Monday, 31 March 2014

Runstreak Day 121 - back to the evening runs

Not a lot to say about today's run.  It's good that it was pretty standard really.  It was a 'not looking at my watch just running' kinda run and the fact that 8:30 minutes per mile is now comfortable is an improvement on even a month ago.

I ended up going for a late run which was a bit of a paint in some respects.  I've got a sun allergy which means I can't go out when the sun's at its strongest, which meant that even though I could have gone for a lunchtime run, I couldn't because of my skin.  Grrrrr!  Anyway, I was nervous about going after dark, especially after getting followed the other night, but I went a different route which felt safer and survived unscathed!  It has made me more wary, I think, but I don't want one bad experience to taint things.

Sometimes you just have to be a big brave girl and get on with it.

*gulps bravely*

Geeky stats stuff

Distance:3.17 mi
Time:26:58
Avg Pace:8:30 min/mi

Time:26:58
Moving Time:26:58
Elapsed Time:26:58
Avg Pace:8:30 min/mi
Avg Moving Pace:8:30 min/mi
Best Pace:5:53 min/mi

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Runstreak Day #120 - a year since I finished Couch to 5k!

A year ago today I ran for 30 minutes for the very first time as part of the last week of Couch to 5k.  Only a couple of months earlier I couldn't run for more than 45 seconds without feeling like my burning lungs were about to explode.  My 30 minutes of running that day meant I covered just over 2 miles.  The thought that I could run 5k at all let alone in 30 minutes seemed so far away.  Because I used an app to track this stuff I can see that in the end that day I managed 3 miles in slightly under 45 minutes - at an average pace of 13:56 minutes per mile.

Today, I ran for my 120th day in a row.  I ran 5k in 25:44 and 10k in 54:05.  My pace over 10k was 8:36 minutes per mile.  And that's after having run for 6 miles yesterday.  In March alone I've run more than 100 miles.

The reason for all this nerdy stats stuff is just to remind myself how far I've come.

Every second, every minute, every mile, every milestone.

Little improvements all the time.  Little personal victories.  No-one else's race but your own.  No-one else's effort but your own.

What a difference a year makes.

Running is amazing.

Geeky stats stuff

Distance:6.29 mi
Time:54:05
Avg Pace:8:36 min/mi

Time:54:05
Moving Time:54:07
Elapsed Time:57:16
Avg Pace:8:36 min/mi
Avg Moving Pace:8:36 min/mi
Best Pace:6:47 min/mi

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Runstreak Day #119 - sunshine and happy legs

After a weird and scary experience running last night, I'm glad that Runstreak Day #119 was far less eventful!
In fact, it was just plain nice. 6 miles of sunshine, not quick, but accompanied by my children who were riding their bikes. Which meant a fair bit of stop-starting as they got distracted, got tired, went the wrong way... but no moaning about the ride, which was ace! Plus, when I got home my daughter told me I was 'very good at running... your legs are all tidy'... which tickled me! 
Am busy having a clothes dilemma for summer running. My cropped leggings from last year are too loose now... and I am on a complete and utter 'can't spend anything' after our cat cost us £500 over the past month. Aaaaargh!  Overheated legs for a while longer, I fear!!
Anyhoo... that aside... another day done. It was sparkly and lovely out. My legs were happy. I was happy. My kids were happy.
Yeah... nice. 
*happy dances into the kitchen to make tea*

Geeky stats stuff

Distance:5.91 mi
Time:53:42
Avg Pace:9:05 min/mi
Time:53:42
Moving Time:53:33
Elapsed Time:1:08:58
Avg Pace:9:05 min/mi
Avg Moving Pace:9:04 min/mi
Best Pace:5:49 min/mi

Friday, 28 March 2014

Runstreak Day #118... or... the day that I nearly pooped myself a little bit

... just a little bit.

Why?  Because for the first time I didn't just get heckled by drunks on a Friday night as I ran, I got followed by some idiot who thought (I presume) it would be funny to run behind me.  Fortunately for me, I'm fit and he was just fat.  And I could keep going a damn sight longer than he could and he gave up within two junctions.  But it was bloody scary.  Well lit route, people around, cars around too... and some twonk thinks it's okay to do that.  Pffft.

