I'm glad somebody knew, because I certainly didn't.
Had to laugh at BIW's bilingual dogs.
And echo what TE says about Exhausted's possible attainments if training consistently.
This morning I took the bus to Brecon, which is where our nearest running track is. The idea was to pace out 200m, so that I can use the pacing to identify an exact 200m around our little lake at home (Middle Son's idea, so he can prescribe some speed sessions for me). While I was there, and having paid £2.40p for the privilege of using the track, I ran a measured mile, or rather a measured 1600m. Managed the first 400 down in the 9s, but couldn't keep that pace up and overall the time was 10:46.
The bus journey takes an hour. Would have been quicker by car (though not a great deal) but I got to admire more of the scenery in the bus, and in any case bus travel is free for the over 60s.
Took the bus to Brecon leisure centre this morning (could have driven it but the bus is free for the over 60s, and the timings were convenient) in order to use their running track. PT Middle Son had suggested I pace out an exact 200 metres on a running track, and use the pacing to identify a 200 metre stretch and a 400 metre stretch around the lake, so that I can do the speed training which he is planning for me. So while I was there I also ran a measured mile, or more correctly 1,600 metres which I understand is 0.994 of a mile, though Garmin made it 1.02 of a mile. Presumably the track is right and Garmin is wrong. Anyway, I did it in 10min 46, though in the initial 400 metres I was down in the 9s.
Ceal - I've had a long weekend in Barcelona with Eldest Son. - I was particularly keen to see the Gaudi architecture, and it was every bit as astonishing as I'd been led to believe. We walked our feet off, and I had to buy blister plasters. Everyone says Watch out for pickpockets on La Rambla.
John B - well done on the 17 seconds pb! - I have a HRM, though I don't often use it. This is mainly because I don't like the sensation of the band around my chest, - but I gather you can now get HRMs which detect your pulse direct from your wrist and don't need a chest band. They do give you some interesting information, but how useful it is in the long run I don't know.
Went for a little 4-mile trot this morning in the sunshine, when the overnight frost had dispersed.
TE - we didn't have nor need head torches; we set of at 6 p.m., when there was still plenty of light, and by the time it was getting dark we were back on the roads with street lamps.
BIW - I think its amazing, how much dogs can learn to do. I often have the opportunity to watch sheepdogs at work, and then there are guide dogs for the blind, and I understand "hearing dogs" too. Wouldn't be much use trying to teach cats all that!
Middle Son ("my" personal trainer) rang me up last night to give me details of my next training plan, - this one includes a weekly tempo session and a weekly speed session. He's coming home over the Easter weekend and will do the first speed session with me. Can't wait! - Went out this morning for a little 4-mile trot.
Red - you couldn't have done the treadmill intervals simultaneously with the telephone conference call?
Exhausted - 3rd F60 - I am truly impressed. A half marathon is the absolute limit of what I can do, and there you are, still able to walk over an hour afterwards. A nice touch, the provision of little cups of beer for the runners as they trot past the Nag's Head.
BIW - It seems to be a whole 'nother world, the dog-training world, that I had never suspected the existence of.
Just over 6 miles with the running club tonight, the first half of it off-road and up to a trig point from which we could see that the more distant hills had snow on, - no wonder I've been feeling cold today! - Down the other side, and saw a few sheep with very new, very white lambs.