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Thursday 27th November 2014

Posted: Today at 09:31

Thanks for the birthday wishes I had a nice day!

I do have a look at the thread sometimes but don't really think I have much to offer these days.

Little Miss Happy - I haven't been posting here, as I'm not running much and I'm a lot older than most of you re the Lyrics thanks Alehouse! I do post on the over 60s!

I did see you had a major accident some time ago LMH sounded pretty bad! Felt awful for you. How is your recovery going?

What: Gardening this morning, but did "run" 9km yesterday on my birthday.

I've had cataract surgery on my right eye and am booked in for the left one on the 9th December, so I'm not really thinking of getting into much running till next year, but that's not far away is it! 

Over 60s training.

Posted: Yesterday at 20:23

Thanks Ceal and Chris for your happy birthday greetings. I had a nice day, starting with 9km and coffee with friends, then we had a funeral to go to in the afternoon - the funeral of the mother of some very old friends. It was a lovely event - full of love and fond memories.

Then it was a barbeque dinner for 10 and some card games - just what I wanted.

Happy birthday to you too Tracey - sorry about the boil! I cried all day I turned 50, now 64, I am looking forward to being 65!

Chris - that sounds like fun starting a Galloway group - you would be perfect as you totally believe in his methods.

Over 60s training.

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 20:12

You are doing some great running Ceal.

Chris - your running is still going really well - impressed with the 18 miler!!

Columba - you must be pretty happy too! You'll have to sit on that other 70 year old next time, and come home strong. But in saying that, you gave it your all - great stuff!

Graham - welcome home.

I've been ticking over - not much motivation here! Ran 6km in Cornwall Park last night. Did a long walk on the bushtracks on Sunday and not a lot else. Going to have lunch with my sisters today so that will be nice.

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.


Over 60s training.

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. 

Over 60s training.

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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