RF - happy new year to you too. I had the idea Red was going to stop doing so many marathons when she hit her target (probably misunderstood somewhere along the way) and I'll never be quick enough to be chasing age-group PB's. Anyway, happy bumbling!
HS - Margaret is still 'barking' but her cough is slowly improving (and I'm keeping my fingers crossed I don't get it). I have phases when I play the Fetch games and at the moment am enjoying running along new roads in the town and seeking out the various tokens/bugs. Yes, Fetch has now gone it alone and has asked for contributions so he can work part-time and look after the website on the other days. I've promised £1 a month - a small price to pay for all the functions of the site that I use. Well done re your 5K time trial.
JB - I don't really feel able to comment on the quality/quantity debate as I'm basically a bit of a plodder and seem to be in the back half of any races I take part in. The only races I was ever in the top half were my club's handicap races last year. And I have to say, the 80% WAVA figures are a distant dream for me.
Aquarius - there's no phone involved with Fetchpoint. It's just various things sprinkled on a map on the Fetch website. When you upload your run details from your Garmin the website uses the gps info to work out where you ran and which tokens/bugs you 'collected' on the way. As I've said before, it's a bit of fun but it IS getting me to run in places around town that I don't usually venture to (so it stops my running getting into a rut).
RF & Aquarius - no gale-force winds around here yesterday (in Wiltshire/Gloucestershire).
I had planned to play golf with my mate today but we saw the forecast and (wisely) abandoned the idea. So I went out earlier collecting some aforementioned Fetchpoint tokens/bugs. It was hard work and I felt more out breath than usual (did wonder if I am catching that lurgy Margaret has). Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised when I got back to see I'd managed 5.7mls at 10:30mm pace.
It was raining when I was out running - light rain to start with and heavier towards the end. The wind has just increased in strength as I've been typing - but no snow to speak of as yet.
Hi everyone - playing catch-up again after a week away from RW
Columba - if it were down to me, I wouldn't bother with a tree or decorations either. However, I dutifully cleared everything away on Sunday following the family visit. Shame about your club run that wasn't - at least you didn't get lost otherwise you would need a navigator's hat similar to the one HS's club awards to someone each year. I was going to say did you find concentrating on the gait analyst's advice while running helped - but then I saw your later post about your knee being painful. Oh no .. I wonder if changing your running style has affected your knee somehow?
HS - the family get-together went well. And it was nice to see various 'huddles' forming as cousins who don't see each other much, were able to catch up. Sorry to hear you developed a toothache and will need a root filling. I'd be exhausted running 15 miles, let alone in flooded conditions and mud - respect to you Sir! Re your latest post .. I'm already looking forward to my club's time trial and handicap races later this year.
JB6 - the results of that runner, based on minimal training, really are quite remarkable (as David Coleman might have said).
Red - I see Mike has been poorly .. hope he's improved by now.
Exhausted - I've also been pleased to see people (after dark) out running who look like they've just started (takes me back to my hesitant first steps when I 'gave it a go' in 2007 and to begin with, waited for darkness to descend). And to answer your question, I do sometimes wonder how I found time to go to work. Re your latest post - I'm very happy to be missing the 'corporate crap' I used to have to contend with!
Aquarius - pleased to see your 'post lurgy' 2ml trot didn't have any after-effects.
Not a lot of running for me lately with the preparations for the family get-together and Margaret coming down with a nasty cough (which I hope I don't catch). However, I did manage to run yesterday. I was out playing Fetchpoint again and running along roads I don't usually use while trying to squish some bugs. Concentrating on taking the correct left/right turns obviously took my mind off the running itself as I managed 6.6mls - 5mls has been my longest distance lately. Anyway, mission accomplished and I terminated 10 of the 15 bugs that had been errr .. 'bugging' me
Hi everyone. Festivities over (and after a break) getting back to normal now. Checking back on posts I missed in the meantime ..
JB6 - had to smile at you being edged out at parkrun and then finding out it was an ex-GB international hurdler you were up against. I saw Quo at Dunstable Civic Hall - well for a bit, but they were so loud we went and sat in the car outside with the windows down and then the volume was perfect! I log all my running on the Fetcheveryone website so have yearly stats going back several years (and when I remember, I can export said stats to a spreadsheet). Happy (belated) anniversary.
HS - ref your repeated notes about your HILLY race, forgive my repeated plea to use copy/paste from Wordpad or similar to avoid further frustration when posting Some of my friends have moved over to WhatsApp and with it being free I can see why they use it in preference to texting and using up their monthly allowance.
Red - I see you were out running on Boxing Day in shorts and a long-sleeved top + vest. In the recent cold weather I saw a young lady running in shorts and a vest. She must be well 'ard (or else I'm a real wimp!). Happy (belated) anniversary to you too.
