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Over 60s training.

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 22:29

Some wonderful running going on, from all parts of the country, not to say world. TS, enjoy Crete, - I dare say you don't want it too hot, and it doesn't sound as though it will be.

Ceal - reading the bedtime story is one job I probably shall be doing; last week when I was there, Alice opted to have grandma read her bedtime story every night. I love reading children's stories, so happy to do that.

Went for a short, slow, hilly run this afternoon.

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Posted: 25/04/2015 at 22:12

Round of applause for Redhead!

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Posted: 23/04/2015 at 19:45

Red - that is brilliant, how do you do it! You must have your metabolism totally under control. I won't attempt more than a short run before breakfast - once did a rather demanding hill rep session, and came over very dizzy on the way home. Good luck with tomorrow's.

TE - happy tapering. I hadn't realised sheep ticks could carry such alarming infections.

Didn't run along the sea front at Aber, but did rather better, - asked permission to use the Uni's running track (permission was granted) and did my speed session on it, which meant that all distances were exactly measured. 8 x (200m fastish, 200m jog recovery). Plus warm-up and cool-down.

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Posted: 23/04/2015 at 19:34

Interesting lot of pictures on the last couple of pages. Daffodils from Aws, flower photos from TS and knees from Mick! - and a horse, which is lovely. Don't tell me the horse maintained that pose for as long as it took you to draw it? 

42 years with children at home is an awful lot (you'd think they'd be more compliant when it comes to having their portraits drawn, wouldn't you?) I had 35 years, the youngest having left 4 years ago. But even when they've definitively moved out, they often require support, - emotional, practical and emergency-financial.

TS - re the "lying cheating bastard" - I will admit to having googled Hipps Hill at one point, but when I didn't find it I just thought "Google can't record every single street name in the country".
Wonderful news, that it's "only pain" and that the pain is manageable.
And yes, grandparenting is very tiring. I look forward with considerable trepidation to my 10 days holding the fort for Elder Daughter, even though both grand-daughters are now at Nursery part-time (the younger one only just started), and I'm sure my S-i-L will take some time off work, or at least "work from home" when he can. 

John B - congratulations on the "scalp" - very satisfying!

Graham - lovely 7-mile run in London. Did you see lots of other runners? I'm always amazed how many there are (compared with home), pounding the London streets. I've done the run from my daughter's in Balham to the Thames, along beside it a little way, and then back; but on this last visit all I could fit in was a short trot on Wandsworth Common.

However, yesterday I was in Aberystwyth, and asked permission (which was graciously granted) to use the Uni's running track. So I was able to do the speedwork session (2 km warm-up, followed by 8 x [200m fastish, 200m jog recovery], 1 km cool-down) confident that the distances in question really were 200m. PT son wants me to do each one in 1 min 19 seconds, and I was too fast throughout, - didn't look at Garmin until the 3rd one, so hadn't realised I was going that fast; after that I slowed down a bit and finally achieved 1 min 17s for the last three.   

Ceal - enjoy the ballet, and the birthday party. Have you thought of getting in a professional cleaner to help with putting the kitchen back to rights? I'm sure some of them will do it as a one-off.

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Posted: 21/04/2015 at 17:58

Mick - good to know that the knees are "normal", but still puzzling as to why they are hurting. Or, why one of them is.

John - your son or daughter really did time that well, coinciding the birth of the first grandchild with Mrs. John B's retirement! 

Aws - think I've sorted out your riddle. That is to say, I think I know what you mean.

TS - well fancy that, I thought Hipps Hill was its real name, and only now do I learn it's named after Plodding Hippo!  My raisin bag was not a posh bag at all, just a little plastic food bag stuffed into my pocket.

Shall be in Aberystwyth for the next two days (2 students to see). Planning a sea-front run. Off back to London in a week's time to hold the fort while my daughter has her foot operated on, and subsequently recovers from the op (she's not supposed to walk on it for 5 days. Apart from essentials like getting from bed to bathroom and back). 


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Posted: 21/04/2015 at 17:43

Red - what TE said - we will be willing you on! But if you're happy "just to get round", you will certainly enjoy it.

