Mick - I'm not sure if I've actually read The Selfish Gene, or just read a lot about it and quotes from it. It struck me as being an interesting and fertile idea, though there seem to be some flaws in it involving circular arguments. I haven't read The God Delusion.
I have run 3 miles (considerably slower than Ceal's!) and so far my knee does not seem to be complaining. I really want to do the Midnight Sun half mara that I'm signed up for in mid-June, even if I have to walk bits of it and resign myself to a Very Slow Time. So I shall build up to slightly longer runs over the next week, no speedwork, and hope for the best.
Hats off to that M70! - apart from anything else, reaction times slow down as people get older, so negotiating a hairpin bend while going fast downhill could become really tricky.
TE and DBI - it must be quite saddening, looking back on the fast times you once did and which you know are now beyond you. As I didn't start running until my late 50s, I don't have those fast times to look back to, so have nothing to regret!
I have done 3 miles at a very moderate pace, and so far my knee does not seem to be reproaching me. I really want to be able to do the Midnight Sun half-mara in the middle of June, even if I have to do it slowly, even if I have to take walk breaks. So in the interim I won't do any speedwork, just build up towards slightly longer runs.
Joining me on the bench, then, WelshPoppy? - Keeping the fitness up with a lot of walking is a good idea. What is the knee problem?
My knee really hurt when I got out of bed this morning, and looked a bit puffy, but strangely enough when I'd been up for about half an hour it felt ok and has remained so all day. I haven't done much of anything today; probably won't attempt a run tomorrow, but maybe Saturday.
Mick, there is also a book called The Dawkins Delusion, which you could read as a follow-on...
He is indeed beautiful - I think you've shown us that picture before?
Aquarius - amazing to get a surprise pb! I have never quite managed a 5k in 30 minutes, so no chance of a 10k in an hour. Though I have been close.
When I got out of bed this morning The Knee hurt; and when I looked at it, it seemed puffy compared to the other knee. Yet when I'd been up and about for half an hour it felt ok, and has continued so all day. Haven't attempted a run today, possibly won't tomorrow either, but maybe Saturday.
Weather not too bad here, sun shining at present though plenty of cloud around too.
Physio said I could try a 1-mile run "towards the end of the week". I chose to regard Wednesday as being towards the end of the week, and have done the 1-mile run. Knee niggled a bit but not what I would call pain. I'll rest it tomorrow and try again Friday.
TE, when I looked at your run on Fetch, I didn't see a WAVA for the run, but all the predictions based on it were corresponding to WAVAs in the 90s, so I thought the run itself must have earned a WAVA in the 90s. Maybe it was a mistake of some sort which has now been recalculted?