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Tuesday 2nd December 2014

Posted: 02/12/2014 at 21:01

Evening all,

Lots of physio going on.  LMH, emzap.  Ouch. I always wonder what the school kids in the gym make of the swearing and screaming that comes out of the physio's room. (Physio has use of a room in the gym of the sixth form college near us.) Need to get back there myself, but I need to get head in a better place first.  It's getting there.

Have to say that Monday didn't help.  I did my run, in two parts as planned, over to son 1, helped him sharpen his knives, and then on to work.  It seemed ok, fairly chuffed indeed, much better than last Monday's run.  Then things fell apart.  It was a very hectic day, leaving me running the mile to the bus in street clothes, only to stand in rapidly chilling sweaty clothes for fifteen minutes, as the bus was late. Two hours of standing about in a chilly church, with that uncomfortable feeling of something not quite right with swallowing and a head slightly aching the promises a cold.  Very very unwelcome before flying, and very very unwelcome before visiting my mother who does a nice line in pneumonia, given half a chance.  Lots of vit c, and no more efforts.  Getting out of the house is quite enough.

Looking forward to chatting up the security staff. 

Go well all.

Saturday 29th November 2014

Posted: 30/11/2014 at 11:41

Morning all,

NZC - sounds lovely. There are the first faint stirrings of a plan to get to NZ and other points on the antipodal side of the world in spring 2016 - by which time our family should have sorted out health woes, and some sort of celebration for survivors definitely called for. Your posts certainly whet the appetite.

RFJ and Gobi - handsome parkruns!

Blisters, hope you are having our lovely morning for the ride.

Donaldo - hope you get away with it.  The downside to the attitude might as well not go if a few pounds heavy is that the experiments might set you back not a week or two but six months.  The time I ran on through under foot pain it took about a year before it was no longer an issue.

OH - sympathise with airport security and generally the difficulties of supporting ageing parents when airplane is the sole sensible method of getting there.  I'm off to see my 90 year old mother this week.  In Boston, the US one. Shall soon be on first name basis with the security folk.  I entertain them by wearing a t-shirt that is studded with little metal stars..

Probably not a run day, simply too much to do before leaving for Boston. Energy certificate inspection on Wednesday, some loft insulation to be completed by then, and the consequent sort out of the long-term loft storage.  Five bales of junk to Oxfam yesterday.  Don't dare go in that shop now, and rather hope the Mr. doesn't either.

Go well all


Friday 28th November 2014

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 11:11

Morning all,

Been reading back:

NZC - belated happy birthday, and repeat LMH's thoughts about sticking around. I do know it's difficult when running moves off centre stage in one's life.  It's good to be reminded that others are carrying on.  Holding the coats, metaphorically speaking, is no disgrace.

Donaldo - ouch! I suspect there is a nerve running heel to forefoot on the underside of the foot.  It might be that you have offended that nerve rather than offended the structure of your foot.  I did find really good anti-inflammatories useful when I had foot problems, both before and after beginning running.  Go gently.

Blisters - glad the Tenby entry did the trick.  Enjoy working towards it. 

LMH - wasn't lurking when you had your accident I guess. Sorry to hear that.  Professional violin friend came off his bike, shattered his shoulder.  Getting it back together was essential for him.  It was a long story, but he is playing again, and he is riding a bike.  Luck and hard work.  Hope yours too gets sorted.

Proper little orchestra we've got here.  I'm a late learner on the viola (naturally). Started as a 40th birthday present to myself (jealous of the kids' opportunities) been playing in an un-auditioned adult education orchestra for the last 15, 20 years or so.  Get a big bang from that.  Dvorak 7, Berlioz Benvenuto Cellini, Mozart flute D Major coming up soon.

Me? Fell prey to exhaustion over the weekend, took it easy, got out for a lousy run on Monday, felt like I'd tied my shoelaces together.  Wednesday descent into villainous bad temper, failed to attempt stairs, cured by supper with friend/colleague. She's now carer for her husband.  They're my age, more or less. Stop grizzling girl, be grateful and and get it together.

Today, mentally much improved, and two moment of positive glee in the pool:

The first, two rather good swimmers joined the slower lane for work on flutter kick only.  Slightly condescending looks, I started off fractionally before him, he did not pull ahead. It's not a race.  Oh yes it is.  He did pull away from me the second lap, but not by much.

Second, the lifeguard came up and asked if I were interested in swimming competitively

Given that two months ago flutter kick had me progressing backwards slowly, I will enjoy those small triumphs to the full.

go well all

Friday 21st Nov 2014

Posted: 21/11/2014 at 10:11

Morning all,

LMH - good to see you enjoying a run.  Are you still a pirate? Last time I was on you had got a bit discouraged.

Dibs - 70.3 significance?  Not age nor HR, I would guess?

Pammie - good to see that you are on the comeback again.

Donaldo - impressive!

OH - not sure what's up, but thoughts with you.  Safe travels.

40 minutes - yes, Achilles are stubborn.  I had a year of it, so did Mr. S.  The doc told him to forget the running and order the bath chair.  He presented his next HM medal to her.  Don't think she was entirely grateful.

