Thursday, 28 July 2016

Amerithon Challenge

Yesterday, I happened across and signed up for the Amerithon Challenge. It's a virtual run/ride/swim/ - whatever, across the breadth of the USA; over 3,500 miles! I'm hoping to finish it before my 70th birthday!!

I can probably do that if I include my walking and cycling as well as my running. It's all allowed. There's some accessories as well as a big medal, most of which I opted out of  as to get the lot is a bit expensive. One of the inclusions though, even in the basic price is videos of each of the stages, which
are brilliantly put together with musical accompaniment. Watching a couple of them was really motivating for me and I thought it would be a good opportunity to learn more about the USA as I work my way along the route. You can see one of the videos on the site.

There's also a private Facebook group.

So this morning I celebrated my new challenge by running further than I've done for a couple of years - 15k! To say that I'm tired now is a bit of an understatement as I hardly slept last night, the latest in a run of bad nights for sleeping.



I think I can almost guarantee a better sleep tonight.

I ran the 15k at a very slow pace. I've decided to do some very slow long runs to practice and Ultra pace. Not that I'll ever be able to do and ultra, but you never know - unless you try.

More about Amerithon and ultras as I go along.

Monday, 11 July 2016

A bit different?

A couple of Sundays ago I did an unintentional road 10k. It was the first proper road run I'd done in ages. But to run so far was unintentional. I was trying my Sole footbeds in my Inov-8 road shoes which have just a 6mm heel to toe drop. I hadn't had them on for quite a while so wondered how I'd get on. But they were just great with the footbeds. So much so that at my usual point for turning for home I felt I just wanted to carry on running, so I did. My total run was 10k and it was the best time this year by half a minute, which on the face of it doesn't seem so much but it was a much more undulating route and much higher total climb than my previous 10k pb this year.

So I was pleased!


Saturday just gone I thought I'd just push out a bit and extended one of my mixed trail with a bit of road 10k routes a bit to 7.5 miles. It was the furthest I'd run for a long time, maybe 2 years.

I was happy but tired when I finished and I've taken a couple of days rest.



For the next couple of runs I'll do short ones. Then maybe something different again next weekend. I've a couple of things in mind. One a longer mixed run, the other a 5 mile race. It depends how I'm feeling towards the weekend. Race or longer leisure run?

In the meantime I'm clocking up the k's to the 1000k Challenge


My Runkeeper total on 9th July - On Target!

Friday, 17 June 2016

Half Way There

This morning I did 10k and got to the half way point in the Virtual Runner UK 1000 Challenge. I congratulated myself on a job well done - or a job half finished that is. My aim now is to finish by the beginning of December which means I'll have to do a few additional ks above my average up to now. And it's no bad thing.

I've learned a lot over the last six months of the challenge and I'm now really getting into how running feels day by day and how to churn out the miles and stay strong. So, ever onward........

This morning's run


Saturday, 11 June 2016

Well, I did it!!!

A happy finisher!!
After two years of waiting I finally got to run in and finish the Grasmere Gallop last Saturday, 4th June. I missed last year because I was ill and in 2014 I'd promised to be elsewhere on the day of the race.

It was harder than I'd anticipated but well worth the effort. Very well organised and a good day, quite warm but not too much blazing sunshine.

Just one hiccup - I thought I'd started my watch but pressed the rocker the wrong way. I was a couple of minutes into the race before I realised, so it clocked 5.9 miles in 1.15.

My official time for the full 6.2 was 1.17.28. I was very happy indeed with that having wanted to finish inside 1.20.00

A very good weekend. Hope to repeat it next year.




The official photo
A welcome addition to the collection

Saturday, 30 April 2016

First Third

That's the first third of the year completed today and I'm just over a third the way to the 1,000k. Very satisfactory!

I wasn't so confident a month ago because I'd overstretched myself trying to get a 5k PB for my Virtual Running Co. March medal. Result - mild shin splints.

But I never get injuries!!! I thought. It was the pushing too hard of course. So I had a week off and massaged my ankles and shins with vapour rub - yes, vapour rub. I'd read somewhere that it's good for muscle soreness. It seemed to help and it cleared my nose a bit too!

It was just about the time I'd decided to stop taking pain killers. You know, Co-codamol and Ibuprofen, which I believe is affectionately known as 'Vitamin i' in the USA. It's so easy to just take them for every little ache and pain and especially to take advantage of ibuprofen's NSAID properties. Well, I didn't cave in and haven't now for 40 days and 40 nights (a Biblical 'long time') and I have to say that I feel better for not taking them.

