ceal and John, I'll be taking running gear to Costa Rica but how much time I'll get to run is doubtful. We'll have pretty full days. But I'd like to fit in at least once a week if at all possible, if only for a mile or so, just to keep ticking over.
The bird will have to be pretty big for me to take a decent shot on my camera phone so doubt if I'll be posting anything like that on Facebook. I reserve the right to post jealous-making general holiday shots if only to get my own back on travelling friends.
Mike, England's players should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves. What a dismal performance again. As for the football, I was at the Newcastle v Man U game on Wednesday and have to say Man U looked very ordinary against a poor Newcastle side. Plenty of possession but they didn't do much with it. We gifted them the goal. Yet Van Gaal reckoned it was one of their best games of the season.
I'm off on my travels again on Saturday - two weeks in Costa Rica, concentrating on the bird-life. I'm going with a friend, the one who's emigrated to the USA. I can't justify the huge expense of an organised tour with a specialist company so I've organised it all myself based on hiring a car. We won't see as many birds but can live with that. It will be a bit less intense and we're just going to enjoy the country and experience.
Still got a bit of a cough but am running (gently) with the club again. I reckon it takes a good month after the beginning of one of these infections to get back to where one was before, although I'm sure youngsters would recover much quicker.
Empty, I too like the sound of the running holiday. I'm sure you're going to enjoy it. You're running well.
Mick, I reckon someone has to have some natural talent to be able to draw like that. Hope your knee gets sorted for good.
ceal, what a shame you couldn't race last weekend but I can well understand your not being able to.
Columba, your race was obviously quite a family occasion and I'm pleased you enjoyed it and got round running all the way.
Christine, good speed!
I did the cross-country at Alnwick last weekend in pretty good conditions. Not too muddy, a bit of wind but nothing bad, and not freezing cold either. It's three laps of a hilly course through fields and woods, with views of the castle most of the way. A really good fixture each year.
I managed a PB on the course, having run it the last three years, so was well satisfied. Average pace for the 6.2 miles was 8:11. So for the three races I've done so far this year, I've run faster than in the corresponding race last year. Not that I'm reading too much into that!
Unfortunately I've gone down with another infection involving a sore throat and cough. Not as bad as the one just after Christmas but really annoying as far as running's concerned.