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Over 60s training.

Posted: Yesterday 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.

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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.

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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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Posted: 23/11/2015 at 08:37

Welsh Poppy - you are doing some decent running.

Mick - 12km is a good distance.

Columba - good to see you are still racing and helping out. Nice reward for your hard work.

Graham - hope you make the start of the xcountry. Good to keep at it even if you are a bit below par. It is so hard to get back if you leave it too long.

Ceal - good to see you can still run at a good pace even with devoting so much time to your singing now.

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Posted: 16/10/2015 at 11:00

Aws - sorry about that! WD60 - hope you run faster than your secretary

John B - good luck with the sub 21 5km!

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Posted: 15/10/2015 at 21:08

John Bateman - great to be on the wrong side of 21 minutes! I wish!!

I've been out in the garden more than I have been running. I've been water blasting another fence and painting it, ordered a 9m skip and have been filling it with all sorts of garden waste. Wish we didn't have such a big section.

I did run 10km on Wednesday, I am feeling tired, so thinking what can I do that is easy.

Columba - enjoy your trip.

WD60 - hope you beat your secretary!

Ceal - you look like you have been very busy too.

Aws - I love gerberas too!

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Posted: 01/10/2015 at 20:06

Ceal - I don't know what a jet wash is, maybe it is a water blaster It is a machine that you plug your hose into and has a lead to  plug into the power and a long handle that you point at anything, like concrete, fence palings, decks etc Anything that you want to take the dirt or moss off.

Columba - no, my youngest grandchild is turning 6 in November, so she isn't starting early, but just thought it would be good for her with summer coming on.

WD 60 - Your walk sounded lovely.

No run or walk from me yesterday, went to look at stoves and fridges, but then thought I probably should look at a new kitchen first as mine has seen much better days.

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Posted: 30/09/2015 at 19:51

Hi WD60 - I guess that you are female - welcome to the thread.

Ceal - looks like you have been having a very active holiday!

JJ - your running seems to be a bit like mine, great for a spell, then lots of days off.

Columba - good to see you still going strong.

Mick - you will be happy with that improvement!

I ran 10km yesterday, and 5km the day before, but had 5 days off running in between. I did do lots of other stuff though, like water blasting and painting the fence.

This time of year everything looks like it needs attention. My daughter has been using my computer a lot as well, so I have been spending quite a bit of quality time outside.

School holidays here too at the moment, so a few trips to the park with youngest grand daughter and she has started swimming lessons. Let's hope she is better than her Nana!

She did enjoy the lesson so she will be happy to go back so that is good.

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Posted: 19/09/2015 at 21:08

Columba - lovely to have your brother to stay. Guess you are feeling it, if you are not used to drinking.

Mick - happy belated birthday.

JJ - well the weight doesn't seem to be slowing you down - congrats on the current PB!

Diana - hope your bones heal well. 

I had a hard run yesterday - about 14km, my Garmin ran out of battery so wasn't able to see how I did. I only know I ran up one hell of a hill at the end of the run. I had forgotten about this hill on this circuit that we were doing, I thought we turned off somewhere on the route and ended up running along a flat track. I was offered an alternative of running up lots of stairs on an off-road track, but decided against that, and put my head down and sang Katy Perry's "Roar" in my head as I tackled the hill. I was just hoping that I wasn't going to pay for it last night. Glad to report, not too bad.

Awful weather here today, think it might be another day off.

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Posted: 14/09/2015 at 22:24

Wow - that is great Columba - did you see Chris Hobbs in the race too? It will be good to see the final results to see where you got in your age-group.

I think I'm going to the gym today. We got a pass that will see us to the end of the month and then I will decide from there. I like the stretching exercises, whereas my daughter likes the treadmill, machines, weights etc. I might try yoga, but then again, the best part is going to the gym with my daughter and having fun together.

Welsh Poppy - that is a great run for a training run! 

JJ - that is a big improvement - well done.

Ceal and Torque Steer - hope your niggles stay just that - niggles.

I still feel cr*p and my eyes are giving me bother as well, probably because it is spring here and maybe it is just an allergic reaction, or maybe it is an age-thing. Oh dear, as long as we can wake up, and put one foot in front of the other - must be a good thing;-)

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