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Yes it is still Garmin Connect and you can input manually. I like to use my own software as I don't trust Garmin to maintain my data over a long period. I export a file from GC and import it to my software. I would like to be able to do this automatically but Garmin charge 5000 dollars for the API. They have also made it very difficult to talk to the device directly unless you do it from a website. I could probably hack something together but it would be a lot of effort and I am too lazy.
It looks like I will be able to run outside today as it has warmed up, only -10c. I see that our cold will reach you by the end of the week. We still have lots of snow so I will be running on packed snow for most of it.
PammieSound like tough shift patterns to fit exercise around - well done for managing it!!
CealI expect you to post just after this one.........At 3 sec/pound/mile I could be 45 sec/mile faster by doing nothing but lose weight!!Nice to hear JJ is in the same boat
4 miles last night with the Hash. Friend with brain tumour turned up and he has an amazingly equable and accepting outlook on his situation which I would certainly struggle to emulate - he was even making jokes about it!! Still no definitive news on longevity but its not long. We are going to do some blokely things together shortly - beer will be drunk and sports watched!!
I struggled to get out this morning mainly because of the ferocity of the wind battering my house - not in gusts but in just solid movement of air. Although my legs were a bit stiff from last night I still managed 5.2 miles in 50:30 (9:44m/m) with avHR 130 and a max of 144 aided in part by the wind mainly being at my back or side on
09:41 121 13008:54 127 135 definitely wind assisted!!09:31 131 13709:30 134 13811:00 137 144 Hipps Hill and a head wind - killer01:24 134 137
Even with all my ballast I was nearly blown off my feet on more than one occasion so you lightweights had better take care out there!!!
Graham - good to hear that you are making progress. I think your approach is totally correct. I was trying to explain to my young training partner that it's not that we (oldies) get more injuries as much as that they take much longer to heal plus it's so hard to get back to anything like top form. I don't think he believed me!
Columba - sorry to hear this; I thought that you (or your knee!) were responding to the advice of the gait therapist and that things were looking up.
Mick - I remain seriously impressive by your capabilities with respect to the functionality of gadgets. You must have been a VERY useful bloke to have around when you were cycling.
TS - I'm sure your poor mate finds huge comfort in the understated and (in Ceal's words) 'blokey' support he's getting. I'm tying to imagine the strength of a wind that would blow you over..................something out of The Wizard of Oz comes to mind. My wife had a huge laugh last year when we walked up to the top of the Malvern Hills whereupon we were met with a wind that nearly blew yours truly back down to the bottom again. I think the south is going to cop for some grim weather tomorrow.
Ceal - thanks for the JJ update. I used to see The Shard from my train to London Bridge every day. It never failed to impress. (This was back in the days when we had trains!)
I tested my hamstring injury today - about 15 min run. Thankfully it seems OK.
JohnUseful easing back in of the hamstringI took some grim satisfaction from looking at the weather map which appeared to indicate extensive snow across the south whilst we get off scott free!!My young nephews who live in Hampshire have never seen snow ................It is starting to blow again now after dying down a bit over the afternoon. Really looking forward to a run in the morning.................not.
Cealnothing to say - unusual (ducks!!)
nice to see my reflexes are still in good shape
well the one thing one can count on to be wring is the weather forecast. The wind moderated last evening and this morning here was dry and cold with a light breeze carrying a touch of wind chill. I did see someone on the news trying to make something out of a snow fall that looked no deeper than the hard frosts we get as I got ready to set out.
Legs felt a bit battered by yesterday at first but they perked up and I did my now usual 5.2 miles in 50:14 (9:41m/m) with avHR 131 and a max of 149
09:52 121 13208:58 130 13709:33 133 13909:27 132 13810:49 139 149 Hipps Hill01:36 131 134
Remarkable similar to yesterday despite the absence of wind but it felt a lot easier
.......just finished the last of the Christmas cake
TS,Well done on the run and for finishing the Christmas cake.Not to bad here at the moment weather wise,hope I don't regret that but we are pretty lucky in London in that respect.Going for a gentle run about 1pm today just in case it does turn nasty.
John-Good news on your injury.
Ceal - not quite as bad here on the coast but still hardly optimal running conditions. Nevertheless I ventured out for a mighty 2 mile run! Not quite in the Shackleton/Scott class of achievements but better than nothing!
