Columba, that wasn’t the nicest conditions to be running in.
Graham, sorry forgot to comment on you beating the “faster” guys in the relay; really love it when people get it so wrong.
Mick, I’d love your staircase ( and the rest of the house, of course) but it might look a bit odd in our bungalow
Unfortunately our weather didn’t match Ceal’s and as the race went on it became less and less pleasant. Arrived in brilliant sunshine and a light wind but by the start the dark clouds had started to appear.
Dist Time Per Mile HR(max)
1 9:18 9:18 134 (145) Taking nice and steady lost a good 20secs when we had to divert round the pier entrance and it was single file. 2 8:46 8:46 143 (145) Up along the seafront, feeling the breeze off the sea. 3 8:49 8:49 143 (146) At this point checked HR and decided to run by that and not pace due the conditions being due to worsen. Turn round point bu the lifeboat station 4 9:17 9:17 144 (148) Faced the muddy beach for the first time, some shingle, some slime and fair amount of mud, another wait to get down to beach. 5 9:17 9:17 146 (152) From almost 4 thru to almost 9 off road on trails and grassland 6 8:47 8:47 147 (154) Turned back and found how much the wind had picked up 7 9:20 9:20 145 (149) 7.5m saw us return to the beach, now named the muddier beach and it was 8 9:37 9:37 144 (152) The Bog of Doom, the rear part of a playing field which was extremely boggy and zapped the energy from the legs 9 9:23 9:23 145 (150) At 8.75m saw us bag on the sea front with a GSR strength wind 10 9:50 9:50 146 (151) Hard, hard work 11 9:27 9:27 145 (150) Slight kink down to hovercraft terminal gave us some protection 12 9:28 9:28 145 (149) Down to the round tower, turn and how’s that possible 13 9:53 9:53 146 (149) the wind is back in our faces, a bit dispiriting 13.24 2:03:16 9:19 144 (154)
Ran into and back from work on Wednesday. It was bit of a struggle, only 3.5 miles, but obviously running with the backpack has changed my posture and felt very un-natural. Have to think of other ways which will mean not carrying a backpack.
Today did another easy 3.5, noting too strenuous this week following the 10m event last Sunday and Coastal Half this Sunday. This weeks target is a) run it all b) hopefully get under the two hours, it's likely to be close though as they are predicting strong winds down our way.
Expensive day today so, as one pair of my running shoes now needs to be retired and the other pair are getting close, bit the bullet and bought two pairs (Brooks Adrenaline GTS15 and Saucony Hurricane) both are the current versions of my current shoes.
Tomorrow back up to Southsea Parkrun to hand out the finish tokens.
I started off very steadily and just tried to run by monitoring my breathing. Second half started off with a long slow drag up an incline and then in each of the last few miles there was an undulation, I just slowed down to a pace that kept the breathing the same, the legs were very tired when I hit the last cheeky incline at 9.5m - it wasn't big but ..............
Garmin time of 1:27:18 making the average pace 8.42. It was a pleasant surprise as I really felt it would be 9 or slightly over. Good base to build on to have a reasonable go at Southampton Half at end of April.
Glad to hear Chris and Christine met up and had an enjoyable Parkrun experience. I think I might be a 100 before I run 100 Parkrun's, only done 12 at Southsea but next week will be my 30 volunteer event - just love the buzz of volunteering.
Glad doodle is recovering JJ and that Mick's knee is getting there - not sure those two should be in the same sentence!!
Last couple weeks been a bit difficult as my daughter, Jemma, had to end her engagement after 3 years and 5 with him as she found he'd been playing "away" - lots of support required to help get things sorted and she now seems back in a good place. Thankfully they weren't living together at the time as they were saving to buy somewhere so it wasn't too complicated. Her brothers, step sister and sister in law to be were all there for her which is a great comfort for the future - must have done something right
Running wise been getting in four runs a week, totaling around 20 miles a week. Ran Southsea Parkrun last week immediately after a 4 mile, with a 10 min recovery between, the aim was that it would be a progressive run which was achieved in just over 26 mins. The Sunday after ran 9 miles continuous, half into a typical seafront breeze, which was my longest run for about 5 months - GSR doesn't count as I walked large chunks of the last three miles after setting off far too quick.
Sunday I'm running, not racing, the Bramley 10 and will be pleased to finish relatively comfortably in the 1:30 -1:35 bracket. Any slower and I might get lapped by the 20 milers who run two laps of the course. The following week I'm doing the Portsmouth Coastal Half which is half on the road and then partly on trails and beach. By the end of that my running in 2015 will be greater than my mileage in the last 6 months of 2014 !!
Next week see's the beginning of me running into work twice a week. I tried the route out two weeks ago ( been off this week) and it's 3.5 undulating miles each way so quite a nice distance. This should help me start to boost my mileage up over the coming weeks as I build up to the Southampton half at the end of April.