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.
Happy birthday Dibs. No no emzap, on the hill, on, not over the hill! I couldn't begin to do your job, hardly bears thinking about. Good on you.
emzap, a friend has a useful saying: guilt is for teenagers. Forget it. You've got a full-time 12 hour shift job on your hands: reorganising all the little grey bits in your head and getting them to calm down and behave.
AF: leggings? Must say I abandon the leggings only when it gets really hot, not so much as to defeat the nettles but to avoid frightening the horses. Useful though. I have heard tell that nettle stings are good for arthritis. Think positive?
Congrats mava on bouncing back quickly. Shows the training must have been goood.
Chickadee - nice double digiter.
Don, LMH, glad to hear both of you are recovering.
Me? The Stairs. Ma's flat is in a building with twelve floors plus basement plus lift shaft. That makes 14 flights. 6 reps, half of them two at a time, either alternating by flight, by half flight, or by complete ascent. Dead chuffed with that. I have done worse on those stairs. I have never done better. Even better, I stopped because I had done what I set out to do, and a tiny bit more.
The tiny bit more is that on the penultimate ascent I had company: one of my mothers fellow residents in the sheltered living facility was laboriously tackling the stairs, up and down, a single flight, with the assistance of a physiotherapist. We cheered each other on, and I did the final flight all the way to the top, two at a time, rather than stopping at Ma's floor (8th).
Ma is looking much better this morning.
Training aims for the coming month: Work hard on the stairs, develop fueling/madopar strategy to avoid seizing up. This typically sets in after an hour, hour and a half of running. It's sort of like a whole body cramp, coincides with changes and judder in HR - 10 bpm raise + fluctuations ±3bpm over 5-10 second period not correlated with any change in speed/ascent, while we are all on the subject of interesting HR matters. Thought of asking doc about but hey, what can they say? "From our extensive research on pensioners with pd undertaking mountain marathons we can advise you that others in your situation have a 19% increased risk of..."
If I ask them, all they can say is no. "Wass nicht verboten ist ist erlaubt". I shall study ways of avoiding reaching that point of seizing up, and proceed with utmost caution. But proceed I will. Btw, Tinebeest is my partner for the SLMM, and it sounds like her training is going well. Good thing that.
Been a while since I stuck beak in. Twas a wild week trying to put things in order for a month of travelling. Not a lot of running got done, as work suddenly started being cooperative - rare enough event for me to make huge efforts to profit from what might be a temporary spirit of collaboration.
So. I come in to find emzap exploring for post boxes (yay!) mava scoring pb's (yay!) Donaldo in cardiac difficulties, LMH doing stunningly well even if she doesn't think so in spite of asthma mid swim, Alehouse and others struggling with a variety of dodgy working parts. Postie must be training for a summer mara?AF I am quite certain your walking is faster than my best pace these days. Staying in one piece is important. Take care folks. Many congrats to racers and explorers.
Down in NC for nephew's wedding, now up with Mum. Did get a run in. Five assents of Summit Ave, which takes about 6 minutes up and 5 minutes down, then a run to the rather excellent bakery... Entertaining moment when, running uphill I was cross to make but slow progress catching up what I thought was a young man walking up the hill ahead of me. Overtaking him, I saw he was no young man but a very senior man.. However, on my way down I met him again, the ascent there was less steep and he gave a great grin of encouragement. I do like some aspects of running here; there's a fair representation of lame ducks in trainers, and the lame ducks are much inclined to quack encouragement at other lame ducks.
Spent the afternoon taking my mother round the docs, possible pneumonia. What a palaver. Take someone in their nineties who is not feeling very well and march them from pillar to post getting this that and the other done. It surely does not make them feel any better! Anyhow, seems to be not obviously sinister, so much fuss about not a lot.
Glad to hear you're home emzap, but sounds like you have a ways to go before you're running again. Don't push it. It just doesn't work.
RFJ, Donaldo, Pammie (first fvet45 yay!) handsome Park Runs.
Dustin - congrats to you and Mrs. D on 17!
Blisters, I understand that. Congrats on the OW swim.
Safe travels Dibs.
Me? Soggy weather so decided against the long walk planned with Mr. S. Got out instead for about 5 miles, with flL (fully loaded Lucy, Lucy being the pack I run - training for the SLMM - dream on). Really chuffed with that. Went out without the Garmin, which I had begun to find depressing, ran how I felt, doggedly slow, but steady and controlled. Waited longer after taking madopar before setting out. Perhaps it was that, but it went a lot better than many recent runs. Even had enough to let loose for the last quarter mile. Ok, I shouldn't but, hey, life's too short not to do things like that.
Curious thing. Everyone agrees that exercise is a wonderful thing in general and even more wonderful for pd peeps. You'd think there would be some training advice, how to use madopar to best effect for running, but if it exists, I sure haven't found it, and believe me, I've looked.