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 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!
Stuck to the plan and got up early to get the run in.
Lovely morning and I enjoyed the pace and the sunrise this morning.
Found an alternative route back which kept things fresh.
Saw some families at the station heading off to the coast on the train, some out running, the odd person going to work and those doing the walk of shame.
Glad it's done. Enjoyed it and happy with the steady pace. I think I will put some hill work in now to help with my speed.
Now to enjoy the rest of my Sunday with our house guest.
I'd love to work out what causes the spikes in the runs. Anyone got any ideas?
See more of my route details here.
The Half Marathon training continues and even though I did not do all the easy short runs in the week I was determined to do the prescribed 5 miles today.
I thought it would be a breeze as it’s 8K and I ran 10K ok at Richmond. The weather has been lovely and I decided to wait until later afternoon to head out. Sadly this was not the best plan as it got hotter and I found the run hard as a result of this.
I do believe the 25 degree heat (I didn’t realise it was that hot) had got to me and even though I ran with a cap on, put on sun cream (thankfully) and ran in my running vest, I was simply too uncomfortable. That and I seem to be plagued by my new Heart Rate Monitor.
I was supposed to run at 70 – 75% of my heart rate and most of the run – where I thought I was taking it steady, kept beeping at me constantly that my heart rate was too high.
What is going on? Is the weather a factor? Is my heart off the scale? Is my monitor not working? I wish I could work it out.
This constant beeping started to annoy me and then I started to get annoyed by the strap on my chest (I wore it lower down this time), my wedding ring sweating on my finger, my glasses digging into my ears and my hat sitting tightly on my head… Shall I go on?
Both mentally and physically todays run was a challenge and I was determined not to stop the Garmin though as each time I stopped to walk and take on water I wanted to be sure I could/would continue.
After 6K I felt really tired and hot but kept going. I was put off that I had almost run out of drink and knew I had a couple kilometers to go. Thankfully I was on my return loop as just as I hit 7K i was outside the house so I paused the run, filled up my water bottle then headed back out to complete the final kilometer.
I honestly do not know what to do regards the HRM and ask if any of you have any advice running with them as I am not enjoying the experience so far.
On the bright (very bright) side, it is still a lovely day, I am now fully stretched and showered and am typing this out in the garden – the first time we have sat out here all year.
If the weather (hopefully) continues like this I will need to address how and when I run in such conditions and what provisions I put in place as the runs are only going to get longer and longer.
I did discover a new route though as I headed out along the road then onto the country trail I found a couple weeks ago. I kept going straight along the trail today and found myself running across farm land through fields of wheat and piles of manure.
I also discovered that when I reach the end of the farm I arrive at the entrance to the wood opposite the house. I could have run through there and home but it would have cut miles off the run so decided to loop back around the field and back the way I came.
I am constantly amazed by the wealth of routes I have on my doorstep and was thinking about a conversation I had with Enda (who runs in central London) – I really must invite him up in the summer to run with me so he can experience the lovely countryside around us
It was tough today but I am still immensely proud and happy that I completed the 5 Miles/8K I was due to.
Now to relax and enjoy the rest of this glorious Sunday.
Actually reading that back I should be more than happy with my efforts today given the 25 degree heat and the beeping!
Saturday was Pride in London (and Dublin, New York, San Francisco and many other places) and even though we didn't really plan to participate we were going to be in London.
It's Richards birthday on Tuesday and I bought him tickets for the Pompeii exhibition at The British Museum so we headed into town in the morning and went to Shoreditch where Richard had his hair cut.
Following this we found a lovely coffee warehouse off Old Street called Ozone where we had a delicious (if a little pricey) brunch.
Ozone was really nice. It had a great atmosphere and it was cool to sit and watch the chefs prepare your food in front of you. We managed to arrive at a good time and didn't have to queue. There was quite a queue when we left however.
A complete circuit led us back to Liverpool Street where we jumped on the bus to the Strand and Covent Garden. Due to the road closures caused by the parade it was very busy on the roads so we gave up on the bus and walked the remainder of the route.
After a brief look around the shops we headed over to Russell Square and The British Museum where we saw the Pompeii and Herculaneum exhibition. We both are fascinated by what happened to the towns that were engulfed by Visouvious and this exhibition captures it wonderfully.
It's very moving and amazing to see the corpses set in volcanic ash, the possessions, the furniture and the frescos that adorned the houses of these two villages. In many ways they were a lot like us. They sadly met a very hot and stick end.
I am surprised at how well preserved so many of the artefacts were and there's still lots more to unearth in both locations.
The casts of a family trying to escape the volcanic flow by hiding under their stairs is particularly harrowing and moving.
It was only a short walk from the museum to the pub in Soho but it was a bit of a mindfield trying to get through all the rainbow coloured semi naked bodies that crowded the streets.
We arrived in once piece though and made the most of happy hour, inbibing many a cocktail in the latter part of the afternoon.
It was a great spot to people watch, especially on such a vibrant day.
A very good friend of mine was part of the organising committee and worked tirelessly on the day. We did see him go past the pub and he looked very busy. It's cause of these volunteer efforts that make Pride the success it is. Sadly we didn't get to catch up with him but I'm sure he's either resting well or still partying hard!
An impromptu street party had broken out on the road outside and we stopped for a bit to enjoy the atmosphere before heading out to dinner.
On the way to the restaurant we got up to some mischief and Wayne managed to blag a cheeky photo with a cute cooper!
Note the PC gave Wayne his hat, it's an offense to take a hat of a policeman in the UK.
This pic sums up Pride though because even with all the controversy and in amongst all the crowds, everyone was out to simply have a good, fun day and to celebrate.
Dinner was the usual riotous affair but we had a lovely meal before heading home.
The train journey home was spent homo spotting As predicted most got off the train at Chelmsford.
We didn't plan to go to Pride (we've both participated at various levels many times before) but it was great to be in London whilst it was going on. Following lasts years debacle it was great to see this year was much better organised and a hit with everyone who took part.
The organisers were very lucky with the weather too. Changing the date paid off as it was a beautiful day in London.
I've seen loads of photos of the parade online but this is one of my favourites by Keith Houghton (instagram.com/eurokeith). I think it sums the day up perfectly.
Maybe next year we may join the parade…
We're enjoying a quiet post Pride day, Richards done the garden. The housework is complete. We are now enjoying some peace and quiet in the sun. I shall head out for my run when it cools down.
What a lovely weekend.
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!
At least the dentist corrected his mishap and fixed my tooth. I can smile again