Over 60s training.

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08/03/2013 at 10:00

Went for my second swimming lesson yesterday. For a few fleeting seconds at a time, I can tell I'm getting The Legs right, - then it goes again. I had to laugh when the teacher commented approvingly that I didn't mind putting my face in the water. I have hated it for all but the last couple of years of my life; and am ok with it now only because of Ceal's advice re really good goggles, and general encouragement.

Felt a bit tired in the afternoon, so put my feet up on the settee - and woke up over an hour later! Admittedly, I had slept badly the previous two nights.


08/03/2013 at 10:11
Empathise with you over the bad nights sleep, but a power nap works wonders doesn't it? It is good to hear you are making good progress with your swimming. I. wish more adult swimmers were aware what a difference good goggles make to an enjoyable swim.

By the way I do at least 3 recipes a week from the Jerusalem cook book. Today on the cards is roasted aubergine with fried onion and chopped lemon and also butternut squash and tahini spread. I have just discovered date syrup which the last recipe requires. It is truly YUM YUM.
Edited: 08/03/2013 at 10:12
08/03/2013 at 13:11
Went out at 8:15am for my long run. Legs were heavy to start with.

18 miles
Average pace 11:31
08/03/2013 at 13:16
You must have got very wet if it is raining as hard as it is here in East G. That was a very steady long run especially as you raced a half a few days ago.
08/03/2013 at 13:16
Silverstone Half Marathon
13.25 miles
2:15:11 (2:15:09 official time)
Average 10:11
2:24 (9:26 pace)
08/03/2013 at 13:20
Tunbridge Well Half Marathon
Average pace 11:04
13:28 - the mountain lol
1:32 (10:26 pace)
08/03/2013 at 13:21
Ceal - I got soaked through
08/03/2013 at 18:59

Well done Tracey - I got soaked in 6 miles this morning!

Welcome, John B. We have a local (near Christchurch) 20 mile race coming up on Sunday, which I have done as part of marathon training in the past, but not this year, as miles not nearly high enough.

ceal, Crawley soundfs like Bracknell - very depressing shopping centre. Your recipes sound delicious. We have bought all sorts of new ingredients (tamarind, kaffir lime leaves etc) and are cooking Thai, inspired by our holiday. Even my carrot & parsnip soup got a lemon grass treatment, which worked well.

Belated Happy Anniversary, NZC.

Good 400s, Graham - more than I usually do, as well as faster!

I've shared your joke further impey - too good not to!

Columba, I always wear goggles for swimming, unless it's 'lazy holiday swimming' which means I can also wear my contact lenses and see where I'm going.

Decided to take up a challenge to run every day in March, although not far on some days, but I have clocked up 35 miles so far this month.

08/03/2013 at 19:49

Sounds like winter returns next week for a blast. The heart sinks.

Anyone do any exercise bike routines when the weather takes a turn for the worst? I discovered the HIIT method (I mean I didn't actually discover it as such; I came across it) which is murderous in intenstity. (= High Intensity Interval Training)

I'm sure many are familiar with it in its many variations. I don't know whether these short and brtual sessions (maybe just about 8 minutes in all) help with running but they certainly build upon a tolerance for pain!

I've never tried an HIIT running workout - simply because they look so hard and have 'injury potential' written all over them. The exercise bike seem more 'forgiving' in this respect.

Anyway a bit of a ramble (sorry): but does anyone feature HIIT in their fitness regimes? And if so, what do you do and does it work for you?


08/03/2013 at 20:16
John, all these short workouts are the rage at the moment. Think I will still to my Jillian Michaels exercise DVDs. Might venture into kettle bells.
08/03/2013 at 20:54

ceal, I meant to say before that I was sorry to hear your injury is taking longer than you'd hoped to improve. Very frustrating.

Diana, hope your run in the rain was more invigorating than unpleasant! Just think of us poor souls up here in the NE exposed to the worst of the bitter easterlies for the next few days 

John, I haven't tried HIIT, unless you count 400m intervals, which are pretty intense if you run them hard.

Tracey, yet another good long run today. I don't know how you do it.

My running week ends on a Friday and I did 40.6 miles this time. Is that total any competition to Mick and TS (in particular) this week?

Edited: 08/03/2013 at 20:55
08/03/2013 at 20:56

Carp weather all day.

Great snail joke. Nice run too.

I guess I'm too late to do your 18 miler. So sorry   .

I relaxed in the summerhouse with door and windows open.

The recipe looks great. Just needs a fillet steak as a dressing.
The doodle is the only female that follows  me around all the time.

08/03/2013 at 21:35
JJ - I will let you of this time
08/03/2013 at 22:15

There is no way I am even capable of doing your run.

40.6 miles, mmm I am at 32 miles and have 1 more run to go, my LSR. That will be good for 11+ miles so I should just beat you on total mileage but definitely not on quality. My legs are feeling the impact of 2 speed workouts this week but nothing is sore.

there have been a number of workshops on HIIT at my gym. I have watched people doing the workouts and I don''t think they would suit a long distance runner, more useful for someone who is into much shorter distance than me.

Weather much improved here and all the snow has started to melt so lots of puddles.

Today's run was an easy 5 miler, 9 min pace with a 65% avg WHR.


Edited: 08/03/2013 at 22:46
09/03/2013 at 09:58

good morning

mmm - I have got the small print syndrome as well!!

well done - an excellent long run there despite the weather and your recent HM.
Your TW splits show the hill up nicely!!

nice one - I shall remember that and claim it as my own 

Crawley sounds nice...............................
Menus sound even better
I think you are just waitng for spring to arrive before getting out there 

It' surprising how many folk are reluctant to put their head under water when swimming so you are going in the right direction. Front crawl doesn't work without head under!!
who knows how long we'll be able to race competitively..  The ultimate competition is always with/against oneself in distance running so the answer properly, is forever!!!

are you re-accimatised yet??
I see you are embarking upon another challenge - the last one got you much improved levels of fitness so hopefuly this will do the same for you

I had to go to London yesterday -final sort out of solicitors by banging heads together - so a NRD and no challenge to Graham and Mick6 on mileage even though my run week does not finish until Sunday. I am at a birrthday party tonight which has all the hallmarks of over indungence writ large so tomorrows run may be curtailed as well!!

09/03/2013 at 14:27

TS - have made a lot of use of my Christmas present merino tops! Today's run was in very pleasant spring-like weather, but the return of winter is forecast for tomorrow.

10th day running of running, so we will see what it does for me. I found today's longer run (part of the Marathon Talk Jantastic challenge, now running in parallel to the 'run every day in March') pretty tough. Only 8 miles, but I did 6 yesterday, and there were some hills. In the end I was quite pleased with the consistency of pace. Only noticeably slower mile involved disappearing briefly bewhind some gorse bushes!



09/03/2013 at 16:59

Good afternoon/evening


plus I've a touch of the smalls too - it must be infectious

li'l al

09/03/2013 at 16:59



Edited: 09/03/2013 at 17:15
09/03/2013 at 18:09

We have smalls due to arrive any minute and stay over aws. Hope they sleep well!

09/03/2013 at 20:10

Been in the village hall most of the day setting up for and helping at a "Clubs and Societies" afternoon. All the local organisations  take part (Gardeners, Bowls, Cricket, WI, Drama, Photography, Hospice Support, Nursery, Church etc.). Maybe 15 in total. Signed up 5 new members for the Gardeners Assoc.

Small type face here too.

Can't think of any suitable comment about your smalls.


Edited: 09/03/2013 at 20:16
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