Janathon Day 3 – still no running

After a day spent mostly travelling yesterday, today I went sightseeing in London with my sister and her boyfriend, which involved quite a lot of walking about.

We went to the Tower Bridge exhibition, so climbed up 200 steps to the viewing platforms above the bridge, where we viewed a grey and drizzly London from above. Then we took a walk along the Thames from Tower Bridge to Westminster, about 2.5 miles, via the winter fair at the Southbank Center.

Tomorrow I travel back North and should get the first actual run of Janathon done!

Days 3 and 4

Uploaded all my running stats from work, while my home internet is down, hopefully BT will resolve the issue before the weekend or I’ll have to go steal someone else’s internets.

This morning was an interesting one, as I planned to go running and do my regular swimming session at the pool, all before work. So at 6:30am my alarm goes off and I drag myself out on a run around the edge of the town centre, following the inner ring-road for most of the distance, before swinging down and along the main shopping street until I’d done a little over 2km.

I’d planned ahead and pre-packed my bag with the swimming kit I needed and my work clothes, so all I had to do was change my shoes and meet up with Tanya before heading to the baths where I did about 30 lengths of casual swimming.

Now for the rest of the week (including another swimming session) and the question of do I go try run Parkrun on Saturday morning?

Internet Fail

So BT have screwed up something with my phone line and I have no internet connection at home for 1-3 days, yay…

Ran the reverse route of my run from yesterday, so did another 1.3 mi or so, was quite nice out.

Starting to feel the effects of running every day in my legs now, calves are aching quite a bit.

I should be able to upload the stats from the run at work tomorrow, along with the run and swim I’m planning on doing in the morning (although I suspect it might be more of a float than a swim)

2nd of Janathon

Got up early and went out for my second run, did a little over a mile this time and felt that I could have probably gone on a bit more.

I’ve been considering my options for runs later in the week, in particular on the days I go swimming, and I think I’m going to try getting up even earlier than normal, go for a run and end at the baths ready to swim.

Yeah, we’ll see how that goes…

First Run of the Month

First run of the New Year this morning as part of Janathon and first run back in my Vibram FiveFingers since the snow and ice is now pretty much all gone.

Took a new route this morning to get the mile, will probably be one I revisit over the month as it was quite a nice little one.

I ran out from Grange Road roundabout down Grange Road itself, pavement is a little narrow down here, so I wouldn’t like to run it when its busier. I turned 180 at the junction with Southend Ave and came back up the tree and grass lined path between the two roads, and turned another 180 back near the roundabout again to come back down Southend Ave itself.

This little bit of back-and-forth running made up about 3/4 of the mile and I finished the run off by heading up Oakdene Ave, onto Coniscliffe Road and back to the roundabout to complete the run.

I quite like this route, as I only have to cross two road junctions (actually both ends of the same road, Beechwood Ave) and a couple of minor junctions, so along with my run around the outside of Abbey Road sports field, this is a good one for avoiding traffic.

Year-end Summary for 2010

I thought I’d make a post summing up everything that’s happened in 2010 and some of my goals for 2011, I’ve not posted in a while and it seems like a good thing to do.

2010 has been a bit of a mixed year for me, but I think on the whole it’s tipped to the positive side. On the down-side of things: I broke up with my girlfriend just before summer, and a week later also lost my job as the company went into liquidation. On the up-side: I took up running and as a result of that and continuing with my swimming and a better diet, have lost a good amount of weight while building muscle (mainly in shoulders and legs). I got re-hired at the same company, now under new management and things have gotten a lot better with the new direction we’re taking. I took and passed my driving test on the first attempt after having put off lessons for so long.

So for 2011, I have some goals for running at least: firstly participation in Janathon and to see it all the way through (including perhaps getting down to London for the meetup/prize-giving/run). Secondly I want to run some races this year, probably 10k, but I might look at half marathons too for the latter half of the year. Thirdly, volunteer at Parkrun to give back to the community a bit.

I’m also wanting to shed a bit more weight too, which will come naturally as long as I exercise and eat well. According to the height-weight charts, I should be loosing another 1/3 of my bodyweight to fall in the ‘ideal’ bracket, but I think that’s a bit untenable, I’ll be happy with a fifth to a quarter, which will put me between 75 and 80 kilos. It’s not something I’ll be concentrating on at any rate, just monitoring.

This coming year, I also have my 30th birthday to look forward to. One of my best friends has his 30th about two weeks after mine and we’ve been discussing going over to Greece for a meetup with friends from there. I’m also planning to go to London and have a bash down there, since that’s where a lot of my Uni friends have ended up.

So that’s about it.

One day to NYE and drinks at the DMPRFC.

Two days to 2011 and 31 days of running for Janathon.

New Blog for Janathon

So this Janathon thing sounds like a good idea on the whole: run a bit every day for the whole of January and blog about it.

Now I’ve tried keeping blogs before and never really kept up with it, so this might turn out to be a good way of getting into it, since I’ll have something to say, even if it is ‘Ran X miles, cold’.

I’m going to try and make a start blogging about it before January, see how it goes and then hopefully get into the swing of it for Janathon itself.

I think I’m also going to hook up my dailymile account to a new twitter account, so that should update automatically for me when I sync up my Garmin at least.