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.
Amazing Aws! Looks like the same person, but you the younger of the two pics!
But that's just what happened. My Mum died at 57 and Dad at 72, and he thought he had a good "innings" Life was hard then.
JJ - glad you survived the hide and seek - sounds like you had a lovely time.
Regarding the over 70 or even over 60 grades, I think there is also a difference in those that have always run, and those that took up running when older.
K2 - nice to see you back. Looks like you have been trying your hand at everything!
Ceal - happy birthday to Stewart.
I look differently on the aging thing. I started running when I was 10, and finished 2nd in the first unoffical NZ Women's xcountry in 1962. The winner - Milly (Mildred) Sampson. She was my hero. I was 12 and she was over 30 - I thought that was ancient! She would be now be 80? She stopped running years ago.
She is listed in the progression of the world's women's marathon times. She lived just up the road from me.
I've run when very few women ran, competed in the '80s when the standards were very high, and I'm still here.
As a kid it was "go Peter Snell", then it was "John Walker" then "run Forest run".
I've got no records but have lasted the distance. Most good runners don't seem to keep racing into their old age, I guess because they've already achieved their goals.
I got a comment from one of the Rotorua marathon organisers when I became a survivor - 15 Rotorua marathons, that not one of the Rotorua marathon men winners was a survivor and only myself and Bernie Portenski who had been first women home in the event had become survivors.
We all have different aims and goals in life. I was always the runner in the family, and I guess I will always try to keep running if not racing for as long as I can.