Category Archives: Musing
This time last year I was growing my moustache and at the end of my tapering for my first ever 10K. That seems like such a long time ago and there has been quite a bit of progress this year*.
Of course I ran the Movember MoRun in Greenwich with a group of friends and raised money for Alzheimer’s Society in 2012.
This years run takes place tomorrow on a reconfigured route but I didn’t sign up for it as I believed I would be busy this weekend. As it turns out I cannot run as I have Sciatica so I won’t be doing any running for a while, let alone entering any races!
I can’t wait to get back out on the road running but it’s a way off yet as I am still having trouble turning over in bed, bending forward and walking for too long – it’s getting better but it’s a slow process.
This also means I will miss the Colchester Santa run this year which takes place in a week or so.
I have a couple of friends who are running the MoRun tomorrow and I wanted to wish Enda and Jon the best of luck for tomorrow. I don’t know if they are running in fancy dress but Enda Facetime’d me this week and he has a full beard so I am sure there will be some serious Mo action going on!
Best of Luck Enda, Jon and anyone else who may be running in Greenwich on Saturday – watch out for those hills!
*In a year my training has gone from strength to strength and I ran my first half marathon at the beginning of October.
Why hasn’t someone thought of the 24 hour music video before?
Not sure I could listen to Happy for 24 hours but this is a fantastic concept and wonderfully put together. Well done Pharrell!
And yes if you’re lucky there is a Minion in there (if you’re nice to me I’ll tell you what time I saw him).
This is a question I seem to keep asking myself.
46 days ago I was on top of the world and had completed my first ever Half Marathon.
During a trip to Luxembourg I picked up a bug and was out of action for a little while…
Now I am laid up with a bruised disc in my back 😔 What happened?
It’s damn painful and seems to be very persistent.
I saw the Physio last week who told me I should rest up but could work from home if possible, as long as I took it easy. Seems I did not take it easy enough, that coupled with several hours in the car this weekend and I am not much better than I was when my back went 😔 I had another assessment at the beginning of the week and he confirmed the swelling around my disc is just as bad.
The doctor confirmed this and as much as I was hoping to return to the office, I am off work, on painkillers and anti inflammatory drugs and feeling pretty crap. It hurts to sit. It hurts to walk and it hurts to lay down. Hopefully this will be sorted soon but of course it means I am not up to much at the moment and there won’t be any running for some time
Oh and I have had to miss two concerts (Woodkid and Fenech Soler) which I am really pissed off about. I do understand not attending is for the best as there is no way I could stand (or dance!) for a couple of hours on end. At the moment I can just about walk!
How can I go from being so fighting fit to this – what happened?
New gay comedy drama coming to HBO in the new year.
Worth a punt even if just to see Russel Tovey on our screens again
Did someone just cough Queer as Folk meets Grindr?! :)
We have had a lovely weekend. Paul visited this weekend and we decided to have a quiet weekend. Luckily the weather has been dry this weekend which meant we could get out and about.
Saturday we took a drive to Dunwich Heath where we enjoyed a stroll along the beach and the coastal path. It was cloudy but the sea was like a mill-pond. I don’t think we have ever seen it so still up there. We wrapped up well but to be honest it was much milder than usual for November.
Following our walk we drove to Saxmundham where we enjoyed a very welcome lunch before heading home.
We spent our time catching, chilling out and generally enjoying one another’s company. Richard cooked a lovely dinner Saturday evening and we enjoyed some lovely aperitif, sherry and wine which made for a very relaxed evening.
This morning the sky was clear and sunny, Paul had escaped for an early run (it was about 3 degrees outside) and returned in time for a full English. As it was nice we decided to make the most of the day before Paul had to leave and headed over to Frinton on Sea. After observing the 2 minute silence at 11 am we left the car then headed down to the beach to watch people walking their dogs and riding their horses along the shore.
As it was chilly the beach was pretty much deserted which was lovely as it felt like we had the place to ourselves.
After returning home for tea and biscuits it was time for Paul to head back to London, and as usual a weekend with friends comes to an end far too quickly.
We said our goodbyes than I ensured I made the most of the weather and got my New Balance trainers out of the cupboard and went for a run.
Following our run on Friday I noticed that the leaves on the ground made the terrain a little slippery so I decided to switch to the New Balance trainers as they have much more grip.
It was chilly but I wore my long sleeve running Run Breeze top which was more than enough protection and got into my stride.
I enjoyed the run and my pace was good so I mentally set myself a route and decided to keep going until I reached 5K. This is the first 5K I have run in a while and it felt good to reach that virtual goal.
All in all I am feeling much better and am glad I am back into the running. It’s also nice not to be training for anything as it ensures there is no pressure or plan. I will get some races booked so I have goals to work to but for now I am happy to go out, run, switch off the head, switch on my legs and enjoy the me time out on the road.
All in all a lovely autumnal weekend.
This honestly does – the Royal Parks Foundation have released their official video of this years Royal Parks Half Marathon and watching it brings back all the memories and joy I felt competing and completing the race on the 6th October.
Such a wonderful day and a fantastic event that has been captured in a brilliantly emotional and fun video.
Did you participate? Can you spot yourself in the video?
Having completed my correspondence, the bits and pieces around the house and helping Richard unpack the groceries I noticed I was feeling better this morning and decided that as Richard wanted to tidy up the front and back of the house, this would allow me a window to go for a run, so without hesitation I took it.
This is my first proper run in about two weeks as I haven’t run since I fell ill during our break to Luxembourg. I have had a bit of rubbish still sat on my chest and decided it was best not to push myself too far for fear of making myself ill again. It’s also gotten colder and damper and this only aggravates my asthma.
Any I got out today, it was still, sunny but 12 degrees and there was a breeze in parts but nothing too major.
I must have looked a site though as I was running with three devices strapped to me today. I had my replacement Garmin to test as I haven’t run since it arrived. I had my iPhone running the new Nike+ Running app as I have not tried that since the iOS7 upgrade AND I ran with a Polar FT2 Heart Rate Monitor which I have been asked to review for The Running Bug.
Amazingly all that tech didn’t slow me down or confuse me but I must admit it did take a while to find a satellite on my new Garmin and the Polar took a bit of getting used to but I got on with the run and didn’t let the technology distract me.
I ran for 4K as I didn’t want to push myself too far on my first outing in a while and was pleased with my pace. I got back into the form and pace quite quickly and it felt (at the beginning) that I hadn’t missed any running at all. Wearing my Royal Parks Half Marathon t-shirt helped though as it reminded me of my fantastic achievement at the beginning of October and what I am capable of.
The run did wonders for my chest, it feels clearer than it has for week and my head feels much clearer too – I have had a week of high volume stress so this has helped blow the cobwebs away.
As I said I was happy with my pace but didn’t want to got too mad on my first outing in a while – I did start to feel my legs get a little heavy but I persevered until I got to the 4K marker then had a decent stroll back to the house to cool off.
I am so happy to be back running and as I have the winter gear out (I went out in compression shorts and top under my normal kit today), I know that I am well protected from the elements.
Look out for the Polar review when it’s published on The Running Bug.