Mick, hope you enjoy your run along the river trail. I know you've mentioned snakes there before. I'd be running very gingerly if it were me with my phobia...
ceal, sounds a nasty virus you've had but pleased you seem to be on the mend. A lot of travelling for Stewart again. The novelty must have worn off a long time ago.
I saw my physio yesterday to pick up my orthotic insoles. They feel strange but not too uncomfortable. He recommends no running for another two weeks while they wear in and my feet get used to them, and then I can begin running slowly for ten minutes with a day's rest, repeat that a few times and then gradually build up the time running. The pain will still be there but isn't a sign that recovery isn't happening and will eventually go away. So looking forward to running at least a little bit before too long and feeling quite positive.
dartmoor runner, welcome, and good running to you too. I'm 67 and certainly believe in including quite a lot of intensive work in my own training.
Tracey, so you've had PF too. I know it's a common problem. Your approach seems to be the same as ceal's and to do stretching, especially calf muscles, when an ache in the foot ever appears. I do calf stretches before runs but perhaps in a rather half-hearted way. It's something I need to take more seriously in future, together with more preventative measures once fit again.
Off to an orchid show at Raby Castle, County Durham, this afternoon.
TS, to get 32 miles under your belt is a real achievement after all you've been through. I agree about Newcastle. Villa will want to have a good last home game next week and I can see us tripping up again away from home.
Mick, great to see you feeling so positive. You've worked so hard to get back to where you are now and i'm sure your fitness will soon recover to where you want it to be.
Columba, yes, the forecast for tomorrow does look nicer for your long run. Enjoy it.
John, I'd say we're much of a muchness. I am indeed a little older than you at 67. I realized last summer that my absolute times weren't going to improve and set myself a new target of advancing my AG, together with a training strategy to achieve it. I've had a few over 80% and my best is 81.
Looking at what would be required for 82% or even 83% over 5 or 10k didn't look totally out of the question for this season. Unfortunately losing three months of proper training with the knee problem last autumn and now the PF means I haven't been able to put together the several months of quality training needed.
Mokshaeight, welcome from me too. I bet you really appreciate your running after such a long break from it. That's a heck of a time to be out and it must have been a nasty injury. I hope you'll keep posting here.
John, congratulations on your PB! Great stuff. That 80% is so close now. I'm going to an important match myself this afternoon to watch Newcastle try to avoid what looks like an almost inevitable relegation. Not over quite yet though.