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.
Some eagle eyed readers may have spotted that during training for the Royal Parks Half Marathon I mentioned that I was running in new shoes or different kit but didn’t allude to why?
I can now (finally) let you know that I was writing reviews for The Running Bug.
I was approached a couple months ago by the team at The Running Bug as they had read my blog and my reviews and wondered if I would consider doing something similar for them.
I submitted a sample piece (worried it wouldn’t be good enough) and they signed me up!
So far I have tested a very nice pair of stability trainers (not mentioning which as the review isn’t live yet), some Mizuno Wave Evo Ferus trail running shoes and a rather fab Helly Hansen Pace short sleeved running top (which is now my favourite running top!).
Please do have a read of my reviews and let me know what you think! (Note: I have uploaded the reviews to my section but you can link to the full review on The Running Bug from there).
It would be great if you could also pop by The Running Bug (sign up if you are not already as it’s a great site) and comment/share and like the reviews you find on there. This section has just launched and it would be great to have you guys help to promote this online.
As I said above there is another review of mine due for publication on the site, I will add this to my Review section as soon as it is live.
I have to admit I was very honoured to be asked and thrilled that my blog has acquired me this kind of recognition. :)
Look out for more reviews in the future
I woke up following yesterdays half marathon feeling a bit tender in my Sartorius (upper inner thigh) and had a slight twinge in my left ankle but felt ok otherwise.
I was a bit stiff getting around but the advice of some friends and reading up on this has helped.
I had an easy start to the day (booked the day off) and after breakfast headed out for a 10 – 15 minute run.
Don’t worry I am not mad – this wasn’t any strenuous – it was simply a way to ensure that the muscles I used yesterday got some heat and blood pumping back into then. I felt ok with this leisurely jog but I was sweating like a loon when I got back.
Afterwards I had a soak in a cool bath before getting on with the rest of my day.
This will be the last run with my current Garmin Forerunner 210 as it has been playing up for a while (and I only got it in June). Basically the damn thing refuses to switch off. It takes several attempts before it manages to successfully.
I wrote to Garmin and there must be a known error as there was no quibble (after confirming my watch was less than a year old) and today they have sent me details to send my watch back for a new device to be sent to me.
At least it held up for yesterday’s race around the Royal Parks
So today was the day and what a glorious day – the weather was very good and we were treated to a spectacular autumnal day.
I was more than a little stressed/worried en route to the bag check but there was still time for Richard and I to stop and take some photos of the phenomenal sunrise.
I joined the 2:30 group and was worried it may take 3 hours to get to the end because of how long ago I started to taper but once I got started I needn’t have worried.
The atmosphere and the buzz of the crowd really do help carry you but I was sensible enough to ensure that I did not run too fast and that I maintained a good pace.
I was ahead of my average pace for most of the race but was sensible with my splits and ensured that I had a couple of gels at the 50 minute marks. That and the ample supply of water and Lucozade, I was more than hydrated and fuelled enough for the run.
Richard and I stayed in town to enable us to be there in time for the start of the race (bag drop was from 7:30 am). We walked down from the Hilton in Queensway and made our way to the baggage area. Shortly after that we met Paul and then briefly Em and her boyfriend Liam.
We dispersed at that stage and that was the last time Paul and I saw everyone again. We didn’t get to catch Enda or Faergal at the start and by the time Paul and I completed our warm up (courtesy of the Royal Army) – it was already time to get going.
Well it wasn’t – we queued for a final pee stop but it took 30 minutes to get to the toilets. That’s my only compliant this year as I missed the start as I had just got to the loo. That’s not a big problem when 16,000 people as my group didn’t actually cross the line until 9:30 anyway.
There were runners of all shapes and sizes and as usual they were all very friendly.
The route was brilliant and I was privileged enough to run on roads that are usually chock full of cars in London. Running over Westminster Bridge in the road, down the centre of The Mall towards Buckingham Palace, up through Whitehall etc – all made for a very inspiring and fun race.
Here is the full race route – how many famous sights can you name?
I wasn’t completely ready for such a grand crowd but boy did it help! For the first time I had my name on my running top (thanks to the British Heart Foundation sending me the letters) and it was fun to run and hear your name. I tried to thank everyone who called out my name (Ian Waite from Strictly Come Dancing called out my name as I crossed the finish ) but to be honest I did concentrate a lot and didn’t hear everyone.
