LETJOG14 – Week 11

It’s good to talk

Another week with only one run - my current mileage so far in the LETJOG14 challenge hasn’t even touched 150 miles. I should be way way past that by now.

I’ve got lots of catching up to do.

My only run this week was with Crispy. I asked him if he fancied a run Tuesday evening, we agreed a steady pace (around 8:30 I think is what he said….), and I thought I suggested a 5 miler, apparently not.

This Week’s Runs!

Tuesday - 7.4 miles (click here) - Crispy and I headed out into the fresh evening air, I had the head torch, while he had the red light on his back.

We settled into a good pace and chatted about things in general, he is running the Colchester half marathon next weekend, so a steady run was needed.

I don’t think I have ever talked so much whilst running. OK, so the odd hello how are you doing to fellow racers maybe – being polite like, but not a full blown conversation.

And it was quite comfortable too, I wasn’t gasping. Which was odd considering we were getting faster and faster. Each mile quicker than the one before.

7 miles later and just over an hour and we were done. I’d really enjoyed it, it had been one of those runs that flew past and didn’t take much effort, yet I felt like I’d had a good run – if that makes sense.

Weekly total = 7.4 miles

Total covered this year = 132.87 miles

Distance left to cover = 738.13 miles.

Next target – 150 miles (I can almost smell it)

 

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LETJOG14 – Week 10

Out came the sunshine….

Runners. Everywhere. It’s amazing.

I walk to work from Liverpool St station every morning, and when it has been wintery and dark I may have passed 1 maybe 2 joggers / runners – which, considering it’s 7:15am, is pretty fair.

Since the rain has gone a bit, and it’s getting a little lighter of a morning, there are runners everywhere – it’s encouraging, it’s motivating – it makes me smile.

I wonder how many of them are doing the LETJOG14 challenge?

This Week’s Runs!

Tuesday - 4.1 miles (click here) - This was my one and only run of the week. Considering the change in weather I should have got out more often, but it wasn’t to be. A poor effort.

But what I lacked in volume I made up for in pace. This is a cracking route, picking up the thames pathway at the Millenium bridge and running along the Embankment to Westminster Bridge and back.

There were hods of runners, it was like being in a race. And you know what I like about it? There are runners of all different shapes, sizes, abilities, colours, but they’re all out there enjoying themselves and keeping fit and healthy (well most of them were, there were a couple of women I past that looked like they wanted the world to end there and then).

A sprightly 4.1 miles with a 7:28 average pace was good enough for me. That includes dodging around the tourists, especially at Westminster Brigde and just before where they stop and gawp across the river to the Millenium Wheel….

I managed to get myself into at least 5 tourist’s photos on this run hahaha

Weekly total = 4.1 miles

Total covered this year = 125.47 miles

Distance left to cover = 745.53 miles.

Next target – 150 miles (almost there)

 

LETJOG14 – Week 9

 Focus. I need to focus.

Again, I was determined to get some decent mileage under my belt this week, I haven’t run as far as I thought I would have done in this LETJOG14 challenge. I was desperate to do a 10+ miler!

I didn’t manage to get out on Sunday, nor Tuesday and Wednesday, but it still turned out to be a bit of a mixed bag this week, one disasterous run and one cracker!!

This Week’s Runs!

Thursday 3.2 miles – I had been looking forward to a long run after work, I had the route planned in my head, I knew what pace I wanted to do, I’d had a decent lunch…..by the time I got home I was ready to rock n roll. I got changed, kissed the clan and headed out.

First issue was waiting for the GPS Garmin watch type thing to connect to a satellite, that took about 10 minutes, it was ok though, I was still motivated dispite the cold, I pressed start on the watch and start on the Map my Run iphone app thing, and headed off. It wasn’t until I’d gone about a mile and a half when I realised that I hadn’t heard the app lady shouting out my splits / distance at a mile…I look at my phone which is strapped to my arm, and it hadn’t started. I was sure I had heard her say ‘begin workout’. Bloody wench!! Apparently not.

So, I had to pause the watch, knob around with the app – which didn’t want to play – and then start off again. I’d lost all motivation, especially when the app started telling me random times and distances. I hadn’t even gone two miles yet, and had no desire to continue. Messing around with the app had pissed me off, so I trotted back home.

Hence no ‘click here’ option for this run. I was gutted, but no point in continueing – I’d lost focus.

Saturday – 11.54 miles (click here) - After the app meltdown on Thursday, I needed to get out for a long run, so I tried again on the Sunday.

The route back in my head, a pace somewhere between 7:50 and 8:20 per mile was the target. I was in the zone and ready to run.

