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Posted: 23/08/2016 at 21:10

HS - the bowls competition I was taking part in was set up as a way for new members like me to experience competitive play in a friendly, fun environment. By swapping positions every five ends, you get experience of being 'lead', '2nd' (with responsibility for marking) and 'skip' (instructing team-mates what to do). Well done re your run with your niece and good you were able to set the pace towards the end.

Exhausted - you'd better stop getting changed in your car then!

Columba - I know what you mean about collapsing when the visitors go. I had a 'quiet' day yesterday - well, after that 8ml run that is.

Red - yep, I'm not quite an old crock just yet.

Aquarius - gosh, sounds like the dog-sitting was more work than expected. Well done for fitting in your trail run, parkruns, x-country relay and bike ride. I always assume bike riding exercises the quads more than anything so not quite sure why you ended up with backache. You may have over-extended something in your back when you were struggling up those hills? Hope the 10k race tonight goes well.

The recent to-ing and fro-ing I've been doing has finished as I saw my son off on the train back to Leeds this evening.

I'm starting on decorating our en-suite tomorrow. There's a new bit of wall where we have blocked up a cupboard. That will need priming but I'll do the ceiling first, then the walls (including the new bit). Being an en-suite, its small(ish) so shouldn't take too long and I expect to have it done by Thu evening.

I'm hoping to fit in a run amongst the painting. I'm planning on attacking that big hill I mentioned and will report back on how I get on. Remembering whilst I am heading up the hill the 'golden rules' I've learnt over the years (1) keep your leg turnover speed the same but shorten your stride (2) swing your arms to help you ascend (3) don't be tempted to look for the top - concentrate on 10 metres or so ahead of you.

Our new (additional) freezer arrives tomorrow. I took all the shelving down on the end wall of our garage where I've put my sauna in one corner. Once the new freezer is place in the other corner of the garage I can see what shelving I can fit around it.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 15:48

Hi everyone,

Red - Margaret went scavenging for the runner beans as I was away (see below). She said there are still lots of them hiding away waiting to be picked - my turn next time.

HS - I was also getting most of my Olympics news via the BBC Breakfast show. We lost our final bowls match last week but had fun whilst doing so. I have to remind myself I'm fortunate to still be running (at the tender age of 64!) and hope I can continue to do so for many years. Nice to get more company then expected on your forest run.

DBI - good to hear Charlie is coping with working at various venues and with various 'baddies' without any problems.

Columba - you read my mind! A year or two ago we were on holiday in Freshwater, IOW and I surprised myself by managing to run up and over Tennyson Down to The Needles and then back again. I had been thinking I should 'attack' one of the three hilly roads (1 in 4 in parts) that lead up towards Cleeve Hill. And as you suggested, note where I have to stop and walk and try to improve the next time. It would be excellent training for my Tring Ridgeway Run as that has a couple of big hills to negotiate. We're still waiting for inspiration to strike us re out 'blank canvas' of a front garden.

Deezel - well done re last weekend's 9ml run, parkrun marshalling and Tue's 5ml run.

Aquarius - sorry to hear you've been getting sore knees too. Hope the x-country went okay.

My x-training last week was a bit different. I spent two days re-assembling my sauna in the newly-cleared garage. I'm just waiting now for the electrician to return and wire it up (needs a heavy-duty cable like for a cooker) then the sauna (aka. 'The Hot House' aka. 'The Bare Bum Club') will be open for business again. Each time in the past I've moved it and re-assembled it, I've organised a 'bring a towel' party for my friends that come and share it with me.

Normal life has been on hold for the last couple of days. My younger son was down from Leeds so on Saturday we went to Savernake Forest (nr. Marlborough, Wilts) with his elder brother and wandered around for a few hours. I didn't have my Garmin with me, but checked the route on Fetch later and worked out we walked 8 miles.

Yesterday, as a complete contrast, we drove up to Tring (Herts) to see my family, had a meal at the local Beefeater and tea/cake at my sister's before travelling back home. I did 6 hrs driving yesterday and it's fair to say I was a bit knackered by the time I got home (and had a numb bum from all the sitting around!).

I'm happy to report I went out earlier today and managed an 8 mile run without any problem. In fact, it was just over a minute quicker than my last run on the same route a year ago. Its just under 7 weeks now until my race (10 mile trail run) so I'll be trying for 9 miles next weekend.

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Posted: 16/08/2016 at 14:22

Hi everyone,

Exhausted - I'm certainly enjoying retirement and do sometimes wonder how I fitted work in Sorry - don't have any insomnia cures - reading a book last thing accompanied by a hot drink usually does the trick for me. You appear to be perfecting your car-based burlesque routine!! A FB friend said she thought all the gymnasts looked about 6 years old - I told her I thought they all looked like miniature silver-back gorillas. I sometimes wonder how my running action would be described - hopefully 'relaxed' but showing good form.

