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Over 60s training.

Posted: Yesterday at 15:35

Goodness, this thread's become very exciting in the last 36 hours or so!

Ceal - congratulations on being asked! - and on that AG up in the 80s. When I joined this thread, you had just set off for Helsinki. Sharkie was a regular contributor, and the thread had regular updates. We will be following your progress eagerly again. Congratulations to your daughter too, with her swimming championships.

Chris H, it must have been very frustrating to DNF, but sounds as though it was the only sensible thing to do in the circumstances. Get well soon from your cold.

Aws - Like the picture. I do like pictures with a path leading away into the distance. In this case it's leading to a farm, but "mysterious" distances are even better. Well done on 1st run after 10 days without. You may have got it in just in time; the forecast for the next few days is very discouraging.

NZC - the sea breeze blowing in through the window sounds lovely; the sea must be very close by where you live. Your comment on the plumber has reminded me that I should make a list of multiple small tasks I want an electrician to do; and then contact the electrician. 

An hour's run this morning, at my prescribed 13/14mm pace. And yesterday I went swimming.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: Yesterday at 12:40

JJ - glad you seem to be on the mend. BIW - sorry to hear about your arm, that must be very frustrating. Hope it improves soon.

Update on my "incorrect" race number: apparently it isn't incorrect; I entered as a UKA runner (presumably because I belong to an officially-recognised running club), and they are automatically given white numbers. However, I am not obliged to start with the white-number group; I have to see the race organisers before the race starts, and they will arrange for me to run in a slower group. It is not encouraging to set off with a group of fast runners and see them all disappear into the distance in the first 10 seconds!

Re bad smells on trains: has anyone else read "Three men in a boat", a comic novel written in the late 19th century? There's an account in it of someone getting onto a train with a very ripe Camembert, and clearing the carriage.

Re procrastination and excuses: I nearly always have to force myself out of the door, often telling myself that after all I can come back home if I'm not feeling better about it in the first 10 minutes. But I nearly always am feeling better about it in the first 10 minutes; in fact, I don't think I ever have come back early, once started, except on a single occasion when it started snowing. 

60 mins running done, all within the prescribed 13/14mm bracket. Magnificent consistency in the first 3 kms (PT son has me recording km splits): each was run in 8 mins 26 seconds. After that they got a bit more variable.

Went swimming yesterday.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 17:22

TE - when I had a good look at what I'd been sent, I found that my chip is orange, and the number on the chip is different from the one on the big (white) displayable square. Clearly there's been a mix-up, and I have emailed the organisers. I have no wish to go out with the fast ones and get knocked down in the stampede!

1 hour 45 mins LSR today.

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Posted: 25/01/2015 at 17:17

Tracey - that was a very long training run!

NZC - there must be some aspects of summer you enjoy? - just not running in the heat.

1 hour 45 mins run today, all of it at 13 or 14mm.

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Posted: 24/01/2015 at 18:23

WtnMel - my race number is white, and Youngest Son (who is also doing Bath) tells me that he too has white, which is for the fast runners, while his GF (who is also pretty fast) has green. If white is for the fast runners I've been put in the wrong category. Will have to contact the race organisers.

Today was a rest day. Spent a bit of time in the garden tying-up flopping broad bean plants; it was cold.

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Posted: 24/01/2015 at 18:12

Chris H. - the very best of luck - I shall watch with great interest, since I have absent-mindedly entered two half-maras in March (on 1st and on 29th). Not that I shall be attempting anything ambitious in either of them; Personal Trainer Son has told me to treat both as long training runs.  

JJ - get well soon. You must be on the mend, to judge from your comment on Johb B's bird chasing. Has Mrs. JJ managed to avoid the lurgy?

Non-run day (a pity in a way, since although still cold it was intermittently sunny and a run would have been quite pleasant).

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Posted: 23/01/2015 at 17:50

Commiserations to JJ. There's a lot of it around. Are you on the mend now?

TE - on hills - most of my runs inevitably involve some ups and downs (today's didn't - 3 times round the town lake, the only flat area anywhere for miles). That being said, the two half-maras that I have signed up for in March are both described as "flat".

Exhausted - two successive dogs, both of them scratching and stinking, was really bad luck. Certainly they should be charged for if they occupy a seat (and required to bring their own seat cover). Would seem a bit unfair to charge a Chihuahua the same as a Great Dane, however.

Red - any good driving to a railway line with more trains, and then continuing your journey by train?

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Posted: 23/01/2015 at 17:33

Happy birthday Impey, - keep in touch even if you haven't been running, won't you?

LOL at John B's seagull story.

Also a hollow laugh at Mick's "only" -17c outside temperature.

Chris H I think the saying is "softly softly catchee monkey" - but don't know where it comes from - will see if Google can tell me.

Aws - a link to your website when fully updated?

Half an hour today, which brings me to 4 and a half hours for the week. Up a notch next week to a total of 5 and a quarter hours. All slow.

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Posted: 22/01/2015 at 16:15

John B - laughed at your account of Mrs. John B. standing at the finish line counting "old gits"! Most of the races I've done seem to put the finishers into age categories, but sometimes the categories stop at 65 or even 60, so you don't know if you were beaten by somebody several years younger, or maybe a decade older, than yourself.

Aws - like your "take" on hills. I hate running down a steep one. Are figures inevitably difficult to draw, or is it just that artists are gifted in different ways? Beatrix Potter's animals are wonderfully convincing, but on the few occasions she includes people in her pictures they look quite awkward and stilted.

I have never done Pilates but there seems to be a lot of it about.

Did an hour this morning. Cold, damp, grey weather, but not freezing at least.

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Posted: 22/01/2015 at 15:53

Diana, have a lovely holiday.

WtnMel - wonderful having a spouse who actually orders you out of the house for your run! - too often, people seem to run in spite of, rather than because of, their OH's attitude. My Bath half number just arrived in the post; has yours come yet?

Did an hour this morning. Cold, damp, grey weather.

Red - up steep hills I'm lucky to be doing 17mm! My PT is threatening me with hills once the two half-maras are out of the way. I can cope with hills, but by means of persistence rather than speed.  

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