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The long way to the shops

If the way to the shops involves cycling past them and a loop of Hyde Park.

I couldn’t decide what to do for my Janathon exercise today.  Excuses and stay in my PJs, walk and do the shopping or go out for a cycle.  My bike easily won because we hadn’t been out together since Wednesday.

I normally avoid Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park at weekends unless it’s very early because there are too many obstacles to cycling at more than walking pace.  (Tourists, people taking selfies in the middle of the path, dogs, small children on scooters, kids with balls, Boris bikes on the wrong side of the road ,to name a few)  Today due to lack of imagination and time to plan an alternative and a lot to do with auto-pilot my bike and I ended up in that direction

It wasn’t too bad.  It was already getting late towards 3pm and had been gloomy and cold all day so few people were out.  Even the last day of Winter Wonderland didn’t make the park as overcrowded as I have seen it in the past and I made good progress.  I enjoyed the  weekend closure of South Carriage Drive and a long stretch of empty road to enjoy my relatively new bike and test out going up and down the gears and a bit of speed as far as I could dressed in skinny jeans. I didn’t see many other non Boris bike  cyclists about,  they had either been and gone early or were sensibly staying away until winter wonderland is dismantled over the next month  Even speakers corner wasn’t a complete jam today. (Why they put the cycle lane straight through it baffles me, but that’s another rant).

After half an hour my poor feet were getting cold.  (Time to upgrade from Converse as my cycling shoes of  choice.) So I headed back towards home and the shops remembering to stop and fill my panniers in Waitrose with something for supper.

Janathon day 4  8.4 miles cycled.

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Juneathon days 24 and 25

Were both about BMF classes.

One was at Ravenscourt Park, one at Hyde Park.

One involved logs (the tree type) and bench (box) jumps and the other involved lots of sets (that’s a lot of many) of squats.

I’ve decided I like box jumps but my legs and glutes have decided they are not so keen on squats in large numbers, as I discovered a day or two afterwards.  But that’s another story.

Juneathon day 24, 1  hour BMF class (3 miles run),

Juneathon day 25, 1 hour BMF class (3 miles run) plus 5 miles cycling.


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A hot one.

It was a warm one this morning for BMF. Our instructor acknowledged it and said he’d try and keep us in the shade. Great I thought, more strength work and less running. I can cope with that in the heat.

Alas our instructors idea of keeping in the shade meant all out runs to the next shady spot (less time in the sun) where we bashed out sets of squats, press-ups, squat thrusts and burpees before he was off again at full pelt across the park to another shady spot.  I do like BMF in Hyde Park because there is lots of space for running and variety but I could have done with a smaller park today!  We were getting further and further away from the van which can only mean one thing.  A long hot fast run back at the end of the class

Juneathon day 11.

I hour BMF class (3 miles running) plus just under 6 miles cycling.


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Mondays

Thank goodness for routines that have me getting on my bike and going to BMF on Monday mornings before my brain registers too much and thinks a day off might be a good idea or I should maybe do some work or chores (which I never do when I miss exercise ) because once I decide I’m feeling sluggish I definitely am.

So I cycled and got rather warm, got to BMF where I got very warm and then sat in the sun with a coffee afterwards to recover before cycling home adding an errand along the way.  No aches and pains nor weary legs so not much to moan about other than the humidity.

Exercise done for the day

 

Juneathon day 9 (or is it 8 because I started a day late?)

1 hour BMF class (about 3 miles running) plus 5 miles cycling.

 


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Fell off the wagon

Yes I went to BMF everyday for 5 days as planned last week (and cycled there and back!) But no I didn’t blog every day.

My aching arms (and legs) got used to the extra exercises (many tricep dips and squats) and by the end of 5 days I was quite enjoying it. But it did take up a lot of time and left me a little knackered! So the blogging suffered.

