Bleurgh!

I know, it’s not a word, but ‘bleurgh’ describes exactly everything about my run this evening. I was supposed to do 3K (not much, I know) but I only managed 2, then walked a bit and then ran a bit to make 2.5. Not good. Not good at all. But I did try my best, I promise.

I’m not sure exactly what went wrong. I kept the pace nice and slow and even changed my route to keep things interesting, but at 2K I began to feel that something wasn’t right. I figured I probably just needed a drink, so I walked for about 100 metres to hydrate and catch my breath.

That seemed to do the trick so I started running again. Within a minute though, I knew that I wasn’t going to get the 3K done. My stomach felt weird, not quite like I was going to throw up, but not far off it, so I decided get to 2.5 and then stop.

As soon as I stopped running though, I felt terrible and decided to sit down for a bit. This is not something I normally do straight after running as I like to walk to cool down, but today I had to. My legs felt really weak and I was starting to get light headed, so I found a bench and sat for a few minutes until it passed.

I knew I wasn’t going to throw up or pass out or anything like that. It took a couple of minutes before I could catch my breath properly and get my heart rate back to normal, but once I did I felt fine. A bit tired and annoyed that the run had been so crap, but fine nonetheless.

I’m not sure what went wrong really. Perhaps I didn’t hydrate properly before going out, or maybe it was something I ate. Who knows? But tomorrow I’m going to take it easy and postpone my parkrun return (again!), and have another go on Sunday.

Everyone has an off day from time to time, and at least I got a bit of a run, so it’s all good in the end.

How’s your training going? How to you pick yourself up after a bad run? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

3K – No Walking!

I’ve not been doing too well this week with my resolve to run three times a week. I keep thinking about it, putting it off and promising to go later, but later never comes. The root of the problem, it seems, is thinking about it.

Take this morning for example. I woke up and my brain said ‘you’re awake nice and early – go for a run!'; but then I started thinking about it, which made me think of other things and I ended up checking my email instead. And, as generally happens when I start the day by checking email, the day was gone in a flash.

I felt pretty bad about it, to be honest. I really want to get back to running without walk breaks, but to do that I need to practise and get into a regular routine, otherwise I’ll just keep going backwards, which isn’t much fun.

So, this evening, once I’d finished work for the day, I decided that I had to go for a run if I was going to get three in this week. I didn’t think about it either. I just got changed and got myself out the door. Simple as that!

It wasn’t until I was half way to the seafront that I started to plan my run. This week, I’d hoped to be running 3.5K without walk breaks, but as I’d only managed 2.3 last week (should have been 3) I decided that I would be happy with anything more than that, and run/walk the rest to make the 3K or maybe 3.5 if I felt like it. We’d see – this is me not thinking about it!

The breeze was pretty warm down on the promenade, but it was comfortable enough to run nice and slowly. I wasn’t worried at all about picking up the pace; if anything I made myself back off to make sure that I could beat last week’s distance.

Surprisingly, as I approached 2.3, I felt pretty good. Yes, it was hot. Yes, I was sweating like crazy. And yes, I did almost choke on my water while I was running. But I felt ok. As I passed 2.5, I even considered the possibility of going for 3.5; but when I reached 3K I knew I’d had enough and decided to stop there.

Even though it was after 6:30 in the evening, the sun was still pretty strong, so I headed for some nice shaded side streets and made my way back home.

I realise that if I’m going to get my three runs in this week, I’m going to have to do two days back to back. Perhaps tomorrow I’ll make it out of bed and out the door before my brain kicks in? Here’s hoping!

How’s your training going? What strategies do you use to get yourself out the door. Please share your thoughts in the comments.

Sun, Sea, BBQs and Buskers…

This weekend I had planned to either go to parkrun on Saturday or get out early for a 5K this morning, but it didn’t happen. This was partly due to being a bit tired after launching myself back into training this week, and partly due to the fact that it’s getting a bit too hot to run after 9:00 am.

However, I did manage to get out this evening once the temperature dropped a little bit. My plan was to run/walk the 5K to try to get used to the distance again, but also to up the ratio to 4:1 instead of 3:1, which went much better than I’d expected.

Although it was still very sunny down on the promenade, the temperature felt just about right and there was a bit of a breeze to keep things comfortable. As soon as I hit the seafront though, I realised why I prefer running in the morning to running in the evening – fewer people around!

Don’t get me wrong, I like seeing a people out and about while I’m running, but it can get busy down there in the summer which can be a bit annoying when you have to negotiate other pedestrians and small children with wheels. And don’t get me started on running through the smoke from the BBQ bins!

This evening though, it wasn’t too bad. In fact, the atmosphere was kind of fun. There were plenty of runners out as usual, but it was also nice to see a small group of adults learning to roller blade and a even a grown woman learning how to ride a bike.

The best part though, was at the end of the first kilometre when I had to run past some buskers. It was really nice hearing music that wasn’t coming through headphones and, for a brief moment, it reminded me of the live music at the Brighton Marathon.

Just a brief moment though. I’m not ready to sign up for another race just yet!

How’s your training going? How does the change in weather affect your favourite running routes? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

Two Down…

I managed to get another run in this evening. That’s two down and one to go for this week if I’m going to get my three runs in, so I’m feeling pretty good about getting back into training.

Of course, it was only 3K and I took a bit of a walk break at 2.3, mostly for water but also because I’m just not as fit as I was. Still, I only walked for about 100 metres and then ran the rest, so it’s a bit of an improvement on the last one.

I’m really not putting any pressure on myself at the moment though as far as running is concerned. Yes, I want to run faster and without stopping like I used to, but I know it will come as long as I get out three times a week and do a little bit more each time. Patience!

