I was determined to get another run in this weekend as I didn’t run during the week due to work and headed out to do an easy paced 5K.
I decided nearly mid way through the run not to turn around but to head into the country trail, across the farmland, through the wood and then home. This was a great idea as it really did shield me from the wind.
It didn’t however shield me from the ploughed up fields or the manure that was being cultivated into the ground which I very nearly slid on mid run.
I was going to stop to snap the scene as some of the fields have been bailed and it looks very picturesque but I decided to keep going.
It was a bit tough and boggy in places and now I understand why parts of the meadow have boardwalks as it was completely boggy today.
I also noticed a lot of activity from the squirrels in the wood this morning and spotted that the Oaks had started to drop their acorns due to the high wind. I had to be very careful as the squirrels were dashing about the place collecting and burying their nutty stash for the winter.
I feel ok considering I just rain two days in a row but they were easy 5K’s and I have had a quiet weekend at home.
Richard and I are both packed and now have to do final checks before we head off on our Canadian adventure tomorrow.
Don’t worry, the lumo Lunarglides have been packed and I plan to try to get in at least one run in Vancouver (maybe Stanley Park) and another when we are in Tofino on Vancouver Island.
I hope to keep the blog up to date when I am away but I am not promising it as we are both looking forward to very relaxing break.
Whilst I am away why not sponsor me? Just after we return from Canada I will be running the Royal Parks Half Marathon in London (my first half marathon) in aid if the British Heart Foundation. I would be so very grateful if you were able to sponsor me and all my running efforts. 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 haven’t been running since my lunch time run in London last Friday due to the pain I have been having in my neck and shoulders.
I tried Ibuprofen, heat pads and Voltarol (not all together!) and all had little or no affect. I decided that as I feel better when I move rather than stay still that I would attempt a run and that’s what I did tonight.
I altered my Half Marathon schedule and decided to run an easy 30 minutes.
I used this as an opportunity to try the Heart Rate Monitor (HRM) for the first time and am not sure I got on with it or have set it up correctly. I was supposed to run at 65 - 75% of my heart rate today but after I got going the HRM kept beeping that my heart rate was too high. I slowed down (actually stopped twice) but it kept beeping.
Apparently my physical maximum heart rate is 181 so I made 90.5 as my 50%, 117 as my 65% (my high rate today), 135 as my 75% and 153 as my 85% high end target. Apparently I was running at 90% of my heart rate today – it didn’t feel particularly hard or strenuous - I have felt much worse on a run doing speed work etc.
I wonder if is this because I am pushing myself too far or is it because I have set it up incorrectly? I honestly don’t know.
It felt like a normal run to me but the HRM was telling me otherwise. I have a 5 mile run planned for Sunday so will take it out and see if it continues to do the same thing. That said it may annoy me too much as the constant beeping was putting me off my stride. Maybe I will switch the beep off and simply monitor when I get home for now, listening to my body as I go.
I also wonder if I was wearing it too far up my chest – where is the optimum place to have a HRM? Does anyone know?
Considering I have not been out and have been in pain the past week I didn’t really notice any major neck or shoulder pain as I ran. My calves were a little tight but I am feeling okay I type this post run. I guess I will see how I go when I sleep and get up tomorrow – that will be the real test. Fingers crossed.
I didn’t have the best test of a complete run as I stopped a couple times as I received a few texts during the training. I normally would ignore them (or read them at least and carry on) but Richard was out shopping so I stopped to respond en route. Not to matter as it helped me get used to the watch and how I use it with pauses etc.
It’s been a wet and muggy run tonight as the weather is overcast today but I enjoyed the run in the rain as it was somewhat refreshing.
I am enjoying the Garmin Forerunner 210 although it seemed to take a while to find the satellite signal tonight. I wonder if it’s best to stand still and let it get the signal before moving off. I thought I would let it trace them as I did my warm up walk but that was nearly over by the time it had locked on (and we live in a rural open area). Maybe it’s something else I need to get used to – I don’t know.