Over the last 3 or 4 days though I've applied some ibuprofen gel to my ankles where I've felt a twinge, just a twinge now. My shins are very much better and I'll stop using the gel between now and next weekend. And I've also begun to pay much more attention to running form. More about that in another post. But already, the results are remarkable.

But being at this point of my 1,000k year, it's the time when I have to dig in and just get on with it. I'm a long way from the start in January but even further from the finish in December. It's easy to give up. And that's why it's important for me to go for those 'journey goals' of virtual and other race medals along the way. What's important is for me is to make the most of where I am now and enjoy the present. For it's in the present where we can improve in our running in whatever way we.
want to. The medal comes at the end, and it's own delight with the sense of accomplishment. But, especially over the course of almost a whole year, there's so much more to delight in and feel accomplished about. Most of the joy is in the journey if we are able to appreciate it. And the end has its own special feeling.

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Thursday's 10k Day - A New Route

Well, not quite a new route as I've done this route before. But I've done it today for the VirtuaRace 10k Yellow medal. It's on pre-release, scheduled for 15th March

The road bits of the run are straightforward but I'd forgotten how uneven the trail parts are especially in mile 2 going uphill and in mile 3 coming down hill after the climb. It was really quite exhausting choosing secure footfalls and I had to move side to side quite a bit which began to play havoc with my left hip. So another lesson for me about how to stay out of hip discomfort -keep as straight a course as possible.

I actually finished the run in my quickest 10k time this year; a minute faster than my last Virtual Running Co. 10k. But because of the difficulties underfoot, I think, I feel quite exhausted after it. Another lesson - on this route take my time on the long uphill going out section and conserve some energy for the faster down hill trail and then canal bank coming back.

I'm quickly coming to understand that different routes require different tactics if I'm after better times for each of them. But of course, the biggest variable factor is body, mind and spirit; and it's best to as quickly as possible to determine how each of those feel and then tailor the run accordingly.

Monday, 29 February 2016

Leap Year

I'd decided to have two days rest after my run on Saturday last. But then yesterday afternoon I realised that February 29th was coming around tomorrow and it wouldn't be here again for another 4 years. That year I will be 70 years old. So I couldn't let this 29th February go by without going for a run to mark it and hopefully next 29th February to see if I'm even still running!!

I chose to run a 5k in celebration of the day and I thought I'd rather like to have a medal to mark it. Virtual Runner UK's Leap Year medals had all gone. So I signed up for POW Virtual Running's POW! 2016 medal, which is an any time, any distance medal for the whole of the year.

With this in mind I set out this morning on The Virtual Running Co. 5k route I have, but doing it
according to the Level Up 13.1 training plan Level 7 run which is -  Run 15 Jog 3 Run 15 Jog 3. I thought that should help me cover it in a decent time and at the same time to do this next step of half marathon training.

As it turned out, I beat my Personal Best for this route by a good 1min. 30 secs fairly steaming along the first 15 minutes and not losing very much at all in the following jog. I'd finished the run before I got to the second 'jog' stage.

So I was very pleased with my effort this morning and I'll have a medal soon to mark it as well. I definitely feel I'm getting fitter and stronger as the weeks go by. I just have to watch I don't overdo it as I've done so much in the past, and get the rest days in.

Friday, 26 February 2016

Eating, Weight Loss and Running. The Truth!?

I think many of us get very stressed about losing weight, dieting, eating right and running and keeping our energy level up. And it's been my experience that the advice we hear and read is very often contradictory or too generic; especially when it comes to weight loss.

It's been my personal experience that you have to find the right balance for yourself, what works and what doesn't work. You have to treat yourself as a living laboratory and keep on experimenting until you find what works for you.

Each one of us is different and our bodies function differently one from another so that, like training plans that are generic and don't take account of age and weight and general fitness, any 'general' advice is only that and you have to tailor it quite subtly so that it works for you.

What works and What doesn't work for Me

So, I can't tell you what you should do. I can only tell you what worked and what didn't work for me. And then you can try some of it if you like.

I tried for a whole year to lose weight by running, staying in the 'fat burning zone' and controlling the calories. And I didn't lose a single pound!