So sorry to hear about your friend TS. It's nice that you plan to have some blokey evenings together. Well done on finishing the Christmas cake - I was sorely tempted to buy one in Lidl, as they were down to half price, but resisted.
Good to have news of JJ. Hope he reappears on the tread one day.
Bad luck on the knee Columba, hope it doesn't require weeks of rest. It's a shame that you seem to end up running on your own with your club. Ours is very good at doubling back, so the faster ones get some extra distance, and the slower ones get collected up at intervals.
Hope the recovery continues for you Graham.
My run on Hayling Island last Sunday was with three others. It was an out and back course on the old Hayling Billy line, so totally flat. You could do as many laps as you wished in the 6 hours maximum allowed. It was cold and drizzly, so we had all had enough after completing a half marathon distance. I was slow, but pleased to actually run it all, as I've not been doing distances over 8 miles (and only a couple that far) since last September.
I then went down with a sore throat, which must have been brewing, and not helped by getting cold and wet, but was back out for a forest run this morning, which turned out to be 10k exactly. No snow at all here, so not sure if TS's nephews will have seen any, but a very chilly breeze, and lots of frozen puddles.
yippee - snow here too!!Of course its not as bad as darn sarth - we only have a foot or two (slight exaggeration - more like 1- 2")
Cealyour HR is still nice and steady in the lower ranges Christmas cake is a good energy source..............
A little bit slippy underfoot on dry snow and with a strong, keen NW wind blowing it was suitably bracing. However the new Helle Hanson and Gortex jacket took care of that and I was nice and cosy.
Usual 5.2 miles done in 5117 (9:53m/m) with avHR133 and a max of 148
10:01 123 13509:13 130 13909:44 135 13809:39 135 13911:01 139 14801:38 132 136
Wind increased as I went round and at one stage my HR went from 132 to 145 on the level just to maintain pace into it!!
Johnit will toughen you up for a foray oop north
Dianathat didn't sound like a very attractive course for long distance running so very well done for sticking it out particularly if you had a lurgy lurking.I saw my nephews a couple of months ago and they were keen to come back with me in the hope that we would have snow up here!! I hope they manage to see some but it doesn't appear to be as bad as predicted
Thanks - it has been tough news and it is his wife's birthday this weekend so we are off to her party - keeping everything normal is the motto for as long as possible
Diana - I've done the Hayling 10 in the last couple of years. I thought the course was OK but we did a circular route (which included the Billy line). As something of a doyen of faded south coast seaside resorts, I could see that parts of Hayling Island had seen better days. But there and again so have we all, I guess!
TS - Gortex jacket?? I thought you be running in a string vest, you big Jessie. Talking of which (tough northerners not Big Jessies!)I saw some coverage of the Manchester marathon on TV. They asked Ron Hill to start it, which was a really nice idea. He looked pretty well............I suspect he could have joined the field and overtaken most of them!
Johnthe string vest was under the jacket - didn't want to shock the neighboursMissed the Manchester coverage but Ron HIll looks like a good advert for running!
There was a documentary on BBC4 on Thursday night late on looking back at Bannister's sub 4 min mile. He was only ever a part time athlete and his training was done during his lunch hour while training to be a doctor.It also showed the classic race with John Landy from the Empire Games (how old that sounds) where Landy looked back over his inside shoulder as Bannister was overtaking on the outside - leading to that racing truism of "never look back"It's worth a watch.
easy 3 miles this morning just to keep the streak going in 28:53 (9:42m/m) with avHR 127 and a max of 137. No big hills !!
TS - yes, I think I've seen that programme a year or so ago. It was wonderful as social history as well as pure athletics. As you say, a part time athlete shattering a world record - surely never to be repeated in these professional times?
Parkrun for me. 300 brave souls along a very chilly prom - suspect a lot of New Year's Resolutions were sorely tested today! I actually showed a bit more sense this week and rather than go flat out (my usual mode) I shadowed a fellow vet who usually runs a little slower than me.
This worked very well as I summoned up a bit of a finish to edge him out and win the category and did a 22.04 which was pleasing in the circumstances. Also pleased to say that the hamstrings were not too traumatised.
Well if JJ makes a comeback I hope he comes back on here.
