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Over 60s training.

Posted: 02/12/2016 at 19:39

Busbar - yes, that spinning class is certainly a good workout. I have to take a flannel with me to wipe my face as the perspiration streams down it after 20 minutes or so. We have some weights work to do as well (I pick the smallest ones, 0.5 kilo - once picked 1.5 kilo weights by mistake, impossible to hold them at arms' length for more than a few seconds), keeping the legs going while doing things with the weights. It is all done to unbearably loud music; I switch off my hearing aids but leave them in my ears to block the sound, but it's still very loud.

TS - a drying cupboard, brilliant idea, and wonderful that you are able to fix it up. Won't Margaret be borrowing it to dry all the washing?

Above freezing today (not much above, and the wind was from the north and very cold). Ran my 3.1 mile route, which pretends to be a parkrun.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 02/12/2016 at 19:23

Happy anniversary, WtnMel and Margaret.

Wonderful running, Red. Had to laugh at your 105 marathons after you'd been told to stop running. And you never had the operation?

3.1 miles early this afternoon. Temperature was (just) above freezing, but the wind was cold. I dressed up warm, everything covered except my head, and even then I had a band on to cover my ears. Shorts indeed, it has to be pretty warm before I expose my legs.

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Posted: 30/11/2016 at 10:19

Problems with the website, I see (from Busbar's and Graham's comments) which is no doubt why I couldn't get on for a few days.

at TS not being allowed to carry a dripping jacket through the house to the bathroom.
Leave a big plastic bag by the door as you go out?

Happy St. Andrew's Day, to all who have connections with Scotland.

Very cold here today. Outdoor temperature when I got up was -8; and it's still -5. Chickened out of the running club's run last night, and went to the spinning class instead.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 30/11/2016 at 10:07

For a while I couldn't get onto the website, and TE's comment about being "back on line" indicates why. 

TE, that was truly magnificent, and how funny about coinciding with John B from the Over 60s thread!

Congratulations on new grandson, Exhausted. 9.5 lbs is impressive. My largest was 9lbs 2 oz, and that was enough.

WtnMel - despite a 3 week break you were still overtaking people going uphill? You clearly maintained cardiovascular fitness somehow.

Red - so it's 50 done, 2 to go? - Enjoy them, and celebrate properly at the end.

I've done a few short runs, and been to another of the spinning classes, since I last posted. Knee is much the same. I've arranged to see some sort of an expert (in London, when I'm there over Christmas) recommended by Elder Daughter. It seems to be gait analysis plus. She has seen him herself, re a foot problem; but one of her reasons for recommending him was that he's about the same age as I am, so I won't get the "just slow down and stop running" line. At least, I hope I won't. 

Cold her today. Temperature outdoors was -8 when I first got up, and is still -5 now. Goodness knows what it got down to overnight.

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Posted: 24/11/2016 at 22:39

TE - 3rd MV70+ and better still beating your nemesis! Very impressive.

Red - good thing you'd allowed plenty of time for getting there.
How old is Kizzy? What do you have to multiply horses' age by, to convert it into a rough equivalent of human age? 3, is it?

Went out with the running club on Tuesday evening; there were enough of us, of varied abilities, to split into 3 groups. Needless to say I was with the slowest group, and also took a couple of short cuts as I'm still nursing my knee though it's a great deal better than it was a few months ago. Today I did 2.2 miles on my own, very slowly. Must try speeding up a bit and see if the knee reacts at all.

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Posted: 24/11/2016 at 22:27

Mick - lovely snow pictures. Your little white dog was quite hard to pick out. I thought you were treadmilling chez vous, which would be very boring, but if the treadmill's in a gym that makes it more interesting. Though I think I might worry that someone else was waiting to get on the treamill before I was ready to get off.
No, I didn't "lose any fast guys down the cracks" - though one guy did insist on running over the grid though he knew I was telling him not to.

John B - yes, rugged is about right. The whole area is rural and hilly, for miles around.

NZC - you came 3rd in age group out of a field of 10,000? - That's amazing, you certtainly deserved that prize.

