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Mojo gone!

Posted: Today at 14:05

i've repeatedly lost motivation following a target race. takes me a couple of months before i start to miss it, then wish i'd have continued at least to run a bit to keep things "ticking over" so I wouldn't have to regain all that lost fitness. anyway, no harm in cutting back, having a break, but if you're simply in a trough, and you need to train for a half in 6 weeks, try just telling yourself you'll lace up your trainers, nothing more, then when you've done that, you'll go out of the front door, nothing more. then after that, tell yourself that you'll start jogging, no more. Before you know it, the blood will be pumping and you'll feel into it.

Starting again from the beginning!

Posted: Yesterday at 14:56

9.9 miles along the canal and back today. slow, steady, felt a bit sluggish, but happy to have jog as far as I have since May. I'm logging my distance, as always, in my training log, and my main target for this month is to get back into the habit of running frequently.

So far this year, number of runs per month has been: 16, 15, 12, 12, 8, 3, 1, 11

If i can get up to running on avg every other day at least, regardless of distance, I'll be happy with that.

2014 Running Goals

Posted: Yesterday at 14:51

blimey, Matty, you've pushed on massively this year, well done on all your hard work, and good luck with the sub43. I imagine it won't be long away given your current form.

Mark, don't worry about not being quick, that'll come in time, keep at it consistently and enjoy your running and the rest will follow.

Starting again from the beginning!

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 16:42

cool, i'll be the one wearing a sombrero. or maybe not.

have you ever done a 24hour race? how do you pace yourself for that? I imagine start slowly, then slow down?

Starting again from the beginning!

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 16:21

remind me again B2B, it's sunday 21st you're doing your run around tooting bec track, right? I live right round the corner, and i've nothign yet planned so i'll come along and cheer you all on. for a bit. with a brew.

did another 7.5 miles this lunchtime, up to victoria park via regents canal, round the park and back. very slow. Didn't run thursday because my right knee has been hurting since tuesday. just a bit stiff, when i walk. I thought i'd try it out today with a jog and if it was painful i'd stop and turn back. anyway, after 10 mins forgot all about it, and now it's better than it was before. Go figure. perhaps a bit of blood or heat to the area has sorted it out. probably won't get chance to run over the weekend as we're visiting family out of town, so will be driving for much of it.

This leaves my total for the week at 22.5 miles, 78 for August and 696 for the year.

Enjoy your weekends one and all

Edited to remove a grocer's apostrophe.

Starting again from the beginning!

Posted: 28/08/2014 at 13:31

I keep meaning to go along to the club near me, Herne Hill Harriers. They're based at the running track round the corner from where I live, so if nothing else would be convenient. It says on their website that they cater for all standards and that you can just come along on a Tuesday and see what you think, but to join they have a membership form that needs to have a proposer and seconder for your membership, so suggests it's a bit more exclusive that the website indicates.

Anyway, plodded another 7.5 miles home last night. 15 for this week, 71 for August and 688 for the year. Knees were a little stiff again, and it felt like a slog.

Starting again from the beginning!

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 09:51

i plodded 7.5 miles home last night. very gentle pace, tried to focus on running "lightly", and it did feel very comfortable, except for the fact my knees felt very stiff, got better towards the latter part of the jog as I'd warmed up I expect.

Mummysaurus, i've been through a bit of a running trough recently, so just now starting to get back into it. Still haven't found my running mojo yet, but slogging away at it, piece by piece, and it'll come. I know you didn't ask for advice, and feel free to ignore me, but i find that when life takes over, my running suffers, and it's partly because I tend to think that if i can't train properly, then it's not worth bothering at all. But even getting out a couple of times a week for a 20 min jog is better than sliding into doing nothing for weeks, which has been my experience. It might not be enough to even keep you ticking over at a certain fitness level, but it will minimise the damage compared to not running at all. And it'll mean when you do find time again to run more frequently, it'll take you less time that it otherwise would to get back into shape.

I will have to heed my own advice the next time life interupts my running. Both this summer and last I have had periods of 6-8 weeks where i've not even laced up my trainers. Not planned, just fallen out of the habit of running, and then 1 week becomes 2 weeks, and before i know it, i feel like i'm starting from scratch again, which i guess is how i ended up on this thread


Starting again from the beginning!

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 17:26

my understanding, for what it's worth, of heart rate is that bradycardia is common amongst those who exercise frequently, as the heart becomes stronger and thus requires fewer beats per minute to pump the blood around the body needed by the tissues. severe bradycardia, if you're sedentary could indicate a cardiac problem.

i've also read that the fitter an individual, the slower the acceleration of heart rate to the maximum, or to proportions of the maximum HR, and the quicker the heart returns to their normal resting rate after exercise, although this is something i have only a vague understanding of.

as it is, i suspect i'm not very fit at the moment, and even at my fittest I'm no endurance machine.

anyway, running home tonight. it's stopped raining for now at least

Starting again from the beginning!

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 15:34

my plodding along is continuing. plod plod plod.

managed 31 and a bit very slow miles last week.

my commute to work is 7.5 miles, and i managed that 3 times last week, with a run of 9 miles on sunday morning.

then had a boozy sunday roast with friends so felt like rubbish yesterday and spent all day on the couch nursing a hangover. they get worse each time i'm sure.

all of the jogs have been pretty pedestrian, and i even wore my HR monitor on sunday to try to keep my HR below 80% max, but it kept creeping above, even when i was crawling at barely a fast walking pace. always been the same for me though. My resting HR when I wake is about 52 at the moment (I take it every few days, just out of curiosity) and when i start jogging it's up to ~150 within 5-10 mins, and stays there, regardless of pace, only dropping back down to about 120 if i stop at traffic lights, or a road junction or something. once i start jogging again, up it goes.

Starting again from the beginning!

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 13:36

Ah, I lived in St Albans for a couple of years. Nice place.

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