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.
Paul and I met up at lunch for a run and planned some speed work. We picked Blackfriars Bridge as our target and started with a normal jog across the bridge and back.
We then increased this to run fast for half the length of the bridge and jog the rest – we did this in several loops before increasing this to a full high speed run across the bridge for the full length and then jog the whole length back.
This was good fun and interesting to run with Paul especially as I thought I had a bit of an advantage at first running ahead of him for the first few sprint sessions. Of course he is much much fitter than me and soon over took me.
It was absolutely belting it down with rain and blowing a gale so my chest was feeling the pressure of the extra work. At least I didn’t feel the force of someones umbrella which ome poor runner did when it blew inside out and took him out!
I looked at iSmoothRun once in the run as I was unclear how long or how far I had gone – it was only when Paul raised the question about the length of bridge that I realised my tracking had stopped. I am not sure if I knocked it, stopped it or whether rain had gotten in a trigged the pause but it meant I have not accurately tracked todays run which is so annoying.
Luckily Paul was tracking through his Garmin so I know I was running for 24 minutes and ran just over 4Km. Not bad considering the conditions and the mind games I had started to play on myself with regards to doubts about how well I was doing as I had no idea how far or long I had gone.
This is the revised route with the correct data but of course this doesn’t include all the pace data etc :(
That said it was a good run and I did enjoy it. I need to work on pacing without music etc and have to ensure I am on top of this for the 10K on the 1st. I am sure it’ll all be fine.
I was very happy all I had to do was come back across the bridge, stretch and then head straight into a hot shower at the gym. Poor Paul had to run home in the rain before he could have such luxury.
Still a good run regardless of the conditions and the tech issues – looking forward to the race. Cannot believe it’s just over a week away!
I left the house early this morning as the sun was shining and there was no cloud in the sky. Of course it's still pretty damn windy and chilly (2 degrees) but just having bright sunshine made it feel so much better.
I ran today simply to clear my head and to try and switch off from the past couple of days. I'm not sure it worked. In fact it probably proved just how distracted I am. I recall the distance markers on iSmoothRun but I wasn't really paying any attention to the pace, time information etc.
I felt sore, my legs were heavy and my feet were numb throughout the run and this lack of focus probably didn't help. I aimed to run 5k and managed to push myself to 6.5k. I found my rhythm around 4k and got into my stride.
This wasn't my best run but it was great to do it.
Fastest track again was Run Boy Run by Woodkid which was kind of ironic as my friend Paul texted me just that as I was running. It was quite entertaining to hear Siri say “Run Boy Run” that over the music when Paul texted
So I'm distracted as two of the most important people in my life are currently ill; Richard has had lots of problems and complications following the removal of his wisdom tooth. He's ended up having several procedures to sort this out this week and it has been knocked sideways with the pain and treatment.
Yesterday following a routine ECG my mum was diagnosed with another leaking valve and they have admitted her, keeping her in to undertake a new Angioplasty on Monday afternoon.
I wish I could make Richard and Mum 100% better but I know I can't. All I can do is show my love and support. I hope Richard will recover soon and that mums operation is a success (and that she learns from these constant messages from her body to slow down and actually heeds the advice once and for all). It's such a pain though as I feel so helpless.
This week has been such a contrast to that of the Easter weekend. I can only hope things get better for all concerned.
I haven’t managed a run due to work or the weather for 9 days so I was determined to get out tonight.
Today was sunny but still a chilly -3 with wind chill.
I’ve had a number of large projects delivered and yesterday was a very long stressful day working on two live global satellite broadcasts from Turkey.
Today was a milder pace at work by comparison and the sun and light evening gave me incentive to run.
There was no plan, I simply donned my trainers and hit the road.
Considering how cold and how long it’s been since I’ve been running I’m really pleased I nearly managed 5k tonight.
I did hit an Alice though (a new term for running head long into high wind) and this got to my chest but I persevered.
There were a few other runners out tonight but I’m not surprised as the big marathons are in a few weeks in London etc.
I am thinking about finding a charity place for the Royal Parks Half in October as I would like to run with my friends (after I talked them into it). I’d also like to raise more money for a good cause and a half marathon will ensure I keep up the training.
Fastest track was Run Boy Run by Woodkid
The weather report is no better for the weekend (but thankfully no snow) and we have family visiting from tomorrow. I hope and aim to try and get at least one run in over the Easter break.
Have a cracking time everyone!
So the snow has gone and most of the ice has thawed. The temperature is still below freezing but I thought I would get changed when I got in and just go for it.
This week has already been a bloody nightmare and it's set to get worse so the run would do me good.
I wanted to clear my head even if only for a couple of minutes but I couldn't be more pleased with my progress tonight.
I am growing tired of loops of the development but decided to stick with it to shield myself from the wind and managed two decent loops.
The best thing about the run is I ran solidly for 25 minutes without stopping. I held it together, I ran through any aches and I tried to reduce the amount of fluid I drank as it seems to slow me down. This is the longest section of running I have completed this year without stopping.
My breathing was controlled. My paced seemed about right. The new additions to my running playlist seemed to inspire me. And I went for it…
I actually feel sore now which I haven't really done for a while, but sore in a good way. You know, that “I've had a good run ache…”
I honestly feel really happy about tonight's run and really pleased with myself.
I thanked Paul (whom I consulted earlier about running today) for the encouragement but he graciously reminded me it was all my own doing. I like to think his kind words did help and I am glad I confided in him (as usual).
Anyway. Great run. Damn cold. Just went for it. Bring on the next run.
(That however won't be until the weekend as I am meeting a friend tomorrow who is visiting from Australia and I am participating in a workshop practically all day Friday). I'll be itching to get my shoes on again…
Fastest track tonight was The Shallow End by Sam Sparro
Another morning of DIY, more snow, freezing temperatures and housework made for a chilly, busy Saturday.
I got out there though and got in my stride pretty quickly. I had to pause once or twice as the wind was so strong and the temperature was
Polar have released an iPhone 4S/5 app which works with their heart rate monitors. I tried the app today and it tracks similarly to iSmoothRun. I don’t have a monitor and wondered if getting one would help my performance.
I believe I have gotten over my mental block with regards to winter running and the weather, I now have to conquer the cold and wind. This isn’t so easy though as this is what triggers my asthma and gives me a tight chest.
Anyway it was a good run and I’m glad I got out there today
Fastest track for today was Speed of Love by Owl City.
Very cold run tonight.
1 degree. 20 mph winds. Wind chill -5.
I started the run ok and went as fast and as far as I could but the cold got to me.
I persevered as long as I could then headed home as it was simply too raw and cold to be out this evening.
At least I’ve gotten 3K under my belt and am comfy on the sofa with my baby and Brandy in the warm
I planned to run tomorrow. Turns out I'm probably going to be late out of work tomorrow so I decided to get home and get running.
I got in. Changed. Made out dinner (horse free beef casserole). Donned my high viz jacket and hit the road.
It wasn't as cold today as it has been but tonight it seemed to be damn freezing.
I didn't let this deter me.
I had no plan and simply set iSmoothRun for a 25 minute run. I've not managed a full block run for a while but decided once I got going to keep going until I felt I had nothing left (or I ached too much).
Tonight this meant I ran for 22 minutes no stop and got a really good pace going. I didn't left the pain in my calves get to me and I didn't let the cold weather out me off.
I had a brief break for a drink then ran the remainder of the 25 minutes.
I arrived home, tired, sore but happy.
Isn't is a bit sick when you miss the ache from exercising!
Fastest song was Batdance by Prince