Good morning (I can say that because noon is at 1pm in BST)
7.18M; 1:33:22.8; 13:01/M; 10°C
Disaster struck this morning and I had the worst fall I've had whilst running. I was crossing over a side turning and I suddenly found myself face down on the tarmac and I heard my chin hit the ground. I have a vague recollection that my right heel touched the kerb slightly as I stepped down, but whatever it was I finished up with two slightly grazed knees, two badly grazed hands, and a slight graze to the upper lip. When I got up I was aware of a pain in my right chest which has only got worse during the morning and has the feel of a cracked rib. (If that's what it is, it's a case of forget it and soldier on, if my experience with two broken ribs after falling downstairs a few years ago is anyting to go by.) Typically I was about halfway round my route so there was no choice but to keep going and ended up doing the last bit nearly as fast as the first. The hand grazes wouldn't stop bleeding and blood dripped everywhere. Showering when I got in was an exercise in not covering the bathroom with blood, especially the shower curtain and the towels. Miraculously I managed it and eventually stopped the bleeding on the left hand with styptic pencil, ouch! There's a little piece of skin about the size of a capital O missing from the top of the little finger on my right hand and that wouldn't stop bleeding. I don't know for sure if it has even now as it's well and truly covered up, at least it's not leaking, but it was when, of course, we had to go supermarket shopping, didn't we? and blood got on the milk containers if nothing else. Also manoeuvring the trolley with the chest pain was no joke nor carrying the bags indoors when we got back, Angela can't carry heavy bags.
Enough of my woes. Anyone else had any fun?
(((aws))) I dear xxx
Thanks Ceal - We were OK with the supermarket trolley to the car, but there was no-one to help carry the bags indoors when we got home.
Drat, lost a long post!
So sorry to hear of your fall aws, take it easy for a few days. I did a similar thing last year, and think I cracked a rib too, as it hurt to breathe in. I hope you are able to sleep ok. Also hope you have a good neighbour or friend who can help with any heavy stuff.
Belated happies to Stewart ceal, and have a lovely time in Cornwall.
Columba, you're clocking up the miles!
I had my first rest day yesterday since February 26th, which hopefully will give me some extra energy for the inter-club cross country tonight.
TS, the Brockenhurst parkrun is all on grass and pancake flat.
Really a life-long runner NZC!
awsThat sounds like a very nasty accident. Take things very easy for a few days. After something like that you will also be suffering some level of shock that you need to take account of.JJ
awsThat sounds a really nasty fall particularly with no warning at all to prepare oneself for the impact.Blood and milk are the staple diet of the Masai so you are now half way to being a Kenyan runner!!take care
Dianainter club x country - now that is hardcore - although there may be an absence of mud tonight.Your Parkrun course sounds just the way I like it. I may be down your way this summer at some stage so I might just slip it in......................
Long drive to Banbury and back tomorrow - I have time for a run beforehand but may then nod off whilst driving if it is a sunny day!!! Owever if I miss it the 50 miles goes out the window for this week and next week is targetted as a cut back week. Decisions, decisions.............
A few nasty ouches there, sorry to read of the upsetting fall and the consequental discomforts. Hard to manage shopping after all that! Wishing you a speedy recovery which is not so easy at our time of life !
Diana,Thats really good going, young lady, 50 successive days, wow
Ceal,Belated happies for Stewart's 60th. Enjoy your Cornwall break, we shall be there in July,hopefully
JJ,Talking of diminishing numbers of M70 runners, I notice the parkrun (Hallam) in which I have run mostly (over 30) doesn't seem to have any over70 in recent weeks and yet the field is almost 500. In fact, there doesn't seem to be any using the other 5 local parkrun venues either.
K2,Nice to see you back, renowned as our topofthepagequeen!
Still knocking out steady mileage, 5 early am. Monday and 6 today. Nowt special, just merely running to keep some sort of order to avoid dropping out just because of age . Might try our RV this Sat instead of marshalling.
Marg phoned from Benidorm and complained about their dull cold andwet weather yesterday, she had to purchase a cagoule and a cardigan ! Nicer today as it should be.
Mum has to see a specialist on Friday re memory. I believe it's for an assessment, anyway Ishall go with her.
Impey - I think it must be wonderful to be still running once one gets past 70. I spoke to my friend yesterday who is nearly 78. He still run/walks most days, but has now given up on marathons, and I asked why he wasn't going in to run with the club on Sundays anymore. He said if he was going to walk, he may as well walk with his wife. I know he would still miss the inter action with his friends. And he used to help and encourage so many new runners.
Aws - that sounded awful! You didn't think you should have gone to the doctor to get checked out. Can't you order your groceries on line and have them delivered? Great that you still managed to get home under your own steam.
Torque Steer - maybe just a little run, the most important thing is you don't get sick, not that you reach 50 miles for the week.
We had some mile races not so long ago down our main city street. John Walker was wanting to revive this event to raise money for his "field of dreams" - to provide opportunities to those not so well off.