Then I came across a book which told me why - Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It by Gary Taubes. It's a revealing, although detailed, read. Basically Gary Taubes sums up over a century's worth of findings in nutritional experiments and surveys and comes at the problem of why we get fat and don't lose weight just about every which way. It boils down to WHAT we eat rather than how much we eat, or whether or not we take exercise. At the time I read the book I didn't run for a fortnight or three weeks yet as I took the book's findings and applied them to my own eating regime, my weight began to fall off almost right away. I've since applied it to myself with a 'light touch' and my weight has continued to fall very slowly. But you've got to keep going! And you've got to keep the discipline going.

It seems that for the majority of people, most of the time what causes our weight gain or inhibits our weight loss above everything else is consumption of concentrated carbohydrates - sugar, cakes, bread, potatoes, pasta for example. Linked to that, it has to do with the production of glucose in the blood and the way hormones like insulin and cortisol affect the retention of fat in the body's cells and what promotes and inhibits their production. And as I said, every body is different so for some even what Gary Taubes reveals through his book might not work. And he says as much. But it applies to most people.

A lot of fuss is made nowadays about getting a good amount of sleep if we want to achieve our weight-loss goals. The reason is a simple as this: Not enough sleep = tiredness/lack of energy = over eating because we feel the lack of energy. I know that this applies to me.

A high level of stress is a major factor in all of this too. Stress hormones play havoc with those that help to release fat for fat burning. Added to which a response to stress in many people is to eat. I'm one of those.

It's about CHANGE

Most successful weight loss I think is about bringing significant change to your way of life. And you have to apply change principles to the exercise. It's not only to do with changing your own habitual way of life but about changing your environment and the perceptions of the people around you too, to what you are trying to achieve. It takes a much greater amount of discipline to lose weight if you surround yourself with chocolate and cakes and everything sugary. Much better to remove them almost completely from your fridge and larder. And it's not good practice to go food shopping when you are hungry.

You've got to change your enemies into friends too. The people who criticize your efforts and try to force chocolate and cakes onto you or that extra sandwich or pie, you need to either turn into allies to your cause, or remove them as far from your personal space as possible.

You might want to do something about changing your rest and sleep patterns to give you more energy, and bringing in some discipline around relaxation, mindfulness or meditation to help reduce anxiety and stress.

These are just a couple of the change strategies you need to put in place if you are to be successful. And you need to apply all the strategies all the time. You can't just use one and expect it to work for the whole job.

All of this about change I learned from another book, one which is about any sort of change but can be applied directly to weight loss and there are lots of weight loss examples in it. The book is Change Anything by Kerry Patterson. It's very well worth a read and then taking the time to apply all the strategies outlined.

As for Me

I'm still working on me! I retired in September 2014, exhausted in every way, over weight, with higher than good for me blood pressure and a heart that kept missing beats due to years of excessive stress and anxiety. And all this despite knowing all the above and running regularly. Yes, I'd tried these things from time to time but had all sorts of excuses for giving up on them. KNOWING IT IS ONE THING, PUTTING IT INTO PRACTICE FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE IS ANOTHER! But if there is a secret to all this it's just that.

Now I have no excuses. I've just about rid my life of most of what stressed me, and my heart beats more regularly than for ages. I'm enjoying running in a way that seemed to elude me before I retired, mainly because I'm doing it to enjoy it rather than for any other reason. It's all going very slowly, but it's going, and so is the fat. And that's the point. Even at my age, I'm trying to develop this new way of life which will give me a far healthier weight, a better feeling of well-being and who knows, faster times in my running.

It's never too late to start again and see results - even, and especially, at my age!


Thursday, 25 February 2016

If You Don't Go - You Won't Know

This morning was another beautiful morning. No cloud today and -4C. Lovely! I'd intended just doing 5k to keep the ks on target to 1,000, but I'd been intrigued by a footpath sign by the canal for a while, wondering where the trail led. I'd looked on Google Earth and seen where the footpath went so this morning I decided to follow. So I was a bit off piste.

But, 'if you don't go you won't know'. I've got lost more than once on my runs but you've got to give it a go. It helps to keep the motivation fresh. And this route worked out to exactly 5 miles which would be helpful in the future.

There's very often a downside and this route's was a bit of a longish stretch of road through an industrial estate to get back to the canal. But it was not too busy with motor vehicles at that time in the morning so worth the sacrifice.

I tried the path across the field to begin with, part of my regular route but the frozen mud was just impossible even to walk on without twisting an ankle, so I'll have to wait until more people have travelled over it and eroded it into something of a path again.

On the way back up from Crooke, had it not been so cold it would have been like Summer as I could hear birdsong overhead, way up, as I remember it lying in a field on my back as a boy and gazing up into the clear blue sky at birds hovering and singing their hearts out. Wonderful!

