I hope your cold turns out to be just a cold and nothing more. It was just not your day. Focus on NZ now, put the race, where the conditions sounded horrible, out of your mind and get that kitchen cleared!! We are in the process of planning a new kitchen too!
Gosh the Finland Champs take me back a bit. Thanks for the congrats to my mad daughter.
I am a bit scared of the indoor track with the bank and many bends plus the carpet surface. But I will no doubt get over it !
You must have been missed for dog walking. So hope that you are back to being able to walk a bit further today.
Thanks everybody for their support in helping me to make my mind up about the 800. I think under normal circumstances I would not have chosen to do the race on an indoor track, just because I never have. However, apparently this is the first time that there has a track race for the O 70 indoor ladies in the inter area match and therefore I may do it for that reason, to support other ladies from the next generation, so that they continue to have a race for that age group.
I haven't run today, had friend for lunch. Now it is nearly choir time.
Never say never! That was a very sharp 2.8 miles ran the day after s 5 miler. Thanks for you vote of confidence, or whatever, actually, I think I forget myself about what I used to be able to do. I think at the moment I am fitter than I realise!
Just discovered the 800 is a team selection, for an Inter Area indoor champs. Hence, I now realise that there must be no one else to race an 800! Wonder if I can stay uninjured whilst trying to do some speed work to get a bit faster! I don't even know what shoes one can wear indoors, there is no way I will be purchasing special shoes!
The reason I had a go at 800's was that last evening I received a call from Southern Counties Vets Chairman asking me to race an 800 on March 1st at Lea Valley indoor track in the SCVAC indoors. I have never run indoors, I have not raced for 2 years and 2 months. Hardly the right lead up for an 800 race. It is a bit fast for me. I have raced an 800 quite a few times, but never trained specifically for the distance. I just relied on my 1500 training and my fitness a gained from training for longer distances. It hasn't been one of my celebratory distances. The best time I clocked up was 3.08 mins, when I was 69 yrs old. Which wasn't bad but not as good as my 1500 results.
I, therefore, needed to see what time I could do, because I told the chairman that I most likely would do 4 mins! However, my best time today gives me 86.74% age grading and I am 5 months off 75 yrs. but I think the distance was .02 mile short of 800 because my watch was set on miles and I ran just half a mile and not a shade longer.
I have until the end of the week to make up my mind. I think he must have been desperate to find a 70+ old lady!
When I have time, I need to go to the track to see really what I can do! Then maybe change my training somewhat!
Saturday it was the World Open Water Championships at Tooting Bec, last year it was in Lapland. No wet suits. My daughter is at the start of a new age group came away with a haul of medals plus a gold relay one too. She was time keeping between her 5 races! There was a delightful photo of her online in The Guardian yesterday, it was taken when she was on the side of the pool stretching her arms out sideways.
Great finishing position, with an age grading to match 4 mile race is a strange/unusual distance. As for old gits, I can remmeber noticing grey haired ladies ahead of me and having to sprint along to catch them up and breathlessly ask how old they are. Mostly, I found that the so called old gits were years younger than myself!
Sounds like you want your cake and eat it weather wise in the summer months!
You are putting in some longer runs again. Time marches by towards the marathon time again,
5 hours a week running is a long time, well done. It will be interesting to follow your progress to a raced half marathon.
I hope your marathon went well, I await your post telling us all about it.
I hope the improvement in your flu is continuing. It was this time last year that both Stewart and I were struck down by flu after getting back from Morocco. I hadn't had flu like that since my children were very young. How old is the new useful club member? My back is a lot better, thanks for asking.
-27c but worst of all, the further damage to your knee, what a bummer
I have just had a massage and my back, which was already feeling better, has been pumelled around and will feel even more better later, when the bruised feeling recedes.
I didn't do much mileage last week, due to my back and other commitments.
I did run yesterday, 3.81 miles, av pace 9.37 mm, av HR 123
Then today I ran 4.5 miles with 2 x 800 thrown in. 1.7 miles warmup 10.06minmilling a couple of strides then the 800's ran on the trail with both up and downs, not both were the same terrain, just the other way around. My reason for doing them will be in the next post by me. Then I ran very slowly uphill home.
The 800's were ran as follows.
1) 3.55 mins, 7.48 min milling, av HR 144, MHR 154
2) 3.47 mins, 7.30 min milling, av HR 144, MHR 157