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Over 60s training.

Posted: Yesterday at 11:25

Ha, that went promptly enough.

What I said: wishing NZC a belated happy birthday, and commented that I too had been at a funeral yesterday, and that it too was for the mother of a friend.

Suggested to Tracey that perhaps she's run down (haha, sorry), hence the boil, and maybe try lots of fruit and veg?

Gentle 2-mile trot yesterday, felt fine.

Over 60s training.

Posted: Yesterday at 11:23

Just written a post and then it wouldn't post, - got a message instead saying "runtime error"

Try again.

 

'Mature' runners.

Posted: Yesterday at 11:05

What part of the country still has conductors / conductresses on the buses?

JJ - thanks for the advice. Will take Garmin with me into town later today, and find out how far I have to go along the flat bit of footpath beside the lake in order to reach 200m. Went for a gentle 2-mile trot yesterday, in gloom and damp drizzle. (The gloom was in the atmosphere, not in my mind).

TE - good about the all clear from the doctor.

Red - a marathon in Deal on Saturday? The very best of luck (and TE's wings, if you need them). Have you a particular target in view?

BIW - When I was going to swimming lessons, in another town/leisure centre, there were pull buoys available, and with one of those trapped between my knees I could steam along with only the arms and breathing to think about. Now I'm going to my "home" pool, and I don't know if they have pull buoys but I suppose I could ask. 

Over 60s training.

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 11:55

Hard frost here. Just beginning to thaw in places, as the sun's come out. Shall be swimming this afternoon.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 11:52

JJ - how long should the breaks be, between the 200s? And should I walk them or jog them or just collapse on the ground?

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 11:51

Thank you, Red! Good luck with the owls. I can see that crochet lends itself to owls.

Hard frost here this morning, the first this winter. Sun has just come out and is thawing where it's shining (but not where it isn't).

Swimming this afternoon.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 17:20

Red, if you remember that song, let us know; I'm an alto, too.

Sounds as though the west side of the country has been having the best of the weather. Dry today, with occasional glimpses of blue sky and sunshine.

Over 60s training.

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 17:15

Mick - thank you - I think the 16-week schedule I followed for the half-marathon (and which I followed fairly consistently not to say religiously) probably contributed to my slightly faster paces recently. I'm glad you don't seem to be getting the awful weather they've been having in parts of the States, - but I think you're over the other side, aren't you? Heavy rain is bad enough, but 6 feet of snow is impossible.

Ceal - the "pending 5k" will be on 6th December, so barely time to resume threshold runs if I take 10 days recovery. May just treat it as a fun run, - Eldest Son has suggested I do Greenwich, his nearest parkrun, and he'll do it too, plus a family friend whose little boy he often helps to look after, possibly even plus Middle Son who is about to move into a flat in the same area. (Come to think of it, if Middle Son is doing it, I shan't be allowed to treat it as a fun run!) - However, I'll be in London again over Christmas, and may be able to do something a bit faster on 27th. 

Do you know a book called "Older, faster, stronger" by Margaret Webb? (Hope I haven't asked you this before, - I know I've mentioned it on the "Fetch" website, but can't remember about here). About older women running. The style is a bit OTT, but there's a lot of interesting research reported.

Chris Hob - I don't really race a lot; I try to do at least 3 races a year, at different distances, - gives me a target to aim for. But I'm not like Impey with his 74 parkruns!
You run 4 times a week, then?

 

Over 60s training.

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 21:33

Aws - 10 minute miling is not slow in my book.

Impey - you're certainly piling up those parkruns! - I hope to do my 3rd in a couple of weeks time as I shall be in London.

Today was the day of the local 10-mile race, the Elan Valley 10. It's a (roughly) circular course, so there's as much down as up, but plenty of both. It didn't rain, the sun shone intermittently, not too windy, and I did it in 2 hours 1 minute 19 seconds, which was a PB of 3 and a half minutes, to my amazement and delight. I was not last, - two came in behind me. For most of the way round there were three behind me, but one of them (another F70, whom I have met before at other races in this area) came past me somewhere between mile 8 and mile 9, by which time I had no oomph left in my legs and just had to let her go.

It's a beautiful area, and because there's been a lot of rain in the last week, the water was pouring and foaming over the big dam where we started from, and the rivers (the Wye - and the Elan, we ran alongside both), plus all the little streams feeding into them, were galloping along. Plus, all the leaves are changing colour and glowing in the sunlight.

Legs aching, but pleased with myself.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 21:25

TE, the wings were invaluable!

It's a (roughly) circular course, so there's as much down as up, but plenty of both. It didn't rain, the sun shone intermittently, not too windy, and I did it in 2 hours 1 minute 19 seconds, which was a PB of 3 and a half minutes, to my amazement and delight. I was not last, - two came in behind me. For most of the way round there were three behind me, but one of them (another F70, whom I have met before at other races in this area) came past me somewhere between mile 8 and mile 9, by which time I had no oomph left in my legs and just had to let her go.

It's a beautiful area, and because there's been a lot of rain in the last week, the water was pouring and foaming over the big dam where we started from, and the rivers (the Wye - and the Elan, we ran alongside both), plus all the little streams feeding into them, were galloping along. Plus, all the leaves are changing colour and glowing in the sunlight.

Wings now on their way back to TE, - unless anyone else is in urgent need of them?  

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