HS - I've got some more nice photos taken by Margaret - I persuaded her to use my DSLR and she was hesitant beforehand but said afterwards how easy it had been to use. I've also got some photos to review taken by my sister.
Exhausted - one of my friends asked (tongue in cheek) if I was looking happy because I wasn't trying hard enough. I admit I was adopting a 'get myself round' strategy so maybe she's right. BTW, one of my ex-colleagues from work made the same joke on Facebook .. so it's not just you saw the funny side of the weight causing my waist belt to slip round to the front.
Columba - it wasn't playing OXO that got me the sack .. rather the lack of subtlety when doing so! Enjoy your pilgrimage to Avila.
Exhausted - Margaret remarked on how untroubled I looked during the race and at the finish. My sister tells me she'll have to read the manual to work out how to download the video from her phone. I'll try and post a link when (if?) I get a copy.
Red - no chance of golf interfering with my running as neither takes over my spare time or interferes with the other.
HS - although there was no PB after the lack of training (due to the house move) I was pleased with how the race went and how I felt. If you like off-road hilly races perhaps you should make the trip to Tring in 2016? (see photo below).
The sun is shining (good news with the solar pv panels now installed and working), the washing is out on the line and I am about to head out for a run around town to see how the legs feel after Sunday.
I've just seen the results of the Ridgeway Run - fab running from the winner Fabian Downs in a course record 52:40 (I was approaching the halfway point as he crossed the line!). One of the 'official' photographers got a great photo of me about half a mile from the finish ..
.. and if you are wondering why this race appeals so much here's a shot of some runner's approaching the 6ml point with the descent of Incombe Hole in the distance.
HS - re Thu's run, glad to hear your calf was okay and no problems with the new trail shoes. Well done re today's CC7 run as well. Thanks for the update re the Kona Ironman .. I'll look out for it on Channel 4 (they usually show tri on Sat mornings).
Exhausted - the running will return .. enjoy the walking in the meantime.
JJ - shame all the other dogs can't be as well behaved as your doodle. My ex-boss used to open her garden for the NGS .. she said it helped you keep motivated.
Columba - I was in the choir at school and played trumpet as well. I was head chorister at the church in Tring (where I've been racing this weekend) and had to surreptitiously keep a register. But I got sacked for playing noughts and crosses rather too blatantly during one Sunday sermon - oops
I had a good run earlier on at the Tring Running Club Ridgeway Run (9.7ml). I felt good all the way round and finished strongly in 1:44:12 .. so about a minute slower than last year. Margaret took lots of photos of me on my way round (at the 3ml & 6ml points) and my sister took a short video of me crossing the finish line.
Columba - afraid not (re Chopin/Beethoven piano sonatas). I like orchestras, strings, brass, woodwind - its just classical piano music I don't like. Good plan re running to the club run so you could leave at the turnaround point.
BIW - yes, responsible dog owners I don't have a problem with - its the irresponsible ones that annoy me (especially the ones with yappy little dogs like miniature poodles - never quite seen the point of them!).
HS - S-p-a-r-k-y-y-y Re mountain running I liked the master of understatement who said "Yes, it does hurt a bit if you lose your footing". I'm with you (and BIW) in mostly preferring rock music. But as I always say .. I like what I like regardless of what 'genre' it is. How great that you were at school with Eric Clapton!
Red - you've reminded me. I meant to get some trail shoes in time for the Ridgeway Run but as usual I shall be doing it in my 'normal' running shoes - at least it looks like it will be dry on Sunday. BTW, I don't like any form of jazz either. The only 'jazz' tune I've ever liked was one by the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band called "Jazz, Delicious Hot, Disgusting Cold". According to the Wikipedia entry ".. it savagely parodied their early "trad" jazz roots and featured some of the most deliberately inept jazz playing ever recorded" .. I'd agree with that and it is very funny
I set off earlier to do an 'easy' 5ml run - my last run before Sunday's 10ml race. Strava confirmed it was 'easy' by showing me it was the slowest recorded time for that route - perfect!
This morning scaffolding has been erected at the front of our house in preparation for tomorrow when we are having solar panels installed. We were only supposed to be having 14 but for some reason we now get 15 (but the price remains unchanged). Quite looking forward to being able to monitor the panels with some software they are supplying us with and creating a spreadsheet to monitor/calculate the power output and consequent payback time.