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HM training week4 day3

FlickM3
FlickM3Half Marathon

Much cooler today, so I was able to stay in the zones for almost the whole run. It was supposed to be 20c but there was a stiff breeze that made it feel much cooler. It was also cloudy most of the run so, to my disappointment, there was no point wearing my beautiful new Lonely Goat hat: see photo (those of you on the Lonely Goat Running Club Facebook group will already have seen me shamelessly flaunting myself in it, so look away now! 😂)

It’s hard work and tediously slow running in zones 1&2. The top backs of the calves feel it, and the legs are generally heavy. After a while, though, you feel as if you are floating along. I decided to actually stop each time my beats got too high. This turned out to be much better than just trying to slow down or walk, and it took only a few seconds each time before I could resume running. I only had to stop four times in all ... I think ...

The sky was a luminous mix of grey and white, mackerel spattering giving way here and there to blue. A birch on the banks of the river Ock was spotlit by a brief shaft of sun, firing to searing golden green. A tranquil morning, washed to unexpected freshness by last night’s rain after yesterday’s scorching temperatures.

So nice doing this training, and such a privilege to be fit and well and running at an age when many of my contemporaries are using some form of walking aid, or are crippled with arthritis or obese. I am blessed.

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MikeJones68
MikeJones6810 Miles

You are blessed indeed. Not only are you fit and well, but looking good too x

FlickM3
FlickM3Half Marathon in reply to MikeJones68

Thank you lovely Mike ❤️❤️❤️

Really pleased for you Flick. Keep asking for those blessings....

❤️

FlickM3
FlickM3Half Marathon in reply to theoldfellow

Thank you 😊 mind you, I can’t help thinking that many others could keep their health into old age if they altered their lifestyle- but I do have a genetic advantage: the women in my family tend to be active into old age.

theoldfellow
theoldfellow in reply to FlickM3

I'm banking on that too. My dad lived to 93 and mum to 91. He was still walking 15 milers when he was 85. However, I have a running acquaintance who is 94 and still does parkrun...

FlickM3
FlickM3Half Marathon in reply to theoldfellow

My grandmother was still gardening at 90 and my mum was 5 days short of her 97th birthday when she died. The 94 year old park runner sounds interesting. Do you know his times?

That Indian man who didn’t start running till he was in his 80s is still doing marathons at 103 or so.

theoldfellow
theoldfellow in reply to FlickM3

My inspirational friend has Plantar Fasciitis right now, so he is just walking the course. He was about 45 minutes, I think, last time I checked - I usually see him about 0.5k from the turn on our old 2.5k out'n'back at Keswick, and I'm about 30 minutes - quite respectable anyway.

FlickM3
FlickM3Half Marathon in reply to theoldfellow

Very respectable - I don't do it much faster myself!

Lavender1962
Lavender1962Half Marathon

Your zone chart is beautiful! A great run report!

FlickM3
FlickM3Half Marathon in reply to Lavender1962

Thank you so much 😊x

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