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Posted: Today at 11:28

TE - I think the two sorts of bluebell hybridise and the Spanish genes predominate. I have some of the English ones in my garden (one can buy the bulbs) and so far they're all coming true to type.

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Posted: Today at 11:23

Aws - I grew up in Leicester, but that was before its one-way system.

Me, I'm very good at getting lost.

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Posted: Yesterday at 17:08

By definition, an accident is what one doesn't plan on, perhaps.
Fantastic time for that swim. Do you vary your stroke, so as not to get bored? Or do you not get bored anyway?

Red - hope your insides are soon better. (Nothing to do with the cakeathon, I suppose?)

TE - not only did Jo Pavey win, apparently she was up all the previous night being sick, and won in spite of that!

Shall soon be off to my club's 2nd 5k in a series of 3. Not running it, but have made cakes for it. I might run the third one. I did a little recovery run earlier today, forgot  to take Garmin, but think it was about 3 miles. I went off-road, along a path which runs along the side of a hill which at this time of year is absolutely smothered in bluebells. I kept stopping to gasp at the view. They stretched up and away, sheets and sheets of them, and all the proper wild "English bluebell" (though in Wales!), not the cultivated Spanish variety. 

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Posted: Yesterday at 16:54

That run along the towpath sounds lovely, TS.

John B - coming 4th even after a wrong turning must be good, surely?
When I was working in St. Andrew Street I was living in Camden Town, so commuting not too bad at all. I only stuck it for a year though, because the work was driving me mad with boredom. What I was doing would now be (no doubt is) completely computerised.  

Did a little recovery run this morning, - forgot to take Garmin, but will have been about 3 miles. I went over a stile and along a footpath which at this time of year runs between sheets and sheets of bluebells, absolutely beautiful.

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Posted: 26/05/2015 at 21:19

TE - I hope the new owner of the Navigator's Hat is duly appreciative! I seem to remember that it's awarded ironically to people who are good at getting lost, so the recipient must feel a bit ambivalent about being awarded it.

Red - congratulations on yet another mara, and a huge medal.

I was pleased with my time for the 10k, - 1 hour 8 mins 48 seconds. Haven't got a WAVA for it yet. Was 7th out of 20 in my age group. It was very well organised and a really good course, about the only moan I have was the congestion at the beginning. It was a 12-wave start (I was in the 10th wave) and I dare say the earlier waves weren't so congested, but for the first km or two I couldn't get going properly - my first km was the slowest of them all. Middle Son and Youngest Son and their respective girlfriends met me afterwards and we all had lunch and talked running. Middle Son's GF is planning an Olympic distance tri later in the year - or early next year, I can't remember which. It's in West Sussex. I might even go and watch, triathlons are wonderful things to spectate at. 

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Posted: 26/05/2015 at 20:54

Got back from London today, with a respectable time for the 10k under my belt, - 1 hour 8 minutes 48 seconds. PT son (yes indeed, Welsh poppy, he has been training me - not for the 10k, but for a half-mara to come in the autumn) was pleased, as he had predicted 1 hour 7 to 1 hour 8, so I was within that. It was a really enjoyable race, not quite flat but almost, very well organised, lots of support, several bands, and a really interesting route. Middle son (PT) and youngest son, and their respective girlfriends, met me afterwards and we had lunch at an Italian restaurant in Piccadilly.

John B - many many years ago I also worked near Holborn  (or anyway, High Hoborn) - in a Civil Sevice department in St. Andrew Street. I used to wander up Hatton Garden in my lunch hour and look at the jewellery, particularly little dishes of unset stones, which fascinated me. I couldn't afford any of it, of course. 
A good thing your son's bride is calm and sympathetic, - sounds as though she needs to be!

Mick - it's not just running in which longevity is a function of body weight, - when you meet people who are well on in their 80s or into their 90s, they are never overweight, at least that's my experience. 

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Posted: 23/05/2015 at 10:33

John B - the 10k is described as "flat". It is very central; starts on the Mall, goes along the Strand, Holborn, passes St. Paul's cathedral, loops round the Bank of England and back much the same way we came but ending in St. James's Park. PT son thinks I can do it in an hour and 7 minutes. I think he's being a bit ambitious; and when I entered it, I didn't intend to aim for a specific time, just do it and enjoy it but there's no way you can stop a young man being competitive even on behalf of his mother.

Welshpoppy - someone once said "The Welsh are Irish that can swim". Maybe that applied to your ancestors.

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Posted: 22/05/2015 at 18:05

John B - good luck with your boundary race. You say "only" 2.5 miles but the trouble with that is you'll have to race it all-out, no respite at all.

TS - the wedding part of your weekend should be jolly, but I doubt if the other part will be. I like Graham's "bouncebackability" word, - that would really make the predictive text thingy stop and think.

Graham - no over-65 category, rotten.

Welshpoppy, so in spite of being Welsh you are actually Irish?

5 x 1km at the best speed I could muster, which was mostly in the lower 10mm range, with 3 mins walk break between each km and the next. And a warm-up and cool-down. Off to London tomorrow for the BUPA 10k on Monday. 

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Posted: 22/05/2015 at 17:41

Never knew about the Brylcream machines! - presumably they were only in the men's changing rooms, women keeping their hair in place with hair spray.

5 times 1km today, with pace in the lower 10mm range, and 3-minute walk breaks between each km. Cold seems to have gone almost entirely, - must be all the vit C I blitzed it with. Off to London tomorrow.

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Posted: 21/05/2015 at 22:18

Red - I'm glad you enlightened us about that!

My cold seems to be clearing up fast. And I gather the train strike isn't going ahead, so nothing to prevent me heading back to London to do the BUPA London 10k on Monday.

TE - that sounds like a very strange experience. Would be interesting to know what actually happened, internally. Is it still feeling OK?

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