Town Centre Circuit in the snow

My Vibrams leave nice footprints in the snow, but they’re bloody freezing. Was only an inch or so of snow on the ground, but it was enough for my toes to be wet, then freezing by the time I got back home. I did a single circuit of the Town Centre, reasoning that it would be more heavily gritted than anywhere else, however it appears that the council hadn’t bothered with the interior roads at all, so it was just as bad as if I’d gone out to Carmel Road and back.

I also went to pick up my trial contact lenses this morning and to get shown how to go about putting them in and taking them out again, as I’ve not worn contacts before. So I’ll give them a bit of a trial on Saturday at Parkrun and see how I do with them.

Stats
Distance: 1.0 mi
Time: 10 mins
Location: Darlington Town Centre
Terrain: Footpaths
Time of day: 7:30am
Weather: Cold, cold, cold, cold, cold, cold

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c25k week 1 with Paul

My housemate Paul expressed an interest in getting fit so that he can play 5-a-side without dying, so we went out and ran week 1 of the c25k program this morning.

The week 1 run consists of a 60 second run and a 90 second walk, repeated 8 times for a total of 20 minutes. I remember when I first tried doing the run back in June and had to stop halfway through to try and work out a stitch, but Paul managed it in one, although he was feeling pretty knackered by the last couple of reps.

Stats
Distance: 1.5 mi
Time: 20 mins
Location: Darlington
Terrain: Footpaths
Time of day: 7:30am
Weather: Wet underfoot, but dry and cool

Morning Swim

Not much too say about this, another 1000m swim, did 10 lengths breaststroke, 10 lengths alternating breaststroke and front crawl, 10 lengths front crawl and 10 lengths breaststroke again.

Will be doing a run again tomorrow morning, going to try a suggestion I read and take some Jelly Babies with me to eat every so often as I go, see if the sugar helps with maintaining energy levels and makes going for 20mins any easier.

Stats
Distance: 1000m
Time: ~35 mins
Terrain: Indoor Pool
Time of day: 7:30am

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.

Stats
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

Morning Swim

Got a good night’s sleep, woke up to my alarm and headed straight out to the Dolphin Centre for a swim

Did 40 lengths of the pool, 20 breaststroke to warm up, 10 front crawl and then 10 more breaststoke.

Normally I’d do mixed breaststroke and front crawl for the second rep of 10 lengths, but I had a bit of inspiration strike me while I was swimming along and spent time mulling it over so stayed on the easier stroke for a bit longer. Will see if anything comes of the idea in future, have to do some research and flesh it out a bit more.

Stats
Distance: 1000m
Time: ~35 mins
Terrain: Indoor Pool
Time of day: 7:30am
Weather: Bit damp and misty outside, was similar inside after my goggles fogged up

Morning Run

First running post!

Woke up early this morning and was still half dreaming, so thought I might have forgotten to set my alarm till I looked at the time. One of my housemates was hogging the bathroom, so got out a little later than I normally would, but still with plenty of time for the run. Went for another 20min timed run and after Tuesday’s failure to run the complete time, I was determined to make it to the time today.

I decided to run the route ‘in reverse’ so that I would finish near Stanhope Park, starting out from near the Grange Road Roundabout, heading up Coniscliffe Road, a small detour along Langholm Crescent to avoid the large huddle of kids waiting for the school bus and back onto Cleveland Terrace. Decided part-way up that I couldn’t be bothered with going all the way to Carmel Road, so cut along Neville Road and onto Milbank Road (which is nice and quiet with the roadworks cutting it off at the mini-roundabout now) then along Cleveland Avenue and Trinity Road to the park. With about 4 mins left on time, I was starting to flag a little, but pushed on and did a mini-lap of the park and then down Duke Street to finish.

Stats
Distance: 1.85mi
Time: 20 mins
Terrain: Footpaths
Time of day: 7:30am
Weather: Cool, but clear and sunny

(running stats layout shamelessly stolen from http://westlondonplodder.wordpress.com/)

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.