JJ, glad to hear that your training is improving. I agree that it would be simple for the timing companies to include the 5 year breaks. I'm also not really bothered about prizes, but want to know where I have finished in my 5 year age group. This is especially important for me, as race results are posted on our club's web site, and it is a bit disappointing to be shown as perhaps 9th on the 60-69 age category, where I would probably be in the first 3 of the 65-69 category.
Red, enjoy the walk, a nice change from a morning run and more relaxing.
Last nights club session was 5 x 800 metres with 60 seconds recovery between each. I ran the first four at a steady pace, and the fifth at good pace. The circuit was fairly flat and mainly on gravel, with a few muddy patches. We had a long run out, with a shorter return. total mileage 7.33.
Welcome back Columba and well done coming first in your age group in the parkrun. My Garmin records the elevations of my runs with a max and min hight and descent, and there is a graph of the whole run/race showing all the ups and downs in feet.
Red and BIW, thanks for your comments regarding recovery after ultra's. I agree we are all different in age, background experience of running, whether we race them or just run/walk to finish etc. Also the race distance makes a big difference. Some of our runners go up to 100 miles, but don't race them as such. I've only run 11 marathons to date, and have always started gentle running after a few days rest, and then started speed work and increasing mileage from the second week onwards.
Red, great respect to you to run a marathon 3 days before an ultra!
BIW, my sister had a dog that always knew when her husband was on the way home. He would arrive at different times, but the dog would be up at the window several minutes before hand. He couldn't have heard the car, so must have sensed that he was getting near.
We have 800 metre intervals this evening with the club, but I will take them at an easier pace than usual, as I have the Overton 5 mile race on Sunday. This race also doesn't have a 65+ category. This does seem unfair, as these days, there are more and more veterans competing, who often finish way up the field. I know JJ has been fighting this issue for years.
JJ, I think that as we get older, we take longer to get into our stride. I'm certainly finding that. I'm sure my niece has taken advice. Her mum, my sister was a nurse, so they would have discussed the medical aspects of her racing. I'm sure she will take it easy and treat as a training run.
BIW, I've read somewhere that dogs are believed to be telepathic, so it could be possible that one dog was sending out disobedient vibes, which the others picked up on.
Red, your future ultra sounds very interesting, how many miles is it. Do you take a good recovery after ultras, or get back quickly into running again, as you do with marathons? We have several ultra runners in our club who are always injured as they are back at club sessions a couple of days after the event taking part in hill reps, speed sessions etc. To me, who has never done an ultra, this is madness, and I can see them in years to come, crippled with pain, and possibly in wheel chairs. Natasha is very strong, and has been into fitness for many years. I'm sure she feels fully up to the task, as she is sensible, and will only run at a pace that she feels comfortable with. I didn't push too hard on the hills, as I didn't want to get injured, so I ran them at a sensible pace, and completed the 3 sets of 3 hills, with 2 minutes recovery between sets without any problems. That is one of our toughest sessions, and some didn't complete it as they had started off too quickly. I don't know if there are any prizes in the 65+ category, but we will be receiving an e mail this week with full details. I'm not expecting to be competitive though, as I don't contemplate running it at race pace, however, if I'm feeling ok, I will up the pace in the latter miles.
Today is a rest day and the sun is shining, typical!
I meant to say that I have seen a photo of the finishers medal and it looks very impressive, so that is incentive enough to complete the race. We also get a t shirt, but I don't know what that is like. There are eight of us from the club doing the marathon, which is unusual for such a small club. They are blaming me for this, as I was so enthusiastic about the race, that "I drew them in."
Red, very well done running in such atrocious conditions. That was a good time, especially allowing for the cake breaks, and the fact that the cakes might have slowed you down! You may well have gone sub 5 hours without "the social stops." I will be pleased to go sub 5 hours in my marathon, as I'm expecting the going to be tough. I've had good news that my niece is running the half marathon. It's only a couple of months or so since she had her second daughter, so hope she isn't racing too soon after the birth.
We have hilly circuits with the club this evening, which involves 3 hills. We run in an anti clockwise direction so that we go up and down each of the 3 hills.