No Pammie, no TS, no Busbar, no Chris, all very quiet, it must be the referendum that is keeping you all off the thread.
It was an interesting week for me this last week. I did my usual running but I was invited for a "guns afternoon" with a friend from the gym. He is an retired cop and a bit of a gun collector with 50 acres of forest to play in. As like most Englishman I have no experience with guns apart from an air rifle as a kid. He had made a bit of a range deep into this Maple forest using this large tractor that he owns. The reason I mentioned the tractor was that this turned out to be a mode of transport with me sitting in the bucket with all the guns and ammunition. We were out there for three hours blasting away at tin cans and targets with everything from a 9 mm pistol to a 10 gauge sawn off shotgun. I learnt very quickly how not to hold the bigger rifles and am now sporting a huge bruise on my right bicep. When it was all over he presented me with two sow on RCMP badges, cross rifles and cross pistols. I think he did that because I managed not to shoot him or myself the whole afternoon. I even hit the targets. It was a great afternoon but I don't see myself buying a gun in the near future.
I had a great progressive run today, 5 miles along the river trail in wonderful weather conditions.
Graham, Wow, that is some load. We are clearly at a different age point despite our chronological similarity. I would hardly be able to walk after that. Garter snakes are very common here especially in the Autumn when they come out to sun. One year when the kids were young they went out collecting them and came back with a bucket full. Needless to say MrsMick6 had a meltdown. It was a tough race and I did not care about my time just that I ran strong and consistently which I did. I have another 5k on Oct 4th and then my target 5k on Oct 19th where I really do want a good time. Good luck with the 5k track, is it a club race?
Tracey, You are probably all done by now but I hope it went well.
NZC, 3 hours, I have forgotten what that feels like and I am sure that I do not want to find out again. You are very tough so I have no doubt that you will cross that finishing line, no matter what.
Columba, I am afraid I cannot even claim second, if fact I think I was last, that is third.
JJ, good news, I am sure it will be good to get life back to normal.
TS, I don't know whether your news is good or not but I am going to interpret it as good news.
Columba, I had to laugh at your story of the two men, but they were Welsh men so that didn't really count.
Chris, Good luck with your hunt for speed, if you find it let me know where it is hiding.
I ran a tough hilly 5k this morning and although it was slow, 23:54 official time, I am very pleased with my effort. My recent races have been very poor with me fading badly over the last few k and just not enjoying the experience. Over last winter I decided that I wanted to drop some weight so I took it down from 189 to 168 lbs which was easy to do. I felt good and strong but when I raced I seemed to lack the stamina I had. I ease my weight back up to 175lbs and that seemed to have made a difference.
It was very muggy and pouring with rain at the start of my 5k race. It was a small field, only around 100 runners. My plan was to try and maintain a constant effort and enjoy myself.
The first k was downhill but with lots of turns and uneven footing so I just stayed relaxed and went through 1k at a 7:34 pace which felt very comfortable.
The second and third kms were tough, lots of short very steep hills with more turns, but I maintain effort and felt relaxed with an average time of just under 8 min miles. The last 2k I knew was going to be the test. The first one felt easy as it was a gradual downhill and I could have pushed a little harder, a 7:38 pace. More ups and downs and turns on the last k but I felt great, no fading and it was my fastest at 7:33.
I gradually moved up the field and was only passed by one runner over the last 500m so very pleased with that. I finished 11th overall but not the first over 60.