Over 60s training.

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26/03/2013 at 19:16

I saw that as well.

Hi all from a newbie



26/03/2013 at 19:29

Hi Pete - I began running a bit younger than you at 59 after being fairly active at things like tennis, hiking and cycling. I'm now 64. At least four people on this thread are in their 70s.

26/03/2013 at 19:37



You asked about the parkrun training day.  Apparently it covers all aspects of marshalling including timing, funneling, dishing out tokens, barcoding, processing of results onto pc.  Also "shadowing" of marshalls at a parkrun race before classroom talks. Possibly not absolutely necessary but would help anyone who is unsure of what it all entails.  Sounds interesting just the same.  Tom Williams,main UK parkrun organiser will probably be doing all the explaining. We already had a little meeting at Clifton Park with TW in December to discuss and enthuse about the two new venues.


Glad you got the hrm belt situation sorted.  Hope this new one will prove to be 100% efficient

26/03/2013 at 19:40


Slowpete, welcome to the thread

26/03/2013 at 19:55

Pete, you mentioned in the other thread that you'd need to run your park run in 18:40 to win your age-group. I'm not sure if you've come across the concept of age-grading which, roughly speaking, compares one's time at a distance to the world record by someone of the same age. 

Anyway, you must have some seriously good older runners in your park run because a time of 18:40 for 5K, even for a 60 year old, equates to an AG of 86%. That's beyond all but a small minority of runners.

The good news of course is that once you're 70 you'll be in a new age group and not competing against runners in their 60s for age group positions. Not of course that it's the only motivation for running, but it's a way of monitoring progress at least.

26/03/2013 at 22:11

'lo all, including Pete.

Legs a bit tight today but I still went for a 37 minute run and used HR to keep everything under control. Did 400s at around 121-125 bpm then slowing until HR dropped to 110-100. This took about 150m each time. Quite a slow run but it's what I need at the moment. Forgot to look at total distance so I don't know the pace and that's probably just as well.

I sweated because I dressed to Michelin man standard.

26/03/2013 at 22:38
Welcome Pete

I'm 48 and started running at 39
26/03/2013 at 22:40
Feeling very sad tonight. Bill one of our club original members has cancer of the pancreas and has 12 to 18 months to live
26/03/2013 at 23:24

My Dad had that. He was Bill.


27/03/2013 at 06:21
Aws - Bill's family are having a bad time too. His sister in law has breast cancer, she is more lucky as her hadn't spread.
27/03/2013 at 06:44
Good morning,

Sorry to hear about Bill and his family.

I'm trying to visualise you looking like a Michelin Man and have failed.

Hi Pete,
I am 72 yrs and have been running just fine until a recent Achilles injury.

Your park race training sounds interesting.

What good news from you re your newest HRM, long may it reign that it works well for you. , I wonder how your hash was, lots of snow to plough through, I would imagine.
Edited: 27/03/2013 at 06:45
27/03/2013 at 07:32

Good morning

5.09M; 1:05:39.4; 12:53/M; -1°C

Curate's egg type run.


27/03/2013 at 09:08

The pages all seem to have gone out of sync.


27/03/2013 at 09:11

Happy birthday TS, sorry it's late, I haven't been on for a day or two. And happy birthday Mr. DD.

Hello and welcome, Pete. I am not one of the 0ver-70s but soon will be. I started running in my late 50s. Ceal is being over-modest. She has set world records.

Ceal - and TS - now I understand about the "trough". To create the necessary bow wave I not only need to be moving forwards at a reasonable speed, but not lifting my head out of the water in order to breathe, which I know I do cos the teacher commented on it (negatively). Must roll sideways instead. So many things to remember! Your apostrophe was right, BTW, Ceal.

I went out with the running club last night; a circular run of 6.33 miles which took us up a long steep hill onto an exposed area above the snow-line. frozen lumpy snow underfoot in some places, powdery never-been thawed snow in others. What a relief to get down the other side and into a more sheltered lane. Afterwards there was a meeting (in a nice warm hotel) to discuss a 5k series which the club runs every summer, - up to now it has been organised by someone who is now giving up, so various club members are now picking up the pieces.  Was intrigued to learn that there has to be an official timekeeper, who is trained, but that the actual timekeeping can be done by someone else, - not necessarily trained. The only thing I committed myself to was making a cake. Or two.

This morning we have sunshine! Though still very cold. I am hopping on the local train to go to Shrewsbury for the day (free travel for over-60s resident in Wales, until end of March), - there is a specialist running shop there so I may buy some shoes...



27/03/2013 at 09:14

No they haven't - Tracey suddenly got switched to being ignored. Not my doing I might add.

I've now put that right.


Edited: 27/03/2013 at 09:16
27/03/2013 at 09:29

aws, I had the same thing a few months ago, having someone on the thread being ignored when of course I hadn't. Very confusing.

27/03/2013 at 09:33

good morning

welcome to the dark side 
We shall have to change that name shortly to FastPete!!
I find, rather surprisingly to me at least, that I have turned 67 due to a recent birthday
I returned to running after many years off due to old injuries, work, family etc about 8 years ago and still struggle with the old injuries - and some new ones!!

You did very well to lose so much weight - a good starting point for running as less energy is needed!!
Don't be tempted to do too much too soon but go out and enjoy it. Run/walk every other day at first and listen to your body. If your legs are really fatigued then give yourself an extra rest day. As I said the mind remembers how to run fast it's just that the body doesn't have the tools to do it just now!!
basic exercies for core stability and improving body strength are good to supplement   the running and will help to injury proof your body. 

it was me that was talking about the 18:40 5K runner!!! An ex GB international but I will have him one day!!

Good stuff. Another two venues - it is really taking off around you!!
Yes good news on teh GArmin front - however operator error can still account for some foul ups - see below!!

good start - must be the new tyres 

sad news - one of the guys in the Hash also has it though he has been operated on and irridiated with some success though not totally cleared.

you got under 13m/m so the egg wasn't addled

Last night's Hash was good - on mainly dry paths though with some ice slicks. 4.9 miles done with some really nice fartlek type sessions including the final 0.8 mile long run in to the pub which I covered at 6:45m/m pace - I must have been thirsty!!

Woke up early this morning so slipped out for an easy 4 miles. Unfortunately due to operator error I pressed the bezel lock before starting the timer so got no data!!!
KCT suggests it was about 36 minutes which was fine as fresh snow was falling and it was a bit treacherous underfoot in places

27/03/2013 at 09:38

very good session for you and I know what you mean about underfoot conditions particularly in the dark!!
baking cakes sounds a very vital task to me!!

This website is getting worse and nothing seems to be getting done to improve it - my eyesight is failing typing this small!!!

27/03/2013 at 09:39

whoops - was that a picture opprotunity for aws just gone???

27/03/2013 at 09:58

TS and Pete, sorry about the confusion about who had to beat an 18:40 5K time. The cold must have infiltrated my brain.

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