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Over 60s training.

Posted: Yesterday at 19:19

Nice long run Tracey.

Chris - good luck with the marathon!

Belated happy birthday wishes Impey - nice that you could get out today!

Colin - nice work - good running!

JJ - get well soon. It is a drag being sick, but at least you can understand being sick in the winter time.

Columba - your training is going very well.

Ceal - hope they don't put big rocks on your trail - it sounded perfect.

Ran - if you could call it that - 9km by myself yesterday. Got up early to beat the heat, carried a water bottle and sipped when I felt like I wanted to cough!

Don't really enjoy summer - rather have nice cool but not cold temperatures. 

Over 60s training.

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 19:20

Think the Seagull is slightly ahead of you after that John

5km walk to the cafe for me, husband and dog yesterday, then did some weeding.

Wednesday I attempted my 9km run with my friend. Should have just run 5km, because after about that distance got into a coughing fit and told my friend to go on. Got going again, with the enticement of the tap at the end of the pipeline - where I could wet my head and have a few mouthfuls.

Still not 100% will try a little run today. Foot is still a little unhappy too.

Chris - another hot day here today! We are hoping for a bit of rain. Just hope for your sake it doesn't come when you arrive.

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Posted: 19/01/2015 at 18:42

Like that one Aws!

Torque Steer - don't know where your friends have been, but they say they have a drought down in the South Island. It's been Bl**dy hot up here, could do with a bit of rain.

I've been sick again - cough, cough, cough. No running. Got some anti-biotics yesterday so hopefully will shift it!

Daughter's 40th birthday yesterday - not perky enough to enjoy it properly.

Have my final check up this afternoon, for my  left eye that had cataract surgery about a month ago.

7.42 am here - sun shining brightly!

Over 60s training.

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 19:42

Chris - I have Runners' world messaged you about your Cornwall Parkrun. Temp forecast for 14th February in Auckland - 21 degrees - 16 degress low - mostly sunny.

It will be good to see you.

I ran/walked about 4 km with son last night when it got cooler. Had been busy most of the day, so not really feeling like running this morning, but I meet up with friends on a Wednesday - so I'd better get myself organized!

2015 in 2015

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 19:04

Sounds like a great thread with a bit of history thrown in Alehouse!

Over 60s training.

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 19:00

Ceal - you have a very busy life and are still able to fit your running in - very organised. Loved the pics of your older grand daughters on fb, must have been lovely taking them out.

It's always the new W60s that are hard to beat, because they continue to improve and are full of enthusiasm, while those like me who have run forever only get pws!

That's why age-grading helps to motivate me.

Colin - I guess our weather helps to encourage more people to get out there and have a go. If they are not running they are walking. 

Diana - you seem to be giving a lot back to the sport - good on you. I used to help a lot of people with their running, but these days with the internet, there doesn't seem to be much need for it. There are schedules to be found, all sorts of running devices, so the old ways are not so important anymore. 

It can be confusing for people, so many different opinions and advice. In my day, I was given a schedule from an experienced club runner and I did it and it worked. You try and help someone these days, and they do a bit of this and listen to a bit of that, and it is all a waste of time. The first question I seem to ask these days is what do they want to get out of it. The majority just want to do it for fun and say they are not competitive, but they don't realize it is only with fitness that you then get competitive!

I went to Cornwall Park again last night and met up with son and husband for a walk/run - probably did another 5km don't know my watch ran out of battery.

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Posted: 11/01/2015 at 20:32

Well done on your long run Columba.

I got up early and ran 16km - longest run I've done for a long time. And who did I see while I was out there - 2 W60 women, and different ones from those at the parkrun, so you can see we do have an abundance of W60 runners in Auckland.

Over 60s training.

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 03:06

My turn to lose my post!

Try again.

John Bateman/Columba - The W60 grade is quite competitive here in Auckland. The woman that was first yesterday is a triathlete and has run for years, she also at one time held age-group world records for indoor rowing so is very long and strong.

She is currently 5th overall on our Cornwall parkrun Age-graded league. I am 9th with 81.96% which I achieved in 2013. It's been pretty much downhill from there for me!

I must get fit again.

Went for a 5km walk back in Cornwall Park again today. It it lovely there when it is hot as you can find some nice shady bits.

Had quite a late night last night so a late start. If you don't get up early and run at this time of year, you pretty much have to forget about it.

Did mow half the lawns though this afternoon.

Ceal - your grand child sounds a bit like mine - they are a challenge but lovely with it! We are very lucky!

Chris Hob - 100 marathons! I'd rather try for 100 Parkruns. I could probably make 50 by the time I'm finished with them, forget off the top of my head how many I've done now.

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Posted: 10/01/2015 at 01:30

Mick - funny you say that about parkrun after all that hill climbing. I didn't feel like doing it at all! But I had to get back onto the horse sometime!

Turned up there to find 3 other excellent W60 runners there. Never mind I told myself, I'd just try not to blow up and have to walk up the big hill!

I ran 26.46 75.72% and my face was red for a very long time! It was only 18 degrees, but it was 94% humidity at 8 am!

My average heartrate was 171 - max 177 so definitely pushed myself. Think I was 

4th W60, with the best running 23.24 - 84.12% Just scraped in for 3rd on age-grading as I must be older than the 3rd W60.

Ceal - exciting stuff - taking the older grand children to Lion King. And 10 days running in a row! Must get myself out again tomorrow, after such a butt kicking!

I came straight home as I was on Nana duties again.

Columba - yes the hole in the ozone layer does extend to NZ - you do have to be careful. 

It is extremely hot here this afternoon.

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Posted: 09/01/2015 at 07:20

Ceal - used my heart rate monitor on the bush walk yesterday. My husband has a new watch and it was good to compare our heartrates. I was very pleased with my recovery. It would go up to over 130 on the uphills, and return very quickly to the 90s. First time I'd noticed the zones it put you in.

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