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Over 60s training.

Posted: Yesterday at 20:38

Mick - were these domestic turkeys or wild ones?

Like you, I got supersaturated during my run today. It was supposed to be "45 minutes undulating". As everything here is undulating, I decided on 45 mins moderately hilly, and set off soon after 7.00 this morning in a little drizzle. The little drizzle rapidly developed into steady rain. In spite of this - and the hills - I really enjoyed it!

Ceal - you made my mouth water. Any left over?

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Posted: Yesterday at 11:15

TE - we have one of those grandfather clocks in the family. It actually did belong to my grandparents at one point, then went to my aunt, who was so amused at my Eldest Son's interest in it (when he was a tiny tot) that she said she'd leave it to him in her will. And she did, so now he has it.

Went out early for today's run, which was supposed to be "45 minutes undulating". As everywhere round here is undulating anyway, I translated that into "45 minutes moderately hilly". It poured with rain and I hadn't taken my peaked cap to keep the rain off my glasses, but for some unaccountable reason I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Over 60s training.

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 22:31

Ceal - good that the HRM now seems to be doing what you want it to.

Diana, welcome back and happy forthcoming birthday. I really would not fancy a tree-root-ridden run in the dark!

My brother hasn't done any running yet, but he hopes to. Today we went here:

www.westonburymillwatergardens.com

It boasts the world's first water-powered cuckoo clock. A marvel to behold! It's like something by Heath Robinson, water cascading down, counter-weights made of jam-jars filled with stones, an old hammer and a Guiness can incorporated in the machinery... But it works (apart from running 16 minutes late). It's also enormous, a 2-storey building, with the cuckoo the size of a condor emerging from behind doors in the upper storey, just below the clock itself.  It's a must for anyone obsessed with clocks in general and cuckoo-clocks in particular. Even apart from the clock, the gardens were worth the visit, with a working water-wheel, a dome constructed almost entirely of glass bottles, and innumerable little paths twisting and turning all over the place. Quite Alice-in-Wonderland-ish.  Plants were good, too.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 22:20

Hello and welcome back Diana. Congratulations on 24-hour relay, especially 10k at 2 o'clock in the morning! 

Official rest day today, and went with brother and niece to a water gardens which boasts the world's first water-powered cuckoo clock. A marvel to behold! It's like something by Heath Robinson, water cascading down, counter-weights made of jam-jars filled with stones, an old hammer and a Guiness can incorporated in the machinery... But it works (apart from running 16 minutes late). It's also enormous, a 2-storey building, with the cuckoo the size of a condor emerging from behind doors in the upper storey, just below the clock itself.  

See www.westonburymillwatergardens.com

A must for anyone obsessed with clocks in general and cuckoo-clocks in particular. Even apart from the clock, the gardens were worth the visit, with a working water-wheel, a dome constructed almost entirely of glass bottles, and innumerable little paths twisting and turning all over the place. Quite Alice-in-Wonderland-ish.  Plants were good, too.

Over 60s training.

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 21:16

Mick - oops! 136% does look a bit high!

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 21:12

Red - one needs to know that you have horses!

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Posted: 30/07/2014 at 11:43

WtnMel - re Redhead and the "poo picking" - it may help you to know that she has horses, and from time to time collects up the manure and stacks it in a heap (presumably, for later use in gardens).

I was out early today (7.15 - early for me - ) for an interval session, 6 x (5 mins at "threshold", 1 min jog recovery). This is up a gear, as hitherto I've had 90-second jog recoveries. Distances turned out to be between 0.42 and 0.44 of a mile, and speeds all at 11 to 12 minute miling.

Brother and niece have come to stay for 10 days or so (that's one reason I got up early, - so that we would have plenty of the rest of the day for going out - but niece is only just up so not a great deal of day left).

Over 60s training.

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 11:22

Graham - those floaters sounded nasty, but at least they dispersed. I recognise the description of "thousands of tiny ones", though had forgotten about them, as they evidently disappeared after a time. Are you short-sighted? I gather it's short-sighted people (like me) who tend to get floaters.

Ceal - bit of a disappointement, then, the wrist-mounted HRM?

Is a bone density test very unpleasant in itself, or do you just not want to know the results? Surely runners are likely to have good bone density because of all the weight-bearing exercise.

Out earlyish for an interval session - 6 x (5 mins at threshold, 1 min jog recovery). The recoveries up to now have been 90 seconds, so this was a bit more of a challenge. In terms of minute miling I did 11:28, 11:52, 11:32, 11:25, 11:28 and 12:00 (the distance ranged from 0.42 to 0.44 of a mile).

Brother and niece arrived yesterday for a 10-day visit. At time of writing, niece is not yet up... So what else is new.  

TS - looks like a nice place to stay. Maybe a brisk walk before breakfast would be sufficient? - Taking indicator lights with you in case of cyclists?

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 12:40

Lol at BIW's leapfrogging, - I've done that with luggage before now.

WtnMel - my 6.00 a.m. run was a one-off, whereas Red regularly goes out very early.

JJ - how steep are these hills up which you advise your beginners to run? There are some near here so steep that I get slightly out-of-breath even walking them, - I'm not talking about craggy hillsides, but roads. (It's true that I don't get nearly as out-of-breath as I used to in my pre-running days).

Over 60s training.

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 11:54

Aws - another from your Greek period?

JJ - blackbirds are horrors for stealing berries. Especially hen blackbirds.

Good to hear that Mrs. JJ will soon be treatment-free.

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