Columba - will remember your insomnia cures should I ever need them. Sorry to hear the doc has diagnosed arthritis in your knee - let's hope you can continue to run for a while yet.

HS - my laptop has been loading updates over the last day or two but I only noticed when I went to switch it off. I was similarly amazed at that new WR 10K time. It's such a huge difference I'm naturally suspicious. Well done to you, Alice & Mark for your respective performances over the weekend.

Deezel - a WAVA of 76.22% is great - I've never managed to get any higher then 57%. I run around the town where I live as the various roads heading out of town are all busy. I could drive off in one particular direction to do some off-road running or run there (its only 2 mls away) but its up a bloody great hill and I'm not sure how far I would get before I ground to a halt. I really should try it sometime just to find out ..

DBI - sorry to hear about you tripping over Charlie but pleased to see you were able to self-medicate with wine & chocolate (as I'm sure the doctor would have advised).

Red - well done re your continuing quest to complete 100 marathons and your 3 in 4 weekend.

I've become less interested in athletics over recent years with the number of drugs cheats - I'm fairly cynical about how 'clean' things really are and find myself wondering if I'm really seeing athletes performing to the best of their 'natural' abilities.

On a more general note, I've given up on trying to watch the Olympics on tv. I can't be doing with sitting up until the early hours, I can't be ar$ed to set up my recorder and the supposed 'highlights' of the previous day's action on BBC2 each morning is mostly highlights of commentators and pundits wittering on about what might happen/what just happened instead of the action itself. So I've given up on it  all and will just watch whatever I catch on the news ..

I ran 7.2mls on Sunday and will be increasing my LSR's to 8, then 9 mls over the coming weeks. I've been out and done a 5ml 'tempo' run this morning (I remembered my hat this time!) - I didn't push too hard as I needed to save some energy for my bowls match this evening

Did some useful 'cross-training' on Friday. Margaret's son came over and helped me shift stuff back up into the newly-boarded loft. Then we shifted two tonnes of hardcore/rubble left over from when the patio was built, into a skip. The man has just been to take away said skip so we now have our bare, plant-less front garden back which is waiting for us to get inspiration about what to do with it.

My runner beans have started producing over the last week or two - quite fun rummaging around trying to spot them lurking out of sight.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 08/08/2016 at 18:22

Hi everyone,

Margaret is recovering well from her cataract operation. I was applying the drops for a few days (4 different ones) but she is self-administering now. She's getting back to normal and is able to potter about the house and garden.

DBI - woo-hoo to finding out your mortgage is paid off (I paid mine off around 10 years ago - great feeling!). Will wait to hear if John does actually retire but expect as this was a bit unexpected it may take a month or two to mentally re-adjust. Well done re your triathlon and for digging deep towards the end.

Red - I see your eye check went okay but the consultant's bedside manner left a little to be desired (Margaret was pleasantly surprised at how nice everyone at the eye clinic in Cheltenham was).

Columba - yes, eye drops every few hours and as mentioned above, several different ones so we had to write out a daily timetable to keep track. Glad to hear the 3ml run didn't cause any knee problems - hope the x-ray results next week are good news.

HS - re my long posting, I'll have to try and not witter on so much in future  Glad to hear you are getting on okay with Win 10 and you're correct, the downloading and applying of updates is completely automatic now. The Forerunner 230 I bought uses a chest strap hrm - it's the Forerunner 235 that has the built-in hrm (apparently works by measuring blood flow in the wrist but I read it wasn't that accurate so decided to go with the tried and tested chest strap hrm option instead). I used to occasionally see herds of deer when I used to run in Cirencester Park - no crashed land-rover's though or schoolboys masquerading as policemen.

Deezel - had to chuckle at your comment about a stiff back on Monday after cricket over the weekend. It's your age you know and I've realised I have to 'pace' myself when doing anything out of the ordinary these days. Well done for equaling your parkrun PB.

Aquarius - in my experience undulating means hilly, hilly means very hilly and 'challenging' means find an easier route to run  No huge black glasses for Margaret though we have removed the left lens of her various pairs of glasses - she'll be able to get her eyes tested for new glasses in around 6 weeks time. She had a clear eye protector to wear for a day and has had to keep out of bright sunshine for a few days but to be honest, she's recovered remarkably quickly.

I ran 7.2mls on Saturday - looking back at my spreadsheet that's the furthest I've run since last October. If I use sun cream it runs into my eyes and stings - but stupidly I didn't wear a cap and caught the sun as a result. Despite the warm weather I felt fine afterwards and it bodes well for building up to 10-12 mile runs by early October.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 10:27


I wrote too much and the last bit of my posting got left off ..

