Achieved this month’s goal of 15 miles! Now to consider the goal for September.
Also, not sure if it was 2 runs in 3 days or because I went out this afternoon but my legs felt less enthusiastic than normal. However, my pace was a smidge up on Friday’s (which was my best up to then) so it can’t be all bad.
And yes I did put the right shoes on this time.
I never got around to posting about my personal trainer session on Tuesday. I worked hard with plenty of arm work. My shoulder and arm still haven’t forgiven me.
Today I decided to get out for a run. And things started conspiring against me from the minute I made that decision. The clouds gathered and an up-to-then sunny morning soon had rain bucketing down. I waited for it to slow down and the sky to start to brighten before getting my shoes on. After all, I’ve got to learn to run in the wet sometime.
So, mindlessly put my shoes on and headed out. I didn’t notice till near the end of the run that I had my “day” shoes on and not my runners! My “day” shoes are a walking shoe style so, hopefully, no damage done (and probably why I really didn’t notice).
When I run I use MapMyFitness to log it. Handy little app on my phone that sends all the data to the website so I can analyse it to death later. Except today, for some reason, it threw a fit. It was happy to start recording the time taken when I pressed start but decided not to start logging the distance gone until nearly 6 minutes in. So I was shocked when I finished my run and saw my mins/mile time at 17 minutes and change! Blimey!!!! I walk faster than that and seeing as how I’d done a couple of long (for me) runs I knew it was wrong. Soon corrected when I got home and on to the website.
The gods had obviously decided today was a good day to test me!
The run itself was marvellous. Two longish runs and a short one – where I noticed the footwear faux pas and called it quits. I pick up niggles easily enough without being foolish. It felt good to be chugging along. And equally rewarding was the relatively quick recovery between runs – though I possibly need to walk a bit faster as time seemed to pass by way too quickly for the distance covered.
And as I look out the window right now, the clouds are breaking open and the sun is coming out again. <sigh>
I’ve been away to my parents for the Bank Holiday weekend. They live somewhere that has more hills than round here, hills that are either steeper or longer or both. So, it took me a little while to plot out a route long enough (2 – 2.5 miles) that didn’t involve climbing gear (I jest, a little).
After that feat of logistics I got togged up yesterday morning to see how it would go in real life. Not too bad. Anything too big for me, being a relative newbie, I walked up/down. Everything else I gave a go. 2.45 miles in 33:32. Not bad considering.
Then an hour later, because I am a lunatic at heart, I went on a 3.5 mile walk with hubby.
I slept well last night. Can’t think why. 😉
One extra run/walk session – my 10% increase for the next week. Thus taking my session to 32 mins 30 seconds. Slowly does it.
I didn’t wake up this morning thinking “ooh, let’s go for a run”. It was supposed to rain today and I haven’t yet grown to like getting wet like that. Anyway, it was overcast with the chance of showers here and there. So I took a late decision and got on with it – aided and abetted by a good look at tomorrow’s diary and wondering where the time for a run would come from.
Note to self though: Please stop having uphill run sessions at phase 7 and 12. I bet if I set out to have uphills then it wouldn’t happen.
… finish your run/walk session this morning with an UPHILL! Note to self – plan ahead.
In fact, there were 2 uphill run sessions in this morning’s effort. I suppose I need to get on with them – can’t avoid them forever.
I was out the door for just after 8am, not bad after a second night of little sleep. The first couple of runs were draggy but after that I got into my stride. Really thought I’d gone further than last time, but not quite. Gonna blame the hills 😉
The new t-shirt is just the job. Loose enough not to constrict but not so loose as to cause chafing.
The aches and pains of the past couple of days were gone so by 8.30 this morning I was all kitted up and out the door. I chose a flat route, a mere 16 feet of elevation change according to mapmyfitness, and an easy run 1 minute/walk 1 minute 30 (12 times for a total of 30 minutes. I managed to cover 2.26 miles. I then spent another 25+ minutes on my post-run stretches, so hopefully the aches won’t come back to haunt me.
There’s been a downside to all this fitness stuff (strictly first world problem lol). My beloved “run addict” t-shirts, which used to be snug, are now impossible to get on. I leave to your imagination the fun and games involved trying to get one off again (if you do manage to get it on) after a good run session! So off to Absolute Running I go this morning.
All this exercising has changed my posture. I now stand tall with my shoulders back instead of stooped and round shouldered. When running I stride out more instead of shuffling along.
Now all I have to do is work out how to get water out of the little bottles on my water belt. I pulled up the valve-thing and sucked like a baby, barely getting a drop. In the end I took the lid off, during walk phases, and got my fill that way.
The good – I got up early and went for a run. And once I sorted out the technology it was good.
The bad – The above mentioned technology issue. My phone won’t let me be logged into my fitness website AND run my interval timer app. Plus, said interval timer app is SOOOOO sensitive to me putting my phone back in its pocket that it pauses itself. Once my techno expert returns from foreign parts I’ll be picking his brains.
Edited to add – Just found out I can add my efforts manually on the website so I don’t need to be on two apps at once. Happy days!
The ugly – Have you seen me run?! You definitely wouldn’t call it pretty.
(The new shoes were fine).
The sun is shining, the temperature not too bad, so time for a run. My PT had given me a different method to try – breathe through your nose when running; when that becomes too difficult, walk till you can nose breathe again. The first attempt didn’t last long as I’m used to mouth breathing when running. It got easier during the next few attempts. Towards the end of my session I could nose breathe without concentrating on doing so.
I still feel a bit tired from my exertions earlier in the week. Hoping this will improve as I get used to all this new activity level. I think the rest of the day will be spent racking off some homemade wine (transferring from one demijohn to another, leaving the sediment behind), doing some washing, and having a little tidy up.
Next week hubby and son are away for a few days, meaning I can have a decent tidy up and no-one will mess it up with their “I’ll do it later” attitude. Bliss!
Yesterday’s run didn’t happen. My dear darling son has shared his germs and although I’m not as bad as he’s been I still feel washed out. So I didn’t want to stress out my body further by pounding the pavements.
I probably could go out for a run but I’m taking things VERY slowly. I don’t want to do more harm than good when I am relatively unfit. As long as the germs go away I’ll try again later this week.
I really thought I’d cracked the two and a half stone loss mark this morning, not that I am officially still losing weight or anything ;-). Instead I fell a pound short. Hopefully I will do it next week. I’ll have to be careful though, because if lose much more than that I shall have fallen out the bottom of my range.
I went for my assessment at the personal trainer this morning. It seems that I am not in need of any rehabilitation but am definitely in need of strentghening and balancing. I have a couple of things to do for homework, before going back next week to really get stuck in. He reckons I could run the Great South Run next year!!! I still think that’ll be pushing it but am game to try.
Also, I have booked myself in for some swimming lessons this term. I can swim, mainly breast-stroke, but haven’t been for years. The lessons will teach me front crawl (and a crawl is exactly what it WILL be for the first few sessions), and I may be brave enough to learn to tumble turn. Swimming lessons aren’t just for children and aren’t just to teach you to swim. If I can get my crawl technique sorted then I’ll no longer crick my neck and shoulders doing breast-stroke.
I’m planning on going for a run tomorrow morning.