Older runners meet here.
Oh my, it's such a beautiful day at the moment with a blue sky and wintery sun. Intervals for me at some stage later but for now it's craft-time
Showers here still but very sporadic and light. Went swimming this morning, it was really busy even in the two fast lanes where we always swim. 2000m easy workout for me, 3000m for John.
Didn't run yesterday after all as we had unexpected visitors. 'Twas OK as I'd run 4 days in a row anyway. Intervals today instead to try and work off the lard!
A belated Merry Christmas to everyone.
You can certainly have a day off Red. I'd planned both a Christmas day and Boxing day run, but had to abandon the idea, as I'm so full of post-cold mucus (sorry!) I need to fit in 8 miles before the end of the year to get to my 1000, and am sure I'll manage that somehow, even if slowly.
TE, bad luck on having such an unpleasant fall. Glad the damage turned out to be minor. I know how it can shake you up, and actually had a good cry the last time it happened to me, which probably helped!
Great that you're back out IW.
Nice to see you again OT, and I agree - never say never.
Good long run there sarnie.
I also really enjoyed Strictly this year. The final three were all really good.
Same to you Diana
It is so dreary today. Just as well my friend's on her way round for coffee, cake and catch-up! Will run later and no doubt get very wet.
We both got very wet - in the swimming pool! Today was good, not too crowded and our fast lanes 1 & 2 only had 2 other swimmers when we got in - another 3 joined us later but still plenty of space for everyone to do their own program. We all swim up lane 1 and back down lane 2 so nobody gets in anyone else's way. I did 2400m and John swam 3800
Back in the land of the living. Had a major cold and cough all over Christmas and spent too much time sitting in M25 traffic jams. A 90 minute journey yesterday took 4 hours.Hope all had a great time.Redhead'Twasn't at posh daughter's posh house. 'Twas at untidy son's untidy house.JJ
Hope you all had a terrific Christmas. Spent the Christmas period with my Daughter and her fiance, and also spent time with my Son and his fiance. I took you good peoples advice, and didn't run at all. I did do some dog walking though.
I am now back to earth, and will get out into the forest tomorrow, to get back into serious training for next year.
Back home today after a really good Christmas (at Elder Daughter's posh house!). Ran on Wandsworth Common on Boxing Day and reached my 700th mile for 2012, so pleased about that. Managed to see all my children over Christmas (most of them on Christmas Day, Eldest Son on 27th as he and his wife had spent the day itself at her parents'). Ate a great deal, drank a lot more than I usually do, had a lovely time playing with 15-month old grand-daughter.
Six of us played Monopoly on Christmas night, and at one point all my children were howling at me "Mum, you're a retard!" (even my S-i-L said I was a retard, which I thought was a bit thick - but he had had quite a lot to drink, and people get very passionate about Monopoly) ... But guess who won in the end?
TE, that sounded like a really nasty fall, but I see you haven't been put off by it.
OT, good to see you back.
Columba, thankfully the fall hasn't put me off, and now after a few days of enjoying the festivities of Christmas, am looking forward to donning the trainers again tomorrow.
Run done, just 3 miles at 9 min miling, mostly into the howling gale! Longer one planned for tomorrow but must get out nice and early as it's our wedding anniversary
Nice to see everyone back safe and sound, although perhaps travel weary.
Columba, cheeky blighters! Glad you beat them in the end
JJ, Christmas + the M25 are not a good combo!
Hello, can I join you? I got my bus pass 5 years ago but am still using my feet! I need lots of support because I have a place in the London marathon 2013 and I REALLY want to do it. I have managed the odd half (slowly) in the last 3 years. I have never finished one feeling that I could go much further so this is a challenge and a half! Any encouragement/advice would be so appreciated. By the way, I have posh daughters and untidy sons too. Is this a universal rule?!
Hi Matsmum and welcome to the thread! Excellent news that you've got a place in VLM next year - sadly, I'm taking a break from it and doing Brighton instead so I won't see you there. There's a wealth of experience and lots of good advice on here so please feel free to ask any questions you like.
You'll need to give us some background information though -
- Shines floodlight into Matsmum's face -
Have you chosen a marathon schedule yet? If not then there are plenty of good ones on this website and you'd be best with a beginners schedule. Most schedules are for 16 weeks so you need to get started asap. What is your fastest time for a recent 1/2 marathon and how long ago was your last one? How many days do you train each week? How long have you been running?
Sorry for the interrogation, but your answers will help everyone chip in with their ideas for you
JJ, are there still places for the TWells 1/2?
Welcome to the thread Matsmum, we are always pleased to get new posters and hope you will be a regular. Most of us on here have run many marathons so will be pleased to advise, where possible.
