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'Mature' runners.

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 18:24

Evening all. Running has become very intermittent lately in Wtnmel World - as has everything else!

Columba - cars with colour displays showing how close you are to your surroundings? Technology has obviously moved on since I bought my car 5 years ago.

HS - thanks for explaining about bumping up your (weekly) mileage. Yes, let's hope in this heat, your record collection in your loft is still okay. Re Glastonbury - I didn't have time at the weekend to see any of the coverage. They have a 2hr highlights programme on Friday which I am recording. Well done re the Lordshill 10k result - great WAVA percentage!

RayL - great to hear the cardiologist has given you the okay to start training again. Not too much too soon though ..

Red - welcome back - sorry to hear hay-fever is still troubling you and Mike. I'm like HS - I use Fetch to record all my training (have entered all my runs back to 2007) as I like the tables/graphs you can use to compare training/races.

BIW - grrrr re getting beaten by that W70 woman - how very dare she! Let's hope she retires soon and leaves the field open to you.

Re Columba's comment .. I wish I could say our house is empty. In relative terms its less full than it was. At least most of the stuff that is left is actually needed. We are free-cycling stuff that didn't sell on Ebay and if it doesn't go it will be moved and disposed of when we get to the new place. 7 days and counting until the men arrive to pack up all our worldly goods.

We've been sorting through the stuff in the workshop today (garden tools and the like). It must have been untidy because although we didn't throw much away, now its all back in there seems to be more room!

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 18:49

BIW - good that there were so few swimmers around for Mon's swim session. I'm susceptible to horse-fly bites too but they've never made me unconscious - I've just had huge hard swellings on my arm or leg that have stuck around for a few days.

HS - glad to hear you always try and reverse park as well (sometimes think it's a dying art). Take your point though about making cars park front first on race days. I don't have sensors that bleep either - however with the way the mirrors work when I think I am almost touching, I'm usually still a few feet away from the next car. Shame about the rain for Mon's run and then it being sunny afterwards. I liked the fact you posted at 7:41 and said about needing to bump up the mileage and then posted again at 12:22 to say you had done 15 miles  I presume that run DID bump up your mileage or is 15mls where you currently are with your LSR's?

Columba - well done re Tue's interval session and Wed's 'easy' run (well, maybe easy-ish).

As HS guessed on Monday, I am finding my running is helping me relax and forget about the stress of preparing for the house move. Speaking of which - I did 4.5mls this morning at 10:15mm pace. I was out by 9:30am and it was already getting too warm. After I had showered and recovered I started getting the last things out of the loft.

There was much more left up there than I thought! And I got very hot and bothered all over again (more so than when I ran earlier). But I'm pleased to say I stuck with it all afternoon and the loft is now completely empty and I have yet another huge pile of bags to go to the recycling centre. I peeled off the damp clothes (sorry, TMI?) and have just had my 2nd shower of the day. I'm hoping now I can be 'cool' for the rest of the day   Off to get our 'Thursday Fish & Chips' and I shall treat myself to a cold beer afterwards (all in the interests of rehydration you understand!)

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 10:11

Been busy with preparations for the house move for the last few days ..

HS - well done re recent training (intervals, tempo, fartlek). I saw that email from Fetch as well - I see I just about scrape into the top 90% (ho hum). Glad to hear the parkrun went well. I always (unless impossible for some reason) reverse into parking spaces to avoid the problem you described.

Red - smiled at the hangover-recovery run Re 2nd birthdays - think it was on Mock The Week saying how miserable the Queen looked at Trooping The Colour. They reckoned it was because they always get her the same thing!

Columba - same here (re matching HE's pace). Don't think I get anywhere near it when I'm 'sprinting'. Well done re 5k. I guess as we're retired, running could be described as one of our part-time jobs.