Alehouse - sympathies with the clearance business.  We too have sacks and sacks full.  Also we have accumulated an awful lot of styrofoam packing material. Not easy to get rid of.

Blisters - I side with those who advocate a rest. I've studied the counterproductivity of pushing through miserable weariness in some detail this past year.  Then, when a bit of slack has changed the mental climate, feet sometimes start hankering after a run themselves.  Had this experience out in Hong Kong, on the way home from visiting son 2. There is a lovely trail on a ridge called the Dragon's Back. We were only walking it, but my feet were itching to do more.  They remembered some lovely runs with Tinebeest on Great Blue Hill and Middlesex Fells near Boston, delighting in the twisty ground. They wanted to run.

I didn't give them any choice today.  Pool Penance Paid.  Could almost keep up with most of the slow lane swimmers when doing flutter kick only. Thought I might up the kicking only distance, but pain from old groin injury set in.  Not worth it for the sake of twelve lengths rather than ten.  Don't see any point in increasing distance in any other form.  I am not going piratical.  Too scared of the roads.  Shame about that.

Go well all.

Wednesday 19th Nov 2014

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 17:52

Evening all,

Incredibly good to see so many of you here. I've kept clear of the forums because of some bad things happening that are not mine to talk about, but for the last six months they have dominated my life to the point that I can't think, eat sleep or see anything but those things, did not dare post for fear of saying too much. Beginning to get my head back, beginning to.

'nuff said.

Haven't been a complete slacker for all that.  DNF at last year's SLMM; day 1 was a lot harder than the preceding year, bad night, didn't recover, wasn't such a fool as to attempt day 2 which would have resulted in a DNF anyway, plus a lot of worry on the part of family and organisers wondering where we had got to.

Hip problems have meant a major re-think, and a self imposed penance in the pool for all of September. I now can do ten lengths of flutter kick only, allowing for a good gasp at each end.  At the beginning my best attempts left me moving backwards slowly through the water.  It seems to be paying off: a weekly diet of one sessions stairs, one pool session, and one run during the week, with bonus points for getting out for weekend runs.  

The crisis, the need for flexibility, to be free to support family in need, forced my hand somewhat in the matter of work: I now am 80% retired, and actually usually work only 20% (rare occurence in part time work). The programmes I invented are now being run by others - hallelujah - and I am being very good about keeping my paws off.  That 80% retired helps with the running too - no excuses for not attempting long runs in full daylight midweek.

Not clear whether I will be able to keep posting, but, I say again, it is a great delight to see so many familiar faces in the DTT.  Makes me feel almost human again!

Go well all.

Monday 30th June 2014

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 22:05

Evening all,

Golly, never a dull day here.

Wabo, I'm glad you're ok.  Go steady for a few days, and avoid getting a second knock on the head.  Apparently that's definitely something to avoid.

LMH.  Really sorry to hear. Looking forward, you do seem to be breaking new ground in training strategies, if tri training has produced your fastest mile.  Worth a bit of thought and experimentation that one.

Chickadee - sounds good - what are you training for?

emzap - sorry things are still problematic.

Got back to the UK last week after eventful travels.  Started out with a nephew's wedding in the US - no problem, went on to travels with Tinebeest in China, got recalled to Boston, US, where my Ma had taken a turn for the worse, now ok, back at home with nursing help.  Not conducive to sensible training, but beginning to make headway again.  Got going last week with some routine 4mile runs.  Today managed 8 miles.  The good bit was that it didn't leave me wiped out.  The travelling was never going to make for good training, but I think I'm content that I can do 8 miles no problem.  Persevere.

go well all

Wednesday 4th June 2014

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 22:38

Congrats Dr. Dibs!

Indeed Alehouse, hold your course.  Stretching - yes, dangerous stuff, particularly when the stretch is achieved through a conspiracy of gravity and mass.  I have found it easy, particularly in calf stretches, to overdo it.  Better luck avoiding trouble when stretching by lying on my back with a stretchy band on the ball of my foot, stretching calves, hams and all other interconnected bits.  

LMH - not a few of us run to keep ahead of black dogs.  Good to be able to distinguish between black dogs and something physiological with a simple remedy.  Otherwise you find yourself running in the wrong direction.

btw, I have signed myself up to come into possession of a black dog, in this case a large affection labrador assistance dog named Nelson, who is very good at taking socks off and assessing whether the toes need cleaning, and attending to that duty if required.  He is presently looking after a pal of mine, and after discussions and obtaining his approval of the plan, I have agreed to be his retirement home when the day comes.

Postie - is that routine sort of mileage you're up to these days, or have you a race in prospect?

Me? Didn't get the run in, went over to see sis-in-law instead, did some minor adjustments to her cello.  Then a whole lot of errands. Will try to do the stairs tomorrow.  I think I have found a way of making them harder.  Do some of the two-at-a-time flights s-l-o-w-l-y. 

