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Over 60s training.

Posted: 04/02/2016 at 19:29

Ceal - yes it is important that you make that start line. Even if you do a few strides instead of that second 400m rep session - might be a bit easier on you.

You must feel a bit tired with a Pilates session in there too. 

My swimming lesson went very well, it ended up being one on one. There was supposed to be three of us. She really built up my confidence. 

I've been foam rolling my quads and hamstrings, and my knee feels much better this morning - think I might even try a little run. 

Over 60s training.

Posted: 03/02/2016 at 19:11

Great reading everyone's efforts.

Great mile reps Graham.

Ceal - nice set of 400s - really hope the 800m race goes well for you.

Columba - you are going really well, you have done a lot of consistent training for a long time now.

Mick - glad to see you are progressing well too.

Torque Steer - I agree, I should just forget about trying to run and enjoy the summer, but I really want to be able to run again.

Last weekend we went to National Park by Mt Ruapehu which is in the middle of the North Island, as the boys were doing the Tussock Traverse - a 26km run/walk off-road  event that I did a couple of years ago. I entered the 6km run although I knew I wouldn't be able to run all of it, just to add a bit of interest for me.

Didn't do too badly while going uphill, but just had to watch any steps and had to walk the downhill bits. Had to sit down at 2km and put a knee support on because the pain in my knee was pretty bad.

It was a scorching hot day and I really felt for the boys who I knew would be out for a long time. Hopped into an ice-barrel for a very short time after finishing, a first for me, then I tried a massage.

I don't usually have a massage after an event but I thought I couldn't feel any worse. It was the best massage I have had in in very long time. I told her about my knee and she found a spot in my lower back and said that's where it is coming from. I guess everything is locked up trying to protect my knee.

I'm having my first swimming lesson this morning so I am nervous but looking forward to it.


Over 60s training.

Posted: 19/01/2016 at 19:32

Mick - can't be too much wrong with your knee if you can run that fast

Ceal - I'm with Mick - can we see a Parkrun on the horizon?

Columba - and you are doing speed work too! You are right, don't think I would like to be snowed in.

We had a lovely day yesterday for my daughter's 41st birthday. We decided to go geocaching! It was quite a hot day, so although we had six of us and the dog to start out with, only three of us lasted the distance, and one of those was the six year old who didn't want to miss out, but had very sore feet and did not really enjoy all the walking and steps we found in one location. 

Over 60s training.

Posted: 18/01/2016 at 02:27

Well done Columba - that is a good long run! I prefer the cold too.

Graham - Great team work.

Ceal - good effort from you too!

I might be going for a walk at Cornwall Park this afternoon, though it is pretty windy out there. Just might bring a few branches down.

Over 60s training.

Posted: 16/01/2016 at 19:11

Thanks Ceal xx


Over 60s training.

Posted: 16/01/2016 at 18:46

Hi everyone, I haven't been posting as I have nothing to post!

My knee has continued to be a problem and I haven't been able to run. A few weeks ago, I changed my physio, and she has been able to give me a few exercises and found a few muscles that weren't "firing", as Ceal pointed out to Welsh Poppy, it can be somewhere higher up the leg that needs sorting.

so although I'm still not running, my knee isn't giving me the grief it was. I was really hobbling. The point where the fracture was is still very dodgy.

I've been going for a few short walks, and I even went for a "swim" Columba! I have booked in to an Adult Breather class starting 4th Feb, so will see how that goes.

It is not snowing here! It is very hot, youngest grand daughter who wouldn't even put her face in the water is now going really well with her swimming. Very happy for her.

Ceal - impressed with the 400s! Go girl!

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Posted: 28/11/2015 at 19:17

Sorry about that aws - I will be more careful next time!


Over 60s training.

Posted: 27/11/2015 at 21:39

Ran 30 minutes with Mae this morning. Quite humid with a bit of drizzle. First run since last Saturday, my leg is still playing up.

Guess like Torque Steer I'll just have to get used to not running freely anymore.

Sorry to hear you are having a few problems too Ceal, but you seem to know all the right things to do to set you on the road to recovery.

Over 60s training.

Posted: 24/11/2015 at 01:33

Maybe not brave Mick - maybe stupid! But the trip was an early birthday present from my son. My birthday a big one for me as I qualify for the pension!

You'll definitely have to find a race next year - new age-group and all that. 

Swimming sounds wonderful Columba. I haven't done anything since Saturday and my legs still hurt!

Graham - I am looking forward to being pain-free. I'll really try to stick to short stuff until I am really on top of things.

Over 60s training.

Posted: 23/11/2015 at 08:53

I haven't posted for ages because I haven't been doing any running. My injury just kept on flaring up all the time, so I decided to have more time off and go back to the physio to see if he thought there was something else going on.

I was very disappointed as my son had bought me an air ticket and accommodation to Queenstown, and had told me to enter either the half or the marathon. I chose the half but that was ages ago. I thought the chances of being able to complete it were very slim.

The physio said he thought I had a very weak hamstring and that was causing all the pain around my knee/leg after any run. I told him about the half marathon and he gave me the green light, but told me after the run, when I was recovered to run one day, exercises the next day and rest the day after and do that for a few weeks and see how I went.

I was pretty scared going into this event, but it was a trip away with my husband and our son, so I was hoping it wasn't going to hurt too much. 

It is a beautiful destination and the course lovely - mostly off-road, but after 5km at the top of a hill I started to dry heave. That will happen if you haven't been doing any running! I decided to back off and when I came to a very big hill on the course, I walked it, and the kms started to tick off. I got to 20km and thought even thought this is going to be my slowest half marathon, I had to be happy. But then there was a hill right in the town, before a steep downhill to the finish. I thought I can't walk up that with everyone watching, so I ran up it and then starting vomiting all the blue power aid that I had been drinking on the course. It looked like a fountain! I felt terrible and thought I just have to get down that hill to the finish! I did make it - 2 hr 10 min 57 sec. My legs then started cramping really badly. You'd have thought I had run a marathon! 

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