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Welcome Anthony, we’re a friendly bunch on here, and we’ll look forward to hearing about your running exploits over the coming weeks.
Jag1 great idea to join a beginners running course, it’ll keep you motivated and hopefully teach you about running form and injury prevention. Parkruns are a wonderful invention, regular, free, timed 5ks with likeminded runners and nobody cares whether you are just out for a trot or chasing the course record. Hope your wrist improves soon, that sounds painful.
So sorry to hear about your wife’s sudden illness Damien, I hope she’s feeling a lot better now. Well done on your race result.
Red, hope your eye appointment went ok, and hubby’s dental appointment, I’m full of admiration as ever for the amount of things you fit into a day, not to mention the amazing feats of running you so modestly mention. If I ever did one marathon, let alone 169, I’d be shouting it from the rooftops! I think you’ve mentioned your friend James before, he sounds a very nice lad, and a very talented runner.
HS, 7 min miling, that’s amazing at any time, but particularly so when done during a longish run. I don’t know how you do it. Well I suppose I do really, it must be down to your consistent training and spinning, so you richly deserve it!
WtnMel glad to hear your mum’s settling into her new place. Hope your back improves soon. Congratulations on another golf victory. Look out Bude.
I had an eventful 5 mile run yesterday. Eventful in that for the second time this week I was accosted by a dog while running along our local waggonway. A couple of days ago an over enthusiastic dog (off the lead and owner nowhere in sight) decided to run with me, or rather at me and around me so progress was almost impossible. I shouted back along the track in the hope that the owner might appear but no one did. Eventually the dog latched on to a couple of runners going the other way and I could continue. No harm done, but a rather aggravating (and increasingly common) experience. However yesterday a large dog, with owner but off the lead, jumped up at me repeatedly snapping at my face, fortunately it didn’t manage to bite me but it’s claws raked across my stomach and, as I later discovered, drew blood (although strangely my T-shirt wasn’t torn, but was pretty muddy from his paws). The owner didn’t seem too concerned, limiting his help to half hearted calls of “come here”. I’m pretty slim and only 5ft tall and on his hind legs this dog’s face was level with mine and the force of him jumping at me almost had me off my feet. I dread to think what would have happened if it had attacked a small child. The only way the owner managed to get the dog off me was to offer it a treat - what sort of message does that teach the dog for goodness sake??
Needless to say I was pretty annoyed and shaken when I got home and saw my stomach, but rather depressingly I find this sort of incident is becoming more and more common along this route. Dog walkers are the main users and almost everyone lets their dog(s) off the lead. Not only is this irresponsible when runners and cyclists also use the waggonway but it also results in piles of dog dirt everywhere. When we moved here a year or so ago and found that right outside our front door we had access to a traffic free route that runs for miles and miles through woods and fields I thought we were so lucky, but now I don’t enjoy using it at all.
The day really didn’t improve much after that, I managed to cut my finger quite badly, then Steve, (obviously not wanting to be outdone) cut his finger on a DIY job which then had to be abandoned. We decided the best thing to do would be to relax in the garden with a cup of coffee, but that was ruined by a neighbour with a blaring radio.
Steve had an 8am appointment this morning for a cataract op, and as the hospital is quite a distance from where we live we stayed overnight at a nearby Premier Inn. On the way there a squirrel ran across the road and the car three in front of us braked to a dead stop, there was nearly a pile up as the two cars between us and him had been travelling too close. Fortunately we had time to brake, but once we arrived at the Premier Inn we shut our room door, lay on the bed and refused to move in case some other disaster overtook us.
Red, I had to laugh at your ‘sleeping in” until 6am, I’m usually not up until 6.30. I’m beginning to see how you fit so much into your day if you rise at 5am every morning. Is that a habit you’ve developed so you can get your run in first thing, then the rest of the day is yours to devote to your knitting, charity work, gardening, baking etc? Well done for alerting the 1066 race organisers to the issues and getting the route altered. I hate oilseed rape too. I believe some people have allergic reactions to the spores, could that have been what set your hay fever off?
HS , no mention of spinning now for a week, are you having problems booking a place or are you just having a break from it? Your run with Sarah H yesterday sounded very pleasant, as Red says chatting is a good way to pass the miles.
Jag1 good luck with your forthcoming races.
I haven’t done any running for almost a week now, first of all there was Steve’s cataract op (which seems to have been very successful, thanks for the good wishes everyone) and for the last few days I’ve been laid low with a tummy bug. Unless I start to feel better tomorrow it’s looking unlikely I’ll be fit enough for this weekend’s trail race🙁
Oh dear Redhead, what an awful time you had at the hospital. I sympathise fully, there’s nothing worse than arriving for an appointment on time then having to sit and twiddle your thumbs for hours, while all the time you’re just itching to be seen so you can get on with the rest of your day (and every time you look at the clock it says the same time it did the last time you looked). What a great idea though to fill the time in with a run. At least you made good use of your enforced delay.
Reading your posts I’m often struck by your positivity and “can do” attitude, particularly so when you describe how ill oilseed rape made you the first time you came across it (which must have been very frightening at the time), but nevertheless you were quite prepared to run through chest high fields of it a few days ago. You have qualities that few others have, I can quite see how ARUK have made you an ambassador for their charity.