Good photos from the path this morning though:




Wednesday, 24 February 2016

You Can't Beat Sunrise

This morning's run was early - on purpose. I had to get up early anyway so I thought I'd catch the best of the sun coming up. And it was really frosty too! So much the better:







Saturday, 20 February 2016

Another 10K

I hadn't really planned to run it today, I was intending leaving it until next Thursday but I was feeling ok this morning so set out to see if I could run a 10k. I did it and submitted it for the POW Virtual Running Kryptonite Dash 10k.

The hardest part was along the canal bank. It's a long stretch of almost flat, just a gentle rise from Appley Bridge to Crooke. It felt hard because it was just one step after another, so hard on the hips. I changed my pace a bit to relieve it but when I got the final hill stretch before home I felt really
powered up.

I think that comes from using my muscles in a different way. It's more undulating, less monotonous. Anyway, this last part of the run was one of my quickest.

My time was just about 30 seconds slower than my 10k earlier in the month so I was pleased.

Thursday, 11 February 2016

When icicles hang by the wall.....What's Good about Winter Running



Essential - Beanie & Buff
Well it's not been so much that sort of Winter this year, immortalised in the first line of the poem by William Shakespeare, more like one signalled in the first line of the second verse - 'When all aloud the wind doth blow'!

But however winter shows up, as a runner I love it and the colder and wetter the better! As long as my head, neck, hands and arms are well covered it can throw at me what it likes; rain, wind, snow, ice, hail, floods, mud, more mud, glorious oozing mud!

Frosty morning - REALLY cold!
And you can only really appreciate all that nature stuff in depth if you are a trail runner. For me, there's only one reason for running on the road and that's to get to the trail as soon as possible. You can keep your tarmac, concrete and exhaust fume; they just cripple and poison the body and undo what you are trying so hard to achieve - health and fitness and above all enjoyment. Give me fresh air and the human body's natural environment every time! Oh, sorry, back to winter....which is what this post is supposed to be about.

The ever changing elements give winter running its particular charm - and challenge. Those long glorious spells of summer are wonderful in their own right when we get them, but there's more variety and challenge over the same trails in winter because the days change so much. So I use the same few trails most of the time, unless I get in the car and drive further afield. Field paths, woodland tracks, canal banks all bring their own delights and more so in the winter when it's frosty and icy or windy and rainy. Brilliant and beautiful January frosty sunrise or gale lashed downpours are both a heaven to me.

Winter Sunrise
It's only knee-deep!

And if you add night running to what winter brings, it creates a completely different atmosphere and especially when animal eyes are glowing at you in the dark, reflected from your head lamp! A night race such as the Petzl Nightrunner Delamere Forest Festive 10k I entered in 2014 was a real treat. I've never seen such a river of vibrant

Result! - Mince Pie and Medal
fluorescent colour from reflective clothing on a dark night streaming into the forest from the start. And the view from the top of a hill through the frosty clear air across the Cheshire Plain, with millions of streetlights glowing as far as the eye can see was dreamlike. Then plunging down to the finish through pools and puddles and mud and more mud and yet more mud, feet like blocks of ice yet I'm feeling exhilarated by the spectacle - and the exhaustion.

Yes, winter running has its charm and its challenge, and simply adds to the glory of the whole experience that only runners know.

(A blog post for Virtual Running UK)



Thursday's 10k Day

One of the MANY benefits of being retired (and there's lots!)is that I get to go running more or less whenever I want to. I don't have to fit a run in between other things. So I can take advantage of better conditions when they come along.

This morning's weather was wet and cold but there was no wind. Add to that, I'd tied up my shoe laces properly this time, so I didn't have to stop to retie them as I did during my last 10k run You'd think I was a novice :(

These more favourable conditions meant that I knocked about 5 mins. off my previous time! Which was even better because I wasn't trying to beat it. I just wanted to finish today. It would have been enough. Mind you, I think fuelling up at 7.00 a.m. on Linda's carrot cake might have had something to do with it too!!

Linda's Carrot Cake!

Anyhow, not only will I have February's Virtual Running Co. 10k medal coming soon, I've eaten a little bit further into the 2016 Virtual Runner UK 1,000 Challenge. 12% done now. (Evidence above)


Altogether, a good morning's work!

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Goals for 2016

Last night I decided what my running goals for 2016 would be. I've listed them in the sidebar. There's just three. It's enough. There's plenty running in there. I have a short term goal each month and two long term goals.