On the flip side, it was my best time for a hilly 5k (8:24 mins per mile which is good for me!)... so being scared to slow down / ease up your pace obviously works.  I'll add that to my list of 'Sarah's crap running advice' in the morning!  :o)

Anyway, another day, another run.  Am amazed that my legs are still functioning after a ridiculously busy, stressy week. Talking to my husband about running earlier this evening, he didn't really get why it was important to me to run every day, especially when I'm tired.  But... the whole point is that when things are really stressy, running is the only time in the day (when I'm not asleep) that I get to not think about all the stressful stuff and be free of it for a bit.

Even if a drunken idiot tries to spoil it... it's still worth it.

*slurps tea happily*

Geeky stats stuff

Distance:3.09 mi
Time:26:00
Avg Pace:8:24 min/mi

Time:26:00
Moving Time:26:00
Elapsed Time:26:00
Avg Pace:8:24 min/mi
Avg Moving Pace:8:24 min/mi
Best Pace:6:15 min/mi

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Runstreak Day #117 - drag yourself round...

Shuffles into view...
Day... *wheeze*... 117... *gasp*... of the... *sweats*... runstreak... *whimpers*... done! 
Bloomin' heck am I knackered! Had a 16 hour working day yesterday, a full day of meetings today, starting at 7:30 in the morning, and then back to back the whole day (including over lunch - grrrr!)... and I am abso-flippin-lutely pooped.
Which for any sane person would mean that they'd go 'right, early night, off you pop'. But for me involves me going 'I'll go in a minute... not this minute... that minute... the one after that minute... but I will go... just in a minute... or two...'. Until it reaches almost 9pm and then I go 'ach, bugger it... I'm going', and then I go.
So I did. And I have. And I am still in one piece.
I have earned my cuppa.
But I've run out of energy for happy dancing about another day done in my run streak. Could someone else knock together a quick happy dance for me? 

Ta everso! 

Geeky stats stuff

Distance:2.49 mi
Time:21:04
Avg Pace:8:28 min/mi
Time:21:04
Moving Time:21:04
Elapsed Time:21:04
Avg Pace:8:28 min/mi
Avg Moving Pace:8:28 min/mi
Best Pace:6:56 min/mi

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Runstreak Day #116 - the 'up early' run...


Day 116 all done and dusted...
... and I have achieved an almost zen-like state of 'I've already done my run for the day' smugness. Ommmmmmmm...
8:23 mins / mile as well... which wasn't bad considering my legs were going 'wtf-ing eff are you doing to us at this time in the morning!!!'.
So... things that are good about an early morning run:
1. You're done for the day running-wise before brekkie
2. You've earned your first cuppa
3. You can see the dog poo on the pavement before it gets you (unlike night-time runs!)
4. No drunks to run past and get heckled by
5. Hardly any traffic
6. Hearing the birdies singing
7. Being smug
*assumes smug face*
*happy dances off to make tea*

Geeky stats stuff

Distance:2.46 mi
Time:20:37
Avg Pace:8:23 min/mi

Time:20:37
Moving Time:20:37
Elapsed Time:20:50
Avg Pace:8:23 min/mi
Avg Moving Pace:8:23 min/mi
Best Pace:6:33 min/mi

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Runstreak Day #115 - insanity looming...

115 days is crackers... right?

115 days of running every single day.  If I even think about what that means my head makes flipping floppy sounds and gives up.

Anyway, today I did another run.  Another 5k completed - from sluggish legs I'm consistently averaging around the 8:30 minutes / mile mark at the mo, but it's slowly slowly getting quicker which is progress at least.  Felt ridiculously tired the whole way around due to a crappy night's sleep but did it anyway.  It's weird how 5k on one route doesn't feel that far, but on another route it feels like it's going on for ages.  Today's 5k is the 'short' one.  I guess because it's hilly it breaks down into chunks of uphill, downhill, uphill, downhill etc so that each mile you're doing something a bit different.  Running 5k on the flat is kinda... well... dull.

I cannot believe that I'm saying that!  Flat should be the easy better option, right?  Instead... and slap me for saying this... I quite like my hills.

115 days has clearly driven me loopy!

It's also driven me to a serious tea habit!  Anyone join me for a celebratory cuppa?  :o)

Day 116... immagonnagetcha...

Geeky stats stuff

Distance:3.10 mi
Time:26:27
Avg Pace:8:33 min/mi

Time:26:27
Moving Time:26:27
Elapsed Time:26:27
Avg Pace:8:33 min/mi
Avg Moving Pace:8:32 min/mi
Best Pace:7:02 min/mi

Monday, 24 March 2014

Runstreak Day #114 - the dawn chorus run

Is that the sound of... runstreak Day #114 having already happened?!

Why yes, yes it is!

