Just a quick one

Damn it's getting darker :(

Damn it’s getting darker :(

I didn’t plan to run but got out there and decided to do just a quick one!

I was aiming for 3K at best as it was cold, windy and started to rain when I started my run.

I tracked the run with iSmoothRun as Garmin took ages so I practically ran blind – and I kept going.  I knew I would be tired as I have not run for a couple of days but decided to simply keep going until I had had enough.

I completed 4:58 KM so not bad for just a quick run.

I need to get more mileage in my legs though as the Adnams Southwold 10K is in only 3 weeks!

I am going to the physiotherapist this week as I have had pain in my right shoulder-blade/neck for a while – I hope it’s not connected to my running (it hasn’t hindered me really).  Fingers crossed!

Take a look at my run on Garmin Connect.

Happy Anniversary Baby

8 years ago Richard and I tied the knot. IMG_9117.JPG

We have spent 8 wonderful years together as husband and husband. Long may it continue.

I love my baby so much xxx

@GetMoov just tried to kill me!

Check out that flash of ankle!

Check out that flash of ankle!

It has been a bit blowy and blustery today but I had some time to myself as Richard was playing a round at a new golf club. I decided to seize the free time and headed out the door with my Moov on.

I set the Moov for speed training and it set me on quite a high level to begin with.

Mood did try to match me to my best pace but i simply could not hit it – I could not get the cadence nor could I summon the energy to run at such a speed. It’s also difficult to run consistently when you are avoiding people with double buggies who won’t let you have any of the pavement of slowing to check it’s safe to run across the road at a junction.

Moov gave me 70 secs between intervals which was time to take it out of the much and lower the interval for the next session – sadly level 12 was not low enough either. I was doing ok but had to slow to a walk. Mood kept asking me if I was ok and encouraging me to finish but my legs were having none of it.

My cadence was supposed to be 164 so I am happy with this.

My cadence was supposed to be 164 so I am happy with this.

This was target pace on interval 3

This was target pace on interval 3

Interval three was on level 9 was much more manageable as was about the pace I had been running when I started – sadly I didn’t run the first interval at this pace as I hot my target and did quite well by the end.

I didn’t consistently finish all three intervals which means I have to do it again for an equal measure so that Moov can set up the training correctly but that’s not a problem because I now know where to start from.

The third interval went well and I ran that kilometre (did I mention each interval was a kilometre?), without stopping and at a good pace. I fell a couple of metres behind the target in the middle but found a good pace and finished with a good cadence and ahead of the pace that was set.

Not bad considering my last run was less than 24 hours ago. I think I shall give my legs a much-needed rest for the remainder of the weekend though!

Oh I take back any glowing comments I made about Garmin yesterday – my watch took ages again to find a signal this afternoon 😞

Take a look at my activity on Garmin Connect.

40 Cat Quotes That Are Brutally True

Keith:

This is so true and I am sure the fellow cat owners amongst you will agree.

Originally posted on Diary of Dennis:

40 Cat Quotes That Are Brutally True

Today I did spend some time to search for cat quotes. I found hundreds of them but wrote down my favorite ones. What I like about quotes is that they are often so true. I wanted to create a list of the best cat quotes as I never done something similar on my blog. This is not only a list of funny cat quotes, they are additionally also brutally true quotes and some of them really made me laugh. Hope you will enjoy the list, hope it will make you smile too…

1. Time spent with cats is never wasted. Sigmund Freud

2. As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat. Ellen Perry Berkeley

3. Any household with at least one feline member has no need for an alarm clock. Louise A. Belcher

4. Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a purpose. Garrison…

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The warm wet leg, fluorescent sex toy, missing sock run!

I know an odd title but it was an odd run.

I ran with two new bits of kit this afternoon and both proved to be entertaining and annoying in good measure.

Firstly I wore a pair of new anklet running socks which came in my last JoggBox.  I never wear anklet socks but as they were designed to keep your feet the ultimate temperature (whatever that is), I thought I would try them out.

Sadly the Kuvira socks decided they were going to go a separate way to me and mid way through my first 1K I had to stop as my right sock had moved down my shoe to my toes.

I stopped to pull them up but spent the rest of the run worried and conscious that my socks may be around my toes, my ankles unprotected and the start of a blister.  That didn’t happen but the socks were uncomfortable so I won’t be wearing them again (well not running).

