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'Mature' runners.

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 12:35

Morning all,

DBI - sorry to hear it was a wet weekend in Bavaria and you had traffic jams there and back. No grey hairs - what's Nemo's secret?

HS - well done re your 10ml run and congratulations to your friend Alice for her PB at Brighton. Toilets always seem to be an issue for ladies - when I've done the Bath HM, the ladies have always ended up using the men's toilets because the queues for their ones are so long.

I went out earlier on and did my 6.5ml route around town. I started steadily and found myself following a young lady who I expected to zoom off into the distance. In fact, when the slope started (not steep enough to be termed a hill), she slowed dramatically and started walking and 'Steady Eddie' here overtook her before the top of the road. It was a good run - I didn't have any intention of pushing the pace but found on my return, the run had been the fastest ever on that route.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 17:22

Afternoon (or is that evening?) all,

HS - my club does have track training sessions and I must get myself along to them.

Aquarius - when rollering I just grimace while I deal with the tightness/soreness telling myself its good for me. I think the only times I've run with tight fists has been when I've forgotten my gloves and have run like that for a mile or so until my hands have warmed up.

Red - well done re marathon 72 .. your century has come a step closer.

I ran on Friday morning and did a 4ml route around town. I was feeling good so it turned into a tempo run - checking on my return I found my avg pace was 9.54 mm (the first sub-10 run for a long while) with quite consistent mile splits (9.52 9.54 10.04 9.54) - I hope getting closer to sub-10 minute miling is a sign of things to come.

No running for me today as we had friends round for lunch - I had to limit myself to looking out enviously at everyone jogging past in the sunshine while I helped get things ready. I shall head out tomorrow instead.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 14/04/2016 at 12:35

Afternoon all,

HS - well done re Mon's 7ml slog and Tue's hilly circuits. Don't blame you re getting a new kettle if you're likely to have bits of filter floating around with your old one.

DBI - defrosting freezer's .. one of life's boring chores that has to be done from time to time. What's the betting your speed walking beats some of the 'runners' at the sprint tri?

RF - Cheers! 30yrs and 38.4k miles of running deserves more than one glass of Merlot .. but preferably drunk in a 'interval session' styleee.

Columba - well done re your 6.6ml run. A midnight sun race in Tromso sounds great fun and interesting (I'm now reminiscing about our Northern Lights cruise in 2013) - wonder if there'll be snow and if you'll need some grippers to help you stay on your feet?

Aquarius - I only do 20mls a week (or more) when I'm training for a longer race or having a good few weeks of training. I've done the Bath Half several times and had problems with cramps each time - so I don't feel I've ever managed a 'good' HM. I've not had more injuries/illness than usual when I've increased my mileage. I've only belonged to two running clubs. At my previous one there wasn't any advice on technique. What I have seen re technique has been by way of articles on the RW website or in RW magazine. Any support at my previous club was sparse if non-existent. I've moved and the new club I've joined is much more supportive. They do track sessions and although I've not asked, I expect the coaches would be able to advise on technique. When I'm out running I do concentrate on keeping my shoulders and arms relaxed (I see lots of runners about with their shoulders hunched and arms held chest height). I also try and stay more on the balls of my feet rather than 'plodding along' landing on my heels (easier said than done and easy to lapse back into that style!). Personally I stretch before every run, usually while waiting for my Garmin to find a gps signal. I may occasionally warm-up before but often use the first mile of any run as a warm-up and push myself more towards the end. There's no organised stretching/warm down - people just do their own thing. Some of them do get together in the bar afterwards though for some post-run re-hydration I try and remember to stretch after a run - but it doesn't always happen. I have a large foam roller for dealing with any knots and soreness/tightness.

I didn't sleep well on Mon night so was still feeling washed out and didn't run on Tue either. I went to the club last night and we did the same 5ml fartlek session as before where you double-back at specific points around the course to pick up the sweeper following the slowest runner. It works really well as everyone can go at their own pace and the slow runners don't get disheartened. I was able to maintain an avg pace of 10:20mm and according to Garmin, was achieving 8:04 mm pace on my sprint finish. An unheard of pace for yours truly and I am in awe of runners who can manage that pace mile after mile.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 20:55

Evening all,

DBI - well done to you and Charlie finishing 5th in that competition.

HS - 7000 runners is a lot. When I've done the Bath Half (15000) I've stayed on the outside of the first corner to avoid the crush (and trip hazards!). I need to add some interval training to help me get faster for my race on 24th May - but nevertheless it was very pleasing to get that route PB. Hope your training goes well for the Lordshill 10K. Sounds like the forest run was another toughie - shame you ended up doing less miles than you planned but well done anyway for keeping going in those conditions.

Columba - glad to hear your new laptop is up and running now. Strange about the deleted files being in the cloud and getting downloaded onto your new laptop so you can delete them all over again. Similar to the recycle bin where deleted files end up - but they don't actually disappear until you 'empty' the bin.

