Hello again after a long time away from posting, although I've been reading through regularly. Once again forgive me for not responding to what everyone's been up to, there's just so much, but maybe I can at least congratulate Columba on her fine PB after all her comitted training. And I was going to say it was good to see JJ back to more regular running again but maybe that's in doubt now? No harm in that of course.
For myself I've been doing one or two races, both on road and track. If I'm honest it's been a little disappointing compared to last year, even if it's still around the 78 to 79% AG mark. Times have slowed down a bit more than I'd have expected from being a year older.
So maybe time for a rethink. Nothing too radical but a couple of very good runners I know in their 60s have reduced their mileage and concentrated on fewer, but faster, miles. The idea being to have more freshness in their legs when races come along. Reading on the web I've seen stuff that recommends older runners doing more miles at above lactic threshold pace.
So I've decided to drop any what might be called "junk" miles and try to forget aiming for any total mileage. Also to have a couple of complete rest days a week (more often than not it's been only one day unless I'm away) and be much more disciplined about my weekly gym session.
For track sessions I'm concentrating on 3 x 1 miles. Anything faster than mile pace I'm taking in on fartlek running on local roads with pushing really hard for stretches between about 200 and 600 meters. All club runs will be at a good effort or not at all. And not to worry too much if there's not always a long run in every week. Finally, leg and core exercises at home every day.
TS, I've always thought Harrogate must be a great place to live. A lovely town and so near the Dales.
Christine, yes I've toyed with combining one of those Masters international events with a holiday. I don't think I'd be last but I'm nowhere near fast enough to be competing at the sharp end so the incentive isn't really there.
My 10k race went pretty well. It's two laps of an undulating course. A brisk wind was just in the wrong direction as it was in our faces going uphill and gave little benefit onthe bits that were downhill anyway.
My time from crossing the line was 44:16 which gave me 3rd M65. In first place was my relay friend Mark with 40:11. An amazing time when you know he's 70 next year.