ghost train!

Well a lovely 8 mile run this morning. Not quick but pleasant and two of those miles I switched onto the pebble beach to mix things up a little. Since this time last week @endomondo tells me i’ve covered 32.11 miles which is pretty cool as on Wednesday I celebrate my 32nd birthday. If you’d asked me to go for a run on my 31st birthday I would have laughed (or wheezed) in your face….I’ve made a lot of positive changes in 6 months. go me! haha.

the strange cloakroom analogy

Its been almost a week since my last blog entry and that not so strangely coincides with things at home getting immensely busy with house moving related activities. We’ve already accomplished lots but have more than enough left to do to last us a small lifetime.

Neglecting my blog is almost one of those skills I probably should have a degree in by now and doesn’t overly concern me but what does concern me is the impact it’s having on my running. In the last five days I managed one run. Thats pretty crap! My worry is that moving house and associated activities are giving me another excuse peg in the cloakroom of life to hang my lazy hat on….well no more! The rot stops here! I’m going to run home tonight and make a concerted effort to get at least 4 more runs in before the next weekend. I will be a runner. I will be fit. I will cover miles. I will kick ass. No excuses….and yeah I may update my blog ;0)

give me some encouragement and/or stopping the rot tips below. please? anyone?

the punch and judy horror show

Managed to sleep in today and not get out for a run until much later. The Sun has also returned to Weybiza this morning and it was hot hot hot along the seafront. The summer season is in full flow here and spent most of my run zig zagging through holiday makers. I have to say quite selfishly I can’t stand them. I know this town would be dead without them and I know I shouldn’t judge others (heck i’m far from perfect) but a run through the crowds on the seafront today and you can quite easily get a quick taste of all the worse aspects of humanity – greed, gluttony, acts bordering on cruelty to children and general rudeness that only seems to occur when ‘brits’ come on holiday. grrrargh! I’m probably being very harsh and i’m sure I passed plenty or perfectly pleasant well manored tourists but they sadly they don’t stand out and are probably a minority. I’ll still be happier when the season ends and peace returns to this particular dorset shore. selfish? damn straight. :0)

Was still a nice 5 mile run and nice to have the sunshine back.

10 mile yay! and the stubble cometh yay!

So today I ran home from work again and stretched the route out a little to make it 10 miles. It wasn’t lightning quick but it was quicker than the 1st (and only) time I completed the 10 mile distance before. In fact considering the first couple of miles are all uphill and I completed the run carrying a few extra pounds on my back I’m very pleased with the performance. I’m also by no means dead on my feet which is a nice bonus (although this may be due to a the couple of pauses taken en-route *slaps wrist*). Still a very nice end to an otherwise dull week and a great way to celebrate both my 6 month running anniversary and also the start of a 3 day weekend.

Stubble above is double cause to celebrate as it means my beard will indeed grow back! PHEEWW.

stats, route and platlist -> http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/oFU2nWqzulc

8 Mile (feat: the real french lady)

Ran 8 miles this afternoon from Maumbury Rings in Dorchester down to Ali gardens in Weymouth. I was joined by the infamous Ben French (from Shooter, Hustle and 15 other bands). It was a nice run and we took it steady. I embarrassingly had to walk some of the first mile due to generally struggling with the ridgeway hill, car smog and asthma but glad to say I kept going and the rest of the distance was pretty plain sailing. Ben is irritatingly quite fit and didn’t seem to struggle at all but I reckon his legs are gonna be sore tomorrow. He also wore the most hideous luminous yellow running top which meant I had to run with my eyes bleeding ;0)

Followed the 8 mile run with a 2 mile stroll home…now waiting in a chinese takeaway to replenish calories…ooops.

stats and route can be found here on endomondo

wish you were here

morning! I managed to get up early enough this morning to get in a run along the beach and see the sun just peak over the hills. A beautiful sight and so peaceful.

I’m hoping the streets of London are calmer this morning and that all my city based friends are safe and well. It’s a frightening reminder that the thread that holds our society together is fragile and growing ever weaker. Weymouth I’m glad to say feels like being on a different planet today (in a nice way).

