Friday, February 17, 2006

Right, I'm now back from Turin.......

What an amazing experience the Winter Olympics is. Fantastic! I managed to get two runs in, a 10 miler and a 6 miler. However, I have never trained at altitude before, so running at about 2000 metres above sea level was interesting. It is the oddest feeling to suddenly feel your breathing become very laboured and your legs very heavy, but otherwise feel fine. Very strange.

It was good to get out and run though. It was needed to be fair, as I have the Brighton half-marathon this Sunday. I wonder if the altitude training will help?

we'll see.............

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Its the big one six tomorrow..........

Right then...6 days ago I completed 14 miles, and over the following period, I have not done any running whatsoever....zip, zilch, nada........therefore my 16 mile attempt tomorrow should be good for a laugh...

On one hand I feel rested but on the other hand I feel rusty in a sense. But to be honest, my feeling at the moment is train to complete the marathon and hit my half-marathon targets...and of course raise the £2k for Terence Higgins *cough*justgivinglinkonrighthandside*cough*

In a funny way I am actually looking forward to going out for 2 hours and pounding the Thames footpath, as I said in earlier posts, its 'me' time, rather selfish but its nice to be able to gather your thoughts after a long week.....

The other element, is that this will be my last major and lengthy run before the Brighton 1/2 on 19th Feb, as I go to Turin for the Winter Olympics on Wednesday for 7 days.

I am lucky enough to be out there, as my employer, Easynet, is the Broadband Networking Partner for the BOA and Team GB. Therefore, I am escorting customers and staff to Turin to give them a little taste of the Olympic experience. As a result, there will not be much time for me to run. However, there are some unfullfilled childhood fantasies of running through the snow with a log on my back a la Rocky, but frankly that aint gonna happen.........

So, with the big one six tomorrow, a speed session on Monday, its a case for the next 10 days of just trying to fit in what I can...

Oh crap, how slack.........

Crivens, sorry everyone for not keeping you updated on my progress.

Okay, so I am now up to 14 miles. I completed this last weekend in about 1hr55, which is okay, however, I really had to pull myself around the last two miles. As a whole the run went well. It was bloody cold and I decided to wear my running tights........big mistake. I have a rule were I won't wear tights (so to speak) on distances over 10k, as I find them a real hindrance later in the run. This last run proved my point entirely, they were just annoying more than anything else.

So that has been my week, I have not had a run since, as there has not been time, but I have been doing plenty of stretching in the meantime. I am itching to get out again.