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'Mature' runners.

Posted: Today at 00:04

Matsmum, I am very impressed by your 20 miles, never mind the time - though I'm also impressed by the time. My maximum distance run, ever, is 13.1.

Several more communications from Elder Daughter re Younger Grand-daughter, - also from Youngest Son, who has been to visit. Apparently she is a very hungry baby, and has a huge shock of hair.

Out with the running club tonight, and my (visiting) brother came too. He doesn't actually run, normally, - though he does a lot of walking, very fast. However, he kept ahead of me most of the time! But he is nearly 14 years younger, so I am being philosophical about it. I suggested he might consider joining a running club in his home town, but he really wouldn't be able to fit it in. So I suggested just breaking into an occasional run on his long walks.

Over 60s training.

Posted: Yesterday at 23:50

Mick - allergies might give you sniffles, but surely not a sore throat?

Busbar - you're still speedy, I see.

Aws - how about creating your long posts off line, and then pasting them into the website?

Ceal and TS - thanks for the HR info, - I knew I could rely on you two! The midpoint between my resting and max HR is around 110, and HR does drop fairly quickly towards that. Ceal, my brother is nearly 14 years younger than me (there are just the two of us, - I used to say our parents did the impossible and had two "only" children). He doesn't run, but does walk very fast and long; nevertheless, he came with me on the running club run tonight, and was ahead of me most of the time! - However, he was pretty shattered when we got back, and went to bed early.

JJ - my age grading according to the Fetcheveryone website is in the upper 60s, which would suggest 70% might be achievable, but if I look at age gradings via the internet mine is only in the upper 50s. 

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 17:23

Matsmum - interesting and slightly alarming info about overmuch caffeine while running a marathon or a half. (Would you have time to be "mortally embarrassed" if you dropped dead towards the end of a marathon?)

It certainly does seem to be a very long task, learning to swim front crawl (even incompetently) after a lifetime of breast stroke.

Long walk in the hills with brother today. Cheese sandwiches on a convenient picnic table, - then found we were still hungry enough for tea and cake in a cafe.

Over 60s training.

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 17:12

Aws - it's probably a shopping list (the tachygraphy). - you know, "2 dozen quail eggs, a half bushel of olives, 3 big bunches black grapes..."

Brother arrived last night for a few days' visit. We went for a longish, briskish walk, taking a supply of sandwiches with us but were still hungry enough for tea and cake in "The Old Swan" cafe before we came home.

I aim to run 700  miles in the year. Managed it last year and the year before.

80% AG is fantastic. I'd be over the moon with 70%.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 15:46

Happy Easter everybody!

Matsmum, I am very impressed by your 20-miler, especially by your not being too tired to clean bathrooms on your return. Did you refuel en route?

No further news about the baby, - I presume, doing well. Daughter was very insistent about wanting the family (the "nuclear" family) to "bond" for a couple of weeks, so suspect she's keeping everyone else at arm's length. I'm expecting to go for a visit on 4th May. 

Grey morning, and rain started here about an hour ago. Brother is on his way for a visit, but unlikely to arrive until quite well on in the evening, so dinner is on a very low simmer in the slow cooker.


Over 60s training.

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 15:34

Went for a 5 and a quarter mile run yesterday, a circular run from my front door, and going round the back of the golf course. It includes a couple of long steep uphills; walked part of each of them, though basically this was a run rather than a run-walk (am saving the run-walks for the Long Runs).

My brother is on his way for a visit - a longish journey from Hastings to mid-Wales so I have a chicken and vegetable dish simmering in the slow cooker and it won't really matter what time he arrives.

Over 60s training.

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 15:28

Happy Easter everybody, and hello and welcome back to Busbar. You have indeed been missed, but with your brother-in-law's illness to focus on it's not surprising you weren't posting. Hope the eye problem proves to be something easily dealt with; - Graham's. too. 

Aws - I went right through the book illustrations, and they practically tell the story in themselves! Does the writing (on the bit of yellowed parchment) actually say anything, and if so what and in which language?

When I do a 3:1 run:walk, it is 3 mins to 1 min; - your 3.45 to 1.15 sounded a bit complicated, though one would at least know that if the time was a multiple of 5 mins it would be time to stop walking and start running. JG, however, says that you don't get any additional benefit from making the walk breaks longer than a minute.

TS - is 100 bpm a "magic number"; or only a "magic number" for you personally because of its relationship to whatever your MHR and RHR is? I remember Ceal saying once that her HR drops "like a stone" as soon as she stops running. Mine drops fairly noticeably, but takes a while to drop down to 100.  

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 12:42


I knew what it was meant to be, but was amused because a "goo duck" sounded like something real, such as a squeezy toy for a baby. 

Another before-breakfast run today (but at the civilised hour of 8.00 rather than 6.30) - hilly, circular, round-the-back-of-the-golf-course, 5 and a quarter miles. Sun was shining but wind was cold, especially on the high and exposed places, but I wasn't too cold at any time. Wore gloves, took them off about half way.  Part of it is a farm track, open to fields on one side - 2 gates to open and close. Met one other runner, coming in the opposite direction; we said hello and she called out "loadsa cows back there!" Indeed there were, but they weren't in the way.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 22:45

WtnMel - I suppose it's a habit you could get back into, - especially with the summer coming.

Red - that's a really good photo - especially with your caption.

Bemused / amused by your goo duck. Agree about the hills. Daughter once said to me "You should love the hills, they're good for your heart" so I turned it into a mantra, "Love the hills, love the hills..."

Matsmum - the only photo I've had as yet is the two-minutes-old one. I shall be going for a visit early in May so shall perhaps come back with a few.

Over 60s training.

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 22:32

JJ - a very short streak, perhaps. More of a hyphen.

I loved Aws's "little man who pumps up the hills". Loved the picture, too; one of those misty, pastel-coloured ones.

Mick - perhaps when you go for one of those runs in the "deep cold" you should wear a Union Jack somewhere on your person; then the people who drive by thinking you're "out of your tree" will say, "Oh, that explains it, he's just one of those mad Brits".

Chris - hope the antibiotics get to work quickly on your rattly chest.

Ceal and TS - following your progress with interest. Already you are both running much faster than I can!

Been a bit busy the last couple of days, - lot of church-going, lot of singing - Thursday evening, Friday afternoon, then tomorrow night is the big one, the Easter Vigil, then there will be Sunday morning. As though that's not enough I recently started helping at the local Food Bank. Quite an eye-opener. It was very hectic this morning. Planning a run tomorrow morning, though. One of those which Aws's Little Man will be busy on. 

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