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'Mature' runners.

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 12:55

Hi everyone

DianaD - glad to hear you're back is better too. Well done to your friend with her GFA performance.

BIW - run in woods and swim in lake for dogs sounds good. Ever been tempted to do the same yourself?

Terence - well done re various training (7ml, sprint session, hilly 8mls). I always try and stay relaxed when running and have occasionally tried lifting back leg higher. On the odd occasions I see my reflection the relaxed style never seems to look quite as good as it feels!

JohnnyJ - I used to get pains when I tried to lenghten my pace (as Terence mentions). I now know (from physio treatment for calf) that this was due to lack of correct stretching and specifically my soleus (calf).

Redhead - hopefully you realised I was referring to the wiggle of your bum and not comparing the relative sizes of your's and FW's!

Matsmum - well done re 7ml tempo run .. great mile splits. Sorry - had to chuckle at family unable to cope alone for a few hours.

Exhausted - from where I am coming from, 3:40 is far from a rubbish run and is the stuff of dreams!

Columba - well done re pre-breakfast run with glides. I had a (very!) short phase of doing a 6:30am run. I felt great for the rest of the day and very virtuous. Wish I could have kept myself into that habit.

I did a 2ml treadmill run on Tue eve - would have been further but Mrs Wm had dinner ready. Hoping she'll not be quite so efficient tonight!

Gardening tomorrow - family visit on Saturday (grand-daughter's 3rd birthday) - 11-12ml walk planned for Sunday (C2C training). Haven't decided about Monday yet!

GULP just entered my first half marathon

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 11:49

Yvonne - ahhh, but are they 'comedy' tan lines though Glad to hear you enjoyed parts of the VLM experience but can understand the crowds getting to you. Not having done VLM I always imagine it's would be like the Bath HM crowds but far, far busier.

I'm hoping to have time for another run on my treadmill tonight when I get home. I only did 2mls on Tue evening as Mrs Wm had dinner almost ready. Hoping she won't be quite so efficient tonight

Off to see grand-daughters again on Saturday as it is younger one's 3rd birthday. Then have a long walk planned for Sunday as more training for the C2C walk. Need to try and do 11-12mls and judging by forecast, I'm going to get wet.

GULP just entered my first half marathon

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 14:20

I couldn't take the suspense any longer so texted Yvonne to ask how she did. I won't say any more as I don't want to steal Yvonne's thunder. Let's just say it wasn't her worst run ever

Toby - my back seems to be better (not 100% but much better than it was). So I can start treadmill runs again this week. Good luck to you and Snowmaiden in your new quest. 

I survived the weekend looking after the grand-daughters but was was really worn out last night - slept like a log!

Walking boot update - I've had a couple of 1.5ml walks on the treadmill and they seem to be fine. Not tried them 'for real' outside yet though.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 13:53

Hi everyone

Redhead - sorry to hear about your transport problems pre-VLM. I recorded the VLM coverage and watched it yesterday evening after the grand-daughters had been collected. Saw your interview early on - with that wiggle you gave you could give Fatima Whitbread a run for her money! Congratulations on the new world record. And you ran again this morning? (gasps) Very impressive.

Matsmum - I've never gone further than 13mls so a 20ml run is nothing to be sniffed at, regardless of time. Obviously still getting to know you all but thoughts are with you re recent anniversary of Matthew's accident. Good pace re that 8ml run with fast bits.

Exhausted - hope your run went well too.

Columba - I did try doing without a TV when I was in my thirties as an experiment. Managed 6 months but was missing seeing the news stories as well as hearing about them so got a new license. Obviously wouldn't be such a problem these days now we have the Interweb-thingy available Glad you got the car fixed.

Terence - great result for that 5k time trial and glad to hear boiler is installed, up and running. Re M&S voucher and buying socks - I'm slightly proud of the fact I purposely don't wear matching pairs (all mine seem to be the ones with coloured toes and heels). Shame M&S don't sell running socks too - maybe we should get people to buy is vouchers for our local running shop instead!

DianaD - back is much better now. Seemed to improve over the weekend after much foam-rollering and stretching.

Now that my back is better I can think of re-starting my treadmill runs. I did manage to do a couple of 1.5ml walks on the treadmill last week wearing my new walking boots. I've now decided they are going to be okay but haven't tried them outside 'for real' yet.

