Day 1: Lands End to Penzance

01-signpostYesterday was the first day of my 100 Day Virtual Challenge. My aim was to ‘virtually’ walk, jog and cycle 11 miles from Lands End  to Penzance to complete the first stage.

I started off with two 3.1 mile run/walks on the treadmill, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, to ease myself in. This meant that I still had just under 5 miles to go to complete the first stage, but my legs were aching a bit by then, so I decided to use the exercise bike for the final part.

The results were as follows:

  • 3.1 mile run/walk – 34:19
  • 3.1 mile run/walk – 33:57
  • 4.8 mile bike – 30:00

I really liked using the exercise bike as it kept the pressure off the old achilles injury that has started niggling again, so I’m feeling pretty confident about completing this challenge… well, it is only Day 1 I suppose, so time will tell.

The other part of the challenge is to find out a little bit about some of the places on the route, so here goes…

Top 5 Facts About Lands End

  1. The Cornish name for Lands End is Pen an Wlas, which means End of the Earth
  2. The Lost City of Atlantis is thought by some to lie 100 miles off the coast of Lands End
  3. Lands End has been a popular tourist attraction for over 200 years
  4. The record for completing the route from Lands End to John O’Groats on foot is held by Andi Rivet, who completed it in 9 days and 2 hours
  5. The first female runner to complete the route unassisted was Marie-Claire Oziem who used a pram to carry her gear with her

Anyway, that was yesterday and today I’m in virtual Penzance, which I’ll tell you about tomorrow. As it is though, I have another 1100 miles to go and only 99 days left to do it in, so I’d better get on my bike… or treadmill. Next stop is Pengoon Farm.

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100 Day Virtual Challenge

big-mapAs I’ve been a bit rubbish with the whole blogging and running thing for a while now, I’ve decided to try something new… I’m going to attempt a 100 Day Virtual Challenge in which I will run/walk/cycle 1111 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

Of course, as it’s a virtual challenge, I won’t actually be out there on the route, but instead will attempt to cover the mileage in my own neighbourhood and by using the exercise bike and treadmill

There is a website that you can do this though, but it costs a bit of money to join, so I decided to just find a route and log my runs on the map.

The route that I decided to use was from Mark Moxon’s website, which has plenty of maps and information about the route and talks about his own experiences of completing it, which will make interesting reading as I go along.

Unfortunately, because I have to go to work every day (not to mention the fact that I am also not very fit right now) I won’t be able to complete the route in the 70 days that he did. However, I will use his daily distances to mark out some milestones/ stage to help keep things on track. The first of which is a whole 11 miles to Penzance.

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I’ve made a start already today and am just over half way to Penzance, but I’ll do a proper update once I’ve completed the first stage, hopefully tomorrow. Until then, Happy Running!

 

Lucky Number Seven

So, it’s almost time to say goodbye to 2016. It wasn’t a great year, but wasn’t a bad one either. I survived it, learned some lessons along the way, and now it’s time to move on to the next one. 2017 sounds like a good number. It has a 7 in it, and I do like the number 7, so here are my 7 Resolutions for 2017.

  1. Enjoy running again
  2. Exercise for at least 30 minutes each day
  3. Eat better
  4. Cut down on caffeine
  5. Cut down on smoking
  6. Get my finances in order
  7. Develop my Virtual Running Business

The first one has already started. I managed to get off my backside and on to the treadmill for Week 1 Day 2 of C25K. Despite the fact that my fitness is a long way short of what it was, it wasn’t too bad and I did enjoy it. I guess that counts for Resolution No. 2 as well, so we’re off to a good start and it isn’t even midnight yet.

The rest we will deal with later as I’m about to have a massive dinner and bring in the New Year with a wee dram or three, but tomorrow is a new day and a new year so it’s all good.

How was your year of running? Do you have any resolutions, goals or plans for 2017? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

Time To Hit The Restart Button

restart2016 has been an odd year for me in terms of running. I had big ambitions and had to push myself hard to achieve them, but it wasn’t much fun. I was tired, I was struggling and was barely able to achieve the minimum that I had set myself, so in the end I just stopped. I didn’t run, didn’t blog and barely logged on to see what everyone else was doing. I just couldn’t face it. I needed a break, so I took one.

