprised you celebrated in style! And very impressive weekend running under the circumstances...
Glad your calf feels better Minni!
Well done on your 13 & boozing Freemers
Good luck tonight Ant, not that you'll need it...
In keeping with the thread, my pre-cricket warm up was a 2am finish on Friday night. Not a good idea as it always feels totally alien first game of the season, let alone with a hangover. Was struggling to start, that's for sure. I share Mr Minni's pain - it really is bizarre though, 7 weeks ago I could run for three hours no bother, but fielding for three hours I can barely walk yesterday and today!
Just went for a gentle limber up at lunchtime to try and get it out of my system. Did 5M around Hyde park in at 8 pace dead, so feels like it's starting to come back.
Didn't get a chance to check in much last week as had a pretty hectic one but good to see some comeback trails on.
2old - glad your achilles is showing some promise. Don't rush it, but sounds positive
AA - glad the shoulder isn't giving you gip anymore, the cold water has probably numbed it...
Minni - sorry to hear the calf won't clear up, imagine it's very frustrating. If it was hanging off at least you'd know it was bad, but sounds like it's very up and down in being good one minute, and bad the next
Carrot & FRC - well done for getting mileague up past 15 already, that's very impressive
O4S - sounds like you had a couple of nice days riding. Whereabouts in the Cotswolds were you, as agree there are some horrific steep climbs around?
Ant - your 10K pb is the same as mine to the very second! As for easy pace, I agree as it's something I thought a lot about a few months back. I think it does still need to be easy, but then if you're not training for a marathon and the mileage is cut back, then 8mm would be termed easy for a 1.30 HM so now's the time to try it I guess.
I had a shocking week last week. Few things going on personally, not great news at work and home, but onwards and upwards. Managed a 7M slow run into work on Friday which was good. If I can do 10M this week, and 13M the week after I'll be on for my HM, albeit won't race it at such.
I ache from head to foot today after donning my cricket whites for the first time on Saturday. Spent the afternoon chasing some serious leather but the good news is no reaction through the achilles. Although it looks like a gentle game, you do put all of the weight through it when you sprint after the ball and bend down to throw it in, and when you go back on your toes to defend the ball when batting. Managed a quick cameo of 20 in a doomed run chase but was nice to get back on the bike, so to speak, and enjoyed it which is the main thing.
I saw that about the Marathon of the North too Minni - you'd be mightily pissed off if you'd slogged your guts out for that. Really bizarre that the leader did the right course though, he must have been some way in front?
FRC - great report and a model of consistency!
Barry - really sorry to hear about work and about your ongoing injury. You're really due some luck
Kiwi - sorry to hear about your injury too, just as you were on the road back as well. Fingers crossed the week off gets you back on track.
I have good news to report - not only did I manage my stupid impromptu speed session without injury, I also did another 4M slow on Saturday. Then spent yesterday carrying a 2 year old around the zoo for five hours, again with no repercussions. I was actually more happy with that, as I'm supposed to be doing heel drops with a back pack on, and that was way, way more strenous than that!