Miles:
1459 total / 18 in 2014
Goal:

Get fitter & stronger (at 71!) Run, walk in French mountains, weight train all my life, & live past 100. Run a 5K Parkrun in < 30 minutes & > 75% age grade.

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Alexandra logged 1459 miles.

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  1. walk
    Mainly Meanwood 8 mi

    Friday 21st March 2014. Decided walking would be better medicine than any my GP could offer, so clocked up 8 miles interrupted by waiting at the chemist, a short bus ride, picnicking and, best of a... read more

  2. Ups and downs. I have been getting some worrisome symptoms and am going to my GP to get checked out tomorrow. Meanwhile, my surgeon says I can do some longer walks providing I don't get too ti... read more

  3. walk
    Meanwood Trail to Waitrose 4 mi

    My unintentional 6 miles yesterday was a bit too much, but I still did 4 today and came back with two quality loaves, 3 pots of bargain marmalade and a free newspaper. Highlight of the walk was see... read more

    • James D.
      James D.

      A great multitasking adventure today, bread and a long walk, nice work Alexandra

      about 1 month ago Like

    • Alexandra W.
      Alexandra W.

      James, thanks.

      about 1 month ago Like

    • J Pierre M.
      J Pierre M.

      Another good walk, and it's always nice to see an energetic bee! Believe it or not, I saw two yellowjacket (wasps) during our one day warm spell on Friday, and one guy who walked down to the river heard frogs!

      about 1 month ago Like

  4. RUN
    Accumulated transportation 6 mi

    Am banned from running and lifting after another (absolutely the last) gyne op. Actually I'm not supposed to do too much walking, so today may have been a bit OTT, though I didn't do it a... read more

    • Ines H.
      Ines H.

      Good to see you back on the DM. I hope the recovery from the surgery will go smoothly.

      about 1 month ago Like

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    • Vickie
      Vickie

      It's really good to have you back on DM. You have been missed!

      about 1 month ago Like

    • Alexandra W.
      Alexandra W.

      James, do you mean the Ultra Tour of Mont Blanc (UTMB)? Vickie, thanks, I always love reading about your Parkrun adventures.

      about 1 month ago Like

  5. RUN
    Parkrun success 3.16 mi 00:31 09:45 pace

    Saturday 20th July 2013. I was so pleased with my time (30.49), I could just as well have won the Tour de France. And I haven't been taking anything stronger than fish oil and alcohol-free win... read more

  6. RUN
    Intervals in the park 2.4 mi 00:27 11:21 pace

    Saturday 13th July 2013. I fully intended to get out early this morning to run in the cool. But sleep broken by nightmares meant that although I was in bed by 9pm (too late already) I didn't ... read more

    • J Pierre M.
      J Pierre M.

      That's a nice workout! Too bad your sleep was not so good.Keep at it, you'll soon be speedy!

      9 months ago Like

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    • Doug M.
      Doug M.

      Alexandra - I have heard the term false flats used a lot recently by Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwin who announce the Tour de France on US television. Maybe more of a cycling term. Very few Americans would use this in common speech.

      9 months ago Like

    • Maryanne A.
      Maryanne A.

      Glad to see you back! nice job on the park run!

      9 months ago Like

  7. Friday 26th April 2013 I had laser treatment for varicose veins. Was banned from vigorous exercise for 4 weeks !!! and from sitting or standing for 2. (Incidentally, they also said I could go back ... read more

  8. RUN
    Always a lilttle further 4 mi 00:49 12:14 pace

    Thursday 25th April 2013. A replacement for yesterday's failure. Weather still cool & grey, but much less wind. And because I wasn't so tired, the cool greyness seemed peaceful, not d... read more

  9. RUN
    Failed run 2 mi 00:26 12:56 pace

    Wednesday 24th April 2013. Another short night's sleep. Grey day with a cold, annoying wind. I wanted a good hard run with hill repeats, as I'm having laser surgery for a varicose vein on... read more

    • Natasha H.
      Natasha H.

      Oh dear, you are having the full works at the moment... like the way you tried to make the best of it in advance, even if it didn't work out :( Hope the sleep helped.

      12 months ago Like

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    • Maryanne A.
      Maryanne A.

      Speedy recovery wishes to you for your surgery!

      12 months ago Like

    • Alexandra W.
      Alexandra W.

      James & Krister, thanks. I know we're all suffering from the unseasonable wind. @J Pierre, thanks, I do think it's better to back off when the run really isn't happening, hoping to save something for another day. @ Diane & Maryanne, thanks a lot for the good wishes.

