ceal, No I stopped doing the classes a while back but I do incorporate a lot of what I learnt in my post run exercises. I would like to do them but it would mean I would have to give up a part of my current routine which already sits at 2 hours a day.
I rode my bonnie to a neighbouring town last night to watch a friend run an old establish race that I have run myself many times. It is a funny distance 14.7k but a challenging course and has been running since 1907. I was shocked at the winning time 58 mins, back when I ran it regularly, that time would not get you in the top half. Also the female runners were much stronger and one was close to winning overall. Racing seems to be changing with women getting stronger and more of them, while the men seem to be happy to participate.
I decided to take an unscheduled complete rest day today. I have not taken a day off now for 12 days and I am feeling a bit beat up. The dogs can forget their walk, I am going to sit out on the front porch with my feet up and my kindle in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other.
TS, Great story of the elderly couple crossing the road. When I started to read it I thought you were going to end by having them ask you if you needed help crossing the road.
The behavior of your back sounds very odd. My physio has me doing an exercise called nerve flossing along with a lot of lower back stuff. It does seem to be loosening up the tension in the whole chain.
Columba, We all seem to be getting the odd tumble and it is good to hear that you survived. I finding it a little worrying as unless it is ice I always start to wonder why I fell. Is my balance going or my eyesight. I cannot remember falling as a young runner but back then it probably did not have the same impact.
I find drug use in track so disappointing. It really devalues the whole sport. Why repeat offenders are allowed back totally baffles me. Now every time someone wins comfortably I assume he/she must be on drugs.
My week is going well, I even managed some strides after an easy 5k. Today was xtraining, the usual mix 5 min warm up on the spinner, 30 mins of rowing, followed by shoulders and core. It is a good job I am retired, this takes up a big chunk of my morning.
JJ, Congratulations on the new arrival and it sounds like you have a training scheduled all worked out for him. So whats it going to be, football, track, field or maybe cycling, Sir Theo has a ring to it.
TS, your approach to your comeback is counter intuitive as I would have thought that the relative fast bits would have caused more stress than say gentle running for longer. I am tempted to start putting in some faster spurts or strides but lack the confidence at the moment as my progress as been consistent but very slow. I am not sure despite having a strong motivation that I could handle a setback.
Strong week for me, 5 run days for a total of 29k, 2 xtraining, one on the rower, 30mins and a 28k bike ride. I also had two strong weight sessions and a couple of dips in the pool. The latter did not really qualify as a workout because it was very hot and humid and I just played.
JJ, It is good to see you are getting out there again. As I approach 70 I am beginning to think that my running goal is just to try and keep getting out there.
Not a bad week for me, 19 miles. I ran 5 times and xtrained on the rower on one day. Of course there was my usual exercises and weights thrown in for good measure.
I am trying to find a balance that doesn't leave my legs feeling too beat up and sore. I have introduced one day a week running on the treadmill rather than outside. I have found that if I set it to 1% gradient and keep the pace down it is very easy on my legs and lets me get in the mileage without too much discomfort.
My knee is ok and only gives me the odd twinge. It doesn't feel as strong as the other but doesn't limit my running. My heels are still bothersome but only if I spend too much time on my feet, it doesn't seem to matter what I am doing.
My physio now suspects that the tightness in my lower back may be causing some of the issues with my heels so I have some new exercises aimed at taking pressure off my nerves and releasing my hips.
I have just read that through and it sounds like I am falling apart but no I am still enjoying my running.
I am still working at my drawing and feel that I have progressed significantly., however my colour work is total crap.
Columba, Very impressed with your training and your commitment. You must be feeling good about it all yourself.
I am still making my slow progress, knee is stable and the leg muscles are getting much stronger so gait is improving. The temperature yesterday was a new record at 34c so it is hard to see my progress in my HR profile but it feels better. I am running 4 or 5 times a week with a couple of days cross training. I am getting good on the rower and can comfortably mange 50k+ on the bike so some compensation for my poor running.
I do most of my workouts from the gym which has a good group of people who are regulars and over 60. We socialise and it is interesting to see that we all seem to suffer from the same aches and pains and vulnerabilities. Depending on the age of the person and what sort of exercise they do, you can predict their aches and pains.
I have been kept busy of late with computer problems. My laptop started to overheat and shut down. It was the usual problem with the fan and duct being blocked etc. What makes it a problem is that it is not easily serviceable so you have to strip the thing right down to its component parts to get at the fan which is always risky. I am up and running again with all components now running at the correct temperatures.
Just to stop me be getting bored our water heater has sprung a leak. It is all sealed so very difficult to access and probably impossible to repair. It is not that old 7 or 8 years but I suspect I will have to fork out for a new one.