*dances happily*

Decided to try to fit in my run before work this week as I'm sick of not getting out in an evening until 9pm... so... up at 5am and out the door.  Freezing as anything out and SO quiet.  But pretty darned lovely even if the pavements were a bit lethal.

Making sure I had my kit ready to go first thing and not dithering about like yesterday's 'getting myself in a complete and utter state' mess was definitely the way to do it.  Kit on, trainers on, Garmin bleep, (doubt sanity for a second), out the door... bish, bash, bosh!  Big respect to the dawn chorus crew who do this every day.  Let's see how I am on Friday having attempted early runs the whole week!

First cuppa cha... mmmm mmmmm... I've earned you...  :o)

*slurps*

Geeky stats stuff

Distance:2.49 mi
Time:21:26
Avg Pace:8:37 min/mi
Time:21:26
Moving Time:21:01
Elapsed Time:21:27
Avg Pace:8:37 min/mi
Avg Moving Pace:8:27 min/mi
Best Pace:6:30 min/mi

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Runstreak Day #113 - the 'pick yourself up and get back on the horse' run

I worked myself up into a right nervous state about going out for a run after yesterday's disaster run.  I was petrified of the stomach pains etc happening again and being too far from home to collapse in safety!

Anyway, I was given some great advice about just heading out for a mile and seeing how it went which worked out brilliantly.  I was in such a state that I could feel the tears coming during that first mile, almost back to the very first day when I had no idea if I could run at all... but once it was done and I got into my rhythm it was fine.

I went on a 'see where I end up' run... managed to get lost halfway through, ending up on a disused railway line with no way off it - whoops!... got hailed on, got rained on... had some drunk bloke with three teeth tell me that if I stood on a drain I'd fall right through (nice)... ran up a hill which is a 17% gradient (the sort that if you cycle it you can't stop or you'll fall off)... ran through the woods... ran 7 miles and... most importantly... I did it!!

And I actually felt like I could have done more, which was a nice feeling.

Another day bites the dust!

Geeky stats stuff

Distance:6.84 mi
Time:1:01:46
Avg Pace:9:02 min/mi
Time:1:01:46
Moving Time:1:01:47
Elapsed Time:1:11:07
Avg Pace:9:02 min/mi
Avg Moving Pace:9:02 min/mi
Best Pace:5:58 min/mi

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Runstreak Day #112 - the day which will be remembered as...

... oh my good grief that was the biggest pile of crap of a run... ever.

Was tootling along, trying not to go too fast and just take it steady.  Felt quite good.  Then... just over a mile in... my stomach does the worst twisty turny hideous cramps and I can barely carry on.  It was bloody horrible.  I managed to haul my backside around the rest of the 5k and dragged myself in to take off my kit and collapse.  I have never felt so horrible, sick and shaky after a run, ever.  Why on earth would that happen?!!?!  I wasn't doing anything I haven't done before.

Feel like I have no idea about how to control my pace either.  I seem to have one speed, 'the speed I can run at', and even when I'm trying to run slower, it's the same as when I'm just running.  I don't understand my legs!!!!!

Gah!  Frustrated me!!  :(

I need tea.

Geeky stats stuff

Distance:3.17 mi
Time:27:21
Avg Pace:8:37 min/mi
Time:27:21
Moving Time:27:21
Elapsed Time:27:21
Avg Pace:8:37 min/mi
Avg Moving Pace:8:37 min/mi
Best Pace:6:38 min/mi

Friday, 21 March 2014

Runstreak Day #111... the daily juggle

... it was hilly... it was dark... it was windy... I was heckled by several drunks...

Oh the joy of running around Nottingham on a Friday night!

I have *got* to get my backside in gear and go for a run earlier in the day.  Was going to go when I got home from work, but then one thing after another prevented it.  Being a mum and trying to juggle / fit in running alongside that, a full-time job and the general busyness of life can be a challenge.  The time just keeps on ticking on...

And then... finally... finally... out for a run.  At 9pm on a Friday night.

Ah well, at least I got out there!  A hilly 5k in a shade over 26 minutes when I'm knackered.  I have earned tea and a spot of happy dancing!

*collapses*

Geeky stats stuff

Distance:3.08 mi
Time:26:22
Avg Pace:8:34 min/mi



Thursday, 20 March 2014

Runstreak Day #110 - just a little escape

A late run - had to leave it until after the kids were in bed and I'd done their story... and then had to comfort my daughter who was having bad dreams...

... but... it's done!  YAY!