To do 1,000k by the end of the year I'll have to average 20k a week which is not much more than I'm doing at present. So it's achievable if I can keep going and sticking to my present arrangement of 3 runs a week with two rest days together. I'll just have to think carefully about how I space out the different runs as I follow the Run The Edge 13.1 plan.

The monthy 5k and 10k runs will sort of take care of themselves as I go along as they'll be automatically notched up before long as I get further into the 13.1 plan.

I'm quite excited about the goals now I've settled them. I can do them but they are more about
keeping going rather than over reaching myself too much.

This morning I did my Level 7 Day 3 of the 13.1 plan which was simply to run for 15 mins. So I added another 31/2 miles to notch it up to 5 giving me 20k for this week. So I'm under way already. With what I ran in January I've completed 10% of my goal. You can see it here. And click on 'My Activity Totals' at the top. Or on the photo on this post.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Run The Edge 13.1 Level 7 Day 2

I did Level 7 Day 1 of Run The Edge 13.1 Training plan on Monday and today I did Day 2 which comprised of 10 mins run; 1 min walk repeated 3 times. I did race pace and added a few metres of run after the third walking minute to complete 5k. I used the Virtual Running Co. 5k route and was quicker than I ran it last time with similar conditions - wet and windy but running all the time. So I was pleased about that.

My next session will have to be a lot less intense so I'll be doing just 15 minutes running. The rest of
the session can be jog and walk. And then on Monday, all being well, I'll do the final session which is a straight 35 min run. These Levels 7, 8 and 9 are to get you used to varying your speed.

I might then leave starting Level 8 until the following week and just do a couple of recovery runs with a couple of days rest in between. I've followed the plan before and done too much, trying to complete each level in a week. That approach is no good for me now. I need much more rest and recovery time between runs.

But, as always, being sensible, I'll get there.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Half Marathon?

Well....... I was thinking about getting a Run The Edge training plan for a 10k, even though I've done a few. I thought it would be good to follow a new plan to train up to do a stronger, quicker 10k if possible.

Instead, I've dug out my Run The Edge 13.1 training plan again and I'll use that first of all to train to run a stronger 10k and leave myself with the option of continuing it up to readiness for a half marathon.

I know, I know, I know! I tried it once before in 2014 with the Lancaster Castle Half Marathon in mind, but it didn't come off because, well, it just didn't work out because I worked too hard at it. In the end I just did the 10k and got a decent time of a few minutes just over the hour.

So, if the plan works out that I can get a better 10k out of the plan, it will set me up nicely at the same time to go on to a half marathon. Like a springboard, if you see what I mean.

Anyway, with that in mind I picked up at Level 7 this morning and did 5 run 3 jog; 10 run 3 jog; 5 run 3 jog (minutes that is) It went ok.

Oh, and I've started to eat more before I go for my runs. I feel better during and after if I do.

Monday, 1 February 2016

More Medals

My January 5k and 10k Virtual Running Co. medals arrived today. I'm tempted now to sign up right away for February. It would be great if I could get 5k and 10k for every month of this year; the whole year's worth. I could sign up for 2 or 3 months in advance but I can't work like that these days as I
can't guarantee my physical and mental state more than a few days in advance. It would be a nice goal to work towards though. So we'll see how it goes month by month.

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Orange medal

My VirtuaRace 5k
I've had a few rough days this last week, and a bit busy too. I'd thought I might go to the Parkrun but when I got up I wasn't in the frame of mind to socialise so I decided that instead I'd set myself a challenge. I needed to 'man up' a bit after the rough week, so I signed up for the 'Orange' VirtuaRace 5k medal first thing this morning and decided to run it in competition with myself, over the same route that I ran for the 'Blue' medal on 16th January.

The morning was cold and very windy (25-30 mph) and the wind was in front of me on the way back and so up the hill as well. Added to that, the lace on my left shoe came undone and I had to stop and
retie it part way up the hill.

My watch was telling me I was 50 yards in front of where I was at that time on 16th January run when I stopped to tie my lace. When I'd done that I was 20 yards in front but the wind slowed me down to just about equal. By the time I'd finished my watch told me I'd taken the same time to complete the distance.

However, when I got in a uploaded the info from my watch, the website said I was 36 seconds down on my previous attempt! Well, that's technology for you. For me it was a moral victory because the wind speed on 16th January was 4 mph. Hardly a breath! And my shoe laces behaved themselves that day too so I didn't have to stop for anything.

Anyway, it was close and the medal will arrive next week.

