Today’s session with my local running club (Crystal Palace Fun Runners) has taken my running mileage for 2011 to more than 300 miles. I am stoked to have passed another milestone and look forward to achieving more.
300 miles! I never dreamt I could do this distance running lark. And certainly never thought I’d enjoy it. I do enjoy it now although I still find it hard. Its a different hard now though. I’ve found some confidence and know more training/work will give me more. I’ll get there :)
Oh, and, 3 months of not smoking. That’s an even bigger achievement for me. Best thing I’ve ever done :)
All today I’ve been thinking about running. Got home just as it was getting dark 7.45pm ish and almost didn’t go. In the end I did.
Did my club’s winter time route along the main roads and high street through Crystal Palace and Beckenham. Only done this route once before and didn’t really know the way so brought a map with me.
My sense of direction is famously poor and tonight was no exception. Took a wrong turn halfway through and managed to get lost. A whole mile later decided to head back the way I came and finally found the right road. So added 2 miles to a 5.5 mile route.
Managed to get home in one piece. And, I’ll try the route again on Thursday. I’ll get it right then :)
Planned on running 12 miles yesterday but had to cut it short. Left the house in sunshine so dressed for that. Big dark grey clouds loomed by the time I got to the top of the park, then the heaven opened.
10 minutes of waiting under a tree for the rain to stop, I decided to run the 1.5 miles back home to get changed and get my jacket.
Was totally soaked by the time I got home.
But thought I’d do my long run today instead (given its a bank hols here).
Woke up with a blocked nose and sore throat. Great, early signs of a cold. So, I’ve decided to rest, chill and not run today. Hopefully the cold will not take hold. Really don’t need a cold with my first 1/2 marathon looming a month or so away.
33 days till my 1st 1/2 marathon - Windsor, 25th September. I know I can make it round the distance but am really not sure if I have a sub-2 hour in me. From my training pace I think I could get within 10 mins of sub-2hr but I know I tend to do much better in race conditions.
I do know that I will continue to train and push myself. I do have a month to go so just need to stay healthy and continue on with my training schedule. I will not give up the sub-2 hr yet :)
“What is happening to our young people? They disrespect their elders, they disobey their parents. They ignore the law. They riot in the streets inflamed with wild notions. Their morals are decaying. What is to become of them?”—Plato, 4th Century BC (via girlsarestrong)
Decided to be brave and go to the wednesday session with my running club (Crystal Palace Fun Runners). London was calm last night and you could feel some level of normality returning today coupled with some amazing community spirit in areas which have been hit hard by the recent riots.
So I went running.
Was relieved to see the normal turn out as I approached the meeting point. Was also comforted by seeing an increased police presence on foot including the park. We ran through Sydenham Woods and Dulwich Park. I have never been to either before and am pleased to learn some new local routes to train on.
Session went fine. I was able to keep up with the fast pacers. At some points the pace was not far off 7 min miles. Can’t keep that pace up for long but will keep trying (I can only get stronger and quicker). Total distance was about 8 miles.
Left everyone for the last mile or so back home just as it was getting dark. Picked up the pace to get out of the park (didnt fancy being in there at dusk by myself). Then took the residential route home.
A little ashamed of being wary of every single young person I came across en route home. I think that’s one of the saddest things from these riots - all young people being tarnished by the same brush as the genuine rioters.
Got home safe and sound so very pleased with that :)
Just going to get on my soap box for a bit - can’t go running tonight as I’ve decided its too risky with the London bracing itself for another night of rioting by idiots with no brain cells.
I was considering running but seeing all my local shops on the High Street closed & boarded up when I got home (7pm) tipped the balance for me. As well as rumours that riots last night in Catford, Lewisham, Croydon, East Dulwich (already a little too close to home) are going to spread to neighbouring areas tonight ie maybe where I live.
These rioters should be ashamed of themselves. Its an absolute disgrace. They are not hitting out at ‘them’ - the police, the government, rich people. It is not a stand against the establishment.
Their actions are damaging normal people’s lives.Not just the big name high street shops but family run businesses are being attacked. How are these businesses the enemy? How are families now homeless because their houses have been torched, the enemy?!
There is no excuse for such behaviour. I don’t care how tough you think your life is, there is no excuse. This is criminal behaviour.
