ceal, no, not talking to yourself but I know what you mean. Things have gone quiet here recently. We can add busbar to those on holiday but we haven't heard from Empty (Mike) for a while now - hope you're ok if you're lurking Mike. I remember a few months ago when posts were drying up only for things to pick up again and then I was in my usual position of trying to catch up.
So, good mileage this week ceal. I'd keep nagging at you to consider doing the occasional race again but respect that you know your own mind on that one.
Diana, interesting that you mentioned Bryce Canyon as it's my all-time favourite place and the only time I've been moved to tears (a bit, not bucketfuls!) when I got up early to watch the sun rise there when the subtle colours are at their wonderful best. Only one or two other people had and it was such a quiet, beautiful experience. I love your photo of Thor's Hammer.
I ran 11.7 miles this morning along riverside paths, mostly, at an average pace of 8:23. It was windy and there were one or two squally showers but also a couple of impressive rainbows.
aws, I'd always assumed you were a very early riser anyway by choice, regardless of running. That makes it even more impressive that you do so many early morning runs. You obviously have the dedication and motivation necessary to train for a marathon and it's a real shame you couldn't get a place. Like everyone else, I'd hate to see you give up regular running but wish you well whatever you decide. Please keep posting, whatever.
ceal, I envied Stewart his rail trip. I love long train rides where you can just relax and watch the world go by (always providing it's not too crowded or noisy of course).
Impey, we too have quite a collection of tapes from various holidays. Luckily I still have the three video cameras I used in working order so can play the tapes straight from those to the TV. Funnily enough we're doing just that this evening as Katy my elder step-daughter is going to Las Vegas and California next year and asked to see the video of our trip from a few years ago.
Talking of travel, I was wondering what places held a particular affection in peoples' hearts? In my case they're India and the arid landscapes of western America.
I did a track session yesterday, 10 x 400 in two sets of five, with a minute between laps and 4 minutes rest between sets.
So a little tailing off in the second set but not too much. I'd done a 10 x 400 session two weeks ago (straight through) with 90 second rests between laps and it's surprising what a difference those extra 30 seconds make.
Ceal, looking her up in the results and Power of 10, she's 25. A pretty decent runner too - she finished 6th on Saturday and runs 10k in around 40 minutes. I see you're still putting in some very good training sessions. How far do you think you're off your best now? I mean compared to what you would be doing if you hadn't had the long lay-off.
Diana, lovely shot of your grandson and a reminder that running is fun!
ceal, the cross-country went quite well thanks. It was a beautiful warm sunny day and the course was dry enough to wear normal road shoes, as many of us did. There was a record entry and over 590 started the mens' race. Steve Cram was there to watch his daughter and apparently he was very good about posing for photos and chatting to people.
I warmed up a bit gingerly and could feel my knee. I decided to start and see how it went, but to stop if it got worse. Luckily it didn't, which was a relief. The course is 3 laps of an undulating course, but with no long hills. My average pace for the 6.3 miles was 7:45. Satisfied with that while nursing a slight injury.
Having had a day off on Sunday to rest the knee I ran with my old club last night, 7.3 miles at 7:30 pace. So far being in two clubs is working well and I've got good running friends in both. I might have been running my first M65 team race next weekend but one of the three is injured at the moment.