Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Running in Provence.................

I am currently in Provence, just outside a little town called Brignoles, which is providing some lovely backdrops to my ever increasing distances.

So the last 2-3 weeks have involved me recovering from a cold, trying to drink my way through said cold.......failing and not running much. However, over the last 5 days I have been able to go out in these bright but cold mornings and get a couple of 6 milers in which has been fantastic.

There are some really nice trails and empty roads to explore and the cool temperatures make for some steady paces.

I am pleased with my progress so far, currently hitting 10K in about 45 minutes and there is no residual pain in my affected leg. At the moment I am just running and completing proprioception exercises, I will start some fartlek and speed work in January when I have more miles in my legs and I have more confidence in bursting off my left leg.

So enjoy the rest of the festive period and I will post again in the New Year.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

And now I get a cold.............

Brilliant. Went out for a 45min run on Tuesday night, covered about 5.5 miles, which I was pleased with that given that I have only been back running two weeks.

Anyhoop, about 6-7 minutes into the run my legs feel like jelly, really tired. I was physically tired but I was also properly hydrated. Anyway I dragged myself round, but woke up yesterday feeling pretty terrible and then this morning I feel lousy.

Fantastic. So plenty of rest for me over the next couple of days..........

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Proprioception.........

the single most important element of my running at the moment. Having been in physio for the last 2 months, one of my development areas as been proprioception. Just doing ten miuntes a day, i have noticed I have been running with so much more control, and in fact my running style has become a little bit more fluid.

Essentially, what the physio has been getting me to do is use the balance disc, 1 minute on each leg. Then on to 5 x 20 seconds on each leg, followed by 5 x 20 seconds on each leg with eyes closed. I have been doing this now for 1 month and the diference is incredible, like I said I am now running with more control.

He has given me the all clear, depsite a very painful massage and acupuncture session yesterday. So I am now looking at building up to 45 minute runs, with a view to hitting an hour before Christmas. Which is excellent, as I had originally wanted to start training at the end of November. Though trying not to rush back into speed work/fartlek work is testing....

Friday, December 09, 2005

Its fantastic when......

you spend your 30 minutes warming up listening to some music to put you in the right frame of mind, I dunno some AC/DC or some Led Zep, and as your leaaving the house you walk past the neighbours flat, who is blasting out James Blunt's "You're Beautiful" and thats the song that sticks in your head for your entire run.

So, Gmaps Pedometer.......

Thanks to the lovely posters on the Runnersworld.co.uk forum, I came across this cracking little tool, called Gmaps Pedometer so you never need to guess at the distance run or get in your car and drive it first, just simply click at various points.

So far I have discovered that I am not running as far as I first thought I was. So my standard 4 mile run along the thames is in fact 3.5 miles and my 8 mile is about 7 and the big 22 is in fact 20.

The internet is brilliant.........

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Oh, and London runners..........

If you run towards me and I wave or nod in acknowledgement, please respond, don't just run by. We are all in the same boat in this weather, regardless of whether you are running 6min/mile or 16min/mile

London is an unwelcome place at the best of times without fellow runners ignoring each other

and on that bombshell......night

My first thirty minute run.......

so tonight I did my first 30minute run following my all clear by my physio

not a bad run, just felt very tired. i have been away with work for the last two daqy so there was the usual drinking, poor eating and lack of hydration; so as a result my legs fet vey heavy, but I felt very good. So I was pleased with the run

I'll prolly do a 25 minute run on Thursday and then a 30 minute run on saturday. At the moment I am just looking to get the milage up, and I will starting building the speed from Christmas onwards, I just want to be confident that I can put 4, 6, maybe 8 miles under my belt by late December from which point I will pick up the pace, with an aim of completeing the Brighton Half Marathon in 1hr40m

Monday, December 05, 2005

This weeks training.........

In a state of flux at the moment, just given the all clear (kind of) by my physio, after a calf strain. So I am limited to 25-30 minutes runs three times a week at the moment.

However, I have my new trainers Asics Gel Foundation VI and they are wearing well so far, so I am pleased with that, I am very picky about my trainers, as I have haad a few problems in the past.

Anyhoop, back to my original point, following on from a quick 25minute run on saturday (by quick I mean pace, and certainly faster than I should have been running but it felt bloody good), due to work commitments I won't be able to run now until Tuesday evening, and then again on Thursday. I will probably also throw in some swimming at some point to, just to keep the flexibility up.

So I am feeling pretty good so far..........long way to get yet though

Sunday, December 04, 2005

What I'm doing...

I didn't get a place on the ballot, but then again I didn't enter, however, I am running for Terrence Higgins Trust and this a challenge I am really looking forward to. For the 2005 Marathon I won a place on the ballott which was great but I didn't think I would be lucky enough two years in a row so I didn't bother. Instead, I went straight to a charity that is close to my heart. I have also accepted the challenge of raising £1500 for THT. I reckon i'll do it. i have a few idea's up my sleeve, which i will spill on here at a later date

Here's an account of my 2005 marathon, its also worth reading the other accounts as there are some truly incredible stories as to why people would put themselves through a marathon

Anyhoop, its sunday and I really should do something worthwhile.....

It starts here...........

This is a first for me, a blog that is, the 2006 London Marathon will be the second London Marathon I have participated in.

Having run in the 2005 London Marathon in a time of 4hrs 32mins, I knew I could better it. So this blog is me just tracing my progress from now until 23rd April 2006; to see if I can break this time and hit the 3hr 45mins time.

so here I go...