I had planned to go for a run today but wasn't feeling up to it after a late night/early morning watching the Masters golf from Augusta. So instead I started decorating the spare room, applying 'knotting solution' to the knots in the bare wood around the new loft hatch. I should be able to apply the primer tomorrow but will run first thing and keep my fingers crossed it isn't raining as much as it has been today. 

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 18:13

Evening all,

HS - I'm sure the route miscalculation was genuine as they were so apologetic afterwards. And yes, it really is a year since I retired - only another year now until I 'officially' retire and can start drawing my govt pension. I used to have my laptop to download updates but prompt me to install them One downside of Win 10 is you have no such control but it hasn't affected me working on the laptop. Your training sessions just seem to get harder and harder - deep mud and water hazards now! I seem to remember it was Win 8.0 that people didn't like because the 'Start' button disappeared .. they brought it back in Win 8.1 due to popular demand (or should that be a popular uprising?)

Columba - how are you getting on with the new laptop? .. have the files copied across yet? Well done re your toad recovery. I've never imagined fishing appeals to women - always seems to be a 'man' thing for some reason.

DBI - looks like you are gradually managing to increase your swim distance.

Red - nice to see you back here despite how busy you've been lately

I managed to run 4mls on Mon eve - the rib-eye steak and Guinness at lunchtime for my birthday meal (voucher from Beefeater) didn't have too much effect. This week's club run WAS 5mls - the leader made it a fartlek session where people could go off at their own pace but at certain meet points had to double-back behind the back marker and sweeper. I've been out today and done 5mls around town - it felt good while I was out (despite the rain and hail) and turned out to be my best time ever on that route

Re Win 10 I've reached the point of no return as my 30-day trial period ended yesterday - I could have reverted to Win 7 but I've been happy since the upgrade so had no plans to revert anyway.

My new phone arrived last week but the sim card wouldn't fit (old one was mini-sim; new one needed to be micro-sim). I had to get Talk Mobile to send me a replacement sim. That arrived mid-week and after setting up email etc on the new phone and transferring across my contacts (I was able to do that via bluetooth) I've got the new phone up and running and am very happy with it.

We've had a new loft hatch put in (think I mentioned the roof space above the extension had no access?) so for the first time in ages I will be doing some decorating. We've been out today getting primer, undercoat and satinwood for the new loft hatch and white emulsion for the ceiling.


'Mature' runners.

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 16:58

Afternoon all,

DBI - glad I gave you a good laugh suggesting John help you with your IT! Glad to hear you've been able to do some more training and hope that leg pain goes away. Re the stork I remember a wildlife documentary about them arriving being a sign of Spring.

HS - glad to hear your laptop is working again .. I hope the updates have now stopped. That does sound like a tough forest session with the mud, cold water and icy wind - well done. Had to smile at your club doing online entries as the younger members don't have cheque books! I liked the character building extra work your coach introduced. Liked the idea but expect I'd not appreciate it at the time if I had been there. BTW, hope your back recovers okay.

Columba - glad to hear the cantor is back and feeling okay. Re the club run, it does sound a lovely one .. once that horrible hill is over and done with! I see you have a new HP laptop now. I hope your expert can help you get it set up the way you want. If you have any questions ask away - I can't promise to solve them all but like to think I know my way around.

My club run changed to a new start location this week. I ran with the 10min+ group and the planned 5ml run turned into a 7ml run (route deviser miscalculated badly!). There was a new guy running with us (1st time visitor) and I made a point of reassuring him they don't usually underestimate so badly. He was struggling towards the end (had only done 4-5mls before) so the group leader made the faster runners double-back behind him several times in the last couple of miles. And in the last two hundred yards, she made everyone double-back behind him so that we arrived back in a big group of 25 or so, with him leading the way and everyone whooping and hollering.

I've not managed to run since Wed as I played golf yesterday (the anniversary of my retiring from full-time work). I've been busy today doing jobs ready for my family visiting tomorrow for my birthday. Hopefully I'll get out again on Monday.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 17:03

Columba - before I got my laptop I did lots of research and ended up with an HP Pavilion as it gave the best trade-off between price and power/memory/capacity etc. I used a website called www.passmark.com to compare the performance of the various laptops I looked at - may be worth mentioning to 'your' expert in case he/she isn't already aware? When it came to getting Margaret's laptop I went through the same process and ended up with an HP Pavilion again. In both cases I got the laptop from PC World - and got a discount by reserving online and collecting rather than visiting the shop to buy it. I also got Norton Security at the same time - when buying hardware they invariably will sell you the anti-virus software at half-price. I would agree with HS and if you can, go for a Win 8.1 laptop as it may be cheaper. However, I just took a quick look at PC World and all the HP Pavilion laptops came with Win10 already installed. But if you do go for Win 8.1 then upgrade to Win10 while it is still free and before you start adding any other files/software as a 'clean' upgrade ought to be a bit quicker with only system files etc. to be backed up. I would suggest the easiest way to transfer files from the old to new laptop will be by using a small external drive. Margaret and I both have a Western Digital 'My Passport' 1Tb drive. You should be able to plug it in and copy & paste files onto it then plug it into the new laptop and copy and paste onto the internal drive. Then you'll have an external drive to use for those all-important backups!