Tuesday 3rd June 2014

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 16:02

Afternoon all,

Happy birthday Dibs.  No no emzap, on the hill, on, not over the hill! I couldn't begin to do your job, hardly bears thinking about.  Good on you.

emzap, a friend has a useful saying: guilt is for teenagers. Forget it. You've got a full-time 12 hour shift job on your hands: reorganising all the little grey bits in your head and getting them to calm down and behave.

AF: leggings? Must say I abandon the leggings only when it gets really hot, not so much as to defeat the nettles but to avoid frightening the horses.  Useful though.  I have heard tell that nettle stings are good for arthritis.  Think positive?

Congrats mava on bouncing back quickly.  Shows the training must have been goood.

Chickadee - nice double digiter.

Don, LMH, glad to hear both of you are recovering.

Me? The Stairs.  Ma's flat is in a building with twelve floors plus basement plus lift shaft.  That makes 14 flights. 6 reps, half of them two at a time, either alternating by flight, by half flight, or by complete ascent.  Dead chuffed with that.  I have done worse on those stairs.  I have never done better. Even better, I stopped because I had done what I set out to do, and a tiny bit more. 

The tiny bit more is that on the penultimate ascent I had company: one of my mothers fellow residents in the sheltered living facility was laboriously tackling the stairs, up and down, a single flight, with the assistance of a physiotherapist.  We cheered each other on, and I did the final flight all the way to the top, two at a time, rather than stopping at Ma's floor (8th).  

Ma is looking much better this morning.

Training aims for the coming month: Work hard on the stairs, develop fueling/madopar strategy to avoid seizing up.  This typically sets in after an hour, hour and a half of running.  It's sort of like a whole body cramp, coincides with changes and judder in HR - 10 bpm raise + fluctuations ±3bpm over 5-10 second period not correlated with any change in speed/ascent, while we are all on the subject of interesting HR matters.  Thought of asking doc about but hey, what can they say?  "From our extensive research on pensioners with pd undertaking mountain marathons we can advise you that others in your situation have a 19% increased risk of..."

If I ask them, all they can say is no.  "Wass nicht verboten ist ist erlaubt".  I shall study ways of avoiding reaching that point of seizing up, and proceed with utmost caution. But proceed I will.  Btw, Tinebeest is my partner for the SLMM, and it sounds like her training is going well.  Good thing that.

go well all.

Monday 2nd June 2014

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 22:56

Evening all, and hello from sunny Boston.

Been a while since I stuck beak in.  Twas a wild week trying to put things in order for a month of travelling.  Not a lot of running got done, as work suddenly started being cooperative - rare enough event for me to make huge efforts to profit from what might be a temporary spirit of collaboration. 

So.  I come in to find emzap exploring for post boxes (yay!) mava scoring pb's (yay!) Donaldo in cardiac difficulties, LMH doing stunningly well even if she doesn't think so in spite of asthma mid swim, Alehouse and others struggling with a variety of dodgy working parts. Postie must be training for a summer mara?AF I am quite certain your walking is faster than my best pace these days. Staying in one piece is important.  Take care folks.  Many congrats to racers and explorers.

Down in NC for nephew's wedding, now up with Mum.  Did get a run in.  Five assents of Summit Ave, which takes about 6 minutes up and 5 minutes down, then a run to the rather excellent bakery... Entertaining moment when, running uphill I was cross to make but slow progress catching up what I thought was a young man walking up the hill ahead of me.  Overtaking him, I saw he was no young man but a very senior man.. However, on my way down I met him again, the ascent there was less steep and he gave a great grin of encouragement.  I do like some aspects of running here; there's a fair representation of lame ducks in trainers, and the lame ducks are much inclined to quack encouragement at other lame ducks.

Spent the afternoon taking my mother round the docs, possible pneumonia.  What a palaver.  Take someone in their nineties who is not feeling very well and march them from pillar to post getting this that and the other done.  It surely does not make them feel any better!  Anyhow, seems to be not obviously sinister, so much fuss about not a lot.

Go well all, get better those who need to.

Saturday 24th May 2014

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 18:22

Glad to hear you're home emzap, but sounds like you have a ways to go before you're running again.  Don't push it.  It just doesn't work.

RFJ, Donaldo, Pammie (first fvet45 yay!) handsome Park Runs.

Dustin - congrats to you and Mrs. D on 17!

Blisters, I understand that.  Congrats on the OW swim.  

Safe travels Dibs.

Me? Soggy weather so decided against the long walk planned with Mr. S.  Got out instead for about 5 miles, with flL (fully loaded Lucy, Lucy being the pack I run - training for the SLMM - dream on).  Really chuffed with that.  Went out without the Garmin, which I had begun to find depressing, ran how I felt, doggedly slow, but steady and controlled.  Waited longer after taking madopar before setting out.  Perhaps it was that, but it went a lot better than many recent runs.  Even had enough to let loose for the last quarter mile.  Ok, I shouldn't but, hey, life's too short not to do things like that.

Curious thing.  Everyone agrees that exercise is a wonderful thing in general and even more wonderful for pd peeps.  You'd think there would be some training advice, how to use madopar to best effect for running, but if it exists, I sure haven't found it, and believe me, I've looked.

Go well all.

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