Monthly Archives: August 2010

Mid. Week. Run.

Unbelievable as it seems, I’m blogging twice in a week because…i’ve run twice in a week.

A bit of pain was residing in my shin after Sunday but most ill feeling seemed to revolve around my calves. Rather stupidly, I failed to stretch at all on Sunday and my right calf in particular played right up on it. After a single poxy mile. At average pace.

How rude.

So a bit of light massage and some stretchy bandage application to rid the shin of pain and, despite wearing extra heavy boots in the muddy filth that is my site again, I felt good.

Tonight was supposed to be Dragon Boat race training for the Dover Regatta on Saturday but too few of us could be bothered so it was cancelled. So a run was in order instead.

The same easy, flat mile as Sunday but without the company of Cathy cycling beside me. In the same time, by and large (6 seconds quicker). With a bit of pain to start easing totally by the turn-around spot to make me feel, as I sit here, all good and glowing in pain free-ness.

Just wait until I stand up in a minute and see how that makes a difference!

If the aches stay away, I think a resurgence in form is on the cards.

And I can’t wait.


Yay. And Yay again.

Somewhow the weekend got away from me somewhat.

I’ve had a tower scaffold to try and work out why the Huge (capital “h” – it really is. Over 5 foot wide, over 4 tall.) inglenook won’t draw away any smoke and, having played with all opening and flue configurations I can play with, I’ve discovered the previous owners, having made it look very pretty, have royally ruined it. A rebuild of the stack or insertion of a woodburner are the only solutions, so I’m going the woodburner route. An 8kw size should make it slightly more than toasty. So it shall be done. Same make as the one I installed in Headcorn should do it. Can’t wait.

While I was about it I sorted the tv aerial (more than 4 grainy channels now) and have stripped the corner of roof that someone clearly had a play with, found it fragile, couldn’t work out how to rebuild and strengthen so bodged with decking and floor boards. A couple of hours, some removed tiles and relocated tilt fillet and re-bedding and new felt and replacement oak instead of deck timber (softwood bodge on an oak roof – heathens!) later and not only should it last but i’ve levelled the gutter, too, so that shouldn’t leak at the slightest rainfall.

A delayed but good day.

But I’m not supposed to be writing about that.

I finally got around to going for a run (after a motorbike outing, tomato pick and potato dig-up for tea).

A bit of minor pain through the week delayed things until the weekend so today I decided that a mile was in order after last week’s half. A slow mile on dead flat ground was intended. 1.08 miles at 7.58 pace was done. Oops for the speed, yay for the distance.

No pain of any description was felt (more twinge in my left knee than shin pain in my right, to be fair) but it’s a little swollen now, so hopefully that’ll disperse over the next couple of hours.

But now I really must decide if I’m to go for professional advice (physio) about recovery or expert in the form of a running club. Maybe I’ll toss a coin. Whatever I do, it’ll have to be quick since there’s a 10k in 8 weeks with my name on it, as well as Grim a few months down the line and I don’t want to mess either one of them up.

Happy happy joy joy.