Columba - I guess you'll like this one, it's acrylic.
Well I like that
I love the black background makes the red and green quite striking
Chris, I read your running history with interest. You already have lots of experience to call on and can only improve, especially when you have more free time.
Tracey,well done on your race, especially as it was at such short notice.
I was only half joking about feeling burnt out. I was exhausted after Sunday's run. I had a complete rest day on Monday and to my surprise felt quite fresh last night for the last in this season's handicap race at the coast. Time for the 3.6 mile route was 24 mins 15 secs, average pace 6.45. Pleased with that after a couple of high mileage weeks.
Ceal, I was just so pleased the tiredness and aching legs had gone so quickly after a day's rest. Very nice run from you today and now you can enjoy the nice weather. I was looking at my running diary from last March and remembering how grotty it was. Looks like Mick's the one suffering this year from an endless winter. Hopefully it wont last much longer for him.
Tracey - sorry missed your post. Well done on doing the 20 I hear its quite a tough course
Ceal The sun is here I don't usually see the fog unless i'm working
4.16 miles just a casual easy run almost same route as sunday just a little shorter going to try and do this route more regularly the trail is nice and firm well apart from where the flood water is
Good time for your 20 Tracey.
Hope there was hopeful news for TS. I'm impressed at your walking pace - very brisk!
Glad the root canal wasn't too unpleasant Mick.
MT, well done on the Salisbury 10. It must be disheartening to think that Liz may not be up and about again, but it's great that she can still have a positive outlook. Sounds as though the back garden is definitely the next project!
Thanks for the introduction, Chris. I'm also a bit of an interloper, as I don't qualify for this thread until August, and have already been here a number of years. I didn't start running until I was 50, and am lucky to have had next to no injuries. I'm currently 'just running' not racing, which I enjoy from time to time. The racing bug will probably catch me again before too long.
Very good mileage, Mick & Graham. Of course, it would take me longer than many here to do those miles, but I've managed 43 so far this month, so getting back into the swing after my low mileage holiday.
Tracey - well done on the 20 miler - good stuff - which marathon are you running? How long away?
Chris -you have had a long running career - glad you have found the walk/run method - it seems to suit a lot of people. My daughter is trying it too, but is doing more walking than running. I love the concept of the magic mile - for those who don't know - you run a mile, put it into the Galloway website calculator and it tells you how many minutes walking and running you should do according to your basic speed.
Pammie - think I can see a determined come back!
Ceal - same to you - you are stretching the distance out now.
Graham - it must be lovely to be able to run so fast - ancient history for me!
Aws - lovely painting - love the contrast of colours - stunning!
Today is a very important day for Mae - she is on a trial, hope she passes. I'm taking her to K9 country club, a place where dogs run together. It's out in the country, so streams and lots of available land to run free, no kennels as such, and they all sleep together it seems.
Mae is a wonderful people dog, but we usually have her run on a lead, so she doesn't usually have a lot to do with other dogs, so we will just have to see how she goes. They don't accept aggressive dogs, or subservient ones either. If they bark or cry too much they don't get to stay either. So if she can just enjoy the experience for the day, she will be able to stay there for the weekend of the Rotorua marathon.
I've got my fingers crossed - she doesn't know what she's in for - hope it all turns out good.
I know she wouldn't stay in a normal kennels, she would cry night and day! She always has to have one of us with her, but maybe other dogs might do the trick. We couldn't find a dog-friendly motel this time round!
I had a good 9km run with her yesterday, so she won't be too out of control. Will let you know the result!
NZC - Brighton marathon on 6 April
0458 6°C7.19M; 1:36:48.0; 13:28/M; 1 13:34.9 1.00 13:35 147 1512 13:52.1 1.00 13:52 145 1513 13:29.8 1.00 13:30 146 1544 13:17.6 1.00 13:18 149 1535 13:45.6 1.00 13:46 146 1536 13:35.7 1.00 13:36 141 1467 13:12.1 1.00 13:12 140 1508 1:59.5 0.19 10:39 144 148HR av144 max154
All under 14; HR fairly even; only two quicker of the last 20 at the distance. Can't be bad. Give thanks Alan.
Good running Aws!
Mae passed with flying colours - very happy!
Tracey - Not long now then
Ceal - yes there is a cyclone approaching this weekend - they are expecting very high winds. So plans for events or long runs this weekend look a bit doubtful.
Christchurch has just had some awful flooding, the land is different now after the earthquakes. I'm sure they are all sick of it. Hope they don't get hit too badly this weekend.
I think they have a Parkrun in Christchurch - probably in Hagely Park. I'll have to look. Probably best to stay indoors though if it is as bad as they say it is going to be.
I read a book the other day about a British woman coming to NZ. Her husband had died and her children had come to NZ. She decided to sell up and follow them here and bought a house in Christchurch! For the first couple of years she enjoyed it until the earthquakes. She ended up going back to England!
Ceal - No, just looked - there isn't a parkrun in Christchurch. The only event I can see is on Saturday 15 March - part of a Frontrunner Series - they have a 5km.10km, and 21km at the Pegasus Golf course. I don't know where that is - but the info is on the coolrunning.co.nz website. It could be cancelled of course - will depend on the weather.
Chris,I found your post very interesting as we all go through the process of matching our exercise to our changing bodies. I found my exercise journey through my early 60s full of STOP signs, but I also found it was possible to get around them. You just needed patience and to modify your exercise programme to get the optimum from what you do.
NZC,I have a couple of small dogs who also like lots of attention, glad to hear your dog behaved herself.
Yesterday was my xtraining day so lots done in the gym. Over the last two months I have been working my Hamstrings and Glutes hard and yesterday included 60 squats with a 45lb bar that left my legs somewhat less than sprightly.Today was meant to be a speed session 5x800 at 5k race pace. The weather was awful, major snowstorm and -32c windchill, and yes it is Spring in a week.Needless to say I changed my workout to 4x4 on the treadmill.I changed it again as soon as I started running, my legs were struggling. I dropped it to 5k race pace pickups between 1 and 2 mins. These felt good and I must have done a dozen or so for a total of 10k of running.
Recovery run tomorrow.
Good news for Mae, NZC. Might be a useful alternative at other times too. Hope the weather doesn't get too bad (or for Stewart, ceal).
You seem to be clocking up a lot of miles aws - I know you try and do a 5, a 6 and a 7, but it seems more recently. Have you increased your mileage?
I've done varied running ceal. Last week we did hill reps (10 x 1 minute 20 seconds, which was tough), then mile intervals, and a muddy cross country on the Friday. I'm trying to run 4 times a week, so fitted in a short run of 3.23 miles on the Sunday to make the target. That gave me 23.8 miles for the week. This Monday we did 200m reps (15 I think) with 40m recoveries (which means you don't fully recover). On Wednesday evening I accompanied daughter for investigative MRI on her back, so ran with daughter #1 after she dropped the boys at school.
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