Sorry for posting this so late but at last I have completed the 50th Parkrun race.
Weather was quite kind, coldish but fairly calm and dry. I didn't particularly feel quite up to it but my first thought was to attain the 50 mark no matter what time I finished.
After the first mile it did feel harder than previous runs. I sometimes think medications I take as well as getting older could be part of the reason as I do think enough training is being done as far as 5ks are concerned. Well maybe more intervals sessions might have helped to improve things I suppose but that would take time to kick in.
For the whole of the race I was just behind two fellow lady club runners, but they kept me going by helping me to keep my pace below 10min/mile.
Official result was 30m.16s. (31m.22s last week). 66 out of 76. The only m70 again. Age% 61.56 Splits 9.30, 9.45, 9.57, 1.04 for 0.16m.
Looking forward to receiving the 50 club tee shirt !
I meant to post this before. If you ran now I reckon you'd be under 30 but trying for one in January sounds a good idea, as long as we are not in a big freeze
As you noted in the TW, there were several finishing 35min and longer. This is often the case in most of Parkruns that have at least 50 runners, like in our RV there are always some coming in at 36 and even 45 minutes !
I didn't think about complaining to the practice manager at the time, but I sure made certain I didn't book appointments with him anymore.
Great chance for you to take over the fastest M70 position if you enter a TW 5k Parkrun. There aren't many over 70s in any of the 7 parkrun sites around here. In our RV parkrun there is one M70 who has run it three times and is faster than me but then he is 3 years younger too.
Would be nice to PB in the 5k but I know that realistically it just isn't on at this stage. For one thing I still have the groin niggle to contend with. And if it is cold/windy then it sure is a no-no. The area is well exposed to wind around the lakes.Mind you I think you know that, having been there yourself .
Monday saw 5 miles ran between 10 and 12 min/mile pace. Similarly in oppostie direction 5 miles again today between 10.47 and 11.46 paces. Lovely afternoon quite mild this time at 50f and only a little wind.
Loads of posts to go through since I last posted. Don't think I can remember it all to reply to all but it's made very good reading .
Sorry to hear of the sad news regarding the tenant who passed on suddenly. Must have been quite a shock to all of you living there.
After all the troubles you've had in the past months I hope you will find 2014 a lot kinder to you. It's good that you have a couple of experts in the field of spine injuries/calcification to help to restore matters so that you will be able to enjoy running again. Maybe the running gear will not stay in the loft too long !!
You did a lot of work assisting Mark in his quest. Following that your enjoyable holiday with your wife while still in Australia was so well deserved ,
Your account of the annual checkup you had where ATH was mentioned reminded me of the time when I had an appointment with a doc earlier in the year. At that time I had been having some very high BP readings (taken by me at home) and I stated to the doc that 200/90 was rather alarming. His reply...." why is it alarming ? Well if I had been running down the road out there I would expect mine to be high too!!! ". He then checked my chest using his steths and said "I can't detect any murmurs, so you are alright ". After that I never chose that doctor again, no wonder there is a general consensus that once you get to a certain age they just ain't bothered about us old folk !!! I just failed to omit that he checked my heart with steths outside the jumper I was wearing which is seems really daft.
Ceal, You are right one more Parkrun will make it 50. I guess you may be back from your visit to friends in Herefordshire today or tomorrow.
Nearly changed my mind about doing the 49th Parkun Saturday as my resting hr was a bit high at 70. But I went anyway, parked the car and used the spare time to warmup for a mile as the temperature was minus 1c. Regretted not bringing gloves for my hands felt cold until after the second mile of the race. Also the course had several stretches of ice so I kept mindful of that and decided to just get round without overdoing it. Not a good time in the end but no matter it's another one nearer to a 50 tshirt . Mile times 9.52,, 10.20, 10.06, 1.04 for 0.12m. Off time 31m.22s.