Monthly Archives: September 2012
It's only 8 weeks until I run in the MoRunning 10K in November in Greenwich Park.
As you may know from following my blog that this is my first 10K having only just started to run a couple months ago.
A helpful assistant at my local running shop recommended giving myself a goal of a 10K run and this sounded like a great idea.
My good friend Enda contacted me a while ago about the MoRun and suggested we ran together. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to give myself a target and to run in a friendly race which doesn't take itself too seriously.
Enda planned to run a different 10K last year but was scuppered by a fall and a twisted ankle. He therefore moved his 10K to MoRun when he was feeling better.
This is his video account of last years run. It features his friend John who is joining us this year.
My friend Janice is also joining us so it will be a nice little group taking part.
I know it sounds like I am begging but this is a big deal to me. I haven't ever really been sporty and asking for sponsorship is alien to me.
I have raised just over £1,000 so far and am blown away by the generosity and warmth from my friends, family and ad hoc online supporters. I haven't given myself a total target but it would be great if I could receive more support and sponsorship from you.
You don't have to be a UK resident and sponsorship is completely secure using the Just Giving page I have set up.
Many many thanks to those who have sponsored me already as I am truly truly grateful.
A recent update of my training progress can be found here…
Tonight's run was a bit later than scheduled as I was stuck at work sorting out some crap but I was determined to run when I got home and I am so glad I did.
It was a run of firsts for me…
It was the first time I had run completely in compression wear as I bought myself a compression top to wear under my running coat. My rationale behind this was that it would keep me warm, hopefully keep me dry and generally just make me feel more snug.
As you can see I look snug in my top and comfortable too. It fits a little too well and I am just glad it don't have too many creases to show off!
Anyway the top did what it should and it kept me warm and snug on the run. It was great as it seemed to help my movement and unlike a conventional top I didn't feel any of the short move with me.
This was all well and good until I realised about 30 minutes in that the top was sticking to me as I was sweating so much. I tend to sweat a lot when running and this just turned the top in a soggy rag.
It seemed uncomfortable to run in at first but to be honest I wasn't actually that wet. The shirt was wet but it was doing as it was supposed to and wicking the sweat away from me.
When I took the shirt off I was practically dry so it did a great job.
It may have helped with my breathing too as it was colder this evening yet I didn't feel congested. I didn't feel so much need to spit out any crap en route (that may have something to do with the new drink I tried this evening which was a free sample of Zero. It didn't seem to cause me to create phlegm like Nectar does).
Another first tonight was that I passed lots of runners.
Most seemed to be running in the opposite direction and all of them acknowledged me in some way.
As I started my final 10 minutes I ran towards a guy who looked very professional, decked out in his compression shorts and orange fluorescent jacket. His pace was great and he was lifting his knees very high as he ran. He not only acknowledged me, he smiled and winked as we ran past one another.
Encouraged by this acknowledgement that someone who looked so professional had possibly thought I was as experienced as him, I decided to try his running style. I hit a flat bit and picked my knees up, running faster and more confidentially than I think I have done before. I really felt like I was going like the clappers and 36 minutes in this was an exhilarating feeling.
I found a pace at the mid point so as not to tire myself out and just kept going. I picked up my knees again and on one junction had to run part way up the road to run round the back of a bus to cross the road. This action and the momentum I had gained carried me on and my last 10 minutes felt like the best 10 minutes I have ever run. In fact I have new aches tonight in places I don't normally get them so I think I have found my next stride/pace movement to build on.
This was also the first time I headed out in my new Asics and although I told myself I would break them in they felt like my trusted old Asics immediately. I was going to run a flat route today but was so comfortable in my new GT-2170's that I carried on as normal.
There was only minor numbness towards the end of the run and I put that down to the fast pace I was covering. The pins and needles I had been experiencing in the ball of my right foot was not there so I was right to replace my trainers.
I will run again in my old ones as I am sure they are fine for a few more runs whilst I bed in my new ones properly.