I ran a very encouraging 5 miles on road this morning, the first since last Sundays forest 10 miler, where I had my fall. I was surprised to find that I didn't appear to have lost any fitness, and ran easily, feeling light on my feet. I hadn't put on any weight over the Christmas, so perhaps that was why.
I'm looking forward to watching Superstars 2012 this evening, where our Olympic Champions will be taken out of their comfort zones.
Woo this is great! Thanks you two for your quick response, much appreciated. I started running properly (!) in 2009 after my son died in a car crash on Good Friday of that year, to try to bring myself some healing. I did the Run to the Beat and finished in 2.28. I could hardly breathe with the emotion of it all and after mile 8 it was sheer obstinacy that got me round. Then in Nov. I did a local one and finished in 2.17. Another Run to the Beat in 2011 which I did in 2.34, much longer, but no pressure this time. Once I knew I had a place in 2013 I stepped up my running and was running 13 miles for my long run a couple of weeks before Christmas, but then norovirus reared its ugly head....I escaped, but there was a lot of nursing to do. Plus all my children and grandchildren came for Christmas (22 in all including me and my husband) and I haven't run at all since. I am well aware I should be out instead of talking to you!!!! Am starting tomorrow. I thought I would follow the beginner schedule in the acceptance magazine. Also I have booked myself into pilates classes in the new year. And I am going to eat HEALTHILY !!! By the way, my son's name was (is) Matthew, hence my nickname.
Cold disappearing but no running yet. I shall restart on 1st Jan.MatsmumWelcome. Tell me a few things and I'm sure we can cobble together some info for you.How many days a week do you want to train? What sort of time do you feel you could aim for? Does your present running include any formal training like speed sessions, hill reps or is it just general purpose running?With 22 for Christmas you must have used enough energy to run a marathon.TEIt takes about 3 weeks of idleness before fitness begins to take a significant dive. That doesn't mean though that you can maintain fitness by running once every 3 weeks!RedheadPlaces for the T.Wells 1/2m are still available but it fills up very quickly from now on. Let me know if you get any difficulties in gettng a place.JJ
Just back from a very windy 10 miler on my hilliest route. Huffed and puffed a bit on the steep bits but recovered quickly so not bothered by it. Need caffeine now
(((Matsmum))), you've earned those hugs. A lot of people start running for similar reasons and I identified with you when you mentioned "sheer obstinacy" getting you round! Sounds as if you've got a good running base already and with pilates thrown in too that will really help your fitness, especially the core work. Oh and with 22 for Christmas I think you earned that break and you'll soon get back into training again. Just one thing to mention, in case it isn't included in your schedule, it's good idea to factor in a half marathon or 2 just to see how you're progressing.
JJ, thanks. Can't decide about TWells this time s I always put on such a poor performance there.
TE, sounds as if the rest did you good!
Red, I don't know how you manage to set off for your long runs so early in the morning. Do you skip breakfast? The rest certainly did me good, as I hadn't felt so light on my feet for ages.
It's very bright and sunny here in the forest, and I will be setting off soon for my run, but think I will avoid the forest. I haven't any club mates to run with this morning, so don't want t risk another fall, which would "finish me off!"
I forgot to mention earlier that on Boxing Day, we watched a 5k road race through the centre of Aylesbury and the old market square. It is still cobbled, so would have been very slippery if icy. If I had known it was on, I would have entered, as I lived in Aylesbury for many years.
Got myself out this morning and really enjoyed myself. The training schedule said 50 min run with 5 min walk each end. I did 4.43 miles for the run - what is that, 11.5 speed? It felt good anyway. The wind was behind me on the outward bit but I really had to battle against it on the way back. I live in the country in East Anglia where it is very flat (don't ask me about hill reps then!!) and the wind whips across the fields.
JJ - I will train 3 times a week. I am still working, and have a vast family, so that is all I can really manage. Also given my advanced age I probably need more recovery time! The training schedule does include fartlek and stuff.
Red - half marathon races tend to be quite a distance from where I live but I will investigate.
TE - about putting on weight over Christmas....I put only a pound which really surprised me. I am 5ft3" and weigh 8st so carrying extra weight is not my problem. But having short little legs is! They do twice as many revolutions as other peoples!
Visited youngest son and girlfriend after run . Nice to see them so happy.
TE, yep, I always have my brekkie afterwards as I hate running on a full tummy. My pre-marathon fuelling is always a shake such as SlimFast with the exception of pre-London where I traditionally have a chocolate croissant and strong coffee at a little cafe in Blackheath village. The only reason that it is different is that in order to get to the start in time we have to get there really early and so I've got plenty of time to digest it.
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