I was going to Gateshead track today but it was closed because of a football match. So I ran a steady 3 miles with my track friends and then went home to do a similar length fartlek with some short fast bits.
ceal, I had a phase a couple of years ago of running hill sessions, both up and down. I developed an ankle niggle, which might have been coincidence but put me off running downhill too much.
Colin, I think you and I are quite similar. I'm only a year older having just turned 66, and we've both been running for about the same time. I suspect we're about the same ability too. I just train harder because I regret not running as a youngster and am determined to now be the best runner for my age that I can be.
If you don't want to put the miles in, and who can blame you, then having a target for a shorter distance like 800m makes a great deal of sense to me, especially as you like the feel of running quicker. I'm afraid my own training is quite unfocussed as I race all the way from 800m on the track to multi-terrain half marathons. Good luck with your sub-3 minute 800m. It should be achievable.
Mark Allison, aka Run Geordie Run, has just announced his next project. For 2016 he's going to run from Lisbon to Istanbul (3500 miles in 100 days) and then continue every couple of years to 2024 until he's run round the world. Most of you will know that he's already run across America and Australia and that I supported him for a couple of weeks last year in Australia. It didn't end well and I've never been on his website since but Margaret keeps me informed about anything major. He was on the local news this evening but I purposely didn't watch it.
Tracey, marathon's are difficult enough anyway. Doubly so if you aren't enjoying the course.
Impey, 70 parkruns means that popular 100 target is definitely within your reach and something to aim for.
Diana, I also enjoyed our short stay in Death Valley. A spectacular place. Eight intervals are always hard, mentally and physically.
Christine, so you're clocking up even more air miles. There's no doubt that Italy and Spain have some of the best Europe has to offer.
Mick, congratulations on your 2nd place. As you said, I'm sure the 1st place would have been your given normal training. Pleased your knee has recovered.
Colin, I'm sure we'd all like to know how you're doing if you want to post now and again and keep us up to date.
I ran 6.7 miles with the club yesterday at 7.40 pace. That meant running with the fast pack last night and it was a bit of a struggle at times after the 11.7 miles the day before. Definitely a rest day today.
ceal, no, not talking to yourself but I know what you mean. Things have gone quiet here recently. We can add busbar to those on holiday but we haven't heard from Empty (Mike) for a while now - hope you're ok if you're lurking Mike. I remember a few months ago when posts were drying up only for things to pick up again and then I was in my usual position of trying to catch up.
So, good mileage this week ceal. I'd keep nagging at you to consider doing the occasional race again but respect that you know your own mind on that one.
Diana, interesting that you mentioned Bryce Canyon as it's my all-time favourite place and the only time I've been moved to tears (a bit, not bucketfuls!) when I got up early to watch the sun rise there when the subtle colours are at their wonderful best. Only one or two other people had and it was such a quiet, beautiful experience. I love your photo of Thor's Hammer.
I ran 11.7 miles this morning along riverside paths, mostly, at an average pace of 8:23. It was windy and there were one or two squally showers but also a couple of impressive rainbows.