Over 60s training.

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16/04/2013 at 07:24
Good morning,

The scallops my Dad used to bring home were in their shells, which was the way that they always used to be sold. I am sure that they had a lot more flavour back then.They are one of my favourite foods. I am now getting ready to duck myself as I remind you that you are now 6/7 yrs older than when you were training back in 2006/7!

Fish is very expensive here too, despite being an island. My question to you would be the same as Columba's, is your salmon affordable?

I spent a couple of hours yesterday weeding the celandines which seem to have sprung up over night. The daffodils which has looked blind seemed to not only grow a bud over night but produce an open flower too. The wonders of nature to behold.

No run day today, 3 days running in a row is enough. My Achilles is making itself known today. Just twinges which suggest to me that a rest day is needed.
Edited: 16/04/2013 at 07:26
16/04/2013 at 08:57

good morning 

a thoroughly depressing start to the day - hearing the news about the Boston marathon and then just had the wife of one of the Hash members on the phone to tell me her hubbie's cancer has flared up again after remission and that he has maybe two months at best. That will make for an awful announcement at the run his evening.

I do hate that disease!!!!!


ditto about the daffodils - quite a spectacular show now.
Ditto about the scallops - it's the freshness that makes all the difference and if they were in the shells then they were still alive!!
Six years older - just a tad more mature like fine wine. Just need to be decanted and warmed up a bit

hereNZ Trailsomething to do after your marathon 

Edited: 16/04/2013 at 08:57
16/04/2013 at 11:09
I guess you are not looking forward to your hash this evening with the same enthusiasm as usual.

I looked and read Jez's account of his ultra NZ trail. Amazing. The photos were well worth more than a glance too.
Edited: 16/04/2013 at 11:09
16/04/2013 at 12:13

So well expressed by a friend on Facebook "In races I always thought the sound of our feet hitting Tarmac was a bit like a slow and steady heartbeat. As I ran I knew I carried my friends hopes for me. Anyone who has run a marathon knows how personal it can be - running for a loved one who is no longer here, overcoming cancer, losing a child, a parent to dementia and the list goes on. Its always been a symbol of the best of people. I'd like to think that today that heartbeat is louder than ever across our community and that in some way we can help those in Boston as they try to repair their lives."

16/04/2013 at 12:25

TS, we've been trying to achieve a wildflower meadow area at the allotment, and were pleased with last year's result. Hopefully it will be even better this year.

I too love fish and would really miss it if I couldn't find it or afford it.

MT - glad that you know your friend is ok.

We had a timed 5k last night on gravel trails with some hills. The course was slightly short with most garmin equipped runners making it 2.95 miles, but pleased with my time of 25:44 and pretty even splits despite undulations
1) - 1m - 8:41(8:41/m)
2) - 1m - 8:51(8:51/m) 
3) - 0.94m - 8:13(8:45/m)

16/04/2013 at 12:56
Beautiful post.

Also an ace 5k, loved the last k or large part of a k. Your training is paying off.
Edited: 16/04/2013 at 13:27
16/04/2013 at 20:45

What the Boston perpetrators get out of killing an 8 y.o. is beyond comprehension. I suppose to them it's just collateral damage. Sick or what!

You may be corked?

Any miling that starts with an 8 is starting to get quick. Good work.

Celandines are s*ds to get rid of. My daffs will be at their peak in about 10 days which is nearly 3 weeks too late for the Spring shows. Just shows how little control I have over gardening!

16/04/2013 at 21:08

Some NZ'ers very relieved to find their loved ones o'kay after the awful event at Boston. One was only saved by falling and requiring stitches and her friend staying with her, or they would have been right amongst the debris!

Heartfelt good wishes to all those running London, I'm sure this event will be on your minds,

Torque Steer - looks like a wonderful adventure for that young man. i think if you were an ultra runner, running in NZ would be great, because there is always something to see, and you'd have to be careful where you put your next step on some of the tracks here. On the other hand, running from Perth to Sydney would be mind blowing! So many long, long, roads, I think it could really do your head in!

Another day off running for me yesterday - just couldn't get myself out the door - listening to all the Boston reports. Did go to see my brother in hospital yesterday though, he's finally feeling a lot better in himself.

You guys are getting a glimpse of Spring, and we have had rain for the last couple of days - not cold though.

Edited: 16/04/2013 at 21:09
16/04/2013 at 22:16

I don't think terrorists care much who they kill, as long as they make an impact. Which is why it's so important there should be minimal impact on VLM.

6.15 off-road miles with the running club tonight. Exhausted!

17/04/2013 at 07:44

Good morning

5.09M; 1:07:25.0; 13:14/M; 10°C


17/04/2013 at 07:46

JJ - I agree about the kippers. I love them but Angela's not so keen so we don't have them frequently.


Edited: 17/04/2013 at 07:47
17/04/2013 at 08:57
Here is my data of my Garmin from Brighton marathon.

26.47 miles
Average pace 11:37
11:20 - Stop to speak to Bernard
13:46 - cramp started
5:05 (10:54 pace for 0.46 miles)
17/04/2013 at 10:35

Tracey, that looks impressive! - especially struggling through the cramp.

Aws - maybe come the summer you could cook and eat kippers al fresco? (assuming that it's the persistent smell that Angela objects to).

Off to Aber shortly for a half-day's work.

17/04/2013 at 12:40
Without that stop to speak to Bernard you would have gone sub 5 hours!!! A very nice set of splits for so many miles.
17/04/2013 at 15:09
I ran this morning, it was mild but still windy.

I ran 3.67 mile in 34.26 mins, av pace 9.22mm, av HR 135. Much the same pace and av Hr but for a smidgen longer/further.
18/04/2013 at 08:23

Good morning


Bright and sunny here. Would have been good for a run. Maybe I should be a bit more flexible in when I run and not stick strictly to leaving a day between them.

Ceal - I can't imagine what it must be like to run sub 10min miles one after the other consistently. The only time I get near that pace is on my last eighth of a mile and that's downhill and I feel as though I'm sprinting and I don't always manage it anyway. You're just amazing and you haven't even been able to run regularly just recently.


18/04/2013 at 08:23

i just have to do this.

18/04/2013 at 08:24


 Loch Leven

Edited: 18/04/2013 at 08:27
18/04/2013 at 12:08

I think I am reaching a point where I could recognise an AWS, We are still enjoying the one we having hanging in the hall.

Fresh salmon is readily available and cheaper than fresh cod. It is very popular for BBQing.

3x5 hill sprints for me yesterday. It felt good but looking at my HR profile I was a bit on the lazy side, could have worked a bit harder. 
A recovery run today along side the river.

The snow has virtually all gone, the daffs are up but not blooming yet and I am out and about on my bonnie.


18/04/2013 at 15:27

Mick6 - thanks. Glad it hasn't yet made its way to the attic.

I have just today received an email from one of my nephews saying they've found one of my paintings in his (recently departed) Mum's attic and do I want it back? He hasn't said what it's a painting of. It can't be much if he and his siblings don't want it.


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