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  • Aquarius - looks like you are going to be pretty tired in April! It'll be interesting to see your performance across the events. Could work either way - you could get fatigued and falter or sharpen up across the series. I predict the latter  - as lo…
  • Alehouse - your time, given it was an undulating course, was extra impressive. My home course is one of the fastest in the country and therefore times are quite flattering. Ray - if it works for you then that's a good regime. I got into rowing brie…
  • Aquarius - that sounds like a beast of a parkrun. The hardest one I've done is Queen Elizabeth Park on the Hampshire Downs. Never again (to use your words!) HS - you seem to have struck a good balance between training and resting.  Damien - falli…
  • Alehouse - sorry I missed you posting earlier. That's a really good time and a 1st in category is a great feeling. I'll be chasing you on December 27th (65th birthday) but I think you'll be chasing my times before then at this rate. Was it a fast co…
  • Redhead: oops - MrsJB6 is also a redhead, so I've got a bit of a track record. RF - fantastic photo; ditto HS! Aquarius - childminding far more tiring than running! My wife (2nd mention!) took our grandchildren (3 and 9 months) to the 'turn' at ou…
  • TS - 3 miles is still not to be sniffed at, although the spring flowers clearly are! Hope that a huge England win gives you a bit of a lift. Ray - good luck with the gym. I keep prevaricating on whether to sign up. I know what would happen if I did…
  • Redhead: 10k on a treddy takes some doing.  ('Ready, treddy …...sweat!') Don't think I've ever been beyond 5k on one. HS- thanks for the advice and good wishes. Heard a bit more about Peter Tork. apparently (you know this, I'm sure) there was a bit…
  • Dave - I was at that game too! In fact I bought tickets from a tout and ended up at the Wednesday end of the ground. I had to keep very restrained when we scored. Didn't make the final though. And, sting in the tail, we were relegated that season. N…
  • Great running from NZD! Good to hear that Graham and Alehouse are 'at it'; think the warmer weather helps.  Dave - 32 per week is still admirable.  TS - that's a bit of timber there. Good luck with the trip to the doctor. The prospect of the match…
  • I'm also in the naughty boy club for not checking the thread recently. I do note that Redhead is 'back' running and that we have a couple of culture vultures among our number! My contribution to cultural excursions consists of a trip to see a  Roy O…
  • Columba - indeed! And the lovely peeps at parkrun make this very easy; at the touch of a button you can be transformed from also-ran to heroic! Dave - yes, a tempo run. You are right - there are just some days when there's nothing in the tank at fi…
  • TS/Mick - on the issue of upper body strength it's frightening how quickly it goes - but then it's relatively quick to recover. Like TS I've had the frozen shoulder and it was pretty debilitating. What was worse was that it was triggered by an exerc…
  • Dave - that's really respectable. The only times in nearly 35 years of 'serious' running that I've ever touched 40mpw were when preparing for marathons and even then it was pretty rare.  TS -a bit off-topic I know, but with respect to your extreme …
  • Redhead  - pleased to hear that your are on the way to recovery. If I remember some of my physio/chiropractic/osteo treatments over the years, I'd have happily stuck with the original problem: I'd take a long term ache over short-term agony any time…
  • Mel - this all sounds very difficult for you on a number of levels. Hang on in there (easy for me to say). HS - I think I'm generally cursed when it comes to most things technological. I might well be the last person in the country to get a smartph…
  • Been a bit out of it for a few days as my internet connection has been a problem. I won't though miss the opportunity to wish Aquarius a happy birthday. You are just under a year ahead of me. So you are now in a new and more forgiving age category! …
  • Been off line for a few days with connectivity probs. (Thanks Richard Branson; thanks Virgin.) Managed one or two decent runs but then had a bit of dental work which was a bit grim. Also the snow has been a factor here - this is unusual as the Downs…
  • Redhead: your time for that run was almost identical to mine for my velodrome effort. So - off for a 1 hour run today to demonstrate my resolve. Managed 6.93 miles BUT knee injury flared up. This is something I did a few years ago when I came off my…
  • Many thanks to HS, Aquarius and Redhead for your customary kind and supportive comments. So - got up this morning (await chords from a blues tune) and got on the scales. Oh no: my 'red line' weight has been reached! And this despite decent parkrun …
  • alehouse - I've noticed that quite a few runners run to/from a parkrun - and these are often the speed merchants. My best ever parkrun was when I cycled (about 12 miles) to get there. I now cycle a few miles but seem to get off the bike rather stiff…
  • HS - some good stats from your run. Nearly 8 miles on a hilly route is impressive - as is the Vo2. Well done.  Thanks too for your good wishes which must have done the trick for me as I managed 21.47 (AG76.28%). This was easily my best run for 6 mo…
  • Parkrun today: 21.47 (76.28%). At last I'm feeling back in a bit of form. Technically a good run: even splits. Quite windy too. Will go and support my local footie team (who play at Level 7 - a bit like my running!) with a spring in my step this aft…
  • Mel - well done for runs and VO2 score. When I have a 'bad' run I reflect that 95% of folk of our (well, my) age don't or can't run and of the ones who do most would be a bit slower. HS - I think we could all do with borrowing that sensible hat fro…
  • NZC - this is very bad news. Hope the treatment works.  I had a real wake-up call yesterday. I was running to meet a friend for coffee. I was a tiny bit late. I approached a crossing and saw a green light and sped across. It wasn't a green for me b…
  • TS - yes I saw this truly astonishing effort. I don't think I've got quite the optimal balance of fast and slow twitch muscles to do myself full justice in such an event!
  • Beautiful day here once the sun got to the frost. A 4k hill repeat hill run for me in 30 seconds quicker than last week's. Really chuffed but goodness me I am a 'mood' (or moody!) runner...…and I might not be the only one? (I once heard David Lloyd …
  •   Thanks for all the plaudits for my sister. She'd been 'threatening' to have a go at the parkrun for a while but too be honest I didn't think she'd do it. But she got herself some decent trainers and rocked up on the day (assuming a lady of over 75…
  • Exhausted: funnily enough I've just read the bit in the Hastings' book about draft dodgers. Apparently, one way of avoiding the draft was to simply get married! Sorry to hear about your grandson. We had a rat inside the house last year. Well not qui…
  • Mel - your country needs your deal-making knack for Brexit! Good luck tomorrow - weather looks better than today. Aguarius  - what with you, Mel and me perhaps we should start a sub-thread on military history! I've done a couple of guided walk holi…
  • Alehouse: agreed not a day for fast times. I was at Bognor parkrun - very friendly but pretty slow - 23.08. My 75 year old sister came along and did her first ever run - managed 2.5kms and ran all the way. I was proud of her!