Fighting Fit…and Boxercise

So the last few days have been good ones as regards my general well-being and fitness. The last week or so since I last posted I’ve been struggling both physically and mentally with my running. I was making it out and completing 5 miles or so at a time but never really got to that ‘happy place’ where it felt comfortable and not painful. Over the few weeks this just seemed to build and build and it was getting me down and giving me doubts that I would ever run any distance over 5-6 miles again and that the 13 miles in March were not going to be achievable….I didn’t share about it here as frankly it was all a little depressing but I’m very pleased to say I’ve managed to push past these mental doubts and a good 10 mile run with some cheeky hills on Saturday has given me the boost to realise it’s all in my head and that I still kick ass! *stupid brain mutter grumble mutter* Onwards and upwards.

Tonight I tried something new and for me completely different and well out of the comfort zone. I had Robyn booked onto a street dance class at the leisure centre so I decided rather than spend 50 mins waiting for her to finish (bored out of my brain) I’d book myself on a fitness class that ran the same time. The only option that fitted the bill was boxercise. So tonight I tried boxercise (oh how I’ve changed in 12 months)! For me the whole fitness class vibe is alien but with the confidence gained from running I didn’t feel completely out of my depth and in fact I’d say I quite enjoyed it. The circuits should definitely help with me building core strength (something I’m rubbish at trying to do on my own) and it serves as a nice break to the running routine. I’m not sure I’ll ever feel comfortable in that environment but heck they let me kick a punch-bag…my inner child was well happy :0)

Hardys Monument

Was a strange weekend as far as my running has been concerned. Friday night I upped the distance slightly and ran back to Weymouth (7.5 miles) to congratulate my Mum on her running efforts and grab a cup of tea with my folks. In the process my big toe busted through the upper of my Kinvara 2’s (right foot) in exactly the same way as previsouly happened on my Nike Triax’s. In both pairs I’d only covered around 250-300 miles so out of frustration and desperation I decided Saturday to hop on a train to Parkstone and seek the advise of those clever people in the running shop (both previous pairs just bought off the shelf or via web) just to make sure I had the right size etc.

It was quite the experience and they were full of good advice. They also had some clever technology which took video footage of me running on a treadmill and were able to play it back to me in slow motion to see what was going on across different shoes etc. It highlighted that whilst suffering from muscle pains in my foot from the run the night before I was tending to be sloppy and heel-strike. When I did my arches were collapsing and my feet rolled all over the place, my legs jarred in allsorts of uncomfortable directions to compensate. This wasn’t corrected by me trying different types of running shoes. As soon as I concentrated on fore-foot striking though everything tidied up and things got back into line. All useful information as I have felt that since building up the miles again over the past month things have generally not felt right and I probably haven’t been paying due attention to how I’m running. Thats something I can address. The holes in the uppers is something I’m going to have to continue to live with to a certain extent (apart from keeping my nails shorter). I can still run with the Kinvara’s but I find on longer runs it’s a source of distraction. In the end I’ve decided to plump for a slightly cheaper option to my Kinvara love and pick up a pair of Grid Flex’s (also from Saucony) as they should still be pretty lightweight and don’t have a massive heel to toe drop (Although not classed as minimal) and with the difference in price I’ve picked up a cheap pair of light trail shoes that I can use and abuse out in the mud. Hopefully in rotating these two new pairs with my existing Kinvara’s I’ll be covered for a few more miles yet.

Sunday I was still a little sore and should of just gone out for a light recovery run but being a lovely sunny morning I got a little carried away and headed along a new route to Hardys monument. It’s a fairly prominent marker on the local landscape and one I’ve wanted to add to my log for sometime. It turns out to be quite a climb (about 720ft) over 4-5 miles over country road and some tracks but the view from the top made it all worthwhile. I headed out slow and after my experience in the running shop applied a fair bit of concentration to making sure I was striking on my forefoot rather than slopping around on my heels. A day later and my calves are aching a little but no noticeable muscular pains in my feet which considering it was a longer run than Friday seems to indicate it’s something I should continue to work on.

Putting all the weird techncial issues to one side it was a lovely run and a nice way to finish the week with my mileage total back up heading towards 30 miles a week. Lets hope I can keep it up. Next time I do this route I may pack a DSLR in my bag to get some decent shots of the view to share for now you’ll have to make do with these mobile snaps.

Stinsford Route and Garmin Fit

I woke up this morning to a rare helping of sunshine streaming through the window so I decided to skip breakfast and head out for a run. It was a nice opportunity to try a new route which mixed pavement and trail going out to Stinsford Church (above) and then along the river to Bockhampton and then up and around the back of Kingston Maurward, back past Stinsford and back through to Dorchester. I’m still building the distance back up but managed to run 5 miles out of the 5.5mile round trip. A very enjoyable run.

I also decided to start the year trying a new app on my phone to track my route and speed etc. I previously used and have been happy with endomondo but a few months ago I moved my data over to the much more community driven which also means I’m now not as tied into one app/service as long as I can export GPS files to upload to dailymile. I thought I’d give garmin fit a try as they make nifty GPS sports watches and I wondered what they’d achieved as regards mobile phone offerings. First impressions are very good but i’ll give it a few more outings until I post a review. Watch this space.