Archive for December, 2011


Posted: 31/12/2011 in Uncategorized

Last run of the year, first off-road run – nice!

I wasn’t due a run today, but as I got the new shoes yesterday, I figured I ought to have a blast with them. Nearest kind of off-road I could think of was the Rising Sun Country Park, though it’s mainly track and only the one hill.

It was very muddy.

Very muddy is good.

Squish, squish.

Seriously – off-road running is groovy, the ground is different every few metres, and the hill makes for a change from the flat, solid pavements of the coast. I also loved running through woods, there’s much more of a snese of movement, and I had the feeling I might round a corner and discover a pixie having his breakfast (no such luck).

There’s more of a sense of running with the environment, uphill makes you slow down (as does downhill, for the moment), and there’s more picking your way around the muddy tracks.

The new shoes are fine too – a lot less padding that the road shoes, and a much snugger fit to stop my foot from moving around on uncertain ground.

Get me, I ran and it wasn’t even running day – what an athlete…

New shoes officially christened in 2011… 🙂

No idea what’s going on with the new leggins, they appear to be trying to get away from the mud – no chance…


Route: New Route
Activity: Cheeky Little Run
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Import URL: Started: 31 Dec 2011 09:27:03
Run Time: 28:47
Stopped Time: 0:00
Distance: 3.95 km
Average Pace: 7:18 /km
Fastest Pace: 4:48 /km
Ascent: 24 meters
Descent: 25 meters
Calories: 467
Official: No

So, I may have said that I fancied trying a spot of off-road running. I also may have said that it would be a while coming, and that I certainly wasn’t going to be buying shoes anytime soon.

Cue trip to town this morning to return my nephew’s defective present, and I needed to get some socks (they evaporate, you know).

After a bit of a check on the Internet, I figured I knew the basics of off-road shoes, so I asked in my regular shop – rubbish bit of selling rather than advising, and I was off to another shop. Tried a pair on, very nice but pricey.

I went to pick J up in Gosforth and popped into the shop there – they had one pair of the older version of the shoe, and it was my size. Never one to ignore a message from the Gods, or an additional 25% reduction off the already lower price, and I now find myself ready for the wilderness…


Achy-breaky legs…

Well, maybe not as melodramatic as that, but I’m definitely not at my best today. A general bleargh feeling and aching legs top to bottom conspired to make today quite a push. There are three reasons I can readily see might have caused it:

  • Two trips to Newcastle in two days – hello concrete floors
  • I’m poorly – not sure on that score yet, but the bleargh thing adds a bit of weight
  • Overindulgence in rubbish foods – don’t think so, but you never know

On the last point, I’ve definitely got a touch of the squishy tummy, and it was probably lucky that I was out early and there was no-one else around. If I’d had to hold it in, I’d have either burst or slowly risen into the sunrise, one or the other.

Quite proud of myself that, despite all the moans and groans, I just got on with it and pushed through the aches and pains. Seems as though being pig-headed (or as it was referred to in my book stubbornly British) is something of an advantage.

Feel like I’m getting shin splints again – hope not, but only time will tell…

Route: New Route
Activity: Wk 5 Run 2
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Import URL: Started: 29 Dec 2011 06:45:58
Run Time: 54:17
Stopped Time: 0:00
Distance: 7.46 km
Average Pace: 7:17 /km
Fastest Pace: 5:01 /km
Ascent: 49 meters
Descent: 43 meters
Calories: 876
Official: No

Afternoon runners…

Posted: 27/12/2011 in Uncategorized

That’ll be me then – expected to be out nice and early, but it turned out that was pencilled in for “hitting the sales”, so after a few hours of wandering the streets of Newcastle, and a detour for a drop-off on the way back, it was home, quick 3pm slice of Christmas cake to call “breakfast”, then straight out.

The weather was good today, wind had died right down, and the various limbs seemed to be working OK (though left big toe is persistently achy, but don’t think that’s to do with the running). I slept funny on my shoulder/arm last night, and it was a bit gimpy, but I take that as a sign that it’s either developing a muscle, or that it’s losing some of its cushioning layer of fat. Buoyed up from my run to Tynemouth on Christmas Day, I decided to relive the excitement and head that way again.

The paths were heaving, with a ton of people making the best of the mild weather at the coast – had to slow down a few times as there was enough traffic to make dodging into the road to get past a bit of an excercise in Russian Roulette. Finally made it to Tynemouth at the end of Interval 5, realising that I was down for a round dozen today (I’m back on the programme, and this is officially Run 1 of Week 5, though I might go straight to Run 3 of Week 5 so I’m back on track from my new week starting on Sunday), so I decided bravely, not foolishly, to run down to the harbour wall and maybe have a jog along.

Brilliant plan, but the gates on the wall shut at 3:30, and I arrived at …erm… 3:30 just as the Port of Tyne man was locking up. So, nothing for it but to turn around and run up the hill. I say run, there was a bit of non-running in there as well; it’s the first proper hill I’ve run up, and while it didn’t kill me, I can see a few more attempts will be necessary before I’m loving it. It was also a good idea as it’s the main hill on the Tyneside 10k Run that I’m planning to do on Easter Sunday, so I might as well get a taste of it early on.

I can’t explain how nice it is to get back from a run and not have crippling knee pain – it seems like a bit of a dream now, hobbling and limping around at work and not being able to sleep. I should buy my doctor (well, not my doctor, he was simply the one who was available at the time) a drink. Saved me a trip to a Podiatrist and likely some £150+ insoles. As I think I said at the time, it’s not the shoes that are wrong, it’s my tubby-arse frame that’s causing the problems.

Want to know a secret? I got a book for Christmas – Feet In The Clouds – all about fell-running, mostly about the horrific injuries and how mad you’d need to be to do it, but also quite enticing. It’ll be a long while before I’m in a fit state to try that kind of thing, but it’s got me thinking. For now the target it to get the ‘walk’ part of the walk/run combo down to zero seconds.  From there, the world!

Route: New Route
Activity: Wk 5 Run 1
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Import URL: Started: 27 Dec 2011 15:02:08
Run Time: 1:04:17
Stopped Time: 0:00
Distance: 8.80 km
Average Pace: 7:18 /km
Fastest Pace: 4:51 /km
Ascent: 70 meters
Descent: 59 meters
Calories: 945
Official: No