BIW - glad to hear hip check-up result was positive
Columba - I'm still waiting for Garmin to respond to my request for a quote about mending my Forerunner 305. I've never been to the Blue Pool in Iceland but was invited round to sit in a friend's hot-tub one frosty evening .. worst bit was defenitely running from (warm) house to (hot) tub via (cold) patio.
Red - glad to hear car passed it's MOT (shame about having to shell out for new battery).
Matsmum - my race is on October 12th but it's not a half-marathon .. it's approx 15.5k (9.7miles). For anyone curious, here's the link (http://www.trc-races.org.uk/RidgewayRun/2014/). It's an 'interesting' race because of the "bumps, lumps, stumps, branches and steps". And depending on the weather, the mud (which I fell over in last year!).
JJ - chuckled at the story of the other 1999 runners disappearing into the distance at the XC championships.
HS - good luck in advance for the XC race .. looking forward to hearing the details.
DianaD - my company seems hell-bent on outsourcing various administrative functions .. the UK has to do what the global company decrees. The result is usually a worse service - but they don't take any notice of our complaints?
Am slightly in awe of Red and HS's mileage this month. I managed a measly 55 miles but that is more than I managed between Jan and Jun so that puts things into perspective a bit.
I'm still managing to build up my LSR distance and did 8.5 miles on Sunday. The annual dog show was going on in Cirencester Park - having been chased by 'friendly' dogs in the past I changed my route on the fly. Off out again tonight and Thu evening - going to try and do 9mls next weekend.
CW - yep, pleased with both. Strange feeling to have trousers feeling loose and needing to tighten belt! Well done re increased swim lengths.
B&T - thanks for the link
Em - shame about achilles. You may remember my calf injury at the start of the year - was relieved to find out from physio it was my calf and not my achilles as I had thought. Still trying to remember to do stretches regularly including the one for the calf I didn't know about.
Yvonne - shame you'll be working and can't do your hometown half Glad to hear training is going well for Sodbury Slog. Nothing wrong with chocolate and 'crap' .. just not every day and not too much!
CW - didn't realise you were reasonably close to Cricklade. I'm just up the road (Cirencester) and B&T although not local, isn't too far away either. We (Yvonne, me, B&T, Toby) met up at the Swindon 10K last November - Toby drove up from Bristol. Yes, good luck with son becoming a teenager - although tbh, the problems don't go away - they just change. I remember back in the early days of this thread he would be referred to as HL1 (halfling a la LOTR and referring to thread title).
B&T - see you mentioned the 'spooky' Swindon 5k too. Tried finding it without success - can you let me know details please? I'll look after you and defend you from any demons or ghosts hiding in the trees! Am liking this new motivational running technique of leaving something cooking in the oven before you set off. Though am sorry to hear it was bread - based on previous posts in this thread it should be cake!
Toby - glad to hear training is going well and Snowmaiden's too. Hope car/surveyors aren't too expensive and you can afford to enter Bath Half too if you want to.
Been out and done 8.5mls this morning so distance still building nicely ready for the 10ml race in mid-October. Feeling really good about my running just lately - am back running regularly 3 times a week and when I think back to earlier this year when I couldn't run at all for three months, feel like I've come a long way. To put things into persepective, this month's total (55 miles) is more than I managed in the first 6 months of this year. Also - weighed myself this morning and have lost another pound this week. Have now reached the psychological milestone of 14st and haven't been this sort of weight since 2003!!
B&T - welcome back. Does sound like you need a holiday to get over the holiday. Glad to hear loft conversion is coming along. As for dust still there after they had 'cleaned up'. Well, if they were women builders .. Well done re 4ml run and hope you are able to 'wear in' new shoes quickly.
CW - glad to hear training is okay if a bit intermittent due to holiday. Well done re longest ever swim.
Toby - good luck in advance for GNR
I would have entered Cricklade myself but my Ridgeway Run is the weekend after (12th Oct) and I'm not ready to try two races back to back. My recent training has been going well and with my LSR at 7.5ml last weekend, I'm going to try for 8 or 9 this coming weekend.
I tried downloading Runtastic to use on my phone but found the Pro version is the one with the features you might want. Also, the adverts in the free version were irritating. Needless to say I wasn't prepared to pay for the pro version and have uninstalled it. I'll just stick to Fetch until I get a new Garmin.
I've entered the Bath Half 2015. I got a guaranteed entry at last year's price after having to cancel this year due to that calf injury. I've booked a room at the Premier Inn too .. hope that me and Mrs Wm can make a weekend of it like we have done in the past. Am hoping 2015 will be third time lucky for me - I'm sure the problems with cramp in 2010 & 2011 were linked to this year's calf problem. The Bath Half is unfinished business as far as I'm concerned and I want to see if I can do it justice and beat my previous times of around 2.5hrs
HS - sorry to hear about your nightmare run yesterday. I had always considered my Garmin to be waterproof until this weekend but still have a hunch it may be old age that has done for it. I used to have problems with thighs rubbing and had to use vaseline. I use Nike long running shorts these days which have built-in cycling short inners and that stops that happening. And having longer shorts doesn't slow me down appreciably!
BIW - swimming in the rain doesn't seem as bad as running in the rain as you're going to get wet anyway!
JJ - I've been holding off doing any specific hill training while I get back into a regular routine of running three times a week. Was planning to leave it another week or so before I try it. My long runs have some hills in them but nothing as steep as what I know awaits me having done the same October Ridgeway Run race for the last two years.
Columba - I never did take slides (only prints). One thing I haven't done but want to, is to scan my old photos before they deteriorate. I have loads of negatives to sort through too and believe you can scan them and use software to switch from negative to positive. So let's just call it a work in progress instead
Matsmum - welcome back and well done to Hannah. I have the Outlaw highlights recorded for me to watch at some point soon.
I entered the Bath Half 2015 yesterday (had to get my guaranteed entry at last year's rate submitted by the end of Aug). I also booked a room at the Premier Inn so that Mrs WM and I can turn it into a short break. Last time we treated ourselves to a trip to the Bath Thermae Spa the following day and I booked a sports massage as well.
I was hoping to be able to report my Garmin had risen lazarus-like as it appeared to switch on and behave itself again yesterday. But this morning it is dead as a dodo again. A friend on another thread said he sent Garmin his broken one and got a re-furbished watch for £58 - so I may follow that route.