Older runners meet here.
I did the parkrun while in Cambridge, and was quite pleased with 27:04, and second lady in the age category, as the previous night had been a little over indulgent.
We had a handicap relay last night at the club which was a challenge as it was pouring with rain, and I was the slowest runner in the fast half, which had to run a lot further. Not sure how fast the sections were, but the average pace for the evening was 10:02, and that included the warm-up and cool down with mud to negociate.
Been in Oxford all day.DianaMy usual recommendation for a tempo run would be 1 mile warm up, 4 miles at fractionally faster than 10k pace, one mile warm down. Start with a 3 mile tempo section if you have doubts. You would need one of these each week for 6 - 8 weeks before the benefits start to kick in.RedheadTake care!JJ
Diana - Gog Magog - any particular associations or just funny names?
Weren't they two stones kept in a bag and used (in the older parts of the Old Testament) rather like an oracle, - you asked a question, put your hand into the bag and picked one out. One of them meant "go for it" and the other meant "hold back".
Ran as planned along the sea front at Aberystwyth. Mild and dry as I set out, then poured with rain so came back very wet.
Diana, thanks. I was talking to Helen at club last night and she is feeling confident. Well done on your second lady in your age category.
Last night was a hill session comprising 3 sets of 4 x 60 seconds fast uphill with steady downhills, and 90 second jog recoveries between sets. Total mileage 8.04.
I thought they were supposed to be giants?
We were supposed to be going to Brighton this morning to collect my race number but we didn't make it as the phone kept ringing (sometimes for me re my challenge and sometimes for hubby about work) so we abandoned the idea and decided to go tomorrow instead. This will be better actually as then we can wander around the Saturday market. The good news is that I've been invited to the GWR Press Conference again which is always great publicity
Have decided not to run until race day now as I don't want any disappointment or negative thoughts.
Diana, well done you! 2nd lady is brilliant.
One small benefit of getting older I suppose Red! Hope that all goes really well for you on Sunday.
No associations Columba, I just loved the name. Skylarks were an unexpected bonus. Wikipedia says that Gog & Magog "are sometimes individuals, sometimes peoples, and sometimes geographic regions"
Quite a slow paced 5.83 miles off-road with a group from the club this morning. Despite things appearing much drier recently, reasonably heavy rain showers over the last 36 hours have left standing water and mud again, so feet got pretty wet. However, the sun shone and the sandy sections were nice and firm, so easier than when dry.
Red, the very best of luck to you for Sunday, if we don't hear from you again until after the race. Your race report will be eagerly awaited.
Diana, I ran 7 miles this afternoon in the forest, and had to turn round at 3.5 miles. I was running in Yewtree Heath, which you probably know, and the ground was so flooded that I couldn't continue. I was running into a very strong wind on the outward leg, so it was nice, for a change, to have it behind me on the return.
I have a rest day tomorrow, and Sunday is the Club's Annual Awards Lunch, which is being held in The Drift Hotel. We will be doing a long run first, before the meal, so it should be an enjoyable day.
BIW - They certainly sound like giants.
Red - all the best for Sunday. We look forward to hearing all about it.
Very quiet on here today. It's rained all day, so for once, I'm glad it was a rest day. Tomorrow is forecast to be warm and dry, but our pre lunch run won't be very enjoyable, as the forest will be even wetter and boggier than it was for Fridays run.
Once again, best of luck Red for tomorrow, and anyone else that is racing.
A bit late but hope Redhead has a great run tomorrow.At the moment life seems to keep getting in the way of some training and if it's not life then carp weather gets in the way. Trying hard to catch up with garden issues too.No. 2 daughter and grandaughter are coming tomorrow for the day so that won't help much either.JJ
JJ - Maybe you could get them to help you in the garden?
Rained here too.
It's forecast 20 degrees here in the forest. I hope it's not too hot for Red at Brighton.
Will be setting of soon for forest run and club awards lunch. The Hotel has a pool, so may have a swim if not too tired. The sun hasn't come out yet and it was raining a while ago.
A lady on the local radio station said she had heard the first cuckoo in the forest. I think it is a bit early, as it is normally not until May when you hear their song.
Hope it was an enjoyable lunch, TE. I might easily have bumped into your run if I'd done one of my normal routes, but ran from Brockenhurst instead, and got very wet and muddy. However, the sun shone, so it was pleasant but slow.
I can see that Red finished ok, but not the time. Looking forward to the details!
Diana, thanks, the meal was excellent. We parked in the Drift Hotel car park and then jogged up to the Shatterford car park and set off for a 10 mile run at 11.00. The going was very muddy and boggy underfoot, and we also had to wade through ankle deep water and jump over several ditches.
Back at the hotel, we showered and then went to the bar. I enjoyed a couple of pints of bitter, and then into the Ipley Room, which was reserved for us, for our lunch. There were about half a dozen tables, with our own name plates and menu choices on the reverse. I had chicken, followed by sticky pudding and a scoop of ice cream. The meal was finished off with coffee, and presentation of awards. I didn't get anything, but hope to next year.
The second day of the annual Wiggle cycle run was cancelled, due to adverse conditions, and flooded car park at Brockenhurst. There was, however, a cycle time trial which did go ahead.
Glad to hear that Red finished Brighton ok, and looking forward to her race report.
Did 9 miles today, which is a long run for me. Was raining when I set out, but eased off and more-or-less stopped about half-way through, - but remained very blustery. All rivers and streams were high up their banks and galloping!
Looking forward to hearing from Red.
I am back again......
Hope you are all well and running strong!
Life took over for a fair few months, years, decades??? Been really busy personally and work-wise. Hoping to be able to focus on returning to running and injury-free too. Have entered some races to give me some goals to aim for!
IW, I promise I didn't lose myself down a rabbit-hole.
Redbonce, Good luck next weekend. I see you are once again grabbing the headlines and even more famous!
Where's daddy long legs these days?
A quick update as I am full of wine and food! I have a shiny new pb both for the course and I finally beat my long-standing marathon pb from London in 2006. I finished in 4:48:34 by my watch and I would have been even better if it hadn't been a bit too hot for me in the 2nd half and I had to slow down.
My target for a hot day was just to beat my course pb of 4:55 and my target for a cooler day was 4:45. If I hadn't got VLM next week and had to be a bit sensible then I would have trounced that!
Full report tomorrow.
Well done, Redbonce.... Great running. I didn't realise you were running a marathon today? Did you do Brighton?
Red, very well done, I did say you would beat your PB, but thought it would be in the VLM. and not the Brighton. I hope the vibes from us on here, helped you on your way. Looking forward to tomorrows report.
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