No swim doctor session on Monday because of the Bank Holiday but I ran with my wife on a lovely warm morning – 7.2km (4.5 miles). Minor foot niggles tell me three days running in a row is enough.
The penalty for not having the swim session on Monday was that I went to the pool on Tuesday morning with my training partner (who has much better discipline with the swimming than I do). My aim was to swim a non-stop 1km to see if I could do it faster than I had before the swim doctor sessions – but that went out of the window once I saw that there were 5 others in the ‘fast’ lane.
I did about 800m trying some a bit faster, and some a bit smoother so it was a decent swim, but not exactly what I’d hoped for. I can swim 25m in 30 seconds (still slow but faster than before) but the extra effort means I can’t keep that going for long.
The rest of Tuesday was spent starting to address a large block paved driveway which needs attention, raking out, and killing the weeds in, the cracks between blocks. It’s back-breaking work which will take a few days of effort.
I took a car in to the garage on Wednesday morning and ran back – 5.5km (3.4 miles) before more work on the drive.
Thursday was the usual 8 hill reps for 8.6km and 287m of ascent (5.4 miles and 941 feet) and then another three hours of hard labour on the driveway, it rather puts training and exercise in its place.
Gym and bike shop, as ever, on Friday morning, followed by a bonfire as the wind was in the right direction to blow the smoke away from the village and then out for a very good supper with friends in the evening.
After a morning tending the still smoking bonfire and doing more on the driveway, we went to the wedding of some friends’ daughter on Saturday. A terrific wedding which we left in the early hours to walk the 3 miles home. After picking up the car I went for a steady run in fairly warm weather – 13.7km (8.5 miles).
Bonfire tended and still producing wisps of smoke, driveway still breaking my back.
100k corner (an occasional place for ultra news, worries and plans)
I’m starting to wonder about kit to take on the run. If I need anything new, I’d better get it and try it out soon.
For last year’s 50km I had a tri-belt with two small pockets and bottle holder, and a small (but expandable) running belt. They took everything I needed: phone, necessary first aid bits, credit card and cash, sanitiser, face mask, sun cream, a light jacket and the Garmin. I guess the only extra thing needed this year might be a torch. I believe that I complied with the compulsory kit list but it was never checked.
With food stations no more than 15km apart, I didn’t need to carry food and I never put more than 150ml in the bottle. Unless it’s a lot hotter this year, I can’t think I’ll need to carry much more drink so, for now, I’m not planning on a vest specifically for hydration purposes.
However, for general storage I guess it all comes down to how much you want to carry and how comfortable the various options are. I know some people don’t like straps around the waist but that’s a simple and cheap way to tackle it – would a vest be both more comfortable and hold more?
The event’s training plan had this week as a cut-back week so I don’t feel bad about having run less than usual – unfortunately, next week will be tricky too. There’s only been one week so far when I haven’t exceeded the event’s plan (I was 1km short – but that week I rode a 70 mile sportive so I don’t feel I short changed myself).
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Interesting stuff this week
1. African wise words: When you marry a monkey for his wealth, the money goes but the monkey remains
2. BBC News website: Man wins $450k lawsuit after unwanted office birthday party
A man has been awarded $450,000 (£345,314) after his company threw him a surprise birthday party. The man suffers from anxiety disorders and had asked his manager to not celebrate his birthday at work, as it could result in a panic attack and would bring back uncomfortable childhood memories.
Despite this, the company threw him a surprise party, triggering a panic attack. The claim said that he was “confronted and criticised” at a meeting the following day, where he was accused of “stealing his co-workers joy” and “being a little girl”. The meeting prompted a second panic attack, and two days later the company fired him, citing concerns about workplace safety.
The jury awarded him $450,000, including $300,000 for emotional distress and $150,000 in lost wages.
3. BBC News website: How old are you – in Korea, there could be three answers
Officially, the country has used the international counting system, using a person’s birth date, in most legal definitions and administrative processes since 1962.
The country also has another official way to count age, in which babies are born at the age of 0, and gain a year every January 1. Under this, a baby born in December 2020 would be two years old by January 2022, even if they wouldn’t officially turn two until December of that year.
Thirdly, there’s the “Korean age” method, which is used more typically by everyone in society, where everyone is automatically a year old at birth, and become a year older on New Year’s Day regardless of their birth date.
4. BBC News website: ‘Biohacker’ has 32 pieces of technology in his body
Dutchman, Patrick Paumen, has a contactless payment microchip injected under his skin so that placing his left hand near a contactless card reader allows him to make payments.
The chip weighs less than a gram and is little bigger than a grain of rice. It has regulatory approval, works immediately after being implanted, and will stay firmly in place. It also does not require a battery, or other power source. The firm supplying the chip says it has now sold more than 500 of them.
His other implants include chips to open doors and imbedded magnets.
Okay. Firstly, the only chips I want embedded in my body are to be covered in salt and vinegar, and maybe garlic sauce.
Secondly, I would suggest you get a hydration pack. I picked up a cheap one from Decathlon. I think you’ll enjoy the freedom from a big saggy bag jiggling around your hips. I was a little sceptical myself but I’m a convert now.
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Thank you – I’ll give one a go. Is it for the storage in general or the water-carrying (bottles or water bladder?) that you’d go for a running vest?
I can recommend a head torch if you would like. I’ve used one for several years and every winter I run early in the dark for months on end…
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Thank you – my son has one that I’ll have a go with but if that doesn’t do the job, I’d be grateful for any recommendation. I have a very good torch (small, powerful and long-lived) I use for cycling and could hold it – but I’m not sure how unwieldy or inconvenient that would be.
When I went on my little hike around the Welsh hills, some of the people wore a backpack that was like a gilet. So they had space on the front straps for bottles/gels/etc and didn’t need to take it off to access them. I wonder if the weight distribution is better than a belt.
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Thank you for the info – I thought they’d be heavy but even some of the cheap ones (like Decathlon) are very light so I might give one a try. I’m not sure how they would be on really a hot day.