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'Mature' runners.

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 13:49

HS - glad to hear you were able to do 4mls yesterday without any problems. Re running club - as you may recall, I left mine because they used to run in 'cliques' and I was often running by myself (which defeated the point of belonging). Also, these cliques trained together at weekends but I wasn't invited to join them (even though I had asked if I could). The final straw was when I was injured and not running between Jan and Mar this year - no b****r appeared to notice my absence which spoke volumes. I use Fetch to record my training/races (have entered details for a few years back as well which were recorded in various spreadsheets). I tend to 'dabble' in a very few threads as and when time allows.

Exhausted - another use for my buff - it could double up as a 'snottie'! Glad I don't find John Humphries soporific as I am usually driving to work at the time.

Columba - glad to hear pharmacist was able to help with eye and it is better. We don't seem to have crossed paths on Fetch in that case. I am usually found posting on the "500 miles in .." threads and having a chuckle at the "Things you want to say but can't" & "Senior Moments" threads.

Because I faffed around after work yesterday I only left myself time to do 3mls and nab one of the two Gore-rillas. I set off too fast on the first mile, paid for it on the 2nd but recovered on the 3rd. I used my head torch for the first time but it kept slipping down into my eyes so I obviously need to adjust it for next time.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 18/12/2014 at 13:56

HS - Mrs Wm's cold seems better now - still don't seem to have caught it. Don't blame you for not taking part in time trial - stick to easy runs for now.

Columba - glad to hear you are feeling better.

JJ - sorry to hear you've had a cold as well - thank goodness these things can't be passed on via RW forums or I'd be infected by now!

Red - I hope you are wrong (about catching Mrs Wm's cold). Yes, I think we forget about socks and just get used to them. Takes new ones to realise how worn out the old one have got. Just think - for once I CAN ask for socks for xmas!

I am on 'lates' today and working from home. My plan was to get up at 6:30am as per usual and run before breakfast. I turned off the alarm and decided to have 5 more minutes in bed .. and woke up again at 8am! As I am WFH I can run after work instead. And for those of you also on Fetch, I can see the last two Gore-rillas I need for this month are easily accessible.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 20:52

Hi everyone - had my week off work last week (bliss!) so was 'offline' most of the time. I was catching up on some diy jobs and mended a fence (new post needed) and removed a load of brambles amongst other things. Also did my xmas shopping and got my cards written and posted. So it was a useful few days all round.

BIW - lots of nice presents on your retirement I see. Curry and beer go down well here too - but korma or tikka are about my limit.

Exhausted - how lovely to have the beach to yourself on your run. How did that recent 'sprint' go?

Columba - yes, agree about arranging to meet up at or around Bath Half. Sorry to hear you've had a cold and eye problem.

HS - thanks for reminder to not neglect intervals, tempo, fartlek runs when HM training. My long runs include some hills (large and small) and are not exactly flat. Sorry I missed your birthday - belated wishes anyway. Agree was good to see Jo Pavey coming 3rd in SPOTY. Sorry to hear you've also been suffering from a cold but glad to see you are feeling better now.

Red - I've seen lapwings when I've walked on the Marlborough Downs (once when the males were doing the 'falling from the sky' thing to attract the females). Sounds like the Hokas are wearing in nicely.

Mrs Wm has been suffering with a cold lately. I've not caught it yet and have been sleeping in the East Wing (spare room) and it's just pecks on the cheek that Mrs Wm gets at the moment!

I didn't run at all while I was off work. But I went out on Saturday and did 10mls. It wasn't pretty - but I got round, albeit 6 mins slower than the last time I did the same route in October. I've been out tonight and done 4.5mls - a better run this time and I christened my new Saucony socks. And wearing them, have realised how my feet should feel (cushioned) rather than how they have been. Time to 'retire' those old socks methinks ..

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 11:15

Sunday morning and I finally have time to catch-up properly after a horribly busy week at work. I'm looking forward to spending the coming week doing work that actually achieves something useful (!) - and at my own pace.

Red - call me a grinch but I don't enjoy the build-up to xmas (which seems to start in October) and the over-commercialisation of the whole thing. I enjoy New Year much more. Will be interested to hear what you make of those Hoka shoes.

JJ - I track my shoe mileage on my running spreadsheet so know from experience not to go too far beyond 500 miles. At the Bath HM I get lapped by the elite runners at around 3mls - am gobsmacked by how fast they are running. Speaking of which - saw your post on the fast treadmill session - the advantage being it's so much easier to control speed/distance on the treadie.

