Older runners meet here.
Thanks for your kind words. It was an amazing day and it's going to take me ages to write about everything that's happened over the last few days so please bear with me. My finishing time was 5:54:53 and Mike said I should have slowed down and done some more knitting to come in nearer the 6 hour mark!!!!!
So, that was day 1 of my streak and this afternoon, after plenty of gentle stretching and loosening, I shall be out for a very slow 5.5 mile plod. Me and my silly challenges............
00, OMG that's awesome (I can't stop saying "awesome" at the moment!!!)
Columba, I had to get round in under 6 hours for it to qualify so I try to get as close a possible to maximise my knitting time
JJ and Wabbit, let's see you put your legs where your mouths are!
IW, you may not be able to run marathons any more but you are the superstar of the Ironman xxx
Now we just need to hear from Matsmum.
Thanks for that Redhead, but unfortunately IM is a thing of the past too now as it finishes with a marathon. Unless there's a runner looking for a cyclist and swimmer for a relay team (John can swim and I'll bike). Half-Ironman I can still do and have entered two for 2013. The first one looks fairly easy - 2km swim, 70km on the bike and a 15km run. The other is more the "standard" half - 2km swim, 90km cycle and a half -marathon.
Waiting eagerly to hear about Matsmum.
Diana, all our runners also completed the course and our fastest finisher, who is in the 45-49 age category, ran it in 2.56.57.
Ran 6.3 miles in the forest this morning, and it seemed so short. I am getting used to the longer runs these days.
00 and Red, you are truly amazing. And Red - my daughter spotted you and called out to you (for some reason she thought you were from Norfolk like us) and asked you if you were, and you said No! You probably thought she was being cheeky as people from Norfolk do have a certain reputation!
I did it! According to my garmin it took me 5.58. I nearly killed myself on the last mile to get in before 6 hours. I remembered to put my hand on my heart crossing the finish line in memory of Boston. It will probably look like I am having a cardiac arrest on my photo. I had a great day, so uplifting and at the same time so humbling. It said 26.85 on my garmin.....does that make me an ultra runner?! I have a photo of me at mile 21 where I saw my family and I will post it (when I have figured out how to do it. I still don't know how to do my profile picture). That's what comes of being 65.
But I can run a marathon!
JJ - no slacking now, I need a training programme for the London Royal Parks Half in October please!
And I want to do 5 more marathons before I pop my clogs so that I can leave a medal for each of my children. (Matthew has got this one!)
I didn't tell you before but I dedicated each mile to somebody important to me, and mile 20 was for you lot on this forum. So thanks everyone, you are inspirational.
So pleased for you Matsmum - great effort! Now to rest and repair before starting JJ's next training plan!
Oh, well done Matsmum, that's a great time and how lovely to dedicate a mile to us. I remember the Norfolk shout and I was really confused by it - now it makes sense! Please apologise to her on my behalf if I gave her a strange look. Yes, technically you could claim that as an ultra - mine measured 26.57. You should feel very proud of yourself
I took my leggies out for 5.5 miles for day 2 of my streak so that's a total of 32.12 miles so far
That's inspiring Matsmum, very well done- yes you can do marathons!
I think there were about 90 50-54 year olds ahead of me.
