Monday 11 June 2012

Last post - for a wee while

Mountain pansies and violets
    After all the activity associated with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations I've been taking it easy the past few days, as befits a sporting octogenarian. Three runs amounting to a steady 17 miles is all I've managed, but noticed my 'steady' pace has become a tiny bit faster since the Ilkley Trail race on Bank Holiday Monday. The hardest sessions for me, which therefore tend to be avoided, are Tempo runs. Racing at a raised pace makes up for this deficit. The more I race, the fitter I become and the easier my overall cruising pace.
Anybody know the purpose of these spikes on fence posts?
    Ideally, on weekends when no races are planned, I should drag myself out of bed on Saturday mornings to take part in one of the popular 5K Park Runs and count that as a tempo run. Trouble is, they start at 9am, which means breakfast at 7am, which means getting up at 6.30, which is half way through the night as far as I'm concerned. I'm not at my best first thing in the morning, particularly in winter.  But we shall see.
    This could be the last posting for quite some time. Next Sunday (June 17th) we drive to Cornwall for a couple of weeks camping at one of our favourite sites, Higher Moor just outside Crantock. where we'll have complete rest from phones (no reception), emails, newspapers, radios or any other electronic devices. There'll no doubt be plenty to Blog about when we return. Meanwhile, I'm away to start packing.


  1. Ha. I had to laugh at your schedule for race day, and just how early you have to wake up. :)

    Enjoy your trip to Cornwall and take lots of pictures!

  2. Raina, when you get to my time of life, you'll know what I mean about getting up in 'the middle of the night'!
    Good luck with your goals.

  3. Just thing I'm up at 05h00 once a week to run before work, and with the temp dropping to 5 it's starting to get cold, I'm not fond of winter,,, Would love 2 summers a year...

    Enjoy your holiday, and make it to a couple of those 5km TT you can alway have an afternoon nap!

  4. Have a great time in cornwall, and I'll look forward to reading about it when you get back. Hope you make it to a Parkrun or two!

  5. I, like you hate getting up to early...for anything!!! but, I have to say that once i do it and am through with the activity...I am usually glad to enjoy the rest of the day with a sense of accomplishment!

    Enjoy your vacation...can't wait to see the pictures upon your return!

  6. Hi there RF! Hope you enjoy your camping trip. I wonder if the spikes on the fence posts are to stop birds of prey perching on them?

  7. Oh lordy! I'm with you on those early morning runs. I've been forcing myself recently, but they're tough.
    I hope you're having a relaxing time in Cornwall.

    My Running Shortz