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Posted: Today 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: Today 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?

 

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Posted: Yesterday 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: Yesterday 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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Posted: 21/11/2014 at 22:17

Hello Graham, good to have you back.

Mick - I've read lots of articles that say the same thing. Though yours seems rather more scholarly than most.

JJ - that was a very impressive 10k time, - I can just about do 5k in that time.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 21/11/2014 at 22:10

Exhausted - was that your sole reason for the 400 mile round trip to London?

Our organist (who also serves as choirmaster, or more correctly choirmistress) never singles out an individual nor indeed a specific group for criticism. She always manages to put things positively, "do it like this" (rather than "don't do it like that" or still worse "you're doing it wrong", even if we are).

I've no idea how churches are selected for Songs of Praise. 

Red - still more impressed by your spur-of-the-moment adoption of the clarinet! House dust mites can live for a year without feeding, so maybe pad-mites can too. It seems a rather specialist way of life, living in clarinet pads.

JJ - right, 10 x 200m (or thereabouts), fast, once a week for 2 months. Starting when I've recovered from tomorrow's 10-miler. Has been raining all day today. Hope it stops. 

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 17:59

TE, thanks, - it's Saturday rather than Sunday, so send the wings off in plenty of time. I'm not expecting to do anything dramatic. I've entered it largely because it's local, indeed it is "my" running club which is organising it. 

What a pity about your school not encouraging instrumental playing. I played the violin at my secondary school, - never very well, and not very enthusiastically, but it gave me a good grounding in music. Much prefer singing. I sing in my church choir (which is small and dwindling) every Sunday, and am "cantor" alternate Sundays which entails some solo singing. 

I remember the waiter. And I think I remember the juggler. But not the clarinettist. Red, you are a woman of many talents.
Pad mites sound truly revolting. 

Over 60s training.

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 17:50

Sorry, can't remember about Graham.

6 foot of snow! - I know the NY area gets more extreme weather than we do, but that really seems more than extreme.

NZC - I think I'll give Orientering a miss

 

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 22:30

Been out with the running club tonight. Shall not run again until Saturday when I'm running the Elan Valley 10 miles. It's a road race, with a great deal of up-and-down. I've run it twice before, and marshalled it once (last year).

TE - I asked the nurse whether it was ok to go swimming straight after the 2 jabs, and she said yes, no problem. I have had no noticeable reaction to either of them.

JJ - Is that 10 x 200m on the flat? or up a hill (since I was complaining of being very slow up hills). 

BIW - I can see that you're much more organised than I am with regard to your training. My running is fairly organised, but as for core stuff I just do bits and pieces haphazardly when I think of it.

Over 60s training.

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 22:19

TS, I do feel for you, it must be really frustrating not being able to run. I hope the surgeon can see you soon, and that he has something positive to say.

NZC - what are controls, - are they people?

Aws - I too find the cursor disappearing while I'm typing, but if I type where i think the cursor ought to be, the typing usually appears in the right place.

Out with the running club tonight. Now no more running until Saturday when I am doing the Elan Valley 10 miles, a road race but gruesomely hilly, which I have done twice before, coming in last both times. 

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