Peter Collins

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Running with a buggy - in a race

Posted: 07/10/2016 at 14:47

I was going to mention parkrun. It can, of course, depend on the terrain, but they actively encourage people with buggies to join in. It's a little annoying, naturally, when some speed merchant goes past you with one of these contraptions (and I'm a sub-20 minute runner, so not a total slouch), but it takes all sorts.

Starting running at 56 years old...

Posted: 05/10/2016 at 16:55

I think at this juncture your pace and times aren't important. Just upping your mileage a little each week is the way to go and run how you feel. 

First half

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 12:18

Double-plus good for what Muttley says. You're entering a bit of unknown here, but what it will do is give you a good idea of what you can cope with - and you'll have a PB you can beat next time. Good luck.

VEGAN 12 hr running

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 12:13

Blimey, a lot of hate for a vegan. I'm not one, but surely there are better targets for your bile?

Bucket list

Posted: 09/09/2016 at 11:11

The only thing on my list is getting a new bucket.

Encouraging new runner

Posted: 09/09/2016 at 11:05

There might also be junior parkrun nearby. 2k races for 4-14 year olds.

Age Gradings

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 12:33

Ha! I hadn't noticed the dates! Good grief.

10k in under 40 minutes?

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 12:22

I'll leave it to others with more knowledge to guide you on training. You should be able to do sub-40, but it's not always a linear affair - I've done, in my late 40s (I'm now 53) sub-20 parkruns, but the nearest I've got to a sub-40 10k is just over 41 minutes. It's possible you'll bust it easily, and I should have done it I guess, but the longer distance can be deceptive: quite possibly, because you're running longer you feel able to coast some of the middle miles a bit more than you can in the 'long sprint' of the 5k. A first thing to say is that running hard all the time will probably, counter-intuitively, hold you back - easy runs should be just that, run at what for you is an easy pace. Others will have wider advice.

Age Gradings

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 12:17
RMcD wrote (see)

Personally, I find the masters merit standards more useful than age gradings (link below).  Suspect what you say is broadly true in that top athletes will have achieved what they wanted and probably don't feel the need to break veteran records.  Certainly I knew someone (now departed) who broke a veteran 10k world record in Glasgow and while an achievment it's not comparable with the open world record (he was a very good amateur).  On training not sure I agree - some of the regular prize winning super veterans have retired early, are almost obsessed with the sport and train every single day.  For track running, masters events are really the only outlet if you want to keep going whereas for road races it's less of a problem.  Realistically I can't run 200 metres nowadays at the same speed as when in my 20s (there'd be something wrong if I could) and so masters merit standard gives me good idea of what to aim at.

I don't really follow that table, but I'm a bit dense. What do all the 'n's mean?

New Mature Runners Thread

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 12:16

Have a half-marathon in two weeks at the Richmond Running Festival - my latest attempt to get under 90mins (I have two sub-91-minutes, but haven't quite got there yet). Did 14 miles at the weekend, having run a leg in the Surrey Road relays on Saturday (after doing a parkrun - I'm a fool to myself).

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