I have a new 'toy'. I gave up on my trusty old Forerunner 305 after it stopped picking up the satellite signal. I have got myself a Forerunner 230 and it was much quicker (satellite picked up within a minute). I took it for it's first run last night and the colour display/info means it's a big improvement on the old model and the software seems to have improved - it saves the run history and although this was obviously only the first run it had recorded, it gave me a run-down of my performance after my run and told me I had managed my longest run, fastest mile and best 5k time. Looking forward to seeing what else it can do (as a fully paid-up member of the Geek Club). 

I'm currently waiting for a phone call from Margaret as she's at the hospital this morning having a cataract operation. I shall be going to collect her and gingerly driving home afterwards avoiding all the potholes. I will be looking after things for a few days while she recovers and we've given the builders a few days off in the meantime.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 10:19

Hi everyone,

Busy, busy, busy since my last post. Xmas present of voucher for 'fancy' afternoon tea used at local hotel; round of golf played; weekend at Center Parcs enjoyed with grand-daughters .. plus a bit of running around town and taking part in my club handicap race .. all that fitted in around attending to builder's needs (basically endless cups of tea) while they fix the garage roof, fit boards in the loft and put a side door into the garage. I had to tidy up the garage prior to the door being put in - my next job is to make room in the corner and assemble my sauna ready for the electrics to be put in. There's more work planned next week. We are having cupboards built in our en-suite and the bath has already been taken out and has been plonked in the skip which we have at the front of the house for the next week or two. I've got some rubble etc. to put in there from when our new patio was built so fingers crossed it all fits in and any neighbours thinking of taking advantage stay away!

Way too much good training going on to be able to reply individually - please accept a general well done from me for your respective efforts.

HS - hope you are getting on okay with Win10. Are you using Edge? If so, you are supposed to be able to import your favourites. Also I think you can find your favourites from before (look for the three horizontal bars top-right (4th in from right) - I think that's supposed to give you access to your previous favourites?). Well done re moving up to the Southampton Marathon next year - you'll manage it no problem based on recent results you've written about on here. Mmmm .. shredding .. must do some myself as it is so enjoyable!

Red - I thought I looked rather dashing in blue Hoorah for being builder-less .. we're looking forward to that day ourselves. Sorry to hear about your various bits of bad news . as you say, carpe diem.

Columba - I just checked and there's still a teensy bit of blue inside my ear. Hope the news re the knee x-ray is positive. I think that bouquet, orchid and hamper were just reward for your efforts and 100 club prize a nice little extra to end your day.

Exhausted - boring training courses. I thought I had left them behind when I finished work but a seminar at a volunteer development day for Rambler's Association was up there with the best (worst) of them. Sorry - had a chuckle at the idea of your mascara-stained face after the run (ps. but not as much as when someone on Fetch wrote about wearing a knee support which she refers to as her strap-on - much to everyone's amusement).

DBI - good luck with your form filling for applying for dual citizenship. I have a form to fill out to reclaim some income tax as I'm not working - I'm trying to stop myself procrastinating about it - it is my money after all!.

MWW - welcome back. I'm a bit of an infrequent visitor myself. Sorry to hear you've been so busy and had the lurgy as well - hope things improve from now on. I'd be very happy with that HM time (have always aimed for 2h 10m - never managed better than 2h 30m due to cramp).

Aquarius - we were blue for around 4 hours while the photo-shoot took place. We cleaned up back at the hotel (hardly caused a glance as it was 'big news' in Hull and everyone knew about it). So by the time we got home we looked normal again and the neighbours are none the wiser. Don't know about my next 'project' but we are doing the North East Skinny Dip at the end of September Hope your ankle is okay btw.

Deezel - welcome along .. as others have said, you sound very speedy (times I can only dream about given my current fitness level).

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 17:36

Just realised I could temporarily change my profile picture to show you what someone who goes to a Spencer Tunick photo-shoot and gets given a tub of the B1 (lilac-blue) paint ends up looking like! 

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Posted: 24/07/2016 at 17:31

HS - I hope you'll get on with Win10. I upgraded from Win 7 and didn't find the move too stressful or confusing. There's lots of help/info online but feel free to ask on here about anything and I may be able to help. Well done re your 1st MV70+ parkrun result.

Aquarius - hope you enjoyed your athletics. I've never been to a large meeting like the Anniversary Games myself. I recorded and watched the highlights on Fri evening but there only seemed to be live coverage of Sat so I gave it a miss. I don't have hours of free time and at least if I record it, I can skim past Denise Lewis et al wittering on endlessly 

DBI - poor old Nemo having to make do with being sprayed rather than a swim.

