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Over 60s training.

Posted: 28/08/2014 at 22:13

Tracey - my race isn't until 21st September. It's Bristol, and as it happens I am going to Bristol this weekend to help Younger Daughter celebrate her 26th birthday, so I shall take the opportunity to have a look at the course, or at any rate at the two hills it is reputed to include.

Lovely to have news of K2 and of Chouette. I remember that LFOTM well, - and Aws and Graham and Impey and of course JJ - and Ceal - and Sharkie - also MT, what's become of him, we haven't heard from him for ages. Aws took lots of photos and posted them on the thread. And TS was there, but wasn't running. He was talking, though. Quite a lot.

Been swimming.

Good luck with those races, Graham.

Impey - as to this website, there seems to be no rhyme or reason. Sometimes I have to sign in, sometimes I don't. Earlier this evening I couldn't get on at all, now I can.

Happy anniversary, Aws and Mrs.Aws.

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Posted: 28/08/2014 at 21:58

Good sneaking, JJ!

I suppose Herr Kniphof was pronounced Knip-hof.

Matsmum, I went to yoga classes when I was in my 30s, and although I didn't restart them after the birth of child no. 3, I have done bits and pieces of yoga on my own from time to time since then, so it wasn't new to me.

Sad about the rabbit, - especially as she was Matthew's, like an additional farewell to Matthew perhaps. Nice touch with the ashes.

Red - you must have been snarling over that battery.

Been swimming.

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Posted: 27/08/2014 at 12:12

Hello and welcome Slow Coach.

JJ - what Ceal said, and Mick, about the fitness, - not that you really need the advice, I'm quite sure you're capable of giving it to yourself. Thinking of you and Mrs. JJ. Can she at least read, to divert herself from the misery? (I remember you said she's an English lit specialist).

I too was wondering about Aws. I miss his TOTP pictures.

Mick - thank you for your kind remarks. I am quite dreading the half mara; but it's essential to do an occasional race, or it would be too easy not to bother with running if any little excuse offered itself. For me it would, anyway. Youngest Son and his girlfriend are doing the same race, which will be nice, and Younger Daughter will no doubt be along to watch, since I shall be staying with her. 

Ceal - strangely enough, no; there is a 3 x (10 mins at threshold, 2 mins jog) next week, and 6 x (3 mins threshold, 1 min jog) the week after. I have some doubts about this schedule (and so does my personal-trainer son) but am going to stick to it nevertheless.

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Posted: 27/08/2014 at 11:51

JJ - a 2.7 mile "gentle shamble" is a step in the right direction, even if you do feel you're unfit.

The spelling of "kniphofia" is really odd (I had to look it up before I posted the post about having bought one). The ph suggests it comes from Greek, the f suggests it doesn't, and the kn suggests... well, I don't know what language we get kn and gn from (something nordic?) but surely it's neither Latin nor Greek. A real Bitzer of a word.

A yellow one - a nearly-red-hot-poker, perhaps?
Is there a white one?

TE - I hope someone's rapped the caretaker's knuckles. (Oh look, another of those kn words).

No running today, but schedule specifies yoga.


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Posted: 26/08/2014 at 17:52

Red - the kniphofia is "Elvira", - supposed to be a good, bright red, which is what I want; I have seen yellow ones, but if they're called red-hot pokers I feel they should be red. Bright red.
Good that you had no breathing issues today.

WtnMel - photos are definitely a work in progress! I have lots of slides. They were cheaper than prints, so I used to get slides and have prints made from them only if they were really good.
Definitely worth contacting the Garmin people. My Garmin was refurbished when I had it, quite a lot of years ago; it has only "died" on me once, and I returned it, and got it back all ok for a very reasonable charge.

BIW - good that your hip is functioning well. You were very conscientious about rehabilitating it properly, so you certainly deserve that it should be.
Speaking of swimming in the rain, I once swam in the snow. It was in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, which is naturally lovely and warm, and has steam rising off it as a permanent feature (maybe not in the summer, but this was February). A strange experience, floating in warm blue water with snowflakes drifting down onto one's face! The worst bit was the scamper between the (heated) changing rooms and the warm water.

Interval session done today, 5 x (5 mins at threshold, 90 seconds jog). Not especially remarkable, but it's done.

Over 60s training.

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 17:25

TS - apologies to Jules; it's difficult to judge gender on the internet, especially when the name could belong to either (and many names can, these days).

NZC - glad you're back running.

Ceal - I think puppeteers are very good at improvising!

Interval session done earlier this afternoon; 5 x (5 mins at threshold, 90 seconds jog). Minute-miling speeds were slower than last week, when I had to keep it up for 8 mins rather than 5! Highest HR I saw was 157, same as Ceal's, but in no other way did my run resemble hers. 

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Posted: 25/08/2014 at 21:48

JJ - just adding my good wishes to Mrs. JJ. Is she finding the treatment very tiring?

TS - oh dear, that pain back again? I hope Jules can sort it, he seems to have succeeded before.

Interval session this week is less taxing than the last one, then I have two short recovery runs later in the week, and (supposedly) a 10k race at the weekend. Will probably have to be a time trial again. At the end of the following week I have a 2-hour LSR, but am "allowed" to do 2 and a half hours, as I was concerned that my longest run in the whole schedule was considerably short of 13 miles.

Poured with rain here all day. Visitors have gone back to London.

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Posted: 25/08/2014 at 21:34

I'm sure it does, BIW! - but we already knew you were far from being a fair-weather runner.

JJ - best wishes to you and Mrs. JJ. I don't suppose that treatment is any fun at all, for either of you.

TE, that sounds like a most uncomfortable run, particularly as it took you so long to warm up again afterwards.

WtnMel - my photos are not sorted at all, many are in their original packets though at least some of the packets have dates on. Going back still further in time, I have lots of colour slides in little boxes. One of these winters I must get them all sorted.

Visitors returned to London. Drove them 45 miles through pelting rain to get their train. Stopped at a garden centre on the way home and treated myself to a kniphofia. No running, no swimming.

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Posted: 24/08/2014 at 20:30

Impey - with regard to the toothbrushes, yes you do indeed. It happens quite frequently.

Congratulations on 1st over 75. 31:41 seems a very respectable time, I'm surprised the AG wasn't higher. Don't you get a T-shirt (or something) when you've completed 50 parkruns? 

75 minute "easy" for me today. Tapering starts soon.

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Posted: 24/08/2014 at 20:22

Hello Helegant, - I know you from the Fetcheveryone website but don't remember your being on here before.

WtnMel - I didn't realise Garmins were at risk of "dying" in a downpour. In future I'll be more cautious about running in heavy rain with mine.

Red - I've noticed that about downhills. When they turn into uphills, they seem to grow teeth.

75 mins LSR today. Nothing remarkable. Am thoroughly enjoying my son and his GF's visit. Last night we were looking at old photos, - GF wanted to see what Son looked like as a baby and toddler, while he himself was looking for (and eventually found) some pictures of himself as a teenager when he dyed his hair black, and then (not liking it) tried to bleach it blond, but it came out bright orange on top of the black dye. There was considerable hilarity, helped by a bottle of red wine.
They have both been running, yesterday and today; they will be doing the same half mara as me (but will do it considerably faster).

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