DBI - sorry to hear it was a wet weekend in Bavaria and you had traffic jams there and back. No grey hairs - what's Nemo's secret?
HS - well done re your 10ml run and congratulations to your friend Alice for her PB at Brighton. Toilets always seem to be an issue for ladies - when I've done the Bath HM, the ladies have always ended up using the men's toilets because the queues for their ones are so long.
I went out earlier on and did my 6.5ml route around town. I started steadily and found myself following a young lady who I expected to zoom off into the distance. In fact, when the slope started (not steep enough to be termed a hill), she slowed dramatically and started walking and 'Steady Eddie' here overtook her before the top of the road. It was a good run - I didn't have any intention of pushing the pace but found on my return, the run had been the fastest ever on that route.
HS - my club does have track training sessions and I must get myself along to them.
Aquarius - when rollering I just grimace while I deal with the tightness/soreness telling myself its good for me. I think the only times I've run with tight fists has been when I've forgotten my gloves and have run like that for a mile or so until my hands have warmed up.
Red - well done re marathon 72 .. your century has come a step closer.
I ran on Friday morning and did a 4ml route around town. I was feeling good so it turned into a tempo run - checking on my return I found my avg pace was 9.54 mm (the first sub-10 run for a long while) with quite consistent mile splits (9.52 9.54 10.04 9.54) - I hope getting closer to sub-10 minute miling is a sign of things to come.
No running for me today as we had friends round for lunch - I had to limit myself to looking out enviously at everyone jogging past in the sunshine while I helped get things ready. I shall head out tomorrow instead.
HS - well done re Mon's 7ml slog and Tue's hilly circuits. Don't blame you re getting a new kettle if you're likely to have bits of filter floating around with your old one.
DBI - defrosting freezer's .. one of life's boring chores that has to be done from time to time. What's the betting your speed walking beats some of the 'runners' at the sprint tri?
RF - Cheers! 30yrs and 38.4k miles of running deserves more than one glass of Merlot .. but preferably drunk in a 'interval session' styleee.
Columba - well done re your 6.6ml run. A midnight sun race in Tromso sounds great fun and interesting (I'm now reminiscing about our Northern Lights cruise in 2013) - wonder if there'll be snow and if you'll need some grippers to help you stay on your feet?
Aquarius - I only do 20mls a week (or more) when I'm training for a longer race or having a good few weeks of training. I've done the Bath Half several times and had problems with cramps each time - so I don't feel I've ever managed a 'good' HM. I've not had more injuries/illness than usual when I've increased my mileage. I've only belonged to two running clubs. At my previous one there wasn't any advice on technique. What I have seen re technique has been by way of articles on the RW website or in RW magazine. Any support at my previous club was sparse if non-existent. I've moved and the new club I've joined is much more supportive. They do track sessions and although I've not asked, I expect the coaches would be able to advise on technique. When I'm out running I do concentrate on keeping my shoulders and arms relaxed (I see lots of runners about with their shoulders hunched and arms held chest height). I also try and stay more on the balls of my feet rather than 'plodding along' landing on my heels (easier said than done and easy to lapse back into that style!). Personally I stretch before every run, usually while waiting for my Garmin to find a gps signal. I may occasionally warm-up before but often use the first mile of any run as a warm-up and push myself more towards the end. There's no organised stretching/warm down - people just do their own thing. Some of them do get together in the bar afterwards though for some post-run re-hydration I try and remember to stretch after a run - but it doesn't always happen. I have a large foam roller for dealing with any knots and soreness/tightness.
I didn't sleep well on Mon night so was still feeling washed out and didn't run on Tue either. I went to the club last night and we did the same 5ml fartlek session as before where you double-back at specific points around the course to pick up the sweeper following the slowest runner. It works really well as everyone can go at their own pace and the slow runners don't get disheartened. I was able to maintain an avg pace of 10:20mm and according to Garmin, was achieving 8:04 mm pace on my sprint finish. An unheard of pace for yours truly and I am in awe of runners who can manage that pace mile after mile.
DBI - well done to you and Charlie finishing 5th in that competition.
HS - 7000 runners is a lot. When I've done the Bath Half (15000) I've stayed on the outside of the first corner to avoid the crush (and trip hazards!). I need to add some interval training to help me get faster for my race on 24th May - but nevertheless it was very pleasing to get that route PB. Hope your training goes well for the Lordshill 10K. Sounds like the forest run was another toughie - shame you ended up doing less miles than you planned but well done anyway for keeping going in those conditions.
Columba - glad to hear your new laptop is up and running now. Strange about the deleted files being in the cloud and getting downloaded onto your new laptop so you can delete them all over again. Similar to the recycle bin where deleted files end up - but they don't actually disappear until you 'empty' the bin.
I had planned to go for a run today but wasn't feeling up to it after a late night/early morning watching the Masters golf from Augusta. So instead I started decorating the spare room, applying 'knotting solution' to the knots in the bare wood around the new loft hatch. I should be able to apply the primer tomorrow but will run first thing and keep my fingers crossed it isn't raining as much as it has been today.
HS - I'm sure the route miscalculation was genuine as they were so apologetic afterwards. And yes, it really is a year since I retired - only another year now until I 'officially' retire and can start drawing my govt pension. I used to have my laptop to download updates but prompt me to install them One downside of Win 10 is you have no such control but it hasn't affected me working on the laptop. Your training sessions just seem to get harder and harder - deep mud and water hazards now! I seem to remember it was Win 8.0 that people didn't like because the 'Start' button disappeared .. they brought it back in Win 8.1 due to popular demand (or should that be a popular uprising?)
Columba - how are you getting on with the new laptop? .. have the files copied across yet? Well done re your toad recovery. I've never imagined fishing appeals to women - always seems to be a 'man' thing for some reason.
DBI - looks like you are gradually managing to increase your swim distance.
Red - nice to see you back here despite how busy you've been lately
I managed to run 4mls on Mon eve - the rib-eye steak and Guinness at lunchtime for my birthday meal (voucher from Beefeater) didn't have too much effect. This week's club run WAS 5mls - the leader made it a fartlek session where people could go off at their own pace but at certain meet points had to double-back behind the back marker and sweeper. I've been out today and done 5mls around town - it felt good while I was out (despite the rain and hail) and turned out to be my best time ever on that route
Re Win 10 I've reached the point of no return as my 30-day trial period ended yesterday - I could have reverted to Win 7 but I've been happy since the upgrade so had no plans to revert anyway.
My new phone arrived last week but the sim card wouldn't fit (old one was mini-sim; new one needed to be micro-sim). I had to get Talk Mobile to send me a replacement sim. That arrived mid-week and after setting up email etc on the new phone and transferring across my contacts (I was able to do that via bluetooth) I've got the new phone up and running and am very happy with it.
We've had a new loft hatch put in (think I mentioned the roof space above the extension had no access?) so for the first time in ages I will be doing some decorating. We've been out today getting primer, undercoat and satinwood for the new loft hatch and white emulsion for the ceiling.