Older runners meet here.
Dog club for me tonight - but I shall take the boys for a run first.
Matsmum wrote (see)
Red - you have done very well not to have let that fall put you off your stride. There is that horrid moment, split seconds before you hit the ground, when you know it is going to hurt but there is nothing you can do about it. Scary. JJ - It is your own fault for being the man with all the answers! I have never seen the Stones (sigh) but I have had egg and chips with the Beatles when I was 16. I had a crush on John Lennon, but it was Paul who had the nicest attitude. Manfred Mann, Georgie Fame, Alan Price - they all played in a dive I used to go to before they were famous. Do they have dives these days?!!! It was an underground room in Tottenham. It was probably full of youngsters on drugs but it passed me by. I did dream of going to San Francisco and wear flowers in my hair, and I did actually buy a 3 month Greyhound ticket for 99 dollars and travel the States, sleeping in the coach! Blimey, I would have a fit if my granddaughters planned to do that now. I must be getting old. Enough reminiscing - I have been going out for 4 mile runs without my garmin to get my enthusiasm back, and today I had a lovely run with short sprints of under 8 min miling (very short!) . I will be starting my training proper next week for the Royal Parks Half.
Red - you have done very well not to have let that fall put you off your stride. There is that horrid moment, split seconds before you hit the ground, when you know it is going to hurt but there is nothing you can do about it. Scary.
JJ - It is your own fault for being the man with all the answers!
I have never seen the Stones (sigh) but I have had egg and chips with the Beatles when I was 16. I had a crush on John Lennon, but it was Paul who had the nicest attitude. Manfred Mann, Georgie Fame, Alan Price - they all played in a dive I used to go to before they were famous. Do they have dives these days?!!! It was an underground room in Tottenham. It was probably full of youngsters on drugs but it passed me by. I did dream of going to San Francisco and wear flowers in my hair, and I did actually buy a 3 month Greyhound ticket for 99 dollars and travel the States, sleeping in the coach! Blimey, I would have a fit if my granddaughters planned to do that now. I must be getting old.
Enough reminiscing - I have been going out for 4 mile runs without my garmin to get my enthusiasm back, and today I had a lovely run with short sprints of under 8 min miling (very short!) . I will be starting my training proper next week for the Royal Parks Half.
Matsmum, that is some claim to fame!
In terms of race prizes it depends on the organisers. This particular race had no T shirts, there was some food but most of the money went on prizes.
For those interested the Good For Age entries are now open for VLM 2014. I've applied
and pleased to say my bookmarks have returned
Good evening all and what a glorious one it is too. I've been pottering about since after tea and hadn't realised how late it was until Mike came out with a cuppa at 8pm
Re The Beatles, Mike's mum used to play with John Lennon when they were children as she lived a few doors away from him.
00 I think I shall apply for GFA place too but I suspect I won't get a place as I'm not good for my age
Running today was a bit better as I was determined not to give in. I'm double-dosing on my meds but still have a closed-up throat and coughing fits. Anyway, I changed tack today in my attempt at some form of speedwork and did 800m @ 8mm interspersed with 800m jogs recs during which I could cough and wheeze as required. 6.56 miles done and dusted so tomorrow I shall treat myself to a xc plod to enjoy the scenery.
A local Sir and Lady opened their garden this evening for my gardening association's members. Probably the most beautifully designed garden I've seen.RedheadThat sounds like a real tough run.JJ
6.61 miles X-C with the running club. Included lumps, bumps, tussocks, clumps of reeds, just-ploughed fields, squelchy muddy-water-over-the-shoes bits, and an almost vertical climb to a triangulation point from where there were wonderful views all around.
Something's out of whack this morning - I had to return home twice this morning, the first time because I realised I hadn't locked the door after greeting my neighbour, the 2nd time to fetch the fruit salad I made last night for our office get-together lunch today. Somehow I suspect today is not going to be my day!
Edited for a typo!
Red, I do respect you for continuing your running streak despite all your breathing problems, but I do worry that you might be racking up problems for later in life. Having said that, I'm sure that you know what you are doing, and taking the appropriate medication.
Columba, sounds like a very challenging run. Excellent training for next years South Downs Marathon
BIW, hope there won't be a third hiccup today!
Last night was a Kenyan Hill session in the forest with the club. We did 5 sets of runs up to and back to 4 markers. The midges were still in evidence, but I think we are getting used to them now. Tonight I am running in my fourth RR10 race which will be 5 miles.
Morning all from here in gunk city!
Mike has now joined in the gunkiness with streaming nose and watering eyes - we're blaming grass pollen. Although I'm gunky I feel up for a xc plod up to Great Dixter and back so will be out after lunch.
TE, thanks for worrying but I think it's important to try and keep my lungs functioning as best I can, despite being gunky. I'm doing lots of breathing exercises and working on opening up my ribcage with massage too. Anything's worth a try I keep getting emails about the IOW marathon and it does look lovely........
JJ, wish I could have seen the garden.
IW, work on the premise that things can only get better
Columba, well done you for completing that as it sounded tough (bur defo my favourite sort of run).
