Got back from London last night, with a parkrun, a 5-year-old's birthday party and a yoga class under my belt.
Hello Ceal, that sounds like a good holiday.
While I was trawling the internet for advice on running with arthritic knees, I came across something which said long strides stress the knees; since when I have intentionally shortened my stride. The knee seems to have settled down to a grumble which I can live with. I completed the parkrun, coming in last, thanks to some of the marshalls having disappeared by the time I was on my 3rd (of 3) loop; without the marshalls I couldn't remember exactly which turning to take, and ended up doing 3.6 miles instead of the standard parkrun 3.1. I was last finisher (though by less than a minute) but first in age group. This quite often happens...
I was doing 4 mins run, 1 min walk, which seems to be working quite well.
I managed the Tooting Bec parkrun, sort of. It has 3 laps, and on my 3rd one some of the marshalls were missing and I couldn't remember exactly where to turn (there was a lot of choice, as to turnings) and ended up running 3.6 miles rather than the standard parkrun 3.1. Came in last, though not by much. First in age group, however....
The 5-year-old's party was noisy and exhausting but well-organised. Besides the 18 invited guests there were of course a number of accompanying parents who were supplied with tea, coffee and fancy biscuits; and lots of younger siblings, who were also catered for. My daughter is a very good organiser; but she said afterwards that she was never having a party like that again.
Enjoyed the yoga class, - and have just discovered that my local leisure centre is laying on early-morning yoga classes; 7.30 a.m. on Thursdays, so if I can manage to get up in time I shall go to tomorrow's. I did a lot of yoga at one time, and still do bits occasionally. I went for a little 2-mile trot earlier today. Knee seems to have settled down to a gentle grumble, which I can live with.
Alarming incident with the cows, TE. Impressed by the 3-minute plank. I can manage 1 minute. Maybe plus 15 seconds on a good day. That's a lot of MV70s in the Solent half. Don't suppose there are so many FV70s running it. Is your new phone giving you some funny predictions?
Congratulations to BIW's "dream of a dog" - when she finally gets back onto the website. I never sign out, and I always tick the email box, but it seems to be completely random whether I have to sign in or get in straight away.
And congratulations to Deezel for 1st M60.
Red - if you complete a marathon but outside the cut-off time, do you still "count" it as contributing to your 100 target?
DBI - what a brilliant idea, that "people's sport" thing; I wish they had it here. The shortage of dog-friendly hotels in this country was why I asked. We had dogs (only one at a time) for a number of years and always had to hunt around a bit for places we could take them when holidaying in the UK.
TE - the music for the vibe cycle is chosen by the instructor, and is definitely related to what we're doing. Faster, slower, two phrases on the saddle, two phrases standing on the pedals, etc.
Red - much respect on the two marathons in 2 days; and the not falling over! - did you have to carry your poles throughout the marathon for the sake of the steps?
Off to London later today. Grand-daughter's 5th birthday party on Saturday; also hoping to take in the Tooting Bec parkrun; and now it looks as though I'll be going to a yoga class with my daughter on Sunday. Back home Tuesday.