MF, good news the foot is much better, but bad news about the chest infection. The scuppered my marathon back in October, which was really annoying! I still haven't entered another one for Spring yet!
Ian5, it's hard to know what to do when you want to get the miles in, but generally speaking if a cold has gone to the chest, I tend not to run. I think Shades monitors her RHR so uses that as the basis of whether to run or not after a cold. I hope yours clears soon.
I enjoyed my run this morning, and with a 9:30am start we managed to avoid the worst of the rain. With a bit of looping back I got 16 miles in, which I was pleased about. I felt fine, although I never really warmed up on the run - I had a hat, gloves, scarf, t-shirt and a long sleeved shirt on but I'm still cold now, even though I have the fire on and a hot pot of tea in front of me! We were supposed to have cake at a place called Darts Farm, which is very good, but it was totally full and we couldn't get a table (there were 12 of us). So we went up the road to a pub, where I scoffed a treacle sponge with custard, and a large coffee
Shades, yes I hope so too about Vietnam. I'd obviously pay for my flights and any accommodation I need outside of any volunteering role, but what I'm hoping for is that the project will put me in basic accommodation and feed me for the time I'm there. We'll see what happens!
I've got a 14-miler planned tomorrow, with the club. Cake will be consumed at the end I'm currently going along with what we all the "C-Group" runners, which is the slower group. But I think their pace suits me really for long runs. The B-Group (and even the A-Group) have runners of my sort of standard in them, but I think they run their long runs too quickly.
I'm on car parking duty on Sunday, at a Cross Country event. I'm going to be required for about 3 hours I think, as there quite a few different races being held, so different runners will arrive at different times. The problem with car park duty is that I won't actually see any of the running, but never mind. I'm hoping the rain holds off!
Mamafox, the foot is much, much better but occasionally I feel it twinge a bit after a run. I was supposed to be doing a Half this weekend, but I've deferred the entry to next year as it was a bit tender after the 5-mile race I did last weekend (not sure if I mentioned the race on here...? ;) ).
Regarding being off work, I've found that I've settled into not having to work remarkably easily It's been about 3.5 months now, and I have a rough of plan of getting to the Spring/Summer and hoping to do lots of running and also cycling - and also lazing about on the beach, reading. The cycling and beach are weather-dependant, but hopefully it'll be okay!
I do have some weekends away booked between now and May. Also, I'm at the very early stages of investigating if I can get over to Vietnam in August. If I can, it will be a couple weeks of volunteering on a project, and then maybe a week or two exploring the country. But it's by no means definite if it will come off yet. I'm trying to say to the volunteering project that my management/IT skills are key to their project (debatable!!), but they aren't convinced at the moment! If I can't get over there and use my skills for free on the project it probably won't happen as otherwise I'd have to pay for the volunteering aspect of it, which I wouldn't really want to do.
January was a bit of crap month for me, feeling pretty down, as seeing 2016 on the calendar makes me feel further away from Claire. I am still seeing a counsellor and she reckons it's "normal" (whatever that is), but that doesn't really make it any easier and I have to remind myself it's still quite early on really (nearly 17 months). But generally speaking, I'm delighted not to be at work! Some people around me were worried that I needed the "structure" of work, but I know I don't need that - I have plenty to fill my time and I am glad to be out of a job I didn't enjoy!
I had a really good session with the club yesterday. I chose what was billed as "the hill training medley", and the session was split between 3 hills. The first was quite a short, gentle-inclided hill where we did 10-reps, the second was a longer, much steeper hill where we did 5-reps, and on the last one (which was also quite steep) we did a pyramid session - 1-lamp post, 2-lamposts, 3-lamposts, and back down. I really enjoyed it.
I had tired legs this morning, but it is a lovely day so I went out and got 8-miles in at an easy pace. I do enjoy running on days like today - it's quite cold, but with the sun and blue skies it makes it really worth while.