Exhausted - arrrrr .. you be a mentioning grog me 'earty. Mention of grog always makes me come over all pirate-y On a more serious note, my treadmill is in the garage and it certainly make me puff and work up a sweat. It can be raised up to 10 degrees to simulate hills and has some different programmes built-in to change the pace and/or slope.
HS - yes, those are the plastic balls I meant - the theory is it won't go far when I hit it with the golf club. If you enjoyed the book about wrestling, keep an eye on BBC4. There is a programme about the 'golden age' of wrestling and they show it from time to time. Yes - I used to watch the wrestling with my Dad - he liked Jackie Pallo and didn't like Mick McManus.
*waves* to BIW, Red & JJ
We have some instant messaging software at work - I updated my status today to read "Only 11 working days to go". One of my 'friends' in my team said surely to be strictly accurate it ought to read 'working' (I am still working at the moment - but hope by the end of next week I will have reached the 'working' stage).
Exhausted thought I was probably counting the days until retirement. I am (only 11 more 'working' days to go) but there is a new release going in after I have left so at present I am helping out by doing lots of testing (to make sure the fixes for the bugs haven't broken anything that was still working okay). Also, I am busy doing a 'brain dump' and trying to pass on all my knowledge to the guy that is picking up my work. Maybe I will be able to start winding down a bit next week? We'll see!
Meanwhile, away from work, I have retrieved my golf clubs from the garage of my house. I've also started reading the "Teach Yourself Golf" book I discovered I had when I started de-cluttering my bookshelf. When the weather improves again I shall go out on the back lawn to practise my swing using practise balls (hollow plastic with holes). It would be nice to be able to actually hit the ball when I go to play golf on 1st April.
And (drum roll..) I hopped on the treadmill this evening and did 3 miles. I am planning to run again on Wednesday and am trying to get back into the routine of running 3 times a week.
Columba - the problem with getting to Swindon Parkrun has always been too much else to do on a Saturday morning - shouldn't be such a problem in future!
HS - re training and racing, as per my comment to Columba, making time has always been the problem up to now. Should be much easier to fit in my runs once I am retired. Boo to having toothache and needing to have it looked at (and subsequent expense).
*waves* to Red (and anyone else who pops by)
Not managed to get back out for a run since Mon evening. Not overly bothered as I don't have any races planned and am enjoying a bit of a rest after the training for the Bath HM. I'll get back into a proper routine soon!
Exhausted - hope your en-suite renovations go smoothly. Your last sentence about "Oh dear - how sad" reminded me of Sgt Major 'Shut Up' played by Windsor Davies in "It Ain't Half Hot Mum" - I'm sure the rest of you remember him as well.
HS - some impressive WAVA figures there. Mine range from the mid-fourties to mid-fifties. As a comparison, my highest scores are both PB's .. 56.41% (Chippenham River Run 5K - 2012 - 28:26) and 56.21% (Swindon 10k - 2013 - 59:55). I am okay on the putting green too - its getting there that is more of a problem I run with my arms at my side and try and concentrate on keeping my shoulders relaxed - have never needed to use my elbows (yet!). Incidentally, footballers falling over and rolling in agony until they realise the ref isn't watching is one of the many reasons why I have no interest in football.
No after-effects today from going over on my left ankle last night. I have walked to and from the garage today without noticing it in any way. I'm pleased to say the car passed its MOT - the only thing they found was the offside front sidelight had blown. The car is only five years old and has been regularly serviced - would have been worried if they had found anything else.
HS - my friend who retired recently, emailed me today inviting me to play golf on 1st April (first day of freedom). He claims that's what retired people do I'm not sure I can remember how to hold the club, let alone play 9 holes of golf - but it seems a good way to kick off my life of leisure.
Red - my nearest parkrun is 10mls away so I have never got there. But there is a 5k race in Chippenham I've done several times and its where I got my PB of 28:26 (but that was back in 2012).
BIW - I'm sure the initial days of retirement will feel like I am on holiday. Then I'll gradually find things to fill up my time.
Exhausted - I don't think its over-hydration causing cramps as I do sweat a lot when I run - even in Winter.
Columba - I plan to just enjoy being retired for a bit without diving into doing anything on a regular basis. But I don't know yet what the split will eventually be between hobbies and/or voluntary work.
JJ - glad to hear the builders are doing a good job. BTW, I went for a run tonight and checked my running style (you were asking about it re cramps problems). I definitely land on my heel rather than my forefoot but its a quick transition from back to front.
As mentioned above, tonight I got out for my first run since Bath. I did my 3ml loop around town and it was nice to just go out and run and not have to hold something back for the last few miles. It was getting dark and I stumbled off a kerb halfway round - but no damage was done and the initial discomfort was only short-term and soon wore off and had gone away by the time I finished.