Over 60s training.

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05/12/2012 at 06:35
Morning all

Running club last night and ran with Roobs & Cassie (First Stepper). We did 3.88 miles in 45:21. Cassie a bit faster as she did a sprint finish. Same pace as last week for Roobs but a bit further as last week we did 3.41 miles.
05/12/2012 at 06:59
Good work, is it snowing in your neck of the woods? I have just heard on the radio that it is snowing in Essex at the moment.
05/12/2012 at 07:44
Ceal - yes it's snowing. It's not settling on the pavement thank god. Andre is very excited.
05/12/2012 at 08:17

It's now snowing here too. Quite big flakes, hopefully, it won't settle because I have some driving to do today.

05/12/2012 at 13:20


Just up

Ceal i was on FB one of my work colleagues said it had snowed i asked when? as i got in at 4am and no snow then and all wet outside now. Apparently we had it at 6am gone by 11 though not been out yet got to go to town 2cm's of it apparently was on radio too apparently some schools had trouble

05/12/2012 at 16:24

Columba - you need to google "Prospect of Whitby". I did paint it from an old photograph. It doesn't look quite like that now.


05/12/2012 at 17:52

Legs were very subdued after yesterday's mudrun so I've rested them today other than some cement mixing.

Lesson for folks. Got a call from my bank's fraud people. There are 7 transactions on my account, mostly payments to a payday loan company using my debit card details. The card hasn't been out of my possesion so according to my bank the numbers have probably come from a hacked terminal. Good work by the bank!  Anyway, the card has been blocked and a new one is on its way. The transactions have been reversed.

You were right about the mud being hard work but it's a sure method of leg strengthening.

I went to the Prospect of Whitby a few times in my 20s. The local lads charged a suggested fee of 2s 6d to 'look after' the car while it was parked in the street because of the risk of vandalism. Refusing to pay the protection money was a sure route to getting your  car damaged.

05/12/2012 at 17:59

Whitby's one of our favourite places. A beautiful little seaside town less than two hours drive from Newcastle. Rightly famed for its excellent fish and chips. Sadly a row of old houses are in the process of demolition after suffering in a landslide after last week's heavy rain. A real pity as they had a wonderful view of the harbour and the residents are unlikely to be rehoused anywhere else quite as nice.

It's a real wintery scene up here. There've been several snow showers since this morning, enough to leave a couple of inches settled and to cause the usual traffic chaos. The roads are perfectly OK but it still took us over an hour to drive the four miles back from the shops this afternoon. I got out for a steady five mile run this morning just as the first snow was falling. Real cotton-wool stuff and being driven by quite a strong wind. Enjoyable in a way but I was pleased to get back and into a hot bath.

05/12/2012 at 18:06

JJ - alarming abuse of your card. Terminals often have a notice saying "Don't use it if it appears to have been interfered with" - but you noticed nothing untoward? Good thing the bank was able to reverse the transactions; I didn't think that was possible.

Entrepreneurship among the Whitby youth of the 1960s! (suppose it will have been about then). Did you pay, or drive elswhere?

Legs aching gently after yesterday's running club hills and sprints.

Ceal - hope the snow didn't interfere with your driving.

05/12/2012 at 18:52

Funny to read about your problems with the snow when I have none. It got to 18c yesterday, but back to reality today 0c.

It must have been one of those dodgy places you visit, best pay in cash in the future.

I too find it fun to be out in the 'weather'.

9k easy today but not like yesterday's shorts and Tshirt, I was in my full winter kit. 

05/12/2012 at 19:02

I spent about a year in the late 1980s working on card security systems so I watch constantly for anything unusual.
I have to sign an affidavit to the effect bthat the transactions are fraudulent so the bank can claim back the funds from the beneficiary (the loan company). I believe it's part of the "Visa" debit card rules.

I bow to your superior knowledge on such matters

05/12/2012 at 19:46

JJ Good on your bank for spoting that and doing something about it

Mick i slept through it

06/12/2012 at 07:35
Good morning

Thanks for your concern, the snow stopped and the sun sort of came out making the roads ok. You must have worked harder than normal if your legs were feeling the result of the sprints and hills.

Not a pleasant experience with your debit card. From other similar stories from friends it would appear that it is the petrol stations that seem to be the first to suspect. I have to say that the bank fraud peeps do a good job. Very recently I carried out a transaction online which was out of the norm for me and within a very short time afterwards I received a call from them checking up that it was me who had carried out that particular action.

You are experiencing an early winter.

Gosh your weather is very fickle at the moment. I have visions of the birds you saw ready to migrate, flying off, then turning around, coming back to make sure they soaked up the last rays!

It is a good while since Impey posted, I hope he is ok.

Also I have been wondering how Empty is too.
06/12/2012 at 07:44

Good morning

5.10M; 1:07:56.9; 13:20/M; -2°C Brrr!

