Archive | May 2015

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.

New Shoes and Old Legs

Circle HopIt’s Saturday, which means it’s time for the Virtual Running UK Blog Hop.

Even though I’ve not been running much recently, I thought I’d better have a quick catch up and get my backside over the doorstep again for a bit of a run so that I can start contributing again. The blog hop is hosted at Virtual Running UK and it’s easy enough to sign up if you want to join in. Just click here and follow the instructions.

I’ve been really missing my training over the past few weeks, so to cheer myself up, I finally got myself a much needed new pair of running shoes. I didn’t bother with the whole getting fitted properly and running on the treadmill thing as I’d done that before and knew what I needed.

As I pronate slightly on one foot and not on the other, I’ve been told that a neutral shoe is best, so I opted for a pair of Asics Nimbus 16s. These are basically a neutral shoe but have a guidance system that can help with slight over or under-pronation, and they have plenty of cushioning and a bit of extra heel to help with the old achilles.

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Of course, having a shiny new pair of shoes sitting there staring at me for the last few days made me feel even more guilty about not running. So, even though I’ve still got a fair bit of numbness in my left leg, I decided to head out this morning to give them a little road test. Well, it would be rude not to.

I planned to run for about 30 minutes and felt pretty good to begin with. The old leg didn’t feel too bad and I kept the pace nice and slow, but after a couple of kilometres I decided to take a short walk break. The leg still felt ok, but it was quite warm on the seafront and I realised that, even with a short run, I should probably have taken a drink with me.

The walk break seemed to help and I carried on a bit further, but by the end of the third kilometre my stomach started complaining and I knew it was time to call it a day. A little bit disappointing, yes, but the leg feels no worse than it did before and at least the shoes got a bit of a test run.

The best part though, is that I got a bit of a run in. Even if it was only for about 20 minutes, it was still 20 minutes of activity that I wouldn’t have had otherwise. It all counts, right?

How’s your training going? Are you enjoying some warmer weather? Please share your thought in the comments.

Pain In The Arse

Circle HopAfter four weeks, it seems that my post-marathon niggle doesn’t really want to go away and I’m going to have to face up to the fact that I am a little bit injured at the moment.

I have run once since the marathon, and I felt ok, but the next day the niggle was back and it isn’t going away. It’s a milder version of some of the pain that I felt in the final stages of the marathon, so I can only conclude that I did myself a bit of damage. A real pain in the arse, literally.

I didn’t really see much point in going to the doctors because, lets face it, there’s probably not much that they can do, so I looked up my symptoms on line to try to make sense of what’s going on. I found some useful information at sequencewiz.org which, although a website about yoga rather than running, had some useful information. As well as explaining what might be causing the problem, it also suggests some exercises that might help.

The main issue for me is that other than running, I don’t do much else in the way of exercise, which means that some of my muscles and tendons can’t keep up with my training. So it looks like I’m going to have to give running a miss for the time being and focus on working on those muscles and tendons.

In terms of cardio, I should still be ok to use the exercise bike to keep my fitness levels up, but in terms of running I’m going to just have to wait and see. Listen to your body, right?

This post is part of the Virtual Running UK Blog Hop. Click here to join the fun and share your running adventures.

Getting My Legs Back

Circle HopIt has been three weeks since my last run. I didn’t really plan on having such a long break after the marathon. I wasn’t particularly broken or injured afterwards – just a bit of tightness and discomfort, but I guess my body needed a bit of a rest after all those month of training.

Today though, I decided that I had rested enough and that it was time to dust of my running shoes and get back out there.

I’d been using a run-walk-run strategy for the last few months to help get me through the marathon without injury, but I really wanted to get back to running continuously without walk breaks again. I wasn’t sure how my body would cope with this, so I set myself a target of 2-3K of continuous running for this morning, depending on how things went, and planned to gradually build up to 5K over the next few weeks.

It was nice and cool when I headed to the seafront just after 7:00 am. There was a bit of a breeze, but nothing to worry about, as I set off along Hove Lawns to the cafe just before Peace Statue. The plan was to run there and back, which would be pretty much 2K, and then maybe do a bit more if I felt like it.

As I had no clue as to how I would manage this, I started off nice and slowly, pretty much ignoring the Garmin and just running by feel. And it felt pretty good, so much so that as I approached the 2K mark, I decided to keep going for another half kilometre.

According to the Garmin, my pace was picking up a bit too, although I couldn’t really feel it. In terms of running by feel, the effort was consistent and comfortable, so I continued to ignore the Garmin and keep going to 3K, then 3.5K.

After that, however, I did start to feel a bit tired so, not wanting to push things too hard on my first post-marathon run, I decided that I would stop when I got to 4K.

I felt really good afterwards and pleased that I had managed much more than I’d expected. The left hamstring was a bit uncomfortable and my calf started to tighten up as I walked home, but it was nothing compared to what I’d been having before, so maybe the three weeks of rest wasn’t such a bad idea after all.

The most surprising thing about the run though, was that I managed to run negative splits for each kilometre. I hadn’t expected that at all, but perhaps it was just my legs waking up after their rest.

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How’s your training going? How much time off do you take after a big race? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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