Over 60s training.

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22/05/2013 at 13:34
I felt quite sick reading your post. You have had a shock apart from the wounds. Please take care this afternoon. Shock can be delayed. You have every empathy from me over your ribs, I have worn that T shirt few times. I think that pain killers will be in order at bed time tonight, it not before. I understand about Angela not being able to carry the shopping bags, but at the moment, neither can you of indeed should be doing so. Most supermarkets are very good at helping one carry bags to the car. Lots of love to you Ceal xxxx
22/05/2013 at 13:35

(((aws))) I dear xxx

22/05/2013 at 14:16

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.


22/05/2013 at 14:18
I did think of that. Is there a neighbour who could help next time you go food shopping? It would only take just a few mins of their time.
22/05/2013 at 17:37

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!

Edited: 22/05/2013 at 17:38
22/05/2013 at 17:50
All the best for a speedy race this evening.
22/05/2013 at 19:30

That 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.

22/05/2013 at 20:32

That 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 

inter 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.............

22/05/2013 at 21:05


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 !

Thats really good going, young lady, 50 successive days, wow

Belated happies for Stewart's 60th.  Enjoy your Cornwall break, we shall be there in July,hopefully

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.

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.


22/05/2013 at 22:15

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.

22/05/2013 at 22:55

That was a really nasty fall. Take it easy for a few days.


I'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.

23/05/2013 at 08:06

Hello folks,

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.


23/05/2013 at 09:34

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.

23/05/2013 at 10:11

What great progress and inspiration to oneself. Well done, young man! I hope the 10k goes even better than you expect. I look forward to hearing about it.

How are you feeling today. I would expect you to say, worse than yesterday. Are you trying to play how you feel down so that you don't get too big a lecture from Angela?

The swelling around the knee has receded but is still there. There is a lot more i could say, but I won't!

I bet the racers were pleased with a slice of home made cake after their race.

We are off tomorrow, so this is my last post for over a week. I shall read posts, so that I don't miss anything, but I won't post.
23/05/2013 at 14:05

Hi everyone

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.

Boom! Boom!


23/05/2013 at 14:08

Going by some the comments I should have just lain there and timed how it took for emergency services to arrive.


Edited: 23/05/2013 at 14:09
23/05/2013 at 14:09

Now look at that

23/05/2013 at 14:09

 Two Cows

Edited: 23/05/2013 at 14:13
23/05/2013 at 16:36

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???

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

Edited: 23/05/2013 at 18:16
23/05/2013 at 20:33

Two dog walks, a short easy jog and some gardening.

Just keep running whenever you can. The benefits are well proven.

Any spare cake? I'd like a change from tuna sandwiches.

JB 6
Very good race times. Sub-20 for 5k would be a good target and put you up with the best M60s.

One cow said moo. The other cow said "I knew you'd say that".
Maybe it's not that one?

Very good pace for those fast bits. Laps 5 and 7 are pdq.

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