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Over 60s training.

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 17:45

Got back from London last night, with a parkrun, a 5-year-old's birthday party and a yoga class under my belt.

Hello Ceal, that sounds like a good holiday.

While I was trawling the internet for advice on running with arthritic knees, I came across something which said long strides stress the knees; since when I have intentionally shortened my stride. The knee seems to have settled down to a grumble which I can live with. I completed the parkrun, coming in last, thanks to some of the marshalls having disappeared by the time I was on my 3rd (of 3) loop; without the marshalls I couldn't remember exactly which turning to take, and ended up doing 3.6 miles instead of the standard parkrun 3.1. I was last finisher (though by less than a minute) but first in age group. This quite often happens...

I was doing 4 mins run, 1 min walk, which seems to be working quite well.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 17:27

I managed the Tooting Bec parkrun, sort of. It has 3 laps, and on my 3rd one some of the marshalls were missing and I couldn't remember exactly where to turn (there was a lot of choice, as to turnings) and ended up running 3.6 miles rather than the standard parkrun 3.1. Came in last, though not by much. First in age group, however....

The 5-year-old's party was noisy and exhausting but well-organised. Besides the 18 invited guests there were of course a number of accompanying parents who were supplied with tea, coffee and fancy biscuits; and lots of younger siblings, who were also catered for. My daughter is a very good organiser; but she said afterwards that she was never having a party like that again. 

Enjoyed the yoga class, - and have just discovered that my local leisure centre is laying on early-morning yoga classes; 7.30 a.m. on Thursdays, so if I can manage to get up in time I shall go to tomorrow's. I did a lot of yoga at one time, and still do bits occasionally. I went for a little 2-mile trot earlier today. Knee seems to have settled down to a gentle grumble, which I can live with.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 17:18

I got back from London last night.

Alarming incident with the cows, TE.
Impressed by the 3-minute plank. I can manage 1 minute. Maybe plus 15 seconds on a good day.
That's a lot of MV70s in the Solent half. Don't suppose there are so many FV70s running it.
Is your new phone giving you some funny predictions?

Congratulations to BIW's "dream of a dog" - when she finally gets back onto the website. I never sign out, and I always tick the email box, but it seems to be completely random whether I have to sign in or get in straight away. 

And congratulations to Deezel for 1st M60.

Red - if you complete a marathon but outside the cut-off time, do you still "count" it as contributing to your 100 target?


'Mature' runners.

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 10:52

DBI - what a brilliant idea, that "people's sport" thing; I wish they had it here. 
The shortage of dog-friendly hotels in this country was why I asked. We had dogs (only one at a time) for a number of years and always had to hunt around a bit for places we could take them when holidaying in the UK.

TE - the music for the vibe cycle is chosen by the instructor, and is definitely related to what we're doing. Faster, slower, two phrases on the saddle, two phrases standing on the pedals, etc.

Red - much respect on the two marathons in 2 days; and the not falling over! - did you have to carry your poles throughout the marathon for the sake of the steps?

Off to London later today. Grand-daughter's 5th birthday party on Saturday; also hoping to take in the Tooting Bec parkrun; and now it looks as though I'll be going to a yoga class with my daughter on Sunday. Back home Tuesday.

Over 60s training.

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 10:38

I would echo all that John says about parkrun.

Good pictures, Mick. You certainly look strong (in spite of the beer!)

Graham - maybe that lady does other training regularly besides 9 miles running per week?

Daughter has just What'sApp's me to ask if I want to go to a yoga class with her on Sunday. Looks like being a busy weekend.

Over 60s training.

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 11:54

I'm going to be in London this weekend, and hoping to do the Tooting Bec parkrun (even though I may walk some of it).

In the past I have been overtaken by - or run alongside - a rhinoceros, a bear, a banana, a telephone box, a tap (water variety), the aforesaid pantomime horse, and several monster breasts, about a metre across.

Went to another "vibe cycle" session last night. Very energetic and sweaty. Enjoyed it, though. 

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 11:43

DBI - it's a dog-friendly hotel, is it?

TE - you prefer off-road to road running, then?
I have been doing once-a-week swimming by way of cross-training for a long time now. I get rather bored with it, since all I do is plod up and down for 30 lengths, but am sure it's Good For Me. That being said, I didn't do any over the school summer holidays because there's no over-60s session then, as the pool is made available to children/families all the time. I could have gone to another session... But I didn't.

Exhausted - yes, singing church music in a choir is probably comparable to running as far as the cheering-up effect goes.

I went to another "vibe cycle" session last night. As well as the far-too-loud music (which I cope with by switching off my hearing aids but leaving them in my ears as ear-plugs) we had coloured lights swirling around the ceiling, and a strip of coloured light on the floor, and the main lights switched off. As previously, it was very energetic and I was dripping within 20 minutes. The instructor introduced a new "move", - while standing on the pedals, you sink down into the space between the saddle and handlebars, i.e. into a semi-squat position - but keep pedalling all the time. It was near-impossible and agonising, - I kept it up for all of 3 seconds. In spite of the agony, I enjoyed the session (is this masochism?).

Over 60s training.

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 21:10

Mick - if you needed beer to appreciate the course fully, you were certainly going the right way about it! Well done Mrs. Mick6, - I certainly wouldn't beat my daughters in a running race. Not the older one, anyway. The younger one doesn't do much running, and is careful not to get involved in competing with the rest of the family. Your competition with the beer mug and the gorilla reminded me of a half-marathon I did when for a while I was alongside a pantomime horse, which was most certainly playing to the crowd, neighing all the way, especially when a dog among the spectators started to bark at it, and it neighed back. 

Went swimming this afternoon. I actually had the pool to myself for the first 15 minutes. It's entirely unpredictable; last week it was overcrowded and I was having to play dodgems.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 20:59

DBI - I don't think I "knew" any of those four people you referred to. I do of course remember JJ and his genius for innuendo, and miss it considerably. Also the photos of his garden which he used to post regularly.
What a brilliant idea, turning the pool over to the dogs for a day before closing it for the winter. I can't seem to visualise a Dachshund swimming.

Went swimming myself today, the usual 30 lengths in the pool. It was very peaceful, because of the first half I was the only one in the water! - and even after that, I was sharing the pool with only 2 others. Plus, there wasn't any Musak!

Red - well that was a good fast race. Do you have to keep count of the laps yourself, or is there a person (or a chip) doing it for you? Good luck with the next ones, especially the tough one with the 8-hour cut-off. It's turned quite a lot cooler here, so maybe it will for you too.

Over 60s training.

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 21:38

Wondering if some of the wiggly bits in Mick's map are attributable to too much beer. G.K. Chesterton wrote a poem with the refrain "... for the rolling English drunkard made the rolling English road".

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