Monthly Archives: February 2013
Love this acoustic version of Stop and Stare from Fenech Soler which I just found on la interweb.
(Enda – is this ballady enough?)
We had a fun night in Dalston in the company of Fenech Soler and the Bright (grungy) young things of Hoxton/London.
Fenech Soler didn’t disappointing.
A great set with lots of energy and I really like their new material. A really good fun night
All I Know (geddit!) is that I am looking forward to seeing Fenech Soler tonight at Birthdays in Dalston.
I first heard of Fenech Soler when we went to see Kelis play in London a couple years ago. They were the support act and I was so surprised and pleased by what I heard I came straight home (or rather on the train via my iPhone) and purchased their album.
It’s unusual for a guest act to have such an impact but these boys have talent and I was pleased to see they are now embarking on their own tour.
I imagine Birthdays will be achingly hip and trendy. Not exactly sure how Enda and I are going to blend in but I am sure we can fake our inner Hoxton Cool for one evening!
It’s a shame Paddy and Chels won’t be joining us for this one – we’ll be thinking of you guys
Another morning of DIY, more snow, freezing temperatures and housework made for a chilly, busy Saturday.
I got out there though and got in my stride pretty quickly. I had to pause once or twice as the wind was so strong and the temperature was
Polar have released an iPhone 4S/5 app which works with their heart rate monitors. I tried the app today and it tracks similarly to iSmoothRun. I don’t have a monitor and wondered if getting one would help my performance.
I believe I have gotten over my mental block with regards to winter running and the weather, I now have to conquer the cold and wind. This isn’t so easy though as this is what triggers my asthma and gives me a tight chest.
Anyway it was a good run and I’m glad I got out there today
Fastest track for today was Speed of Love by Owl City.
Very cold run tonight.
1 degree. 20 mph winds. Wind chill -5.
I started the run ok and went as fast and as far as I could but the cold got to me.
I persevered as long as I could then headed home as it was simply too raw and cold to be out this evening.
At least I’ve gotten 3K under my belt and am comfy on the sofa with my baby and Brandy in the warm
I planned to run tomorrow. Turns out I'm probably going to be late out of work tomorrow so I decided to get home and get running.
I got in. Changed. Made out dinner (horse free beef casserole). Donned my high viz jacket and hit the road.
It wasn't as cold today as it has been but tonight it seemed to be damn freezing.
I didn't let this deter me.
I had no plan and simply set iSmoothRun for a 25 minute run. I've not managed a full block run for a while but decided once I got going to keep going until I felt I had nothing left (or I ached too much).
Tonight this meant I ran for 22 minutes no stop and got a really good pace going. I didn't left the pain in my calves get to me and I didn't let the cold weather out me off.
I had a brief break for a drink then ran the remainder of the 25 minutes.
I arrived home, tired, sore but happy.
Isn't is a bit sick when you miss the ache from exercising!
Fastest song was Batdance by Prince
I haven’t gone out on a run all week and today was very busy so I was a little apprehensive about getting my trainers on. It’s milder than it has been and dry with some sun so todays weather is a definite improvement.
Prior to the run we decorated our first floor hall, I ironed the weeks clothes for work, made lunch, helped Richard hand the new fire in the study and cleaned the house. I wasn’t sure I had any energy left for a run!
I had a brief pause at the beginning of the run as some neighbours said hello but once I got going I as enjoying myself.
My right calf was really tight and I dig drag my foot once or twice – I was convinced this was my Asics again but am not 100% sure. I haven’t run all week and these are nearly new shoes so I am bound to feel some pain and discomfort.
I did well through my run and just as I entered my 5 minute cool down my iPhone played Woodkids Run Boy Run. I smiled to myself and agreed that whenever Woodkid came on I would run my fastest and furthest regardless of what I was supposed to be doing. And you know what? I did! I put my foot down and didn’t let my pace falter for the duration of the track. I thoroughly enjoyed this energetic spurt in the run and decided to give it another go.
Woodkids I Love You came on next and I sprinted through half of that too. I was tired by this stage and thought it best not too push myself too far so I slowed my paced and completed my cool down walk.
Not surprisingly this was my fastest song!
I used to do these sprinting sessions when I was deep in to my training last year and I am glad to see I can pick this pace up again.
I admit I have been plodding along a bit and these speed sections help to remind me that I can find more energy in my legs when I try, regardless of my chest, my breathing, the weather, the shoes or any pain. I now need to harness this new-found drive and continue it through my other runs.
I can tell I have been pushing myself as I was tearing up due to the sweat running in my eyes – this and the fact it’s the first run in ages I have not needed my hat or gloves! I did run past the allotments twice and on the way back had to immediately stop as some gardeners were burning garden waste and the smoke immediately got to my chest. I think it was wise to walk through this, a cause it was painful to breath and b cause the combination of smoke, sweat and tears meant I could not see where I was going! Once I was clear of the pollution I was on my way though… must remember this new hazard, particularly now the weather is improving and the gardeners are getting busy again.
And yes for the eagle-eyed I have reverted back to kilometers, it’s a much friendlier unit to run with and one I am familiar with. Regardless of if I am running a half marathon at some point, running K’s means I know where I am (and I can always aim to run 21 k). Thanks for the advice Paul.
I am sure after all this I deserve a rest (and I bet my Fuelband count will be through the roof!).