Turbo, run (hill reps), run (trail), gym, run – plus doomed hamsters and a ‘dead man walking’?

Daisy, a big girl even after losing 6kg – my brother-in-law says she’s big boned

One thing I didn’t mention in my last post was that one of my brothers-in-law came on Sunday to leave his two Basset hounds with us while he went to his daughter’s graduation ceremony.

I like animals (we had dogs and cats for years as our sons grew up) but other people’s dogs are harder work. They come with pre-conceived ideas of what is allowed and it isn’t right to try to impose our own views on them in just a few days. For example, we subscribe to the ‘dogs keep 4 feet on the ground’ principle – no jumping up at people and no getting up on sofas and chairs uninvited. By no means were Daisy and Otto bad dogs, they were just behaving as they were brought up (he got them as rescue dogs so has had little chance of breaking their sofa habit).

Sunday passed by safely and on Monday we were still in ‘dog monitor mode’ as they settled in unfamiliar surroundings. I was up before 7 on Tuesday – early for someone who wouldn’t usually rise much before 8 – to see to them, and they were collected later in the day. They were very well-natured and a reason for some very good walks – and we were really pleased to help my brother-in-law out. I hope they write.

Turbo on Tuesday – 45 minutes @ 28.3kph (17.6mph) and back to the hill reps on Wednesday – 8 reps and this time it measured 8.5km with 286m of ascent (5.3 miles and 938 feet).

I’ve been fairly pleased how the exercise has been going – I don’t want to be too badly off the pace for a run I have scheduled with my friend and running partner for next week … or so I thought. He appeared at the door on Thursday which exposed the fact that I had the run in the diary for the right day – but the wrong week.

After I quickly donned running kit we went back up on the Ridgeway and ran a bit more of July’s ultra course – it was a hard 10km with just under 200m of ascent. His ill fortune in hurting ribs in a recent fall has been my good fortune in it slowing him down a little.

We must have looked like we were running in different continents – me in compression top, long sleeve running top, soft shell jacket, hat, gloves, buff and warmer running tights (it was hovering just above freezing) and him in a short sleeved shirt and shorts.

The usual Friday morning routine saw me in the gym and then bike shop. Later I planted some hedging and we went for a slightly early and ‘alternative’ Burns Night supper with friends (cue another negative lateral flow test each) – it was excellent.

I had planned to get on the turbo on Saturday but couldn’t work up the enthusiasm. I did get out on Sunday for 8 laps of the site of the old hill fort and two hill reps added on just for good measure – 10.5km and 174m of ascent (6.5 miles and 570 feet).

Interesting stuff this week

1. African wise words: Seeing is different than being told

2. BBC News website: Czech folk singer dies after deliberately catching Covid

Hana Horka got infected on purpose when her husband and son had the virus, so she could have a recovery pass to get access to certain venues.

Although she was unvaccinated, her son stressed that she did not believe in some of the more bizarre conspiracy theories about Covid vaccines, “Her philosophy was that she was more OK with the idea of catching Covid than getting vaccinated. Not that we would get microchipped or anything like that,” he said.

3. BBC News website: Anticipated ‘Most expensive property ever’ attracts no bids

The Roman villa had a starting price of €471m (£394m – $535m) – another attempt to sell it is expected in April, with the price cut by 20%.

The highlight of the six-storey villa’s many treasures is the world’s only surviving mural by Caravaggio. Painted in 1597, itself estimated to be worth €310m (£259m – $421m).

4. BBC News website: Hong Kong hamster cull

A Covid outbreak has been linked to hamsters at a pet shop. Negative results were received for other animals there such as rabbits and chinchillas but as a “preventative measure”, 2,000 hamsters and other small mammals in the city will be killed. Families who bought a hamster from the store since 22 December have been told to hand over their pet for euthanasia.

A telephone hamster hotline is being set up and the advice to hamster owners in particular is “keep them at home”.

… but a) how do the hamsters use the hotline and b) think of all those poor hamsters being deprived of their daily walks

5. BBC News website: Inquiry after ‘dead man’ taken into post office

On Friday, a man called in to the post office in Carlow, Ireland, and asked to collect a pension on behalf of an elderly man. That request was refused as staff told him the pensioner had to be present in order to release the money.

A short time later, two men arrived, propping up a third man between them. When a member of staff enquired as to the health of the man they were propping up, they fled, dropping the body at the scene. When staff went to check on the elderly man they were shocked to discover he was dead. Detectives are now investigating if the man was already dead when he was brought in.

9 thoughts on “Turbo, run (hill reps), run (trail), gym, run – plus doomed hamsters and a ‘dead man walking’?

      1. The Omil Post author

        I checked the synopsis of the film – must watch it. Is the film title a pun on ‘Waking the dead”? Was it Lord Byron who said ‘Truth is stranger than fiction’?

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    1. The Omil Post author

      Nothing compared to a story I remember from 2015 where an 86-year-old Japanese woman allegedly carried on cashing her parents’ pension for half a century after they died. She was believed to have collected more than 50 million yen (USD 420,000).

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  1. olderrunner2

    Sounds like a nice week. Daisy is so cute, even if she is “big boned.” LOL You are right about it being hard when they don’t know your rules. Sounds like they did good though and I do hope they will write. 😆

    I would have been on the same continent as you for that cold run. How people run in those temps in shorts is beyond me.

    That is sad about Hana Horka. I just don’t know what to think about those who don’t think it is anything to worry about and won’t get the vaccine. I have some of those in my family and still don’t understand it. And those poor hamsters and owners. I’d have a hard time giving mine up, I think….not that I am a hamster person. My question is, has 2,000 hamsters and other small animals been sold from that store since Dec 22. That’s pretty good business, if that is the case!

    So weird about the dead man. I guess they could say they told me I had to bring him in. Crazy people.

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  2. unironedman

    Ireland has been basking in the schadenfreude of the many mishaps of Boris for so long, it was only a matter of time before the universe decided to balance matters a little. All I can say is that Carlow is strange, and that the main protagonist’s name is Declan, but he is no relation…

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    1. The Omil Post author

      There’s still a long way to go for any element of balance to be achieved but I’m grateful for any small contributions on offer. I read the ‘flag’ you used for your tuck box in 2017 for the Donadea 50km. Covering off use of the heart, liver and kidneys is good but do you think you should add confirmation that you are too young to be drawing a pension?



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