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Over 60s training.

Posted: Today at 10:06

Second grandchild arrived this morning - 9 days late - a girl, 8 lbs 6 oz, mother and baby doing well.


Pammie - I like the idea of a flowchart being included in a schedule.

NZC - I also like the "finish with dignity" advice. Very, very difficult to follow, however.

Aws - congratulations on the overall average beginning with 12, - very gratifying.  I like the pic. Where is it? (No, I don't mean On whose wall is the picture hanging, I mean Whereabouts in the country is the original scene).

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Posted: Yesterday at 22:04

Chris H - congratulations on your "sedate and dignified" time! You weren't too hot?

I also went on the London Eye and to tea at the Ritz for my 60th birthday - organised by my children, or more correctly by one of my children who also organised all the rest to accompany me to this and that, - I had a whole weekend of it, also including a boat trip on the Thames, a yoga class, a swim and a massage, and a lunchtime concert. She is an awesome organiser, that one. 

Mick - that is an extraordinary temperature swing. Is it something you're accustomed to at this time of year?

We're getting quite sharp frosts overnight here, but daytime has been beautifully sunny and quite warm. Out with the running club tonight for 4.6 miles mainly off-road.

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Posted: Yesterday at 21:48

Red - thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog. That was an amazing length of crochet chain. I suppose you could calculate your crocheting speed in terms of centimetres of crochet per mile of running. Someone else commented on the man with the fridge on his back, - apparently, not content with completing the marathon he went on from the finish line to run a bit more, still with the fridge.

Beautiful day today; I've been playing in the garden too. And went out with the running club for 4.61 miles mainly off-road.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 18:16

I watched the highlights but didn't see Red's interview, - is it on your website, Red, and if not are you able to give me a link to it? Many congratulations on your new Guinness World Record, - I suppose it was your own record that you beat, or have other people also been crocheting their way round marathons? 

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Posted: 13/04/2014 at 17:40

Congratulations Chris, - especially suffering from a cold.

Sunny here too, but rather a chilly wind. Ran 7 miles (or rather, run-walked them; 3 mins run, 1 min walk) wearing shorts and short-sleeved shirt and hoping not to frighten the neighbours.

Impey - I've never done a race with laps. I imagine it could be quite discouraging. Bad enough doing an out-and-back, and seeing loads of faster runners tearing past in the opposite direction on the other side of the road.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 17:26

Matsmum - when my little brother was about 7, my father took him to London zoo; we were living in Leicester at the time, so this was a full day's outing with train journeys. When they got back in the evening my mother asked my brother: "What did you like best?"

"The cheese sandwiches" he said.

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Posted: 13/04/2014 at 17:23

TE: Acceleration-glide drills, in JG's own words:

Warm up with at least half a mile of easy running
Walk 30 seconds, then ease into running with a gentle jog for about 15 steps
Jog faster for about 15 steps
Over the next 30 steps, increase the pace to a fast but not all-out pace
Then "glide" or "coast", gradually slowing down to a jog, using momentum as long as you can
Continue to ease yourself into a walk break.
Walk for 30 seconds, then repeat.
At first you may glide for only 4 or 5 steps. As the months go by you will get up to 20, then 30 and beyond.

He recommends doing these once or twice a week.

Been for a 7-mile run (run 3 mins, walk 1, throughout). A man asked me if I was doing the London marathon. "Yes", I said: "I got lost". 




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Posted: 12/04/2014 at 18:25

Chris H - "acceleration-glide" = "think fartlek"? Is that all it is?

The very best of luck to you tomorrow.

Ceal - it seems to me that you're coming back fast, - 10 miles in under 2 hours.

TS - and I might say the same of you, - quite a jump, from 2 mins running to 10 mins.

Impey - in what way is Hallam harder than Rother Valley? More uphill? - I suppose the large field at Hallam was thanks to the cancellation of Rother Valley; you weren't the only one who switched parkruns.

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Posted: 12/04/2014 at 18:08

Very best wishes to Exhausted and Redhead for tomorrow.

TE - when I had my new boiler and central heating installed, I asked about getting the pipes in the airing cupboard insulated. But it was pointed out to me that it would then not function as an airing cupboard. So I decided against it.

The car problem was diagnosed not by a man in oily dungarees with a spanner in his hand, but by a man who plugged a small computer into the car's dashboard and pressed a few buttons. Then he opened the bonnet, pointed out an insignificant-looking item and told me I needed a new one of those. It was nothing to do with the exhaust; - he explained that "It's only got one light" on the dashboard, so that has to serve as an indication of a wide range of faults.

Swimming on Thursday and a run yesterday which was built around Jeff Galloway's "cadence drills" and "acceleration-glides". Not sure that I've got the hang of the latter.

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Posted: 11/04/2014 at 22:05

I've noticed that Tracey's posts often have a lot of question marks where she clearly doesn't mean question marks. I suppose she has an ipad problem like Ceal's, or maybe it's a smartphone.

Mick and Graham are neck and neck! - Very well done on the weight loss, Mick.

Car had a funny light come on, on its dashboard, yesterday, so took it to be investigated today. Turned out to be something simple (something with the word "camshaft" in it, but it wasn't just camshaft), - once identified, it was fixed in minutes. Later, went for a nearly-5-mile-run which included some more of Jeff Galloway's cadence drills (increased cadence from 44 on the first to 50 on the last, exactly the same as last week), and also what he calls "acceleration-glides". Haven't really got the hang of the acceleration-glides yet.

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