Category Archives: Walking
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.
Things are mental at work. I’m not enjoying things one bit at present and each day there is more pressure and my head is spinning.
Planning a run in the middle seems mental but I wanted the release in my day and wanted to ensure I enjoy an evening with Richard as he will be home when I get in.
I had a massive headache and was contemplating not running but I am so glad I did.
I got out at lunch and headed towards Westminster.
I encountered the first group of tourists and crowds at Westminster Bridge and ended up with the other runners on the kerb or the cycle lane.
Things got very congested on the other side and I was struggling to keep any pace. I don’t understand why tourists pay so much money for attractions such as the London Dungeon. The queue was ridiculous – there’s so much more to London! Anyway…
I was supposed to run a 45 minute conversation pace. At this stage 45 minutes at any pace looked like a challenge.
I had to literally fight my way through the crowd and it was by the Millennium Eye that I had my first casualty. Tourists it would seem do not look where they are going and a woman came out of the queue and instead of looking ahead she was looking behind. I dodged her but caught her elbow with my water bottle.
The crowds persisted all along the South Bank but I managed a decent pace and decided to keep going.
I aimed to run 5k then increased this to 6k and so on…
At Southwark a young girl with an oversized handbag was an unexpected obstacle and during my attempt to miss her she stuck her arm out and I caught her bag. She called me a tit. I simply made some comment about using the handles as they were intended and carried on running.
There were many near misses today as London is now at the height of the tourist season. It’s very different from dodging fields full of cows and rabbits when running in Colchester.
I decided to continue to London Bridge and stupidly thought it’d be an idea to run up the stairs. They are very steep and I was knackered when I reached the top. At this point I stopped the timer and walked across the bridge. I had a well deserved drink too.
Once on the other side of the bridge I felt fine but was tired of the crowds. I decided this wasn’t going to stop me though and started the timer again.
I then ran back onto the bank of the river and headed back towards to office and Blackfriars Bridge.
I made it back in 45 minutes before stopping on the bridge to so some stretches.
Regardless of the crowds and the sporadic approach to the run, it all came out well.
Nike reports 6.96 km and Garmin recorded 6.65 km. Not too shabby as I was under several bridges and in quite a few walkways so both devices did well to track my route effectively.
With the walk across London Bridge in the middle I probably tipped over 7k which I think is very good going considering I felt like death before I started.
Apart from the odd post run ache I felt much better this afternoon and was very grateful I went for the run.
I want to run some more of London and aim to ask Paul for his companionship on future runs. It’s just a nightmare to schedule anything at present as my work calendar is subject to change without warning.
At least the running, my baby, Brandy and my friends help to keep me sane in amongst all this chaos.
I’m looking forward to an evening curled up on the sofa with my baby and miss Brandy.
I had a night of disturbed sleep and we were planning on getting up early as we are heading off to Wells-next-the-Sea and Sandringham today. I decided as I was tossing and turning to get up, jumped into my trainers and headed out the door at 6.
I didn’t have time to do the prescribed 9 miles today so I opted for a short-ish run and made sure I did it over the steep hills just left of where we live. I have not run that route for a while but I enjoyed it and it was lovely to be out so early.
I think the run wiped out the feeling from last night and has helped wake me up.
I also appear to have woken up a lot of magpies, collared doves and chaffinches who were all out to greet me this morning during the run.
I think my pace was good and strong and I simply got on with it today.
I had a bit of a personal breakthrough yesterday and achieved something that is long over due. I won’t say what it was just yet as I have not completed that particular journey but I will say I completed the task feeling very proud and very happy with myself. It also meant I used a different set of muscles which I can certainly feel during todays run! I bet you’re all intrigued now.
Now to slip on my sandals and head to the coast – I am going to tag the walks today as I am sure we will clock up several km on our excursions
Have a good day everyone!
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 had some pain in my left ankle today – nothing more than a niggle but I was not sure I would get out and run. It nearly put me off but I decided to head out and stop if I thought it was too much.
A little way into the run and I was uncomfortable and it felt that my right calf was compensating for my left ankle. I stopped short of 1k to walk to see how I would get on.
I decided it wasn’t that bad and carried on. My left knee and ankle were sore for the first half of the run and the right calf was really tight. I took it easy and ensured that I stopped when I had enough.
It was another hot one and we haven’t been sleeping very well due to the high temperature and the storms. It wasn’t as hot tonight as it has been but I did switch back to loops on the road rather than the wood so I was back on solid ground and in full sun.
Mercifully there was some breeze tonight which did help but it was still hard going.
I got past the 30 minute mark and decided I could carry on until the full 45 minutes and managed to run home ok. I ache a bit now but some calf exercises on the foam roller really do seem to have helped.
I have walked a lot the last couple of days and I think this is contributing to the pain in my legs. I may even have tied my work shoes too tightly – who knows!
It might have something to do with the threshold work I did on Monday…
Anyway despite all of this I got out there and completed nearly 6K this evening. Again not one of my fastest routes but tonight’s run was all about the time and not the distance.
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.
This weekend Richards sister, brother-in-law, baby Freya and mum came to visit for the Easter break.
Sadly the snow hung around a bit and the temperature didn’t really lift but it was dry and we got out and about.
We visited Cambridge, Flatford Mill, Upton House and Saffron Walden.
It was a lovely weekend and I hope my short video captures the mood.
Oh and this is the first time Freya has encountered snow – I am so glad I caught it on camera.
(Note no running but plenty of pushchair walking – which for me may as well be some strange new sporting activity!). :)
As reported yesterday I put on my running shoes and cleared nearly 8K in the morning.
Also as reported I ended up picking up work, work that was to continue to bug me through the day until 10pm last night. In fact the work still hasn't ended as I am still taking calls, managing the project and trying to deliver to an end goal but the posts keep shifting…
Anyway… In an attempt to clear my head and try and get away from the work, Richard suggested we take a walk into Colchester town centre. This doesn't sound that unusual but ever since we moved here we've driven into town and yet we can see the centre from our house.
I thought this was a great so we set off into town to escape the work madness for an hour or so.
Richard tagged most of the walk with Map My Run (most as his battery died about 10 metres from the house at the end). Anyway it turns out the town centre is slightly further away than we thought and with North Hill to tackle it is not a gentle stroll either.
As you can see we ended up covering 11.62K just by walking to and from the shops!
We found a few nice spots and surprises on the walk and can really appreciate the beauty of Castle Park. It's a lovely spot and I am considering running the Santa 5K there in December in aid of the local Cancer unit… (who wants to join me?)
I am surprised that I managed to add such mileage to my day given my early morning run and am pleased that I don't feel any adverse affect of the extra walk.
Sadly it wasn't a peaceful walk together as I was constantly hounded with calls from the office.
I just hope that this work madness will end soon and I can start to reclaim my weekend!
At least I got to stretch my legs and spend a little time with my baby.