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Posted: Yesterday at 18:05

Joining in with the "well done Red!" shouts. Will we be getting a detailed report? I should think there must have been a number of DNFs in those conditions, to say nothing of the DNSs.

10 km at "easy" pace, defined for me by PT son as 9 minute-kilometring, or about 14:30mm. Extremely windy, with occasional bursts of rain. I wasn't looking forward to it at all but once out in it, it wasn't too bad. Avoided running under trees as far as possible, as there are lumps of twig blowing about all over the place. 

Over 60s training.

Posted: Yesterday at 17:55

Aws - beautiful white iris. I've always liked irises but not sure that I've ever seen a pure white one. Mostly they seem to be shades of blue and purple; or yellow, if they're flags. Very impressed by the woodpecker photos, too. I've never heard them from my garden, but often do in nearby patches of woodland.

TS - I thought you would like that word! Best of luck with the MRI. I understand the worst thing about it is keeping still for the required amount of time.

Not pleasant conditions at all, but not as bad (once I'd got going) as expected. Extremely windy, with occasional added showers. 10 km at "easy" pace which my PT has defined for me as approx 9mk. As well as having the strong wind to contend with, I had a few hills, so pace varied from 8:22 mk (13:29mm) to 10:22 mk (16:41mm).  Much the same distance as Ceal, but took a lot longer!

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Posted: 28/03/2015 at 20:52

Red -  enjoy it, and don't get blown into the sea, - or anywhere else, for that matter.

No running today, but planning 90 minutes at the "easy" pace of 14mm tomorrow, so expect to get very wet.

WtnMel, I found things quietened down considerably in the last month before I retired, as I couldn't start any new item which I couldn't be sure of finishing before I left. You may find that you've no sooner retired than people start asking you to do things. And you may feel tempted to volunteer for things, - resist that temptation until you've counted the cost! 

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Posted: 28/03/2015 at 20:38

NRD - for which I was thankful, as the weather has been most uninviting.

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Posted: 27/03/2015 at 22:07

Aws - nobody said anything about the inside lane being forbidden, so that's the one I ran on.

I enjoyed the track; it was certainly very different from what I'm used to, being dead flat and wonderfully smooth underfoot. But four times round was enough. There was a strong wind blowing, which added a bit of variety (battled against it along one side, got lifted forwards by it along the other). 

Since my Middle Son is officially my personal trainer at the moment, I am doing as he says re "measuring" 200 and 400 metres round the local lake. I shan't need to make chalk marks, let alone paint; there are plenty of bins, benches, lamp-posts, recognisable trees etc to serve as markers. He's coming home next weekend and will supervise my first speed session. However, I am allowed to do a tempo session earlier in the week, without him. And lots of long slow stuff. Went for a 3 and a half mile run before breakfast this morning, ages since I did that.

TS - commiserations on the pain stopping you after 55 minutes; you must find it very frustrating. However, the sunshine-and-daffodils surroundings sound lovely.

I have never seen a woodpecker, though often hear them.

John - great work, getting that young man running again.

Impey - ask a pharmacist about the eye drops / beta blockers getting into the bloodstream?

Ceal - as always, I'm amazed by how fast you go. Jeff Galloway is the RWR man, isn't he? But walking doesn't come into it over those short distances, I suppose.

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Posted: 27/03/2015 at 21:41

TE - I enjoyed the track, - very easy on the feet, as you said, and dead flat. Four times round was enough, though. It was very windy (in an exposed place), and I had a headwind along one of the long sides, compensated for by being propelled from behind along the other long side.

BIW - my "best friend" when I was in my early teens had two dogs (mother and daughter) and we often used to take them for walks. The elder one eventually learned the spelling of W-A-L-K. Laughed at Mr. Exhausted!

JJ - I appreciate the "use time not distance" suggestion, and have done that in the past, but at present am following the directions of Personal Trainer son, who wants me to do distance, 200s and 400s.

Woke early this morning and went for a 3 and a half mile before-breakfast run.

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Posted: 26/03/2015 at 15:30

I'm glad somebody knew, because I certainly didn't.

Had to laugh at BIW's bilingual dogs.

And echo what TE says about Exhausted's possible attainments if training consistently.

This morning I took the bus to Brecon, which is where our nearest running track is. The idea was to pace out 200m, so that I can use the pacing to identify an exact 200m around our little lake at home (Middle Son's idea, so he can prescribe some speed sessions for me). While I was there, and having paid £2.40p for the privilege of using the track, I ran a measured mile, or rather a measured 1600m. Managed the first 400 down in the 9s, but couldn't keep that pace up and overall the time was 10:46.

The bus journey takes an hour. Would have been quicker by car (though not a great deal) but I got to admire more of the scenery in the bus, and in any case bus travel is free for the over 60s.

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Posted: 26/03/2015 at 15:18

on a fine but chilly winter's day, it looks like.

Took the bus to Brecon leisure centre this morning (could have driven it but the bus is free for the over 60s, and the timings were convenient) in order to use their running track. PT Middle Son had suggested I pace out an exact 200 metres on a running track, and use the pacing to identify a 200 metre stretch and a 400 metre stretch around the lake, so that I can do the speed training which he is planning for me. So while I was there I also ran a measured mile, or more correctly 1,600 metres which I understand is 0.994 of a mile, though Garmin made it 1.02 of a mile. Presumably the track is right and Garmin is wrong. Anyway, I did it in 10min 46, though in the initial 400 metres I was down in the 9s.

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Posted: 25/03/2015 at 21:55

Ceal - I've had a long weekend in Barcelona with Eldest Son. - I was particularly keen to see the Gaudi architecture, and it was every bit as astonishing as I'd been led to believe. We walked our feet off, and I had to buy blister plasters. Everyone says Watch out for pickpockets on La Rambla.  

John B - well done on the 17 seconds pb! - I have a HRM, though I don't often use it. This is mainly because I don't like the sensation of the band around my chest, - but I gather you can now get HRMs which detect your pulse direct from your wrist and don't need a chest band. They do give you some interesting information, but how useful it is in the long run I don't know.

Went for a little 4-mile trot this morning in the sunshine, when the overnight frost had dispersed.

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Posted: 25/03/2015 at 21:44

TE - we didn't have nor need head torches; we set of at 6 p.m., when there was still plenty of light, and by the time it was getting dark we were back on the roads with street lamps.

BIW - I think its amazing, how much dogs can learn to do. I often have the opportunity to watch sheepdogs at work, and then there are guide dogs for the blind, and I understand "hearing dogs" too. Wouldn't be much use trying to teach cats all that!

Middle Son ("my" personal trainer) rang me up last night to give me details of my next training plan, - this one includes a weekly tempo session and a weekly speed session. He's coming home over the Easter weekend and will do the first speed session with me. Can't wait! - Went out this morning for a little 4-mile trot.  

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