Good luck with the weight loss, John. I certainly wouldn't attempt to go without food until lunch time. On the rare occasions I've been for a before-breakfast run I still have a cup of tea and a banana before I go. There's some relationship between weight lost and speed gained, but I don't know what it is.
TS, is your run-walk a fixed ratio, like 4 mins run, 1 min walk?
Mick - it's interesting to see your speed in minutes per km as well as minutes per mile. My Personal Trainer son uses kms. I cedrtainly can't get down below 6; even getting down below 7 is a challenge, at least if I'm going to maintain it for any distance.
4 miles today; set off in drizzle, returned in heavy rain blowing straight into my face.
Mick - that's wonderful news, that you're back to normal running at last! And I hope you get some more interest in your house, now that the summer is approaching.
John - I wondered if you're bored with those 40-minute runs because of the lack of variety. My Middle Son has qualified as a personal trainer, and he wrote me a training plan last year to get me a half-marathon pb (which was successful! - though the time wouldn't have been very impressive by your standards) and is currently training me for a 10k later in the year, at which I am hoping to achieve a 70% WAVA. His training plans include a long run and a tempo run each week, and will include some more intensive speedwork later in the year; and several "easy runs" to make up the weekly aerobic distance. The fact that there's variety within an overall structure means I don't get bored with it.
TS - no heart rate data, I'm afraid. I was feeling rather sick towards the end of the tempo session, if that's any guide. No crocuses handy, though. The drifitng off pace in the 4th and 5th kms may have been caused by my having just worked out exactly how many times I was going to have to go round that track; and consequent dismay and discouragement. 32 miles in the week, that's wonderful, isn't it almost back to normality whatever that is?
I did my long run today after all; rain was heavy this morning but by early afternoon had reduced to drizzle, which was actually quite pleasant to run in. 14km, which is nearer 9 miles than 8.
Aquarius - thanks for the info about the stick. It sounds good, but presumably can't be used on some parts of the body, e.g. one's back, though the foam roller can as you put it on the floor and lie on it. I have some compression socks which I have occasionally worn for an hour or so after a hardish session; they certainly seem to make cramp less likely over the next 24 hours. The main problem is getting them on, as they are such an extremely tight fit.
"Long" run today, - doesn't compare with Red's marathons, though! - 14km, which is nearer 9 miles than 8. It rained a bit, but not hard; drizzle, sometimes tapering off into fine wet mist.
DBI - what did you decide, in the end? Reminded me of setting off for family holidays when the children were children, everything packed in so tight we could hardly move. Usually I was in the front passenger seat but with no legroom as the well would be full of luggage. Or I would be in the middle at the back, to try and keep the children amused during the long journey by telling them stories. I often used to wonder if the holiday was worth the agony of getting there and back.
Red, if you're in touch with JJ, tell him we're missing him, and wish him well from us. And good luck with those two marathons. Forecast here is for rain tomorrow, and that's supposed to be my Long Run day. Might postpone until Monday, as (with the bank holiday) I shan't be able to go swimming on Monday.
TE, I certainly hope that cold clears up soon. You must be feeling quite frustrated.