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.
Todays training called for 6 miles and I decided to do it when we got back from our day out at Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire.
I’m glad I did as I desperately needed a lie in as was still dog tired following all the activity of last week.
I also got to enjoy the best of the weather at Anglesey with Richard as it started to rain when we returned.
I ran on my old Lunarglides today and I can feel how they are starting to wear down – buying and breaking in new ones now was a shrewd move on my part.
I kept repeating 9.65 in my head (that’s 6 miles in kilometers) but ended up going to 10 as I enjoyed todays run so much.
I was a bit worried about running following a huge roast dinner but I had an hour or so between eating and running and felt ok for the majority of the run.
I didn’t get too wet and played around with the route again today.
This is the tapering of my training now and it gets much less from here as I planned all the training to be over before we got to Canada (which is in 7 days ). I will take kit to Vancouver and plan to run a couple 10Ks whilst there. If you know of any great running routes in Vancouver or near Tofino please let me know.
I signed up for Elite membership in RunKeeper today which allows me to broadcast my activity on RunKeeper, Facebook and Twitter in real-time. If you follow me on any of these services then please login when I am running the Royal Parks Half Marathon (or any training if you like) and you can see my route in real-time.
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Remember all this hard work and training is because I am running the Royal Parks on behalf of the British Heart Foundation and am aiming to raise £1000, I am only £125 from my target. Please help me reach my target!
Aren’t they pretty? (The shoes not my legs!)
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.
Richard woke me up at 6 thinking it was Friday and I was aware I had 8 miles ahead of me and a trip away so decided I would allow myself half an hour mores kip and then get out the door and that’s what I did.
The weather was warm at 16 degrees but nothing like it has been recently.
The challenge with running these distances does not seem to be doing it but actually finding routes! I seem to be in a mental space to just get my trainers on and get on with it and I am amazed and very pleased this is my mind set (I’ll let you know if this is the case when it chucks it down with rain!).
I ran out and started at the wood, completing a circuit before heading onto the Avenue of Remembrance and then all the way to the other side of Colchester where I got as far as the Waitrose which is about 5K from the house. My ad hoc route worked though and I found myself back near the house with the last 2K to go.
I startled quite a few flocks of pigeons this morning in the farmers fields and there were tons of rabbits around. I didn’t have to disturb the cattle today as I decided in order to work on my pace I would stick to roads once I cleared the woods. I did however say good morning to the ladies as I passed.
The Full Potential training suggested 90 minutes at easy pace and the WalkJogRun plan had me running 8 miles. I stuck with WJR as that’s what I have used to date and completed the 8 miles (12.83 Km) and did it a little over the 90 minutes so I am on mark for both plans really.
I am sure there is more fuel in the tank but I guess the trick with the long runs is to just keep going and to pace myself so that I finish the distance rather than run it as if it were a speed test or a race. I have to get this into my head though as seeing a consistent 7:56 on my pace marker is a little annoying.
I know that the speed and mid week work is planned to help sort that out, I just need to be patient. The hot evening or lunch time runs are not conducive to such rapid activity for me but I am sure I will get there.
I will admit I see how fast friends and my Twitterati run and am a little jealous of the speeds they reach. Again I have to remind myself I am undertaking specific training for a half marathon whereas some of them are not.
Despite all this I am pleased that I managed to run this with good effort and managed to keep my pace and the need for a drink etc to a minimum. I had a hearty meal last night and although I was sweating like crazy I didn’t need lots and lots to drink. My handheld water bottle was sufficient today. I do however need to think about what I do as I run further as I will need something else to keep me going.
I was chatting to a guy at the British Heart Foundation day and were discussing the options – that and the advice from the nutritionist are key to success and I have plenty of time to master this.
I am very pleased that I sit here typing this and feel ok – I have stretched and showered and think I feel on good form considering I have run so far today.
This was a good run and I returned at a reasonable time, sadly however we have decided to cancel our trip later today We were planning to attend a jazz picnic at a stately home but the forecast for later is torrential rain and thunder.
As it’s a 3 hour drive and we were staying over night it made sense to cancel up front rather than risk it and it be called off due to the weather
That’s my runs for the week. What are you up to this weekend? Whatever you do have a good one.
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 and all of this effort is to help me run the best race I can whilst raising as much money as I can for such a worthy cause. Thank you.
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.