      12 months ago Like

  10. walk
    Strawberrie, pineapples & sle... 3.23 mi 00:54 16:51 pace

    Tuesday 23rd April 2013. Not quite enough sleep. At this time of the year the light wakes me early & then I worry too much about all the stuff I haven't done to get back to sleep. As a res... read more

    • Drago D.
      Drago D.

      And hoy many points for social life ? :)) Nice run, though!!

      12 months ago Like

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    • Diane V.
      Diane V.

      Sleep deprivation keeps me out-of-whack! Regular traveling between time zones and getting calls from Australia at midnight, Europe at 3:00 am, make many of my days groggy. When I'm home, I almost always sneak in a 20 minute nap, and that seems to help. Maybe that'll help you? Pineapples and strawberries sound delicious!

      12 months ago Like

    • Alexandra W.
      Alexandra W.

      James & J Pierre, good idea about the blackout curtains. @Jullia, are you sure they are aconites, not celandines? I ask because I rarely see aconites, whereas there are celandines all over, including in my garden. Diane, I've noticed, you're totally heroic. You're right about the naps. Sometimes I nod off sitting on an upright chair at my kitchen table and even that helps. (Lying down in the day is risky as it can lead to agonising bloat.)

      12 months ago Like

  11. RUN
    Round the park AGAIN! 3 mi 00:35 11:43 pace

    Monday 22nd April 2013. HR very reluctant to go up as I warmed up on the cross trainer. Was tempted to postpone my run with the excuse of legs still tired from my long walk on Saturday, but was gla... read more

    • Claire
      Claire

      Well done Alexandra, you are one determined lady :)

      12 months ago Like

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    • Alexandra W.
      Alexandra W.

      Thanks, friends. @Natasha, I'm like you, easily over-heated, & can't run at all when I'm too hot. @James, sorry you've been getting the wintry spring too. @J Pierre, a maid service sounds lovely except I'd have to tidy up!!! And even clean to make things fit for a maid. @Drago, I'm so spoiled - since I'm retired I can have a lunch-time run AND a good meal as well, if a bit late.

      12 months ago Like

    • J Pierre M.
      J Pierre M.

      Actually, maid services have seen it all; some of them charge more for the first visit, then less afterwards. Cindy worked for one for a while just to help out her girlfriend who owned the business, and would tell me stories... you cannot possibly have a place as bad as some of those places she had to clean. I mean, it's not possible.

      12 months ago Like1 person

  12. walk
    4.13 mi 01:14 17:48 pace

    Sunday 21st April 2013. Doubly motivated, by desire for Cooper points AND realising I had run out of Village Bakery rye bread, to cross Woodhouse Ridge to visit the Meanwood Waitrose. In the shop b... read more

  13. walk
    Washburn Long Walk 15.15 mi 05:13 20:39 pace

    Saturday 20th April 2013. Ready too late to catch the 6.15am bus, but caught the 7.15am instead. Began walking from Bar House, with heart-stopping views of Wharfedale below, all watery greens and b... read more

    • Laura
      Laura

      Wow that is a longgg time to be walking. It's a little chilly down here in the wind too. Sounds like a lovely peaceful place... Fantastic miles today :-)

      12 months ago Like

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    • J Pierre M.
      J Pierre M.

      Sheep are very companionable and apparently on testing the scientists were quite astonished how intelligent they are. They recognize people quite readily by their faces, among other surprising things.

      12 months ago Like

    • Alexandra W.
      Alexandra W.

      J Pierre, that's fascinating about the sheep recognising human faces. Many of the sheep we have here in the north of the UK are very like wild sheep, quite capable of managing on their own without us.

      12 months ago Like

  14. RUN
    A little bit longer 3.5 mi 00:42 11:56 pace

    Friday 19th April 2013. A good chilly running temperature. Nearly got my clothes right (shorts, long sleeved base layer top), but could have done with mitts over my gloves. Early rain was forecast ... read more

    • Ape
      Ape

      It's that tricky time of year with regards layers, hey? Interesting to note the difference a couple of degrees of latitude makes: daffs nearly over here, tulips about the burst forth :) Glad you're feeling comfortable extending the distance. Oh and I agree with you that DM rounding-up is annoying and unnecessary.

      about 1 year ago Like2 people

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    • Alexandra W.
      Alexandra W.

