Monthly Archives: August 2012
I’m not crazy that I missed the run and I am convincing myself it won’t dent my current streak. At least I have a plan to get back out there. It simply means I have to allow myself a couple days without running.
Who’d have thought this would have such an impact on me!
As if this wasn’t enough I felt uncomfortable in my work shoes today only to find I had a blister. Not sure it’s the boots as they are really comfy and have been no problem to date – I believe it’s the crap M&S socks that were to blame.
I didn’t let either of the above trouble me and to be honest I needn’t have worried as neither really caused me any problems. My Bridgedale socks do a fantastic job of keeping my feet padded and protected and coupled with my brilliant Asics GT-2170′s I really do believe my feet are in better protection than on my usual day-to-day.
I managed a good solid 30 block in the middle of my run and felt comfortable out on the road with iSmoothRun again. Thankfully I have sorted out the personal kinks in the app and it proved to do a great job at keeping me on pace, informed but not intrusive.
The run seemed to go rather quickly and each 5 minute announcement seemed to come and go really quickly. I amended my route tonight so as to break up the monotony and it seemed to help.
Next stage is to start building up the blocks so I am running longer and longer.
After two iSmoothRun routes I am happy that I don’t need to rely on a coach to tell me what to do – I have simply changed my mindset to that I convince, push and encourage myself to reach the next km, 5 mins or to visualise an end point in the route and use that as a goal – then change when near.
This all seems to be working and I am really pleased with my progress so far.
I am really happy with the run tonight especially as I went out like a light on the train home. Why do Bank Holidays make you so tired?
My fastest song this evening was I Like it There by Prince
I set up some running playlists and had intentions of creating more but I find it odd that I don’t want to do this… mainly because the music I think would be great to run to turns out to be the exact opposite.
I created a fast dance paced playlist (called Run, Bitch Run) which was high energy and lively but I cannot run to it. The pace is too fast and it just tires me out. All the dance music seems to merged into one another and I get absolutely no motivation from it whatsoever.
Funnily enough playlists of my favourite artists such as Janet Jackson and Prince do get me motivated. I have obviously picked lively tracks but this does not seem to matter. In fact some of the remixes I have removed as they just appear to be too monotonous.
It would appear that the best playlist is music I love, something that can motivate me when I need it to yet ignore when I don’t need to hear it. Much the same kind of music I listen to when I study or concentrate at the office.
Volume plays a bit part too – having the music too loud simply distracts me. Turning it down so it’s simply there in the background works much more effectively. Maybe the ducking of the coach over the music is too distracting.
Anyway it’s interesting that I have found familiar music to be the best incentive to keep going. Maybe thats why I haven’t felt the need to purchase any of this new wealth of running compilations that appear to be flooding the market?
I’m going to use my most motivating tracks that I have logged over the past couple of weeks plus the fastest track recorded by iSmoothRun and see if it gives me the ultimate playlist.
What do you listen to when you’re out running?
Having only lived in Colchester for 15 months Richard put our names down to volunteer at the local summer fete. I was a little apprehensive but we showed up this morning and showed willing.
The people there were friendly enough and we set to work helping setting up some marquees for the groups who were exhibiting and selling items at the fete. It was windy today so you needed several hands to pin them down.
We set about helping with a few other bits and pieces and were given a lovely cuppa by the local WI.
It was nice to see another part of Colchester and good to think we have done something to help the local community. Even if it was the Girl Guides and the Scouts. Sadly the Army didn't seem to need our help
The rest of the day was relaxing, we did a spot of gardening and had a late lunch.
Just 9 working days to go until we head off to Cyprus on holiday. I cannot wait.
Many many thanks to you all for your generosity and kindness. It’s humbling and wonderful to think you’re all behind me and my cause to run my first 10k in aid of Alzheimer’s Society.
If you have not sponsored me yet, there is still plenty of time Sponsor me here!
Although Debenhams have a modern store and it’s relatively clean and tidy this is where my praise of this shop has to end.