Apart from the beautiful sunrise this morning I also saw a 14ft women (she could have been shorter but she was on some guy’s shoulders) shouting across the street that it was too early to be running and too late to be drinking (so we’re both guilty?) and also a guy in track suit bottoms wearing a red cloak, cleopatra style wig and crown brandishing a sword in a marshall art film type stylee (hopefully a toy?). A normal scene in Weybiza?!? WTH.

The run was a slooow and steady and 5 miles. as my school report often said…could do better

No Pauses (and Thanks Tobias)

Tobias Schadewaldt (back) and Hannes Baumann (front)

Tobias Schadewaldt (back) and Hannes Baumann (front)

Today I had a great run. My aim was to make sure I forgot that my endomondo app had a pause button and that my smartphone didn’t have a camera (see my last post for reasons). I accomplished both and managed to run a steady 6.5 miles and could have probably gone for more. I started off slowly and that helped as I felt I was able to work my way up to a steady pace and still feel like I had something left in the tank even after conquering both sides of bowleaze hill in quick succession. It was a nice morning. As I was running back along the preston beach end of the seafront I passed someone who then must have turned around and I was suddenly aware that someone was sat on my heels. Wierdly some instinct I didn’t know I had made me pick up my pace, they matched it but didn’t pass. I kept going for a little while and then glanced behind me to give a passing smile and to check it wasn’t a policeman or someone just wanting an autograph (hey it happens! lol) and the guy then pulls up beside me and we get chatting and he then kindly kept pacing me all the way back into town and along to the pavilion just generally making small talk and him offering me encouragement.

It Turns out he is Tobias Schadewaldt who is part of the 49er class pairing pictured above (click here for more details) hoping to compete in the 2012 Olympic Sailing for Germany. He seemed like a nice guy anyway and was obviously pretty fit. He criticized my tense upper body running style and told me I need to try and relax. Not the first time I’ve heard this and probably won’t be the last so I can take it on the chin. I’m only new to this so getting better everyday. Anyway was nice to chat to someone and kept my mind from wandering. Todays run gave me some confidence back as I set off having aches and pains and these I managed to run off. I also managed a 6.5 mile run with no pauses and feeling like I had some energy left which I reckon means I can complete this 10 miler in under 1hr 30 mins. In fact as I have till October I’d like to get this unofficial aim down to 1hr 20mins. I finished the run at the Pavilion and strolled back through town to grab some water and brekkie and walked home. A good way to start the day….and Good Luck to Tobias and Hannes (you can also follow them on twitter here @Tobi_Hannes )

crazy horses

Another good workout tonight covering over 7 miles running but again and almost irritatingly interspersed with several walks and pauses. Not sure why I haven’t been able keep a consistent and sustainable pace over the last few runs. I’m trying not to let it sterss me though and just enjoy being out. I guess I’m getting hung up on wanting to achieve a nonstop 10 miles in October. Still plenty of time for that I guess.

I’m sure if I stopped taking photos every 15 mins that would help! lol.

If anyone else has any tips then please shout in the comments or tweet me up.

I wish I could fly…

…but I can’t! so I’ll just have to settle for a wet walk in the rain followed by a bus ride to Dorchester. Pretty miserable morning on the weather front but trying to stay chipper. I’m really looking forward to a run tonight to help raise the spirits. Time now seems to be moving much quicker towards moving date so things at home are starting to get more frantic as we work out how to get everything done. I’m lucky I live with the most organised women in the world so if I lose the plot I can guarantee she has created and shared a spreadsheet in dropbox to help me find it!

uggg dentist appointment later…eek!

ice cream dreams

a slow and hard 4 mile run this morning with plenty of walking in between. My body reminding me constantly that I’m no athlete (yet). Lovely morning to be out at the beach though. I’m now sat outside WHsmith waiting to buy a birthday card for mrsDisco. In all the excitement of sorting out presents I forgot the card…..and its today! ooops.