It certainly has been cold in this part of the world for the past week or so. Below -3 C (27 F) this morning when I was out running. No snow at that time though (it is snowing quite heavily at the moment - as I type this). Still, the porridge was wonderful after my shower:
one cup of oats
two cups of milk
And some wonderful Yemeni coffee to drink too.
On Thursday I ran with the club for the first time in at least three months. An enjoyably easy 7 mile fartlek led by president Mick Jeffrey. Thanks to him for organising that.
At the moment my morning pulse is the lowest it's been since September last year showing that I've lost none of my general fitness despite spending thirteen weeks on the sidelines. I know that my running speed is a bit slower than I would like but that will come back over the next few weeks. Things are going in the right direction though and that's good.
I've also started to not use the heel pads in my running shoes as often now that the injury is better. It would be unwise to go directly from using then all the time to using them not at all so I'll gradually phase them out over the next couple of months.
I'm now starting to add a few shorter races to my diary and the first of these is likely to be the North of England 12 stage road relay in Liverpool on Saturday 31 March. There are quite a few others pencilled in, nothing definite yet, along with lots of possible dates for a quick 5k in Bradford, Leeds or Harrogate (ie parkrun). All of these are listed on this page.
Need to get an ultra sorted out soon though - I have a few ideas and I'll post stuff here as usual when plans have been made.