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Watch didn't work

I decided not to go to the Parkrun today as my stomach was a bit off. So I decided to go for an easy run locally and take a few photos instead. It was a nice sunny morning.

When I got back, my watch wouldn't upload the data to my computer or to my phone so I ended up entering it manually on the various apps. I soft reset the watch and it worked again when I tried it this afternoon. So all's well with that. In future I'll run an app e.g. Runkeeper on my phone as well as the watch; especially in a race or for a virual running medal.

We learn!!

Nice morning

Attempt at a selfie

Invites you to go through!

The trail - Lovely

My favourite bit of trail - don't know why

Thursday, 21 January 2016

10k Day - First of 2016

I did a 10k today, in just under 1.20.00. It's the first I've done for a long time and I'm happy with the time. I've submitted it for the 10k January medal from The Virtual Running Company So I'm looking forward to receiving that. Now I've got a 5k time and a 10k time to measure myself against for the coming year. I'm looking forward to getting quicker. Both of those courses are on trail and road but mainly trail. I will be quicker on an all road course but I'm not so much bothered about the road time as I much prefer running on the trails.

My left hip started to ache at about 4 miles. But it soon recovered after I stopped. It aches more when I'm running up hill. It's always troubled me. I'll have to do some leg and core strengthening exercises; squats and sit-ups.

Screen shots of my run are across to the right but you can see today's 10k route more closely here if you like.




running apps

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

VirtuaRace

My first virtual running medal arrived this morning. It was nice to receive something for all my effort. Because of a condition I have I can't guarantee to be able to race on a particular day so it makes it difficult to sign up for races a long way in advance. This way I get to do the run whenever I
want in month.

Pleased with this!

Saturday, 16 January 2016

First really cold morning

I decided to do Haigh Woodlands Parkrun this morning but alas, it was cancelled due to ice on the course. It was a beautiful morning too, the first really cold one (-4C) and I love running on mornings like this. So I went home and did a timed 5k on my usual route. I managed for me what is a good time now, the best for a long while. 30 secs. faster than New Year's Day. Maybe I can improve on it even moreduring the year. You can see the route here:



Same route and a bit like this morning but it was much more sunny.
I've also entered January's virtual race with Virtua Race. So I sent off this morning's time for the medal. Also, I sent the time to Virtual Running Uk as I signed up with them too; but not for a medal.

And I'm signed up with POW Virtual Running for their February race - The Kryptonite Challenge.

Oh, and I also signed up with Strava for a 10k challenge this month. Almost forgot!

The thing is, I need to see something for my running. Prove myself a bit. And especially that my age isn't getting it's deathly grip around me all that easily.




running apps

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Oh, oh!

One of the good things I found about not pushing myself too hard was that I hardly ever, if at all, took an injury, never strained anything. I could do much more the same day, not feeling exhausted and the next day felt better.

Last night at the base of my arthritic big toe I felt pain as I walked. It's with me this morning. The result of pushing myself too hard this week. I'm hoping that it will have recovered by Monday morning so I can do a slow run and keep to schedule.

Lesson - never, Never, NEVER overextend!

Friday, 1 January 2016

New Year Marker

My route this morning is here:








running apps
I'm trying to make my running much more for the enjoyment and health benefit than as an exercise in trying to do personal bests here and there. I've pushed my physical boundaries enough in the past and
lived permanently injured and exhausted. So I'm saying goodbye to all of that.

This week I've been testing out my 5k time and I'm feeling it now. So next week's runs will be slower as I recover and maybe do the new Haigh Woodland Parkrun next Saturday.

And I want to complete a Strava challenge of a 10k run in January, a distance I haven't run for quite a while. So here goes........

A New Year - A New Life

I've come back after a long break away. Last year was a difficult year because I retired in 2014 and the whole of 2015 was taken up with letting go 99% of the work I'd been doing for over 20 years; living with the job 24/7/365. Add to that moving house and getting accustomed to new even if familiar surroundings. It was on late on in 2015 that I really began to get used to it.

Now I'm building a different life. Some of the elements of the old one are still there but the shift has been massive. I'm enjoying it now though and can devote my time to more of the things I used to do as spare time activities and to putting more into the bits of  'work' that I'm called on to do for colleagues at the various churches round about.

I'm still running and I'm going to devote most of this part of this blog site to what's developing in my running. If anybody's interested in the coaching pages, get to them and get in touch with me if you wish. I'm still available for coaching.

So here we go. The first day of 2016. Bring it on!