BIW - a friend of mine left his dog alone while he took the other out (there was usually someone around). He returned to find the first dog had been spooked by something, jumped up on the dining room table and scraped the top with it's paws and ruined it. Hope your mojo has returned by now. Chuckled at Nemo beating Charlie at those 'dog olympics'.

Lou Lou - it will take a bit of time for your body to adjust to training again after a ten year break and it will take longer to recover from each run too. When building up distance for a half-marathon, you need to have a cutback week. I increase distance for 3 weeks then cut back on the 4th week .. then repeat. Just give it time!

Ray - well done re your 1hr race result. My PB for a 10k is 59:55 and I obviously hope to improve on that at some point.

Well, I'm glad the last few days are over and done with!

Clearing & dismantling the desk/storage unit here at Margaret's was hard work. My son had already dismantled the Ikea wardrobe at my house. But we couldn't manoeuvre the spare wardrobe into his room as it was, so had to dismantle it and rebuild it.

Margaret's son and I recycled all the stuff on Saturday morning - apparently you are supposed to book in beforehand if you turn up with a van. But my silver tongue meant they let us dump the stuff anyway. Then afterwards we transferred the desk/storage unit from Margaret's house to my house and then transferred the Ikea wardrobe back here. Phew!

Yesterday I was still feeling a bit zonked but I went for a gentle run around Cirencester Park. There had been a scout camp there over the weekend and I got fed up with having to step onto the verge about a dozen times as there was lots of to-ing and fro-ing going on. But once I got through that bit of the park, the rest of the run was uneventful.  


'Mature' runners.

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 21:12

Red - sorry to hear yesterday was pollenhellish but glad to hear you managed a 6ml run. Today's pollen forecast seemed to be promising more of the same Glad to hear Mike has had the all-clear re the blood tests Have to say, I have no idea about the current usage of Southport beach either.

HS - I know about Southsea beach but have never been there. We always head for the beach at Studland ourselves - we are National Trust members so we get free parking! Unfortunately pot-bellied is what shape a lot of people are these days and as for getting as red as lobsters, they should know better and use more sun screen. Had a chuckle at your story about the newspaper seller at Surbiton. Hope tonight's speed work goes well and the midges stay away.

BIW - nothing wrong with a lazy weekend every now and then. Well done to Nemo & Charlie.

Columba - the de-cluttering is still going well (see below). Bet you were happy with only four of you in the pool yesterday. Well done re your interval session around the lake.

Re the comments about sorting through my drawers - did I use the wrong phrase? I sometimes worry if I am writing things properly. I also worry about whether or not I am using apostrophes properly!

My long run on Saturday felt like hard work - I had to walk a couple of times and it was slower than usual. By comparison, I did 4.5mls around town yesterday evening. I was working hard but feeling full of energy and the time was faster than usual. Strange how the 'feel' of a run can change from day to day.

I started de-cluttering my clothes yesterday and have continued today. I went through my running gear, walking gear, polo shirts, t-shirts and sweatshirts and so far I have filled two bin liners (swing-bin size). I am currently sorting through my trousers and shirts and filling bin liner #3.

I am off playing golf again tomorrow. My friend Alan has a friend staying for a few days so I shall be playing by myself - that means I ought to be able to get round a bit quicker than usual. I shall call in to the recycling centre on the way to get rid of the last four bags of shredded paperwork.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 11:02

Sorry for my absence for a few days - packing madness has now taken over from de-cluttering madness (which is still going on).

BIW - orienteering is one of those things on my list that I've never quite got round to. The appeal for me was that it wasn't all about speed and that mental agility came into it too. 

HS - yes, I am loving retirement and don't know how we would have coped with this move if I wasn't at home. I guess if orienteering races were included in your club there might be a choice of owners for the navigator's hat next time! 

Columba - maybe next time leave your jacket on the inside of the track near the start/finish line?

RayL - smiled knowingly at your seeing your near-neighbour but not recognising her. Having belonged to various clubs over the years I sometimes see people and have to mentally work out where I know them from.

