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 8

Give me more!

I was adamant that I was going to run more than 15 miles this week, just under 12 miles last week, and a poor performance the week before have left me well under the average mileage count to beat this LETJOG14 challenge, it’s time to up the ante and start cracking out some proper runs, especially with the Warwick Castle Half Marathon a few weeks away.

This Week’s Runs!

Sunday - 8.5 miles (click here) – A pleasant Sunday evening run with Wifey, my aim was to target 8 miles and keep each one under the 10 minute barrier, which we almost did, all barring 3 of the 8.5 miles. And that was mainly down to waiting to cross roads. Very proud of Wifey, she is coming along well, and should be in good shape for the Southend half marathon in June!

Tuesday - 5.4 miles (click here) - The Lunchime 5 miler, frought with it’s usual mix of deaf and ‘stop dead in their tracks’ tourists, light jumping cyclists and kids on half term! Fast paced, chilly and entertaining. Love it.

Saturday – 3.6 miles (click here) – I went to the gym yesterday….I ached when I woke up. I went to the gym this morning…running was not top of my to do list, but needed to get out just for a quick 5k. So I went when Edward was at football training, a quick blat around the village, not quite the 5 miler I normally do, but it was enough!

Weekly total = 17.5 miles

Total covered this year = 106.65 miles

Distance left to cover = 764.35 miles.

Next target – 150 miles!  

 

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 6

Struggling to run

There were things running this week, but it wasn’t me…OK, it was two parts of me, and it wasn’t a pretty sight. A sickness bug has left me feeling shite for the best part of the week.

After last week’s poor showing I was desperate to get out for 4-5 runs this week, but seemed to be hitting the karsi 4-5 times per day instead! I didn’t fancy going out to run, my body was aching and the thought of getting ‘caught short’ was not helping.

The problem is when I don’t run I get agitated and moody, and that’s not good.

Imagine how much fun I was to be around this week, sickness bug and lack of fresh air and running – sorry Wifey :)

Warwick Castle Half Marathon

To make things worse there are but a few weeks left until the Warwick Castle Half at the end of March, and I am putting myself under increasing pressure to ramp the mileage up and start knocking out 10-12 milers, the most I am doing is 5-6 miles – which I don’t think is enough, and certainly not often enough.

Being part of the LETJOG14 challenge does help – but I need to focus a bit more.

This Week’s Runs!

Friday - 5.2 miles (click here) – I have a 3.5 mile route I normally run at work, but today decided to try to add a mile or so. Running from Cannon Street, up towards Aldgate, dropping down to Tower Bridge, past the Tower of London, up onto Tower Bridge, dodging in and out of tourists and pedestrians, photo-bombing loads of photos left right and centre, along the south side now by the river, past Lord Mayor’s office, along to the south side of London Bridge, past Borough Market, along Southdown Road and up to Blackfriar’s Bridge and over the river for the second time. Past Blackfriar’s Station, up towards Farrigdon Road, turn right along the North side of meat market, drop through past St Bart’s, weave through the back streets towards St Paul’s station, down Cheapside, under Poultry and back to the office. Very quick considering I wasn’t quite 100% and could of made a mess at any given moment hahaha.

Saturday – 5.1 miles (click here) - I wanted to get out for a quick 5k while the oldest was at football training, the weather wasn’t looking great, it was blinking windy and rain was iminent, however, run a did, and at a good pace. I know it’s not all about the pace, but I am so bloody competitive I have to beat myself all the time and if I am running quicker I am happy. Although I would be equally as happy to crack out a 12 miler at any pace at the moment.

Weekly total = 10.3 miles

Total covered this year = 77.45 miles

Distance left to cover = 793.55 miles.

Finally less that 800 miles to go…it seems to have taken ages!!

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Time Flies

It’s been well over a year since I last blogged about running, it’s not because I stopped running, far from it, and it’s not that I didn’t want to; I just never got around to it, or forgot or some other lame excuse!

I changed jobs so my running routine and mileage went right out of the window, gone were the early morning 10k runs and weekend long runs, I was just about managing a couple of 5k runs in the evening. I even stopped going to my running club.

The last thing I blogged about was training for the Amsterdam Marathon (which I am happy to report I completed in 4h 15m).

A New Challenge

Now, a mate of mine called Dan Bowsher has completed many runs in 2013 in aid of charity, and has well and truly got the running bug. And fair play to him, he’s done a fantastic job, and the blisters and training have all paid off!

He has now come up with another challenge, and that is to run the distance from Land’s End to John O Groats in a year.

