Just caught up with the thread - but also, just looked out of the window and realised it has (temporarily no doubt) stopped raining/sleeting, so will get out while I can for today's 45 mins, and post later.
Re "Three Men In A Boat" - I really must re-read it, as I had completely forgotten the bits Exhausted and Matsmum mentioned. On the other hand, I remember a lengthy dialogue between the dog (was he called Montmorency?) and a large cat (the cat eventually saw the dog off), and an episode which had me rolling on the floor (as a teenager) in which the three men try to open a tin without a tin-opener. Unsuccessfully.
Matsmum - congratulations on no 11 grandchild! - and I hope your test results continue to be encouraging.
I too tend to be influenced by the pace of the people round me in a race, both at the beginning and later. And if, at a later point, I see someone I think I can overtake, I tend to do it too slowly, so that very often they can put on a spurt and overtake me in return. Really need to creep up behind them and then storm past.
WtnMel - I have certainly no intention of running with the white-number runners! - and thanks for the tip about keeping out to the left on the first bend.
Should be doing 45 minutes today, but ATM it's sleeting hard, so I'm hanging back to see if it will stop. Did rather well yesterday; at home we had howling winds, rain and sleet; but I had to take the car to the garage in Ludlow (windows wouldn't open, apparently it needed a new motor in its door), and Ludlow had howling winds but blue sky and sunshine, so I ran for an hour and a quarter while the car was being dealt with. Have a dental appointment this afternoon (not a routine one, - a filling appears to be crumbling away, painless but needs looking at) so will have to work round that too.
Goodness, this thread's become very exciting in the last 36 hours or so!
Ceal - congratulations on being asked! - and on that AG up in the 80s. When I joined this thread, you had just set off for Helsinki. Sharkie was a regular contributor, and the thread had regular updates. We will be following your progress eagerly again. Congratulations to your daughter too, with her swimming championships.
Chris H, it must have been very frustrating to DNF, but sounds as though it was the only sensible thing to do in the circumstances. Get well soon from your cold.
Aws - Like the picture. I do like pictures with a path leading away into the distance. In this case it's leading to a farm, but "mysterious" distances are even better. Well done on 1st run after 10 days without. You may have got it in just in time; the forecast for the next few days is very discouraging.
NZC - the sea breeze blowing in through the window sounds lovely; the sea must be very close by where you live. Your comment on the plumber has reminded me that I should make a list of multiple small tasks I want an electrician to do; and then contact the electrician.
An hour's run this morning, at my prescribed 13/14mm pace. And yesterday I went swimming.
JJ - glad you seem to be on the mend. BIW - sorry to hear about your arm, that must be very frustrating. Hope it improves soon.
Update on my "incorrect" race number: apparently it isn't incorrect; I entered as a UKA runner (presumably because I belong to an officially-recognised running club), and they are automatically given white numbers. However, I am not obliged to start with the white-number group; I have to see the race organisers before the race starts, and they will arrange for me to run in a slower group. It is not encouraging to set off with a group of fast runners and see them all disappear into the distance in the first 10 seconds!
Re bad smells on trains: has anyone else read "Three men in a boat", a comic novel written in the late 19th century? There's an account in it of someone getting onto a train with a very ripe Camembert, and clearing the carriage.
Re procrastination and excuses: I nearly always have to force myself out of the door, often telling myself that after all I can come back home if I'm not feeling better about it in the first 10 minutes. But I nearly always am feeling better about it in the first 10 minutes; in fact, I don't think I ever have come back early, once started, except on a single occasion when it started snowing.
60 mins running done, all within the prescribed 13/14mm bracket. Magnificent consistency in the first 3 kms (PT son has me recording km splits): each was run in 8 mins 26 seconds. After that they got a bit more variable.
TE - when I had a good look at what I'd been sent, I found that my chip is orange, and the number on the chip is different from the one on the big (white) displayable square. Clearly there's been a mix-up, and I have emailed the organisers. I have no wish to go out with the fast ones and get knocked down in the stampede!