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Over 60s training.

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 23:34

Columba - good luck with the hilly 10 mile race!

The course you may have selected could have 12 controls i.e. 12 points you have to find - maybe a re-entrant, a spur, a particular tree etc and on each spot there will be a control (a stick with a number or a letter) which you have to punch to show that you have been there. Each control has a different punch, so you can't just punch the same control 12 times!!

For the more experienced and championship events, they used electronic controls, and you have a dibber on your finger to push into the Start control, and all those that you are collecting and the finish one and your result is spit out electronically in the tent where the computer is located.

So when I was running with my son last week, he was reading the map and pointing to where the control was and I was clipping the clip card in the right box. 

In competition orienteering you compete alone and are called up to the startline in 2 minute intervals. There could be 8 of you on the startline but you would be all on different courses. Two minutes is quite a long time in the forest, and you can disappear very quickly. The only problem with that is if you run too fast, you can't think!!


Over 60s training.

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 19:19

Nice running there Mick - I'd love to see those kms I'm happy if I don't see a 7!

Torque Steer - good to see you back. Awful news - another reason why you need to find a way to get back out there, even if it is just walking.

Good to see you back out there too Aws.

JJ - nice to be part of a family gathering and not paying the bill at the end of it. Things are looking up

Chris - your running is going well. Congrats on the half.

Tracy - you continue to put in good effort too.

Columba - yes, orienteering you run with a map and find controls. There are different distances and difficulty for people. Very easy courses for newbies. We did a lot of it when our children were younger as it took us into the forests. I was hopeless. Could always get near the control, but couldn't find it! You can't just follow someone because they are probably on a different course to you! My eyesight was always a problem too, the maps have very fine detail. Will be interesting to try again once I have my other eye done. And of course I have slowed down so much now - I probably wouldn't just run past the control

My running has been minimal over the last few days - can't seem to get myself motivated. I will go out today to do my 9km with my friends. Always good to have a set day to meet up with people.

Over 60s training.

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 18:19

Mick - still a very nice set of times to have in your running past.

Sounds like you have pinched our summer We have very strange weather here at the moment. One minute it is hot and youngest grand daughter wants a water-slide, but this morning I'm all rugged up and it has been raining outside, though the sun is trying to come out!

Ceal - very nice running.

I ran 9km yesterday, and I also had a very nice time on Tuesday night.

I went orienteering with my son and Mae. It makes it difficult to read a map, and hold on to Mae without tripping up. I said I'd do the clipping, I knew running with Mae would be tough because you are changing direction all the time, and the poor dog doesn't know what is going on.

I just tagged along behind my son. It is the closest to speed work that I have done for a very long time - running hard, then stopping for my son to read the map, then going again. I had a lot of fun.

Over 60s training.

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 19:19

Ceal - well done for staying on your feet with that silly poodle running around you! Dinner sounded very nice too.

Can't believe you took only 1:25.52 for 9 miles with walking breaks! You are incredible!

Colin - 85 Parkruns! Impressive!

Mick - wow - 16 minutes for 5km! Was that your best distance? What was your 10km time?

JJ - think I'd prefer middle eastern food over Indian too. Did you manage to get any running in after all that gardening?

I ran 13.57km on Saturday morning but I won't say how long it took me!!

Yesterday, took my youngest gdaughter to the opening of the resurfacing of the Lovelock Track - we walked a lap with everyone else.


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Posted: 06/11/2014 at 23:46

JJ - not sure if your agapanthus is the same as we get in NZ, but we have lots of it. They call them motorway flowers here and on the list of noxious weeds in Waitakere where I live, because it grows like wildfire and endangers the natural bush. I think it makes a great show though, and we have it down our driveway.

My daughter also had several yucca plants which she had to remove because they took over and very hard to get rid of. Hope yours aren't the same as hers. Though in a large setting they would be fine as they multiply

We've got the orange Canna - lovely when the flowers are out, but can look very untidy for the rest of the time.

