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Over 60s training.

Posted: 23/11/2015 at 20:57

Lovely to have you back, Christine. Your brutal half-marathon was a lot quicker than my recent PB, in spite of the hills and the heaving and the blue fountain. You're now going to take it easy, I hope, and do what the physio suggested.

WelshPoppy - wonderful mileage. You're going to keep very fit throughout the winter.

Mick and Graham - go carefully, gentlemen. Especially in the cold weather. And Mick will no doubt have it really cold.

Went swimming this afternoon. Nothing heroic, just my usual sedate half hour in a well-heated pool.

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Posted: 23/11/2015 at 20:43

Been swimming (in a nice warm pool, I hasten to say).

My cold seems to have almost gone, without ever having really developed. If that's thanks to the echinaceae, I'm very impressed by it. TE, it's a herbal medicine, derived from a plant of the same name (which has pretty flowers, often grown in people's gardens), and it can't officially clain to do anything as it hasn't been through the rigorous trials that "real" medicines have to go through, but is sold "based on traditional use". But lots of people say it really does help, so I thought it was worth a try. It's supposed to boost the immune system; the instructions say take it at the first signs of a cold. In future I shall take it pre-emptively, when I go to London!

BIW, what do you feed your cake on, - brandy?

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Posted: 22/11/2015 at 18:56

Oh dear, that's very sad, TS.

Charlie's got it at last!

I think you've had it colder darn sarf than we have in Wales. I think it's been dropping below freezing at night, but a few degrees above in the daytime. I went for a short but hilly run. Have been fighting off a cold - with the help of echinaceae, which I've never taken before but (touch wood) it seems to be working.

Over 60s training.

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 21:15

Good that the knee seems to be improving, Graham. Lay-offs are always frustrating, especially when you don't know how long you're likely to be laid off for.

Marshaled at the annual Elan Valley 10 mile race today. I was at the second water-station, just beyond the 5-mile point. It was pretty cold, but we were in a patch of sunlight, so not as bad as it might have been, and once the last runner and the sweep vehicle were past, of course, we could pack up and go (back to the Visitor Centre, where all marshals got a ticket for a bowl of soup, roll, cake and hot drink, - very welcome).

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Posted: 21/11/2015 at 21:07

I never cared for high heels nor platforms, but did have some lovely flared trousers, also some hotpants which I wore under a split skirt, - I mean, a skirt that was open at the front. I made a lot of clothes in those days. In about 1964 I made a skirt with a hem just above the knee, and looked at myself in the mirror and wondered if I dared go out in it. Two years later I was wearing skirts that showed most of my thigh, and thinking nothing of it. 

Today I went out to Elan to help marshal the annual 10 mile race. I have run it twice (it's very hilly!) and now marshaled it twice. I was at the second water-station. The wind was cold, but the sun shone and I was well wrapped up and it was really only my hands that got cold, as it was impossible to manipulate flimsy plastic beakers and jugs of water with gloves on. Lovely view, down across a valley and then up into distant (snow-covered) hills.  All marshals got a ticket entitling us to a bowl of soup, a roll, a hot drink and a cake when we'd done our stint. 

Runners are very polite. Absolutely everybody said thank-you.

Couldn't help laughing at Charlie!


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Posted: 18/11/2015 at 20:34

Got back from London last night. Yes thank you Ceal, the parkrun was most enjoyable. Burgess Park is very flat, - it's where I got my parkrun PB - didn't quite equal my PB this time, but was very close. Annoyingly, I was the 2nd of 2 FV70s. However, the one who was first was only ahead of me by a few seconds. Youngest Son, and his GF, and Middle Son, all did it too and were all pleased with our times. We had a coffee, then YS summoned one of those Uber taxis, - all done by mobile phone including the payment, I was very impressed, - and went back to Elder Daughter's house (where I was staying, did a couple of babysitting stints) for showers and lunch. Eldest Son joined us for lunch, so that was almost the whole family.

Also took in the Escher exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, on Thursday.

Ran 4 and a bit miles this afternoon, managing to get in between showers.

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Posted: 18/11/2015 at 20:22

Got back last night from London, where I did some babysitting of my granddaughters, went to the Escher exhibition at Dulwich, and met up with several family members for the Burgess Park parkrun; and later the same day, for lunch. Journey home was a bit of a nightmare, as there were early delays which meant that I missed a connection, which had a knock-on effct on the rest of the journey and had to wait nearly 4 hours in Shrewsbury for the last train on the Heart of Wales line (should have got the 2.15 p.m. one; there are only 4 per day).

I haven't read back everything, just the last couple of pages. Glad your voice is recovering, Red, without your having to trouble the doc. Impressed as always by TE's running success and 71+% WAVA. That WAVA should take a little jump after your next birthday. Still haven't reached the 70% myself, - 69.61% for the parkrun. Waiting with interest to hear whether Red's hogsback will persuade Charlie to clear the jump properly.

Very windy here, and poured with rain this morning and into the early afternoon, but managed a run later after it had stopped.

Those pouches of water, TE, - I think they work better if you suck the water out rather than pressing it out.

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Posted: 10/11/2015 at 10:40

TS - I don't think I've ever arrived in Cardiff by train; it's always been car or bus; so I won't have walked past that mural.

My last three runs have been seriously wet and windy. Off to London tomorrow to visit family, and will hope for a parkrun while there.

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Posted: 10/11/2015 at 10:36

Buckfast Abbey - right, that's another to go straight onto my to-do list.

Good suggestions re the neighbour (especially about inviting her for coffee). I was thinking you might mention to her that leaving lights on and not drawing curtains makes the interior brilliantly visible to passers-by, which she may not want. However, as someone already said, if she's only just moved in she may not even have curtains yet.

Aberystwyth today, and London tomorrow for a few days. No running in prospect until Saturday, when I hope for a parkrun in London; probably in Burgess Park and probably with at least one other family member.

Will probably not keep up with the thread, catch up when I get home.

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Posted: 08/11/2015 at 18:31

Red - I've read about that church - a very short book review, which I cut out and pinned to the cork board in my kitchen, to remind me to visit it one day. Stained glass windows by Chagall, imagine! - I haven't read your blog about it, though; must do so.

BIW - with a sunset like that, who needs stained glass?

6.86 miles early afternoon, in rain and wind. Like TE, I didn't bother with a cap, and for the same reason. Just put up with the rain on my glasses. Very mild.

WtnMel - I've visited the Sagrada Familia, too. Astonishing place! I walked my feet off in Barcelona over a long weekend visit with Eldest Son, a few years ago.

TE - you'll be looking out for races with a 70+ category, then. And I bet you'll be winning your category, too.

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