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Over 60s training.

Posted: Today at 15:11

Ceal - apart from the rough crossing, that sounded like a lovely mini-cruise. Glad your singing was appreciated.

I don't yet know which parkrun I'll do; waiting to see if anyone else in the family wants to do one, and if they do I'll do it with them. If not, I'll try and work out which is most easily accessible from Balham. Wandsworth Common doesn't have one, unfortunately.

Aws - if I wake at 6.30, that's early!

4.15 miles run at a totally unremarkable pace. 

Just finished reading Margaret Webb's "Older, faster, stronger". It contains some interesting and useful information, but is written in a style which I found extremely irksome (over-the-top breathless excitement in every line). I don't imagine I shall open it again, but will happily send it on to anyone who would like it. She has absolutely nothing to say to men, by the way (unless they happen to be men who are coaching Older Women). Let me know if you want it.  

'Mature' runners.

Posted: Today at 14:50

Exhausted - it'll be even worse tomorrow, you know .

Red - 1900 miles in the year!! - Definitely something to be proud of. What's your highest mileage ever year? 

Been for my "standard" run, to the lake, once round and back home. A little over 4 miles, at a very unremarkable speed. Still got a bit of catarrh left over, and must be in my sinuses as well because they ache especially if I bend down.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: Yesterday at 16:57

Just lost a post. Try again.

Red, is being cyber-stalked by a freak perhaps an occupational hazard of being in the public eye from time to time (e.g. setting a new world record for the Guiness Book...)?

I suspect there's a lot of mental ill-health around.

Although I've seen hedge-trimmers recommended for trimming rose hedges, such as those made of Rosa rugosas, I stick to secateurs and "look for an outward-facing bud" when pruning my individually-placed roses. All of them were already in the garden when I arrived 8 years ago, although one beautiful deep red rose failed to survive a particularly cold winter.  

Over 60s training.

Posted: Yesterday at 16:43

I think I recall that too, TS.

Not totally on the scrap-heap, I hope? Some exercise you can still do (to help burn off the last few lbs of that 15 stone)? - Please stick with us, as you are full of useful information and good advice.

Couldn't help laughing at Mick's prediction that he is going to be outvoted on everything during a solid 2 days travelling to the Bay of Fundy. You can either resign yourself to it, Mick, or decide on a few items that you feel you really must win, and dig your heels in firmly over them, and give way on everything else. Who is doing the driving? And who is paying for the petrol (or diesel, or whatever).

Hilly and windy - Graham, you are indeed tough. I don't avoid hills (that would be difficult, round here), don't like cold winds but will put up with them, and avoid mud. Except when out X-C with the running club and find they're all squelching through a squishy field and I have no choice.

Hope to fit in another parkrun while in London over the Christmas period. Have so far done Burgess Park, Finsbury Park and Greenwich. 

Over 60s training.

Posted: 20/12/2014 at 16:56

Aws - that's a very cheering picture for mid-winter.

Hat off to Colin and John B for impressively fast times and high age gradings.

First run in 10 days (having more-or-less got over my cold). Just a gently 2.22 miles, well wrapped up against the bitter wind.

Colin - you don't mean the runners were singing while they ran?

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 20/12/2014 at 16:51

I'm very happy to run on my own, but appreciate the new places the club has taken me to, mainly off-road, in places I'd probably get lost in or just not attempt for fear I would get lost if I did.

I was seven when I rumbled Father Christmas, and this was solely because he wrote me a note to go with a present, and I recognised my father's handwriting. But I pretended I hadn't rumbled him, because I so much looked forward to opening my stocking on Christmas morning.

2.22 miles early this afternoon, wrapped up warm because of the cold wind. And fell asleep later, entirely without meaning to.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 17:29

Matsmum - if she's made the national news, I should think she will be having nightmares, if not sleepless nights, indeed! Maybe she could have let the children in gently by saying "Who is Father Christmas, really" and telling them the legend of St. Nicholas.

(You can appreciate the line her reasoning may have taken, though: if the Church appears to believe that Father Chirstmas is real, then when they are older and find out he isn't, what are they going to think about the other things the Church seems to have accepted as "real"? - our parish priest wisely never mentions father Christmas. Shepherds, yes; angels, yes; gold, frankincense and myrrh, yes; FC, no. Though one year he did print out "Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer" in the Newsletter, in Latin.)

Bursitis sounds grim, but if you're going to be back running again in the near future, the news must be basically good!

My cold is not entirely better, but now better enough for me to be quite sure I'm winning. Hoping for a little run tomorrow. Thank you for asking, TE. 

That sounds quite appalling, your daughter being left behind by the running club she'd just joined.- and WtnMel's experience also. Apart from anything else, surely they have a responsibility for the runners they include in their runs? I am often left behind for a short time, but the others wait, and/or someone circles back and runs with me for a while. And if someone's not planning to do the complete run, the run leaders always want to know, so they know who they should be looking out for, and who they no longer need to be looking out for. 

WtnMel, on "Fetch" I am mostly on the 700 mile thread. 700 miles seems a reasonable distance for the year, and besides there are some extremely amusing people who contribute to the thread, always worth a few laughs. Do you use a different name for Fetch, or the same one?

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Posted: 19/12/2014 at 16:57

Aws - anthropomorphic - that's me. It runs in the family. My mother used to talk about a teapot which looked as though it was sneering.

I thought you were training for a forthcoming London marathon (not necessarily in 2015, though). Who is the pressure coming from, not to be training for anything? - The extra weight must surely be a good medical reason for a bit of increased time spent running. Or run-walking.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 18/12/2014 at 21:56

Exhausted - I find that being outdoors in weather which is cold, or wet, or windy, or any two or all three of these, makes my nose stream. It's almost like an allergic reaction.

I didn't see the doctor with "my eye", I consulted the pharmacist in one of the local chemists'. Quicker, though more expensive than having something prescribed. She recommended chloramphenicol, which I have been using according to instructions and the eye is ever so much better. Indeed, seems completely cured but as it's an antibiotic I have to carry on using it for a few days no matter what.

WtnMel - I'm on Fetch, but I don't collect Gore-illas. Which threads do you haunt?

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Posted: 18/12/2014 at 21:38

Hi John B. Whereabouts in rural West Wales did you live? I live in the middle of Powys, - one of the UK's "more sheep than people" areas. I'm largely retired, but have a little part-time work in Aberystwyth. Been running for nearly 12 years. People often talk about parents encouraging their children to run, but in my case it was the other way round; two of my children were keen runners, and encouraged me to start. I began with the idea of simply staying fit into old age, but got hooked on all sorts of other aspects of the sport. Physiological aspects (this thread is good for info on that), age gradings etc. Joined a local running club as well, small and informal but very encouraging and supportive.   

Aws - that robin looks a bit cross, as though he's saying "Who put all that snow there?"
Bit mystified as to why you're going to run twice a week instead of three times, if what you want is to lose weight... Have I miscalculated something somewhere?

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