Hi everyone. We got back from South Africa yesterday after a fabulous holiday. We had very little rain and the forecast for the next few days in the Cape area looked settled so any flooding must be in a different part of the country. There were very bad floods in the north just before my friend and I went to Kruger three years ago.
Congratulations on your race Diana and I hope yours goes well too Columba. Nice parkrun from you Colin and I can tell you're feeling good about your running. Hope your cataract operation went well Christine.
Best wishes to everyone.
We're off to South Africa tomorrow for a couple of weeks. I hope to get a few short runs in to keep ticking over.
I was going to Gateshead track today but it was closed because of a football match. So I ran a steady 3 miles with my track friends and then went home to do a similar length fartlek with some short fast bits.
ceal, I had a phase a couple of years ago of running hill sessions, both up and down. I developed an ankle niggle, which might have been coincidence but put me off running downhill too much.
Colin, I think you and I are quite similar. I'm only a year older having just turned 66, and we've both been running for about the same time. I suspect we're about the same ability too. I just train harder because I regret not running as a youngster and am determined to now be the best runner for my age that I can be.
If you don't want to put the miles in, and who can blame you, then having a target for a shorter distance like 800m makes a great deal of sense to me, especially as you like the feel of running quicker. I'm afraid my own training is quite unfocussed as I race all the way from 800m on the track to multi-terrain half marathons. Good luck with your sub-3 minute 800m. It should be achievable.
Mark Allison, aka Run Geordie Run, has just announced his next project. For 2016 he's going to run from Lisbon to Istanbul (3500 miles in 100 days) and then continue every couple of years to 2024 until he's run round the world. Most of you will know that he's already run across America and Australia and that I supported him for a couple of weeks last year in Australia. It didn't end well and I've never been on his website since but Margaret keeps me informed about anything major. He was on the local news this evening but I purposely didn't watch it.