Y'know, not every run is a triumph.  Not every run is a failure.  An awful lot of them are just you, out there, running.  Today was like that.  It was late when I went for a run, I ran for 2.5 miles... didn't push it too hard, am finding hills gradually easier... and enjoyed a little slice of freedom.

Not every run is special.  But added together with all the other runs, it does your head good, it does your legs good and it makes you feel good.

I guess that's kinda special no matter how you look at it.

Geeky stats stuff

Distance:2.47 mi
Time:20:54
Avg Pace:8:29 min/mi

Time:20:54
Moving Time:20:54
Elapsed Time:20:54
Avg Pace:8:29 min/mi
Avg Moving Pace:8:29 min/mi
Best Pace:5:30 min/mi

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Runstreak Day #109 - another dark run

Y'know, I haven't much to say about today's run.  It was hilly.  It was windy.  It was dark.  I got hot and sweaty.  I ran a reasonable time on a fasting day on a route which involved hills.  That was about it!

I really am looking forward to running when it's lighter though.  When I can only squeeze in a run in the evening, it is inevitably a dark and slightly spooky affair.  I tell myself I could out-run any trouble and I don't listen to what's said to me as I run (inevitably by groups of blokes)... but while the dark is a reassuring blanket in some ways, it does make me feel more vulnerable.  The streets are almost too quiet some how.

I want the light evenings back.  Properly light.

And then when I run up and down the hills in the evening, I won't feel on the verge of getting run over / treading in something gross / being harassed by guys in vans!

Yeah, that'd be nice.  Bring back the light!!

Geeky stats stuff

Distance:3.06 mi
Time:26:43
Avg Pace:8:44 min/mi

Time:26:43
Moving Time:26:43
Elapsed Time:26:43
Avg Pace:8:44 min/mi
Avg Moving Pace:8:44 min/mi
Best Pace:7:03 min/mi

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Runstreak Day #108 - minimum distance or time?

At the beginning of December when I started this run streak, this exact same route (it's my local minimum distance 'well lit at night' route) took me 23:15 to run.  This evening it took me 20:56.  And that's with not feeling 100%... and with tired legs.  It's amazing how much running every day improves your running.

Part of me is thinking 'I really should run a bit further' and run for a minimum length of time rather than a minimum distance, but to be honest, I can't be bothered!  Just getting out there each day is enough, especially when it's dark and the weather's a bit grim.

Funny thing is, these sorts of conversations about distance, time, improvements etc are the conversations I have with myself.  There's something about running which - when you are with another runner - you can chat about happily... but for anyone else they pull *that* face and it means nothing.  To be honest, a year ago it would have meant little to me either.  But I guess that's the thing.  It's hard to put into words the quiet satisfaction of doing just a little better.  Of getting out there even if you didn't feel like it.  Of doing something you didn't think your body could do.  Maybe you don't need to tell anyone about that?  The conversation about how you feel about running is one that gets internalised and absorbed into lots of lovely positive feelings.

Even when I get back home, sweating, puffing and gasping... even when I'm sticking on the washing machine for the millionth load of laundry... even when I'm feeling a bit tired.  I still know that I *did* something.  And that's pretty darned yummy.

Geeky stats stuff

Distance:2.47 mi
Time:20:56
Avg Pace:8:28 min/mi

Time:20:56
Moving Time:20:56
Elapsed Time:20:56
Avg Pace:8:28 min/mi
Avg Moving Pace:8:28 min/mi
Best Pace:7:01 min/mi

Monday, 17 March 2014

Runstreak Day #107 - Short and not too sweet...

Not feeling too great today - have a head cold which isn't the best.  Which also meant that I experienced the weirdness of an evening run where I got to be running past fish 'n' chip shops without being able to smell a thing from them.  Very odd!

So - nothing remarkable about today's run either.  I ran just to clear my head as much as anything.  Running is great for escaping stress in whatever form that tries to intrude into your life.  I've worked out that the more stressful the situation, the more I want to run up hills - the sheer concentration of getting up a steep hill means that nothing else can come into your head and you get to exist only in that moment.  Today's run involved a stupidly steep hill, even though the run was short, it was enough to get that bit of freedom I needed.

That and running home to a cup of tea and a box of tissues.  That was good too.

And Day #107 is done.  Hooray!

