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Amazing news JAR! That has made me incredibly happy; I have punched the air for you. Superb to see your previous avatar gone
Thanks S-S I don't mind the rain really. Did my 2 mile walk at lunch and the pain in my ham had kind of evolved into the type you look forward to getting the next hit off as it works its way out, although tonight its just gone back to plain sore. Think I'm bobbling along the border of it settling down. Meanwhile my cold is making my teeth ache - ha ha - listen to me - ready for the glue factory aren't I - ha ha?
I missed the webcast too Mr Z; in fact I have caught about 3 minutes in total of the past 3; I always log-on; see the reminder; connect; and the panel says "Questions" as the last words of wisdom are spoken.
Debra, I recall Manchester-1 was superb at losing your bag too, or keeping it for several days longer than you expected?
Debra, that reminds me of huddling in a bin liner in a bus shelter at the start of the Belfast marathon shivering and holding my breath keen for the start. It can't have done me much harm as I set my pb that day. Got lashed with icy rain scouring in off Belfast Lough too and totally caved in at around 20 miles, not because of the cold; I'd mismanaged my run (as usual). I remember being handed a bottle of sports drink at around 23 miles and my hands being too numb to open it and smashing into the ground in frustration only to burst out in laughter as it rolled into the gutter amongst many, many more full bottles that had ended in the same fate. There was some horrible queuing in the rain too at the end for the bag of warm clothes.
Over time I've tended not to check bags in because of all the waiting; at Manchester I'm a 16 minute tram ride away from my car so I'll risk just having the space blanket from the goody bag and a £20 note stashed somewhere for emergency supplies. My priority is going to be immediate post run stretching, I think my current ills are a result of me being under time pressure to return home from Wrexham, jumping straight in the car and driving home without a proper warm down.
Oh yes, hands too cold to squeeze the bottle, despite having gloves on! Crazy thing was, I had my Montane Minimus in my backpack, but by the time I realised I should be wearing it my hands were too cold and I knew I'd never be able to get it out and put it on. Definitely a learning experience.
Interesting re. the stretching. If that's what your body needs then definitely make it a priority.
Hope the hip comes good Dannirr; you must be tapering heavily into the big week in any case I think? Wishing you all the very best for MDS!
I have finally succumbed to manful, supping my over-the-counter remedies and wailing at the trauma of it all. Still intend to trot 26 on Sunday if it wears off.