Big G - That's great that you are making the most of your time off - Leaving your job was definitely the right decision to make. Vietnam sounds it would be an amazing experience too, fingers crossed there.
I don't envy you that car parking duty. Hope you get cake
Cal - Bikram yoga and running sounds like a good combination - and it's obviously working for you.
SK - Just realised what a dimbo question that was on LT pace Good idea to get the next one done during a race!
Shades - I know you are not looking for work at the moment but when the time comes would you consider going back to coaching/personal training again? You seem to be thriving on not having a desk job, enjoying the flexibility of being able to go to the gym more often and would be doing something you love and are good at...... I'd give you a reference!!
Still no running for me. My cold has migrated down to my chest so now I am on antibiotics and prednisolone. Great. Mind you, as you say, gets it all out of the way so I can start training properly after. My foot is much better too - the doctor said he thought it would have recovered in about a week and it seems to be looking that way. Other good news is that the school holidays have started so no work for two weeks
Shades - Taking a work break was definitely the right thing to do! I know there were lots of other reasons you gave up work but the fact that your foot seems to be improving from the change in lifestyle plus the extra gym work is reason enough in itself Sounds like you are making good progress with the pilates too.
Cal - I am no expert but I'm sure those cut off times wouldn't pose any problem for you, you'd be in a race situation too which would make a big difference as well.
SK - Well done on nailing that session you were worrying about.. is your LT pace around your current 5 - 10k pace? Must be awful for your neighbour and her daughter - there's not much you can actually do in those situations which is difficult. I bet your support is a great help though.
Big G - That sounded a tough session and you haven't mentioned that your foot is hurting after it either which must be a good sign! Lovely that you were able to get out for a run on a beautiful day too - sounds like you are making the most of your time. It must be a couple of months now since you gave up work.. how are you finding things?
Louey - No chance of me overdoing it here - have come down with a full on stinking cold
As a final comment on the pull up topic, I think I should make it clear that I haven't actually started the pull up programme yet! The press up one is going well but the pull up challenge came to a grinding halt when we discovered that a proper pull up bar from Decathlon costs around 50 Euros Mr Fox has gone off mumbling about finding an iron bar from somewhere so hopefully we can sort something out soon.
Hadn't thought about lunges Shades, I'll have a look at those too. On a foot note have you got another appointment to see a podiatrist yet?
Saw my doctor again this morning, it's a bit of a trek out to see this doctor but I'm very glad I did. He agreed that things were dragging on a bit so really checked everything over to make sure there was no "micro fissure" which I think is a stress fracture. He confirmed there was not and informed me the swelling had gone down and the fluid inside was now much more "oily" which was a definite sign of improvement. I'm not quite sure how he could work that out but I trust this doctor. He is an old Chinese man who is very "hands on" and into self healing. He told me once that his own teacher was blind and I've noticed that he often closes his eyes when he's examining an injury. Anyway, he said that in his opinion healing was well on the way and I could start running again which is fab news It's still not going to be perfect but at least things are moving in the right direction and I feel much more positive.
Cal - 18mths off.. eeeek! Just one month is feeling like forever right now
Shades - I don't think you need to worry about doing push ups with all that gym work you are doing. I am rubbish at push ups and are having to repeat some weeks in this programme I am following.
SK - That was one speedy child - most annoying. Bet that bloke was being pulled by his dog too. LOL at me getting a six pack - absolutely no chance of that happening. I have also found a "100 pull ups" programme which I intend to do and have asked OH to put up a bar somewhere for me. He fell about laughing until he saw the stony look on my face and realised I was being serious.