Monday, 29 November 2010

Bring on the weather!!

Dear reader

Winter is quickly bearing down on us & on Sunday, Marcella & I did an eight mile run. It was a challenging hilly route that went through the woods in Chislehurst & then out towards Orpington Golf Club. We did wrap up warm with hats & gloves, but when you were in the shade or in the direct wind, god you felt the raw power of Mother Nature & the biting cold. It was a good run & more encouragingly is that we kept the same speed nearly all the way round. Not a fantastically fast pace, but a comfortable one that if we can maintain it for the full marathon distance, we should be looking to finish in around 5 & a half hours. The mid week runs are still very much part of the training & last Wednesday we did a nice 4 mile circuit & started sprinting at the end back to the club.... What's all that about??

The weather forecast for the next few days is snow, so we will have to wait to see how the training carries on??

Our 4 miler (Wednesday)

8 miler on Sunday (Kept a constant speed too)

Sunday, 21 November 2010

The distances now increase

Sundays are now very much there for running. In preparation (well hopefully this time) for London I am following a program designed to get my body prepared for the physical demands of marathon running. The weekend distances gradually increase up to 20 miles. This Sunday it was 7 miles.

4.5 miles in

My running partner, Marcella

Our 7 mile route

I'm running on Monday, Wednesday & Fridays, but these are only relatively short 3 milers, just to get your joints used to the pounding.... thank God for Ibuprofen is all I can say!!

Saturday, 20 November 2010

19 weeks to go

I am pleased to report that the second week of training is going well. I have been running 3 times & I am even more delighted to say injury free. I still stretch my calf before & after any exercise & it appears to be working. I do however still wear my support.

I am trying to vary my training & not restrict myself to running. I have been cycling into work & if this isn't enough I have been calling in at the gym to swim for 20 mins before work. This is actually a nice relief & warms me up. It's fair to say it has been cold at 6am when I leave home. I am also still spinning five times a week, which is increasing my fitness & helping in the weight loss.... well that's the plan anyway!!
A cold cycle into work...... I wore shorts as well!!

Hung my bikes up until the weather gets better!!

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Day 1, week 1

Today is the start of the training for London which is now only 20 weeks away & was also the first time I have run since New York. It's fair to say that I have been quicker & my legs are still heavy.

I went to the club early this morning & did an hour on the cross trainer, followed by an hour of spinning. I was then joined by the lovely Marcella, Wendy & Debbie & we did a 8k run from the club along North Cray Road, back to the club again in truly miserable weather. At least there was no thunder & lightening!!

I made a schoolboy error & didn't lube before hand & ended up with joggers nipple, which sounds incredibly funny, but trust me isn't!!

Ouch, ouch, ouch!!!

Our route, not bad after 2 hours cardio in the gym....... thanks ladies xx

Friday, 12 November 2010

The start all over again!!

Today was the first day I have been able to tackle stairs & bend down without pain & my legs almost feel back to normal again.

NY was a real eye opener & has given me more of an insight to what I need to do to make London easier. Fortunately my calf was fine last Sunday, but I am now not taking this for granted when I run. I will continue my stretching sessions before & after exercise to help prevent any future tearing. My weight is also a major area of concern & I need a few life style changes to help me reduce this, I have just over 5 months now & want to lose somewhere in the region if 3 stone if I can. I also want to finish in around or under 6 hours. No pressure then for me!!

I went back to the gym today & span for an hour this morning. On Sunday I am running with Wendy & Marcella & we are looking at a steady 5 miler just to keep the momentum going.

Looking forward to the following week Wendy, Tina & I shall start to follow a 20 week program (they don't know this yet asI haven't told them!!) & here is the one we are doing...... I'd better email them??

20 weeks of 'fun'!!

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Job done & home

I'm now home after my latest little adventure & I can say without fear of contradiction that remains the hardest physical thing I have done. I'm not quite sure why I have signed up for another two next year???

I was pleased with the first half & covered the 13.1 miles in just about 3 hours. I was hoping the finish in about 6 hours. I then got to the Queensboro Bridge (where the world champion Haile Gebrselassie stopped & announced his retirement). The bridge went on for ever & never seemed to stop climbing. By this time I was cramping every few hundred yards & having to stop & stretch. As I entered 1st Avenue & headed north towards Harlem at about mile 16 I started to walk. My intention was to walk a block & then run a block & see if I could do this to the end. Sadly I couldn't as the cramps just became too much, so I sadly walked the last 10 miles back to the end. By the time I got to mile 20 I could barely move, but never once thought about stopping.

Sandra & I at a very cold start

Just waiting to start

The first of many bridges to cross

God I was glad to finish, could barely walk though!!

Hooray, my finishers medal!!

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Last minute nerves

Hi all,

Last post before I leave home for another adventure. We are flying off to the big apple tomorrow in preparation for Sundays trot around New York. I don't mind admitting that I am a little nervous as this really is a case of the unknown. I suppose I felt like this the first time I did Lands End to John O'Groats. We are leaving at 4am, don't suppose I'll sleep much tonight anyway??!!

It will be interesting to see how my calf performs on the day. Cameron has been giving me weekly massages & if does feel much better. I did manage a 200 yard sprint to the train a few weeks ago with no adverse effect. Four days ago, with my dear friends Linda & Wendy I did a 5 mile power walk with no ill effect. I probably could have run a few weeks ago; but have become paranoid about injuring it again. It will be interesting to say the least, but hey ho it should be fun & there isn't really anything I can apart from stretch.

Can I just remind you that if you click on the 3 circles to the right of this you can sponsor me if you are in a position too!!

I'll be posting pictures of the day on Facebook & if you are on it add me a friend by clicking HERE & you will be able to see the pain I'm suffering!!

I'll write my thoughts on it next week when I can walk again!!

See you soon!!