diet coke break

currently sat at the boat that rocked cafe on portland waiting for my body to cool down (helped by the dark sugar water above). I ran the 5 miles here in approx 45 mins but did have to pause a couple of times and grab some water as it’s soooo warm. I’m in no hurry though so going to rest up for 10 mins before trying to get home. I guess if I make it that’ll nearly be 10 miles. We’ll see I may just walk…lol (sunday is a day of rest after all…hehe)

high point // running to work

This morning I accomplished something I would of not even considered possible a few months ago. I ran from Weymouth to Dorchester to get to work. The reality is it wasn’t even that difficult and in fact the distance wasn’t as great as I had imagined with the running distance being approx 5.7 miles. It’s quite a tough slog though with some slow long inclines and it felt like a great work out. Very pleased with myself and looking forward to trying it a few more times over the next few weeks. Much more enjoyable than getting on a bus :0)

hills to climb

Decided it was time to put some variety into my training this morning and repeatedly attack the hill I live on. It was hard work and not as exciting or pleasant as going out and racking up miles but a good workout nonetheless. I’ll try and get in half an hour of this in once a week, I reckon it should help me lots.

The picture is not a hill it’s a zebra #SeenOnMyRun

some good reading material

I’m back to work today and the return to office drudgery is as painful as I expected. A slight ray of sunshine to hang onto is picking up this months copy of @MensRunningUK. If like me you’re new to running and don’t have access to a personal trainer or a degree in sports science then I highly recommend it. It’s full of great training and nutrition tips whilst also containing more indepth articles and interviews that I personally find a bit of a boost when motivation and inspiration are lacking. The team behind the magazine are also fairly active on twitter and a good bunch. For those without balls they have a sister magazine called women’s running. Grab it while its hot!

cool runnings…hey ya!

“feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, something something something…it’s bobsled time. cool runnings!”

ok ok so quoting a corny disney film is sinking to new levels of low to fill a blog post but actually think this film illustrates something i’m fast learning about running.

There is lots of info and advise out there about running, diet, stretching, training, pacing, injury prevention and everything else under the sun plus people who are already out there doing and achieving what I (you) want to achieve and it’s all too easy to fall into the trap like our Jamaican bobsled cousins to try and emulate others and blindy follow techniques that work for some but not necessarily everyone. There are times when this is worth doing (even just to say you’ve tried it) but i’m finding just like my bobsled buddies that this (if you let it) can cloud the mind and get u all stressin’ when you should be relaxin’. It could however just be me who falls into this trap. I’m easily led. lol!

This morning I had a great run. Not a fast run. Not a long run but a good enjoyable 5 miles that could of easily turned into 10 or 15 if i’d let it. I put it down to turning up the tunes, dancing to outkasts’ ‘Hey Ya’ and clearing my mind and relaxing into it. This is what works for me (sometimes). Be yourself kids!

kiss the egg…..cool runnings.

Photo of Weymouth beach #seenonmyrun

morning….flower festival

Managed to get up and moving at 6:30 this morning for a run. Its quite good fun running in strange territory and was nice to be tearing up the roads of rural devon. I went through the village (past the flower festival) and then onto a very rough cross country trail by a river. I then hit roads (if you could call them that) that led up a very steep hill for about 1.5miles and stopped and chatted to a lady walking her two dogs. I then descended a windy route back into the village via holy cross in time for the 7:30 church bell. Probably did almost as much walking as running but lovely country to get out in all the same.

posted late due to lack of internetz in the wilds of devon.

jimminy cricket

First run today since knee issues on monday. I managed 4 miles with a couple of breaks but knee still feels totally wierd. In all other respects though it was a nice run. lovely weather and plenty so see around the harbour and beach….including jiminy here.

I’m kinda hoping if I keep the training light over the next week or so that the knee thing will gradually improve. If any experts out there have other advice please let me know.

In other news….Hatty Potter DH part II tonight and a four day weekend. woooohooooo!

Route, Stats and Playlist here

lunch

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Had a pretty miserable start to the day with my run cut short at 2.5miles by some serious knee pain. It’s my own fault for not making the most of rest days and continuing to push hard with the training. Hopefully nothing serious I just need to rest up for a few days and slow down on things a little. Tried to cheer myself up at lunchtime with a couscous butternut squash salad thing with tomato and basil chicken. It was pretty yummy.

not sure if….

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I’m not sure if the GD they gave me was for ‘GOAL DEFENSE ‘ or ‘GOD DAMN-SEXY’ either way netball remains a complete mystery to me. It was a good afternoon though supporting all the girls who’d turned up to play for charity and meeting up with the campbell tribe. I think in future i’ll stick to running :0).

following the line

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I hadn’t really planned to get out for a run this morning but as both girls were still sound asleep when I woke up I thought I should give it a try. It’s been over a week since my last morning run and It’s a habit I feel I want to get back into. I felt sluggish but to my surprise managed 5 miles in approx 43 mins which although not fast seems steady enough for a pre-brekkie relaxed training session.

picture above taken at the end of weymouth breakwater at the 2.5 mile point.

Stats, playlists and route can be found here