alsoran2, great to hear you're still running at 78. There must be so many people giving up running in their 70s for various reasons. I'm 67 by the way. I have a friend who's a good runner and now 71 who's going through a spell where he's disappointed with his running and feeling on poorer form that he'd expect even taking advancing age into account. I can't see him giving up though. It's just too much a part of his life.
Mick, you show'em!
I did another long run with my newer club this morning, the same route as last week. I felt the race the previous day in my legs and was glad to finish in the end. 30 miles for the week again though.
I'm sorry JJ and Impey don't post any more although I understand why. If they lurk at all I hope they'll pop on to let us know how they are.
Ceal, no, for once this winter you folks down south have the worst of the wind today. It wasn't too bad here.
It was the NE Masters Cross-country Championships this morning. In most xc events locally the women run two laps and men of all ages run three, but for this all men over 65 run two laps with the ladies. It gave a total of 3.3 miles, a bit shorter than we're used to.
Not that I was complaining as it was quite a demanding course, with a couple of very steep banks on each laps, the sort where even the better runners were resorting to walking at times.I felt on pretty good form and really pleased my fitness is coming back after injury. I was second M65 behind my international-standard club friend, who was a distance ahead of everyone else in the age-group.
My time was 26:14 at an average pace of 7:55. Pleased enough with that given the hilly course.
I dashed home for a shower before going to the football to see Newcastle win and move out of the relegation zone.
Columba, I take your point about asking a physio but I'm not sure it's necessary if I'm careful. I went to the gym today and there were five pieces of apparatus which looked suitable for me. I had gentle goes on them all and felt nothing from my shoulder I couldn't have done that a year ago. So I'll carry on with caution.
Christine, let's hope your masseur has put her finger on it (as it were). Then at least you'd know the cause of your problem. You mentioned putting on a knee support during the race. I wondered if it would help wearing one all the time for a while.
I combined th gym session with a 5 mile run. Rest day tomorrow before the Masters Cross-country on Saturday. The over-65 men run with the women so it will be easy to see who my rivals are (unless there are some really grotty-looking ladies of course)
Online entries for the Blaydon Race in June opened at 7pm yesterday. I logged on at 7.15 to give chance for the rush to clear and found myself in a queue with 1698 people ahead of me. It's a popular race! I got in eventually.
Mick, I know what you mean about strides being more comfortable. It's a great feeling doing them when you feel on good form, a bit like a golfer hitting a good drive I'd imagine.
Yesterday I did another gym session, which went quite well. I just do legs and core there but back home tried a few press-ups, I was horrified how weak my arms and shoulders were. That's partly down to avoiding any upper body work since my fractured shoulder three and a half years ago. That feels okay now though so I'll try adding a few gentle exercises in the gym to hopefully build up a little bit.
Today I went to the track for the first time since my knee injury back in early October. I did the same session I'd been concentrating on, three runs of a mile with four minutes rest between. The times were 6:52, 6:50 and 6:53. That's only a couple of seconds slower than I was doing back in the autumn so quite encouraging.