A Sunny Evening Run

This evening I was supposed to do 2K on the treadmill. But, since it was warm and sunny outside, I decided to head outside for a bit of a run on the seafront.

When I say a ‘bit’ of a run, what I mean is that I ran a bit and walked a bit. I decided not to go for a strict run/walk ratio though and just see how I felt. After all, it has been a while since I’ve run along there, so I just wanted to see what I could do.

It went pretty well, despite the toddling baby cyclists and teenagers on skateboards wandering in front of me, and I managed to complete the first two kilometres in under 14 minutes – not great by my old standards, but much quicker than the treadmill!

As I was feeling pretty good, I decided to keep going for a while longer, running up past the King Alfred Centre to the corner of Hove Street and then back to my starting point. That took me to 3.5K, by which point I was starting to feel tired, so I headed for home – run walking to make it to a full 4K.

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My time wasn’t great, but I was still pleased as it was a heck of a lot faster than anything I’ve been doing on the treadmill. Plus, I was running outside again in the evening sunshine, which is something I haven’t done in a very long time!

How’s your training going? Are you getting out more now that the evenings are becoming lighter and warmer? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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Objective: Get Outside

Training is still a bit of a struggle at the moment. A couple of weeks ago, I promised myself (again) that I would get into a regular routine with my running, and it was going quite well. I wasn’t running far or fast. Just a few slow kilometres on the treadmill every couple of days, but it felt ok. There was progress. I was building pace and stamina and, most importantly, confidence. But then I got sick.

Ok, I had a cold. It wasn’t even a bad cold. But it sat on my chest for about a week, which made doing anything beyond a short walk pretty exhausting.

Today though, I woke up feeling a lot better. I still didn’t have a huge amount of energy, but my chest and head felt clear enough to go for a walk. Not a long walk. Just 5K. But it was better than nothing.

So, at about 8:00 am I headed out into the drizzle for a short walk through the trail that runs behind Woodland Drive.

Screen Shot 2016-05-02 at 10.01.26My Garmin picked up a signal at Hove Park, so I started off with a bit of gentle running and and brisk walking. There was no pattern to it. I just ran when I felt like it and walked when I needed to.

As I expected, the first part of the trail (all up hill) was too much for me to run, so I reminded myself that my objective today was just to get outside, and walked pretty much all of it. It was ok though. I kept my pace as brisk as I could and, when I got to the top, turned round and ran all the way back down.

Despite the drizzle, the conditions underfoot weren’t too bad. There were some parts, where there is a bit of a path rather than just dirt and roots, that I had to be careful on as they were a bit slick under my trail shoes, but other than that it was pretty good.

I finished the session by run/walking back round Hove Park and then to the railway bridge to complete 5K in a very slow but still quite satisfying 41:33.

How’s your training going? Did you run this weekend? Please share your thoughts in the comments?

Don’t Give Up

I can hardly believe it has been a year since I ran the Brighton Marathon – a year since I have taken part in any race; or trained consistently.

With the exception of a few failed attempts at re-doing C25K and the odd run here and there, it seems that I’ve pretty much had a whole year off from running. To be fair though, I was a bit injured after the marathon and probably needed a proper break from training, but that doesn’t mean I’ve given up.

On the contrary, after seeing all the happy finishers from this year’s Brighton Marathon, I’m more determined than ever to get back into training. And, with the South Coast Challenge 50K a whole 4 months away, I reckon I’ve got just about enough time to get myself ready.

Of course, I’m starting from scratch again, more or less, but frustrating as it is to not be able to run for long without a walk break, I’m determined to stick with it.

I’ve decided not to do C25K again though. Much as I like the structure of the whole thing, and even though I know it works, I need to start getting some long runs in as soon as possible – even if they do involve more walking than running.

Today though, was a short run on the treadmill. And yes, I had to have a couple of walk breaks, but that’s ok. It’s better than sitting on the couch and I know that I can build up fairly quickly again – the trick is to keep going and not to give up… not ever!