Exhausted - no running for a while then you manage to breeze round 8-ish miles .. nothing new there then!
Columba - glad to hear you had a nice time in (that) London. Hope the gait analysis advice/exercises prove worthwhile.
Aquarius - welcome back (temporarily?) to RW .. your life does sound very busy lately.
Although xmas and new year are 'officially' over, we have Margaret's family visiting us this coming Sat (17 of them at the last count). So our xmas tree is staying up for one extra day (and blow the supposed bad luck of having it up after 12th night).
I only managed a measly 400 miles in 2016 (I usually manage around 500). I've entered the Cheltenham HM which is in October and in preparation, have set myself a target of 700 miles this year. I've started playing Fetchpoint a bit more and am currently trying to squish all the bugs in my home circle (it gets me running in parts of Bishops Cleeve I don't usually visit). I went out yesterday and did 5.5mls .. and in the final 200 yds I even managed to overtake an old lady pedalling slowly up the road
HS - I'm also hoping the new RW will be an improvement. The previous webmaster of the Rambler's website I look after was keen to upgrade it and make it 'mobile friendly' but I haven't done anything about it yet. I would ask around in your club about shrinking the photo size (I use Picasa to manage my photos but can't remember now the exact steps needed). My Garmin is a 230 but doesn't have a built-in hrm (its the 235 that does). However, the 235 uses an optical sensor and as Garmin couldn't guarantee it would always pick up the heart rate accurately I decided it wasn't worth the extra expense. Re your latest post, sorry to hear your bits of bad news and the fact you are staying home over xmas now.
Red - a hangover from singing carols - caroling or carousing? The format of Fetchpoint hasn't changed apart from Gore-rillas being replaced by tokens from other sponsors. You are supposed to report any inaccessible tokens but it is down to the individual (some may not be as honest and trustworthy as my good self). Yes, back into regular running but xmas & new year will be upsetting that for a week or so. Our xmas cards (well, Margaret's mainly) have been full of various bits of bad news.
Columba - sorry to hear the knee is achey after your recent run.
JB6 - I'm definitely in the 'good walk spoiled' camp at the moment - on average it takes me 60 strokes to get round a par 33 course.
DBI (although I suspect you may not see this?) - I see from Red's posting you've been struggling to get on to here - hope you get the problem sorted.
My postings on here will be a bit erratic over the next few days (what, even more erratic than usual I hear you all cry!). So I'll wish everyone a Merry Xmas - and add a hello to any old friends of this thread who may pop by to see what's going on.
Hi everyone (almost 2 weeks since my last post so apologies and some catching up for me to do)
HS - to answer your question, our family get-togethers are a tri-annual thing. Margaret & I, my sister and my cousin each take it in turns hosting lunch every few months. Now my Mum and Aunt don't live close to each other it gives them a chance to speak face-to-face every now and then. Thanks for the reminders (various) about that HILLY race you did Well done re your result - hope you can overcome the problems loading the finish line photo onto here (I use Paint Shop Pro & Google Picasa for 'playing' with photos). Hope Alice's injuries clear up soon.
DD - I can imagine working and looking after the house as well as trying to run takes it out of you - maybe you should carry on with the energy drinks! I don't use Runkeeper or any other apps - mind you, I have a Windows phone so there aren't any as they all seem to be for Apple or Android phones. I recently treated myself to a Garmin Forerunner 230 to track my running and when I upload the info onto my computer it automatically loads it into Strava and the Fetcheveryone website (where I have my running stored from 2007 onwards). And there are loads of training plans around on the RW website and other sites/magazines.
JB - we don't frequent Beefeater that often and the menu has become more limited lately .. but I have recently discovered the joys of the loaded potato skins starter! We often have the 'meal deal' from M&S, Tesco etc. (and struggle to keep up with the bottle of wine that comes as part of the deal).
Columba - hope the gait analysis proves useful and pleased to hear your knee seems to be improving.
I've not decided on any races for 2017 yet. There was one I was interested in but it sold out within 2 hours (I logged on at 9am and it was full!).
I'm trying to get back to regular running and have been out three times in the last week (mostly looking to catch 'Wiggle' tokens as part of the Fetchpoint game .. which achieves it's aim of getting me to run places I don't usually go).
I did my remaining xmas shopping yesterday and it was relatively quiet. Margaret's son arrived a little earlier with our grand-daughters and they have all headed off into town to see the pantomime.
I shall be heading off to play indoor bowls in a bit. I played golf last week and thought that was it for the year. But my friend has emailed to say he's worked out he's played 999 holes of golf this year and wondered if I was up for one more round so he could break the 1000 barrier - he's as bad as some runners!