This time last year I was growing my moustache and at the end of my tapering for my first ever 10K. That seems like such a long time ago and there has been quite a bit of progress this year*.
Of course I ran the Movember MoRun in Greenwich with a group of friends and raised money for Alzheimer’s Society in 2012.
This years run takes place tomorrow on a reconfigured route but I didn’t sign up for it as I believed I would be busy this weekend. As it turns out I cannot run as I have Sciatica so I won’t be doing any running for a while, let alone entering any races!
I can’t wait to get back out on the road running but it’s a way off yet as I am still having trouble turning over in bed, bending forward and walking for too long – it’s getting better but it’s a slow process.
This also means I will miss the Colchester Santa run this year which takes place in a week or so.
I have a couple of friends who are running the MoRun tomorrow and I wanted to wish Enda and Jon the best of luck for tomorrow. I don’t know if they are running in fancy dress but Enda Facetime’d me this week and he has a full beard so I am sure there will be some serious Mo action going on!
Best of Luck Enda, Jon and anyone else who may be running in Greenwich on Saturday – watch out for those hills!
*In a year my training has gone from strength to strength and I ran my first half marathon at the beginning of October.
We have had a lovely weekend. Paul visited this weekend and we decided to have a quiet weekend. Luckily the weather has been dry this weekend which meant we could get out and about.
Saturday we took a drive to Dunwich Heath where we enjoyed a stroll along the beach and the coastal path. It was cloudy but the sea was like a mill-pond. I don’t think we have ever seen it so still up there. We wrapped up well but to be honest it was much milder than usual for November.
Following our walk we drove to Saxmundham where we enjoyed a very welcome lunch before heading home.
We spent our time catching, chilling out and generally enjoying one another’s company. Richard cooked a lovely dinner Saturday evening and we enjoyed some lovely aperitif, sherry and wine which made for a very relaxed evening.
This morning the sky was clear and sunny, Paul had escaped for an early run (it was about 3 degrees outside) and returned in time for a full English. As it was nice we decided to make the most of the day before Paul had to leave and headed over to Frinton on Sea. After observing the 2 minute silence at 11 am we left the car then headed down to the beach to watch people walking their dogs and riding their horses along the shore.
As it was chilly the beach was pretty much deserted which was lovely as it felt like we had the place to ourselves.
After returning home for tea and biscuits it was time for Paul to head back to London, and as usual a weekend with friends comes to an end far too quickly.
We said our goodbyes than I ensured I made the most of the weather and got my New Balance trainers out of the cupboard and went for a run.
Following our run on Friday I noticed that the leaves on the ground made the terrain a little slippery so I decided to switch to the New Balance trainers as they have much more grip.
It was chilly but I wore my long sleeve running Run Breeze top which was more than enough protection and got into my stride.
I enjoyed the run and my pace was good so I mentally set myself a route and decided to keep going until I reached 5K. This is the first 5K I have run in a while and it felt good to reach that virtual goal.
All in all I am feeling much better and am glad I am back into the running. It’s also nice not to be training for anything as it ensures there is no pressure or plan. I will get some races booked so I have goals to work to but for now I am happy to go out, run, switch off the head, switch on my legs and enjoy the me time out on the road.
All in all a lovely autumnal weekend.
This honestly does – the Royal Parks Foundation have released their official video of this years Royal Parks Half Marathon and watching it brings back all the memories and joy I felt competing and completing the race on the 6th October.
Such a wonderful day and a fantastic event that has been captured in a brilliantly emotional and fun video.
Did you participate? Can you spot yourself in the video?
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
Aren’t they pretty? (The shoes not my legs!)
I had to run a 50 minute conversational pace and was up for it but a bit sceptical I would do it at the beginning as I was running on new shoes.
The shoes seemed to hold up though and I managed to complete the run without too much fuss.
I also ran in a new top this evening and that was quite a bit tighter than I am used to – even though it was a medium. The sizing comes up quite small for this brand although it wasn’t really tight it was constructed in such a way that is clung to me. It was fairly humid this evening and when I got back I think I could have wrung the shirt out as it was quite heavy with sweat. That said I was comfortable and dry so the shirt must work!
Anyway I had a few niggles in my left ankle and they are still there but that have not stopped me running or walking so I am happy that I have been able to progress as well as I have.
I managed to make it back to the house just ahead of a shower so that was quite lucky!
As ever this was a great way to switch off and as it’s been such a bad week it has proved beneficial and uplifting to tie up my shoes and enjoy some time on the road. This is true me time now as I seem to slip into the runs with some ease and allow myself to concentrate on what I am doing and go with it. It gives me time to think and time to switch off. I don’t think it was ever like that when I was running with music.
One run down, another long one to do on Sunday – 9 miles! Wish me luck
I had a night of disturbed sleep and we were planning on getting up early as we are heading off to Wells-next-the-Sea and Sandringham today. I decided as I was tossing and turning to get up, jumped into my trainers and headed out the door at 6.
I didn’t have time to do the prescribed 9 miles today so I opted for a short-ish run and made sure I did it over the steep hills just left of where we live. I have not run that route for a while but I enjoyed it and it was lovely to be out so early.
I think the run wiped out the feeling from last night and has helped wake me up.
I also appear to have woken up a lot of magpies, collared doves and chaffinches who were all out to greet me this morning during the run.
I think my pace was good and strong and I simply got on with it today.
I had a bit of a personal breakthrough yesterday and achieved something that is long over due. I won’t say what it was just yet as I have not completed that particular journey but I will say I completed the task feeling very proud and very happy with myself. It also meant I used a different set of muscles which I can certainly feel during todays run! I bet you’re all intrigued now.
Now to slip on my sandals and head to the coast – I am going to tag the walks today as I am sure we will clock up several km on our excursions
Have a good day everyone!