Monday, 31 December 2007
Mile 1 - 11m09s
Mile 2 - 12m30s
Mile 3 - 12m49s
Mile 4 - 12m03s
Mile 5 - 11m16s
Mile 6 - 11m04s
It was hard work though - glad I've got a day off tomorrow!!
6 miles in 1h11m would be a marathon in 5h10m, but I still have 15 weeks left to improve upon that.
Happy New Year!!
Sunday, 30 December 2007
Mile 1 - 10m35s
Mile 2 - 11m44s
Tomorrow's the big one.
I should be aiming for a 75 minute run at the end of "Week 1" according to the Flora London Marathon 1st timers training plan. But that would be much more than a 10% increase in my weekly run, which according to the Dummies Guide to running a marathon is a bad thing. So I'll maybe run for 6 miles, in about 65-70 minutes which is somwhere in between.
Friday, 28 December 2007
Thursday, 27 December 2007
Mile 1 - 9m16s
Mile 2 - 9m53s
Wednesday, 26 December 2007
Monday, 24 December 2007
Sunday, 23 December 2007
Saturday, 22 December 2007
Friday, 21 December 2007
Running planned for tomorrow and Sunday, with my long run (5 miles hopefully) on Christmas eve. That way I get Christmas day off (!) and then back to the mile on Boxing day.
So far I have run 56.7 miles in 79 days. And there are only 114 days to go until the big one!!
Thursday, 20 December 2007
Tuesday, 18 December 2007
Sunday, 16 December 2007
Saturday, 15 December 2007
Actually the website I found before (see my post from 29th October) estimates that a fast mile of 8m35s is a 4h52m marathon. Still, I've still over 16 weeks to go... so that sub 4h30m time doesn't look so far off now!
Thursday, 13 December 2007
Wednesday, 12 December 2007
Monday, 10 December 2007
4.52miles in 20m55s averaging 13.2mph and a top speed of 22.2mph.
Lap times of: 5m08s, 5m21s, 5m12s, 5m14s
I'm quite happy that my "mile" lap of the village may in fact be over 1.1 miles - as it means that the runs that I'm doing are actually better than the running times I am recording... which should mean I'm doing better than I think I am!
Sunday, 9 December 2007
Today I've run 4 miles in 43 minutes!
Mile 1 - 10m13s
Mile 2 - 10m54s
Mile 3 - 11m13s
Mile 4 - 10m46s
At that pace that would be a marathon in 4h42m - and I'd be quite happy with that.
It seemed a lot easier today. The prospect of running 5 or 6 miles doesn't seem too daunting now, although running 26 still does!
Saturday, 8 December 2007
If you're reading this - please leave me a comment! Any words of encouragement will be most welcome - especially when I ramp up my training in a week or two. That's when the hard work starts, and I'll be able to tell if running 9-minute miles is going to be possible...
Friday, 7 December 2007
Thursday, 6 December 2007
Better weather tomorrow I hope, and maybe no April showers come the marathon next year..... please?!?!
Wednesday, 5 December 2007
Sunday, 2 December 2007
(it took me 30 seconds to get my camera!)
Saturday, 1 December 2007
Friday, 30 November 2007
Thanks to everyone who has sponsored my daughter and me to do the Santa Fun Run in aid of Helen & Douglas House on Sunday.
So far I've raised over £200 for this great cause. That's fantastic, everyone has been very generous.
Pictures to follow next week!!
Thursday, 29 November 2007
Out for a slap up meal tonight at La Fontana in Hanney, courtesy of the project I've been on again this year...
After frogs' legs to start, I followed up with a massive T bone steak. Now that's what I call a steak!! I need to up my meat intake, it's good for building up my muscles (that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!)
Wednesday, 28 November 2007
Tuesday, 27 November 2007
Tomorrow is officially a day off, but I might squeeze a quick trot in if I can!
Monday, 26 November 2007
Sunday, 25 November 2007
Mile 1 - 11m09s
Mile 2 - 12m28s
Mile 3 - 12m00s
It's the 2 mile Santa Fun Run next Sunday, so I'll be doing my "long" run on Monday instead (having a few days off work).