Red, glad to hear that you are doing everything possible to keep your lungs functioning. I have now decided not to do the IoW Marathon, which is on a brand new route from East Cowes, instead of from Ryde, and instead am looking at the Clarendon Half Marathon which is on the same day, and 90% off road. I'm doing so many races this year, that I decided 3 toughie marathons close together was rather unwise at my age. I'm still doing the Pompey Coastal Marathon in December, so two this year is more than enough. I'm still keen to improve my shorter race times, and believe that too high a mileage for continuing marathon training would have an adverse effect.
I'm looking forward to my 4th RR10 race this evening at Manor Farm, Country Park, which is 5 miles.
Hope you had a good run Terry
My xc run was acceptable. I didn't push hard and there was only 1 hill so it was quite and easy route really. 5.62 miles without too many problems.
However, when I got home MIke was really suffering with streaming eyes and nose and feeling very heady (we think it's the grass pollen that affects him most and boy is it in full bloom at the moment!).
Then I went and pottered in the garden and I was cutting back some alchemilla mollis (frothy green flowers) and for the first time ever I had a bad reaction to its pollen - my throat closed right up and my mouth dried up and felt as if it was going to crack. Now I've been a keen gardener all my life and have never had a reaction like that before!
Later on I trotted off into the fields to collect heads of elderflowers to make cordial and when I cut them a massive cloud of pollen came off and I was covered in it - no reaction at all.
Why do we suddenly develop allergies as we get older? Any ideas oh wise peeps?
Alchemilla mollis - Lady's Mantle - pretty but invasive - and seeds itself everywhere. Are you sure you really want it? I've dug up a lot of mine, and am forever pulling up its seedlings.
Odd about the allergies. I had none until the year I turned 33, then suddenly developed hayfever and had it for about the next 30 years, every summer, co-inciding exactly with the timothy-grass season. And then it just quietly went away, or almost away; still get slightly sneezy in response to grass pollen.
Elderflower cordial - yes please!
TE - SDM??? - I Don't Do Marathons, still less that sort of marathon!
Did you survive the rest of the day, BIW?
RedheadI was wondering whether your breathing has been an allergic reaction. I was out with the doodle this morning and she was walking through grass in front of me. I could see the clouds of grass pollen rising up and within minutes I was sneezing like a stuck pig (I like mixed metaphors). I had hayfever in June until my early thirties then it went away until a couple of years ago. Given that mine lasts only a short time it must be caused by something very specific.TEKenyan Hills are good!JJ
Have been swimming. This will have been my last lesson until some time in September, - there is one next week but I shall be in London.
Red, thanks, the race went well, but it was very tough, finishing up a very steep hill, with a sharp left turn to the finish. The course was very cramped in the early stages, and it was difficult to pass. In the last mile were a series of wooden steps, spaced widely apart, necessitating a couple of strides between each. This was hard, some being downhill and some up. It made legs that were already screaming, burn even more with the upward and downward reaching for the next step and trying not to fall. I lost two places at the finish, having just overtaken one club member at the bottom of the last hill, and then running straight on at the top, instead of turning left to the finish. The marshals' shouted "left, left," so whilst I made my embarrassing turn I was overtaken. This proves how important it is to have some prior knowledge of race routes.
There were several fallers, especially in one area where we went from bright sunshine, into near darkness between overhanging trees ,and over tree roots that were difficult to see. The race distance, according to my Garmin was 4.80 miles and my time was 39.30.
Ran a good pace 6 miles in the forest this morning, working hard on the hills. I will take Friday and Saturday as rest days, in readiness for Sundays 10k road race, where I am hoping for a fast time, on their "super fast new course."
For the first time I have a mole in my back garden that this week is systematically tunnelling it's way round a flower bed full of annuals and pushing every third plant out of the ground. Luckily for him/her I am a mole fan. We have christened him/her "Prune" as in black coated worker.TEA couple of days rest should leave you nicely recovered for a fast run. Good luck.I can understand how the steps would have taken you over lactate threshold and left you with not much in reserve.JJ
JJ, thanks. The steps really did take it out of us, and then having to run up that final hill left nothing in the tank. I have looked through the hundreds of photos that were taken during the race, and without exception, everyone looked absolutely exhausted. It was a real test of stamina and endurance, despite being relatively short in distance.
I forgot to mention that there were 3 polar bears wandering around the course. What their purpose was, nobody seems to know. There was chocolate cake at the finish which went down very well with tired, hot and hungry runners
JJ - have you seen Prune at all, or only his/her effects?
TE, that sounds like a brutal course. We have some of those very wide wooden steps locally; running up them is bad, coming down them is sheer hell.
Columba, yes it was brutal and perhaps the toughest so far in the 10 race programme. I think coming down the steps was worse, as they were on very steep downhills and there was the threat of falling flat on ones face. There were 336 runners, which was a very big turn out for an off road race which was full of twists and turns, ups and downs, and many trip hazards. It was, however, still an enjoyable race, which challenged us to the limits.
I see the site's gone awry again.
Struggled all through my run today. Thought it would be OK as I was running in the rain but no, Darth Vader was with me and each hill was a nightmare. 5.6 very uncomfortable miles.
Columba, I love Alchemilla. Those gorgeous frothy flowers! If you don't want it to seed around just chop it back when the flowers start to go over and then it puts on a fresh flush of leaves and looks wonderful all through summer. I wouldn't be without it as it just softens everything
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