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'Mature' runners.

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 15:34

Hi everyone

RF - happy new year to you too. I had the idea Red was going to stop doing so many marathons when she hit her target (probably misunderstood somewhere along the way) and I'll never be quick enough to be chasing age-group PB's. Anyway, happy bumbling!

HS - Margaret is still 'barking' but her cough is slowly improving (and I'm keeping my fingers crossed I don't get it). I have phases when I play the Fetch games and at the moment am enjoying running along new roads in the town and seeking out the various tokens/bugs. Yes, Fetch has now gone it alone and has asked for contributions so he can work part-time and look after the website on the other days. I've promised £1 a month - a small price to pay for all the functions of the site that I use. Well done re your 5K time trial.

JB - I don't really feel able to comment on the quality/quantity debate as I'm basically a bit of a plodder and seem to be in the back half of any races I take part in. The only races I was ever in the top half were my club's handicap races last year. And I have to say, the 80% WAVA figures are a distant dream for me.

Aquarius - there's no phone involved with Fetchpoint. It's just various things sprinkled on a map on the Fetch website. When you upload your run details from your Garmin the website uses the gps info to work out where you ran and which tokens/bugs you 'collected' on the way. As I've said before, it's a bit of fun but it IS getting me to run in places around town that I don't usually venture to (so it stops my running getting into a rut).

RF & Aquarius - no gale-force winds around here yesterday (in Wiltshire/Gloucestershire).

I had planned to play golf with my mate today but we saw the forecast and (wisely) abandoned the idea. So I went out earlier collecting some aforementioned Fetchpoint tokens/bugs. It was hard work and I felt more out breath than usual (did wonder if I am catching that lurgy Margaret has). Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised when I got back to see I'd managed 5.7mls at 10:30mm pace.

It was raining when I was out running - light rain to start with and heavier towards the end. The wind has just increased in strength as I've been typing - but no snow to speak of as yet.

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Posted: 10/01/2017 at 13:03

Hi everyone - playing catch-up again after a week away from RW

Columba - if it were down to me, I wouldn't bother with a tree or decorations either. However, I dutifully cleared everything away on Sunday following the family visit. Shame about your club run that wasn't - at least you didn't get lost otherwise you would need a navigator's hat similar to the one HS's club awards to someone each year. I was going to say did you find concentrating on the gait analyst's advice while running helped - but then I saw your later post about your knee being painful. Oh no .. I wonder if changing your running style has affected your knee somehow?

HS - the family get-together went well. And it was nice to see various 'huddles' forming as cousins who don't see each other much, were able to catch up. Sorry to hear you developed a toothache and will need a root filling. I'd be exhausted running 15 miles, let alone in flooded conditions and mud - respect to you Sir! Re your latest post .. I'm already looking forward to my club's time trial and handicap races later this year.

JB6 - the results of that runner, based on minimal training, really are quite remarkable (as David Coleman might have said).

Red - I see Mike has been poorly .. hope he's improved by now.

Exhausted - I've also been pleased to see people (after dark) out running who look like they've just started (takes me back to my hesitant first steps when I 'gave it a go' in 2007 and to begin with, waited for darkness to descend). And to answer your question, I do sometimes wonder how I found time to go to work. Re your latest post - I'm very happy to be missing the 'corporate crap' I used to have to contend with!

Aquarius - pleased to see your 'post lurgy' 2ml trot didn't have any after-effects.

Not a lot of running for me lately with the preparations for the family get-together and Margaret coming down with a nasty cough (which I hope I don't catch). However, I did manage to run yesterday. I was out playing Fetchpoint again and running along roads I don't usually use while trying to squish some bugs. Concentrating on taking the correct left/right turns obviously took my mind off the running itself as I managed 6.6mls - 5mls has been my longest distance lately. Anyway, mission accomplished and I terminated 10 of the 15 bugs that had been errr .. 'bugging' me

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Posted: 03/01/2017 at 20:57

Hi everyone. Festivities over (and after a break) getting back to normal now. Checking back on posts I missed in the meantime ..

JB6 - had to smile at you being edged out at parkrun and then finding out it was an ex-GB international hurdler you were up against. I saw Quo at Dunstable Civic Hall - well for a bit, but they were so loud we went and sat in the car outside with the windows down and then the volume was perfect! I log all my running on the Fetcheveryone website so have yearly stats going back several years (and when I remember, I can export said stats to a spreadsheet). Happy (belated) anniversary.

