Sunday, 11 March 2012

The sun'll come out...

Long Run by jules_perox at Garmin Connect - Details

Beautiful weather today for a grueling but familiar run.

Felt very hard from 15 on which is a little worrying at this stage. I've just not been getting the long runs in and its beginning to show I think?

I had a gel as planned and a few jelly babies but nowt to really write home about. The heat meant that i could easily have drunk more but not worried about that.

Still a little concerned about stamina and trying NOT to damn well walk for goodness sake!

Legs not feeling too wrecked, but numbers show a poor run really.


Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Lo..though I run through the..etc etc

Valley by jules_perox at Garmin Connect - Details

Strange kind of morning temperature wise! Not quite warm not really cold.

But one look at the 'bed hair', and it clearly said HAT!

Decided I wanted to make this an easy run but with a bit to think about. So ran up Pennyhill for the first time in an age. Went well really!

The run through the Valley was pleasant, the downhill way! Sun was coming up over the Swan Pool as I went past. Very pretty.

Good decent run, felt good on the run, bit queasy before the start though.Looking for a decent long run at the w/e now.

Monday, 5 March 2012

Stood on the step...

Broadway ext Tempo by jules_perox at Garmin Connect - Details

I stood on the step this morning...back in hat and gloves to help face the OoC temperature...Tempo plan set up on MrGarmin...heavy fog all around and my heart just fell.

I had the words of a text from yesterday ringing round my head - 'It's meant to be fun.'
This wasn't.
Not today.

So I thought 'Be damned!' Switched Tempo plan off started stopwatch set off and pulled 7:00av.

Attitude readjustment, better run, happier soul.

Thanks to friends.

Saturday, 3 March 2012

A little Running Adventure

Stage One... at Garmin Connect - Details

So stage one of the running adventure then...Run to Cannon Hill to take part in the Park Run for the third time.

Ran in feeling good and used my little scribble map to find the easiest way through. Mostly the route of the Birmingham Half Marathon to be fair.

Weather kept overcast and a little muzzy but generally okay. Good run in but arrived FAR too early. But cleverly had packed jacket so didn't get too cold...

Stage Garmin Connect - Details

The Race

Was a little worried about running this after the 8 mile run in AND the run the previous evening.

I had a little pre-race run around to warm up a little after arriving so early and felt dreadful! Great!

Decided I would aim to run my own race and try for a sub 21 minute time if I could.

Was nice to see @L_J_B_1 at the start for a chat and encouragement! (Even better to see that she had SUCH a good strong race! Well done!)

Started feeling okay and felt strong around the runners with me. Decided to try and run it 'negatively' ie faster on the second lap. This did, for once, work! So on the final straight I did speed up and take a few people down on the way in.

Saw @Shazmo1 cheering me in so took another out with a bit of pace especially for her! Thanks!

Finished 39/260 (?) in 20:29 job done!

Stage Garmin Connect - Details

The return run home.

Now after the race I KNEW this was gonna hurt!
Boy did it!

I called upon all that Ultra training to help run/walk it and eat and drink as much as I could too.

It was still hard.

Got home quicker than I thought but at a VERY steady pace..but..I got home.

Now sore and tired but a nice little adventure to start the w/e off!

Friday, 2 March 2012

Back to school...

Langley School Run by jules_perox at Garmin Connect - Details

First run together in an age what with one thing and another.
Decided to do the harder route up into Bearwood up Pargeter Road. Was a good challenge as the uphill is quite heavy this way round.

Average pace was upped tonight and the run felt good...apart from a worrying twinge that took me breath away coming down the Wolvo.

May need to keep an eye on stuff.

Maybe even some....'rest'....what ever that is?!

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Up on the left...down on the right!

Newton Rd by jules_perox at Garmin Connect - Details

So another short run, but decided to try and up the pace a little to make something of it.
It still felt quite easy tbh, so that's fine.

Very mild again this morning and for only the second time this year I could feel me start to sweat a little in the warm!

Maybe time for another layer to go?

Mebbe not quite yet!

Monday, 27 February 2012

Uneventful Valley...

Valley by jules_perox at Garmin Connect - Details

Today was an easy run.
But the start was anything but.

Took a while to settle down into an easy pace. Felt a little like work once or twice so tried slowing down a bit.

Had the radio on and took the headtorch going through the dark bits! Nice route through Sandwell Valley, but pretty uneventful apart from seeing nice black vest running woman; she said 'Hi!'

Definitely tell I ran hard yesterday.