Red - well done for avoiding the problems on the M20

Exhausted - wish I could manage a nifty 10ml run without much difficulty (sigh..)  I wasn't aware of the flavour choice for air-con either until I got there. I downloaded Win 10 because it's free until 29th Jul (ie. 5 days time). After that it's likely to cost around £100 (based on Win 7 prices). You'd probably notice how much more stable it it than Win 7 so if you're thinking about it do so before next Fri!

I went out for a run this morning - I had planned to do 6.5mls but it was a bit warm so I shortened it to 5mls.

My Garmin is still playing silly buggers - despite reloading the firmware etc. as suggested it is still incapable of picking up the satellite signals. It's a refurbished unit so I need to check back to see if there's any warranty. Otherwise I'll be looking for a replacement


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Posted: 22/07/2016 at 14:01

DBI - there's a lot to be said for getting away from it all, including time away from computers, internet and television. I think we sometimes forget to relax away from distractions like that and just enjoy the simple pleasure of a good book or walking. We have similar phone calls from Indian people about viruses on our computer. If I have time I 'play along' with them until I get bored. I like to think I'm wasting their time and stopping them annoying others. We've also been getting an awful lot of calls asking for "Mr Nelson". I've played along with those too but they've become so frequent now if anyone else asks if that is "Mr Nelson" I'm tempted to say "No, it's Gloucestershire Police and we've been asked to track nuisance calls to this number" hoping that will scare them off.

Red - glad you managed a stress-busting plod. Glad to hear Ruth is no longer turquoise. My lilac-blue inside my ear is almost like a badge of honour now

Our workman has been here this morning to finish off fitting the new side door in the garage. Now we have easier access to the garage we're going to get a chest freezer (Margaret makes jam and has been missing having the 2nd freezer to store soft fruit). And I'll finally be able to start thinking about re-arranging the shelves in the garage and re-assembling my sauna (electrics for that should be done early August). My friend Alan recently pointed out it's a year since he's been for a sauna so he's obviously missing them.

This morning I've been to have my air-conditioning recharged and cleaned. I was given a choice of flavours - coconut, citrus, apple or linen - and plumped for the latter. It's still very strong at the moment but is akin to freshly laundered clothes.

While I was there they checked the tyres and asked if I was aware of a problem with the nearside rear? I'll confess I was aware of something not quite right - but had been trying to ignore it (is it just me that does things like that?). It turns out the tyre was 4 years old and was bulging slightly at one point (which accounted for the slight rumbling sound I'd sensed at low speeds). Anyway, slap on wrist self-administered and it's been replaced so all is now okay again.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 19:52

Hi everyone - once again, apologies for the intermittent postings from yours truly. Reading back through the latest posts and attempting to catch up ..

Columba - I don't think men have 'body issues' in the sense that ladies do with their appearance. But most men (if they were honest) probably worry or wonder about one thing - their 'size' (if you know what I mean!). Taking part in the ST photo-shoot should have assured them they needn't worry and are 'normal'. It wasn't too cold by the way - it was cool enough to cause a few goose-bumps and make some ladies a bit 'perky'. But it was only towards the end (after laying on cold pavements and roads) that the cool weather became noticeable. I mentioned we headed back before the last photos on the swing bridge - I was told afterwards the sea breeze made itself known on the bridge and people did get quite cold. And the surface of the bridge played havoc with peoples bare feet.

Red - last time I checked Ruth was still trying to get the green/turquoise body paint out of her hair. Mine was lilac-blue and I still have a spot in my ear and some on my toenails. Had to chuckle at your mention of comedy tan-lines .. mine don't seem so bad this year. I once saw an open-air performance of MND at Pendley Manor (nr. Tring, Herts) where the fairy queen arrived in a coach pulled by white horses coming through the woods towards the stage area.

HS - sorry to read about all the problems you have been having with your laptop - hope the upgrade to Windows 10 does the trick (our 3 laptops/desktops have all been running Win 10 for a few months now without any problems). Well done for your sterling efforts promoting the Solent Half and handing out flyers. More importantly, well done re your 3rd MV70+ race result.

Aquarius - when I was working I had private health cover and was spoilt. I've not needed to use the NHS since finishing work so can't pass any comments but was sorry to hear about all the hassles you had.

DBI - you must be grateful that people miss you when you're on your hols and wonder where you are! By the sound of it, in the past you would have won the comedy tan-lines competition.

Exhausted - had to smile at the performance of Midsummer Night's Dream with the accompaniment of honking geese. Covert striptease in the car for running stop-offs eh? Good luck with that!

I've been busy lately with various things and have been struggling to fit in my running. For example, this week I've been clearing the loft in preparation for them being boarded and clearing space in the garage for a new personal door to be fitted to replace the window. And I've also been over to Wootton Bassett, clearing garden rubbish and doing trips to the recycling centre. On Tue evening I realised if I wanted to run it would have to be first thing on Wed morning. So I was up by 6:30am and did a 4ml run before breakfast - go me!


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