Category Archives: Santa Run
Tonight I started the main phase of training for my 10k which is at the beginning of June and this means speed work to get more oxygen into my system.
Today also marks a year since I started running. I cannot honestly believe it has been a year already and I cannot believe just how much I have enjoyed, hated, struggled, gained, grown, learnt and built as a runner.
I remember mulling the idea of running in my head, conversing with friends about a plan of attack. Harassing them for advice and support. Promising Richard I wouldn't spend a fortune on running gear or talking about running all the time (I think I've managed both rather well – the blog is the perfect outlet).
A year ago I started this on a whim and never considered I would achieve what I have, my first 10k, raising £1,600 for Alzheimer's, running a 5k for the local hospital raising £500 etc.
I've since learnt what a friendly and supportive community runners are, I've run in various places, seen and experienced things I wouldn't have done had I stayed at home. I'm probably the fittest I have ever been in my life and have an outlay for stress. I also have a nice toned body which I am proud of and I know Richard enjoys too
For tonights run Gipis suggested I run just over 3k with a split of fast and normal sections (ala Fartlek) to exhaust my body to reach maximum oxygen limits. I am not sure if I was exhausted but it was hard work.
I spent the run dreading the beeps that signified the start of each fast session but soon got into my stride and got on with it.
I did stupidly decide to continue running until I broke through 5k as this is a mental target I like to hit. At the time (at the end) that seemed like a foolish mistake but since the run I have made and ate dinner and although I am a little sore I feel ok considering…
The next run is scheduled to be similar with a long fast section. I'll see how I get on but I am sure I will be fine.
It's difficult running two apps at once though. I do like to track my complete runs on iSmoothRun but need to start Gipis mid way for the coaching and this proves tricky. Getting the iPhone in and out of the Y-fumble mid run isn't easy.
I could program iSmoothRun and may try that but I am not sure I like the coaching within that app.
Why can't all the apps be the same and excel at everything rather than one feature over another? If only I could build my perfect running app…
Tonight was possibly the warmest run I have completed in the UK this year and although windy I enjoyed pounding the streets and leaving the worries of work behind me.
I did sweat more than normal, probably due to the speed work. I had to remove my sunglasses mid run as the sweat on my lenses meant I could not see where I was going. Rubbing my eyes just put sweat in them which made them sting and again impaired my vision. Next time I'll take the baseball cap I bought in Spain!
Fastest track tonight was Axis by Pet Shop Boys which conveniently kicked in at the start of my first fast session.
I captured this short Vine video of tonight's run. Seems fitting to share it on my running anniversary! Why not take a look and join me on my run?
Be warned, it's not a pretty sight!
I'd like to say special thanks to Richard, Paul, Enda, Janice, Em, Sean, Dave, Ivan, Milly and countless others who have helped and supported me on this new adventure.
Long may the running continue and here's to the next challenge
So the cold has gotten the best of me and I have not donned my running shorts since the Santa run.
I spent two days sleeping off the effects of this awful cold and am now only just getting back into the swing of things. I have made it into the office the last two days but this is purely because I know this is my last two working days of the year!
I am not sure when I will run again – I want to get out before Christmas and hope that I may be able to squeeze in a run on Christmas Eve. It’d be nice to get out there and to get some air into my lungs as I feel I have stagnated a bit since being ill.
I will definitely be continuing the running throughout 2013 and will be in the knowledge that I start the year as a runner with an enthusiasm for exercise and self-improvement – something I never would have considered at the beginning of this year!
Within my first (half) year of running I have accumulated 409 km of running distance, logged 74 runs, ran my first 10k and my first 5k dressed as Santa. Raised nearly £1,800 in sponsorship and found a whole new community of friends, followers and supporters.
I would never have imagined any of this being possible on the 1st January this year and am amazed, stunned and pleased with my success.
Now I need to find a 10K or two to sign up for in the New Year (sorry Enda it won’t be the Serpetine Dash on the 1st January!)
Here’s to a happier, healthier and possibly faster new year on the road
I haven't been running since the Santa 5k last weekend, primarily because I have simply not had the time.
It's a lame excuse but not one I use often as my running schedule will show I try to get out as often as I can.
I've attended two Christmas parties and two lunches this week, which although fun, have sucked up all my free time.
I'm not sure that such frivolity is great for me though as most of the parties have had more emphasis on booze rather than food. The food at Tuesdays party was so macro it was pretty much non existent!
