Shades, are you aware that Wurzel is running the DD as his 100th marathon? He has been talking about it for months, as he's been on 99 for about 6 months and he always wanted the DD to be his 100th. I see Chair has given him race number 100 too. His sister is running it with him (she's done the DD twice before, I think) and she is incredibly proud of him.
I think this is still the funniest picture I've been involved with, in Brussels. For those that aren't aware, Wurzel is the person who looks like he's having trouble getting on/off the chair. In fact he'd been in that position for about 10-mins, for reasons which still remain unclear PS, I'm second on the left.
Thanks Shades, I did some stretching last night and also this morning. Everything felt okay this morning, so I went out for a run this afternoon and did 7-miles at an easy pace with no issues, and I really enjoyed it. I probably won't be running tomorrow, but hopefully I'll get a run in on Saturday and Sunday.
My 6-8 miler didn't go to plan! Within about a quarter of a mile I had muscle pain (not a tendon or sharp pain) in both hips and lower back. I stretched and kept going, and stretched some more but it wouldn't go away. It was totally fine walking, with no pain at all. Very odd. Anyway, I ended up only doing 4.5 miles, and most of that was walking. No idea what it was, apart from possibly to do with yesterday as I was sitting down a lot on the coach etc. Fingers crossed it'll be okay tomorrow/Friday.
Shades, no I don't really suffer from hayfever. I know that can impact folk really badly. Occasionally if someone has cut the grass I may sneeze a bit and/or get an itchy throat, but nothing bad at all and I don't need medication for it. I missed that you went to Teign Cellars - glad you enjoyed it! The food is good there.
My legs feel much better today, so I'm going out for 6-8 at an easy pace later on.
Went up to London yesterday - on the coach!!! It was really cheap (aprox £20 return) but it was 5.5 hours up and 4.5 hours back, meaning I had about 7 hours in London to see a friend. It wasn't too bad though as I had some programs on my laptop, and I listened to a couple of MarathonTALK podcasts, and the time went okay. I much prefer the train, but when I looked it was about £80 return and I couldn't really justify that just for a day. We went to one of my favourite pubs in London called Lowlander, which does lots of Belgian beer and decent food but I only had a couple of beers. I could easily have had 6, but I'm trying to be good!
I think that's the thing about not working in that I would have needed a day off to see my friend who is only in the UK for a few days, and I don't expect I'd have seen her if I was working. Loads of people ask me "So, what do you do with your time?", or "Aren't you bored?". I suppose I don't do anything especially exciting with my time - walking, reading, running, seeing friends, a bit of travelling - but I'm definitely not bored! I have surprised myself a bit though, as I've found I don't need the "structure" of work at all, and I'm just enjoying my time off at the moment and doing what I want to do. To be honest, not being able to run for 4 weeks was getting to me, but fingers crossed I can start back on it again more regularly now.
It was 7 months ago when I left work, and I suppose I'll have to start looking around for something at some point....but not just yet!
In other news, I've decided to get my bike back out! I didn't ride at all last year, but was really enjoying it just before Claire died, so I'm kind of looking forward to getting back out there again on it.