How’s your training going? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

1K Each Day

Sports Relief 2016 - logoIf you are living in the UK, it’s hard not to be aware of and inspired by this year’s Sports Relief, with comedian Jo Brand’s 155 miles Hell Of A Walk from Hull to Liverpool in only seven days and Eddie Izzard’s 27 marathons in 27 days tribute to Nelson Mandela. But the one the really struck me this year was a small segment on BBC’s The One Show about primary a school in St Ninians.

Every day the children and teachers at this school have a Daily Mile walk, jog or run around their playground to burn off some energy and keep themselves fit and active. OK, so it doesn’t seem like much compared to the epic headline grabbing adventures of some of our favourite celebrities, but that’s not the point. The point is that these young people and their teachers are literally taking steps every day to improve their own wellbeing – something so simple that almost anyone can do it.

So, inspired by their energy and enthusiasm, I hopped on the treadmill this evening and made a promise to myself to run every day. Even if it’s only one mile or one kilometre each, it doesn’t matter. The important thing is to get on and do it.

I couldn’t find a clip of program online to share with you, but do check out Jo Brand and Eddie Izzard on the videos below if you haven’t seen them already.

 

 

To find out more about this year’s Sport Relief, check out sportrelief.com.

The Return of the Mojo

Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 19.17.34It’s amazing the difference a bit of sunshine can make. I had planned to run on the treadmill this evening but when I got home form work I realised that I didn’t want to do that. I wanted to run outside instead.

Without evening thinking about it, I headed straight to the bedroom, got changed into my running gear and headed to the seafront for my first outdoor run in over two months. And it was awesome!

Ok, so I only managed 3K and my pace was very slow, but it was just wonderful to be outside, running my favourite route on a cool, breezy evening.

Welcome back Mojo – I’ve missed this!

20 Minute Treadmill Trot

After this weekend’s morale boosting 20 minute run on the treadmill, I decided to have another go this evening. 20 minutes, slow jog, no walk breaks.

I kept the speed at 6.5 kilometres per hour, which isn’t much faster than a brisk walk, but at this stage that was more than plenty for me. I covered just over 2 kilometres and by the time I was done, I was well and truly done in!

Fortunately, the treadmill is set up in the living room, behind the couch, so I didn’t have far to collapse once I’d finished.

So, yes, I’ve definitely got a long way to go before I’m back on track, but it’s a start, and that’s good enough for now.

How’s your training going? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

Jump to Week 5

What is it going to take to get me motivated this year?

Up until now, I’d assumed that my procrastination with running had been down to the recent bouts of bad weather – wind, rain and more winds that were so strong that the weather people even started naming them. But that didn’t really make sense. I mean, this time last year I was running along the seafront for over two hours at a time, with wind, rain and waves crashing on the promenade and it didn’t bother me at all.

Still, I am getting older (aren’t we all) so I put my sudden dislike of bad weather down to old age and bought myself a treadmill to try to combat the problem. But almost three weeks after buying the treadmill, I’ve hardly used it. So what’s going on?

It took me a while to figure it out, but I think that the problem is that I’m too impatient. I just can’t be bothered starting over with Couch to 5K again and again and again. So, this morning I decided to try something different. I decided that I would just run on the treadmill (very slowly) until I didn’t feel like running any more.

I started with a couple of minutes walking, just to warm up, before upping the speed to 6.5 km/h. I know, that’s not much faster than walking pace, but the idea was to go slowly to see how long I could keep running for. This is another good thing about the treadmill, as there’s no temptation to engage in secret races with other runners while training, so staying slow is not a problem.

To my surprise, I managed to run for about 20 minutes, which is what you have to do in Week 5, Day 3 of C25K. This gave me a huge lift as it means that if I want to follow C25K, I only have to do another three weeks! In total I covered 2.4K in 25 minutes (including about 5 mins of walking) which is ridiculously slow, but I don’t really care. The important thing is to get running and keep running, no matter what the pace.

In terms of a training plan though, I’ve decided not to have one for the time being. I need to get back to running because I want to, not because the training plan is telling me to. Once I’m back up to speed mentally as well as physically, I’ll think about it, but for now I just want to have some fun with it.

How’s your running and training going? Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments.