This was my first 10k training run after returning to work and a lot has changed. The evenings are getting darker earlier, it’s getting cooler and I have to find more time to run in the evening to accommodate my new training routine.
Thankfully none of this stopped me this evening and I gave it my all and had a brilliant run.
Tonight gave me the opportunity to try out my new Adidas AdiViz high visibility running jacket and it didn’t disappoint. I felt a little weird wearing it when I left the house as it was still light but I needed it on my return as the sun had set over the horizon. If drivers don’t see me in this jacket then they are obviously not looking.
It’s great living here in Colchester. As the sun set I had a fantastic view to inspire me and to run on – of course a partly set sun can cause you to not be able to see ahead and I nearly ran into a poor woman waiting for the bus!
Tonight’s fastest song was Canned Heat by Jamiroquai which makes me chuckle as it did inspire me to run faster. It also helped me overtake a fellow runner which is a first for me. I usually don’t see any other runners whilst I am out but tonight I passed a young lady who was out on her evening run. I overtook her coming down the steep Braiswick Hill, I am not sure which route she took as I didn’t see her again.
I’ve slowly learnt not to drink too much when running which sounds odd given how much I used to think I needed a drink when I started. I used to sweat an awful lot too but that doesn’t seem to be the case so much now. It may be due to the brief spell I had running in Cyprus or it might be the dip in temperature here but this feels like an improvement to me.
I’ve reduced what I drink to sips because I find any more than this and I am either feeling congested or want to throw up. Ironically drinking when running seems counter productive and all the articles I’ve read about as little as possible seems to work. I think it’s natural to want to swig as much as you can mid run but your body has to do something with it and its not great to have it all swishing about in your system. I will of course drink when I need it but not huge lung bucketfuls!
I was determined to hit the hill again today and thought it might be a bigger challenge now that I am commuting again but this isn’t so. I hit the hill and tackled it with ease. In fact I was listening to Canned Heat on the hill so it proves I am getting better and better.
My cadence seems to stick around 78 spm but this isn’t bothering me. My pace is picking up and I am running much further than I ever imagined and am really happy to have added a bit more distance to this run again. I am up to 7.52 km this evening.
I may have run further but had to stall at the beginning as Richard called with a FaceTime call, something that now works in 3G. I think it took him a while to realise he couldn’t see me as my iPhone was strapped to my arm!
Loved it tonight. Feel invigorated again.
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I had my first run back on the road today following the dreadmill running in Cyprus and it was good to get back outside.
It felt a little odd at first but I soon found my stride and my pace seemed to pick up as I had spent time trying to listen to how I run whilst I was undisturbed in the hotel gym.
I have twelve weeks until my first 10k but was adamant I would start proper training once I got back.
I've looked at several plans and have picked a six week training regime which, like the one that started me running, builds me up to 10k in a matter of weeks.
Today's run was the first such training run and it was hard work. Being back on the road, in the English climate was a little tough. It was windy out and it felt a little odd when compared to the sanctity of the gym in Limassol.
I'd read some articles and a great book on holiday and they all advised keeping the running energising by having different routes etc. I always amend my route slightly but know I needed a change to help my motivation and to suck up the extra miles.
I got out of the park where we live and headed out into darkest Colchester along the main road and down a straight road called the Avenue of Remembrance.
This is my first mid day week run in Colchester and I had to avoid lots of parents and toddlers on the school run. More annoyingly I had to avoid teenagers who insisted on getting in the way. Some of the little bastards refused to let me through and some bunched up when they saw me coming. I simply put my foot down and ran through them. Two boys took my sharp elbows to their sides as I forced my way through. It was that or run into on coming traffic on a busy a road – not likely. Why are teenagers so rude?
The avenue was lined with conkers as we are heading into autumn so that trees are shedding their stock in time for the arrival of winter.
I also had lots of bunny rabbits to avoid on the route but they were nicer than the kids and got out of my way when they saw me coming.
I confess I ran 4×10 min hard runs but may have cut a minute or two from two of them to slow my pace and get my breath. This is after all the furthest and longest I have ever run.
That said I am really proud of today's achievements as I had a great over all pace and managed 7.70km in 56 minutes. It's great to know I am so much closer to 10k and am now more confident that with this training routine I can crack the 10k target
Fastest song of this run was Cubik by 808 State and I believe I ran that at 6:25!
Really happy with my progress and it feels like my running has entered a new phase (although my shoes won't last much longer as I note they are wearing on the mid sole – time for some replacements).
We could have done without the Thomson Aga-doo evening entertainment but apart from that the holiday was brilliant.
We had a late flight back last night which was delayed by an hour and got us into Gatwick at 3:15 this morning. It took the usual hour or so to get through the damn airport and we arrived home at 6:30 this morning. Tired but happy we have had such a lovely holiday.
We will definitely go back to Cyprus but not sure we’d do it with Thomson Holidays.
This is a selection of photos that I have not already uploaded (the wi-fi by the pool was great as I could blog and I lounged in the sun).
We spent most of our time in the hotel apart from one afternoon where we walked in the sweltering heat along the shore to the Amathous Ruins. We also took the bus into Limassol Old Town one day where we had a look around the castle, the archaeological museum, the Orthodox Cathedral and the market quarter.
Compared to most holidays I didn’t take a great deal of photo’s really. Although I did make the effort to go to the beach bar yesterday and take some shots of the coast. These will be uploaded later as they are still on the camera.
For now enjoy this current snapshot of Limassol, Cyprus…
I will upload some beach photos later on – I will add them to the blog but you will also be able to see them in my Cyprus photo album on Flickr along with these photos and many more.
I’ll end for now with this photo I took at Amathous Ruins of a black kitten curled up sleeping in a broken pot
I didn't have much interest in sports at school or since but I did use to enjoy sprinting, athletics and swimming. A new interest in running changed all this though.
I have always been slim to average build but noticed as I progress through my thirties that I was looking a bit more fuller in the face. I never worried about it though especially when I see photos of old school friends on Facebook. The majority look like they're through their 40's already and for some of them it would seem becoming parents hasn't been kind to them… (although at least one of the guys I went to school with is as fit as he was back then…)
Anyway I have been quite active during the holiday and for once Richard and I have taken time to chill out, relax, do as little as possible and truly unwind.
Part of this relaxed routine for me has included at least one swim of 12 laps in the pool and on three days I have been to the gym to keep up my running on the dreadmill.
Following my post gym shower I noticed how my body shape has changed due to the exercise routine I have taken on. As is typical my weight increased when I started running and now I am back to where I was before at 71kg but I think I am much more lean as a result.I think I am possibly the fittest, happiest and most toned I have ever been and I owe it all to my three runs each week.
It's also helped me mentally as well as physically as I feel much brighter, invigorated and have less stress – especially following each run. It’s true that (once you have the right shoes) you can end each run pain-free and feeling great. If you're in severe pain the next day you're doing something wrong.
I push myself during my runs so I know I don't just plod along an even the odd episode with my asthma cannot counteract all the good feeling and will to want to continue.
I am amazed how I can carry pain and continue through this when I run and nearly all of it has subsided once I have finished my cool down and stretches.
Of course I have the added incentive to run the MoRunning 10k in November and have already raised over £1,00 for Alzheimer's Society. A feat that I am very proud of. Of course you can make me even prouder by sponsoring me I am conscious I am yet to run it but am confident (if not a little apprehensive) I will finish the run.
I cannot recommend running enough and it's something we can all do. Start easy like I did and I'm sure you'll grow to like it and get hooked too.
We’ve both eased off on the food as I believe we have reached saturation point with three all you can eat meals a day! I made sure I stocked up on energy though and had bananas (with ice cream) for lunch.
I completed 300 metres in the pool this morning and have spent the rest of today lounging around in the sun.
I toyed with the idea of another run and wanted to do it today so as to leave tomorrow completely free to chill in the sun before our late flight back home.
I don’t usually run two days together but I did so today and feel great.
I was sure my record of yesterday’s run was wrong and I know I pushed myself harder today and therefore had much better results.
Anyway I had a great run and even though it was hotter I pounded that treadmill good and proper.
I am really pleased with my performance today and very happy I got three runs in whilst in Cyprus.
Please make all this running worthwhile by sponsoring me for my first 10k for Alzheimer’s Society. PLEASE!!!!
Fasted song today was America by Prince. Very apt given what’s been going on just across the water in Tunisia etc…
Following another relaxing day by the pool I decided to go to the gym and put in another run on the dreadmill.
I am not truly sure the recording from my iPhone is correct today as I am sure I put a lot of energy into today's run and added a lot of extra speed and some inclines into it. It took me a while to find my rhythm at the beginning so maybe that counted against me. I'm not sure.
The running seemed as hard as it did when I had my first dreadmill run on Tuesday and I certainly seemed to be sweating just a much. It's probably just as well I am sweating this much on the runs as I have been enjoying three meals a day and all-inclusive so you could make a real glutton of yourself if you wanted.
I remembered to do some cool down stretches today (something I always do at home but forgot to do on Tuesday). This probably accounted for the lousy nights sleep I had Tuesday as my upper torso/arms etc were really sore. Although this was due to the increased amount of swimming I am sure the stretches would have helped.
I also managed to completed another set of laps in the pool today so that's 250m of swimming on top of the run. Not bad for someone on holiday eh?
As you can see from the less than flattering photo of me which I took after the run, I was sweating like a pig. It's another hot day at 32 degrees but I kept going.
I may fit a dreadmill run into my training at home as there is a gym at work I can use. I found today without the ambient external temperature and winds I could breathe easier and managed to sing along to my music quite easily. I am using this as a guide for breathing and pace as I have read that you should be able to hold a conversation whilst training so I think this is a good sign. I also think it’s a great way to focus my attention which may help with those asthmatic cold starts.
Anyway another run completed and a couple more days still in the sun to come. Bring it on…
PS I have white bits (trunk line) and am happy with my level of bronzing
Fastest song of this run surprisingly was Breathing Space by Pet Shop Boys
We explored Limassol Castle and Archaeological Museum in the morning where you get some great views of the town from the castle tower.
During the afternoon we explored the old market streets with their labyrinth of small shops and we took a break near the market square for lunch.
The restaurant owner seemed to take a particular shine to me and was very chatty. He even insisted I popped into the bar to see his photographs! That said it may have just been Cypriot hospitality as they all seem very nice here.
We visited the Orthodox Cathedral which was full of high camp detail inside. The likes of which I have never seen in a church before. Sadly you cannot take photos but to be honest they would not have done the place justice.
Richard and I took a walk along the sea front before having some retail therapy at Debenhams (you read that right!) before heading back to the hotel for a well earned rest.
It was nice to get out of the hotel and explore the area but my feelings of Limassol are a little mixed. It feels a little odd in places and is much smaller than I thought it would be. Still it was nice to explore and full of history and character.