Straight down through the village to Boreham Interchange, over the A12, up past the BMW garage, then Sainsbury onwards towards BnQ, over the roundabout (mistake: this took me onto the dual carraigeway / bypass type road, luckily there was a small path), down to the roundabout with the dodgy carvery on, chuck a left, a little bit down hill towards the retail park, right at the round about, then right again, uphill now, left at the lights, follow it all to the Young Offenders prison, right at the lights, more up hill all the way to Aldi, left over the railway bridge, towards the second round about, swing a right, uphill again towards Beaulieu Park, just over two miles of uphill running I was fudged but my pace was pretty constant.

I plodded around Beaulieu Park, back around to Sainsbury, left past the BMW garage, up and over the A12 and headed back home on the 2 mile straight.

And yes it has occured to me that I may describe the route, but you guys probably haven’t got a clue where I am describing….hahaha

1h 34 mins. 11.54 miles. Av pace 8:12. I was well happy.

Weekly total = 14.72 miles

Total covered this year = 121.37 miles

Distance left to cover = 749.63 miles.

Next target – 150 miles (not far now)

LETJOG14 – Week 7

Arrghh I still cant get motivated!

Still not feeling the running love.

Not sure what’s been going on with my head for the past few weeks, ok, so I was a bit sick last week, but even before that I wasn’t motivated. Running bored me.

A good couple of runs this week put my total into double figures.

Tuesday night’s run was all thanks to my mate Crispy. We’ve run together before a couple fo years ago, and we’ve done the Southend Half Marathon together on a scorching hot Sunday….He stopped running after that, and credit where it’s due has got himself back into it, and from the way he ran tuesday night, storming up a bastard of a hill like it was flat was impressive!! It’s good to see him back!

This Week’s Runs!

Tuesday - 6.3 miles (click here) – An invite from Crispy to see if I fancied a 5 miler was a blessing in disguise, the spark I needed to get my arse outside and the chance to run a new route. Crispy, back into running with much motivation and drive was an inspiration, and I reckon I could of beaten him over the 5 miles if it wasn’t for 2 ruddy great hills that I haven’t ran before (he has run them frequently), the first was ridiculous and he pounded up it like a feather weight gazelle – the git!

Thursday - 5.4 miles (click here) - Another crack at the new lunchtime route, I really enjoy this and hope to do it at least once a week. One day I will get used to the tourists, apparently dodging in and out of them and cyclists helps to build your core muscles….at least that’s what I am telling myself!

Weekly total = 11.7 miles

Total covered this year = 89.15 miles

Distance left to cover = 781.85 miles.

Feeling better!

LETJOG14 – Week 4

Picking Up The Pace

This week was a short week for completing much of the LETJOG14 challlenge; there weren’t many chances to run, although it got off to a great start, only a couple more runs.

They may have been short but…they got quick!

This Week’s Runs

Sunday – 8.4 miles (click here). Wifey wanted to go for a 7 miler, so once the boys were packed off to the in-laws we headed out into the chilly night air. I enjoy running with Wifey, it’s nice to share a little hobby / interest. Plus, she is very determined to complete the Southend Half Marathon in June, and full credit to her, she will not stop, she keeps on grinding out run after run, and is happy to be pushed just that little bit more each time.

I have no doubt that she will finish the Southend half Marathon way way quicker and stronger than she thinks she can.

We ran through the village and crossed the A12 into Springfield, round up and through Beaulieu Park, up over the A12 back through the village and home. For me, easy on the legs and at a pace that I’d be happy to do a full marathon at. For Wifey, a great steady pace, and a run that had a little change in scenerey from the normal route(s) she does. I am sure this is one she’d be happy to do on her own.

Wednesday – 3.95 miles (click here). OK, so, cracking over 4 mile mark would have looked better, and psychologically sounded better, but for what was supposed to be a gentle ‘blow the cobwebs out’ kind of a run was just a blat, and by the end of it my legs were heavy, I needed that little bit to warm down sufficiently (honest…)

It’s nice to slowly get the pace back that I had prior to the crash, maybe only over a short distance, and not that much help on the half marathons, but it doesn’t half feel good!

Saturday – 4.7 miles (click here). No bloody armband to carry my iphone. No bloody Garmin watch. No bloody headphones. All in my locker at work. 40 odd miles away, ready for me to go for a luchtime run that I didn’t get around to. So I ran with that odd ‘naked’ feeling that you get when you’ve forgotten a piece ro two of running kit.

I dropped the oldest off at football and went for a quick 5k run. Around the village, up past the station and back, along the A12 and back to the training ground. A nice 4.7 miles all between 7:30 and 7:50 per mile. Cracking.