Got back last night from a fleeting weekend visit to London, attending Younger Grand-daughter's first birthday celebrations. Too young for a proper party, and all the guests were her uncles / aunts, i.e. all my children and their Other Halves. My daughter had made a Very Hungry Caterpillar cake (some of you will be familiar with the book, no doubt) which looked very professional.

Managed a short run on Wandsworth Common, and this afternoon have just been for a longer one. Have 2 students to see in Aberystwyth in 2 days (Wednesday/Thursday), so am staying overnight and hoping for a run along the sea front. Then back to London next week to hold the fort while daughter has, and recovers from, an operation on her foot. My visits to the RW website may be fleeting. I'll be home in time to vote, though! - Not that I'm the least bit excited about it, but I always vote because of the suffragettes.

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Posted: 21/04/2015 at 09:08

Got back from London yesterday.

TS - loved the awards list!
And, no pocket-fluff on the raisins; I carried them in a little freezer bag.

Aws - lovely daffodils. Some of mine are now going over, others still strong. Spring here is about 3 weeks behind spring in London.

The London visit was a family get-together with the excuse of younger grand-daughter's first birthday. All my "children" there, and all their Other Halves except for the eldest's, who was feeling unwell after an earlier altercation with the Ports Authority while rowing on the Thames. My daughter (mother of the birthday girl) had made a magnificent "Very Hungry Caterpillar" cake. And later I went for a little trot on Wandworth Common. The birthday girl has just started walking, - at the step-step-step- lose balance - over we go! stage.

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Posted: 17/04/2015 at 22:47

BIW - I love that logo!
Another one I've seen, worn by a group of elderly but tough-and-wiry looking men who appear sometimes at local races, is simply "Coffin dodgers". 

*Waves to Red*. I'm in London over the weekend (younger granddaughter's first birthday party) so will have to catch up with your catching-up later.

Did the tempo session, and as TE says it was quite a toughie, but I was gratified to find that I'd hit the pace quite closely. I didn't get any feedback on pace while running, as I left Garmin telling me merely when to run and when to stop for the 2 minutes rest, but it seems that I did the first 2k in 14:56 (7:28 mins per km, where I was aiming for 7:24) and the second 2k in 14:28 (7:14 mins per km).

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Posted: 17/04/2015 at 22:34

Mick - delighted you're back in the land of the living!

TS - I'm wondering what are the most unacceptable awards you have managed to dream up.
I certainly have osteoarthritis in some of my joints, - knuckles and base of thumb, for example - but apart from looking misshapen and very occasionally hurting, it doesn't seem to affect me in practical ways. That sounds like a lovely run, and no doubt you're used to being half-murdered by Hipps Hill.

Aws - in what sense is your picture a demonstration?

Ceal - it was remembering the stones that brought me to the raisins! I didn't fancy carrying 8 stones in my pocket, even little gravel-type stones, and I was thinking what else I could take (dried peas, for example, but haven't any in stock at present), then thought of raisins, and thought Yes, I could drop them and I expect the local birds would find them and eat them. And from there thought, well, why don't I eat them? So that's what I did.

Today was 2 x (2km at "tempo" pace, 2 mins rest). And tempo pace is 7:24 mins per km. And a longish warm-up and cool-down, of course. I got quite close to the target pace, which was gratifying as I didn't get any feedback from Garmin while I was actually running. I walked the 2 mins rest. I was going round and round the lake, and a young bloke ran past me at one point, going much faster of course and looking effortless. By-and-by I caught up with him, as he had dropped to a walk and I was still on one of my 2km bursts. So as I passed him I said "This is the tortoise, passing the hare". (He laughed).

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Posted: 16/04/2015 at 21:34

WtnMel - impressively fast hill reps!

Thanks - as also TE - for advice re Garmin's inability to record speeds accurately, at least (or especially) over short distances. I will go by time and distance alone in future. Didn't run today (but did a lot of X-training in the garden) but tomorrow should be 2 x (2km, 2-minute break), with each km done in 7 mins 24 seconds, which PT son reckons is my tempo pace. Plus a warm-up and a cool-down, of course.

BIW - I'm not surprise you lose count of laps when you swim that many!
In this particular case, you're probably better off doing what the surgeon tells you. I seem to remember he took your athletic prowess into consideration when deciding how to carry out the op, didn't he? Athletes being treated differently from the majority.

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