JJ - Take care of yourself with that cold. Loads of people round here have suffered from something similar and have had a difficult job trying to shake it off. Take the opportunity to spoil yourself a little.
Red - Wish I felt that way in marathons!!
HS - My dentist likes his patients to go to the hygienist just before an appointment with him, not afterwards. Does it make his job easier I wonder.
Exhausted - Re procrastination.....is it because we feel a bit guilty about going out when there are so many other things to do? It is, in a way, a selfish time. I find if I do not get out first thing then I do not manage a run at all.
Columba - Three Men in a Boat! Oh, I loved it. I thought it was just SO funny. The bit in the maze, for example, I read it as a teen and and I can still remember lots of it. Like when he goes overboard and pretends he went in on purpose - do you remember that bit?
BIW - Is it a rotator cuff injury? Is it too painful to raise your arm? Poor you - hope it gets better quickly. How are the dogs btw? My boy is 3 now and devoted to me. He watches me all the time. We take him to the beach each morning by 8am to wear him out a bit because his energy is boundless. I am teaching him some tricks (currently spin around) because he wants to learn all the time. Can't believe we were so lucky to get him. It was a gamble because he was a rescue and untrained, but I am so glad we took the risk.
Running has been spasmodic because life has very much got in the way. A very worrying test result meant everything was put on hold for some while, but a re-test proved more encouraging. Some good news - H (daughter no.3 who did the Outlaw) is expecting another baby. Grandchild no. 11 for us. Anyway, I have been covering 6 miles, jogging 4 mins walking one, and doing it very slowly. So keeping moving at least. I am wondering about a half in October or November, like Columba.
JJ - Agae being little green things......? I could say you got the 'ell out of it, but I won't! Did the doodle go with you on your muddy run?
Thanks for all the info about hydration etc, particularly you, Red, for such a long helpful post. I am going to stop taking gels because I have been very sick after each of the marathons I have done. I will experiment with some solid food instead, and stop drinking unnecessarily.
BIW - We all thought you were busy enjoying your new life now that you are retired. Those of us in a similar position know that life just gets busier. Have you implemented those fitness regimes you were talking about? And how are Charlie and Nemo?
Exhausted - Your unpredictable tum doesn't seem to hold you back at all so that is fortunate. I can embroider because my mother taught me, but I haven't done any for a long time. I either get impatient or drop asleep.
TE - A month is a long time to be suffering from cold symptoms. Poor you. Glad to hear that you are at last beginning to get back to your old self.
Wow, Red - another marathon already. I know I have asked this before, but if you could please remind me - what do you take as a drink when you do a marathon? And do you eat anything before? I have been looking at that 'Waterlogged' book by Tim Noakes that turns accepted wisdom on hydration upside down. very interesting.
I didn't run back along the road, it was far too treacherous. In fact the car slewed round one bend. Instead I ran 4 miles along the dune path, and I found it much harder than the last 4 miler I did. The sand was frozen into all sorts of ruts and dips, and there were huge frozen puddles. But it was a beautiful morning and I really enjoyed it. Daughter L and granddaughter J came too.
When we got back I made double vanilla french toast with mixed berries. Yum.
Happy New Year to you all. It has started off beautifully here, so mild that all the ice of the last 2 days has completely disappeared.
Amazing mileage covered by Red and TE. It would take me so long to cover those distances that I wouldn't have time to go to bed!
4 mile gentle jog achieved today, which made me happy because I didn't need to walk and my hip behaved. I had intended to do 3 miles, but at the turn round point I thought I would go further - and so glad I did, because I came across a deer running in the field. He stopped really near and stared at me. I nearly said Sit! Down boy! - he was that close. Then he bounded off.