Saturday, 24 November 2007
Friday, 23 November 2007
Thursday, 22 November 2007
Tuesday, 20 November 2007
My suit (for the Santa Fun Run) turned up today. My wife says I look dashing but I'm not convinced! If you'd like to sponsor my daughter and me to run the 2 miles in a couple of weeks, please do!
The page for this is at http://www.bmycharity.com/ulenandlauren/
Today I tried out a slightly longer route for my "daily 5 minute" run, upping it to 0.7 miles and I did it in 6m45s. Tomorrow's a day off (as was yesterday tsk tsk), then on Thursday I've sorted out a better route at 0.8 miles which I hope to stick to for a week or two and then I'll be aiming to do a mile a day from December onwards.
Sunday, 18 November 2007
Today as it's Sunday it's back to the "long" run. I wanted to do 3 miles, and decided I'd do at least 2 and see if I felt up to the 3rd. Which I did!
32m35s was just a bit better than last week, but on the whole fairly consistent:
Mile 1 - 10m01s
Mile 2 - 11m11s
Mile 3 - 11m23s
I may extend my daily run tomorrow a bit, and soon will be running at least a mile a day.
Monday, 12 November 2007
I'll be there with my daughter running the 2 miles through the streets of Oxford, though you'd be hard pushed to recognise us as we'll be running along with 600 other Santas!
Sunday, 11 November 2007
Saturday, 10 November 2007
Friday, 9 November 2007
Training in the winter sucks; it's cold, dark, windy & wet. Time to get my home gym sorted...
Thursday, 8 November 2007
Tuesday, 6 November 2007
Sunday, 4 November 2007
Next Sunday I want to up my weekly "long" run to 3 miles...
Saturday, 3 November 2007
Friday, 2 November 2007
Thursday, 1 November 2007
Having chomped up another kilo of carrots yesterday for my daily half-litre of carrot juice to take to work, I decided to have a go at the apples that were turning every so slightly wrinkly in the fruit bowl.
I quartered, de-stalked and de-cored 8 apples, and then let them loose in my juicer. This produced 2 glasses of an interestingly cloudy green drink, quite dissimilar to the apple juice that you'd buy. Of course the difference is that apple juice is pressed, so just the juice is squeezed out of the fruit. It can be quite sharp. I was pulverising the flesh and the skins, so I ended up with a much more subtle-tasting drink. Not so thirst quenching, yet much more flavoursome (imho). And then when I cleaned out the pulp it was very very gloopy apple purée (quite unlike the dryish remains that carrots leave). My wife pointed out that this was just like the kind of baby food that comes in jars. Perhaps I ought to start a sideline in producing foodstuffs? How about The madasaboxoffrogs tasteless gloop company...
Monday, 29 October 2007
How does anyone manage to run a mile in 4 minutes?!
Realistically - running a fast mile is not a real indication of running over distance.
But this website has an algorithm which predicts the kind of time you can do in a long race given a fast mile time. This would suggest that if I can do an 8 minute mile in fast training that I would be on target to run a ~10½-minute-per-mile marathon, with a finishing time of a little over 4½ hours. That's a very encouraging target to aim for. I'll have a better idea of how achievable that is when I start training in earnest! For the time being I'm still in the "getting fit" stage, so none of the timings I'm making at the moment matter much, it's just a way of seeing if I'm improving from when I started out at the beginning of the month.
After that I went magazine delivering with my wife, and we spent about 3 hours delivering 500 of them.
A well earned day off yesterday, and this evening just a short run out to try my new half-mile course... as I've decided to take Fit2Run's advice and do daily 5 minute runs to increase my speed and give me a good base upon which to develop my running skills.
Friday, 26 October 2007
Thursday, 25 October 2007
I have bought a pair of Mizuno Wave Inspire 3 running shoes, from the very helpful guys at Fit2Run in Abingdon. They also advised me that I should be running for about 5 minutes every day, rather than running for 2 miles (25 minutes) twice a week. Consistency is the key - rather than pushing myself too far too soon.