Geeky stats stuff

Distance:2.04 mi
Time:18:06
Avg Pace:8:53 min/mi

Time:18:06
Moving Time:18:06
Elapsed Time:18:06
Avg Pace:8:53 min/mi
Avg Moving Pace:8:53 min/mi
Best Pace:7:13 min/mi

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Runstreak Day #106 - yummy delish morning

First run for ages where I was so hot that I had to go down to just a t-shirt and leggings.  And coming home, even though I didn't really run that far, I was sweating up a storm (too much detail? Nah...).  Will have to start thinking about switching my Winter running gear for lighter stuff!  Hooray!!

It really was gorgeous out this morning.  I ran past the blossom coming out on the trees.  I ran with the sunshine twinkling through the branches overhead.  The wind was refreshing rather than bitter.  The sky was freshly scrubbed and bright blue.  Days like this you'd feel fabulous anyway... but running along taking time to enjoy being out there is a whole other level of lovely.

And now the rest of the day stretches ahead of me and I've already had a slice of happy.

Awesome.  :o)

Geeky stats stuff

Distance:3.29 mi
Time:28:52
Avg Pace:8:46 min/mi

Time:28:52
Moving Time:28:52
Elapsed Time:29:45
Avg Pace:8:46 min/mi
Avg Moving Pace:8:46 min/mi
Best Pace:6:29 min/mi

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Runstreak Day 105... 10k baby!

Do be doooooo... got under 55 minutes for 10k for the first time ever!!! 54:28 in fact!!!!!! 



*faints*
Three months ago I'd never even run 10k. Didn't even know if I *could* run that distance. And even today setting out I could feel the butterflies about whether or not I could do it. Now, I know that compared to many, it's a trifling distance... but to me, it's still crazy that I can run it at all - a year ago I was still plodding my way through Couch to 5k. Isn't running amazing for the way it changes what you thought you were capable of?
I *wish* I didn't get so nervous about the thought of running with other people though.  I didn't do Parkrun this morning after my daughter had a big wobble over going swimming without me a few minutes before I was due to leave... and then I felt ick for ages after the 'threat' of Parkrun had passed because it takes such a lot for me to psych myself up to do it.  I don't know what the problem is.  I know I can run the distance.  I'm not the fastest, not the slowest - so don't stand out in anyway and can anonymously trot round... but... I just get this overwhelming urge to run away from it as I'm going round the route!  It's horrible.  Complete fight or flight mode - and flight is the one which dominates my brain as I'm running.  Afterwards, I'm okay and chat to other runners, but once I leave the park, coming down from the adrenaline rush knocks me for six again.  Gah! 
But... I ran 10k again. And my legs are intact! And my sore hip and shin are feeling LOADS better. A few days of slow, short plods has helped keep me moving without killing myself. YAY! 
*sups celebratory cuppa*
Happy dance, anyone? 

Geeky stats stuff

Distance:6.24 mi
Time:54:51
Avg Pace:8:47 min/mi

Time:54:51
Moving Time:54:51
Elapsed Time:54:51
Avg Pace:8:47 min/mi
Avg Moving Pace:8:47 min/mi

Friday, 14 March 2014

Runstreak Day #104 - getting going again!

Hooray! I survived day 104!!
I didn't think I'd do it but I'd arranged to go running with someone so felt duty bound to go. In the end, my running buddy didn't show up so I waited for a few minutes, started to get cold so decided just to go for my run anyway. A little bit further than yesterday and up another silly steep hill. Am (masochistically!) challenging myself to run up steeper, longer hills - I love the feeling of not being afraid of the hills!
Having hurt my shin / hip the other day (from walking - ridiculous!), it's good to start to feel like the aches are subsiding. Shorter, slower runs have kept me going in the meantime!

Geeky stats stuff

Distance:2.39 mi
Time:21:12
Avg Pace:8:52 min/mi

Time:21:12
Moving Time:21:12
Elapsed Time:25:02
Avg Pace:8:52 min/mi
Avg Moving Pace:8:52 min/mi
Best Pace:7:07 min/mi

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Runstreak Day #103 - hills and minor victories

You can't tell from this run that although it was slow I managed a hill which was stupidly steep and which previously had been too daunting to attempt.  And that on a 'very tired and still quite achy after my walk-a-thon the other day' day.  Which is a big fat 'yay' as a result.

You also can't see that my runs are getting later in the evening.  I'm dithering and delaying and pretty darned tired at the moment.  But I also need the space the running gives me.  I need to feel the struggle of a hill.  I need to concentrate on nothing else but the moment.  To will my feet to keep on going up a gradient that, a year ago, I would have struggled to walk up without stopping.  There are so many reasons for running.  Sometimes it's about that sense of movement and freedom.  Sometimes it's to silence your brain so that you can feel a sense of calm.

