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Extreme weather?

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Sandwiched between Kensington and Shepherds Bush is the pocket sized microclimate of Holland Park! I walked through it today, taking my chances, after seeing this sign at the entrance, thinking I’d have an adventure.

Blizzard? Ice trekking? Biblical flood to cross? A hurricane to sprint away from? But all was calm and quiet and reassuringly urban. The only adaptation I had to make for the weather conditions was to remove my scarf because it was rather mild.

I was going to run today but didn’t fancy it much. Then walking home from dropping my bike off for its service I noticed how bad the traffic was and hatched a plan. Rather than squeezing in a short run before getting changed and driving to meet people at lunch time I would bin the run, leave early for my meet up and walk there.

Janathon day 26.

5.9 miles walked.
2.4 miles cycled.

1 Bike serviced.
Squeaky brakes (which they told me was quite normal) now cured.

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I ran!

Yes, that’s right, for the first time since The London Marathon I went out the door and just ran.

I was a bit cross I couldn’t make BMF this morning because of an appointment but told myself it was the perfect opportunity to get running again. I think I’ve maybe not really lost my running mojo but just got out of the habit of running and got lazy because it’s easier to roll along to BMF and not plan anything else.

I was free by 11 ish and almost managed to talk myself into waiting until later to run because it was hot. A glance at the weather forecast showed that it wouldn’t be much cooler until 7 or 8pm by which time I was in danger of wimping out. So I grabbed the letter that needed posting and kicked myself out the door.

To avoid running the same old routes I overdid during marathon training I pootled off to the nearest park and the nearest thing to a trail or a “hill” round here. Not because I was feeling hardcore or anything but for the benefit of some shade under the trees. (Plus it’s all good TR24 training!)

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It felt like hard going to start.  I’ve got far too used to short fast bursts with a little recovery in between so I stopped to take at least one photograph at the start. It got easier with time as my legs found their rhythm again and I forced myself around for a second small loop of the “hill”.  After 2 miles I was definitely feeling myself again as I made my way home. I enjoyed it too, apart from the heat and a nice blister forming where my sock had fallen down inside my right shoe!

Juneathon day 10.  A RUN!!!!!!

It wasn’t far, it wasn’t fast. I doubt it was pretty, but 3.2 miles run.


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The Long(er) run

  • I got up planning to run my postponed long run
  • Yesterdays melting snow had frozen into ice
  • The weather forecast said it would be 2 degrees around noon
  • I hatched a plan
  • I got ready to run
  • I tried to settle to get some work done
  • I listened to the radio
  • At noon I was hungry, so had a snack
  • While I waited for that to settle I felt cold
  • I tried a few chores
  • I didn’t feel like running
  • I watched neighbours (while sending some emails)
  • I put my garmin on the windowsill to get a signal
  • I felt like staying home
  • I changed my running top
  • I charged my iPod
  • I found some gloves
  • I realised I was running out of time
  • Oh well, maybe not 10 miles, maybe time to dash off 6 miles
  • Outside
  • Pavements clear, good start
  • Holland Park icy compacted snow but fun
  • Kensington Gardens and on into Hyde Park, paths mostly clear
  • Beetlebum by Blur helped me pick up the pace
  • 4 miles in, feeling too good to head home
  • Loop of Serpentine, paths icy but trail shoes great on the grass
  • Tip toeing on some slushy bits to the beat of Michael Jackson
  • 8 miles done.
  • Felt great.

Janathon day 22.  8.28 miles.  Total Janathon mileage 90.5 miles.


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More snow excuses

More snowy excuses today.

It was snowing when I got up and it continued all day. I convinced myself that a run on the roads and pavements wasn’t possible so decided on a snowy walk to the park where I could for Janathon’s sake run a lap of the sports pitch. I even manged to drag my sons away from the Xbox to join me so they made it out the house today.

Yes, in hind sight I probably could have managed a run as pavements on the main routes were OK and it was fine running on the snow on the sports pitch. I did feel like running more laps after my first but having dragged the boys out they were getting cold standing still (too many memories of enforced laps of that field with school!) so I used them as an excuse not to carry on.

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Feeling guilty about my lack of running due to the snow over the past few days I consoled myself that I’m not too far off my marathon plan for week 1…

 

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Janathon day 20, 2.5 mile walk including a 0.33 mile run around a field.

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Pants at downhill!

Juneathon day 21.

It took much effort to muster my motivation and get myself out for a run this evening.

I’d had a busy day, losing the morning because my plans ended up an hour later than expected and then having to go shopping this afternoon to get essentials for my younger son who is going away with school next week. The little darling, at 13 has decided that he is no longer willing to wear pants with labels 7-8 or 9-10 years so chucked them all out!  Go commando? or Mum go to M&S? (other pants retailers are available).

But going shopping in new sandals was a bad idea.  Not because of my white feet, nor the weather, but because after an hour my feet were killing me.  So I hobbled home before it rained and I totally ruined my feet. By then it was 4pm and I needed a cup of tea and a good sit down to recover before I could contemplate running!

Much procrastination later, and choice of running shoes for sore feet, at almost 6.30, and my best time for running (now or never time) I fell out the door for a quick loop around the block.

In the end I decided to vary my route and cut up into Holland Park where I realised that I don’t need to go too far to find trails to practice on for Thunder Run.  There is at least a half mile loop in the park on rough ground through the trees with a couple of decent inclines.  So I went up and down to get some hill practice and noticed that I probably need more practice for the down hills than for the ups!

Honestly I’m glad no one was filming me because I was very aware how much of a wuss I am running downhill especially on uneven surfaces. My speed slows, I get tense and run a bit like a tight arsed duck with my feet turned outwards!  So this evening I started to practice relaxing and trying to run keeping my legs loose and not being afraid to keep up my pace down hill.

 

 

3.03 miles

Juneathon running totals…  85.32 miles

9 days to go!