Weekly total = 17.05 miles

Total covered this year = 63.25 miles

Distance left to cover = 807.75 miles.

Here’s to next week.

LETJOG14 – Week 2

Weekly Runs

So, for me my running week starts on a Sunday, that’s mainly because I use Map My Run iphone app and that logs my runs for me, and it starts on a Sunday!

I have yet to start my 8 week trianing programme, that will commence in a week or 2, depends what happens in the next two weeks with regards to gym work and any runs I can get in – I need to get back into a steady pace and run. Something that is slowy coming back to me since the crash.

LETJOG14

For me, this challenge is all about the running. There are 874 miles to cover in this LETJOG14 challenge. Some people are cycling it, some are running it, some are doing both. I think there is even a chap incorporating swimming into it too!

But I think the challenge is more difficult running and running alone. Outdoors.

I could incorporate the 20 miles cycling I do each week going to the station and back. But I haven’t, it’s all about the running….Lands End to Jon O Groats (LETJOG14).

That, by the way, takes nothing from everyone involved in this challenge, it’s not a simple feat we are taking on. This is just my preferred way of completing it.

Weekly Stats

Sunday – 5.1 miles (click here). Not a great pace, but a good distance to start the week off.

Tuesday – 6.0 miles (click here). I was not looking forward to this one, my legs ached, but that soon went once I got going. A slightly better pace, and a slightly longer distance, to the point that I could have kept going. I put it all down to Wifey’s home sweet potato and tuna fish cakes!

Thursday  – 3.7 miles (click here). My first run at lunch time at work for ages! I forgot how much of a pain in the arse it is having to dogde tourists, duck out of photos, avoid being hit by buses, and on the plus side how beautiful our capital city is. My pace was mental quick, felt good throughout. Looking forward to getting out there again next week.

Saturday – 3.7 miles (click here). Out in the afternoon sunshine, a quick and steady run around the village with my average pace under 8 minutes per mile. Very pleased.

Weekly total = 18.5 miles

Total covered this year = 24.4 miles

Distance left to cover = 849.6 miles.

To follow everyone’s progress on twitter, search for the #LETJOG14 hashtag!!

The First Run of The Year!

In the Blue Corner

So here I am then, weighing in at a post Christmas 13 stone 7lb, a strapping 6ft 1inches (ish), size 10 feet, sticky out ears and ruggedly handsome hahaha

They are my starting stats for the year.

My targets for 2014: (in no particular order)

1. To run 4-5 half marathons (already booked Southend and Warwick Castle)

2. To Run at least the 874 miles for the #LETJOG challenge.

3. To cross the finishing line of the Southend Half Marathon hand in hand with wifey.

4. To get down to my fighting weight of 13 stone and 1 lb by March.

5. Improve the 6 pack by June for our Holiday

There is someway to go with my training for a half marathon, and it starts here.

Training for a half marathon

When I trained for the Amsterdam Marathon back in 2012 I stuck to a 12 week training plan as best I could. At times I went over the stated amount of miles, but I rested when it said to rest and I incorporated some races during the 12 weeks too.

I’ve had a look at a few training programmes at a ‘just above beginner’ level to try and improve my pace and strength as I haven’t ran properly for 3 months, I have found one which takes me up to 8 miles, but I will probably adapt a little to suit my working hours and weekends etc.

First run of the New Year

So, I’ve just got back from my first run of my training, and knocked 5.9 miles off of the 874 miles for LETJOG14, only 868.1 miles to go. Piece of cake hahaha.

So, 5.9 miles; 1097 calories in 49mins 24secs. Average 8:22 pace.

Not as quick as I used to be, but it’ll do for a starter!

No Excuses.

Let The Running Commence….

…well maybe not today, but possibly tomorrow. Or perhaps the day after?

I want to run but….

…I’ve got an excuse. I had a really bad car accident at the beginning of October and have been unable to run or train properly or go to the gym. I have been out for the odd run here or there, just to de-stress and unwind. Or to run with Wifey; who ironically picked up her running enthusiasm just as mine was lost in a 70mph wrestle with bloody great lorry.

To be fair, as good as an excuse as that is, it still doesn’t and hasn’t really stopped me from running or curbed my enthusiasm for running; far from it. Not being able to get out on a regular basis has been bloody frustrating, but I have enjoyed watching Wifey go from strength to strength as she trains for her first half marathon in June.

Something to aim for.

Her aim is to conquer the Southend Half Marathon, and whilst she only manages to get out once or twice a week she is already hitting 8-10 mile runs at a steady pace, it’ good training for a half marathon, 13 miles at the beginning of June should be a walk in the park for her.