The next item was the Ron Hill Vizion running bottle I just bought for the winter.  I got myself some new running tights which were on offer and the bottle was also marked down.  As I wanted something a bit bigger I thought I’d give this a go – being fluorescent I thought it would be great for the winter.

What I hadn’t reloaded was that the lid is fitted with a button and some LEDs which shine into the bottle – this effectively gives you a light to run with so you are more visible in the winter – nice idea.

Unfortunately it’s not that well executed and a good friend of mine accused me of purchasing a bright yellow dildo!

As you can see from the video I uploaded to Instagram it’s quite effective but I didn’t need the light today as it was sunny and unseasonably warm at 18 degrees.

IMG_9301The bottle does not have a cap on the teat at the top and annoyingly when full it has a tendency to leak which meant at the beginning of the run my shoe, shirt and left leg were getting wet as my drink was flying out of my bottle as I ran.

it didn’t do it when it was half empty but what’s the point in carrying a water bottle which works best when half full?

The chunky handle made it hard to hold too and it felt like I was running with a very birth, camp knuckle duster!

Despite all of this I ran just over 5K today and did quite well considering I have had a pretty sedentary day as I have been working from home.

On a positive note my Garmin Forerunner was very quick finding a signal today – I guess the new software update has sorted the annoying bugs it has had for a while.  I tested it again when I got back and it found the signal just as quick – well done Garmin!  About time!

I am very annoyed by some of the people I encountered today though.  Running when I did I caught the school run and I am amazed just how rude and arrogant young parents are – men and women.

Lots of mothers bleat about the speed of drivers in the area (there is a 20 mph speed limit) and yet today I had to be careful and dodge cars, driven by mums with their school children  – who were clearly driving over the speed limit.  Of course when they drive and their children are considered I guess the law does not apply to them!  (If you’re reading this, don’t worry – I know who you are little miss Black Range Rover etc…).

Then there are the groups of mums with push chairs who don’t move out the way when you politely ask and end up tutting and throwing you dirty looks because you dare to want to use some of the pavement…

And then there’s the dad who whilst pushing a pram with a toddler in it, walking his dog and talking on his mobile – gestured to me to run in the road as he was not prepared to give way – when there was plenty of room.

Honestly what is wrong with people?  If this is the state of the parents I dread to think what the children are going to turn out like.  I guess that this behaviour isn’t restricted to our area of Braiswick in Colchester or Essex but probably the whole country.  People are man rude and there is no need for it.

Anyway rant over I did enjoy the run and am currently enjoying a well deserved smoothie to help bring me back to life!

Check out my run on Garmin Connect.

Black Cat vs Bulldog run

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My new route from this evening

Yep a bit of an odd one tonight.

I wasn’t planning to run and was going out but events changed so I ran in the free time I had.

I wasn’t feeling 100% and had an odd mix of food for lunch as we went for a team lunch at some wanly restaurant in Knightsbridge.  It was ok but far too pretentious and the food was different from what I usually digest.

Thankfully it didn’t have any reaction to the food but don’t think I ate enough for a run… anyway…

I planned 3K and wanted to ager 5K out – 5K I managed and am pleased.

I stopped to take a breather once and I stopped further second time.  Once to walk past a Bulldog pup which wasn’t tethered by its owner so I didn’t want to risk spooking it by running past.  Another time I stopped as a lovely young black cat stopped and said hello – he was very sweet and gave me a mew and a nuzzle so I couldn’t resist but stop to give him some fuss.

IMG_9260Since we moved in they have been building a park which is now finally open – to take a look i ran a loop around the path of the playground and I must say the park is very nice – and even in this weather some children were playing there which is a good sign.

I don’t feel bad after the run which is good considering I had shoulder and neck pain again – I think I simply need to keep moving and keep up with my routine and I will be fine.

Mentally 5K felt like a struggle but that too I am sure to beat as I have to get up to regular 10Ks again in time for the race in November (of which there is a free bottle of beer in the goodie bag) :)

I have found a solution for my iPhone 6 problem and have bought a cheap running belt/bum bag/fanny pack which is just the right size to hold my phone.  Feels odd running with it though but it’s a solution for now and enables me to be sure I have a phone when I am out dark nights running.

My Hoka One One’s had an interesting side effect tonight – my feet were sweaty and a bit damp due to the moist air and the colour from the tongue on the right shoe has bled onto my socks!  This is the first time this has ever happened!

I saw the slogan inside my Hoka’s when I put them on tonight and it inspired me to keep running…

Check out my stats on Garmin Connect.