I have to say thank you though to:
- The blonde lady on the Embankment who gave me a very loud cheer and a smile
- The guy by Embankment bridge who shouted “go on my son” and as I turned to thank him, he winked at me
- The support team from the British Heart Foundation – I have never given so many high fives!
- All the other charity supporters who were great at getting you motivated
This really made a huge difference and I spent most of the run with a smile on my face.
I didn’t start to feel uncomfortable until about the 8 mile marker but to be honest it was nothing I couldn’t handle and even though my mid run maths was a bit dodgy I was determined not to stop running, not to walk and to do as best I could.
I was a little annoyed by tourists and Londoners who insisted on crossing in front of the runners (thanks for that) and by those who chose to walk whilst not moving to the side of the tracks but that’s all part of racing I guess.
I did set RunKeeper which (even though I didn’t think it did), actually did a great job of tracking my run and uploading my information to the web live. The Royal Parks App only seemed to work for a while but as Richard said this morning it had to fail given how it had to broadcast live updates of 16,000 runners!
I did see one celebrity – Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim) was decked out in his tracksuit heading towards the baggage area whilst smoking a cigarette – don’t you love superstar DJs!
I want to say a big thank you to Richard for supporting me through all this and for the late dinners and all the rescheduling of our weekends we have done to enable me to fit in all of my training. After all I even did some training in Vancouver! I could not have done it without his support. Richard has taken some brilliant photos from the day and even though I didn’t see him and Paul in the crowd on the home straight, he did manage to capture my progress perfectly. I love my baby x
I also want to thank Paul for all his training advice and support, for coaching me through my running and joining me on our odd lunchtime in London. Thank you so much Paul you are a star!
Thanks have to go to WalkJogRun whose Beginner Half Marathon training plan I used to get me up to speed and to the guys from Full Potential who were brought in by the British Heart Foundation to help the Heart Runners train efficiently and effectively.
And of course thanks to all of you for your support, your encouragement, for sticking with me and following my journey on the blog.
And last but not least thanks to everyone who has sponsored me in my efforts to raise as much as I could for the British Heart Foundation. There is of course still time to sponsor me but thank you all for helping me break through my target and raise a massive £1,365.65! Thank you all.
Here is a selection of photos Richard captured today
That’s it my final training run before Sundays Royal Parks Half Marathon.
The run went well and I tried my damnedest to run slow – I managed to slow down but it was hard. This is now a worry for Sunday as I need to make sure I don’t hit the start at race pace and over do it… I must slow down, I must slow down!
So no more training updates. I am not putting on my shoes or kit again until Sunday…
There’s no going back now!
Please remember I am running in aid of the British Heart Foundation and this is my first ever half marathon. Thanks to all my new sponsors and if you are yet to sponsor me… there is still time! Please visit my online sponsorship page to donate. Thank you.
Hopefully by this time next week I may have completed my first ever half marathon – hopefully!
My blog has advertised my run ever since I signed up which seems like it was ages ago.
I am running the Royal Parks Half Marathon in London which takes me on a very scenic and iconic route through the capital.
For this run I have become a Heart Runner as I am running on behalf of the British Heart Foundation and would be very grateful if you could sponsor me.
The British Heart Foundation do great work and I am grateful and appreciative that they exist as they have helped myself and my family through some tough times when my mum has undergone heart surgery.
If you would like to follow my progress on the 6th October, the race starts at 9 am UK time. If you are in London why not pop along to the course and give your support? I’ll be the one in the Heart Runner red t-shirt and fluorescent green Nike’s
If you cannot make it in person then download the Royal Parks Half app and search for my name – from there you will be able to track my progress live via the chip in my running vest
Thanks to everyone for their continued support. I am sure I am in a good place to run and even though this tapering makes me feel uneasy and sometimes makes me doubt my abilities, I know that I can do it and with everyone’s generosity and kind words I am sure this will all give me a boost towards the finish line next Sunday.
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.
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.
You can bookmark my profile here: http://runkeeper.com/user/trunkguy/
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!
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. :)