NZC, your walk sounded ideal. When I graduated from my Masters programme, I seriously considered emigrating to NZ and working for NZ Post Office or Telecom NZ as it is now called. I sometimes regret not doing that. Instead I went off and worked for the British Telecom Research Dept which on reflection was a mistake. Good luck with the surgery.
Colin, Since I left the UK I have returned many times and have watched the UK change. Public facilities have improved enormously but along with it Brits seemed to have become a nation of whiners. Nothing seems to be good enough and it is always the fault of foreigners or immigrants. Despite my love for England and all things English, my homeland has serious social flaws that may well have gone beyond the point of no return, forever changing what it means to be English. Were the flaws always there, probably but I was always proud to call myself English. It is not facilities that hold Brits back, as they are as good if not better than most other countries, it is something more fundamental.
Sorry about that.
An easy 5 miler today on what is a beautiful Autumn day.
Hi Pammie, Yes things are a bit wild around here at the moment but the latest reports are indicating that it was a lone deranged loser. I think the big issue was how could he just walk into the main area of parliament carrying a gun without being challenged. One of the big attractions in Canada is the very safe environment where everything is open with very little obstructive security, but I suspect that is going to change.
An easy 5 miler for me today. Knee is still good but my heels are really moaning. Off to do my new exercises that will sort them out.
Colin, Your comments made me think about my HS days and the missed opportunities to run competitively. I ran XC at school, mainly because I did not have any choice but I did enjoy it and had some natural ability. Back then and for the likes of me there was no opportunity to develop any skill. I seem to have more ability in the longer distances getting my 10k time down to 32 mins in my 30s. As you pointed out there seems to be much more opportunity now even for wrinklies. On my frequent returns home I see modern tracks all over the place and numerous organised races and every small town seems to have an active running club open to anyone. Here in Canada it is still like the 60s in the UK. I live in the capital city and there is only one paved track which is not readily available to the public and there is no running club structure at all. Most HS have a dirt track which is poorly maintained and can be any distance but 400m. I recall one interval session I did where I had to dodge a family of groundhogs that had built their home on one corner of the track.
ceal, I like your article on hills. I am not keen on doing hill repeats, I much prefer hilly runs but if you only have one hill then hill repeats are better than nought.
Yesterday I got invited to run our hilly course by a group of friends, 9k of hills with some that are very tough. I ran well and maintained an average of sub 9 min miles so happy with that.
After the run I had another physio session and got a clean bill of health for my knee. I also got her to have a look at my heels as both of them are acting up again. She has given me a new set of exercises which are focused on stretching out everything from my back down rather than just my calves and hamstrings.