Red - a shame the conditions meant you had to cut your xc run short.

Can't let these comments about not recognising people go by without mentioning I've been a naturist for years and used to be a regular at a local naturist swim. So I really could joke with friends I met in the street about not recognising them with their clothes on!

I ran my 7ml route in Cirencester Park on Saturday. It was raining and I thought that would mean it would be quiet. But there was a scout convention going on and there were tents/marquees everywhere. Not many people around though - it was 10am so probably too early for most of the youngsters!

I'm pleased to report I finally finished all the paper-shredding (note to self - do it immediately in future and don't save it for 'later'). I also finished ripping the music from my cd's - my iTunes library now has 8800 tracks and would take 27 days to play from start to finish.

This week I have to dismantle my desk and Ikea storage in my study - they won't fit in the new house so at the weekend they are going to my house in Royal Wootton Bassett where my son lives. My Ikea wardrobe is coming back here and on the way over to RWB we will be calling in to the recycling centre to dump some surplus stuff from the garage rafters.

I'm going to start decluttering my wardrobe and chests of draws today - will try and get out for a run after lunch.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 13:09

BIW - well done re your sprint tri - trust you are stretching those glutes - and good luck with the longer distance tri next time. Yes - posting intentions on here helps with motivation to do what's planned!

Red - well done on yet another marathon completed. Smiled to myself at you having to drag Mike to the doctor (cries of "No, I'm 'fine' ..") .. hope he feels better soon.

HS - sorry but had to chuckle a bit at the goose poo problem - just glad Alice had some baby wipes handy. Well done re your more recent tough hilly run - it's the kind of route I should ideally need to be doing prior to my 10ml race in October.

The BIG news is we exchanged contracts on Monday and move on 8th July

In other news ..

I went out for a run earlier. Was going to do a 4.5ml loop around town but felt good so decided to do a faster tempo run instead. I managed 3mls in 30m 06s (avg pace 9:40/ml; 6:00/km) so was very pleased with that result (as a 10:40/ml plodder).

Golf yesterday was (literally) a bit hit and miss but (drum roll...) I managed to score a par 3 on the 7th hole.

Going to do some paper shredding/music ripping this afternoon and we also need to take photos of the pre-formed pond liners so we can get them on Ebay.

One final thing - Margaret has been taking her new laptop for a 'test drive' this morning and so far she is impressed with it and I've been hearing cooing noises all morning


Grrr - running clubs

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 12:40

I know exactly where you are coming from Murdoch. I used to belong to a local running club. I left them for various reasons but the tipping point was when I was injured and couldn't run for three months and not one person (a) noticed I hadn't been to a club night for a while (b) bothered to check why.

Some months later I was out on one of their club nights and had the same thing happen to me as I saw them coming towards me mob-handed. I also didn't step off the path to let them through and kept on running regardless. I got the same surprised looks on faces. There was one member who I used to run with most of the time and she shouted out "You're running the wrong way". My answer was "No, I'm not - you are" .. shame she wouldn't have understood the hidden meaning. 

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 18:52

BIW – yes, Tring has the Grand Union canal a couple of miles out of town (the railway is the ‘wrong’ side as the canal owners wouldn’t let the rail company build a bridge across it). Well done for sorting out the Firefox problem – system restore is useful for things like that. Good luck with the club tri.

HS – my previous mobile was an HTC but I can’t remember now if ‘sliding texting’ was an option or not. Yes – stay clear of Windows 10 for a while! Well done re your race result – any bling this time or just bragging rights? Will be interested to hear how you did in the HRR league.

Red – Margaret thinks the purple ‘puter is more of a mauve colour .. but she hasn’t told me to take it back yet. She was also quoting the “When I am old…” poem at me too. Hope the marafun goes well.

RayL – glad you can sort out the hrm’s by accepting they may be out by 10% - sorry, still can’t think in metric after all these years so would need a calculator to convert your pace/km into pace/ml.

