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'Mature' runners.

Posted: Yesterday at 21:37

RunningFox - I don't know about courage. Half-marathons I enter months in advance, when they are so far off they don't seem "real" enough to worry about. But as they get nearer, so I quail more and more... But having already paid, I'm much too mean to drop out and waste the entry money!
How about if you were to do a parkrun without using your barcode? That way you would get an idea of what speed you could achieve, and maybe go back the following week and do it again with the barcode. If you could find a parkrun which consists of two loops, you need only do one loop if you wanted, and then drop out. (I've done Greenwich a couple of times, when visiting Eldest Son, and that consists of three loops).

TE - your NF mara is the same day as my Lake Vyrnwy half. We will have to toss for the wings .

WtnMel - puzzling over WMBO. Probably refers to something a few pages back which I've forgotten.
I've been last several times in races. In fact, the one I'm doing on Sunday, I have only done once before - it was one of the first races I ever entered - and I came in last then. I had been battling it out with another lady in the last few miles, but then she dropped out altogether. One does get a round of applause for being last but struggling on to the end (and I certainly was struggling - I had to run/walk the final two miles). I soon realised that the way not to be last was to enter a race with a big field, - and accordingly, did a couple of Race for Lifes. No risk of being last in those; people walk it, - nay, saunter it, with buggies and balloons and chatting to their friends.
Enjoy That Hill.

Today was a rest day; tomorrow I am to do 2km at a gentle pace.

Over 60s training.

Posted: Yesterday at 20:53

I'm impressed by people who can sort out their computer problems themselves. 

Ceal - I wonder how much of Buckingham Palace you'll see? Undoubtedly not all of it.

TS - yes, that was my interpretation of the "race pace - long rest breaks" schedule, too.

Today was a rest day, tomorrow I am supposed to do a very short gentle run. I shall be looking out for Welsh Poppy on Sunday, and also for a friend of a friend. Haven't met either of them before "in the flesh", so this will be interesting. 

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 15:51

Red - trust you to "up the ante" (and if anyone can give me the derivation of that phrase, I'd be glad to know it). Have you got a room in your house devoted to your medals?

Running Fox, if you think a WAVA of 69.55% is "lowly", then clearly we're in a different league. My highest-ever WAVA is 69 point something, and I live in hopes of one day achieving 70%. I am another of the "mature ladies", 71 last birthday, rather more mature than either Red or BIW; didn't start running until I was 58, and then only for pleasure and fitness for a long time, but joined this forum, entered a race or two, joined a local club, and in short got thoroughly "bitten". Currently following a detailed training schedule devised for me by my middle son, who has trained as a Personal Trainer, with the aim of at least getting a PB in a half-marathon in September, hopefully a respectable WAVA, maybe even breaking the elusive (for me) 2 hours 30 mins. I have run 5 half-maras. Redhead paced me round the first one. 

8 x 400m done and dusted. Times varied from 2 mins 32 to 2 mins 49, but five of them were within a couple of seconds of the target time.

Over 60s training.

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 15:30

Have you been there, Aws?

Slightly unfortunate typo in Ceal's post above...
I do that sort of thing sometimes, Ceal - run to the hairdresser and back home afterwards. Or run into town, do a bit of shopping and come back on the bus.

8 x 400 today, at what my son considers to be "race pace" i.e. 2 mins 40 seconds. He said I could take as long as I wanted between them, by way of a rest break. I set Garmin to give me 4 mins rest break, but after the first one or two realised 3 mins would probably have been sufficient. Actual times for the 400s were 2:35, 2:39, 2:49, 2:40, 2:36, 2:41, 2:32, 2:32. 

Hoping to meet up with Welsh Poppy on Sunday at the Brecon Ten.

Over 60s training.

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 23:06

Thank you, JJ and TS. Following an individual schedule week conscientiously after week has definitely improved my ability to judge what pace I am going. And may have improved my strength too; but I don't know how much of that is real physical strength, and how much is learning to ignore the demon whispering in my ear that I'll never manage it. (I also seem to have lost 2 lbs somewhere without actually trying). 

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 22:57

400 metres under 99 seconds?? - I'm supposed to be doing 8 x 400 tomorrow, but am allowed 2m 40s for each of them!

Hello Running Fox. I'm sure JJ is right. There are no parkruns near me, more's the pity, so I only do them on rare occasions when I visit my "children" in London, but I hold an age-group record in at least one of them. Do you have a Parkrun in easy reach? 

Over 60s training.

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 15:05

NZC - hope you had a coffee back at home, at least?

Ceal - how is Stewart's eye progressing?

6.22 miles run in the rain. It was a tempo session; 3km warm-up, 5 km at (supposedly) 7 mins per km; 2 km cool-down. Minutes/seconds splits for the 5km were 6:47, 7:14, 6:57, 6:58, 6:58. 7 mins per km is what PT son says should be my race pace (10 mile race coming up this weekend. Road, flattish).

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 14:53

JJ - it's a start. Who set the pace, you or the Doodle?

BIW - sounds as though your leg has been playing Snakes and Ladders; swimming with the pull buoy was a ladder, then Nemo crashing into you provided the snake. Banish all further snakes between now and the weekend. Whats the run distance in the triathlon?

Tempo session; 3km warm-up, 5 km at (hopefully) 7 mins per km, 2 kms cool-down. Of the 5 kms, the first was too fast, the second too slow, then Goldilocks found her groove and the next three were Just Right - or at least, only 2/3 seconds too fast. It rained throughout.

As a child I don't think I liked jigsaws much, but I have discovered (through buying them for my mother in the last few years of her life when she couldn't get about much) that I quite enjoy them now. I once saw one - completed - which must have been an absolute brute. It was circular (no corners whereby to orientate oneself) and depicted the night sky; i.e., black, with stars.  

Over 60s training.

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 17:45

Lower-case i - I'm always doing that.

Rum/walk sounds like an excellent variation on a running theme!

Over 60s training.

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 17:41

Aws, I don't do Facebook, but i know what you mean.

Ceal - that was a rough weekend indeed. How is the eye now, and is Stewart likely to be able to drive tomorrow?

Been swimming.

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