It's already hot again here too Red. My Garmin, which always seems to record several degrees below actual, recorded 74 degrees Fahrenheit at the club session last night. Your garden society meeting being held in a pub is a splendid idea.The best of plans are formulated in pubs; on the back of a fag packet in days gone bye
Aquarius, quite an eventful 2 weeks for you. Things always seem to go wrong when looking after things for those that have gone away for a while etc. Hope your 10k race went well, and if you did have to run through sand dunes, that you "ploughed your way through!" Reference your 6 mile bike ride and aching back, does your bike have dropped handlebars? I don't have a bike these days, as I would be too nervous to cycle on todays busy roads. I used to love cycling and even rode confidently through Liverpool city centre on a regular basis.
WtnMel, busy, busy, busy, I'm amazed that you have the energy and time to go running! Your golden rules for hill running are spot on. I can never understand the number of runners that run up hills with their arms hanging by their sides. To me it is natural to swing the arms. When running on the flat, the faster the arm swing, the faster the legs go. A lot of activity going on in your garage, where do you put your car?
Last night's track session was good. We did two sets of 1 minute fast 30 second recovery, 2 minutes fast 1 minute recovery, 3 minutes fast 1 minute recovery. Red, reference runners half my age, Alice lapped me twice My fastest pace was 7.26 minute miling on the 3 minute effort. Today is a rest day, but I have done a 2 minute front plank. I haven't done one for several weeks, so didn't try for longer, but felt that I could have done another minute or two.
DBI, I didn't stay up either. I need my 8 hours these days.
WtnMel, sorry that you lost your bowls match, but good that you had fun! I'm sure you have many years running left yet. I've no intention of stopping any time soon. I used to go to Tring with my family when we lived in Aylesbury. 6 hours driving is a bit hard core! Good luck with your training for the trail race.
I had another pleasant surprise this morning. I had intended a 6 miles recovery run, as Sarah is away at present, when my eldest Niece phoned to ask if she could run with me, as she is doing the NF Half Marathon. We hadn't run together for a couple of years, so I was surprised how much faster she was. My "recovery run" turned out to be an 8 miles burn up in the forest. I was tired from Sundays 14 miler, but didn't tell her that. I had to push myself to the limit to keep up with her, but my endurance meant that in the last mile, I was able to set the pace. A really good work out as it was very hot and I was drenched in sweat by the time we finished. I'm going to have a glass of chilled winelater whilst watching Stargate SG-1
Columba and DBI, I agree that we all need r&r and Red certainly deserves some.
DBI , sounds good, a meal out with wine!
Columba, good news that your knee appears to be behaving.
Red, best of luck with your trail marathon! I don't like steps in a race. The Salisbury 54321 has some horrible steps which are deep and wide with no handrail. When your legs feel like jelly, each step is "an adventure!"
This morning's forest run had a very pleasant surprise. I had intended to run with two others, but five more turned up! We ran a very pleasant route with very little mud. We did have to cross several small streams, balancing on branches that someone had laid across. We ran together for the first 10 miles, which was a mile from"home" and I carried on alone, running a total of 14 miles. The last 3 were very tough as my legs were aching, but I pushed myself ignoring the pain. I also treated myself to a couple of glasses of wine when I got home.
DBI, roots are a way of life in the forest,I'm afraid. I'm more likely to fall when running along narrow rutted tracks. I think balance is less reliable as we get older.
Red, I also went for an early morning run to avoid the worst of the winds. Longer reps. are definitely best for longer distance races. That's why I don't do many of the shorter rep sessions these days. Good luck with your trail marathon next weekend. Which one is it?
Aquarius, hope you did well in your cross country race.
Looking forward now to the ladies tri at 3.00.
Good luck to anyone competing or training tomorrow.