Running Wednesday 13 Dec 17

I did not think I was going to be able to go to the club run tonight, it has been raining heavy all day and I was not going to go if it had not stopped.

It did stop long enough for the club run, I had three layers of clothing on and still felt the ice cold wind through them.

It was speed training round a 400 metre circuit with a short break in between, fortunately the area was sheltered from the wind.

I manage to find a group that ran at my level, I am not sure how many times we went round the circuit but I was starting to lag behind after a while.

I have not done a lot of this type of running. I am pleased with my efforts and I am sure I will be able to keep up and not lag behind with a few more of these sessions under my belt.

The run back to the club was a lot slower than the run out to where we did this training, but I was back in the car when the rain came again.

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Running Monday 11 Dec 17

I had planed on going to the club tonight but it is forecast to be minus two degrees tonight.

So I decided to go on a cross country run, the reason I decided to go off road was because I thought I might slip running round the streets.

I took a route I had not been on before, and I came across a long hill it felt like it was never going to end.

It was a good run and my off road shoes gripped well in the snow, I just had to keep my eyes open to puddles hidden under the snow.

One thing about running in the snow it keeps your running shows clean.

There were one or two areas when I got back on the road where it looked a bit icy, I slowed down and took a little bit of extra care going past these parts.

Since starting running I have tried to push myself and not walk on runs, but the finish of today’s run was up hill and I just had to walk part of it.

It might have been that long hill that took it out of me.

Strava details
Total distance 3.7 miles, time taken 41.54, average pace 11.20

Split times
1st 10.58
2nd 11.07
3rd 11.13

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Running Wednesday 06 Dec 17

Winter training this week took the form of hill runs, the target was seven to ten hill climbs.

The hills were not particularly steep but they were quite long, after the first one I set a target of doing five.

At that point that’s all I felt like I could do, and I thought I might have to push myself to get them.

I managed to do seven which I am very pleased with, my calf muscles started feeling tight again on the run back to the club.

I hope this does not mean they are going to get as bad as they were at the weekend.

Strava details: –
Distance 4.2 miles, time taken 48.42, average pace 11.30

Split times
1st 10.59
2nd 11.07
3rd 12.00
4th 11.44

I am pleased with these times, especially after my performance if the cross country last weekend.

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Running Saturday 02 Dec 17

It was the Harriers cross country today, and they picked a good day for it.

I have got to say it was a tough route, or should I say it was tough for me the guys that lapped me did not seem to have any problems.

They said it was 3 times round for the men and twice for the women, it seemed to take forever to do the first circuit.

They said there would be hills some of them were more like mountains, one of the slopes had ropes to help you to get up.

At the mud hole there was a couple of guys waiting to take pictures of people getting stuck.

Fortunately I managed to get over it without any problems, on the third lap because I was on my own a couple guys came back to run in with me.

When we got to the mud hole they pointed out a firm piece of ground near the front which was a step and a little jump to clear the mud.

It was a great experience and I will be doing it again, I just hope I will not be last next time.

Strava details: –
Distance 5.1 time taken 1.10.26 average pace 12.48

Split times
1st 13.28
2nd 13.38
3rd 13.47
4th 14.52
5th 13.36

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Running Wednesday 29 Nov 17

I did not look too promising for a run this morning, it looked like it was going to rain, and it did as drove through to Barnsley.

I met up with June and we went for a run round Locke Park, we started and finished near the car park.

Thankfully by the time I got to June’s it had stopped raining, it was very cold and for the first couple of times round I could feel it.

When I looked at Strava we had covered 3.1 miles the distance of the Parkrun.

June was surprised on the last lap when Strava reported an increase in pace, I did it deliberately just increasing a little at a time.

Just to see if she would keep up with me, I don’t want to do any further damage to her knee so I did not push it too much.

Strava details: –

Distance 3.1 miles, time taken 37.52, average pace 11.53

Split times
1st 11.53
2nd 12.01
3rd 11.29

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Running Monday 28 Nov. 17

Running in the dark with a torch on your head is quite a experience, you don’t see a lot of the mud and puddles till you are going through them.

I am a bit disappointed with myself I was convinced that we were running at a faster pace than we were.

At the end when I looked at Strava we were averaging 11.20, I am sure that was just me and the other runners will have been faster.

I know I can do better than this, I was right at the back and felt like I was holding people back.

It was a bit cold at the start of the run but once we got going it was alright, and unlike Saturday I was dressed properly.

My legs felt alright during the run but my breathing was a bit laboured, that’s what made me think that we were running faster than we were.

Another problem I had was feeling bloated, I have only myself to blame I thought if we had our main meal earlier I would be fine.

But it was not early enough, I will have to try something else.

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Running Saturday 25 Nov 17

Today is the coldest day that I have been running, and I was under dressed for the conditions, last week I had my running jacket on and did not need it.

Today I did not take it and needed it, I think it is going to be left in the car then if I need it I have it.

I thought once I got going I would not feel the cold, how wrong can you be.

Because of the icy conditions I decided there was going to be no heroics, just a nice steady pace but I was surprised how out of breath I felt.

I wasn’t even trying, I wonder if it has something to do with the weather, or maybe because of the run I had Thursday.

Anyway despite the frost and the ice cold breeze I think I put in a reasonable time.

Strava details: –
Distance 3.1 time taken 35 minutes average pace 11.10

Split times
1st 11.24
2nd 11.09
3rd 11.09

The official time 34.51

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Running Thursday 23 Nov 17

As I did not go to the club hill training session, I decided to do some hill training on my own this morning.

The weather was better, but there was an ice cold breeze and it really hit you when you got into open space.

The run went well considering I wanted to give up after running up the hill, not immediately it was around the 2.5 mile mark.

But I managed to keep it going and ran for over 3 miles, I am sure I will feel the benefit of staying on instead of giving up.

I expect the first mile to be the fastest as it was all downhill, as soon as I hit the uphill section I told myself to slow it down and take it steady.

The hill is not the longest of hills, but it is very steep and when driving up it I have to get down to 2nd gear at the steepest part.

I was pleased to see that I had picked the pace up for the 3rd mile, I kept telling myself to but I did not feel as if I had done.

Stava details: –
Distance 3.6 miles, time 41:29 average pace 11.25

Split times
1st 10.27
2nd 12.29
3rd 11.30

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Running Monday 20 Nov 17

Another steady run with June, I thought we might get a little wet this morning it looked like it had already been raining.

I put my jacket on thinking we might be cold and wet, but I did not need it because it was really mild and the rain held off.

I added a couple of hills into today’s run, to see how Junes knee held up.

We did not push it in fact we ran at a slower pace than I would have liked, but with a Parkrun and a 3 mile run this morning I think we need to up the pace.

Strava details: –
Total distance 3.1 miles, time 38.15 and average pace 12.00

Split times
1st 12.27
2nd 12.03
3rd 11.48

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Running Saturday 18 Nov 17

I did the Rother Valley Parkrun with June this morning.

It was a bright sunny day with a cold breeze, you only really felt the breeze when you were stood waiting to go.

Once you got going everything was fine, there was a long section of the route that was sheltered from the breeze.

And it got felt quite warm round this area, you could feel the heat off the sun.

The run itself was done at a nice steady pace, we gradually picked up the pace as we went on.

When I ran here the last time I was finding it difficult to pace myself, I wanted to keep up with the other runners from the Harriers but did not want to burn myself out.

I felt more comfortable this time because I knew the route.

Strava Details: –
Distance 3.1 miles, time 34.47 average pace 22.02

Split times
1st 11.31
2nd 11.05
3rd 10.52

Official time 34.51

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