      Thanks, everyone. Seems we're all agreed in disliking the rounding up. @ Ape, I'm amazed you have tulips. Not a sign of them here. @Peter, yes, the rounding up is a small niggle, connection with my DM friends is huge. @Diane, I tally my miles mostly on paper. I have a huge desk diary which shows a week to an opening AND a calendar that shows a month at a time. I post my exercise on BOTH. AND in my 5 year diary, so I can compare what I was doing on this day in past years. It's very motivating.

      12 months ago Like

    • Alexandra W.
      Alexandra W.

      @James, maybe your spring flowers are still to come. I do hope so. @Julia, thanks for paying so much attention. It's lovely sharing the spring flowers with you all.

      12 months ago Like

  15. walk
    Cold in spring clothes 3 mi

    Thursday 18th April 2013. To the open market without Garmin. Although I more or less know my distance and speed, I find I still need my Garmin to make me walk my fastest. I seem to have an interna... read more

    • Doug M.
      Doug M.

      Interesting observation about pace levels. I certainly find that in a race, I often run 2 to 3 minutes per mile faster than during training at the same perceived effort. Once again, it brings to mind one of my favorite running quotes, "running is 90% mental and the rest is in your head". LOL

      about 1 year ago Like1 person

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    • James D.
      James D.

      I wish I had a Garmin that made me go faster, is that a new version he he, here's me thinking you were getting the better weather down there, we had a glorious day today, rain tomorrow though :(

      12 months ago Like

    • Alexandra W.
      Alexandra W.

      Doug, I have realised that I run faster in a race partly because my conscious brain tells my unconscious that this IS a race, but also because I see the others running and immediately want to keep up / pass. Even in training,seeing other runners or even walkers makes me want to speed up to compete. @Chanie, glad you have the same experience. @James, one day soon we'll have wireless Garmins with footpods that force our feet to go at the required speed. Could be disastrous - like the story of the red shoes

      12 months ago Like1 person

  16. RUN
    One mile time trial 3 mi 00:36 11:57 pace

    Wednesday 17th April 2013. Gloomy (especially seen from inside) and cooler. Still shorts weather, though. Surprised by lower HR today - 60 when I first stepped onto my cross trainer instead of the ... read more

    • J Pierre M.
      J Pierre M.

      This is great progress! Nice to see you feeling like dancing!

      about 1 year ago Like

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    • Lucy A.
      Lucy A.

      I'm sure we will see you down at Roundhay park run before too long. I'm glad your progressing nicely. All the best.

      about 1 year ago Like

    • Alexandra W.
      Alexandra W.

      Lucy, thanks. Roundhay parkrun is beautiful, but I think I'll be starting off on something flatter! Eventually, though, I'd like to run all the parkruns I can reach by public transport. How many have you done now?

      about 1 year ago Like

  17. walk
    Through gales to the open market 3 mi

    Tuesday 16th April. Blissful warmth and sun, but savage gusts of wind. I don't think I could have dared run in this. Walked down to the market & was tempted to bus back, just to avoid the ... read more

    • Julia
      Julia

      Good windy 3! Great deal on the strawberries and bananas. It must be time for a smoothie or two....Pimms? As for the rice pudding - I love tinned rice pudding but as usual with these things they are always better in the eating than when dealing with the after effects!

      about 1 year ago Like

  18. walk
    Walk to Meanwood 4.22 mi 01:16 17:58 pace

    Sunday 14th April 2013. Beautiful sunshine but very windy all day, so I kept on putting off going out. Dashed out over Woodhouse Ridge to the Meanwood Waitrose to arrive just before it closed. Load... read more

  19. RUN
    Warm & sunny 3.01 mi 00:37 12:14 pace

    Monday 15th April 3013. A light frost in the night. Began my run at 12 noon, in shorts & short sleeve T shirt. Still windy, but at times I could feels the warm sun on my skin!!! Not quite too h... read more

    • J Pierre M.
      J Pierre M.

      Very good, nice weather obviously!

      about 1 year ago Like

    • Gwyn
      Gwyn

      Nice! And so happy to see the crocuses (I really want that to be croci...)

      about 1 year ago Like1 person

    • Alexandra W.
      Alexandra W.

      J Pierre, 3 degrees warmer overnight with sunshine is certainly nice. Gwyn, croci sounds a bit sharp-toothed to me, like crocodi...

      about 1 year ago Like

  20. RUN
    Time Trial 3 mi 00:36 12:04 pace

    Saturday 13th April 2013. Ran in shorts & sunhat, too warm in long sleeve top. Put in a half mile Time Trial. Delighted with my average pace for the lap of 9.57. Normally I am thrilled to see a... read more