Dick Quax ran - I felt really sorry for him. Sure he would have run much faster than most people could of his age, but he finished near the back of the field. He didn't need to do that.
Diana - hope you enjoyed your rest day - good luck for the inter club xcountry.
Ceal - has the swelling on your knee gone down yet?
Columba - the hardest runners to beat are the new ones because they are improving all the time. They keep on getting pbs and so get so motivated. The only thing that stops them is injury, so if they can keep a lid on it, and don't over do it, the only way is up.
I did 9km on the flat with my friends yesterday - not sure what I will do today.
awsThat was a really nasty fall. Take it easy for a few days.
TSI'm not that much of a geek. We used not to stock many lighterweight shoes - it's only the last ocupleof years that we have more stock so I can't really help with that one.
I see that the regulars are all here and mainly (ouch!) in one piece. I came on here a few months ago with a plan to get back into more serious running as I approach 60 (so yes, I am a bit of an imposter). Well took heed of advice and am now approaching my 10K race that was my 'target'.
I also had the luck to train with a much younger 'beginner' (a friend of one of my sons) whose progress has been great and as much a pleasure as my own improvements.
I have stayed injury-free and did a 5k as a bit of an interim progress-check about 5 weeks ago. I got 20:40 which to be honest blew me away and for the first time put me in the 70%+ bracket; in other words my best run ever (in 30+ years).
I then revised my initial 45-46 10K target time down to 43:30. I can now do 6 miles in 42 mins, so I'm thinking I must be on track. (My running partner has gone down from 49 to a sub 43min target, the swine!).
Moral of the story: listen to advice, train hard - and get yourself a younger training partner who you can at first encourage - and even patronise just a bit - and who then starts giving you a bit of a lesson in humility!
Am doing the 10K in Worthing on 6th June and will inflict the outcome on you.
Stay fit. And thanks for the inspiration I drew from reading your contributions.
Hello John and congratulations on 70%, - wish I could get there!
Aws - what a really nasty fall that was. I hope you're taking it very easy today, and for the next week (and indeed until the rib heals). If all else fails, you'll have to bring the shopping from the car to the house in small quantities, making lots of journeys (I started off by typing "lots of trips", then thought perhaps that was an unfortunate choice of words).
Ceal - was it Pam Jones you pointed out to me, the day you were doing a LFOTM and I was there watching?
Impey - 5 local parkrun venues? - I am green with envy. I'd have to drive 40 miles to reach my nearest one.
Baked 2 cakes and took them over to the Rhayader Leisure Centre last night, to contribute to festivities at the end of a 5k (the middle one of a series of 3) being organised by the RRC. Didn't run it (might run the third one) as still feeling very tired after the 10 hilly miles on Sunday and 4-no-6 miles X-C on Tuesday. Shan't be running today either, though shall be swimming.
Still in the land of the living.
nrd - no surprise there.
Slept well without painkillers to Angela's dis-may/gust. Woke up to a few aches that weren't there before, mainly feels like muscles that were twisted or stretched unduly/unexpectedly, and a headache I didn't have previously. That's gone now, thankfully, I don't like headaches. Chest doesn't feel so bad so it was probably just bruising although nothing shows on the surface.
And I'm not going to treat you all to a daily report.
How about this:
Two old friends meet up after a long time apart and start swapping stories then after a while:First Friend: So how are you keeping then, in yourself?Second Friend: Oh, I'm healthy enough but not feeling so good. Life goes at such a pace I can't keep up. The grandchildren run rings round me up at the swing park and they get me going so that sometimes I feel like I'm ninety.FF: How old are you now? as a matter of interest.SF: I'm 103.
Going by some the comments I should have just lain there and timed how it took for emergency services to arrive.
Now look at that
aws,That was a very hard fall, do you have any idea why you fell?
Two cows in a field, you must have a better caption, "What did one cow say to the other as they crossed the meadow?
Your two pics were way too alike???
John,That is a great time and the rate you are progressing there is more to come.
5k with race pace pickups for me today.
09:19 AM Thursday, May 23, 2013
Gym5k, 19c, cloud, humid, Pickups at 10k race pace, felt good.
Run tagged as Fartlek
Total Run Duration = 27:22, Run Length = 5.0 Kms or 3.1 Miles
Selected Lap Detail
Lap Duration Kms Miles Per Km Per Mile AWHR MWHR Cadence Slength(m)
03 01:01 0.22 0.14 04:37 07:26 73.4% 77.6% 91.0 1.19
05 03:32 0.76 0.47 04:41 07:32 80.4% 85.3% 90.0 1.19
07 01:07 0.25 0.16 04:28 07:12 81.8% 84.6% 90.0 1.24
09 00:53 0.20 0.13 04:24 07:05 83.2% 87.4% 91.0 1.25
11 01:04 0.24 0.15 04:30 07:15 86.0% 89.5% 89.0 1.25
Totals and averages for selected Laps
Lap Duration Kms Miles Per Km Per Mile AWHR MWHR Cadence Slength(m)
05 07:39 01.7 01.0 04:35 07:22 80.8% 89.5% 90.1 1.21
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