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Over 60s training.

Posted: Today at 15:47

Off to Bristol shortly to visit Younger Daughter. Will leave the car there and proceed by train to London to visit Middle Son (the PT). Returning Wednesday. The train journey will be fun, as GWR in engaging in strike action, but I'm told that at least 50% of their trains will nevertheless be running. 

Knee is not looking very pretty but is clearly healing.

Been toying with the idea of a parkrun in Bristol tomorrow, seems a shame to be so close and not do it, but perhaps better not.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: Today at 15:37

Off to Bristol shortly, to help Younger Daughter celebrate her 27th birthday. Then on to London to visit Middle Son (him wot is the Personal Trainer) in his new place in Greenwich. Back home Wednesday. Loved the story of the peacock, - pity you didn't have a camera / phone handy!

Over 60s training.

Posted: Yesterday at 17:42

TS - your theory sounds convincing. Does your physio agree?
Laughed at your encounter with the old lady. A couple of weeks ago, when I was running round and round the lake, I passed (for the second time) an elderly couple; he was walking with a stick, and on his other arm was supporting her. As I passed for the second time, he called out "You get younger every time you go round!"

WelshPoppy - I've had some really silly readings from my HRM. I very rarely use it now. Hope you've beaten that bug.

Ceal - I don't like wearing things on my head either, but if it's raining hard I wear a cap with a long peak to keep the rain off my glasses, otherwise I can't see. I am feeling a lot better today, thank you, and even went for a very gentle recovery run, just 1 and a half miles. 

Absolutely agree about the drug-taking athletes. Once might be youthful stupidity - especially if under pressure from the coach or other "authority" figure; but a second offence should lead to a very long ban, if not a lifetime ban.

Dental flossing I know, but nerve flossing I do not.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: Yesterday at 17:12

RunningFox, glad you're recovering.

RayL, that sounds like a lovely day (as far as it can be, in the circumstances), very supportive family.

I did a great deal of resting yesterday, including sleeping for an hour in the afternoon, and kept my right leg horizontal as far as possible. Today I tried a very gentle recovery run, 1 and a half miles. So far, so good. JJ, I will probably take the plaster off tomorrow and inspect the healing process, but not until I've bought another large plaster in case it looks as though covering it up again would be a good idea.

Over 60s training.

Posted: 26/08/2015 at 11:51

Taking a couple of days rest, - even PT son has advised it! and keeping right leg horizontal as much as possible, as the knee is still leaking even through the plaster. You could be right about a rib, Ceal; there is nothing to see on the surface, but certain movements (and coughing) hurt.

JJ - not hurting yourself sounds to me like quite a good idea.  

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 26/08/2015 at 11:42

Interesting how "biblical" as a description of heavy and persistent rain has come into the language. Noah's flood is in Genesis Chapter 7, which in my bible runs from page 14 to page 15, which in a book 2,184 pages long is not a large proportion. In most of the rest of the Bible drought seems to be more of a problem than flood, if the weather conditions are mentioned at all.

Today it is not raining!

BIW - you must be really proud of Nemo. And of Charlie too, though is he actually meant to be knocking the "baddie" down?

I tend to think of cows as "safe" animals to go amongst, provided they haven't got calves with them (or a bull, of course!) but maybe not.

Shall not be running for at least a couple of days. The damaged knee is still leaking (through the plaster), and I'm keeping that leg horizontal as much as possible. A bruise on my side has also made itself felt, - at least, it feels like a bruise; there is nothing to be seen. Hurts when I make certain movements with my right arm, and when I cough. Don't think I can have cracked a rib, though, or it would hurt more. 

Over 60s training.

Posted: 25/08/2015 at 17:38

Aws- indeed, quite meditative.
- what, branches of theology? You're thinking of priests and vicars who get a house along with their appointment?
Then of course there are monks, of whom someone said "The pay is abysmal but the job security is unparallelled and the rewards are out of this world".

Today's run was a 10km "progression" run, - 2km warm-up, 6 km accelerating, 2 km cool-down. Had a dramatic moment in the very first km, when I went flying. I was running along an uneven cinder track, not really the best of surfaces to go flying on. My right knee and both hands took the worst of it. Having got to my feet and ascertained that my glasses weren't broken (they had flown off my face) and all limbs and joints were still working, I decided to ignore the blood and carry on with the run. Completed it successfully, with the middle 6 km accomplished (accelerating from 7m 21s for the first of the 6, to 6m 53s for the last), drove home and inspected the damage. Knee looked awful and was still bleeding, but is now thoroughly washed and plastered and I have spent a very quiet afternoon. A new pain has made itself felt, on my right side, not far below the arm-pit. Hurts when I cough, and when I try to lift something above a certain level with my right hand.

Run was dry but overcast during the first half, then it started to rain, then rained heavily, and has carried on ever since.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 25/08/2015 at 17:22

JJ - the thought process which closes a swimming pool on a bank holiday Monday is probably the one which says: If we keep it open we'll have to pay the employees time-and-a-half.

WtnMel - skinny-dipping in Northumberland?

TE - you will indeed have to treat that track with caution. I went flying today on an uneven cinder track; it was only the first warm-up km of a 10km "progression" run, and my right knee and both hands took the worst of it. Having got to my feet and ascertained that my glasses weren't broken (they had flown off my face) and all limbs and joints were still working, I decided to ignore the blood and carry on with the run. Completed it successfully, with the middle 6 km "progession" accomplished (accelerating from 7m 21s for the first of the 6, to 6m 53s for the last), drove home and inspected the damage. Knee looked awful and was still bleeding, but is now thoroughly washed and plastered and I have spent a very quiet afternoon. Run was dry but overcast during the first half, then it started to rain, then rained heavily, and has carried on ever since. I don't remember a tropical summer being forecast; are you sure you're right about that, TE? Maybe it was forecast for the Caribbean (or somewhere)?  

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Posted: 24/08/2015 at 18:46

Been swimming. Mick - I don't think my swims ever qualify as a workout, as I just tootle up and down the pool 30 times. It was rather crowded this week, we had to play dodgems.

Ceal - I'd be pleased with 4.4 miles at 11.24 mm. It would be doable, but I'd be pleased with myself for doing it. You haven't mentioned the choir for a while; is it taking a holiday over August?

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 18:30

Poured with rain here as well, though not all day. Managed a bit of gardening in the morning, then we had a monsoon, now the sun's out again.

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