The screen is very clear and you see everything really well when running. It’s simple to switch between functions and the beeps can be heard over traffic etc.
I’m not missing the music either – I am enjoying hearing all the new sounds, the sounds of people’s music and TVs in their homes, the traffic, my feet tramping over tarmac and grass in the rain… I have gotten used to having no music much quicker than I expected.
Anyway it was a good running considering and there was no music, no straining, no stress and no worry. Given how I have not been out for a while I am pleased with tonight.
Sunday is my next run and I am looking forward to it.
Now I just have to try to work out all these stats!
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 visited the Rain Room installation with friends tonight as London's Barbican Centre.
Oddly it's a room where is constantly rains, inside. When you walk into the rain you don't get wet!
It's a fascinating experience. Friends can be a meter away and it's raining heavy between you and yet you're both dry.
A must see if you are in London at the moment.
Tonight's run was a bit later than scheduled as I was stuck at work sorting out some crap but I was determined to run when I got home and I am so glad I did.
It was a run of firsts for me…
It was the first time I had run completely in compression wear as I bought myself a compression top to wear under my running coat. My rationale behind this was that it would keep me warm, hopefully keep me dry and generally just make me feel more snug.
As you can see I look snug in my top and comfortable too. It fits a little too well and I am just glad it don't have too many creases to show off!
Anyway the top did what it should and it kept me warm and snug on the run. It was great as it seemed to help my movement and unlike a conventional top I didn't feel any of the short move with me.
This was all well and good until I realised about 30 minutes in that the top was sticking to me as I was sweating so much. I tend to sweat a lot when running and this just turned the top in a soggy rag.
It seemed uncomfortable to run in at first but to be honest I wasn't actually that wet. The shirt was wet but it was doing as it was supposed to and wicking the sweat away from me.
When I took the shirt off I was practically dry so it did a great job.
It may have helped with my breathing too as it was colder this evening yet I didn't feel congested. I didn't feel so much need to spit out any crap en route (that may have something to do with the new drink I tried this evening which was a free sample of Zero. It didn't seem to cause me to create phlegm like Nectar does).
Another first tonight was that I passed lots of runners.
Most seemed to be running in the opposite direction and all of them acknowledged me in some way.
As I started my final 10 minutes I ran towards a guy who looked very professional, decked out in his compression shorts and orange fluorescent jacket. His pace was great and he was lifting his knees very high as he ran. He not only acknowledged me, he smiled and winked as we ran past one another.
Encouraged by this acknowledgement that someone who looked so professional had possibly thought I was as experienced as him, I decided to try his running style. I hit a flat bit and picked my knees up, running faster and more confidentially than I think I have done before. I really felt like I was going like the clappers and 36 minutes in this was an exhilarating feeling.
I found a pace at the mid point so as not to tire myself out and just kept going. I picked up my knees again and on one junction had to run part way up the road to run round the back of a bus to cross the road. This action and the momentum I had gained carried me on and my last 10 minutes felt like the best 10 minutes I have ever run. In fact I have new aches tonight in places I don't normally get them so I think I have found my next stride/pace movement to build on.
This was also the first time I headed out in my new Asics and although I told myself I would break them in they felt like my trusted old Asics immediately. I was going to run a flat route today but was so comfortable in my new GT-2170's that I carried on as normal.
There was only minor numbness towards the end of the run and I put that down to the fast pace I was covering. The pins and needles I had been experiencing in the ball of my right foot was not there so I was right to replace my trainers.
I will run again in my old ones as I am sure they are fine for a few more runs whilst I bed in my new ones properly.
Of course bright white trainers and orange laces also help to make me more visible which brings me to my final first of tonight's run…
This is the first time I have run home in the dark (it started to rain as I approached the house) and it's also my first run by moonlight. A little bit spooky but it brings new challenges and experiences which I am sure I can cope with. In fact I am happy to be running through autum as I will be prepared for winter.
Another run to mark up as experience and another one to be really proud of.
Tonight's fastest song was Dissapointed by Electronic (one of my all time favourites so that's probably why).