Johnny J

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Over 60s training.

Posted: Yesterday at 18:17

The track surface at Lee Valley is synthetic rubber.

Much respect due.

Over 60s training.

Posted: Yesterday at 17:49

Just had our first snow of the winter. Ghastly stuff.

It's because we don't get much snow that it's always a disaster when some arrives.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: Yesterday at 17:43

A fair sprinkling of snow this afternoon.

About 5 years ago, on the advice of the police and ambulance people, the T.Wells 1/2m was cancelled just before the start because of a blizzard. A decent group of us ran round the course anyway in the blizzard.

The tin opening scene was brilliantly done in the film.

Anyone wanting to put 2500 houses in one place rarely bothers with the infrastructure that's needed to support that number like schools, doctors, shops etc.etc.

Over 60s training.

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 18:57

john b
I would be worse than useless at women's beach volleyball. I wouldn't want to move in case I missed something.

Over 60s training.

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 17:05

The proposed plain cigarette packets will be very useful. I shall have two sides to write my training schedules on.

john b
I guess we never know what our best distance would be until we've completed a full training programme specifically for each distance then raced it then used some sort of comparison system (age grading?) to work out what was most successful.

You don't lose any fitness by having a week off unless you have too many of them.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 16:55

The proposed plain cigarette packets will be very useful. I shall have two sides to write my training schedules on.

Remember that no-one ever got slower by running a few more miles.

Over 60s training.

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 18:45

40 minutes stroll today in some sunshine.

Just imagine the kudos the grandchildren will get when they can tell there friends that granny was still racing on the indoor tracks at 74

If you are at the top of the sport PBs are hard to come by so training has to be a very long, event specific build up.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 18:36

Walked for 40 minutes today in the sunshine.

I've read Three Men in a Boat at least 3 times. Even thinking about it makes me laugh.

I'm not a great fan of racing 20 miles as training for a marathon. That's getting up towards marathon distance and therefore needs proper recovery at a time when training is paramount .My preferred strategy was to race several 1/2ms in the training schedule so that when running the marathon it's easy to cruise to the halfway point at marathon pace.

Over 60s training.

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 22:28

You did entirely the right thing. You could easily have ended up seriously crocked.
Have you noticed that the top marathon runners will usually run no more than 2 marathons a year so that they can recover properly.

If you want to "collect" marathons they have to be taken as easily as possible.

Over 60s training.

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 19:01

Another slight health improvement today. Went for a short walk.

The 58 minute guy isn't a vet but he has no experience. He just runs a bit.

Go for the 800. You need only to make one session a week into short fast reps.
Just wear your lightest shoes. You certainly don't need spikes!

The 5 - 8  years of improvement is approximately right but it does mean that you have to improve your training as well. It's also very much in the lap of the genes that decide the age degeneration rate and we have no control over that.

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