How does Mick6 cope with -15°? Needless to say this was all 13s. I don't care; I didn't care; I resolutely didn't look at the Garmin, apart from once just after starting to check it was working. Of late I've been in the habit of checking the G at every lamp post in an attempt to keep the pace up. It worked when I first started doing it but it became a chore and didn't help much so this morning I decided not to look at all and just enjoy the run, which I did despite the cold.


06/12/2012 at 08:14
Enjoyment is the name if the game especially when it is cold like today. I admire you for going out so early in the day for your run.
06/12/2012 at 12:14

It  was very Brrrrrrr out today. When I came back in the house and took my Merino top off it was covered in frost. My perspiration had frozen. There was lots of ice patches about, but on the whole the ground was dry. My trail had been cleared of all the leaves and looked very barren with the bare stones sticking out of the ground.

I met a couple of dogs, large ones, with sticks in their mouths, they both made a bee-line for me as I approached. I stopped in my tracks to let them past me without getting whacked in the leg by the sticks. All their owners did was to giggle and say to the dogs come on don't do that Barnie (or some such name) in very sweet pathetic voices. I didn't speak, I just stood there with body language that said it all. I think they (they being the owners of the dogs) would not have have been pleased to hear what I was thinking.  Actually, I don't think I would have been vary happy to hear what I could have said either!

Anyway, I ran 8.08 miles in 72 mins, av pace, 8.55 mm, No idea what the av HR was I didn't get a contact for about 3 miles, no sweat until then. My hands were cold for half of the run. It was a hilly route trough my trail and beyond and I pushed up all the hills. I felt quite strong.      

Edited: 06/12/2012 at 12:16
06/12/2012 at 12:21

good morning

been absent for a few days as demands have been pretty intense and there has literally been no spare time - too many days spilling over into the next one!!
However back broken of report now and client is very happy with draft  and now thinks my huge hourly rate is more than justified - so the Christmas goose is nearly paid for!!

good catch by your bank!! But as Mick says ...............................
You seem to be seeking out the off road routes- good way to pull a muscle!!

sprint work on hills now - way to go!!

nasty stuff oop there - we have missed out on the snow but it's bloomin' cold.
Maybe we should join Mick6 in warm Canada 

Brain felt like mush this morning after going to bed at 0100  and getting up at 0630 but stepping outside soon cleared that up!!!
A bitterly cold wind was blowing over hard frosted ground which glinted dully in the gloom and I wished I put on the  CCJ as I felt its lazy route through my body.

Anyway a slow 4 miles bookended by hills that cleared the mind and lungs.
Time 34:11 (8:35m/m) with more rubbish HR figures av 151 and a max of 181 !!!

1m 9:08 131/156
2m 8:00 160/181
3m 8:09 157/176
4m 8:52 156/180 Hipps Hill

Either I have got a new heart or I need to take the advice I gave Ceal  and get a new  HRM strap!! Strange thing is the graph looks ok - just 40 bpm too high!!!


06/12/2012 at 12:26

xpost - telepathy!!
Be nice to dog owners!! They must have been labradors with that sort of name. Good distance and pace this morning  - ideal condiitons for stretching it out over distance.
I too had my merino top on - and very pleased I was too  

06/12/2012 at 12:30

Even with the Polar I didn't get a sensible av HR until about mile 3 this morning. I needed some contact gel. However, my graph wasn't ok. I would advise you to call Garmin (if you can find the time in your nocturnal schedule) , they ask you for the number of your Garmin connect and they examine your run, but of course you graph looks ok. Strange that one. Are you sure that you haven't had a heart transplant

I noticed we x-posted again. 

06/12/2012 at 14:30

ceal, you're certainly getting the miles in and, TS, it's nice to see you running regularly again. As usual Mick must be giving a wry smile as he reads our weather tales of woe but, believe me, running isn't easy just now in Newcastle.

I set off this morning on a steady 7-miler, hoping the pavements wouldn't be too bad, as they weren't around our house, but once out of the estate most of them were treacherous. Mostly snow trodden down to rough ice. I gave up the struggle after a mile and headed for a supermarket where I wanted to buy some batteries. Nearly fell over just walking at one point.

Anyway, by a miracle I passed a road which was completely free of ice and snow. And also with very little traffic. Just the occasional lorry heading for a small trading estate. So I changed plans and decided to take the chance to do some intervals. No garmin or even a normal watch so had to guess time and distance. What I thought was about 400m turned out to be nearer 300 when I got back and measured it on MapMyRun. But I did 12 intervals with, roughly, 90 seconds rest between.

It's a useful thing to know for future use and I've measured a 400m marker for next time. No sign at all of a thaw so pavements are likely to be pretty horrible for some time to come and I'll need to improvise a bit to keep running.

Tomorrow I'm meeting Rungeordierun to talk about supporting his run across Australia next year. An interview in effect - haven't had one of those for a long time!

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