Archive for January, 2012

Took it easy today, to give my lovely Iliotibial Band a bit of an easy ride. The consensus of opinion on the Runner’s World forum is that this is what’s causing my thigh pains. Apparently a foam roller is the thing, and some painful exercises to release the tension in the muscle.

The run was OK, bit twingy as ever in the thigh department, and my left hip was complaining a bit – as these aches are generally moving up my body, I take that as proof that the bits below are getting with the programme. No idea if that’s true or not, but it helps me to put it in context.

I mentioned a while ago that I was the centre of the universe, in that my water bottle and the little bag I carry my phone in orbit me slowly as I run. I’ve discovered that I also generate my own micro-climate – every time I come back in at the moment, I’ve formed dew on my hat.

I’ve also become a supplement taker, and now rattle along with a general vegetarian supplement, something for joints and another thing for muscles. Not bad (other than the joint one, which is frankly the size of my head), but it got me thinking. Sorry to get all religious on you here, but what was God thinking?

Well, I’ve created this stuff that’ll be great for joints (once they develop joints), but I’m not sure what to do with it. The whole apple in the Garden thing went properly wrong, so leaving it out in the open with a helpful label just won’t do. I’ll have to hide it somewhere.

Now that’s all well and good, but the point about hiding something is that it’s easy (if you’re God) to hide something where no-one will ever find it. Mars. There you go, little chance of getting that stuff, eh? Also, it kind of defeats the object anyway, so he must have hope someone would find it through dilligent work (maybe a bit of praying too), so there would need to be hints, or at least a clue that he’d hidden that stuff somewhere?

So, dear creations, I’ve created this stuff that’ll be great for your joints, but I want you to work to find it, so I’ve hidden it. It’s somewhere, in an animal. Yes, you got that right, an animal. Not in the whole animal, either, so you’re going to have to be picky with this one.

The search starts, I’m imagining, and people are off trying all the obvious stuff, like an egg, or a leg of lamb, maybe a slice of bacon, but to no avail. After a while it must get pretty obscure and a little desperate:

Yes, Your Majesty, we have prepared the next offerings in the “hunt for achy-joint-cure” for your delight.

What do we have today then, Squire?

Well, m’lud, you could start with the badger’s arse, or maybe you’d be more tempted by the lark’s nipple? For desert we have a squirrel’s nuts (no joke) or perhaps a helping of otters spleen?

Good grief. I’m still nauseous from the blackbird’s gizzard from yesterday, can I just have a hot water bottle to ease the pain?

Who knows how many options had to be tried until the eventually got desperate enough to try a cod’s liver…


Route: New Route
Activity: Wk 9 Run 2
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Import URL: Started: 31 Jan 2012 06:38:53
Run Time: 57:44
Stopped Time: 0:32
Distance: 8.48 km
Average Pace: 6:48 /km
Fastest Pace: 5:26 /km
Ascent: 44 meters
Descent: 47 meters
Calories: 933
Official: No

Fun with Magic Markers

Posted: 29/01/2012 in Uncategorized

I passed the 10k mark again today – good for the soul and heartening for the upcoming North Tyneside 10k Road Race in April. At a time of 1:07, with four minutes warm up at the start and a total of fourteen minutes walk intervals, I’d hope I can improve on that on the day.

So, Deja Vu, Obsession and Synchronicity – not only the name of my range of perfumes (if I had a range of perfumes – hang on, Obsession has been done, hasn’t it?), but also the three things in my head today.

– Deja Vu: here I am, repeating week 9. After my shonky thigh last week, I figured I’d give it another go. I think it was a good idea too, the 7/2 splits were about right. Thigh was relatively OK; bit thingy, but I think that’s a “live with” kind of thing.

– Obsession: slightly off-topic, but I’ve been listening to Jose Gonzalez a lot recently, enjoying his folky guitar stylings and melancholic vibe. It’s properly good music to cook to, and as I cook most nights that’s a good thing to find.

– Synchronicity: one of his songs seems to be designed for runners, I only started to pick out the lyrics this last week, but they include “we need hints, before we get tired” and “we need hints, to know we’re on the right track”. OK, it doesn’t look like much typed out, but if you check it out on YouTube, you’ll see what I mean – the track is called “Hints”.

On a running-grooviness scale, I’m feeling like a decent 8/10 at the moment, not quite a gazelle, but maybe a slightly tired sheep. Running in a race seems do-able, as does the dream of running up in the hills – perhaps not for a while for the second one, and I’d be the first to point out that I don’t run many hills, but in an aspirational stylee.

So, with that in mind, welcome to week nine, version two – it’s looking like a good one.

Route: New Route
Activity: Wk 9 Run 1
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Import URL: Started: 29 Jan 2012 08:30:21
Run Time: 1:07:11
Stopped Time: 0:00
Distance: 10.10 km
Average Pace: 6:39 /km
Fastest Pace: 5:15 /km
Ascent: 30 meters
Descent: 24 meters
Calories: 1073
Official: No

Cut my run short today – thigh was feeling a bit wonky stil. I ran on it OK, but was aware that it was aching, so only completed four of the six intervals. I reckon I’ll give Thursday a miss, see how it is on Sunday and maybe start Week 9 of the programme again.

On a plus note, two intervals got me to the lighthouse road, which is 3km – not bad going, I reckon.

The other thing convincing me to hold off was an early start at work today – “busy” just doesn’t cover it.

Additional (at 10pm) – my thigh has been a right pain (no pun intended) today, stairs have been quite shocking. It seems to have calmed down now to the point of being a wee niggle, but I’m going to see what happens tomorrow before forming any opinions about running on Thursday morning. The sensible person in my head is saying “It needs a rest”, but they’re slightly drowned out by the child in there shouting “weee, running, we can go running!”. Like I say, we’ll see how it goes – it’s possible I’m getting to know my Iliotibial Band, I suppose… sounds like the same symptoms as ITBS.

Route: New Route
Activity: Wk 9 Run 2
Google Maps URL:

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Import URL: Started: 24 Jan 2012 06:30:00
Run Time: 40:16
Stopped Time: 0:00
Distance: 5.63 km
Average Pace: 7:09 /km
Fastest Pace: 5:51 /km
Ascent: 9 meters
Descent: 17 meters
Calories: 561
Official: No

Wallowing in the mud…

Posted: 22/01/2012 in Uncategorized

Hard today – not sure why, though I can think of a few reasons:

  • My thigh is still wonky from Wednesday, think I was favouring the other leg a bit, which didn’t help
  • Shift up from 5:1 to 7:2 in the run/walk (minutes) stakes
  • Late to bed last night
  • Had an extra beer
  • Started smoking again yesterday

On the last point, I can only say that sometimes, when life throws you lemons, you just really want a tab. I’ll probably stop again in a bit, but one thing and another just got a bit much, and I knew I’d be a more relaxed person if I just let myself get on with it.

Looking at the intervals, they weren’t actually that bad – so maybe it’s just a bit of an off day? Whatever, I’m not about the time or the distance, more about the perservenance, and I had that in bucket-loads. The seven minutes running was a bit of a shock, but then I remembered it’s all about one foot in front of the other, and it seemed alright.

No time to chat today, DIY awaits…