My club had a great VLM. Five guys ran under 3 hours and two more were only just over 3 hours.OO 50I'm impressed with that run. It's well up there with the best.MatsmumMany, many congrats on your run. You were right not to defer. Do nothing for several days and nothing more than slow, easy runs for a month.At least you don't need to be doing very long training runs for a half marathon but the training isn't easy because it's a speed/endurance race. Marathons are pure endurance. What sort of time do you want to aim for?In the 3 months before the half it would be helpful if you could find 2 x 10k and 1 x 10 mile races.Don't worry if you can't get a VLM place there are a lot of very good marathons around. Abingdon, Edinburgh and Brighton are very good. So is Stratford but it's always hot.RedheadThis legs and mouths thing sounds quite interesting.My club had a V74 running VLM and he ran 4:44 so I guess I have to try and beat that. JJYou don't have to rely
My club had a great VLM. Five guys ran under 3 hours and two more were only just over 3 hours.OO 50I'm impressed with that run. It's well up there with the best.MatsmumMany, many congrats on your run. You were right not to defer. Do nothing for several days and nothing more than slow, easy runs for a month.At least you don't need to be doing very long training runs for a half marathon but the training isn't easy because it's a speed/endurance race. Marathons are pure endurance. What sort of time do you want to aim for?In the 3 months before the half it would be helpful if you could find 2 x 10k and 1 x 10 mile races.Don't worry if you can't get a VLM place there are a lot of very good marathons around. Abingdon, Edinburgh and Brighton are very good. So is Stratford but it's always hot.RedheadThis legs and mouths thing sounds quite interesting.My club had a V74 running VLM and he ran 4:44 so I guess I have to try and beat that. JJ
Matsmum, well done in your VLM run, and a very nice touch thinking of us oldies during mile 20.
Another bright, sunny morning and we have a speed session in the forest this evening on a gravel track. Next week, we are scheduled for our first grass track session, providing the lanes have been marked out. Last year, we lost several sessions due to the waterlogged state of the grass.
Excellent first marathon matsmum, well done! I hope you had a glass of wine or a beer or something to celebrate. And thanks so much for the forum dedication.
'OO' - brilliant time, only just over 3 hours
Red - many many congratulations on yet another world record! - Do they measure / weigh the knitting?
Matsmum - well done you, and thank you for thinking of us at mile 20. Never mind glass of wine, a whole bottle of champagne would scarcely recognise your achievement.
I was up at 4:30am trying to get my blog up to date and I've still only managed to write about Frantic Friday! We went out for a meal last night to celebrate and I had too much to eat and drink!
Did 5.75 miles today on a mixture of grass and tarmac. Again, my legs felt better after about 3 miles but today they didn't enjoy the downhill sections!
Columba, the scarf was measured as soon as I crossed the line. By the time I'd got home it measured 20 cms more 'cos of the weight (I wore it round my neck all the way home!).
Right, chores done, run done, time to get blogging again!
Lovely day. Wore shorts all day just to give the locals a treat MrsJJ and me joined the VLM celebrations and had tea and cake in a cafe after dog walking.JJ
Speed session on a gravel track in the forest this evening. We did 4 sets of 30, 45 and 60 secs, with steady runs back, and 60 sec jog recoveries between sets.
The midges are now in evidence, but I have, so far, managed to avoid being bitten. Last year, I had some nasty bites.
TE - I've been bitten on my shins already (from being on the dog training field with shorts on!). Buggers.
No run for me yesterday, last night of winter swim training before we switch to the outdoor pool. The session total was 3700, of which I swam 2400m - of course John did the whole lot! Keeping up his standard of always being last out of the water and last out of the showers - bet the attendants will be really happy winter session's over, they won't have to wait for John to be ready to leave!
Tonight, I'm racing in the first of the RR10 series of races, which are held fortnightly off road, and vary between 4 and 5 miles. Entry is free, the only qualification being to wear a club vest. These events are very popular with club runners, so there should be a good turn out.
I'll be there too TE, but rather farhter back in the field. I haven't done the Royal Victoria Country park one for a few years, as it's rather a trek to get to it, but have resolved to try & do more of the series this year.
BIW, John sounds like our grandson - he is in the shower for ages, and just about everyone else has got dressed and gone home.
Yep, sounds like a carbon copy. When John is not away working elsewhere, we travel to work together as our offices are only about 2km apart. In the mornings, it takes him about 15mins to get out of bed. All he has to do is wash and dress, drink his coffee and take the dogs out. I get up, make the coffee, wash and dress, do makeup and hair , put together lunch to take to work, sluice down the patio, load his bike, shoes, helmet and rucksack into my car - and then I wait. And wait.
Diana, this will be my first RR10 and I'm looking forward to it. I've run the 10k at Nettley many times, but that was on tarmac. I much prefer running off road, it's more challenging.
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