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'Mature' runners.

Posted: Yesterday at 22:30

Aquarius - I love handicap races. You're all on your own for ages, then just as you're in sight of the finish a great tidal wave of runners comes whooshing up behind and past you - always makes me laugh! 

South Wales is getting all the sun then, - certainly none in mid Wales today. I went for a longish walk along a stretch of the Wye Valley walk.

MMW - my knee has been x-rayed and I have been told it is arthritic, but I don't think that can be the full story.
I do go swimming, but unfortunately I can't swim front crawl (I have tried, over a long period of time, but cannot co-ordinate arms, legs and breathing) and breast-stroke is not recommended for arthritic knees. So I do back crawl alternating with a sort of adapted breast-stroke with minimal kick.

Over 60s training.

Posted: Yesterday at 22:18

I shall sneak a look at the rest of the class next week, and see which weights they have chosen. The teacher herself seems to be using 1.5kg. She is quite a muscley lady. 

Rohit Garg - world record for V60 doing what?

I went for a long walk today, and enjoyed it greatly although the weather was overcast and grey. The walk went along a stretch of the Wye Valley walk, then doubled-back along a footpath close to the river Wye itself.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 18/01/2017 at 21:58

Thanks for the contact, Red. Sorry to hear about all Mike's tests; it must be very worrying. On the other hand, good to know the medics are being thorough. A friend of mine is in a rather similar situation; she's being subjected to test after test, no stone being left unturned; may all be nothing in the end, but will be good to know it is nothing, if it is. 

John B, I don't know that I'd persist with the spinning if I was doing it on my own (i.e., not in a class). The teacher introduces quite a bit of variety which keeps us going for an hour. Left to myself I think I'd get bored after 20 minutes.

Over 60s training.

Posted: 18/01/2017 at 21:46

Laughing at the way Ray and TS take their hangovers for granted. No thought of avoiding them.

Spinning class last night was good and sweaty. The teacher has us work with weights for a short time towards the end of the class. I am wimpy and pick the little 0,5kg weights (they are pink!). I chose some heavier ones once, but couldn't cope with them when it came to holding them at arms' length (arms horizontal) for what felt like minutes on end. 

Over 60s training.

Posted: 17/01/2017 at 13:58

Graham, - bad news about the pain coming back with what you call a "slow jog". Keep mending.

Mick - spinning doesn't bother my knee at all, even standing up on the pedals. The class was full last week, and I managed to book the last place for tonight's class; I suppose this is down to the "new year, new you" crowd, as it was half-empty in the run-up to Christmas.

TS - panic buying, nothing of the sort! I always have EV olive oil and quinoa in stock!

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 17/01/2017 at 13:46

Swimming at least does not seem to harm my knee. And tonight I shall be at the spinning class again, a good substitute for running as far as raising the heart rate is concerned.

MWW, your swimming distance was a lot more than mine!  JohnB, my 30 lengths may not be very impressive; it's not an especially big pool. I record 30 lengths as 0.375 of a mile. I'd have to do a lot of those to swim the channel. Well done on the brisk and hilly.  

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 16/01/2017 at 18:19

No; nothing recent on Red's blog.

Over 60s training.

Posted: 16/01/2017 at 18:16

Laughed at the panic buying of extra virgin olive oil and quinoa: I have both in my kitchen!

Been swimming; and booked into tomorrow's spinning class.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 16/01/2017 at 18:07

Red has a website, which I'll take a look at in a minute to see if she's put anything recdent on there. Also she's on Facebook but as I don't "do" Facebook I can't check on her that way.

50 miles in a week, - never done anything remotely like that! I think I was up to 30 miles a week for a time, when following Middle Son's training plan for the half marathon which got me my PB.

Been swimming, just 30 lengths; quite enjoyed it though wasn't really expecting to as I get bored with going up and down, up and down. 

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 16:45

Aquarius - this website does funny things from time to time. Like greying out names, and not giving email prompts even though you've ticked the box to say you want them. For a long time it demanded that I log in every time, even though I hadn't logged out so shouldn't have neded to log in. And then all of a sudden it put itself right again. I think there's nothing to be done about it except wait. Pretend you're a patient in A & E.

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