Win10 - friends mentioned getting loads of updates after the upgrade, hence me leaving my laptop on overnight. You can't control when updates are installed on Win10 unless you have the 'pro' version - Win10 is supposed to only install updates when the machine is not busy (not always the case!). I've now upgraded my old desktop to Win10 as well - its there as a backup machine but primarily for storing my music and photos. I've created a 'homegroup' to share files between the desktop and laptop so I can easily access any file from either machine.

I use 'Norton Security with Backup' for my anti-virus etc. and one license covers up to 10 devices so I am able to protect my desktop & laptop, Margaret's laptop, my tablet and even my smartphone.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 16:52

Afternoon all,

As we've been discussing computers and Win10, I've put all that stuff in a separate post

DBI - hope those tablets help sort out Charlie's problem. I see you were making your own hot cross buns - it's either a year since I started chatting here or it was mince pies you were making the last time! Oh dear re being a techie dinosaur and having a locked phone & ipad - can John help out?

HS - what a lovely surprise re the cup and voucher. I was going to say I hope your friend Andy was able to help with your laptop setup but then saw you are already having problems - I wouldn't trust a phone either to do stuff like online banking. So I'm glad to hear you've been able to get your tablet going in the meantime. Well done re yesterday's forest run in less than ideal weather.

Columba - goodness, that problem at the Easter Vigil Mass was very dramatic but I'm glad to hear all is well. 

I got out yesterday and did 5mls around town. I thought it was going to rain and wore my hi-viz jacket - but the sun came out halfway round and it was warmer than I expected.

We've been busy today hanging a few more pictures on the walls and re-arranging some furniture. We also re-arranged some of the kitchen cupboards so the most-used stuff is now more easily accessible. All being well, by the end of the week I'll be able to report the washing machine and dishwasher are both working normally again as engineers are supposed to be arriving on Wed/Fri respectively.


'Mature' runners.

Posted: 22/03/2016 at 17:50

Evening all - catching up after a few days away from the computer while we've been busy looking after our grand-daughters.

DBI - oops, sorry to hear Nemo messed you around during the exam but pleased to hear you managed to pass.

Red - no, you didn't mention your coccyx problem but pleased to hear MML sorted it out. Well done re that 32 miler (little jaunt?!). Sorry to hear about the blisters though

Columba - oops, my mistake re mixing up your PB with your course best. Hope your laptop's health-check goes okay - all being well, see you on the other side.

HS - sorry, had to smile to myself reading about all the races you've entered that you presumably weren't going to! I enjoy the 6 nations and have recently also discovered the Premiership coverage each week. Well done re the 21ml forest run. Glad to hear your new computer is up and running and loading of items is going okay. I've been leaving mine on overnight since installing Win 10 hoping it will catch up with any updates it decides it needs.

Unfortunately, no running been going on here for the last week but I should be at the club run tomorrow evening. The location was supposed to change this week but that has been postponed until next Wed which means I get another chance to run up the 'hill of doom'. I think I mentioned I'm doing the Westonbirt 10K in mid-May .. I'm hoping I can knuckle down to more regular training now and will see how close I can get to 60 mins on race day.

On a non-running note, our Bosch washing machine threw a wobbly (literally!) when the 'unbalanced load' sensor didn't work properly. The engineer has been to fix some parts inside that got broken by the out-of-control drum. The load sensor and motor control circuit board have had to be ordered from Germany and with Easter, the engineer won't be back to finish the repair until next Wed. So we may need to use the local launderette if the pile of dirty clothes gets too big.



'Mature' runners.

Posted: 17/03/2016 at 12:57

Afternoon all,

I'm pleased to say my bad back has gone away and I was finally able to get out for a run yesterday evening.

Red - good luck with that forthcoming 30ml trail run.

DBI - did John get back in time last weekend to allow you to get to that dog training? Good luck to you and Nemo for Saturday's exam.

HS - sorry to hear about the technical issues with your old laptop and Garmin Connect - hopefully you can start afresh with the new one. The 'Upgrade to Win 10' app creates a 'compatability report' that should confirm all will be okay and I've not had any problems with Win 10 myself since I upgraded. Margaret has been away for a couple of nights so (with her permission!) I have upgraded her laptop to Win 10 while she has not been using it. Shame about the foggy weather giving you problems at your race but still a good result and WAVA. Well done to Alice too.

Columba - pleased to hear your Bath HM went well and congratulations re your new PB.

As mentioned, the stretching etc. seems to have sorted out my bad back so I could run yesterday evening. The Cheltenham Festival is in full swing and the road I use from Bishops Cleeve is closed each day at peak times (peak times for race-goers anyway). I went to see my son yesterday and timed my journey's through Cheltenham so I was able to get past the racecourse and through the town without any problems. During my run I had to dodge a lot more people than usual (tipsy race-goers staggering home in some cases). One guy caught my eye as he was walking along, deep in conversation with his friend, still clutching the (half-full) pint glass he presumably had with him when he left the bar at the racecourse a mile up the road

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