I think I've done enough today, but will be eager to try out my new shoes tomorrow!!
12 miles each way, plus a few miles round Abingdon itself. The reason to visit Abingdon was to a) buy a pair of running shoes from fit2run and b) to pick up nightshift from Dawsons music. The first thing was easy, and I came away seventy-five pounds lighter. More on that later. Sadly, however, my second reason for visiting Abingdon was not fulfilled, as Dawsons has now shut down. I'll have to make a trip to Baby John's in Didcot instead.
Anyway - here's what I managed today (I didn't time the other few miles around Abingdon)
|Distance||12.03 miles||12.01 miles|
Wednesday, 24 October 2007
Tuesday, 23 October 2007
Running through the churhyard in the dark reminded me of how scared I used to be of the gravestones at nighttime as a kid (especially the tomb-like one on the corner). Mind you the streetlighting is better these days, and there's no goat clanking its chain hidden down behind the church to scare the wits out of you anymore!
Monday, 22 October 2007
Unlike a BMW or Williams, I don't seem to benefit from enhanced performance by using cold fuel... the lower temperature nitrogen/oxygen mix I was inhaling didn't improve my time from yesterday morning, as today I did the 8.3m circuit in 38 minutes, averaging only 12.7mph and managing a top speed of 25.9mph...
Back to the running tomorrow!
Sunday, 21 October 2007
I'm still a bit rusty, but now I have a new set of bike lights this will be a regular route to get a much needed half hour of exercise as part of my cross training. Today I managed:
Now I'm off to run a mile.
Thursday, 18 October 2007
I timed it for the first time. A steady jog, completed in 12 minutes 12 seconds.
That's a marathon in 5.333 hours. That's if I can keep that pace up for all 26.2 miles! Still it gives me a starting point. I wouldn't mind doing it in 5 hours, mind you just completing at all is my main aim!!
Off weight lifting tomorrow. Lifting sofas and beds and things down from a 1st floor flat for a house move!
More training to come on Sunday...
Tuesday, 16 October 2007
for only £19.99 and I got this book thrown in for free:
I also bought 3kg of carrots from Sainsbury's (bargain at only 33p/kg), and it juices them up a treat!!
It alleges to retail at £64 so I thought I'd snagged a real bargain, but it's on Kelkoo from £29.99 (so not such a huge saving after all). Still, it's very good so far.
Today I tried cucumber juice (yuck); celery juice (double YUCK) and then melon & grape (quite yummy, but I think I would have preferred the melon in fruit form). Oh and carrot juice too. Mixing the celery, cucumber & carrot together works ok.
Hopefully all this fruit & veg juice will help to stave off the horrible coldy chest cough infection thingy I picked up on Friday. Boo hiss, no training for me over the weekend.
Tomorrow I shall try tomatoes. And cucumber & ginger. Oh, and carrot juice (of course!!).
I hope to be back in training on Thursday.
Thursday, 11 October 2007
Ok, perhaps that't not how I'm supposed to be training, but you get the idea. It's going to take a while to get into it, but when I do there'll be no stopping me. Well maybe a bit of ice & snow might be a bit awkward, but then I've the rowing machine to look forward to when I can't get out and about on the streets.
I've booked a few days off in December as I had loads of holiday to use up by the end of the year. The plan is to run an 5-mile circuit by then. And then come Januray I hope to be up to 8-miles. Doing mile laps is all very well, but it's all too easy to give up at the end of 2, 3 or 4 miles. Once out on the roads - if I make it to 4 miles, I'll have no choice but to run another 4 miles to get home again.
Wednesday, 10 October 2007
As with any physical activity programme please consult your GP before commencing if you have any health concerns.
Since I'm a bit overweight, and a bit underfit - I thought it best to be sure to get my GP to give me the once over before I get my training underway. She weighed me, measured my height and took my blood pressure. They were: a bit more than I expected; just what I expected and completely new to me - so unexpected (respectively).
