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Over 60s training.

Posted: Yesterday 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: Yesterday 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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Posted: 22/10/2014 at 20:43

Colin - so you are a decent runner - shame you are heading into the winter season - a season of Masters' track and field sound just the ticket for you. You can have a lot of fun with it.

Nice that you do the Parkruns - keep us posted!

JJ - glad you are coming right!

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Posted: 22/10/2014 at 20:39

Chris - welcome back. What an incredible place to grow up in. 

It would be great to meet up with you and closer to the time you could message me and tell me where you are staying in Auckland and I could pick you up and we could go to the Cornwall Park run and of course have coffee afterwards. Pretty sure 12-15 Feb should be alright for me at this stage.

"Mountain to surf" if you run it right can be a very fast course. I have run 2.53 on it as a 39 year old, had a dnf, and the last time I ran it - 3.36 which would have been about 5 years ago.

March is very tricky - it is all about the conditions - if you get a nice overcast day you can have a great day. If it is hot, forget about time, just try to enjoy it.

I love the start as they bus you up to the gates of the mountain early in the morning - it's a very scenic start line.

You have to be careful in the first 5km - do not run this too fast, then you turn and there are some undulations.

You are basically running in the countryside. You reach a small town about half way, where those that are running as a team change runners.

At this stage it is pretty flat you do not think you are running downhill at all. You still have a few more bumps until you reach a park by the beach.

The finish takes quite a while to arrive but worth it. It is a great little marathon. It is a surf beach with black sand. If you still have any energy left you should go and have a look at it.

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Posted: 22/10/2014 at 20:28

Ceal - great article. We run hills nearly every Saturday as part of our long run - out and back, so plenty of down hill running too. In my last build up for Berlin, I was getting pretty sick of the downhill running as I wear very light shoes.

"The Legend" marathon is mostly all up and down, and on one of my runs one of the guys took off on one of the major downhills - I knew what he was doing - practicing for his race. I remember doing "The Legend", and holding my own on the uphill and quite a few of them that I was with, just took off on the downhill and I couldn't catch them. I kind of thought, there was still a long way to go and there was still a flat section that the legs still had to be able to keep working on so held back. What is the right way I'm not sure. 

I know fast/relaxed downhill running on the grass does wonders for your speed.

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Posted: 21/10/2014 at 20:01

Colin - so are you doing any running or walking now?

Diana - my problem would have been where to start the intervals again! 200s, 400s - no problem, but of course with 300s with 300m recovery you would have a different starting point all the time. When I first read it I thought you were only having 100m recovery and that would have been very tough!

Graham - you are really doing some good work - well done.

We should have a full group back this morning - be nice for a change - looking forward to my run.

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Posted: 21/10/2014 at 19:56

Ceal - you put in real quality work - something that I seem to avoid Why is this!! It must be very satisfying for you.

Mick - great run - good that you could get your knee sorted before the race. Great pic btw! Yes, I think we are all guilty of looking for results of those we know before we get the full story! Neat that it is possible now though.

Aws - we have a 79 year old man in our Wednesday group. He has always been so interested in everyone's running.

He used to be the pack leader at the marathon club, and would take all newbies under his wing. He now walks more than he runs but he still gets out there because he loves it and loves the company.

There is always one of us who is injured, recovering from an event or just slowing down too to keep him company. I walked/ran with him last week and had a good catch-up. We all have to do what is right for us.

He has decided now not to do any more marathons, but I know he could. His wife used to come to all the events he was in with a packed lunch and a thermos!

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Posted: 20/10/2014 at 20:47

Impey - the 5km I did last night wasn't a race. They do have a 5km Parkrun there on a Saturday morning - and it does have mixed surfaces, some grass, road and pathways and a few good hills thrown in too

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Posted: 20/10/2014 at 20:40

Impey - sounds like you will have a wonderful time watching and remembering all those wonderful times.

Congratulations on your 70th Parkrun! Looks like you will get your 100!!

Tracey - just another thought - give it a couple of days and you will start to find something good about your marathon, I know I'm starting to feel a bit better about mine - it was my 41st marathon finish!

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