I am a: regular recreational runner I have been running for: Over 10 years I run this many times a week: 4-6 times My weekly mileage is about: 21-30 I do these types of running: road / pavement, trail / grass / woodland My most important reason for running is: to get/stay in shape
My three favourite events are: Favourite: 10K Next Favourite: Half-marathon Third favourite: Cross-country I take part in events: Never
More about me
I am 64 years of age and started running about 20years ago to celebrate my grand-daughters birth. I stopped my 60 cigarettes a day habit that very day, and have never smoked since. My first objective was to take part in a half-marathon, even though I had not ran for a bus in 20 years, but I started out sensibly, or so I thought, by walking 53 laps of a 440 yards training circuit !!!!!! I was working on the supposition that I would at least be able to finish the distance, even if I was last past the post. That got me started, and from nil to 13+ miles took me almost 6 months to reach. I'm pleased to say that I was able to run the entire distance first time out, even though it took over 2 hours. Over the months I slowly progressed until 12 months later I was able to complete the "half" in 91 minutes, and that is my PB for the distance. I now only run for my own good general health and put in around 25 miles a week, usually 4 x 10 kms. I live in Germany now and there are some wonderful trails in my area. I generally go out on my bike and "research" a new route every week and then cover that area for a couple of weeks,then start all over again on a new circuit. Since joining Runners World I have started to introduce some "speed days" even though I still do the 10 kms. distance. I break the distance up in my mind be doing 100 strides, then 100 jogs, and 100 fast , returning to 100 strides. The improvement in your mental attitude is amazing. I find that I am nothing like as tired as I usually am at the end of 10 kms, even sprinting the last 100 metres. Not bad for an old codger.eh!!! If you feel you are getting into a rut....try it out.....it may work wonders for you too. Take care, and thanks for the entertaining Forum. Billyboy.