I was first annoyed when purchasing my clothes today when the till assistant folded my new white tee shirt on top of a pile of newspapers on the counter. She then proceeded to leave it on the counter and pile more clothes on top of this. This left some print on my new shirt.
As if this wasn’t bad enough I returned home (we were visiting Bury St Edmunds for the day) to find that I had been doubled charged for one item.
I have tried to complain to Debenhams on the phone but all I get asked to do is return to the Bury store – something that isn’t feasible as we do not live there. To drive back, pay for fuel and parking would cost as much as the duplicate item.
Debenhams were very unhelpful on the phone, I spoke the the Bury store and they didn’t even apologise. The lady I spoke to knew less than nothing about any of my enquiries and I am not happy with this level of customer service.
After an aborted attempt at a run this morning, I got my trainers on a got pounding the tarmac this afternoon.
It felt a little odd to run in the middle of the day but I have a worthwhile excuse as I got to have the morning cuddled up in bed with my baby followed by a delicious English Breakfast and a browse around the shops in Bury St Edmunds all before my run!
As you know from my previous couple of posts I have become increasingly annoyed with the Nike+ Running app due to it crashing constantly, but don’t feel I can give it up as a it has a record of all my runs to date. Thankfully I have discovered the iSmoothRun app (an app I investigated a couple of months ago) and in a moments weakness I parted with the £3 on the train to purchase and download it!
I bought it as it can coach you on a basic level (I mean it’s not as polite or as human as GetRunning) but it can export your data to Nike+, Daily Mile and Run Keeper (plus many more) – all of which I have been keeping up to date manually.
The app works in the same way as the Nike+ app so it locks onto a GPS signal and records your route, time and pace and switches to the accelerometer in the phone to keep recording when the signal is unavailable.
It has some nice features such as auto pause but to be honest I am going to switch this off. The idea is to stop recording your run if you stop, say to cross at traffic lights. Nice idea but mine stopped twice. Once when I shut the front door and then when I was reading the data mid run (and not swinging my arm around). It did restart but I think it’s just a tad annoying.
Not too bad though and the main thing is the app didn’t crash.
You can set your own workouts so I have set one up which is just like the route I have been running with GetRunning – I have a 5 minute walk warm up, 30 minute run and then a 5 minute cool down. This can be configured however you want and what is really nice is that you get a proper breakdown of the workout only (as well as the whole session) as it knows what you have set as a workout and what isn’t.
The app also tracks your cadence and it’s good to know that when running I am doing so at the average of 80 steps per minute. The app does have a built-in metronome to build up your cadence but that’s for another time.
There are loads of features but I like it because it does what my other apps have done and does most of it just as well whilst allowing flexibility to configure the app for the workout I want to do. I have since removed a number of apps as a result of installing this one.
I felt great today even though I didn’t have a coach to spur me on. I now have a route I know I can do in 28 minutes as a solid run and today I pushed myself to 30 minutes. I felt fine apart from some pins and needles in my right foot but that was probably caused by me starting a little hard and fast.
Here’s how the maps compare (both generated automatically from the information tracked in iSmoothRun):
I don’t get any cheers in iSmoothRun which is a shame as I enjoyed getting those but general feedback, encouragement and sponsorship from you guys all go a long way to motivate me. I’m now £15 away from £1,000 – will you push my total into 3 figures? Go on, sponsor me! You know you want to!
I have been posting tracks that I have found most motivating during my runs. A nice surprise in iSmoothRun is that is tells me what was playing when I ran the fastest! During this run my fastest song was Nasty (Extended) by Janet Jackson
And the best thing was I had a great run, enjoyed snuggles with my baby and managed to miss the rain whilst completing the run. Now I can enjoy the rest of the long bank holiday weekend with a well-earned two-day rest
I want to say a special hello to Enda (my MoRunning running partner) who his longest run today and pushed himself to 14K – way to go Mister!