Well done Clag - I hope to be knocking on the door of sub-20 soonish as well once I get back into "proper" training. There will be at least 3 of us on this thread so we should share tips
Clag - I'm not sure of the exact paces but for the one-mile reps it is a hard workout if you try 10-15secs per mile quicker than current 5K pace. Not very scientific but if you can do 5x1mile with 90-secs recovery (I usually just walk around with my hands on my hips!) it is a very good workout and the idea is to be consistent in the reps but be hanging on for the last one or two. I always find I need to really concentrate on the 4th rep - not sure why.
I'm sure there is more specific advice somewhere but something like that is what I was told at my club session
I got my arse kicked at badminton last night. I used to play regularly when I lived in Ipswich and was reasonably good back then but haven't played for a long time. A mate offered me a game so I thought "why not?". Now, my mate is a great chap but he could do with losing a stone or two (he would say this himself) and he's a smoker but he does play badminton every week, sometimes twice a week. Even with this I thought I would probably beat him as I am definitely fitter than him. However, he thrashed me 5-0! I nearly got one game off him (the third game) but he just had much better technique and shot selection than me. I'll play him again soon though and I'll try and get at least one game off him! It was a good workout but I wasn't especially tired whereas he was absolutely knackered so if I can get a bit better at shot selection I may give him a better game soon. That's my challenge.
Well done SK! I'm sure you'll get that sub-20 very soon. Did you feel you were on for it at any point?
I did around 7-miles with the club last night (well, the meeting place was about 1.5 miles away so I ran from home, and then did the 4-mile session with the club) and I quite enjoyed doing that. I then trotted around parkrun this morning. There were 28 in total from my club there this morning including a lot of first timers. This is because the club championship organiser had to fit in an off road event as the original race that as in the championship got cancelled. I didn't "race" it but I did get dragged along a bit too quickly, but the achilles still seems okay. It was also a club mate's birthday and he brought cake....!
Thanks all. I know you're all right that I need to make plans and carry on, and I do know it is what Claire would have wanted. I guess it's just that I am finding it difficult to make plans without her. She was always the driving force behind making plans for weekends away etc, but now it's down to me.
Shades, I walked under those works yesterday and it is pretty impressive. Emmy, they're building a large bypass around what is currently a busy main road that is a bottleneck especially in the summer - it is a massive project they're doing and it's not due to be completed until Dec 2015 I believe. It had been in the planning for years (I.E, probably 20 years or more) but it got the go ahead a couple of years ago. It's costing in excess of £100m I believe.
I saw a cousin of mine in Exeter after she finished work yesterday and it was nice catching up with her. We were very close as young children and teenagers, but somehow drifted apart due to Uni, work etc, but it was nice catching up with her and we'll definitely meet up again. She lives in Cheltenham these days but works in Exeter fairly regularly so that's easy for us to meet up. She was at the funeral and also the wake and she said what a good service it was. I have had a lot of people say that to me, so I know I got that right which I'm pleased about.
I got a run in yesterday after I posted and as always felt a bit better afterwards. It was a steady 6-miler on a flat route and I don't appear to have any issues this morning.
Today the main thing I am doing is seeing a work colleague and he is going to show me around the office in nearby Torquay to meet the people in there and then we'll go out for a bite to eat afterwards I'd imagine.
I can't really describe it but I'm feeling very upset/guilty/whatever as I have been planning a couple of things next year, and obviously Claire won't be there and I didn't need to check with her regarding her plans. I have booked a local 10K in January; Claire was with me spectating at it last year and we were pregnant, but didn't know it at the time. I have booked a gig to see a band called Royal Blood with a few friends in February. This was one of Claire's favourite most recent bands and she would have loved to come to see them. I have also booked to see the comic Tim Vine. I've seen him a couple of times before and he is hilarious, but again Claire loved him too. I know I'm a techy geek but what tipped me over the edge was that Claire and I have a shared calendar on our Macs/iPhones and of course I have no need to update that calendar now with these things, do I?
The other thing that tipped me over the edge is that I looked at the Torbay Half website as they have "early bird" offer. I had forgotten that they have a picture of a group running shot and if you know where you're looking you can clearly see Claire in it as she's on the front row of the picture. This took the wind out of my sails a bit, even though I've seen the photo a lot of times in the past.
I think it's all sinking in bit by bit, and it's not nice
I know I need to start thinking about Claire's clothes and also the nursery which has all Jay's stuff in there (push chair, cot, moses basket, all his clothes, curtains/lampshade/mobile for the cot, nappies etc etc). I can't face doing that yet though. It has been pointed out to me by a well meaning but possibly misguided friend that I may be in danger of holding on to these things too long as some kind of replacement for what I've lost, but I don't think that's the case to be honest. It's only been just over a month and I know Claire and Jay are not here anymore, but I just don't want to sort out their belongings yet as it's difficult to contemplate going through it all and sending it to a charity shop.
Anyway, I had a day off from running yesterday and had a nice afternoon with Claire's Mum. I'm hoping for a 5-mile steady run in a little while and then I'm seeing a cousin in Exeter after she finishes work this afternoon. I am keeping busy, but in a funny way I am kind of wondering if I'm keeping a bit too busy. I have a couple of plans tomorrow but Friday is relatively free (other than the dentist and possibly a Trotters session at 7pm if I feel like it) and I think I'm going to keep it that way. I may go up to the church again and sit there for a while and just see what I feel like.