TS - maybe you could hang your wet jacket over the bath to drip when the man cave is out of bounds.
As well as the Paul Nash, there's a Caravaggio exhibition on in London. I thought it would probably be too crowded to attempt, so I didn't.

Went for a very slow 2.2 miles this afternoon; also out with the running club on Tuesday evening, but I limited that to 3.29 miles. Desperately slow at the moment; don't know if it's "all in the mind" as I'm so aware of my iffy knee, or if I'm just out of practice. Maybe my next session should have some fartleks in it.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 20/11/2016 at 18:19

Echoing Red. I gather an event at Brighton was cancelled.

Yesterday I marshalled a local-ish 10 mile race. It's an annual event, put on by "my" running club, and this is the third time I've marshalled it. I've also run it twice. It's hilly. I was at a cattle grid, making sure that no-one tried to cross the grid itself but went through the open gate to one side of it (one bloke went over the grid anyway, but fortunately without mishap).

Enjoy the 4 days rest, Red. You've certainly earned it.


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Posted: 20/11/2016 at 18:09

(Thought I'd better post that, while the going was good, rather than continue and lose it all).

Mick - good to know your Bonnie is cured, - just in time to put her away for the winter.

Busbar - 1:44 for a half, - I'm very impressed! And NZC, 3rd in age group - again, very impressed!

John B - which half marathon are you thinking of in March; or haven't you got that far yet?

Graham - a good thing you remembered about having had the flu jab, or you'd have been worrying about that sudden energy loss.

Yesterday's marshaling was not too uncomfortable at all. I was dressed up warm, and the day was not too cold anyway. I was standing at a cattle grid, making sure that no-one tried to run across it but instead through the open gate to one side. It's a very hilly 10-miler, and "my" cattle grid was part-way up one of the hills. The leading blokes came through like birds, though highly focused. Then came a whole lot who were breathing hard but still running, some looking agonised. Then some run/walkers. I was only about 2 and a half miles into the race, so the group wasn't nearly as spread out as it became later, and the whole lot were past me in about 20 minutes so then I could close my gate and walk back to the start/finish, and get hot soup, coffee and cake. 

Over 60s training.

Posted: 20/11/2016 at 17:56

TS - had to laugh at the loss of your "man cave". Pity it's winter, or you could put up a tent in the garden as a temporary measure.
The Paul Nash exhibition was excellent, covered his lifetime development as an artist, starting with what was almost an obsession with trees (certain trees in particular), extending out to landscapes. He was indeed a war artist, but very few of his war pictures have figures in them; just one included some slain soldiers, and for the most part it was mangled tree-stumps, mashed and battered ground, and no people in sight alive or dead. Later he got drawn into surrealism, but it was still landscapey or based on still life pictures. Hardly any figures in any of his pictures, though interestingly there are two in which there is a shadow of a person, as though the person herself was standing fairly near the artist, the light behind her casting her shadow forwards. There's also a landcape painting which originally had 2 people in but he painted them out. It's a big exhibition, at least 9 rooms and only two of them had anywhere one could sit down, and I got very tired. 

Over 60s training.

Posted: 17/11/2016 at 21:35

Busbar, - how wonderful to see you back! - and I'm glad you finally overcame that injury. Many congratulations on the sub-4 marathon.

and hello Pammie - but we keep up on the Fetcheveryone threads.

I haven't done a lot of running this year - though I did join a bit of a family gathering in northern Norway at midsummer to run under the midnight sun. Had a knee injury, which wouldn't seem to get better, eventually had it x-rayed and am told it has arthritis but that's not really very informative.

John B - yes, there is a Greenwich parkrun - but it's not in Greenwich Park. It's in Avery Hill park, which is quite a distance away. However, I did run in Greenwich Park, just a little 3 and a bit miles. Most of my London trip was busy with family contacts, including a meet-up with my brother in Sevenoaks, but I did get to an art exhibition - Paul Nash, at the Tate Britain. I have returned from London with a cold, as usual. And on Saturday I'm supposed to be marshalling a local 10-mile race so I hope I'm not standing out there in cold, wet and wind.

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