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Posted: 15/10/2014 at 11:54

Out with the running club last night. We did basically the same route, but split into different groups, some taking short cuts and some taking very short cuts. Somewhere between 4 and 5 miles for me, I think.

Red - a caucus race? - Keep me informed!

I gave loads of LPs to a charity shop a few years ago, following my mother's death: nearly all of hers, and most of mine, though did keep a few old favourites. I couldn't be bothered with the hassle of trying to sell them, though I did look into it.

Shall be away from today until Saturday 25th, - going to Lourdes with a Jumbulance-full of mixed able-bodied and disabled people. I expect it to be interesting and eventful (went once before, with the same outfit) but not very restful! But shall not be running. Cross-training with wheelchairs, no doubt. 

Over 60s training.

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 11:43

(Assume Ceal meant "no more..." rather than "now more...")

Aws - please don't give up, you're such an inspiration! There are loads more possibilities, beyond VLM. And it wouldn't have to be marathon distance either, that's something I can't imagine attempting. Yes, I know you have done it before, so it doesn't seem impossible to you.

NZC - Diwali? - Seems early in the year, I thought it was nearer Christmas.

Shall be away from this afternoon until 25th October, and shan't be picking up emails. Going to Lourdes on a Jumbulance, with a mixed group of able-bodied and disabled people. I count as able-bodied and am therefore officially a Helper. I went with them once before, 10 years ago, - quite an experience, and not exactly a holiday but a change is as good as a rest!  Shall not be running, will have to get back into my stride on my return.


'Mature' runners.

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 21:08

Now read both race reports, really enjoyed them, especially with the photos. Love the idea of a caucus race. But Red - round the same loop 10 times?? - and each time muddier underfoot, no doubt, because of all the churning feet.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 20:50

Haven't read the blogs yet, but will do so very soon. "Just" the marathon distance, was it then Red?

Reminiscing about record players: I don't remember the dansette, we certainly didn't have one. But I remember the players that "stacked" records one above another so that they played in sequence (but only one side, so if you were listening to a longish symphony you still had to change the records manually). We went straight from our wind-up to a large and superior radiogramme, this having been inherited from my paternal grandparents. And we had an early tape recorder.

Exhausted - hope you soon get over that cold.

TE - maybe you accidentally hit one of those F keys on the top row?

Went swimming. Included a few short bits of front crawl, but not as much as a width. Wouldn't attempt a width anyway, with everyone else swimming lengths. 

Over 60s training.

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 22:09

Ceal - under the hour for 10k, that would be wonderful!

What will Sport England use the photos for, or don't you know yet?

Hugs to Betsy. Does she take it all philosophically?

Mick - well done on the rowing. I suppose almost every exercise will make you sore somewhere. Except maybe swimming. Yes, mine is a Garmin 305. I had a long conversation with the Garmin people on the phone, tried various things they suggested, no result. It isn't just failing to take a charge, - it also switches itself on within minutes of being put on the "cradle", and when I switch it back off it promptly switches back on again. Garmin and charger are now in the post; if they can't repair it they'll let me have another one (reconditioned) cheap. Not very cheap, though.

Ran Garmin-less for exactly one and a half hours. Probably about 7 miles. Anticipated rain (had several heavy showers this morning) but it didn't rain so I was overdressed. 

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Posted: 11/10/2014 at 21:54

Wondering how Red got on.

JJ - I hadn't realised you've been running alternate days. That's quite a lot of running.

Matsmum - and Exhausted - our wind-up gramophone had that same dog, Nipper, on it. We had a lot of classical music, some dance music (parents favoured Latin American) and Peter and the Wolf, which I loved. The gramophone needed winding between every record. And there were lots of records to a single piece of music (e.g. a symphony, or "Peter...") so that was a lot of winding. If the record did slow down, and the music went all woozy, I hated it!  I'm surprised Jailhouse Rock was on 78s, as by the time Elvis came along there were 33s and 45s, and I wouldn't have thought 78s were still being made.

Ran for exactly an hour and a half today. Without Garmin (now in the post) I'm not sure of the distance, but will have been close to 7 miles.

TE - British Masters, no less, - very impressed.

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Posted: 09/10/2014 at 21:19

I think those 78s might be worth a bit, WtnMel. My parents had lots, when I was little. Later, when they were replaced by 33s and 45s, my mother made some of the old 78s into flower-pots by softening them over a heat source (can't remember what, - probably an open fire) until they would bend into a crinkly vase shape, with the hole in the middle as the pot's drainage hole. They were very fragile, I remember, and if you dropped one it would most likely shatter. We had a wind-up gramophone, and the needles were either thorn (which wore out quickly but were kinder to the records) or steel.

Ran Garmin-less today, as it's playing up. Estimated distance between 4 and 5 miles, and included a faster tempo-ish bit in the middle.

I remember the Runaway Train. And I've seen that Six Dinner Sid book.

Over 60s training.

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 20:57

Well done Chris and Liz on the Chester Marathon results, - particularly given the hills and the cramp. And a negative split for Liz, in a marathon, that's impressive, - suggests she really did know what she was doing, keeping something in reserve for the second half.

JJ - I asked for your eldest grandchild's age because I was thinking, if the 2-year old gets 2 birthday parties does the 11-year-old get 11 birthday parties?

Garmin won't charge, so I ran without it this afternoon. Somewhere between 4 and 5 miles, with a tempo-ish bit in the middle. Managed to squeeze it in between showers. Impey, I hope you got a nice hot shower after your soaking wet run. 

I shall phone the Garmin people tomorrow. Had a look at their website which suggested cleaning the contacts, so I did that but still no charge.

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Posted: 07/10/2014 at 20:57

Hello Wabbit and welcome back.

BIW - no stopping you, is there? I hope your surgeon knows what you've promised. Hawaii would be wonderful.

Matsmum - how did you manage not to go round in circles? (In the pool). Hope OH's tendonitis clears up soon, but I think it does tend to take a while.

Been out with the running club tonight, mainly off-road, the last off-road of the season as it is getting too dark. Once again, I managed to keep up; and once again, this fact was commented on.

Over 60s training.

Posted: 07/10/2014 at 20:44

Aws - I love that picture. Rather minimalist. There seems to be an elliptical disc in the sky which I'm sure can't be part of the picture, though. On the right.

Mick - I've almost never run on a treadmill, but feel sure it would change one's style somehow (you said it gives you a problem with cadence).

JJ - perhaps as she's two she's going to have two birthday parties. ... How old is your eldest grandchild?

Mainly off-road run with the running club tonight. Once again, I succeeded in keeping up, and once again this was commented on. The sky was clear, and the most enormous-looking moon appeared just above the horizon.

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