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I started today with an easy paced 40 minute run which got me just over 6k
I ran early and at a decent pace which I felt really happy about.
I really needed to get out there as I had a f-ing awful day yesterday. If I could erase the day I would but hey shit happens.
The run helped me focus on something else and helped me balance all my demons!
I saw the herd of cows this morning and am glad I decided to stick to the roads as this time, there was a bull with them!
I am happy with my pace too as I appear to be getting quicker. It was cooler too which I think makes a difference.
Our middle nephew is visiting for a couple of days so we took him into London to see the sights.
William got to see the City, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, the South Bank, Westminster, Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Soho, Leicester Square, a picnic in St James Park, The West End and Regent Street. I think that equates to about 12k all in all so my feet and legs have done me proud today!
We also paid a visit to the land of the pimple free, underdressed boys wearing too much make up – Abercrombie. William bought an amusing tee shirt which I am sure will raise some eyebrows when he returns home to Plymouth!
Thankfully the day was a little overcast and there was a breeze which meant that we didn’t over heat either in London or during my run.
One thing is clear, I think we shall all sleep well tonight!
More is planned for the weekend and I am tackling something personal first thing tomorrow which I hope to crack. I’ll let you know more when it happens. Until then just keep your fingers crossed.
I have to say thanks to Apple for more great customer service. My – volume button stopped working so I had a Genius appointment yesterday and they’ve replaced my iPhone 5 😃. I’ve also treated it (!) to a shiny new inCase case 😃.
Whatever you’re all up to, have a great weekend.
I was an old MobileMe user and I got the free extra storage from Apple when they change the accounts.
Yesterday I received this note…
As a thank you for being a former MobileMe member, you received a 20 GB complimentary storage upgrade when you moved to iCloud. Your upgrade expires on September 30, 2013.
When it expires, your iCloud storage will be automatically adjusted to the free 5 GB plan.
Each of my iDevices (I have 3), auto back up to iCloud. That’s what it’s there That’s what it’s supposed to do.
Each devices backup is 5Gb.
So now I only get 5Gb. What’s the point in the storage? How am I supposed to update everything?
Is my only solution to pay £28 to go back to the amount I had previously for free?
Thanks a bunch Apple.
I set out tonight to do a new routine based on the plan I got from the British Heart Foundation and Full Potential. The timings are much the same but the effort and plan is slightly different.
Tonight was a run of threshold work and I was very pleased with myself that I managed to set up the Garmin without the need for the instructions.
I started the Garmin and got into a jog, all was going well. I finished the 15 minute warm up jog but the Garmin didn’t start the intervals. I stopped. Fiddled with the watch but couldn’t seem to get it to move to the next interval.
I decided to stop and reset the watch. I did this and started on the interval sections. It was only when I came out of the interval sections to the cool down that I saw the instructions on-screen to press lap button at end of interval session. This is guess is what I should have done at the end of the warm up session! You live and learn.
Of course this means my Garmin stats are screwed tonight as I have two sets. I did also track the run with Nike just to get some cheers (sadly I didn’t receive any ). I am glad I did track with Nike as at least I have an overall pace and a complete distance.
I am a little perplexed though as the Nike app drained my battery tonight. I carry my iPhone in case of emergencies and only put the Nike on Saturday and tonight for some emotional boost with regards to the cheering (thanks again for not giving me any tonight I am not bitter honest!). Anyway for some reason my phone had only 8% battery left and with all the running I have done with iSmoothRun etc I have never experienced that.
My friend Enda had the same thing happen when he ran at the Olympic Park on Sunday (yes you heard that right!). I am not sure he used Nike to run with but his battery gave up the ghost before he finished his run. I wonder if it is anything to do with the heat?
I am sure I could merge the two Garmin routes together somehow – anyone got any bright ideas how I can do that via Garmin Connect?
I must have been mad to do threshold work in this heat but to be honest I’d have been mad to do any running in this heat. The trees did offer lots of protection though and as I am now permanently running with no music, I can spend more time listening to my body and my breathing.
It was a hard run tonight and the intervals were very tough – I managed them though and am happy I got them out-of-the-way. I think I may stick with this new plan and see how I get along.
I felt the old plan simply had me plodding along and I know with half marathon training it’s about getting the miles in but I do want to try to speed up and improve my pace. The coach said he reckoned I could run the half marathon in 2 hours which I am sure is achievable but with the heat and my current route I am not sure how this is possible. I guess I need the weather to cool down and to switch back to road running as the even surface may put me in a better position to improve.
