Over 60s training.

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29/09/2012 at 19:33


Empty great targets think my wava yesterday was 61.17 thereabouts my best is 62.xx so nearly there myself

Columba yes there will be one in December  but  it may or may not be the last Friday if it is i can be there if its the week before i won't

4.48 miles running today nice and easy and legs feel ok

29/09/2012 at 21:30

4.5 miles done this morning with the doodle. All off road.

Good targets and very logical. Over 70% age grading is generally acceppted as being high class performance.

You recovered well from the 5k

30/09/2012 at 11:28

Good morning
Columba-Good run and distance on a pleasant day

Ceal -Great a/g for you and nice recovery run,and stewart got his present with a spurs win.

Empty-Seems like a good plan i think you can achieve them times and better,sorry about football result but it seldom happens.

Managed to do my last long run of 20miles yesterday and boy did i struggle.
The weather was perfect and the run itself was flat along the river towpath.
Guess it was just one of those days we get when we mentally dont want to run as well as physically.Still that said i run 8.48 pace but couldn't have gone any further

NZC-Good 15k run from you. 

30/09/2012 at 11:36


Busbar good run nethertheless at least its done now

NZC good run and to answer your earlier question  i'll probabably do Abingdon one year not next though  booked myself in at Milton Keynes next May

Tracey i shall be at Southend are you doing it

3½ miles this morning easy run now get ready for a few hours work

30/09/2012 at 12:55

busbar, you could well be right, it may have been a mental thing. As Pammie said, it was still a good run. 20 miles is going to test anyone, let alone runners of our age, and it's inevitable some days will be better than others.

I enjoyed running the XC yesterday, my first proper one for a long time. It was three laps of a gently undulating course, although with two or three really steep short bits, and mostly on rough grass. Just a few squelchy bits and puddles.

The course was the one of my first-ever XC, although that was slightly extended as it was the NE Championships. It was also very much muddier than yesterday. The problem this time was the very strong wind. A real energy-sapper when running into it. The turn-out from our club was encouragingly good, with even some younger runners turning up to balance us regular oldies. That's the men mind - only one woman ran for us. A shame as we've got some decent ladies.

Anyway, I finished the 5.6 miles in 42m 29s, an average of 7:31 m/m. Pleased enough with that as I didn't feel on top form and the interval session from Thursday, and probably the park run from the previous Saturday, were still in my legs. Decided to have a rest day today before hopefully a good week next week.

30/09/2012 at 19:40
Pammie - Not doing Southend 10k. Wasn't going to do any races before Beachy until I got talked in to Wix5 on the 21st October.
30/09/2012 at 19:44
I took Andre to Valentines Park 5k today to support my club mates. It the last one of the series against other clubs. Was very stressful taking Andre but he had a good time on the outdoor gym equipment and playground in the park.
30/09/2012 at 21:39

Off to Essex today to see younger daughter and her husband. Baby is now a week overdue. Waiting for something to happen is surprisingly stressful.

No running.

Make sure you recover properly from that run. It will have taken quite a lot out of you.

01/10/2012 at 07:39

Good Morning,

Well it's done now, the 20 miles that is. All you have to do now is tick over nicely until the big day. I would imagine your legs may have been a little tired still from the track work earlier in the week. You will manage 26 miles on the day, why, because you have to.

I hope the family stress is soon banished with an arrival of a healthy baby. I was 10 days late with my first one (with no intervention) and know many others who were too, it seems that 10 days in the olden days was ok, but I know ideas have changed over the years. Yes, I recovered from the 5k race better than I expected to.

A nice bit of training with a difference from you. . I hope the Party was a good one.

I did no running yesterday, we spent a day with both of our families, which meant leaving home at 7.00 am. I guess today's run will be done in the rain.

01/10/2012 at 08:33

Good morning

5.18M; 1:05:22.1; 12:37/M; 13°C

Today's run  was done in the rain which started after the first mile, although it had rained in the night as well. Sorry,Ceal, I haven't time to edit the full detailed account as I have to go out, hence the short version and this website is running even slower than I do.


01/10/2012 at 11:10

The results of Saturday's XC are out. Boy, there are some quick oldies around! I did 42m 30s as a benchmark (5.6 miles). What about these? Jim Alder at the age of 72 came in at 38:04, but he did win the 1966 Commonwealth Games marathon, and someone I haven't come across before from a local club called George Smith did 39m 46s at the age of 74. Not bad, eh?

01/10/2012 at 11:23

Those are remarkable performances by V70+'s. I forgot (sorry) to comment on your x-country race. The wind sounded horrible, it can be very energy sapping. I think you did well, especially as you had some hard interval training still in your legs.

01/10/2012 at 11:26

I have just had  wet and windy training run. I wore my thin water proof jacket, 2k into the run I had to take it off and tie it around my waist. I was too hot, but then it annoyingly flapped around my legs and body for the rest of the run.  But even with short sleeves I was warm enough, but wet! The run was partly on pavements with a lot of trail (uphill) as well.


I ran 6.2 miles in 55.03 mins, av pace 8.49 mm, av HR 133, MHR 157 when I legged it for the last 400 ms.

Edited: 01/10/2012 at 11:27
01/10/2012 at 13:11

Ceal-You done well to get a run in on such a miserable day.

Graham-Amazing times by those guys,yours was also good.



01/10/2012 at 15:55


Graham those times are amazing - they would be  pretty good on tarmac let alone xc. Well done to yourself as well

4.54 miles today

1)  - 1m - 10:15(10:15/m) - 117cal
2)  - 1m - 9:43(9:43/m) - 119cal
3)  - 1m - 9:59(9:59/m) - 118cal
4)  - 1m - 9:59(9:59/m) - 118cal
5)  - 0.54m - 5:06(9:26/m) - 64cal

 just a bimble around town but don't want to be too rash before Sunday but all good and i beat last years October mileage already by 4.54 miles

01/10/2012 at 20:28

Busy day with 2 doodle walks but no run. Too wet.

There is a serpies 5k in December and the Serpentine club promote a 10k in Hyde Park on New Year's day.

01/10/2012 at 21:59

A first for me this evening - led a pack for the club night. Never been mentioned before and only given 5 minutes notice! Panic while I double-checked the route description. Awful to get lost on one's first go. It's one we rarely do but funnily enough it was my first-ever with the club three years ago now. I aimed for a pace of between 7:45 and 8:00 and it turned out to be 7:48. Easy of course with a Garmin.

02/10/2012 at 11:21

Good Day,

scary stuff, I would have been very apprehensive put in the same position, but my sense of direction is very poor. A first class first for you.

do you have a time in mind that you will be pleased with for the pending 10k? 

02/10/2012 at 11:24

A short run from me today. I ran for 32.26 mins, 3.79 miles, av pace 8.34 min milling, av HR 122, MHR 140. It was a negative split run except for the last K and that wasn't much out.

6.06 mins, 9.50 mm, HR 107
5.27 mins, 8.46 mm, HR 118
5.16 mins, 8.29 mm, HR 119
5.11 mins, 8.22 mm, HR 126
4.56 mins, 7.56 mm, HR 134
5.00 mins, 8.03 mm, HR 133

No rain whilst I was running.

02/10/2012 at 12:07

Afternoon just ot up

Ceal nice run today

On Sunday i put 52 minutes on Fetch for predicted time  but as with all the other races i've done this year i've aimed for a seasons best  so thats 53:41

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