GULP just entered my first half marathon

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 13:30

Yvonne - glad to hear legs and brain are speaking to each other again. Good luck for Sunday. Will be recording the VLM (all 6 hrs worth) and will be keeping an eye out for you. Will be playing "Where's Yvonne" instead of "Where's Wally". Fingers crossed car passes MOT okay.

No running for me yet but planning to walk on treadmill again after work wearing new walking boots.



'Mature' runners.

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 13:21

Hi everyone

Terence - well done re hilly training session and recovery run. Am suitably impressed that a boiler scheduled for delivery (a) did actually arrive (b) arrived at the scheduled time. Re boiler installation and weather now getting warmer - just think of the gas you'll save Hope 5k time trial goes well ..

Matsmum - pssst .. use notepad and copy/paste into RW

Johnny J - back problem is muscular rather than skeletal. Have been using foam roller and it has helped (though getting down onto floor and onto roller was 'interesting' to say the least).

BIW - I see they have 6hrs coverage of the VLM. Will be recording it all in the hope I have time to watch it all. But will also be recording highlights later in the day as it's likely I'll only have time to watch that instead.

Redhead - good luck for VLM on Sunday.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 08:22

Terence - thanks for exercise tip. I've had a skim through the books I re-discovered on my bookshelf ("Tone Yourself", "The Supple Body", "Core Stability" & "The Pilates Body"). As you can see, the thought was there in the past about needing to look after myself better. The books are full of stretching/strengthening exercises targeting particular muscles so I should be able to put together a routine to avoid future problems. 

Columba - the physio who treated my calf problem was brilliant. So I have the clinics number handy if needed. The back is feeling better this morning so hopefully should be back to normal in a few more days. That off-road run sounds like fun.

Redhead - I'll be recording the VLM coverage hoping I find time to watch it later. Will look out for your interview.

GULP just entered my first half marathon

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 08:08

Yvonne - woo hoo! Well done re your PB  Hope legs and brain have re-started communications by Sunday.

B......d back getting better. Walked 1ml on treadmill yesterday to (a) keep me moving (b) try out new walking boots. Good result on both counts.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 12:04

Terence - did plenty of stretching yesterday. Back is still stiff today but better than it was - but standing after sitting for too long is challenging. I have retrieved my "Supple Body" & "Core Strength" books which were bought years ago with the best intentions - some light reading for later on. It's like deja vu .. my calf problem was due to the lack of a correct stretch targeting the soleus muscle. I'm sure this back problem is due to my not doing any general exercises, gym work or stretching and then expecting my body to carry on regardless

Redhead - good luck with the VLM. I won't even be able to watch it this year. Will be kept busy keeping an eye on my grand-daughters (3 & 5) who are staying with granny and grand-dad for the weekend. Sunday evening isn't going to come soon enough if last time is anything to go by!


'Mature' runners.

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 13:08

Hi everyone - been awol for a few days and just catching up with the latest posts ..

Exhausted - I've always thought flashing platform heels are very fetching I recently found my old black work shoes gathering dust at the bottom of the shoe rack (not worn them for a year or more). Still didn't pick them up and dump them in the bin where they belonged though (doh!).

Terence - well done re Thu's club session - sounds like a good one. I washed both of our cars after my walk (and while I was still able to - see below). Well done re your parkrun result. And for that forest run in less than ideal conditions.

BIW - glad to see you've finally been able to get those pesky photos posted after some advice on here

Redhead - hope you got all those goodies planted! And well done re hitting 600ml target already - amazing!

Matsmum- well done re 18ml run and good pace too. And grrrr re the multiple hedge stops - where I always think we men have it much easier.

Johnny J - well done re gardening association show results.

Andrew - welcome along (I've only recently joined myself). It took me years to get below 60mins for a 10K so 64 mins sounds good to me. I'm only just back
running after an injury - my long run is currently 5K!

Columba - I've been equally surprised in the past how close together my run and run/walk times have been over the same route .

I didn't manage my planned treadmill run on Friday but I did manage a 10ml walk on Saturday morning (C2C training). Unfortunately I was doing some weeding in the afternoon after washing the cars and b******d my back. I'm able to drive and move around but every now and then it catches me and I'm like one of those men in the lumbago adverts. My family were visiting yesterday and were helping celebrate my birthday (from last Thu). Been feeling every one of my 62 years these last couple of days (very unlike me!).


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