Graham, It is good to hear from you. I went through a similar phase where I started to lose more pace than expected despite a consistent schedule. I had to rearrange things but I couldn't reverse it. I hope you have better luck.
TS, Sorry to hear that you are still being kept off the comeback trail, I know how frustrating it can be.
I have not done much running for the last few days as I have been in the Bay of Fundy area. I did spent a lot of time with relatives and watching the tide come in and out while the Bald Eagles played on the thermals. I didn't realise it took them so long to get the full white plumage on their heads.
Only ten miles for the week but the quality was higher.
WD60, Well done on your 90 min run, not too many youngsters could do that let alone an old geezer.
I set myself a benchmark back in June to try and gauge my recovery from arthritis in my knee. My body and running gait seems to have adapted to it and I can run more or less comfortably now so I decided to run harder today to see how I compared.
Here is my benchmark
10:14 AM Monday, June 15, 2015 Gym5k, worked hard to set a recovery HR benchmark, felt warm. Run Duration = 32:57, Run Length = 5.1 Kms or 3.1 Miles Average Run Pace = 06:31 per Km, 10:29 per Mile, Age grade = 52.3 % Average Run WHR = 83.4 %, Max Run WHR = 95.8 % Average Run Cadence = 84.6, Average stride length = 0.9 m
Here is today's run.
10:30 AM Monday, September 28, 2015 Gym5k, pushed harder, it felt smoother than for a long time Run Duration = 30:48, Run Length = 5.0 Kms or 3.1 Miles Average Run Pace = 06:10 per Km, 09:56 per Mile, Age grade = 56.6 % Average Run WHR = 86.3 %, Max Run WHR = 95.1 % Average Run Cadence = 86.2, Average stride length = 0.9 m
They were both run on the same 5k course.
They are both very slow but I think I am making good progress despite the very high HR
I knocked off two minutes but more importantly my cadence is higher and so is my stride length until I start to tire so it is not obvious in the average.
I am happy with that but somehow I still have to knock off another 5 minutes before I turn 70.
ceal, We are not really in any hurry so we are okay to wait for as long as it takes. You are right, half of the newly painted doors are in place and it is already much brighter. He should be finished by the end of the day today. There are a lot of doors to be refitted so not an easy job.
My legs are still feeling my hikes and walks so todays run was very slow. It is also very hot so a slow plod along my river trail was very appropriate.
My drawing is still progressing and I start a new art class on Monday with a view to improving my basic drawing skills. It is a small group that meet in the evening at a very scenic village by a river. We get one on one tuition from a pro who takes us through all the usual exercises and a project. I also have a pastels workshop scheduled for early October which should take me in a slightly different direction from my coloured pencil portraits that I am focused on at the moment.
Diana, Not someone else who has had a fall. It seems to be becoming a regular occurrence on this thread. I am on the old geezers thread on the US RW and it is also a common event there, probably not a coincidence. Hope you heal quickly and well.
JJ, We still have no interest in the house. According to the real estate agents we have too much oak so it is getting painted over. Solid oak cabinets are being painted cream, it should be a crime. Our master ensuite also needs upgraded again, so new tub and floor. So we are spending many thousands of dollars to appeal to a wider crowd. I think the problem is more basic than that, there are now very few people who can afford it, drop the price and it will sell.
Columba, Well done, your consistency with your training is paying off. You have a right to feel very proud of yourself. I have stop going to the pilates classes and have just incorporated a lot of the exercises into my daily routine. As my running is dropping off I may well start them up again.
NZC, To really get the benefit out of the gym you do need to do a bit of everything. Don't give up on it too quickly, it does take a while to adapt.
I had a great trip west, no running, but lots of time on my feet. We did one 16k hike on a trail near Whistler which was tough and left me with stiff legs for a couple of days. Tried to fix it in the Swedish spa, it didn't work but I came out feel very relaxed and clean. Whistler area is very much bear country so when you go into the forest you see lots of warning signs. We did not see any but the scenery was fantastic. However walking through Whistler village a small black bear came wandering right past us with hardly a glance. So I managed to survive without too many new aches and pains and I didn't put on any weight despite eating a lot of rich food.