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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.
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.
So today was the day and what a glorious day – the weather was very good and we were treated to a spectacular autumnal day.
I was more than a little stressed/worried en route to the bag check but there was still time for Richard and I to stop and take some photos of the phenomenal sunrise.
I joined the 2:30 group and was worried it may take 3 hours to get to the end because of how long ago I started to taper but once I got started I needn’t have worried.
The atmosphere and the buzz of the crowd really do help carry you but I was sensible enough to ensure that I did not run too fast and that I maintained a good pace.
I was ahead of my average pace for most of the race but was sensible with my splits and ensured that I had a couple of gels at the 50 minute marks. That and the ample supply of water and Lucozade, I was more than hydrated and fuelled enough for the run.
Richard and I stayed in town to enable us to be there in time for the start of the race (bag drop was from 7:30 am). We walked down from the Hilton in Queensway and made our way to the baggage area. Shortly after that we met Paul and then briefly Em and her boyfriend Liam.
We dispersed at that stage and that was the last time Paul and I saw everyone again. We didn’t get to catch Enda or Faergal at the start and by the time Paul and I completed our warm up (courtesy of the Royal Army) – it was already time to get going.
Well it wasn’t – we queued for a final pee stop but it took 30 minutes to get to the toilets. That’s my only compliant this year as I missed the start as I had just got to the loo. That’s not a big problem when 16,000 people as my group didn’t actually cross the line until 9:30 anyway.
There were runners of all shapes and sizes and as usual they were all very friendly.
The route was brilliant and I was privileged enough to run on roads that are usually chock full of cars in London. Running over Westminster Bridge in the road, down the centre of The Mall towards Buckingham Palace, up through Whitehall etc – all made for a very inspiring and fun race.
Here is the full race route – how many famous sights can you name?
I wasn’t completely ready for such a grand crowd but boy did it help! For the first time I had my name on my running top (thanks to the British Heart Foundation sending me the letters) and it was fun to run and hear your name. I tried to thank everyone who called out my name (Ian Waite from Strictly Come Dancing called out my name as I crossed the finish ) but to be honest I did concentrate a lot and didn’t hear everyone.
I have to say thank you though to:
- The blonde lady on the Embankment who gave me a very loud cheer and a smile
- The guy by Embankment bridge who shouted “go on my son” and as I turned to thank him, he winked at me
- The support team from the British Heart Foundation – I have never given so many high fives!
- All the other charity supporters who were great at getting you motivated
This really made a huge difference and I spent most of the run with a smile on my face.
I didn’t start to feel uncomfortable until about the 8 mile marker but to be honest it was nothing I couldn’t handle and even though my mid run maths was a bit dodgy I was determined not to stop running, not to walk and to do as best I could.
I was a little annoyed by tourists and Londoners who insisted on crossing in front of the runners (thanks for that) and by those who chose to walk whilst not moving to the side of the tracks but that’s all part of racing I guess.
I did set RunKeeper which (even though I didn’t think it did), actually did a great job of tracking my run and uploading my information to the web live. The Royal Parks App only seemed to work for a while but as Richard said this morning it had to fail given how it had to broadcast live updates of 16,000 runners!
I did see one celebrity – Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim) was decked out in his tracksuit heading towards the baggage area whilst smoking a cigarette – don’t you love superstar DJs!
I want to say a big thank you to Richard for supporting me through all this and for the late dinners and all the rescheduling of our weekends we have done to enable me to fit in all of my training. After all I even did some training in Vancouver! I could not have done it without his support. Richard has taken some brilliant photos from the day and even though I didn’t see him and Paul in the crowd on the home straight, he did manage to capture my progress perfectly. I love my baby x
I also want to thank Paul for all his training advice and support, for coaching me through my running and joining me on our odd lunchtime in London. Thank you so much Paul you are a star!
Thanks have to go to WalkJogRun whose Beginner Half Marathon training plan I used to get me up to speed and to the guys from Full Potential who were brought in by the British Heart Foundation to help the Heart Runners train efficiently and effectively.
And of course thanks to all of you for your support, your encouragement, for sticking with me and following my journey on the blog.
And last but not least thanks to everyone who has sponsored me in my efforts to raise as much as I could for the British Heart Foundation. There is of course still time to sponsor me but thank you all for helping me break through my target and raise a massive £1,365.65! Thank you all.
Here is a selection of photos Richard captured today
Well the title says it all. It has taken a while to get back into the swing of things and I felt up to a run this morning.
I started my tapering early for the Royal Parks Half Marathon (next weekend!) and continue with this as there is no point in pushing myself too much.