I thought I was 90kg (14.2 stones), and it turns out I am 93kg (14.6 stones).
I thought I was 5'9" (1.76m) and I am. However my weight/height index makes me a bit more lardy than I thought (Darn that cake I had on Monday!). According to the Doctor I am a bit overweight - but nothing a bit of exercise won't sort out.
I don't remember having my blood pressure taken before (which is not strictly true - I've had it taken a few times, but I've never paid attention to the results). So this was new to me. I'm 140/85, which is a little high, but nothing to worry about and nothing that a bit of exercise won't sort out.
According to bbc.co.uk health I'm on the verge of hypertension and should do the following to reduce it:
I will get my blood pressure checked again in a few months. Tick.
I already have a low salt intake. Tick.
I gave up smoking 5 years ago. Tick.
I generally eat a balanced diet. Tick.
My ideal weight is about 2 stone less than it is now...
I drink in moderation, well under the 21 units per week. Tick.
I exercise very little....
My stress levels are ok, most of the time...
So only a couple areas of concern. And the best way to lose weight, do more exercise and reduce stress is to do some exercise!
Lastly I asked the Doctor if my cholesterol level should be checked, and she said that I can have it checked if I like, but a high level won't interfere with my ability to run a marathon, and if it was too high a bit of exercise would bring it down again.
She was happy that my plans to gradually build up my fitness over the next three months and then to increase my running in the 3 months leading up to the marathon is a sensible approach, and I should consider a half marathon a couple of months before the full one so I'll know whether I'm up for it.
So all in all I think the advice is clear. I need to exercise more!!!
Tuesday, 9 October 2007
I need to research the blenders, smoothie makers and juicers, comparing the merits of making a smoothie (which contains all the fruit) compared with a juicer (which separates the juice from the pulp).
My wonderful wife suggested getting one of these, as promoted on the website:
Will It Blend?
Hmm, perhaps that's a bit too powerful, even for my needs!!
¹ Does anyone know what "Horse carrots" are? Wantage market sells them by the sackload, and it would be a very cheap way to buy carrots in bulk. Are they suitable for human consumption?
Sunday, 7 October 2007
When I got home, I went out for a mile-long run - the same route as Thursday, but this time I made it all the way home. That's more like it! When I got back I had a warm glow all over. Another few of these warm-ups and I'll be able to start thinking about longer runs, and timed runs.
Tomorrow I may be back on the bike again.
Friday, 5 October 2007
In other news Jason, whose comment was unprintable when he heard I was doing a marathon, has very kindly lent me Marathon Training For Dummies® - which I shall be reading avidly over the weekend...
Thursday, 4 October 2007
Since it was a nice evening, and there was no time like the present to start my campaign to get fit, I couldn't put it off any longer. Time for a short run to shake the metaphorical cobwebs off my tired muscles - a quick trot round the village was in order. I jogged until my shins were complaining and then walked the last bit home. In all I ran a whole 4/5ths of a mile. Great, I only need to increase that by a factor of 33 over the next 6 months, and I'll be there! Ah well, everyone has to start somewhere. It'll be fun to see how I improve over the coming weeks and months ...
Ok, so a bit of walking the streets doesn't sound like much, and it's a long long way from 26 miles 385 yards, but since I'm so out of shape, I had to start somewhere!
Look out for me in the coming issues of the magazine, as I've been volunteered to write a column for it...
I saw a message last week at work about a draw for 5 places up for grabs for the Flora London Marathon 2008, and I thought why not? It's for a good cause (Volunteer Reading Help); it's one of my (as yet unwritten) 42-things-to-do and it's about time I got fit again.
So here I am, 5'9" and 90 kilos, about to embark on a major plan to exercise my way back to my ideal weight and then in the new year to ramp up the training so I'm fit for the challenge of a lifetime come April 13th 2008...
All I need to do is raise £1,000 while I'm at it, and have some fun!
You can help by sponsoring me here (please!!).
And I shall be blogging my way through my training plan, so you can see how I'm getting along!
Running 13.1 miles in memory of Carl
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