Hello and welcome, Chris. Like you, I had a very pressured job with long hours of work. Retired 5 years ago and it still feels rather like a long holiday. I have kept a bit of part-time work, though. I turned 70 in January, and have been running since my late 50s, inspired by two of my children initially, and now by the people on this thread! Ceal has not told you as much about herself as she might have, - she's a world record holder.
TS - loved the photos; wonderful sweeps of crocus - (and all unmolested).
Ceal - I will take note of my foot position next time I run up a hill. The hill reps that brought on the highest HR (164) were the 0.11 mile ones (after the 4th rep), not the shorter ones which were only about half that distance.
Aws - beautiful picture; I love those scarlet poppies.
Woke early this morning and as the sun was shining I took a leaf out of Aws' book and ran before breakfast. Though sunny, however, it wasn't shorts-and-short-sleeves weather as there was a cold wind blowing.
On Saturday I had a fun time marshalling the Rhayader Round the Lakes 20 mile race, - also the 5 mile race which takes place at the same time.
Exhausted - rest it with the foot elevated. As well as doing what JJ said. BTW, I love those lambs leaping into the air off all four feet together!
Red - my latest purchase was Mizuno Wave Ovation, some cushioning but not supported (I don't overpronate either) - I'm very happy with them.
JJ - have a nice break, you and Mrs. JJ.
On Saturday I marshalled for the Rhayader Round the Lakes 20 mile race, also the 5-mile race which is held at the same time. I was out for over 4 hours, because the 20-miler passed me once on the way out and again on the way back; and there was only about half an hour between the last of the 5-milers getting back and the first of the 20-milers getting back. Fortunately I was standing in a pretty place, and a patch of sunshine.
Woke early this morning and was inspired by the sunshine to go for a before-breakfast run, - first time I've done that for absolutely ages.
Diana, that pic looks absolutely lovely. One of the people from my running club spends every winter in Goa or Kerala or somewhere thereabouts. His brother lives there so he and his wife go for an extended visit. He returns to the running club in about March with a deep tan.
NZC - congratulations on surviving 44 years! - Hope you enjoyed the celebrations.
Aws - magnificently consistent timings! - As for the 7s coming out better than the 5s or the 6s, is it just that you benefit from a long warm-up? I know I do. For the first mile I keep thinking "This is no good at all, I might as well just go home" then it gets slightly better and after 3 or 4 miles I'm into my stride (unfortunately by 8 miles I'm feeling fairly wrecked).
WD60 - well done on the weight loss!
Graham - hope you achieve your record-breaking week.
Mick - such a long winter, it must be wretched waiting for some warmer weather to come along.
Tracey - you have a lot of these moments of madness, I've noticed.
Took myself for a hill rep session this afternoon. Shorter reps than last week's one, but more of them. Wore my HRM, maximum HR I saw was 154. Last week's, with the long reps, was 164.
Diana - the weight of those costumes - especially the headdresses!
The website isn't sending me notifications, and it takes a day or two before I realise either everyone's abandoned the thread or I'm not being told; and go looking for it.
Matsmum, swimming breast stroke (or breast stroke alternating with back crawl) I can do 30 lengths quite comfortably, but swimming front crawl it is rare for me to get across a width unless I'm using a float or a pull-buoy. Then I need a few gasping breaths at the side before setting off on my next width or whatever. Can't say I noticed much improvement on Thursday; I can't manage one breath to 4 strokes, though can sometimes manage 1 breath every 3rd stroke.
TE - enjoy your rest days, - and good luck with the race on Sunday.
Took myself for a hill rep session this afternoon.