Just a sprinkling of snow here. I was quite shocked to see that TS's nephews have never seen snow. We certainly get a lot less of it here than we did in our first few winters here (nearly 30 years ago) but I don't think we've had any winters with no snow at all. Impressed by all of you who have got out in the cold; especially Mick, at -10 degrees and on packed snow.
Continuing to rest the knee, which just feels a bit stiff and twinges slightly with certain movements. The two books which my daughter's gait analyst recommended have arrived ("Chi running" and "Total body barefoot") and I am reading them and putting some of the exercises into practice but without running as such.
Glad to see Canada's present arrived Ok. The weather here is still being difficult. I did 6 workouts this week but 3 of them were on the treadmill.
Good luck with the knee, rehab'ing a knee can take a while, a year in my case. Even now I have to be careful. This week running on uneven snow got complaints from it.
Columbareading about running avoids injuries"Feet in the Clouds" by Richard Askwith and Born to Run by Christopher McDougall (the latter if you can get past the Jack Kerouac "beat- style" generation language) are inspiring reads with your feet up!!
Micknot really Canadian stuff but because it fell in the south as well it made headline news and panic ensued as people panicked that Waitrose would run out of extra virgin olive oil and Quinoa - or whatever the latest trend is in foods.A good weeks workout despite,or because of, using the treadmill so often
JohnI trust you told the other guy that you were just returning after injury and had been taking it easy??Nothing like getting the psychological advantage in when one can. Great time despite the layoff, or is it because of the layoff?
Spent 6 hours or more standing yesterday at the birthday party which always upsets my back, but it was well worth it and it went off well.However I felt a bit stiff and out of sorts this morning as I went for my 21st consecutive day of aerobic build up in rainy, cold and breezy conditions.
8 miles done in a slightly disappointing 80 mins (well 79:52) with avHR 131 and a max of 148
09:54 123 13809:12 130 13710:04 131 13710:16 134 13709:42 132 13510:55 139 148 Hipps Hill09:33 131 13610:23 134 141
Just about held the HR despite the wind affecting progress at times.
38.8 miles for the week, and 100+ miles for the month so far, and this is the first time that my legs have felt properly tired after a run despite refuelling on a brunch of a bacon and fried egg buttie in crusty, wholemeal bread
Followed by a mug of Betty's hot chocolate - in the words of an advert for a different product - "this is not just chocolate, this is finest Venezuela chocolate beans flavoured with Madagascar vanilla pods"- and it is quite nice too
Mick-Well done on the 6 workouts.The snow was a total non event hardly anything at all even us southerners can handle that I would hope.
John -Good parkrun comeback time.
TS-Impressive mileage and the bacon/egg buttie is definitely worth the effort
Did run this morning in the rain not to bad really.Watch decided to go haywire but I think I did about 12miles at 9mm..
TS: sure you'd appreciate would that the whole community down here has been taking shelter in a Waitrose-sponsored bunker since the temperature here dropped below 15 degrees C. But the shortage of extra virgin olive oil has triggered an outbreak of collective PTSD.
Actually I did mention to my rival that I had adopted that tactic and he took it very well, between gritted teeth. I think I've made a friend for life there.
There are some seriously impressive mileages being racked up on this thread! I ducked out this morning as it was raining. I think I need to top up my stock of gumption! Do they stock it at Waitrose anyone?
Pammiesounds good for a leg stretcher outerer
Rayso I have only got 4 mils and 1m/m to go to be on the same chapter as youI reckon bacon & egg butties are the perfect refuelling tool - protein, carbs and fats all wrapped up in one neat package - of course the bread has to be artisan made with hand ground wholemeal flour
JohnI do understand the sense of fear that would grip whole communities under such a state of siege.....It's nice to have friends.................Gumption is to be found in the Waitrose hardware section along with glue for cementing friendships
Slight mistake in my previous run statistics - it should be 100+ mile since Boxing Day, not in January - ie 3 weeks worth and it actually totals 114 miles!
Grey, misty, drizzly morning here but it has warmed up quite a bit. Took my legs out with some reluctance but they felt ok and did a daring 5.6 miles as I edged the daily run up by 10% in 54:58 (9:45m/m) with avHR130 and a max of 145
09:55 123 13209:05 130 13609:45 130 13509:22 130 13411:11 135 145 Hipps Hill + distractions05:27 133 140
The distractions on Hipps Hills, in no particular order were