HS - ref your repeated notes about your HILLY race, forgive my repeated plea to use copy/paste from Wordpad or similar to avoid further frustration when posting  Some of my friends have moved over to WhatsApp and with it being free I can see why they use it in preference to texting and using up their monthly allowance.

Red - I see you were out running on Boxing Day in shorts and a long-sleeved top + vest. In the recent cold weather I saw a young lady running in shorts and a vest. She must be well 'ard (or else I'm a real wimp!). Happy (belated) anniversary to you too.

Exhausted - no running for a while then you manage to breeze round 8-ish miles .. nothing new there then!

Columba - glad to hear you had a nice time in (that) London. Hope the gait analysis advice/exercises prove worthwhile.

Aquarius - welcome back (temporarily?) to RW .. your life does sound very busy lately.

Although xmas and new year are 'officially' over, we have Margaret's family visiting us this coming Sat (17 of them at the last count). So our xmas tree is staying up for one extra day (and blow the supposed bad luck of having it up after 12th night).

I only managed a measly 400 miles in 2016 (I usually manage around 500). I've entered the Cheltenham HM which is in October and in preparation, have set myself a target of 700 miles this year. I've started playing Fetchpoint a bit more and am currently trying to squish all the bugs in my home circle (it gets me running in parts of Bishops Cleeve I don't usually visit). I went out yesterday and did 5.5mls .. and in the final 200 yds I even managed to overtake an old lady pedalling slowly up the road

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Posted: 24/12/2016 at 13:32

Hi everyone

HS - I'm also hoping the new RW will be an improvement. The previous webmaster of the Rambler's website I look after was keen to upgrade it and make it 'mobile friendly' but I haven't done anything about it yet. I would ask around in your club about shrinking the photo size (I use Picasa to manage my photos but can't remember now the exact steps needed). My Garmin is a 230 but doesn't have a built-in hrm (its the 235 that does). However, the 235 uses an optical sensor and as Garmin couldn't guarantee it would always pick up the heart rate accurately I decided it wasn't worth the extra expense. Re your latest post, sorry to hear your bits of bad news and the fact you are staying home over xmas now.

Red - a hangover from singing carols - caroling or carousing? The format of Fetchpoint hasn't changed apart from Gore-rillas being replaced by tokens from other sponsors. You are supposed to report any inaccessible tokens but it is down to the individual (some may not be as honest and trustworthy as my good self). Yes, back into regular running but xmas & new year will be upsetting that for a week or so. Our xmas cards (well, Margaret's mainly) have been full of various bits of bad news.
Columba - sorry to hear the knee is achey after your recent run.

JB6 - I'm definitely in the 'good walk spoiled' camp at the moment - on average it takes me 60 strokes to get round a par 33 course.

DBI (although I suspect you may not see this?) - I see from Red's posting you've been struggling to get on to here - hope you get the problem sorted.

My postings on here will be a bit erratic over the next few days (what, even more erratic than usual I hear you all cry!). So I'll wish everyone a Merry Xmas - and add a hello to any old friends of this thread who may pop by to see what's going on.

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Posted: 20/12/2016 at 11:50

Hi everyone (almost 2 weeks since my last post so apologies and some catching up for me to do)

HS - to answer your question, our family get-togethers are a tri-annual thing. Margaret & I, my sister and my cousin each take it in turns hosting lunch every few months. Now my Mum and Aunt don't live close to each other it gives them a chance to speak face-to-face every now and then. Thanks for the reminders (various) about that HILLY race you did Well done re your result - hope you can overcome the problems loading the finish line photo onto here (I use Paint Shop Pro & Google Picasa for 'playing' with photos). Hope Alice's injuries clear up soon.

DD - I can imagine working and looking after the house as well as trying to run takes it out of you - maybe you should carry on with the energy drinks! I don't use Runkeeper or any other apps - mind you, I have a Windows phone so there aren't any as they all seem to be for Apple or Android phones. I recently treated myself to a Garmin Forerunner 230 to track my running and when I upload the info onto my computer it automatically loads it into Strava and the Fetcheveryone website (where I have my running stored from 2007 onwards). And there are loads of training plans around on the RW website and other sites/magazines.

