I'm an old wrinkly now. I had a thigh/calf/hip problem since late June 2011; after seeing the chiro, 2 consultants,having x-rays and physio, it was given a name - Spinal Stenosis. Amitryptiline has at last made me pain-free.
I first started running in 1983, when at 38 I realised that I was pretty unfit. I've nearly always trained alone. I did my first race in 1985 - a 10K. I've done a couple of Half-M's, and then the Dublin Marathon at age50. Since then I've done very little regular running. At the end of 2007 I started running again on a small scale just before I became semi-retired. I'm now 65 - old enough to know better!
Update Sept 2009. I hope to make my targets in next 12 months :- Sub-24min.5K; Sub-50 min.10K; sub-1hr 50min.HM. I also hope to improve my WAVA rating, and reach 70% for at least 1 distance.
Update Sept 2010 - I didn't manage to achieve any of my targets in the 12 months, but I am moderately confident of getting 1 or 2 of them before 2010 ends.
7th October I achieved 2 targets tonight (PTL) - sub 24 minute 5k and a WAVA over 70%; in fact I did the 5k in 23:26 and got WAVA score 70.93%.
Update June 2011 - As I reached age 65 last November, I trained for a Marathon to celebrate! I ran in the Orpington Marafun, but I hadn't properly recovered from flu, and had to walk a few bits of it, finishing in an undistinguished 4:42. Now I'm concentrating on improving performance on short distances - from 1 mile to 10K.
Update January 2013 - Since June 2011 I had a problem in left leg with acute pain at times; it was finally diagnosed as Spinal Stenosis, and after about 21 months of pain, Amitryptiline has made me virtually pain-free. I hope to achieve a 70% WAVA again, but it will take a long time to get back to where I was.
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Best Ever Times
|5 km||The Burnham Esplanade 5k||23:26||7:33||70.93||Oct 2010||5|
|4 miles||Crymych Fun Run||34:10||8:33||62.07||Jul 2009||1|
|5 miles||Weston Prom Run 8/9||40:28||8:06||67.9||Apr 2010||2|
|10 km||Shinfield 10K||40:37||6:32||69.43||May 1985||2|
|13.1 miles||Cispotel Half Marathon||1:35:46||7:19||68.74||Oct 1994||2|
|26.2 miles||Dublin Golden Pages Marathon||3:40:16||8:24||62.75||Oct 1995||2|