But now that I’ve had some time off, enough time to miss what I really love about running, I figured that the time is right to hit the restart button and get back to Couch To 5K… and stick to it.

This time round though, things are going to be different. I’m not going to think about races, or parkrun, or PBs or anything like that. I’m just going to run to get back in shape. For the most part, this will probably be on the treadmill, as I found the cold air really played havoc with my breathing when I did the Poppy Run in November, but that’s ok. I’m not making any apologies for running indoors. Not this time.

My goal, my one and only goal is to be able to run 5K without walk breaks. That’s it. Nothing more.

Of course, that might change later on, but for now I’m going to try to be sensible, take it easy and stick to the program for the next nine weeks and see how it goes.

So, this afternoon, I completed W1D1 on the treadmill. 30 minutes of walking and running and walking. Not difficult, but got the old heart rate up again for the first time in over a month, so it’s a start.

How’s your training going? Have you set any running goals for 2017? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

 

Time To Sign Up For Another Race

screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-21-25-01Since the treadmill running seems to be going well this month (so far), I decided to do something that I said I wouldn’t. I signed up for another race!

It’s only a 5K, so I know there won’t be a problem completing the distance, but I will have to get some outside running done to prepare for it. Perhaps I’ll revisit parkrun again? I’ve been meaning to do that for some time.

The race is The Poppy Run on 6th November (Remembrance Sunday) to support The Royal British Legion, so it’s all in a good cause. You get a nice medal and a t-shirt too, so that’s a nice bonus, but a two minutes silence followed by a run in memory of the fallen seems like a good way to honour and give thanks to those who fought in the two world wars.

On a lighter note, back to this evening’s run. I’m trying to run every day in October and promised myself I would try to run 5K every Wednesday as well as at the weekend to get back into a routine with my running. So, 5K it was. On the treadmill of course!

I thought I would feel pretty tired after running every day this month (so far), but I felt strangely energetic. So much so that I ramped up the pace for the final running section and completed the 5K in 30:49. I still used a 7:1 run/walk ratio, but in hindsight I could probably have added a bit more running. Next time perhaps…

How’s your running going this week? Have you got any races coming up? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

#RunEveryDay – Day 4

Yes, I know, I know… another online challenge. I’m not sure if I’ll manage to complete this challenge and run every day in October, but giving up on Day 4 would be a bit rubbish, wouldn’t it?

After running three days in a row, my legs were feeling pretty tired, but my brain was totally up for it! I did consider taking a rest day but having a treadmill in the living room makes that a bit difficult when you’re itching to get moving.

So, I made a deal with myself. I decided to have a short run rather than the usual 5K – that way I would still have a bit of a recovery without giving up the challenge.

Of course, as I was only running 1 mile, I had to give myself a bit of a push and gradually upped the speed on the treadmill every tenth of a mile or so. I realised a bit too late that I could probably have managed to complete the mile in under 9 minutes, but 9:19 was still very pleasing.

I’ll probably do a few more 1 mile runs this month to how fast I can go over the distance. Another mini goal perhaps? Well shall see. For now, I’m happy that I’m still in this month’s #RunEveryDay Challenge.

How’s your running going? Do you prefer to run short or longer distances? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

Mile Repeats

What the hell?! My running mojo has come back with a bang this week! For the third day in a row, I got a run in… well, three runs to be exact.

Ok, so they were only three one mile runs on the treadmill, but the breaks between them were short and each mile was run in full without walk breaks.

So what possessed me to run mile repeats on the treadmill this evening? Well, as part of the Virtual Running UK Race Series, we have been doing 1 mile races every month. Usually, I just take a mile from a longer run but, since I’m trying to improve my pace anyway, I thought it would be fun to do some  miles on their own.

The results:
Mile 1 – 10:03
Mile 2 – 09:50
Mile 3 – 09:36

OK, so I know I wouldn’t be able to maintain that type of pace on a longer run, or even when running outside (not yet anyway), but it was fun anyway and hopefully it will help with my general pace in the weeks to come.

How’s your training going? Do you run repeats of shorter distances to help improve your speed? Please share your thought in the comments.

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