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.
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.
I haven’t managed a run due to work or the weather for 9 days so I was determined to get out tonight.
Today was sunny but still a chilly -3 with wind chill.
I’ve had a number of large projects delivered and yesterday was a very long stressful day working on two live global satellite broadcasts from Turkey.
Today was a milder pace at work by comparison and the sun and light evening gave me incentive to run.
There was no plan, I simply donned my trainers and hit the road.
Considering how cold and how long it’s been since I’ve been running I’m really pleased I nearly managed 5k tonight.
I did hit an Alice though (a new term for running head long into high wind) and this got to my chest but I persevered.
There were a few other runners out tonight but I’m not surprised as the big marathons are in a few weeks in London etc.
I am thinking about finding a charity place for the Royal Parks Half in October as I would like to run with my friends (after I talked them into it). I’d also like to raise more money for a good cause and a half marathon will ensure I keep up the training.
Fastest track was Run Boy Run by Woodkid
The weather report is no better for the weekend (but thankfully no snow) and we have family visiting from tomorrow. I hope and aim to try and get at least one run in over the Easter break.
Have a cracking time everyone!
This week I have yet to don my trainers.
We have bitter (-11) easterly winds. Snow. Ice etc.
It’s thawed overnight but still very bitter (-6) and more snow forecast for later.
Sod off winter. I wanna get out and run! (Without freezing my bits off or fearing I’ll slip and break my neck!).
Very cold run tonight.
1 degree. 20 mph winds. Wind chill -5.
I started the run ok and went as fast and as far as I could but the cold got to me.
I persevered as long as I could then headed home as it was simply too raw and cold to be out this evening.
At least I’ve gotten 3K under my belt and am comfy on the sofa with my baby and Brandy in the warm
I planned to run tomorrow. Turns out I'm probably going to be late out of work tomorrow so I decided to get home and get running.
I got in. Changed. Made out dinner (horse free beef casserole). Donned my high viz jacket and hit the road.
It wasn't as cold today as it has been but tonight it seemed to be damn freezing.
I didn't let this deter me.
I had no plan and simply set iSmoothRun for a 25 minute run. I've not managed a full block run for a while but decided once I got going to keep going until I felt I had nothing left (or I ached too much).
Tonight this meant I ran for 22 minutes no stop and got a really good pace going. I didn't left the pain in my calves get to me and I didn't let the cold weather out me off.
I had a brief break for a drink then ran the remainder of the 25 minutes.
I arrived home, tired, sore but happy.
Isn't is a bit sick when you miss the ache from exercising!
Fastest song was Batdance by Prince