HS - the bowls competition I was taking part in was set up as a way for new members like me to experience competitive play in a friendly, fun environment. By swapping positions every five ends, you get experience of being 'lead', '2nd' (with responsibility for marking) and 'skip' (instructing team-mates what to do). Well done re your run with your niece and good you were able to set the pace towards the end.
Exhausted - you'd better stop getting changed in your car then!
Columba - I know what you mean about collapsing when the visitors go. I had a 'quiet' day yesterday - well, after that 8ml run that is.
Red - yep, I'm not quite an old crock just yet.
Aquarius - gosh, sounds like the dog-sitting was more work than expected. Well done for fitting in your trail run, parkruns, x-country relay and bike ride. I always assume bike riding exercises the quads more than anything so not quite sure why you ended up with backache. You may have over-extended something in your back when you were struggling up those hills? Hope the 10k race tonight goes well.
The recent to-ing and fro-ing I've been doing has finished as I saw my son off on the train back to Leeds this evening.
I'm starting on decorating our en-suite tomorrow. There's a new bit of wall where we have blocked up a cupboard. That will need priming but I'll do the ceiling first, then the walls (including the new bit). Being an en-suite, its small(ish) so shouldn't take too long and I expect to have it done by Thu evening.
I'm hoping to fit in a run amongst the painting. I'm planning on attacking that big hill I mentioned and will report back on how I get on. Remembering whilst I am heading up the hill the 'golden rules' I've learnt over the years (1) keep your leg turnover speed the same but shorten your stride (2) swing your arms to help you ascend (3) don't be tempted to look for the top - concentrate on 10 metres or so ahead of you.
Our new (additional) freezer arrives tomorrow. I took all the shelving down on the end wall of our garage where I've put my sauna in one corner. Once the new freezer is place in the other corner of the garage I can see what shelving I can fit around it.
Red - Margaret went scavenging for the runner beans as I was away (see below). She said there are still lots of them hiding away waiting to be picked - my turn next time.
HS - I was also getting most of my Olympics news via the BBC Breakfast show. We lost our final bowls match last week but had fun whilst doing so. I have to remind myself I'm fortunate to still be running (at the tender age of 64!) and hope I can continue to do so for many years. Nice to get more company then expected on your forest run.
DBI - good to hear Charlie is coping with working at various venues and with various 'baddies' without any problems.
Columba - you read my mind! A year or two ago we were on holiday in Freshwater, IOW and I surprised myself by managing to run up and over Tennyson Down to The Needles and then back again. I had been thinking I should 'attack' one of the three hilly roads (1 in 4 in parts) that lead up towards Cleeve Hill. And as you suggested, note where I have to stop and walk and try to improve the next time. It would be excellent training for my Tring Ridgeway Run as that has a couple of big hills to negotiate. We're still waiting for inspiration to strike us re out 'blank canvas' of a front garden.
Deezel - well done re last weekend's 9ml run, parkrun marshalling and Tue's 5ml run.
Aquarius - sorry to hear you've been getting sore knees too. Hope the x-country went okay.
My x-training last week was a bit different. I spent two days re-assembling my sauna in the newly-cleared garage. I'm just waiting now for the electrician to return and wire it up (needs a heavy-duty cable like for a cooker) then the sauna (aka. 'The Hot House' aka. 'The Bare Bum Club') will be open for business again. Each time in the past I've moved it and re-assembled it, I've organised a 'bring a towel' party for my friends that come and share it with me.
Normal life has been on hold for the last couple of days. My younger son was down from Leeds so on Saturday we went to Savernake Forest (nr. Marlborough, Wilts) with his elder brother and wandered around for a few hours. I didn't have my Garmin with me, but checked the route on Fetch later and worked out we walked 8 miles.
Yesterday, as a complete contrast, we drove up to Tring (Herts) to see my family, had a meal at the local Beefeater and tea/cake at my sister's before travelling back home. I did 6 hrs driving yesterday and it's fair to say I was a bit knackered by the time I got home (and had a numb bum from all the sitting around!).
I'm happy to report I went out earlier today and managed an 8 mile run without any problem. In fact, it was just over a minute quicker than my last run on the same route a year ago. Its just under 7 weeks now until my race (10 mile trail run) so I'll be trying for 9 miles next weekend.
Exhausted - I'm certainly enjoying retirement and do sometimes wonder how I fitted work in Sorry - don't have any insomnia cures - reading a book last thing accompanied by a hot drink usually does the trick for me. You appear to be perfecting your car-based burlesque routine!! A FB friend said she thought all the gymnasts looked about 6 years old - I told her I thought they all looked like miniature silver-back gorillas. I sometimes wonder how my running action would be described - hopefully 'relaxed' but showing good form.
Columba - will remember your insomnia cures should I ever need them. Sorry to hear the doc has diagnosed arthritis in your knee - let's hope you can continue to run for a while yet.
HS - my laptop has been loading updates over the last day or two but I only noticed when I went to switch it off. I was similarly amazed at that new WR 10K time. It's such a huge difference I'm naturally suspicious. Well done to you, Alice & Mark for your respective performances over the weekend.