Instead of being able to run tonight, I’m staying home to stay safe. I’ll be watching the news and Twitter etc to keep up to date with what’s going on. Hope the police are able to squash the rioting better than they did last night…
Am really chuffed with the 9 min/mile pace I kept up over 5.5 miles today with the local running club (crystal palace fun runners). And, it felt ok - tough but doable.
And, I didn’t cough up a lung everytime we stopped so my lungs must be repairing themselves from years of smoking (am into my 7th week of quitting).
This gives me more motivation to keep training hard for my 1st 1/2 marathon in September :)
Get me - starting to feel like a proper runner rather than a mere amateur plodder who had to stop every couple 100m to catch a breath.
This time last year I had only just done a 5k Race For Life with no training. So far in 2011 I have been in 5 races (5ks and 10ks) and total distance run so far is 203 miles. The part which really impresses me is that I am enjoying running now. I never thought I could do this.
I’m now into my 7th week of not smoking. Going strong. No physical cravings. Random thoughts of wanting a smoke do still pop into my head but that will probably never fully go away. Just concentrating on all the positives. Mostly this is really helping my running :)
I’ve been picking up the training miles recently (partly as I’m feeling the benefits of quitting smoking 7 weeks ago, partly as I’m done with the 5k and 10k races for now, partly as my 1st 1/2 marathon is only a couple of months away). Been running 3 or 4 times a week and covering at least 20 miles each week.
My legs are starting to feel stronger but they do feel sore! Not all the time but mostly after the sunday endurance run (at least 10 miles). Last week I risked following the 10 miler on sunday with a 5 miler on monday. Gamble paid off as I didn’t injure myself on the monday but decided against gambling again today.
Staying healthy and injury free has to be part of race preparation. I was set to go running today but whilst stetching decided against it.
I’ve knuckled down to the training sessions this week. Partly because I have the British 10K in central london this sunday, and, partly because I finally feel better (cold gone & less congestion) since giving up smoking about a month ago.
Ran from London Bridge to canary Wharf this morning to work. In the rain I might add!
Just checked this week’s training efforts and must pat myself on the back.
- 3 sessions (monday, wednesday and today)
- total distance 14.2 miles (or 22.9 kms)
- pace 00:10:22 per mile (or 00:06:26 per km) - I need to work on this
Bring on the British 10K. Will try my damndest to get a sub-55.
This is my 4th week of not smoking and am going strong. Cravings are getting less frequent and are easily ignored now. I’ve not had to use any nicotine replacements for a couple of weeks now. So all good right? Well…
We do a carbon monoxide reading at our wkly support group. I did have a reading of 10 or 8 as a smoker. Since quitting my readings have been 6-7. 5 should be the max for a non-smoker in London and everyone else in the support group have readings of about 2.
How can I have 6-7?!? Only factor I can think of is that all the running I do exposes me to CO in the London atmosphere and I breath all that in. Really dont know though.
I went running again today and my breathing was hard again (like when I smoked). But I run 30 seconds/km quicker now. Just gotta stick at it and what it out as my lungs continue to clear over the coming weeks. Hard to keep motivated when you still feel like a smoker when you run though :(
Went for another ‘try it and see’ session yesterday with my local running club - Crystal Palace Fun Runners.
5 miles flew by relatively pain free aside from the seemingly continual local hills - urgh! I just kept telling myself its good training, its good training, its good training.
Anyways, I’d recommend this club if you live in SE London. The emphasis is more on participating rather than all out competitive running. Runners of all abilities are welcomed. And the folks are lovely :)
Did Race 4 of my 2011 challenge today - Race for Life 5k around Blackheath Common, SE London.
Day was very warm (28C) so keeping hydrated was a must. Turnout was great - 8500 ladies runnning, jogging, walking the 5K distance. Joan and June walked round in 50 minutes. I ran it in 00:27:57. Not a new PB for me today but glad I made it round as it was so hot!
This is the last of my RFL this year. No break from the racing for me as I’ll be running again next weekend - British 10k though central London, 10th July. Looking forward to this popular roadrace :)
Training update 3rd July
Total distance this year (since 1st March) - 206km or 128 miles
Total time run this year (since 1st May) - 13:16:51