On Friday it was de-cluttering time again. I found I still had ALL the paperwork for my previous Fiesta (the one one I scrapped under the govt scheme when I bought the present Fiesta in 2010). Needless to say it’s all been dumped/or put ready to be shredded.

I spent most of yesterday setting up Margaret’s new laptop. The Norton software installation was a breeze. After installing the Office 2007 software (Word, Excel etc.) there were 141 software updates (2.5Gb) that had to be downloaded/installed. I’ve managed to get all Margaret’s emails across into Outlook as well so I think we’re almost ready to rock ‘n roll. The only other thing is to get used to where to find things in Windows 8.1!

This morning I did my 7.25ml route in Cirencester Park – I felt good all the way round and decided to put on a bit of a spurt in the last mile .. saw later I had managed 9:30mm pace at the end of the run so was pleased with that. More de-cluttering to be done tomorrow, golf on Tuesday and I'm not sure what after that. But I do have my golf partner Alan coming for a sauna on Friday - this will be the last one for a while as I need to dismantle it prior to the house move. 

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 23:52

RayL – hope you can get an answer about what heart rate to train to. For comparison (I’m 63 and weigh 14st) my avg heart rate on LSR’s tends to be between 120-130. When I am pushing the pace a bit towards the end of a run it tends to be between 150-160.

HS – glad your ‘techie’ advised you to not try Win 10 just yet. Hope all goes well with the D-day 10k on Sunday and well done recruiting more people to try the NF marathon. You mentioned the Kenyan Hills session being a ‘Tough Mudder’. There was a programme on about people doing one of those TM races that I’ve recorded but have yet to see.

Columba – don’t know about your smartphone but mine (Samsung) allows me to type words by sliding my finger between the letters (you don’t lift your finger off the screen between letters). You still have to keep an eye on the predictive text but the sliding rather than prodding is quicker. I think if I wanted swimming lessons for front crawl it would need to be some more focused learning rather than a general lesson. Re races with a large number of entrants, I think the phrase I used was I try to be further from the back (rather than nearer the front).

Red  - read on to see what colour ‘puter the lady chose ..

BIW – that ‘Tring To Town’ 40mile ultra you mentioned. Is that the same Tring as the one in Hertfordshire where I was born and brought up? Love that story about John doing a race with an aircast on his leg!

I didn’t actually do any de-cluttering today which must be a first!  I went for a run this morning and did one of my usual routes the ‘wrong’ way round to keep things fresh. Having cooled down after the run I cut the lawns and got hot & bothered all over again.

On Tue I had my haircut then went to the bank and paid in £14 in loose change I found when I de-cluttered my desk draws (yes, seriously, £14 in 1p, 2p & 5p coins!). Yesterday I saw my son in the morning then played golf at lunchtime. My friend Alan gave me the nickname ‘Basher’ and I lived up to it. I got stuck in a bunker and after 3 or 4 attempts Alan asked if he should start humming the ‘Hamlet’ tune (Air on a G string?). After we finished golf I went to PC World and got Margaret’s new laptop ‘puter .. the (drum roll ….) purple one! I’ve not started setting it up yet but realised my current anti-virus software (Norton 360) is only valid for 3 machines (our current 2 desktops and my laptop). So I had to buy a copy of Norton Security to protect the new laptop. The new software is valid for up to 10 devices so I will eventually use it for the existing computers as well – and its supposed to be able to protect tablets and phones too.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 15:41

Had lunch with Margaret a short while ago and we were doing the Independent crossword (we don't 'do' cryptic .. the easy one). One clue was "Total (music)" - 5 letters - and we already had T-T--. Margaret got it after a few minutes and said it's the Italian word .. TUTTI. "What  .. like in tutti frutti?" I asked. "Ermmm .. I was thinking of Cosi Fan Tutti" she replied". They do say opposites attract! ;)

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