NZC - belated happy birthday, and repeat LMH's thoughts about sticking around. I do know it's difficult when running moves off centre stage in one's life. It's good to be reminded that others are carrying on. Holding the coats, metaphorically speaking, is no disgrace.
Donaldo - ouch! I suspect there is a nerve running heel to forefoot on the underside of the foot. It might be that you have offended that nerve rather than offended the structure of your foot. I did find really good anti-inflammatories useful when I had foot problems, both before and after beginning running. Go gently.
Blisters - glad the Tenby entry did the trick. Enjoy working towards it.
LMH - wasn't lurking when you had your accident I guess. Sorry to hear that. Professional violin friend came off his bike, shattered his shoulder. Getting it back together was essential for him. It was a long story, but he is playing again, and he is riding a bike. Luck and hard work. Hope yours too gets sorted.
Proper little orchestra we've got here. I'm a late learner on the viola (naturally). Started as a 40th birthday present to myself (jealous of the kids' opportunities) been playing in an un-auditioned adult education orchestra for the last 15, 20 years or so. Get a big bang from that. Dvorak 7, Berlioz Benvenuto Cellini, Mozart flute D Major coming up soon.
Me? Fell prey to exhaustion over the weekend, took it easy, got out for a lousy run on Monday, felt like I'd tied my shoelaces together. Wednesday descent into villainous bad temper, failed to attempt stairs, cured by supper with friend/colleague. She's now carer for her husband. They're my age, more or less. Stop grizzling girl, be grateful and and get it together.
Today, mentally much improved, and two moment of positive glee in the pool:
The first, two rather good swimmers joined the slower lane for work on flutter kick only. Slightly condescending looks, I started off fractionally before him, he did not pull ahead. It's not a race. Oh yes it is. He did pull away from me the second lap, but not by much.
Second, the lifeguard came up and asked if I were interested in swimming competitively
Given that two months ago flutter kick had me progressing backwards slowly, I will enjoy those small triumphs to the full.
LMH - good to see you enjoying a run. Are you still a pirate? Last time I was on you had got a bit discouraged.
Dibs - 70.3 significance? Not age nor HR, I would guess?
Pammie - good to see that you are on the comeback again.
Donaldo - impressive!
OH - not sure what's up, but thoughts with you. Safe travels.
40 minutes - yes, Achilles are stubborn. I had a year of it, so did Mr. S. The doc told him to forget the running and order the bath chair. He presented his next HM medal to her. Don't think she was entirely grateful.
Alehouse - sympathies with the clearance business. We too have sacks and sacks full. Also we have accumulated an awful lot of styrofoam packing material. Not easy to get rid of.
Blisters - I side with those who advocate a rest. I've studied the counterproductivity of pushing through miserable weariness in some detail this past year. Then, when a bit of slack has changed the mental climate, feet sometimes start hankering after a run themselves. Had this experience out in Hong Kong, on the way home from visiting son 2. There is a lovely trail on a ridge called the Dragon's Back. We were only walking it, but my feet were itching to do more. They remembered some lovely runs with Tinebeest on Great Blue Hill and Middlesex Fells near Boston, delighting in the twisty ground. They wanted to run.
I didn't give them any choice today. Pool Penance Paid. Could almost keep up with most of the slow lane swimmers when doing flutter kick only. Thought I might up the kicking only distance, but pain from old groin injury set in. Not worth it for the sake of twelve lengths rather than ten. Don't see any point in increasing distance in any other form. I am not going piratical. Too scared of the roads. Shame about that.
Incredibly good to see so many of you here. I've kept clear of the forums because of some bad things happening that are not mine to talk about, but for the last six months they have dominated my life to the point that I can't think, eat sleep or see anything but those things, did not dare post for fear of saying too much. Beginning to get my head back, beginning to.
Haven't been a complete slacker for all that. DNF at last year's SLMM; day 1 was a lot harder than the preceding year, bad night, didn't recover, wasn't such a fool as to attempt day 2 which would have resulted in a DNF anyway, plus a lot of worry on the part of family and organisers wondering where we had got to.
Hip problems have meant a major re-think, and a self imposed penance in the pool for all of September. I now can do ten lengths of flutter kick only, allowing for a good gasp at each end. At the beginning my best attempts left me moving backwards slowly through the water. It seems to be paying off: a weekly diet of one sessions stairs, one pool session, and one run during the week, with bonus points for getting out for weekend runs.
The crisis, the need for flexibility, to be free to support family in need, forced my hand somewhat in the matter of work: I now am 80% retired, and actually usually work only 20% (rare occurence in part time work). The programmes I invented are now being run by others - hallelujah - and I am being very good about keeping my paws off. That 80% retired helps with the running too - no excuses for not attempting long runs in full daylight midweek.
Not clear whether I will be able to keep posting, but, I say again, it is a great delight to see so many familiar faces in the DTT. Makes me feel almost human again!
Wabo, I'm glad you're ok. Go steady for a few days, and avoid getting a second knock on the head. Apparently that's definitely something to avoid.
LMH. Really sorry to hear. Looking forward, you do seem to be breaking new ground in training strategies, if tri training has produced your fastest mile. Worth a bit of thought and experimentation that one.
Chickadee - sounds good - what are you training for?
emzap - sorry things are still problematic.
Got back to the UK last week after eventful travels. Started out with a nephew's wedding in the US - no problem, went on to travels with Tinebeest in China, got recalled to Boston, US, where my Ma had taken a turn for the worse, now ok, back at home with nursing help. Not conducive to sensible training, but beginning to make headway again. Got going last week with some routine 4mile runs. Today managed 8 miles. The good bit was that it didn't leave me wiped out. The travelling was never going to make for good training, but I think I'm content that I can do 8 miles no problem. Persevere.
Indeed Alehouse, hold your course. Stretching - yes, dangerous stuff, particularly when the stretch is achieved through a conspiracy of gravity and mass. I have found it easy, particularly in calf stretches, to overdo it. Better luck avoiding trouble when stretching by lying on my back with a stretchy band on the ball of my foot, stretching calves, hams and all other interconnected bits.
LMH - not a few of us run to keep ahead of black dogs. Good to be able to distinguish between black dogs and something physiological with a simple remedy. Otherwise you find yourself running in the wrong direction.
btw, I have signed myself up to come into possession of a black dog, in this case a large affection labrador assistance dog named Nelson, who is very good at taking socks off and assessing whether the toes need cleaning, and attending to that duty if required. He is presently looking after a pal of mine, and after discussions and obtaining his approval of the plan, I have agreed to be his retirement home when the day comes.
Postie - is that routine sort of mileage you're up to these days, or have you a race in prospect?
Me? Didn't get the run in, went over to see sis-in-law instead, did some minor adjustments to her cello. Then a whole lot of errands. Will try to do the stairs tomorrow. I think I have found a way of making them harder. Do some of the two-at-a-time flights s-l-o-w-l-y.