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HS - dogs, ponies and pigs, that sounds like quite an obstacle course! At least the dogs were friendly ones. Galloping ponies are a bit more scary though.
Antony I’m afraid I don’t use RW for race listings, we have a great site in the northeast for local races so I tend to use that, and I keep an eye on various Facebook running groups for any other races.
No running for me today, I’m not sure if it’s a consequence of my flu jab yesterday but my cold was back with a vengeance today. As it’s been such a surprisingly warm day we made the most of it by sitting in the garden this afternoon. Tomorrow I have another physio session to see how my back is doing, so I won’t try to run tomorrow. Depending on my cold I’m hoping to do a hilly parkrun on Saturday in preparation for next week’s first cross country meeting. I wear trail shoes (Inov8 talon) for XC rather than spikes, so for yesterday’s run I wore my trail shoes because I wanted to check their condition and make sure they’ll still be ok for this season. Fortunately they were really comfortable and look good as new, so it looks like I’ll get another season out of them. (I know I need to change my road shoes roughly every 500 miles, but I’m not sure whether there’s a similar rule of thumb for trail shoes - any ideas HS?)
One really irritating aspect I’ve noticed lately on this site - every time I open it up I have to accept cookies before it will give me access. This has just started happening the last few days. I tried to just select the cookies I was happy with (actually I’d rather not have any) but a huge list came up with loads of different companies, so I started with the first one and to opt out it meant visiting their site and registering with them, which seems to defeat the object surely? Why would I want to register with a company that I don’t want to have access to my personal information? In the end I just accepted all cookies and now I’m inundated with adverts 😖
WtnMel I was shopping at the Team Valley today! Were you staying at the Premier Inn?
What did you think of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge? That was Steve’s major claim to fame (as the principle civil engineer on that project). We’ve got a lovely photo of him being introduced to the queen at the official opening. I’m not a big fan of the Baltic Arts Centre, it always feels like a big building with very little inside, but then I’m not much of a fan of modern art anyway. I do like The Sage though, and have been to some great classical concerts there.
I hope you’re not expecting too many cultural delights on your bus tour tomorrow. Fingers crossed that the weather holds for your dip on Sunday.
It’s a pity you couldn’t have fitted Harrogate in to your plans and taken in a bit of the cycling World Road Championships. Btw we were also in London for the TdeF a couple of years ago. I remember we took up our position by the side of the road and settled down to wait (ages) for the bikes to arrive. At last they came, after loads of support vehicles, police motorbikes etc, and at the critical moment as they swept past a girl next to me suddenly produced an enormous flag that she held up, arms stretched wide, and completely obscured my view! I was not happy.
HS, thanks for that advice re trail shoes. My rubber spikes look almost as good as new and the uppers have no splits in them yet, so hopefully they’ll last for some time yet.
I’m still getting that cookies “wall” stopping me accessing the forum until I click on accept. Maybe it’s because I’m using my iPhone, I’ll try to remember to use my laptop when I next post and see if that makes any difference.
Don’t forget to book your flu jab!
HS my arm was also very painful after my flu jab on Thursday, so much so I mentioned it to the physio when I was there yesterday in case I’d injured it somehow, I could understand the muscle aching as that’s where the jab goes, but I wasn’t expecting my whole shoulder to ache. Well done on your forest run today, and good that you didn’t encounter any cows or ponies.
I was pleased the physio said my back is a lot looser than when I saw her a fortnight ago. I’ve got some exercises to do to keep it that way so I’m hoping it won’t flare up again.
I decided to do Gibside parkrun today in the hopes of there being fewer dogs than at my usual parkrun. Fortunately I only saw one, and that was well behaved. It’s been two and a half years since I last did Gibside but surprisingly my time was only 2 seconds different. It’s a pretty challenging hilly trail course around the National Trust’s Gibside Estate but excellent training for trails or XC, I’ll certainly be doing it again. Unfortunately Steve and I are still struggling with colds so I think I’ll try to be sensible and give running a miss for a few days now.
I was just about to post this when a message popped up on my phone. Our club was holding it’s annual Prize and Presentation night last night but we couldn’t get over to the coast to attend. The message I’ve just got was to tell me I got an award and need to collect it from the club. What a lovely surprise, I can’t imagine what it’s for...:)