JB - we don't frequent Beefeater that often and the menu has become more limited lately .. but I have recently discovered the joys of the loaded potato skins starter! We often have the 'meal deal' from M&S, Tesco etc. (and struggle to keep up with the bottle of wine that comes as part of the deal).

Columba - hope the gait analysis proves useful and pleased to hear your knee seems to be improving.

I've not decided on any races for 2017 yet. There was one I was interested in but it sold out within 2 hours (I logged on at 9am and it was full!).

I'm trying to get back to regular running and have been out three times in the last week (mostly looking to catch 'Wiggle' tokens as part of the Fetchpoint game .. which achieves it's aim of getting me to run places I don't usually go).

I did my remaining xmas shopping yesterday and it was relatively quiet. Margaret's son arrived a little earlier with our grand-daughters and they have all headed off into town to see the pantomime.

I shall be heading off to play indoor bowls in a bit. I played golf last week and thought that was it for the year. But my friend has emailed to say he's worked out he's played 999 holes of golf this year and wondered if I was up for one more round so he could break the 1000 barrier - he's as bad as some runners!

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Posted: 07/12/2016 at 16:01

Hi everyone

HS - happy (belated) birthday. Thanks for confirming there ARE hills in the Tailwind Heartbreaker (snigger)

Red - well done for completing your 52 in 52 challenge. One compost bin isn't enough for Margaret - as at our last house, we are up to three now.

As it was a lovely mild sunny day, I decided to run this afternoon instead of with the club later this evening. I only did 4mls - fingers crossed I can get out again on Friday for a longer run.

I see Red is putting up xmas decorations and HS is writing xmas cards. We have a xmas tree but it's in the garage. I've got our cards and decorations out but neither of us have written any cards yet (and the decorations won't go up until xmas week). We are having a family get-together on Sunday and I have bought everyone's presents - but they aren't wrapped yet!

*waves* to Columba and anyone else who pops by ..

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Posted: 04/12/2016 at 17:13

Hi everyone

Columba - glad it's not just me being a wimp and wearing tracksters!

HS - re losing posts, please do what I do. Write your thoughts in Notepad .. when you're done, Ctrl-A to 'select all text', Ctrl-C to 'copy all' and on the RW forum Ctrl-V to 'paste' .. it will save you a lot of frustration!!

JB6 - happy 39th anniversary in advance. I registered our 'anniversary' on the Beefeater website, hence the free bottle of wine. We had £15 of money-off vouchers as well so it was a cheap meal for us.

HS (again) - I must ask. Are there any hills at the Tailwind Heartbreaker?

DeltaD - welcome to the thread. Please join in with the 'banter' and you'll get some good advice re training. I don't have any 'energy' tablets before I run - but I sometimes take them during a long run in the Summer months and/or have one afterwards if I'm feeling washed out.

I didn't run today - I'm trying to be 'good' and restrict my running to weekdays so that we can go walking at weekends or I can help out around the garden. Today I installed an additional compost bin as Margaret had filled the other one up.

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Posted: 02/12/2016 at 16:45

Hi everyone - I've tried getting on here a few times over the last couple of days without success but it seems to be working for me again now.

Red - poo picking again eh? You know how to live! Well done re beating your estimates at the Deal marathons. Fingers crossed you manage to complete your 52 in 52 without any problems.

HS - it is nice to feel my fitness coming back every time I run. Well done re your Hayling 10ml result (and impressive WAVA). I see you wore tracksters - I must confess my shorts have been at the back of the draw for a couple of weeks now (just me being a bit of a wimp as I've not 'experimented' with continuing to wear shorts when it turns cold).

JB6 - nice bit of 'stalking' there of our HS (in the nicest possible way!) and to read he dragged you along the last half-mile of the race.

Columba - my uphill overtaking is partly due to taking it steady over the previous 4.5mls but don't let the 'overtakees' know that! Good luck in advance with seeing the specialist in (that) London and hope he can help and advise.

I didn't manage to run last weekend so went out on Monday instead and did a 4ml route around town. I ran with the fartlek group at my club on Wednesday. We repeated the same 5ml route as in previous weeks and it was nice to see a small improvement in time - I even managed to overtake a few people in the final few hundred yards again. We're changing venue from next week and will be at Cheltenham FC's ground - its the 'right' side of town for me and not as far to drive.