I have received some more sponsorship over the past coupe of days. Some from friends, some from colleagues and some from complete strangers online and readers of my blog. Thank you all so much for supporting me and the British Heart Foundation.
If you have not done so already please be so kind as to reward all this effort and sponsor me British Heart Foundation. I will be running ing the Royal Parks Half Marathon in October. Thank you.
I finally got around to putting my Woodkid videos together from Tuesday evening.
They weren't as great as I was expecting but you get the general idea…
Fast intense run first think on bank holiday morning. And why not? It's sunny, it's warm and I was awake. It also means I am done for the day and have a great run behind me.
This was a run of very short intensive fast sections and I found it hard work. I kept going though and am happy with what I achieved.
I set up the run in iSmoothRun but used the plan from Gipis. Fumbling with both apps didn't help my run and I made a further stumble today when I got a bit worried about what section was what and how it would work in iSmoothRun run. I had a slow red section in the run and this is where I was messing about with my bloody phone. I got it sorted though and soon got going.
The interval coaching is different from Gipis and it had me a little confused at first (running the first two fast sections too fast and too early), but once I realised what was going on I got into it.
I will definitely plug all of my coaching into iSmoothRun run and simply keep Gipis updated, using it as the training tool. Seems a little backward but this way I get to use my favourite, familiar app and not have to worry about messing about swapping apps etc.
This morning was lovely and sunny with a nice cool breeze, the hard spots of the run had me gasping for breath but that's the general idea.
The odd tabby nodded hello on the run as did an old gent out walking his dog but apart from that and the birds it was a very nice quiet route today.
Now to enjoy the remainder of our bank holiday Monday (and I get most of my friends haven't even got up yet).
Fastest track today was Get Lucky by Daft Punk.
And so another week in the sun draws to a close but it’s safe to say that Richard and I had a thoroughly relaxing week away.
Of course we have all the photos we captured to remind us of fun week in the sun, I have my sunburnt shoulders and we also have this compilation of short Vine videos which I shot whilst away.
I am feeling remarkably well considering all the running etc I have completed whilst away. Ironically Paul (see below) has been on some major runs in Colchester and has found some routes and venues I was not aware of. I will be sure to get his map details so that I can check out his recommendations (although to be fair he is a lot fitter than me so I won’t be running all of his distances just yet!)We arrived back home at 2am and are a bit tired as it was a long day of travelling. Our friend Paul house/Brandy sat for us and it seems like he has had a mini holiday in Colchester It also looks like Brandy has had lots of fuss and company whilst we have been away.
Until the next time Torrox…
I used Gipis today to coach me through this run and to get t the end of another 7k. The second this week.
I set everything up as I did on Wednesday but this time I must have hit workout instead of run and soon into the run I was being guided to slow down, keep my pace or speed up. I thought it would be annoying but it proved very helpful.
This was also my first run with a y-fumble. This is a Lycra pocket you wear anywhere on your arm which holds anything from keys, to iPhones and supplements. I purchased one (rather cheaply) for the holiday as the apartment has several keys and I didn't want to cram them all into the tiny pocket in my shorts.
I was surprised how light the y-fumble felt on my arm and given that it was carrying my iPhone it stayed in position.
I like my In Case armband but I am sure I must tie it too tightly as I barely noticed the y-fumble on my arm.
It has no window which meant that if could not keep looking at the screen to check my time and my pace. This was actually really useful as the audio cues of Gipis were enough to keep me concentrating and I didn't look at the iPhone once. ISmoothRun told me my time and distance and Gipis kept me on pace.
I had two minor stops for drinks but kept going, speeding up and slowing down as guided by Gipis. I ran a full 4K before I took my first drink and felt great. I in fact found myself arriving home smiling and singing to my music.
I am really really pleased with tonight's progress, the coaching and my general mood. It seems that the 7K target was what I needed to get me motivated and I was really happy to have cracked it.
Fastest track again was Alive by Empire of the Sun but as you can see by my heat map I did my usual and ran off too fast at the start. But what is great to see is that the rest of the run is a very similar colour, not slow but consistent. This is great as it proves I kept on pace and kept going.
I didn't suffer any pins and needles either.
If things keep up this I shall be well prepared for my next organised 10k at the beginning of June
This is my last running update before the holiday. I will probably only get two runs in whilst there but I am really looking forward to some new scenery and running along the sea front in the sun.