Monthly Archives: October 2012
Tonight's run was a real shocker and I don't think it had much to do with Halloween.
It's my first run since Sunday and it was incredibly windy and cold out tonight. I got out of the house to run just before 6pm and soon realised I had a new obstacle to dodge – trick or treaters. I have never seen so many children out and about and it meant I had to be more alert so as not to run over any little monsters as I raced around corners etc.
Someone was also letting off rockets which was a nuisance as I couldn't see where they were launching from but either the noise or the flash made me jump or lose focus.
It was an ok run. The cold really didn't help. I did put on my compression socks to help warm my muscles but I am not sure they worked. My legs were warm and dry when I got back but my calves seemed very tight!
I got a good 5.6k under my belt though which is ok and I am much happier as its been killing me that I have not been running since the weekend (and due to work and social commitments I won't get back out until Saturday at the earliest).
My pace averaged at 6:51 which is slower than the current norm but it's still ok.
Fastest song tonight was Run Boy Run by Woodkid which I actively sought out on my playlist as I wanted to finish fast and warm tonight. It did the trick!
Now to enjoy a quiet evening with my baby, sat indoors with the lights off ignoring any more trick or treaters who dare to make their way up the drive!
Remember I am running my First 10K with MoRunning in aid of Alzheimer’s Society on the 25th November in Greenwich Park. Please sponsor me.
My run day was shifted to Sunday as we were out in the country with friends yesterday. We did spend about 5 hours wandering around Waddesdon Manor and its grounds and Richard and I spent a further hour or so walking around Bicester Village so it was a fairly active day.
As we were out socialising we did seem to eat more than we would usually and I wondered if this would have an effect on today's run.
I also went out after a morning of doing the weeks ironing and housework so I had used quite a reserve of calories before I got outside.
I decided to put on my new mock base layer as it was 5 degrees out with a wind chill that made it feel like 0 and yes it was cold. I didn't put on my gloves at the beginning and wish I had as my hands were cold to begin with. I needn't have worried though as once I got going I soon warmed up – even when it rained.
I completed two splits of 22 minute runs with one 1 minute walk in between. I covered 8K and had an average pace of 6:30 which is not bad considering all my worries!
Fastest song of this run was Acapella by Kelis but I am sure a few other songs helped motivate me through this run.
I'm going to try to do at least one long run mid week this week as I want to be certain I am happy with my progress for the MoRun. I know I can cover the 10k distance but have not run it continuously yet.
Best of luck to those I know who are running #RTTB and The Great South Run today. I am sure you all did very well! Maybe next year I might join you… Maybe…
I featured the track Run Boy Run by Woodkid in my video yesterday. It's getting loads of AirPlay here in the UK thanks to Nike+, 02 and Peugeot featuring it on various ads.
It's a great track and I love the video…
I changed from my usual coffee house to Starbucks because a) the iPhone Passbook app is very handy and b) my usual coffee shop has changed to a darker blend.
My experience with the local Starbucks has not been great…
First off they can’t spell Keith. Twice I’ve had to spell it out for them.
This morning my tall latte ended up a tall soya latte. When I argued that this wasn’t what I ordered I was greeted with blank states.
Why is it the Procession House Starbucks staff in the City cannot understand English spoken by an Englishman?
I’m reverting back to my previous coffee shop from Monday.
I've not run since Saturdays 10k as I had a pain in my chest and shoulder blade on Sunday. All I did was turn over in bed but something went twang and I had trouble breathing and was in pain. I decided to take it easy for a couple of days before getting my trainers back on.
I think I made the right decision as I headed out tonight feeling much better than I had done for half the weekend. I'm also kind of glad I missed running Monday and Tuesday evening as the mist was so dense you couldn't see your hand in front of your face.
To be honest the pain in my chest didn't even cross my mind once I got my kit on. About mid way through I realised there was no pain or discomfort, smiled to myself and carried on.
As mentioned last time I am reading Chi Running thanks to a kind friend lending me his copy. I'm half way through the book and have started to try and apply some of the principals to my running. It'll take a while to get used to but above everything else it does make you think about your posture, your breathing and listening to your body as you run rather going at it like a bat out of hell!
I programmed iSmoothRun to take me out for 25 minutes as I wanted to be sure I didn't aggravate the pain in my chest but was feeling so good I carried on and did my usual mid week 30.
Fastest track tonight was Gonna Make You Sweat by C+C Music Factory (what a particularly gay choice!), but I swore I was listening to this whilst I was warming up!
Cadence and pace were consistent with my current collection of runs and apart from the chest pain (which I don't believe is related to Saturdays run), I actually felt ok.
I met Enda whose running the MoRun with me and he complimented me on how svelte I was looking. He also gave me a confidence boost by congratulating me for my effort and achievements thus far. As I said to him I was flattered but I think the key is that I have made running the norm and am enjoying it – so to me, it doesn't feel like a massive achievement, I am simply enjoying my new hobby.
We are now a month away from my first 10K at Greenwich Park and the sponsorship for Alzheimer's Society is creeping towards my goal of £1,500… It would be great to reach the target – I don't have far to go I promise!