ceal, The thought of rods stuck in my arm sounds totally gross to me, I would need to go for a run just to deal with the stress. You are really blowing away the granny stereotype.
Columba, Despite the choice of words I used in my first sentence to ceal, I have a lot of trouble relating to young people. They all seem so stressed out and preoccupied with themselves that real life seem to be passing them by. For example the young women at my gym take a great deal of care over how they look for their workout and then spend most of the time looking down at their smart phones or fiddling with their ear buds. I somehow think they have totally missed the point of coming to the gym. I hope your walk with your niece did not permit the smart phone to come along.
Graham, Your trip sounded great. I travelled a great deal with my work but one thing that made it fun was being able to take my running kit with me. I ran in some really interesting places all around the world.
Running still progressing, 7.3k yesterday, 5k today. Gait slowly improving and strength returning to my right knee. It is going to be a slow progression but there is light at the end of the tunnel.
I am currently in the first stages of my first coloured selfie, so far so good and hopefully it is not bin bound.
TS, As you say, at least I am running. I may not be my graceful self as a 30 yr old but I am still getting out there and enjoying my runs even if they are uncomfortable still. You seem to still have to do a lot of driving, it must be hard on your back.
ceal, My drawing, can't call it art yet, is going very well despite my earlier comments. It is a long learning path and right now it is all about technique and nothing to do with art, that must come later. At my last class the first thing we had to do was stand up and put our hand on our hearts and say out loud, I am an artist. I struggled with this, much to the amusement of all the other students who were all female and had no problem. Here are your pics.
In your first one look at your back foot, still got lots of flexibility in those feet. I like the look of your trail, how long is it?
You may not be able to up load them as they are too big. You have to resize them to less than 250k
Xtraining day for me so off to the gym to do a 5k row, stretching and some leg weights. We had plan to go for a bike ride but MrsMick6 has managed to injure her PF in one of her gym classes.
Al, I am heavy into layering and blending, I typically start with a light base layer and then try to build layers up to the desired colour, I have assorted blending sticks, clear wax pencils to smooth the colours but it seems you have to know where you are going to get there, It is much tougher than graphite,
Thanks for the comments and I will try harder not to bin my failures
ceal, I find your story upsetting in that it reflects so poorly on English society that so many of its young people no longer respect their elders. I think that European societies have a lot to learn from the east or even the US in that regard.
TS, Sorry to hear about more aches and pains. I know very well how it feels to hobble along at a pace that seems so far from where you were even recently. At least you did not have the embarrassment of having someone call out to you to see if you were alright as you were hobbling along so painfully. This happened to me only last week and I thought I was having one of my good runs.
Columba, I haven't been back to the UK for a couple of years but the papers seem obsessed with obesity and if the numbers are to be believed there has been an explosion of fat in the last few years.
My running is consistent but slow, the distance is also extending a little bit each week. It is a bit flattering to call it running though. I did another drawing workshop yesterday. My efforts at trying to master coloured pencils are not being met with too much success. I can draw reasonably well now but coloured pencils are completely unforgiving. One error in colour choice and my creation heads for the bin.
Poppy, I strongly recommend that you do not run while your achilles is still swollen. I learnt that lesson the hard way and spent 18 months with a chronic problem. I had to have shock ultrasound therapy to finally get rid of it. Once the inflammation subsides you can start to run but only short distances and no speed. I also would not recommend stretching while it is still swollen, just rest it.
Graham, Yet another well done to you, you seem indestructible.
ceal, The uk always was plagued with wasps, we have very few here that are a nuisance. I now hear that you have more mosquitos but I think overall we probably beat you on bugs that bite.
Still plodding along and making slow progress. I even tried some easy pickups, if I could call them that as they were slower than my normal recovery pace.