I thought it was time I stopped by! Like the rest of you, I noticed the thread disappear a few days ago but see it's now back and have it on 'followed threads' in case the same thing happens again. Looking back through the posts since I was last here ..
HS - still no sign of any Win10 anniversary update for me. Not noticed any changes either so will wait and see.
Matsmum - my race is on Sun 9th Oct .. we're making a weekend of it by travelling up on Fri, seeing relatives on Sat, having a meal with my family on Sat eve then they'll come and cheer me on at the race (they can park at the 3ml & 6ml points). BTW, round up your run to 4.5mls .. I won't tell anyone I've had the same thing of going off fast, walking a bit and the end result is the same time as a slower run on the same route. Fingers crossed you are right with your self-diagnosis of your chest pain. Nope, I don't have a fitbit but I noticed my Garmin 230 can keep track of steps and presumably log them on Garmin Connect?
Redhead - tsk tsk re giving yourself a hangover and 4 cups of coffee not helping the situation .. glad to see you did your penance with a wet run and you must be hoping no-one has video evidence of your dancing. Speaking of which, did you see Ruth's dancing on FB Live a few days ago? HS's later post reminded me of a weekend I went on where the fancy dress theme was 'France'. I used an old sheet and went as an envelope with an address in French (a french letter you see). There were a number of 'dancing girls' and they lined them all up and made them do the can-can (which was when we discovered which of them were wearing stockings).
Exhausted - shame we don't get to see any photo of you (apart from the avatar one which may or may not be you!)
Deezel - congrats on your cricket teams getting promotion and you being made club president.
I managed a 10ml run last weeked so am happy to have 'gone the distance' before race day. I was out with the club last night for another 6ml run on grass and trails on the hills above Cheltenham.
I'll probably be 'offline' for most of the next couple of weeks as tomorrow we head off on our 'grand tour' of Brentwood, Norwich, Hunstanton, Lincoln, Whitby and Ashington. Our holiday culminates in the North East Skinny Dip at Druridge Bay on Sun 25th Sep on behalf of MIND. Jax is the organiser of the dip and has asked us to spread the word to all our friends - so there! Jax says this should be the biggest dip yet if advance interest is anything to go by. So fingers crossed for another glorious sunrise as we all strip off, run down the beach starkers and dip in the sea - it should be huge fun (if a tad chilly!)
HS - my training seems to be going well so far- fingers crossed I have a good race on the day. Well done re Sun's 14ml run and Mon's 10ml run. Don't think I could manage two long runs on consecutive days. Well done to Alice re her race result - I remember walking past Didcot & Harwell when we walked the Ridgeway Path - wonder if her race went anywhere near the trail. Nope - I've never heard of "On" trainers either. If there's a Win 10 anniversary upgrade it's either happened and I didn't notice or it's there waiting for me.
DBI - cheese sandwiches - yes; jam sandwiches - yes; cheese & jam sandwiches - nooooo As I recall various 'experts' have been extolling the virtues of a Mediterranean diet for a long time - good to hear the medical profession agreeing with them. I'm sure you'll manage to 'persuade' John about doing the race in Vichy
Exhausted - well done re your 'nifty' 10 miler - not sure any of my runs could ever be describes as nifty
Aquarius - maybe you should have asked to see the captain's cabin to compare & contrast with Steve's! Yes - yuck, re midges in ears, eyes and mouth.
Columba - sounds like you had an enjoyable time in Brizzle (as the 'locals' assured me it was pronounced when I worked there).
Matsmum - good to see you back and sorry to hear about your problems - hope you can continue to run or exercise while not over-doing things (if that's not a contradiction in terms). Will it improve over time or is it something you'll have to live with now?
Deezel - when I was working I used to use my tea breaks and lunch times to catch up on RW. Re falling asleep in bed reading the paper, waking up and being awake for a couple of hours - apparently in the past it was the 'fashion' to have a sleep, wake up, get up and do things, then go back to bed and sleep again.