It feels good to be running on my old stomping ground again but to be honest I would even swap the country lanes of England to run around Stanley park at dawn every day
I was starting to worry about whether I am up to the task of running the Half Marathon next weekend but I know that I managed 7K in Canada without worrying about it and much the same today. I only did 5K but to be honest with the jet lag I think this is sensible as my headache was a bit painful when I finished running.
I reminded myself it’s all about my mental state, I am sure my body is more than up to the task with all the training I have put in over the summer. I also remind myself how happy I was to complete 10 miles and that today’s 5K was a challenge for me a little over a year ago so I have nothing to worry about.
It has come to my attention though that the UK is much cooler than when we left a couple of weeks ago and I can start to feel the cold air filling my lungs on the run. I have to get used to the before the race as it starts at 9 am so it won’t be a particularly warm start to the day.
I am pleased with todays run and feel ok considering. I was worried as my knees were really sore on the plane as I could not get comfy – and it’s a fairly long flight.
I wanted to run more in Canada but the circumstances didn’t allow for it. It took Richard and I a while to get used to the time difference and it was the final full day in Vancouver when I felt alert enough to get out and hit the streets.
I chose not to run in Tofino as it’s very rural, lots of winding roads, lots of lake and precarious sea-side paths, not to mention the presence of Cougars, Wolves and Bears to watch out for.
Richard and I walked for miles whilst we were away and although we didn’t cycle in the end (I wanted to enjoy the views and not worry about focussing too hard on cycling) we did get around. On one day we walked to Davie Street, back to Canada Place and along the harbour before reaching Stanley Park to walk the entire perimeter along the Pacific Coast (9k) – in total I worked out we walked about 21k that day. With all the other stops, look outs, hills and trails we completed I am sure I covered more than enough to make up for not running!
I have a few more days off before returning to work so I will put in at least another run before the Half Marathon next weekend. My fundraising is going very well but there is still time to sponsor me if you have not done so already. The British Heart Foundation do such excellent work, anything you can donate will be gratefully appreciated by me and by them. Thank you.
A wet run but a good run.
I was a little worried about running given the twinges I have had in my ankle/calf/knee but I have been doing some foam roller exercises and my physio said that my ham strings are very tight so he has given me some more intensive exercises. This has seemed to have worked and I also think the quick spins around the block on the bike have helped to get things moving.
The weather report looked awful tonight with the prospect of possible thunderstorms. There was a lot of cloud when I got off the train and by the time I got home and headed out to run it was spitting. I am actually glad it was as it was very humid this evening and the rain helped cool down the temperature and brought with it a nice breeze.
I tried to ensure I didn’t go too mad as I was mindful of the twinges but I had nothing to worry about. I found a very comfortable pace early on and as I was due to complete a conversational run I knew that I wasn’t heading out to break any records.
I also appeared to leave the house in a very positive mental state and was coaxing myself through the run in an easy and encouraging fashion.
The rain was actually refreshing and given the high temperatures we have had through the summer this was a welcome change (I won’t be saying that in autumn!).
I did my usual run out to the Avenue of Remembrance and back and felt quite smug as I over took all the drivers who were caught up in a snarl up of people trying to get into Colchester.
I did notice the Conkers are already in their shells ready to drop – autumn is definitely on the way. I will no doubt be dodging those soon.
A good run and a reminder I can do this and I can be confident in my ability to run the Royal Parks Half Marathon on the 6th (45 days away!).
I had a rush of sponsorship yesterday and I think that has mentally helped with my training too. As you know I am running in aid of the British Heart Foundation and this is my first half marathon. I’d really appreciate anything you are able to donate to my cause as it’s such a worthwhile charity and all those emails notifications and kind notes that come with the donations remind me how kind and charitable people can be.
If you’d like to share my sponsorship page please use this link: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/keithtomlinson - anything you can do to help me raise more money would be absolutely brilliant.
Thank you to all those who have sponsored me recently – it really does mean a lot.
I am not running now until Sunday and that will be the longest run of my training as it is scheduled for 10 miles… I have a lesson on the bike on Saturday and we are decorating so it’s going to be a fairly active weekend.
Thankfully its a public holiday here so we get Monday off too. :)
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!
Stuck to the plan and got up early to get the run in.
Lovely morning and I enjoyed the pace and the sunrise this morning.
Found an alternative route back which kept things fresh.
Saw some families at the station heading off to the coast on the train, some out running, the odd person going to work and those doing the walk of shame.
Glad it's done. Enjoyed it and happy with the steady pace. I think I will put some hill work in now to help with my speed.
Now to enjoy the rest of my Sunday with our house guest.
I'd love to work out what causes the spikes in the runs. Anyone got any ideas?
See more of my route details here.