Re my garage diy project, I got some plywood (rather than mdf) for the shelves but I'm still on the hunt for l-shaped brackets for fixing the shelving to the worktop and fixing the worktop legs to the garage floor. 

Not being married, today is Margaret and my 'anniversary' - its 14 years since we first met for a drink so we've been out for lunch. We had a free bottle of wine but as I was driving, we didn't drink it all and brought the remainder home to polish off later this evening.

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Posted: 26/11/2016 at 13:53

Hi everyone - oops, another two weeks flown by since I was here

Red - the bite/swelling has all gone now thanks but I'm still waking up with a sore throat which disappears once I've had my morning cuppa. Umm .. I see you just had the odd one or six marathons planned then  It should be one down, one doing and four to go as I write this. Ooh - get you going to the cinema in the morning - you devil.

HS - glad to hear your club sessions are getting more popular. Also glad to hear your race went off without incident in the end - and well done for getting your revenge on your nemesis and beating him.

Columba - sounds like you've been busy with baby/dog-sitting etc. in (that) London .. shame about catching a cold.

DBI - like the sound of your 'mysterious night'.

Exhausted - congrats on journeying to grandparent land for the first time.

I've been playing in the garden this morning and have filled five dustbin liners full with leaves. I've put them behind the shed and made some perforations in the sides of the bags - hopefully by next year we'll have lots of leaf mulch to spread around the borders.

I've managed to build my worktop in the garage. Margaret tried shaking it and it didn't move an inch so she's pronounced it fit for purpose! I need to fit some edging strips and make a trip to Wickes for some l-shaped brackets to screw the legs to the floor - I'll get some mdf for the shelving while I'm there but otherwise it's ready to go.

Back on topic, I went out with my club on Wednesday and ran with the 5ml fartlek group. I was at the back most of the time but my fitness is slowly coming back after my enforced three week break and towards the end when we have an uphill section, I was overtaking a couple of the speed merchants who were flagging by then. Hoping to get out tomorrow morning and do a 5/6 mile run.

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Posted: 14/11/2016 at 16:03

Hi everyone,

I see it's been almost three weeks since I was last here but there's not been much going on in Wtnmel world. The day after my last post the back of my left hand swelled up and got very itchy. The pharmacist advised it was an allergic reaction to an insect bite (gardening?). I was taking anti-allergy pills for a week or so - weak ones to begin with but when they weren't having any effect, stronger ones which made me very drowsy so I was unable to drive. 

Having got rid of the swollen hand I came down with a stinker of a cold and seemed to spend all my time sneezing, blowing my nose and drying my runny eyes. The cold had gone away by the beginning of last week and once my 'tubes' weren't so blocked up I was finally able to get out for my first run for several weeks and managed 4 miles, albeit quite slowly. I went out again yesterday and did 5 miles and it wasn't quite such a struggle.

Having attempted to catch up and read back over several pages of posts ..

HS - lots of good training going on with you as ever I see.

Red - I trust you have recovered from your tumbles at the Vegan Day Challenge and the injuries have healed and aches and pains have gone away.

Columba - the nearest I've ever got to dry-stone walling was sorting out the front wall of our garden this summer (partly taking it apart to remove some plants growing through then re-building it).

Aquarius - Margaret has a leaf-blower/sucker which certainly speeded things up when I had a go at our leaves recently. Needless to say, a few days later, there are just as many new ones on the ground.

Our electrician was finally here last week and did several small jobs we've been waiting on for a few months. He fitted an extractor fan in the kitchen and a small heater in new en-suite cupboard (which now becomes an airing cupboard). He converted the bathroom radiator to dual-fuel and fitted a new dining room light fitting. In the outside garage, he fitted some extra power sockets and a second light switch (to save stumbling in the dark to the other end). And (drum roll ..) he ran a 35A power cable out to the garage and wired in my sauna.

My next diy 'project' is to make sense of our garage which is basically a bit of a tip with stuff all over the floor. I have some shelving to erect and a large piece of plywood to use as a 'worktop' with shelving on it so that will keep me out of mischief for a while. My main problem at the moment is there is so much stuff everywhere I can't use my treadmill. I would dearly love to keep hold of my treadmill (I'm not sure how much use it will get) but I sometimes think it takes up too much of the available space. Ho Hum ..

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