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  • Columba - indeed! And the lovely peeps at parkrun make this very easy; at the touch of a button you can be transformed from also-ran to heroic! Dave - yes, a tempo run. You are right - there are just some days when there's nothing in the tank at fi…
  • TS/Mick - on the issue of upper body strength it's frightening how quickly it goes - but then it's relatively quick to recover. Like TS I've had the frozen shoulder and it was pretty debilitating. What was worse was that it was triggered by an exerc…
  • Dave - that's really respectable. The only times in nearly 35 years of 'serious' running that I've ever touched 40mpw were when preparing for marathons and even then it was pretty rare.  TS -a bit off-topic I know, but with respect to your extreme …
  • Redhead  - pleased to hear that your are on the way to recovery. If I remember some of my physio/chiropractic/osteo treatments over the years, I'd have happily stuck with the original problem: I'd take a long term ache over short-term agony any time…
  • Mel - this all sounds very difficult for you on a number of levels. Hang on in there (easy for me to say). HS - I think I'm generally cursed when it comes to most things technological. I might well be the last person in the country to get a smartph…
  • Been a bit out of it for a few days as my internet connection has been a problem. I won't though miss the opportunity to wish Aquarius a happy birthday. You are just under a year ahead of me. So you are now in a new and more forgiving age category! …
  • Been off line for a few days with connectivity probs. (Thanks Richard Branson; thanks Virgin.) Managed one or two decent runs but then had a bit of dental work which was a bit grim. Also the snow has been a factor here - this is unusual as the Downs…
  • Redhead: your time for that run was almost identical to mine for my velodrome effort. So - off for a 1 hour run today to demonstrate my resolve. Managed 6.93 miles BUT knee injury flared up. This is something I did a few years ago when I came off my…
  • Many thanks to HS, Aquarius and Redhead for your customary kind and supportive comments. So - got up this morning (await chords from a blues tune) and got on the scales. Oh no: my 'red line' weight has been reached! And this despite decent parkrun …
  • alehouse - I've noticed that quite a few runners run to/from a parkrun - and these are often the speed merchants. My best ever parkrun was when I cycled (about 12 miles) to get there. I now cycle a few miles but seem to get off the bike rather stiff…
  • HS - some good stats from your run. Nearly 8 miles on a hilly route is impressive - as is the Vo2. Well done.  Thanks too for your good wishes which must have done the trick for me as I managed 21.47 (AG76.28%). This was easily my best run for 6 mo…
  • Parkrun today: 21.47 (76.28%). At last I'm feeling back in a bit of form. Technically a good run: even splits. Quite windy too. Will go and support my local footie team (who play at Level 7 - a bit like my running!) with a spring in my step this aft…
  • Mel - well done for runs and VO2 score. When I have a 'bad' run I reflect that 95% of folk of our (well, my) age don't or can't run and of the ones who do most would be a bit slower. HS - I think we could all do with borrowing that sensible hat fro…
  • NZC - this is very bad news. Hope the treatment works.  I had a real wake-up call yesterday. I was running to meet a friend for coffee. I was a tiny bit late. I approached a crossing and saw a green light and sped across. It wasn't a green for me b…
  • TS - yes I saw this truly astonishing effort. I don't think I've got quite the optimal balance of fast and slow twitch muscles to do myself full justice in such an event!
  • Beautiful day here once the sun got to the frost. A 4k hill repeat hill run for me in 30 seconds quicker than last week's. Really chuffed but goodness me I am a 'mood' (or moody!) runner...…and I might not be the only one? (I once heard David Lloyd …
  •   Thanks for all the plaudits for my sister. She'd been 'threatening' to have a go at the parkrun for a while but too be honest I didn't think she'd do it. But she got herself some decent trainers and rocked up on the day (assuming a lady of over 75…
  • Exhausted: funnily enough I've just read the bit in the Hastings' book about draft dodgers. Apparently, one way of avoiding the draft was to simply get married! Sorry to hear about your grandson. We had a rat inside the house last year. Well not qui…
  • Mel - your country needs your deal-making knack for Brexit! Good luck tomorrow - weather looks better than today. Aguarius  - what with you, Mel and me perhaps we should start a sub-thread on military history! I've done a couple of guided walk holi…
  • Alehouse: agreed not a day for fast times. I was at Bognor parkrun - very friendly but pretty slow - 23.08. My 75 year old sister came along and did her first ever run - managed 2.5kms and ran all the way. I was proud of her!
  • On my journey the ticket collector duly asked for my ticket and then required that I produced my 'old git railcard'  which of course is fair enough though most just take one look and me and assume that I'm  going to have one. Mine is only about 3 da…
  • Dylan Thomas on Swansea: “An ugly, lovely town ... crawling, sprawling ... by the side of a long and splendid curving shore. This sea-town was my world.”  Well I guess it wasn't going to be mine! Dave: as it happened , no! Sometimes (and yesterday …
  • Back from my trip to Swansea. Didn't get much chance to do anything other than wander around in the rain. The area of Swansea I was in looked a bit grim to be honest (everywhere looks grim when its dank and dark). Found out it is the local 'street o…
  • Back from my little trip to West Wales. How come sitting stock still on a train for 7 hours for 2 successive days can make you feel as tired as running a half marathon? Have not run since last Saturday apart from a few shuttles up and down the garde…
  • Damien - sorry to heat this mate. Must be driving you nuts. Mel - I know our own car service/MOT was bad as MrsJB wouldn't tell me how much she had to stump up. Funnily enough the guy who services it is a fellow runner - but no chance of mates' rat…
  • Some solid running from folk (nice one Graham) over the weekend. My own effort was a bit of a downer ( a la Birch): aiming to post under my 2 x previous of 22.14, I only managed 22.21 and picked up (my usual) Achilles strain. A bit windy on the 'out…
  • Had a bit of a wake-up call today as I was SO slow on my bike and SO knackered. I think the specificity of fitness is the issue here i.e. running fitness does not equal cycling fitness (for me) (any more). HS - nice run. You have to be careful with…
  • Dave - yes more or less 4 x 1km  So a bike ride today. This was a bit of a shocker. I've not really done much on a bike for a few months but I thought my running fitness would be useful. But I found it a real struggle. I was overtaken by all shapes…
  • Hi Sammie - sounds like a very worthy and interesting discussion but (for obvious reasons) I can't really help you on that specific topic. Mel - our car is being serviced tomorrow. So it's hold your breath time. Hopes yours was not-too-expensive. O…
  • Alehouse - agree that there are more opportunities in that part of the year. It's a bit more than that for me as each spring I feel an overwhelming desire simply to get out there and run (as fast as I can, or more realistically as fast as I can't!).…