Deezel - a WAVA of 76.22% is great - I've never managed to get any higher then 57%. I run around the town where I live as the various roads heading out of town are all busy. I could drive off in one particular direction to do some off-road running or run there (its only 2 mls away) but its up a bloody great hill and I'm not sure how far I would get before I ground to a halt. I really should try it sometime just to find out ..
DBI - sorry to hear about you tripping over Charlie but pleased to see you were able to self-medicate with wine & chocolate (as I'm sure the doctor would have advised).
Red - well done re your continuing quest to complete 100 marathons and your 3 in 4 weekend.
I've become less interested in athletics over recent years with the number of drugs cheats - I'm fairly cynical about how 'clean' things really are and find myself wondering if I'm really seeing athletes performing to the best of their 'natural' abilities.
On a more general note, I've given up on trying to watch the Olympics on tv. I can't be doing with sitting up until the early hours, I can't be ar$ed to set up my recorder and the supposed 'highlights' of the previous day's action on BBC2 each morning is mostly highlights of commentators and pundits wittering on about what might happen/what just happened instead of the action itself. So I've given up on it all and will just watch whatever I catch on the news ..
I ran 7.2mls on Sunday and will be increasing my LSR's to 8, then 9 mls over the coming weeks. I've been out and done a 5ml 'tempo' run this morning (I remembered my hat this time!) - I didn't push too hard as I needed to save some energy for my bowls match this evening
Did some useful 'cross-training' on Friday. Margaret's son came over and helped me shift stuff back up into the newly-boarded loft. Then we shifted two tonnes of hardcore/rubble left over from when the patio was built, into a skip. The man has just been to take away said skip so we now have our bare, plant-less front garden back which is waiting for us to get inspiration about what to do with it.
My runner beans have started producing over the last week or two - quite fun rummaging around trying to spot them lurking out of sight.
Margaret is recovering well from her cataract operation. I was applying the drops for a few days (4 different ones) but she is self-administering now. She's getting back to normal and is able to potter about the house and garden.
DBI - woo-hoo to finding out your mortgage is paid off (I paid mine off around 10 years ago - great feeling!). Will wait to hear if John does actually retire but expect as this was a bit unexpected it may take a month or two to mentally re-adjust. Well done re your triathlon and for digging deep towards the end.
Red - I see your eye check went okay but the consultant's bedside manner left a little to be desired (Margaret was pleasantly surprised at how nice everyone at the eye clinic in Cheltenham was).
Columba - yes, eye drops every few hours and as mentioned above, several different ones so we had to write out a daily timetable to keep track. Glad to hear the 3ml run didn't cause any knee problems - hope the x-ray results next week are good news.
HS - re my long posting, I'll have to try and not witter on so much in future Glad to hear you are getting on okay with Win 10 and you're correct, the downloading and applying of updates is completely automatic now. The Forerunner 230 I bought uses a chest strap hrm - it's the Forerunner 235 that has the built-in hrm (apparently works by measuring blood flow in the wrist but I read it wasn't that accurate so decided to go with the tried and tested chest strap hrm option instead). I used to occasionally see herds of deer when I used to run in Cirencester Park - no crashed land-rover's though or schoolboys masquerading as policemen.
Deezel - had to chuckle at your comment about a stiff back on Monday after cricket over the weekend. It's your age you know and I've realised I have to 'pace' myself when doing anything out of the ordinary these days. Well done for equaling your parkrun PB.
Aquarius - in my experience undulating means hilly, hilly means very hilly and 'challenging' means find an easier route to run No huge black glasses for Margaret though we have removed the left lens of her various pairs of glasses - she'll be able to get her eyes tested for new glasses in around 6 weeks time. She had a clear eye protector to wear for a day and has had to keep out of bright sunshine for a few days but to be honest, she's recovered remarkably quickly.
I ran 7.2mls on Saturday - looking back at my spreadsheet that's the furthest I've run since last October. If I use sun cream it runs into my eyes and stings - but stupidly I didn't wear a cap and caught the sun as a result. Despite the warm weather I felt fine afterwards and it bodes well for building up to 10-12 mile runs by early October.
I wrote too much and the last bit of my posting got left off ..
I have a new 'toy'. I gave up on my trusty old Forerunner 305 after it stopped picking up the satellite signal. I have got myself a Forerunner 230 and it was much quicker (satellite picked up within a minute). I took it for it's first run last night and the colour display/info means it's a big improvement on the old model and the software seems to have improved - it saves the run history and although this was obviously only the first run it had recorded, it gave me a run-down of my performance after my run and told me I had managed my longest run, fastest mile and best 5k time. Looking forward to seeing what else it can do (as a fully paid-up member of the Geek Club).
I'm currently waiting for a phone call from Margaret as she's at the hospital this morning having a cataract operation. I shall be going to collect her and gingerly driving home afterwards avoiding all the potholes. I will be looking after things for a few days while she recovers and we've given the builders a few days off in the meantime.