I think the biggest issue we face at our age is avoiding injury. To perform as well as you do, you have to push the boundaries a little. Your body will tell you when it is too much but unfortunately it can be too late when you hear it.
What does your course include?
That was some last sentence, obviously study English Literature at college
I ran with a friend's wife today and she is running the same race this weekend. She is very keen to beat me and will most likely win her AG. We ran a comfortably with a couple of 400m pickups at about race pace 5:04 per k. I don't think she even noticed the pickup.
This could prove something of a challenge as I most definitely noticed it.
TS, That sounds just like how my chronic AT condition developed. No matter what I did it seem to get more uncomfortable as the day wore on. Eventually it hurt all the time and I just got use to being in pain. I could still run but only slow and gentle. I did race but my times dropped off from the 21 min range to 24 min for the 5k.
8.5k with pickups and 6.5k yesterday with a couple of pickups. Xtraining today both upper and lower body, felt ok.
I find it very hard to predict how a run is going to go. Monday's run felt uncomfortable. I seemed stiff and uncoordinated but Tuesday run felt good, smooth and comfortable. I did a lot of work around the garden getting ready for the cold weather so that may have been it.
Sure sign that the snow is coming, the snowploughs were out with all the drivers getting their refresher training in. It is strange to seem them ploughing nothing.
ceal, Good luck with the neck treatment, that is not a nice place to hurt. What course are you doing on colour? I am contemplating a course called Drawing as Thinking. It all sounds a bit arty for me, but I think I will enjoy it. Here is the writeup.
Drawing - the practice of visually recording perceptions and thought processes is fundamental to many disciplines. Students explore drawing as a way to solve problems and think independently. The act of drawing is one of choosing what to pay attention to out of the confusion of sensory experience and of exploring different ways of seeing. Projects are designed to help students discriminate between first impressions and underlying patterns, between form and detail and to explore conceptual categories. Intended for artists, designers and those who want to practise thinking outside the box.
Columba, I was told the same thing about my knees. There is no cure and you are old so find something else to do. I of course ignored that and found a young physio who was keen to help me learn to run with it. He put me on a long term strength building programme that took a lot of patience but I got there. No my knee is not cured but I can run mostly pain free as long as I keep up the exercises and listen to my body. I am managing between 40 and 50k a week, that is 5 days of running and one of cross training. I am also introducing speed work slowly and carefully which is producing results although I think I still have a way to go to get down to 25 mins for a 5k. I have a race this weekend and then another the following weekend so I will see what progress I have made since last year.
I have decided on a down week this week so no running while I am away. I did run on Monday which was my best tempo run in two years. I scheduled a couple of races over the next month so I will see how far I have come.
TS, Now you know what they say about men's feet so it depends on what they were saying. If it was, 'oh what dainty feet you have', then a visit to the shrink is in order. Good luck with the flu.
Welshpoppy, Can't be much wrong if you managed 7.5m., you will soon be back to normal, whatever that is.
Tempo run on Tuesday left my legs a bit beat up yesterday so a 5 mile recovery run for me. Today was Xtraining so rather than go to the gym it was the chainsaw in the garden cutting up three 30 foot+ spruce trees that I had taken down as they were too close to the house and were looking ready to fall down one stormy day. I was not too surprised to find that two of them had rotten centres at the base. I now have a huge pile of logs ready for splitting. I should have assorted sons and boyfriends home at christmas so this will give them something to do. I may rent a log splitter as the pile is huge and the splitters are fun to use.
My bonnie has been sick for a while, it will not idle properly. I have tried the dealership but they are useless so I will have to try and fix it myself. I have a number of ideas and am waiting for the parts to come in so that will keep me busy for a while.
We are off to Vermont next week for a break and to see all the Autumn colours.