Hello all, got back yesterday from Bristol/London visit.
NZC - you achieve a 75% WAVA when you're "feeling terrible"?
WelshPoppy, I hope your recovery from that virus is swift.
I did the Ashton Court parkrun in Bristol on Saturday; 38 mins 52 secs, and was both first and last in my age group. Several people were running with dogs, and there was a man running with a buggy with not just one but two children in it; - and there's a lot of uphill in the course! Went on to London and did some training runs in Greenwich Park, which is near where Middle Son and his GF are now living. The journey home had an unexpected twist. I was following the satnav (essential for getting through Bristol, less so when I get into Wales but I keep it on as a security blanket) but, once in south Wales, couldn't take the turning satnav wanted me to as it was closed off, - major roadworks, apparently a whole new road being constructed. Went for miles along a brand-new dual carriageway with no turnings off in the direction I wanted, and satnav sometimes wanting me to do a U turn, or directing me along non-existent roads, or recalculating so that everything seemed OK for a few miles and then wasn't. Once, according to satnav, I was in the middle of nowhere, not even on a road. Presumably this is all my fault for not updating it; I only use it once in a blue moon. Anyway, eventually we reached the A470, which I know, and after than both satnav and I were happy.
I got back yesterday from the Bristol/London visit; did the Ashton Court parkrun in Bristol (38 mins 52 secs, but not too disappointed with that, as it included a lot of Up, and a long stretch of uneven gravelly path rather similar to the one on which I fell less than a week previously, so I took it cautiously) and a couple of training runs in Greenwich Park. 1st and Middle sons are now both living adjacent to Greenwich Park, though on opposite sides. Middle Son and his GF are now living together, plus GF's dog. The dog was from a rescue centre in Portugal (GF works some of the time in Portugal) and as far as anyone knows hasn't had any formal training, but is very compliant and easygoing. She's no particular breed, but looks as though there may be a fair bit of Red Setter somewhere. We had several meals out, and the dog just kept herself tidily under the table and didn't nag for food (she doesn't nag for food even if they've forgotten to feed her!) nor wander off.
BIW - it's amazing, the heights to which dogs can be trained. Even that "companion dog" training is more than the majority of pets achieve, but perhaps not more than many of them could achieve, given the training. Maybe the previous day's heat affected all the dogs at your training school. Teachers often say that windy weather affects the children, makes them wild; I have also spoken to teachers in "special" schools who are certain the children are affected by the phases of the moon, being a lot wilder when it's full.
I admit that I don't attempt to upload from my Garmin. It records time and distance, hence also speed, and splits if I set it to record them, and I transfer the info "by hand" to the Fetcheveryone website. The one thing I would like, that I don't have, is some sort of measure of the ups and downs, of which there are plenty in my home area.
Red - that cake marathon sounded great! Some day I must visit Winnie-the-Pooh country. As a child I loved the stories, read and re-read them many times, and called my teddy-bear Pooh. Visiting the Pooh country would be like a pilgrimage!
By the way, I came first in my age group in the parkrun. Also last in my age group. But not last overall!
Off to Bristol shortly to visit Younger Daughter. Will leave the car there and proceed by train to London to visit Middle Son (the PT). Returning Wednesday. The train journey will be fun, as GWR in engaging in strike action, but I'm told that at least 50% of their trains will nevertheless be running.
Knee is not looking very pretty but is clearly healing.
Been toying with the idea of a parkrun in Bristol tomorrow, seems a shame to be so close and not do it, but perhaps better not.
Off to Bristol shortly, to help Younger Daughter celebrate her 27th birthday. Then on to London to visit Middle Son (him wot is the Personal Trainer) in his new place in Greenwich. Back home Wednesday. Loved the story of the peacock, - pity you didn't have a camera / phone handy!
TS - your theory sounds convincing. Does your physio agree? Laughed at your encounter with the old lady. A couple of weeks ago, when I was running round and round the lake, I passed (for the second time) an elderly couple; he was walking with a stick, and on his other arm was supporting her. As I passed for the second time, he called out "You get younger every time you go round!"
WelshPoppy - I've had some really silly readings from my HRM. I very rarely use it now. Hope you've beaten that bug.
Ceal - I don't like wearing things on my head either, but if it's raining hard I wear a cap with a long peak to keep the rain off my glasses, otherwise I can't see. I am feeling a lot better today, thank you, and even went for a very gentle recovery run, just 1 and a half miles.
Absolutely agree about the drug-taking athletes. Once might be youthful stupidity - especially if under pressure from the coach or other "authority" figure; but a second offence should lead to a very long ban, if not a lifetime ban.
Dental flossing I know, but nerve flossing I do not.