Of course bright white trainers and orange laces also help to make me more visible which brings me to my final first of tonight's run…
This is the first time I have run home in the dark (it started to rain as I approached the house) and it's also my first run by moonlight. A little bit spooky but it brings new challenges and experiences which I am sure I can cope with. In fact I am happy to be running through autum as I will be prepared for winter.
Another run to mark up as experience and another one to be really proud of.
Tonight's fastest song was Dissapointed by Electronic (one of my all time favourites so that's probably why).
The sole has worn to the upper layer of tread and this is causing me to get pins and needles in the ball of my foot when I run.
I didn’t have time to get fitted for a new pair (I wanted to try Nikes) so have ordered the same Asics online. I made a saving of £35 at sportsshoes.com.
The new trainers are not as reserved as my white, black and gold pair. As you can see my new ones are rather bright but as we are heading into winter this isn’t such a bad thing.
I shall start to break these in over the next week or so.
This was my first 10k training run after returning to work and a lot has changed. The evenings are getting darker earlier, it’s getting cooler and I have to find more time to run in the evening to accommodate my new training routine.
Thankfully none of this stopped me this evening and I gave it my all and had a brilliant run.
Tonight gave me the opportunity to try out my new Adidas AdiViz high visibility running jacket and it didn’t disappoint. I felt a little weird wearing it when I left the house as it was still light but I needed it on my return as the sun had set over the horizon. If drivers don’t see me in this jacket then they are obviously not looking.
It’s great living here in Colchester. As the sun set I had a fantastic view to inspire me and to run on – of course a partly set sun can cause you to not be able to see ahead and I nearly ran into a poor woman waiting for the bus!
Tonight’s fastest song was Canned Heat by Jamiroquai which makes me chuckle as it did inspire me to run faster. It also helped me overtake a fellow runner which is a first for me. I usually don’t see any other runners whilst I am out but tonight I passed a young lady who was out on her evening run. I overtook her coming down the steep Braiswick Hill, I am not sure which route she took as I didn’t see her again.
I’ve slowly learnt not to drink too much when running which sounds odd given how much I used to think I needed a drink when I started. I used to sweat an awful lot too but that doesn’t seem to be the case so much now. It may be due to the brief spell I had running in Cyprus or it might be the dip in temperature here but this feels like an improvement to me.
I’ve reduced what I drink to sips because I find any more than this and I am either feeling congested or want to throw up. Ironically drinking when running seems counter productive and all the articles I’ve read about as little as possible seems to work. I think it’s natural to want to swig as much as you can mid run but your body has to do something with it and its not great to have it all swishing about in your system. I will of course drink when I need it but not huge lung bucketfuls!
I was determined to hit the hill again today and thought it might be a bigger challenge now that I am commuting again but this isn’t so. I hit the hill and tackled it with ease. In fact I was listening to Canned Heat on the hill so it proves I am getting better and better.
My cadence seems to stick around 78 spm but this isn’t bothering me. My pace is picking up and I am running much further than I ever imagined and am really happy to have added a bit more distance to this run again. I am up to 7.52 km this evening.
I may have run further but had to stall at the beginning as Richard called with a FaceTime call, something that now works in 3G. I think it took him a while to realise he couldn’t see me as my iPhone was strapped to my arm!
Loved it tonight. Feel invigorated again.
Remember I am running the MoRunning 10k in November for Alzheimer’s Society. Please sponsor me if you can.
Following our week in Cyprus we went home to visit our folks for a couple of days.
The weather wasn't as nice as Cyprus and the pace a little busier but it was lovely to catch up with everyone.
We took my parents out to lunch on Thursday as it was their wedding anniversary. Richard's mum, youngest sister and our niece joined us. We visited the Royal William Yard which is a recent renovation. This gave a fantastic new perspective on Plymouth that none of us had seen before.
It really was lovely to see everyone and we managed to catch up with the family as planned.
Whilst there we made a substantial purchase at the art gallery at the Royal William Yard. We are both very pleased with the piece featuring Smeatons Tower on Plymouth Hoe. We wanted a sizeable painting for the wall and this does not disappoint. We had to fold the seats down in the back of the car to get it in!