I have entered this race too, and aim to cross the line with Wifey. I have ran it twice before, it’s a fairly easy course, simple route, and has lots of support from the crowds, especially when it’s hot and they hose you down!

For me, the race is 6 months away, by then I should have finished my physio, and be nearing the pace and good physique I was in back in October. But it gives me something positive to aim for, and in training I should eat away into the 800 plus miles that forms this LETJOG14 challenge.

But for now…

… I am going to break off another strip of this massive dairy milk bar of chocolate and pour myself another glass of port and lemonade…perhaps I will get my running kit ready for the morning and go out before work….?

Tenner says I don’t though!

Tuesday 26th June 2012 – Taking it easy

Making the wrong decision

When I woke up this morning and turned my alarm off, I had that “can’t be arsed” feeling, I was tired and in no mood to haul my ass out of bed, even though the sun was shining through the window and it looked like it was going to be a lovely day.

I decided there and then to stay in bed and get an extra hour sleep, or at least try to.

This, as it happened, turned out to be very much the wrong decision to make, for the rest of the day I had the hump. I was annoyed with myself for not getting up and going for a run. A run wakes me up and sets me up for the day…I know that, yet felt it would be better to stay in bed.

Making the right decision

I stewed all day. I regretted not running this morning. I was snappy with people when I could be bothered to speak to anyone.

I didn’t like it. I decided to go for a run this evening instead, and to make up for being such a lazy arsed git this morning I’d run 10k instead of the 5k I was going to run. I’d managed to cheer myself up a bit, and was now looking forward to a nice steady run on a summers evening. Assuming the rain holds off, I’d be able to get a good pace going and be taking it easy, nothing too manic.

Slow and steady

So once the boys were bathed and in bed, and wifey was settling down to read them stories with Gruffalos and diggers, I was throwing my running kit on and heading out.

I’d planned a simple, slightly undulated route that took me around the village and headed over the A12 down passed the BMW dealership, up to the Sainsbury’s roundabout and then head back over the A12 and the 2 mile straight through the village home again.

The temperature was nice, the roads weren’t too busy, and I soon settled into a good stride and pace. I wanted to take it steady and try to maintain an even pace throughout. I needed to work on this in preparation for the half marathon and marathon I had entered.

Happy again

I ran just over 10k (6.65 miles), in just over an hour. Not a record breaking run by any means, but I had managed to run steadily. I was happy again.

Taking it easy.

Tuesday 29th May 2012 – Running routine

Tuesday mornings

To be honest I haven’t been up early for a run on a Tuesday for ages. Tuesday’s used to be part of my stringent routine, then my running routine somehow broke down and was replaced with going out for a run as and when I could, then as and when I could be bothered.

I knew I had races planned, but the more I thought about them, the less I could be arsed to get up and go out for a run, this then led me to getting annoyed, angry and frustrated, mainly with myself for not going for a run.

A running routine

I am slowly getting back into a routine, Saturday morning’s have always been my long run, and I usually get up two mornings a week before work, and I’d go out for 5 – 10K on a Sunday afternoon, depending on how my legs were after Saturday’s long run.

I found that having a routine wasn’t quite enough, you need self motivation too. You have to want to go for a run. I think that if you go out for a run when you aren’t in the mood or right frame of mind hinders you and your performance.

Sometimes I have gone out in completely with the completely wrong mood, but found that as I started to run I got into it. Although the majority of the time that wasn’t always the case.

I use Map My Run to log all of my workouts, I also have the app on my iPhone which tells me how far and fast I am running during a run, and gives me splits and graphs etc. I find that keeping a log of my runs helps with motivation, and enables me to see how much I am progressing.

Joining a running club

I find that buying new running attire or accessories also helps me to get motivated, which helps to maintain my running routine. It’s amazing how shopping can help with your running.

Most recently I have found that by joining a running club, I not only have my motivation back, but I have some kind of a routine back in place. I know that the club meets on a Thursday evening for a run, therefore I plan to run on Tuesday mornings, long and / or run on Saturday or Sunday.

My routine is back, because there is a constant in my runs, namely the running club, I have been able to get a running routine back.

All I need to do now is stick to it, as I have the Southend Half Marathon next week, and the Felsted 10K a few weeks after. Long term of course is the Amsterdam Marathon in October.

So, back in the routine then, happy to get up and out this morning, aiming for about 5 miles. Slightly warm already but the air was fresh, I really enjoyed it a 5.2 mile run in 42m 40s.

Here’s the run.