I’ve also decided to start taking exercise other than running to try to help with my general fitness. I got an exercise bike before Christmas, which I really ought to start using more, but I also need to do something for my core and upper body strength.

So, the other night when I was procrastinating on You Tube (as we do!) I came across ‘Insanity Max 30′. As far as I can tell, it’s basically just an exercise program that you can buy, but they also have some free videos that you can use on You Tube. There’s a playlist with a few different videos on there, so I just chose one at random and decided to have a go.

To be fair, I wasn’t jumping around half as much as the people on the video and some of the moves they were doing were completely beyond me, but I gave it a go nonetheless. If you watch the video below, there’s a woman on the right of the screen who adapts the workout to make it a bit easier for those of us who aren’t quite there yet… or in my case, nowhere near there yet!

Anyway, I gave it my best shot and was absolutely drenched and exhausted by the end of it, but I felt great! Definitely much more fun than yoga (which I just don’ t have the patience for) and something that I would be happy to do a couple of times a week – although I might watch more of the videos first and choose one that has some easier moves than this!

How’s your training going? Have you tried Insanity or other workout videos? Do you find they help you with your running? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

Getting Back To It

So, that thing I said about liking a bit of drizzle on run days? Perhaps I should have mentioned that it doesn’t count if it’s blowing a gale, which is pretty much what it was doing yesterday. Don’t get me wrong, a I quite like a good strong breeze, but when I find myself jogging on the spot in a headwind, I know there’s not much point.

Needless to say, yesterday’s run was postponed but, since I’m determined to get back into a regular routine again, I went out today instead. In the sunshine! I know, but I need to stop making excuses and just get on with it.

Fortunately it wasn’t too warm when I headed down to the seafront this evening and the breeze was nice and cool so I was happy enough to have a go at a slow 3K. I wasn’t sure if I could manage without a walk break but, determined to drop the ratios, I left my GymBoss at home so that I wouldn’t be tempted to go back to run/walk for this session at least.

As it turned out, it wasn’t too bad. I managed to run the first 2K without any problems. My leg felt fine and the new shoes felt really good – a bit warmer than the old ones, but the cushioning felt great.

Still, after 2K I did take a short walk break as I was feeling a bit more out of breath than I would have liked, plus I really needed some water – I seem to have forgotten how to run and drink at the same time without choking myself!

After the walk break and a bit of water, I felt a lot better and plodded on to finish the 3K in 20:19 – not terribly fast, I know, but not terribly terrible either. Besides, the main objective for this week is to start running regularly again, so it’s a step in the right direction.

My plan for the rest of the week is to do another 3K on Friday and either parkrun on Saturday or a 5K on Sunday using run/walk ratios to get the distance in. I can’t wait!

How’s your training going? How do you get back into a regular routine again after a break? Please share your thought in the comments.

30 Minute Dash In The Drizzle

2015-05-31_OverviewOk, so perhaps it was more of a shuffle through the puddles, but it was good to get a run in this morning.

To be honest, I’ve been feeling a bit lazy about getting back into running. I’m not a fan of running in the heat, so the lovely weather that we had been having on the south coast this week wasn’t doing much for my running mojo.

Usually when I’m following a training schedule or am in a routine, it’s not a major problem and I’ll make myself get out early before it gets too warm; but as I’m coming back after a break, it was all a bit too easy to put things off.

Luckily when I got up this morning though it was lovely and grey and drizzly, with a nice cold wind to stop me from getting too hot and bothered. So, after a quick breakfast and playing around on the internet for an hour or so, I headed off to the park for my 30 Minute Dash for this month’s Virtual Running UK Bonus Race.

I soon realised, however, that my less than sporadic training over the last month and a half has taken its toll, so I decided to use a 5:1 run/walk ratio to get me round. I usually do 3:1, but as I’m wanting to get back to running 5K without walk breaks again, I figured it would be a good idea to step things up a bit.

In the end, it was a pretty slow shuffle but it was nice to be out running again and (fingers crossed) my niggly leg doesn’t feel too bad either.

As tomorrow is a new week and a new month, I’m hoping to use this as a springboard to get back into some proper training again. A few more days of wind and rain on the forecast should help too!

How’s your training going? How does the change in weather at this time of year affect your running? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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UK Run Chat May Virtual 5K

UK Run ChatI realised this morning that today was the last day to get my Virtual Race done for the UK Run Chat May Virtual Race Series, hosted by Virtual Running UK. After yesterday’s run being cut short, I knew that my best bet would be to go for the 5K this month and that to achieve it I’d have to go back to using the run/walk ratio.

Yes, I know, I want to get back to running without ratios again, but knowing that using the ratio would make it more more achievable gave me the incentive I needed to get moving again this morning, so that’s what I did.

The weather has warmed up quite a bit and, even at 8:30 this morning, I knew that I’d better take a drink out with me. I never used to bother with taking water on anything under 10K but, after having to bail out on yesterday’s run, it seemed like a good idea.

It was fairly quiet down on the seafront, which is one of the main reasons that I like to get down there early. There were quite a few runners around as usual, which is always nice to see. I even spotted a family out running together, with a very small boy jogging with his parents while his younger sister cycled along side them.

2015-05-24_OverviewThe run itself was fine. I took it nice and slowly, enjoying the early morning sunshine and a nice warm breeze coming in off the sea, and my leg didn’t give me too much grief. There’s still a bit of numbness there but not much pain, so I’m hoping that a bit of exercise will help to loosen up what I’m assuming is a trapped nerve, but time will tell.

My time was 34:19, which is quite a bit slower than usual for me, but I’m happy that I got it done and am feeling much more confident about getting back on track again over the next few weeks.

How’s your training going? Do you use virtual races as an incentive to get out the door? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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