Sometimes you head out of the door, don't know where you're going, find a small victory to celebrate, and keep on running, just enough, so that you know that you are alive and surviving.  And when you get home there's a bit of you that just knows you can do anything you put your mind to.

And that's why running is amazing.

Geeky stats stuff

Distance:2.05 mi
Time:18:32
Avg Pace:9:01 min/mi

Time:18:32
Moving Time:18:32
Elapsed Time:18:32
Avg Pace:9:01 min/mi
Avg Moving Pace:9:01 min/mi
Best Pace:6:41 min/mi

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Why parents should run... Runstreak Day #102

Runstreak Day #102... a very slow run as I - and I don't know quite how I did it - managed to strain my hip and shin yesterday. Walking. Not even running! I walked about 9 miles to and from train stations and am hobbling today. All those miles of running and it's walking that does me in!!
Anyway, I managed it - about a mile and three-quarters (have lowered my lower limit to a mile a day!), squeezed in a steep hill and got myself home in one piece.
Cutest thing of the day? I was at a conference in Birmingham and my daughter sent me a text message to say she'd done me a running book! I got home and it's ace! The front cover is a picture of 'mummy is running'. Then it says 'I love my mummy'...
'After her run she sits in her green chair. Then she has a shower... After her run mummy dos a run calander. (on her computer)' (complete with picture of me at a computer, smiling...
'She liked doing runing wen thers blue sky... and sun... she likes doing long runs... somtimes she dos not wear her gloves'
'What mummy needs to do her runing... her pink runing top... runing trouzers... her gloves... her traners... her Buff' - and everything's all drawn out and labelled. Awwwww! 
We run for ourselves... and we run because the little people in our lives notice that we run - and they get to see being active and healthy as normal. And that's awesome.
As is tea. That's awesome too. 

Geeky stats stuff
Distance:1.64 mi
Time:15:09
Avg Pace:9:16 min/mi
Time:15:09
Moving Time:15:10
Elapsed Time:15:09
Avg Pace:9:16 min/mi
Avg Moving Pace:9:16 min/mi
Best Pace:7:59 min/mi

The run I didn't think would happen... Runstreak Day #101

Tum te tum... I may just have slipped in a teensy weensy little mile and a half run this evening, shortest run of the whole streak and have decided to lower my lower distance limit if I'm going to keep on going with this...

Wasn't going to as I've had a mega busy day, walked miles and miles and am just plain pooped... but... but... it didn't quite feel like the right moment to stop the runstreak.  I want to know that it's the right day to stop rather than feel like everything conspired against me to force me to stop, if that makes sense?  Actually, am sure that doesn't make sense!  It just didn't feel right, s'all!

Anyway... it appears that Day 101 has happened.  Up until 8pm this evening I was convinced it wasn't going to.  And then... my running gear glued itself to me, my trainers plopped themselves on my feet... and all of a sudden my Garmin was blipping and I found myself on the street with nowt to do but run.

Who knew?

Cuppa cha anyone?  *slurps tea gratefully*

Geeky stats stuff

Distance:1.39 mi
Time:12:15
Avg Pace:8:49 min/mi

Time:12:15
Moving Time:12:15
Elapsed Time:12:15
Avg Pace:8:49 min/mi
Avg Moving Pace:8:49 min/mi
Best Pace:7:34 min/mi

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Runstreak Day #100 - 100!!!!! Blimey!!

100 not out!!!

WOOOOOO HOOOOO!!!

100 days of trainers worn
Of pounding out the miles
100 days of winter rain
And getting soaked in style.

100 days of being beeped
By blokes in big white vans
100 times my Garmin's bleeped
And tracked me as I ran.

100 days to happy dance
And celebrate my bod
100 days where folks have thought
I'm either mad or odd.

100 days of victories
With happy cups of tea
100 days of freedom
And joy in being me.

100 days of washing
My sweaty stinky kit
100 days of getting out
Even when I felt like sh...
...elving the running
And lounging round the house instead.

I've done well over 300 miles since we started, my speed and distance have improved and I've braved Parkrun for the first time, gone to a running group, run with friends and found a new running buddy as well as entered a couple of half marathons.

What a difference a hundred days makes... 

Geeky stats stuff

Distance:3.12 mi
Time:27:16
Avg Pace:8:45 min/mi

Time:27:16
Moving Time:27:16
Elapsed Time:27:16
Avg Pace:8:45 min/mi
Avg Moving Pace:8:44 min/mi
Best Pace:6:48 min/mi