HS - glad to hear car passed it's MOT okay despite mixup about front tyres. Sounds like you had a good time at the xmas/birthday party (belated birthday wishes by the way). Trust the cobwebs have been blown away by the time you read this.

Columba - see you have entered the Bath Half too. I've got my hotel booked (Premier Inn) - really mustn't leave it too much longer to try and book a table somewhere for the night before.

Exhausted - glad to hear chest problems have abated. I've managed to suss out how to change my own bulbs on the car (a certain amount of jiggery-pokery involved first time but have it sorted now).

Matsmum - always lovely to see wildlife - I run in Cirencester park and am sometimes lucky enough to see some deer (before they see me and sprint away!). Hope you don't need a hip replacement.

I went out yesterday and ran just under 9 miles. I didn't feel like I was having to work hard and ran comfortably - so was pleased afterwards to see I had been averaging 10:30 pace. I need to keep building up my mileage but it bodes well for Bath HM in March.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 05/12/2014 at 22:51

Well, despite Red claiming I've just been full of excuses  .. today brought to an end what must be one of the busiest and most stressful weeks at work for a long, long time. One of those weeks where everything that could go wrong on our systems did go wrong - and all at the same time. One where you got to the office, your bum hit your seat and apart from making drinks and comfort breaks, you were working full pelt all day. I've been feeling 'punch drunk' by the time I've got home each evening.

On the plus side .. I have next week off work so I can forget all about system problems and re-charge my batteries .. and I really feel like I need it! I will be doing some jobs around the house next week - mending fence posts and the like - I'll sit down tomorrow and draw up the list of jobs and work out my plan of attack. And I might even be able to fit in a wee run or two! I will also be heading out for a long run tomorrow or Sunday to run off all the stress of the last few days.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 03/12/2014 at 17:58

I should keep quiet - more system problems today and I'm still working (again!) and if I'm lucky may get to logoff by 6:30pm. At least I am WFH today so no nasty commute to deal with. Oh well - there's always Thu or Fri evening for a run. Sssshhhhhh.....

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 02/12/2014 at 17:48

Hi there - flying visit as I am still working (problems with system at work). Best laid plans and all that - I didn't get out yesterday as planned and won't be running tonight either. Oh well, there is always Wed, Thu and Fri evening instead

(will do proper catch-up when time allows - bye for now) 

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 01/12/2014 at 13:57

Columba - well done re the intervals. I think the discrepancy in pace was due to the gps signal (its not always spot on but it under-estimates as much as it over-estimates distances).

Red - glad you enjoyed your mara-fun. The RNLI is my favourite charity who I donate to. I've been round their HQ in Poole - very interesting.

BIW - sounds like you enjoyed your xmas party and had a good Sunday.

HS - glad you enjoyed your forest run - and - made the right choice about footwear! Good luck re MOT.

There were odd bits of the paths I followed on Saturday that were a bit muddy but nothing that couldn't be negotiated by running around the puddles and mud. I went to see my son on Sat afternoon and we went for a walk around Barbury Castle (iron-age hillfort) and I got muddier shoes there than on my run!

Had a useful and enjoyable day yesterday - we had to get a new washing m/c (20yr old one conked out) and got a bargain (Black Friday discount + shop discount + cashback + interest-free credit). Washed both cars, pottered in the garden, cooked Sunday dinner then settled down to watch the England rugby game and coverage of the Snowman triathlon.

BTW, I noticed a very slight twinge in my right knee yesterday which reminded me not to leave it too much longer before I start using my new running shoes - I'll start by wearing them around the house for a bit.

Planning to get out for a run after work today - just a loop around town (4-5mls).

GULP just entered my first half marathon

Posted: 01/12/2014 at 13:12

Well, it's a shame but that's me out of here. No-one appears to be interested in responding to anything I've posted for the last couple of weeks so I'll wish you well and head off into the sunset .. 

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 12:26

HS - hope tomorrow's forest run goes okay. If you are wearing shorts all year round then it sounds like I need to 'man up' ;) Because if I think about it, at school we used to wear shorts for cross-country even in Winter and I remember running in my 30's in shorts and getting caught in a hailstorm - ooh, ahh. Maybe me progressing to tracksters in recent years is the running equivalent of me donning an old pullover and slippers when at home!

It's a lovely morning - I toddled round Cirencester Park and did just under 9mls at 10.50 pace. A few other runners were out and about, a few walkers, some horse riders and lots of dogs and their owners. Including the inevitable 'friendly' dog who jumped up at me and I had to push it away with my forearm. And the even more inevitable owner, apologetic as per usual. Why they don't keep their dogs on a lead if they can't control them is beyond me - idiots the lot of them.

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