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?

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.

Busy Week

Had a bit of a busy week last week, didn’t quite get round to updating the blog at all.

I went swimming twice, doing 1000m each time, and went running twice as well. Due to the snow and the fact that my Vibrams don’t really stand up well in the cold, I didnt go on Tuesday morning like I normally would. However, I went up to the Metro Centre during the day and got a new pair of trail running shoes so that I could get out later in the week.
Thursday morning, I went out with Paul again, doing week one of the c25k program again and on Saturday I went through to Parkrun and managed to complete it this time

While I was at Parkrun, I picked up a copy of ‘The Clock Keeps Ticking’ by Sharon Gayter. She was there signing copies for Parkrunners, as Middlesbrough is her local event.

And then this morning I went swimming again, doing my usual 1000m made up of 40x25m lengths.

Will have to see about running this week, snow is all compacted and turning to ice, could be tricky underfoot

Partial Parkrun

Decided to run today’s Parkrun in my hiking boots, cos it was too damned cold and wet for the VFFs. This, as I expected it might be, was a bad idea, I’d barely done half a km before my thighs and calves were burning from the extra weight and effort required to move my feet.

I pushed on and walked quite a big chunk of the route before stopping at 3km as by then my left calf muscle was screaming at me and I figured I’d better listen to it.

Think I might pick up an emergency pair of trainers for the snow. I’d been thinking about it anyway, but the cold weather has kinda pre-empted me. I’m up in Newcastle on Tuesday, so my plan is to go into the Sweatshop there and have a chat with the staff.

Distance: 3km
Time: 25 mins
Location: Albert Park, Middlesbrough
Terrain: Footpaths
Time of day: 9:00am
Weather: Cold and snow underfoot, but clear and sunny

Ungodly Hour

So I’ve woken up at 4am for some reason and haven’t been able to get back to sleep. I’m supposed to be getting up in 3 hours to go through to Parkrun at 9, but with the snow, I don’t think I’ll be running.

I also realised that I’ve not blogged about my most recent swim as well, not that there’s much to tell… I did another 1000m mixed stroke. The pool was even emptier than usual, I guess people who’d normally be there were stuck at home cos of the snow and ice.

Middlesbrough Parkrun in the rain

Started raining just as everyone lined up to start the run and then got heavier over the next 20 mins or so, only stopping just before I finished.

I also managed to drop and break my glasses just after the 3k mark, had taken them off cos they were getting steamed up.

So I lost about 2 mins looking for the arm that had come off, then couldn’t quite motivate myself to keep running further on round the course.

Still, not too terrible a time, would have probably been around 32 mins again without the pause while hunting for broken glasses.

I’m now investigating getting some contact lenses to wear when I go running, instead of wearing my glasses.

Distance: 5km
Time: 34 mins
Location: Albert Park, Middlesbrough
Terrain: Footpaths in the park
Time of day: 9:00am
Weather: Wet, wet and a bit more wet for good measure