BIW, I have no problems with single tattoos, in fact my son and daughter both have them, but they are discreet. It is the sleeves that look so hideous. That's a lovely tattoo of Charlie!
RayL, thanks for your interpretation of the Pirie Technique. It certainly worked for him, and he was one of our top runners. I actually saw him race on the track at Motspur Park, which is, unfortunately, no longer in existence. I was only very young and my Dad took me. I can't remember whether or not he won the race, nor who is opponents were. I remember he was known as "Puff puff Pirie" because of the way he puffed out his cheeks when racing When I was in Primary School, our school took part in the annual event against other schools at Motspur Park. I've never been a sprinter, so my contribution was in the line spry team. I can remember queuing at a van for an ice lolly, and buying a Lyons Individual fruit pie in the café. I wonder if they are still available?
I ran 7 hilly forest miles this morning, and although it wasn't sunny, it was very humid. I wore my bottle belt but it really annoys me. It seems that no matter how I tighten it, the bottle swings round to my left hip, and I have to keep pushing it back to the middle of my back.
RayL, fast running, especially on the track certainly does improve running style, which in turn, improves basic running pace. Your "come back" seems to be coming on well. Is the Pirie technique based on the late great Gordon Pirie's training methods? I would also be interested to know what they were.
Red, yes it's cooler this morning, and so far, we have missed the heavy rain and thunder storms experienced in some parts of the country. I will get out for my run, hopefully before they arrive here. I suppose I'm old fashioned these days, but I don't like to see young lady athletes with arms and legs covered with tattoos. I'm sure they will regret it when they are older. My Grandfather, who was a Royal Marine, had tattoos all over his body, which were done when he was young. He regretted it all his life, and would never even roll up his sleeves in hot weather.
Well done Columba and Red for venturing out today for a run.
I walked to the shops this morning in t shirt and shorts, not running shorts, and was amazed how many pot bellied men and women were also wearing shorts, their stomachs hanging over the tops. They seem to be proud of their beer bellies, men that is, and seem to walk, exaggerating them.
Your 50 miler was very impressive. I don't think I could run 50 miles, and certainly not in 33 degrees. Your wine session sounds much more enjoyable than my track session. I'll make up for it though on Sunday, after my hopefully, 16 mile forest run.
Columba, when you do your interval sessions that are not on the track, do you programme in the 800m and 200m in your Garmin? On my previous Garmin, I used to programme in the fast distance, but with a 2 minute recovery, rather than a distance. I can't do that on my current watch, too complicated, but now I'm with the Club, the distances and recoveries are all on the track, so all I need to do is press the lap timer to start and stop at the appropriate places/times.
Last nights track session on the grass track was "a bit of an adventure" in the heat, which hadn't cooled down from earlier in the day. The session was 8 sets of 600m with 200m jog recovery for the fast group, 7 sets for the medium and 6 for the steadies. Due to the high temperature we were advised to do as many sets as we felt safe with, and take drinks when required. There was a 2 minute "rest" after each 3 sets. I thought I would do just 6 sets, but eventually did 7. My stamina/endurance as an oldie paid off again, and each 600m was quicker than the one before. My first was 2.57 and the last 2.41. Not particularly fast times, but in the heat, it was more of a survival test. I did, incidentally, take a bottle of water with me, as there is a big difference running at near maximum effort, and a longer run at a steady pace.
Temperatures forecast to rise to 35 degrees today in the SE, so glad it's a rest day.
Hope today isn't too bad for you hay fever sufferers!
A good idea Red, going for such an early morning run. The forecast today in the South is 30 degrees, scorchio We have a track session on the grass track this evening, so hope it will have cooled down a bit by then. We will be doing 600 metre reps, with 200 metre jog recoveries.
I only take water during 10k and 10 mile races when the weather is very hot. I always drink at the 3 drinks stations at the New Forest 10 mile, which is in July, and always hot. It starts at 11.15, which is ridiculous, but used to start at 1.15, which was even worse. Every year in the post race write ups, we urge the organisers to start the race much earlier, but without success. Some years when it is exceptionally hot, there seem to be more walkers than runners, even in the early miles.