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Posted: 11/27/20 04:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I like that advise Doc .... I can move pretty good on a Honda.[emoticon]

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4x4ord wrote:

Guy Roan wrote:

I used to be !
5K's, 10K's, half marathon and triathalons. Then I ran my knee into the ground and had a replacement. The doctor that did the surgery said "do not ever run again, or I'll be right back for another replacement.
Then it was hard core cycling which I love. I did century rides and metric sentries. From there I went on to canoe and kayaking and not only for pleasure but for racing. Now in my mid eighties, my wife and I both love to ride the bikes at a leisure pace, and still race the canoes and kayaks. Unfortunately this year all the races have been canceled so we just have been "lilly dipping "
Hopefully all will be back to normal next year


Nothing beats canoeing on a nice day..... Can you bring beer when racing? We don't go often. Once a year we load up the canoes behind the fiver and go for a weekend canoe trip.

Sure, but if you miss a stroke with that bent shaft paddle, the boat that has been drafting you is bound to make their move



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Wow, I resemble your remarks! I was getting to old and slow for hockey so turned to running and now at 68 I'm running half marathons.

For weight loss you will want to run in your "aerobic zone" and run longer distances. Pushing at 85% is great, once a week when used in interval training. Seriously, come up with a training program that will help you stay focused and give you more running health bang for your buck.

My wife and I both train together where we have a day for interval training, a day for our long run and put in what we call "junk miles" in the days inbetween. Note that running every day is not such a bright idea since the body requires rest between those workouts that tax the body. On our junk mile days we're running what is known as a recovery pace; slow enough and short enough distance that it gets the blood moving and allows the muscles to recover.

For such a simple sport there is a lot to it that doesn't meet the eye, or expectations. There are many books on the subject and I advise you pick up a few. They all coach the same things from varying points of view. Sadly, most authors are Olympic runners/coaches whose expectations and workouts are geared more for pro athletes - but the science still applies, just not the speeds/distance. Here are some book suggestions:

Plenty of running resources on the web. Check out and Runner's World.

We haven't even gotten into shoes yet! I'll have a lot to say when we get to that topic!


BTW, your sub 9 minute mile pace is pretty impressive and bodes well for your running future, especially if you decide to jump into a 5K or 10K race [emoticon]

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Fisherman wrote:

The biggest part of the problem trying to loose weight isn't exercising, it's consuming less. Food in equals calories, those not burned turn to fat. If you keep eating the same amount, you're not really winning. Like shooting yourself in the foot to kill the ant under your shoe.
Don't believe the "I'm still hungry", that's only a state of mind. You can overcome that.

Absolutely. And I also agree that doing an exercise you can at least tolerate makes all the difference in the world. I worked with a well-educated trainer for a couple of years so my advice comes from experience with him as well as what I've experienced. It's truly a lifestyle change-cutting back on your food intake, paying attention to what you eat-and when you eat it-are very important. Don't skip meals-eat lightly if you aren't that hungry. When you don't eat your body goes into panic mode and starts hoarding fat. You don't have to cut out carbs completely to lose weight-cutting back is usually sufficient. I work my entire body-strength training (good to maintain bone mass), resistance training (helps with glucose management), core stability (balance) and cardio (heart health). Used to go to the gym 3 times/week but that stopped with COVID. Have home gym equipment on order-can't wait for it to come in-someday LOL! I just recently saw an orthopedic for a knee issue and he also recommended no running because it is too hard on the joints. My husband's former manager said that the hardest thing about working out is putting your sneakers on. You've done that and then some. Best of luck!

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My advice would be as follows - first, get a good pair of running shoes. You will be amazed at the difference - like no shin splints. Then, invest in one of the nicer FitBits - or some other activity tracking watch. The reason I say Fitbit is that you can pair it with an app called MyFitnessPal. This app lets you track your food intake. I found that if I enter what I eat, it actually helps me eat less which is also something you want to consider as it makes no sense to burn all those calories, only to put them back in. The app also gives you the ability to scan bar codes on foods and beverages and automatically add in the data. The app calculates the calories burned by the activity it is tracking than subtracts the calories of the food you intake.

If you don't get regular checkups/physicals, it may be a good idea to make an appointment and get a workup. When you get winded, maybe scale back to a brisk walk until you catch your breath. Better yet, do interval training where you run for so many minutes and then walk for so many minutes. Some apps have a interval training function.

Also, realize that stuff is going to hurt - joints and muscles are not used to what you are asking of them - but the good news is that as you loose weight and gain muscle, this will get better.

Good for you and good luck!

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Posted: 12/11/20 10:03am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I never ran around a campfire, for fear I might fall in. [emoticon]

Kidding aside, I did some running in my younger years but eventually turned to walking, bike riding, and hiking since I felt those activities would be less stressful on joints. When I was in the Marines, in my 20's, I could run many miles in combat boots and feel no pain. Prefect health doesn't last forever, so that's why I decided to be proactive and take to less strenuous activities in my later years. I was actively walking and hiking up 'till age 70 when a stroke put the kybosh on those activities. Now, over 6 years later, My walking consists of very short distances using a quad cane. The rest of the time, it's a wheelchair. I fully believe, if it wasn't for the sudden handicap, I'd still be performing those same activities into the indefinite future. [emoticon]

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