Peter Collins

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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).

Age Gradings

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 12:07

I think it's helpful to remember that age grading doesn't cut across the age groups (at least, that's how I understand it). It's simply how you compare with other people in your age group, so it's not a pointer towards what you might have done in a different age group or comparing you with people currently in other age groups. Whether it's easier to get a good age grade as you get older, I don't know, but I do know that a lot of us older folk do train quite hard at times, and some ferociously so.

Technology, running and music

Posted: 01/09/2016 at 16:15

None of mine are either. Just stuff I like.

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