Columba, If I tried to convince my family that Age Grades were the best way to compare runs I know what the response would be.
Alsoran, I am lucky here as there are fewer accidents, I guess because roads are bigger, things are much more spread out and people drive slower. Most fatal accidents are caused by booze and happen late at night when I am tucked up in bed. On the estate where I live, I walk my dog everyday off the lead and rarely see a car.
TS, "It is unlikely I will ever run again"
Unlike you to be so down. We are the same age and size so I need you to keep running. I no longer have any friends my age here that are still running and it is beginning to feel a little lonely. My running partners now are all in their 50s.
Welshpoppy, Treadmills are tedious but ceal's suggestion a while back of varying the speed and gradient at intervals really does give you something to think about. My biggest problem with the treadmill is it does change my gait so I try to keep it to an absolute minimum.
Off to the gym to XTrain while I give the calf a rest. Probably a 5k row followed by upper body weights and exercises.
The weather here is crazy warm, we have hardly any snow, the fields nearby are all clear.
Alsoran, ceal, I too wondered what ceal could have achieved if she had started to run at a much younger age, but there is a school of thought that says you only have so many fast miles in your legs. Maybe it is better this way as ceal got to enjoy her success at an age when most people are sitting on the sofa just watching people run.
Graham, Well done, you definitely seem to be coming back strong.
My running is still going well but unfortunately I had to cut my long run short today as my calf knotted up. Next week is a planned down week for me as I have a 3 day Life Drawing workshop. I will give my calf the week off and just XTraing on the days I am not attending the workshop.
I have a 5k race targeted for April. It has suddenly got very competitive as two daughters plus boyfriends have also decided to run it with the main purpose being to beat me. I have tried to explain that someone in their 20s trying to beat someone of 69 isn't much of an objective, but that is not how they see it. Beating the old man seems to have motivated them.
Graham, I too find long runs with company more fun. I am back to running with a couple of friends for my longer runs. I am still a bit slow but they put up with me. I have had the discussion about mileage vs quality a few times. It seems that once you get into your 60s you have to make a choice. I know runners over 60 that do really well on low mileage but high quality and others that do well on very high mileage and literally no speed work. I haven't met anyone that does both though.
Columba, I have noticed that you seem to be getting more and more competitive but well done on your 8 miler. 3rd place AG is still an achievement and you should be proud of it. You are out there racing.
ceal, Well done on your 400s, I have them on my schedule but a few weeks off yet. As you well know a little discomfort now can make race day a lot more fun.
My running is still going well but slow. I am averaging around 40k a week and throwing in a set of strides after my shorter runs. I am finding that the strides feel more comfortable than my normal running gait. My cadence is higher, stride length longer and I am more forward on my toes. Now all I have to do is be able to keep that up for 30 mins.
Columba, I do have a treadmill in our basement but I never use it. I use the ones at the gym, they are much better quality and I have much more to look at. The winter has been much warmer than usual so we have not seen much wild life activity, but there are lots of interesting tracks in the snow.
ceal, another interesting session from you, any particular objective in mind?
More snow overnight so played safe again. I am feeling much more ready for some higher intensity workouts but still lack the confidence to do too much. Today I pushed a little harder on the treadmill and it felt great with an improvement in stride length.
10:31 AM Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Treadmill5k, 1.1% grad, more snow, Pushed a little harder, felt v good.
Run Duration = 28:13, Run Length = 5.1 Kms or 3.2 Miles
Average Run Pace = 05:31 per Km, 08:53 per Mile, Age grade = 61.8 %
Average Run WHR = 80.5 %, Max Run WHR = 90.9 %
Average Run Cadence = 90.0, Average stride length = 1.0 m
Lap Duration Kms Miles Per Km Per Mile MPH AWHR MWHR Cadence Slength(m)