Afraid I don't seem to have much time for actual gardening, it is mostly mowing lawns and pulling weeds!

Ran 5km with Mae yesterday and nearly 9km with my friend on Wednesday - all very slow, and am having a day off today.

Went to see Bill Bailey last night - laughed and laughed! Great comedian.

Over 60s training.

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 19:36

Some great running going on here. Congrats to Colin, Diana, Mick and Impey.

Ceal - you are very speedy!

Columba - lovely that your boys are running well too.

Graham - where are you going to in South Africa?

Thanks for all the healing wishes for my surgery. It all went well, and have booked in for the other eye 9th December. Not sure that it is going to help my running at all with all this time off!

Had a little run in Cornwall Park last night - very hard work. Body just feels like it doesn't want to run anymore.

Went and watched and supported son in the Auckland marathon on Sunday. It was a big day, littlest grand daughter's 5th birthday too, so birthday dinner at our place and watched "Frozen" - kids' movie. She was dressed up as one of the characters and knew all the songs and actions, so we had quite an entertaining evening. 

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Posted: 25/10/2014 at 20:44

Well done Colin - great that you enjoyed it too!

Ceal - I think we all want to see you race again - you do some awesome training!

Mick - I love the autumn colours too - here in Auckland, our seasons aren't as dramatic, but they are so noticeable overseas.

Diana - it is also a good thing that you have started your running in later years - so much to look forward to and see just what you can get out of yourself.

I went for a long walk on the Hilary trail yesterday with husband, son and Mae. Took a stick this time as I didn't want to fall. It's called a trail, but there is much scrabbling over trees roots, streams, mud, and holding on to things so you don't fall down a cliff! 

The boys carried drinks and a few snacks for halfway where we reach a stand of huge Kauris - they used to use them for the masts of sailing ships. It is an awesome spot - very beautiful.

Came home and spent the rest of the day with the grand children. Avery beautiful sunny day - lovely start to summer though there was still a little chill in the wind.

I have cataract surgery on my right eye on Tuesday so am hoping I am going to see a lot more clearly afterwards. My driving might improve

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Posted: 23/10/2014 at 23:36

Sounds like your parliament is a bit like ours Mick, but I'm sure they are going to update our security too!

Hope your heels respond well for you!


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Posted: 23/10/2014 at 19:45

Hi Pammie - nice to see you!

Colin - my running is similar to yours. I too was inspired by Peter Snell, but it was the 1960 Rome Olympics. Snell, Halberg and Lydiard were part of the Owairaka club and that club just happened to be across the road from where I lived.

I quickly joined up as a 10 year old. I was hopeless at sprinting, but loved xcountry and as a young girl saw most of NZ representing Auckland in xcountry events.

I ran the first unofficial NZ xcountry for women held in Auckland in 1963. Millie Sampson won, and though still a child, I was second. Millie is in the world marathon rankings for women. She was a real pioneer in women's distance running.

I quit when I was 17 and started competing again at 27 after marrying, travelling, and having my first child. I went back to Owairaka and I am a life member. 

In recent years I joined the YMCA for company and motivation - lovely to be with new runners trying to achieve their goal of finishing a marathon.

Last year I rejoined Owairaka as they wanted to try to revive the club again, but miss my old YMCA mates now. 

Owairaka's track- the Lovelock track, named after NZ's famous Jack Lovelock,has just been resurfaced and there will be an official re opening of the track on 9 November.

And yes, John Walker, not Owairaka, but ran for another Auckland club, but coached by Arch Jelley (Owairaka) was the first person to run 100 sub 4 minute miles.

He set up a programe called "The field of Dreams" or something similar to help kids achieve their sporting dreams. 

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Posted: 22/10/2014 at 20:51

Graham - I wouldn't be checking on what he was up to either!

Can't believe you put in so much to help him with his project and he didn't even appreciate it.

Sounds like it is all about him, that's fine, but he shouldn't include others if he doesn't treat them well and he should realize that he wouldn't be able to do what he is doing without his supporters!!

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