Simple? Well it’s 874 long, chilly, hot, mentally straining, hilly, wet, blister enhancing miles. As he says, it’s only about 15 miles per week, and a good challenge for beginners and seasoned runners alike.

Count Me In

I like a challenge, and reckon that this is something that I could do and fit in around current work hours etc etc yawn…..

The thing is, I had a bit of a bad car crash back in October and am awaiting a 6 month session of physio on my back. I haven’t really ran properly for the last 3 months, I have had to pull out of races and my pace is nowhere near where it was.

But this little challenge has given me something to aim for. It’s given me a reason to blog again. And if this blog helps to encourage 1 other person to do this challenge then that’s a bonus too! 

LETJOG14

Dan has set up a hashtag on twitter to follow #LETJOG14 (Lands End To John O Groats) and is encouraging others to join in and blog about it!

As of Wednesday 1st January 2014 I shall be capturing all my runs no matter how small on Map My Run, and updating my blog at least once a week.

So if you fancy it…..? Either tweet with Dan on his twitter account or Big Running Year twitter account, he would be more than happy to add you to this growing running community. LETJOG14

Thursday 21st June 2012 – Riverside running

Thursday – Running club

Thursday already, it rolls around so quickly.

Today’s run was with the running club, I’d checked the website to see which route we would be running this evening, it seems we would be running the river route. I’d not run this one before, it looked about 6 miles. I was looking forward to it.

Running conditions

We’ve had a bit of rain recently, but this evening was warm with a slight breeze, nice conditions to run in.

We headed out of the running club HQ and over the bridge, down past the Audi garage to the roundabout, straight across and turned left. A public footpath through trees and thickets past a few houses and down to the river.

With all the sun and heavy rain we had been experiencing lately the bushes, grass and nettles had grown thick and luscious, which was nice, except they intruded across the foot path at the side of the river, that mixed with the slippery muddy conditions underfoot made for an interesting, careful and steady trot.

Slip sliding away

We ran single file along the river for a mile or so, through Sandford Mill and onwards towards the bypass. A small group of us eked our way through the grass, skipping over muddy puddles and dodging nettles.

Why is it there are always nettles crossing the path where there is lots of mud? You either get stung or go ankle deep in the brown stuff!

The chap behind me was quiet, I guessed he was concentrating as hard as I was on balance and not getting stung. “I’m angry!” he suddenly said. I shouted over my shoulder “what’s the matter?”. It turns out he had slipped over (that’s why he was quiet). I felt for him a bit, the last thing I wanted to do was to slip and injure myself.

Suddenly the lady in front of me went over. Her left foot caught a very slippery patch and down she went. Luckily I was some 15-20ft behind her otherwise there may have been a pile of bodies laying in the mud and nettles!

Home stretch

We reached the bypass, by now it was just me and the guy that had fallen over behind me earlier, we crossed a small bridge and ran across a field towards the under pass. It was so much nicer to have some more solid ground underfoot. Through the under pass and back up onto the pavement. The last three quarters of a mile up to club HQ.

We were caked in mud, him more so than me. Our legs were red and stinging. It felt brilliant. What a great route!! I’d thoroughly enjoyed it, we’d completed about 5.5 miles in about 48 minutes.

Riverside running; it takes concentration, it’s muddy and full of nettles – I loved it!

Can’t wait to see what happens next week!

Slippery and packed with stinging nettles, here’s the route!

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.

Thursday 1st March 2012 – The challenge begins

The challenge begins

So today is the 1st March 2012, and the day I begin my 155K challenge.

To be honest I wasn’t going to get up and run this morning, I was going to start the challenge on Saturday with a 10 miler (16k ish), but I didn’t run yesterday morning and I was keen to get up and get out.

Aiming for 4 miles

The aim for this morning was at least 4 miles (6.5k), a nice steady run as a warm up for Saturday. I managed a respectable 4.88 miles, which is 7.85k, leaving me 30 days to run 147.15k!

Shouldn’t be a problem really.

I just need to get used to running that bit further of a morning. I was running 3.2 miles, that extra 1.5 miles takes me about 12 minutes, and includes for 2 hills! It makes me puff and blow like a bastard but that will change within a week or so once I am used to it. In theory anyway.

Weather issues

At the moment the temperature is quite mild, it’s about 6 – 8 degrees in the mornings, which is nice to run in.

The problem is next week there is a slight threat of cold weather, temperatures dropping below zero and…snow! This could hamper the running situation as it did a couple of weeks ago.

Just need to get as many miles in as I can before it comes.

The run

A good run out this morning, managed to run a little bit further than I did on Tuesday with the ’tester run’, and I reckon if I can do at least that 3 times during the week I should be well on target for the 155k.

You can see the route here.