Red - good to see you back .. as you'll see we've all been worried about you. Good to find out the reason for you disappearing after the scare with Mike and truly hope all works out well and its benign.
I'm having a 'quiet' day today. On Tuesday I staked a couple of trees and moved around and tidied up the raspberries in our (cough) 'orchard' at the end of the garden. I put some new posts and wires up for the raspberries, pruned this year's growth and tied in all this year's growth - they've never looked so neat and tidy. Yesterday I cut back the laurel at the end of the garden (approx 15 yards of hedge along the back fence and around the garden shed) as it was encroaching into the garden and had grown ten feet tall in places. Now I've cut it back I can get to the shed to give it a coat of weatherproofing before the Winter. The green waste bin was already full so I filled one of those 1-tonne bags builders merchants use to deliver sand/soil and it had to go straight down to the nearby recycling centre.
Then yesterday evening I did a 6ml run on Cleeve Hill and Cleeve Common with my running club. It was such a delight to be running on grass/trails instead of pounding the pavements but it was getting dark as we finished so next week they're planning to start 30 mins earlier at 6:30pm. I must confess the thought did cross my mind of combining my 4ml hill run from last week with last night's run to give me a hilly 10ml run - I reckoin I should try it at least once before race day as it will be a very similar sort of route.
DBI - well done for completing your sprint triathlon. I think a 'comedy tan' is part of being a runner but you're right, triathletes do get better ones than us mere runners Hope you enjoyed your celebration.
HS - you're right of course, I must head up that hill as many times as possible between now and October so that I can deal with the ascents/descents better on race day. It wasn't just a blue face I was sporting you know Well done re the parkrun.
Checked FB but no further update/info from Red ..
Feeling happy at the moment as I managed to run 9.5mls this morning without any problems. Legs are feeling a bit tired but otherwise all okay - so still looking good for my 10ml race. Currently cooking a Sunday roast dinner for Margaret who is playing in the garden. Will be heading off for a swim/sauna this evening followed by a banana sandwich when I get back (part of my post-swim ritual .. yep, I know I'm a bit weird
Red - its true that bowls clubs tend to be full of old people. But at my club, although some members revert to 'type' there are some that don't let their age get in the way of life (if you know what I mean).
HS - not sure the best plans are formulated in pubs .. maybe just the best-sounding ones at the time! Re running style on hills, I'm always surprised how many runners I see on the flat with their arms held high and shoulders hunched. A car is supposed to go in a garage? - news to me! Well done re the track session but boo to Alice being able to lap you twice.
Columba - never heard of a 'vibe cycle' class. Well done re the 4ml run.
Aquarius - that 10k sounds like it was hard work but must have been satisfying to complete. Hope your back recovers soon (or maybe its already okay?). Re those sand strides and running in water, it sounds like you should have been wearing a swimsuit rather than running gear.
Deezel - a few days away from here and there's usually loads to catch up on! I usually stop running, cross the road if possible, then walk past unruly dogs. My worst experience was in Cirencester Park when a Staffordshire bull terrier was off the lead, ran towards me and was jumping up snapping at my arm as I tried to fend it off - the stupid git of an owner (that's me being polite) shouted at it while making no attempt to pull it away. He never apologized either - what an ar$ehole (that's me not being polite).
Decorating the en-suite is a work-in-progress. I've painted the ceiling (only needed one coat - yippee!) and Margaret has started on the walls. I was 'playing' in the garden earlier on but had to scurry indoors when a thunderstorm and torrential rain arrived.
The new freezer has been delivered and put in the garage. Margaret and I have worked out the best combination of shelves above/alongside the freezer which yours truly will fit once the electrician has been to wire in my sauna on Tuesday.
I did manage to find time to do that hill run. I had to stop and walk several times (made a mental note of my first stopping point) but I didn't come to a complete halt anywhere. I began feeling stronger towards the top - after running up to and past the golf club I descended via the main road and a different (but just as steep) lane. A total distance of 4mls with 610 feet of ascent & descent.
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.