This coupled with a busy work schedule and very cold weather have inevitably caused me to be a bit run down. It started with an ulcer (my nemesis), at the back of my throat on Friday and now I am bunged up.
I feel fairly alert but am having trouble breathing and its because of this I decided not to go running over the weekend as I had planned to.
It amazes me that I can run in all weathers and feel invigorated and healthy but when I stop it all catches up with me. Of course my increased appetite and more balanced diet when running does go some way to help. It doesn't take much though to catch up with you does it?
I have another team lunch tomorrow so will ensure I eat well.
I want to clear this cold now as I don't want it to ruin my Christmas and I want to get back into my trainers and back on the road.
There was some good news this week, I reached 1 Million Nike fuel points! I am not sure how I have achieved this is such a short space of time but I have. It's just a shame my Fuelband clasp keeps opening on my wrist… I've lost count of how many times I have nearly lost it in the past week or so
If I run a Santa run next year I think it has to be this one…
Whose going to join me?
Today was the 3rd Colchester Santa Run in aid of Colchester Hospital Charity.
I signed up for the run ages ago when I had signed up for my MoRun and thought it would be worthwhile as it was on our doorstep, looked like fun and was in aid of the local hospital.
I was not sure what to expect as this was a fun run more than a race and was split between a 5K event and a 3K event.
Unlike the MoRun this was much more gentile – there was a great atmosphere when everyone was changing into their Santa suits. There were no timing chips or race numbers – we were just out to run, enjoy the wonderful park and have some fun.
People of all ages took part and there were loads of children, people with disabilities and runners with dogs participated – it was quite a spectacle, especially as we were all dressed as
Somehow I managed to end up at the beginning of the pack when the 5K Santa's set off and I managed a great pace. I did go too far too quickly but I managed to regulate my pace and got into a good stride.
Just like the MoRun in Greenwich there were a couple of hills to conquer and this didn't do me any favours today but I did ensure I paced myself through the hills as much as I could.
We haven't really explored the park that much and as there was an extended route along the river for the 5K Santa's it felt odd to follow everyone else and not know at which point we would turn back!
I think I need to look into checking out routes as much as I can before I race – there was a published map for Greenwich but not for this one.
There was a loop in this course which saw us running back on ourselves and it was at this point along the river when I saw the front-runners. I had slowed from the pack to a stride I was happy with and I was very happy to see the fit guys and squaddies passing me from the front of the pack
This race was lovely to do because it contained people of all ages and abilities which made it a fun run.
I cannot say I was a fan of the Santa suit though. The jacket kept undoing and it put me off my stride so many times. In fact 2/3 of the way in and I gave up. I tried to undress mid run then realised I had my sportband on my arm so had to do some nifty manoeuvring to get my Santa jacket off without losing my iPhone or my stride. Some Santa jackets were lost on the run and there were red jackets all over the place!
By the time I crossed the line the jacket was tied around my waist and the beard was on the back of my neck but I kept the baggy trousers and Santa hat on!
I started iSmoothRun a little late into the run but my final time of 28:59 was great. I made it in earlier than Richard and I expected and the leaders made it in around 21 minutes!
It was a fun race and I am chuffed to have taken part in this great run for such a worthy local cause. It certainly is something to run amongst 500 Santa's!
If you get the chance sign up for a Santa run and join in the festive fun.
Thanks to everyone who sponsored me – I felt cheeky asking for more sponsorship following the MoRun and the phenomenal amount I raised, but you guys were great again and I reached my target for Colchester Hospital Charity – thank you all x
I'd like to say I am enjoying these cold runs but I'd be lying.
I only headed out for a 20 minute run tonight as I am really tired following work on Sunday and Monday. I've also still got pain in my lower back but I am determined to preserve with the runs.
It may not have been a long run but I am happy with what I achieved and do feel better for it this evening. I was sure I was so dead asleep on the train home I may of possibly missed my stop. Thankfully the carriage had a loud loudspeaker in it and woke up just in time! The run has reinvigorated me once more.
I am looking for sponsorship but am not aiming to reach the grand total I made for Alzheimer's Society when I ran the Mo Run 10K a couple weeks ago.
I want to run this race on Sunday because…
- It keeps me interested in running
- It's only 5K!
- I get to dress up as Santa
- That sounds like a bit of a laugh
- It's on our doorstep
- I'd be raising money for the local hospital who kindly took care of me as an emergency admission at the beginning of the year
I'm £25 away from my target – will you help me raise money for this local and worthwhile cause?
Go on, it has to be worth it to see me dressed as Santa!