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.
*not my choice of music but it’s what I crossed the finish line to!
Listen out for the guy on the PA who calls out my name and acknowledges my personal celebration!
Three days to go until I run the longest race if my life. Longer than last years 10K, longer than the dreaded cross country run from school! But you know what? I’m looking forward to it.
Sunday at 9 am I will join thousands running in the Royal Parks Half Marathon in London and I’m doing it to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.
My sponsorship total is at a phenomenal £1,200 now but there’s still time to help me raise even more for such a worthy cause.
If you could, any amount you could offer would be fantastic. Please use my online sponsorship page to donate.
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 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.