Thursday’s BMF class, my second at the new Ravenscourt Park venue, was fun.  We had the distraction of three French women who turned up for a free trial.  Complete with video camera which they tried to use while participating!  Our instructor was the picture of patience and ended up filming everyone to try and get them to co-operate.  It all certainly made the rest of us work hard.  I really can’t not sprint my hardest to get back first when two people are walking and taking a massive short cut!  Thank you Ladies, we did think you were rather rude half participating and then giving up but you did get the best out of the rest of us!

At least it was sunny after Tuesday’s wash out.  I am finding the novelty of BMF in a new environment and in a smaller group very motivating.  I plan to go there regularly, although Hyde Park will always be my home!  Adding the extra sessions last week was exhausting but they made quite a difference in my quest to lose a bit of fat.  I’ve obviously been ticking along on a plateau so adding 2 more sessions have given me the training boost I needed to make a real difference.   I might not continue to make 5 classes a week but will certainly try and make at least 4 if I can pre holiday.

Friday I was back at Hyde Park for my 5th BMF of the week and  a well-earned coffee in the sunshine afterwards.  Saturday although a rest day (nothing logged) I did run several errands (of under a mile) on my bike and hoovered the stairs which is as good a work out as many!

Today I went out on my own for a fantastc sunny  Sunday ride in London.  It was very busy with lots going on and roads closed around Buckingham Palace.  A wonderful hour out pottering on my bike, dodging tourists and realising what a wonderful city I live in.

Juneathon week 1.

5, 1 hour BMF classes, (about 15 miles running) and  37 miles cycled.

Plan for week 2 … More of the same plus I will go out for a proper RUN!

 

 

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A good long run

I was rather late getting out for my long run today.  It probably had something to do with the box of empties which I put out for recycling this morning!

When I did get out I had a really good enjoyable run and was thankful for many things today…

  • My delayed run meant the rain was easing when I left home
  • The cool light drizzle during the first half hour washed away the last of my thick head
  • A group of youths cycling on the pavement actually apologised that I had to detour to avoid them!
  • The peace and quiet of 4 (more empty than normal) London Parks on a wet Sunday
  • Only being asked directions by 2 sets of tourists
  • The loo attendant letting me in at 2 mins past 4pm when she was about to lock up
  • A good feeling run on what ended up being a beautiful afternoon when the rain cleared.
  • Getting to my door and my Garmin reading 12.01 miles!  Job done.

Janathon day 26.  12 miles run

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Dogs…

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I love dogs and one day, when I spend less time in London and/or we retire I hope to have one of my own.

However. I hate dog owners (probably a paid dog walker who doesn’t care less) who do not pick up after their dogs in Hyde Park. I wonder if a loving dog owner would like to drop down and give me 5 (press-ups) and find their hand in their darling pooches business? And then be unlucky enough on the same morning to get a knee full?

Enough said. I got unlucky while doing too many burpees this morning! Fortunately there were lots of puddles to wash hands and knees in and wet grass to roll/wipe my knees on. I was also sensible not to touch my face for the rest of the class, and even after a hand wipe not to touch any food until I’d scrubbed and soaked in the bath!

So please think when you are out walking a dog.  It might be you, or even your children, sitting in, rolling in or getting a handful of poo if you don’t pick it up.

Rant over.

Janathon day 22.  1 BMF class (3 miles run) 5 miles cycled.


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A duathlon of sorts

 

I was up and out early again this morning (wah! I want my lie in!) to cycle to Hyde Park to meet Alma (@plustenner)  (but unfortunately not Carla (@-fit-flo), we missed you!) for the Hyde Park 10K.

 

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With no train or parking issues (which we had at Regents Park last month), we collected our race numbers and negotiated the loo queue well before the start.  A two lapped course on very familiar paths around the Serpentine.  I started well on target pace but struggled to get into it today and enjoy it.  There was a cold wind and I’d taken off my second layer to avoid over heating so I felt the cold for the first mile or so. I warmed up, but was then wishing it was only a 5K because my stomach was growling with hunger, bits of my legs ached and my mind was weakening.

My marathon plan gives me targets for each 4 week period.  This month it was to complete a sub 54 minute 10K.  No problem I thought, I ran 52.49 at Regents Park in December.  But finding it tough going between 4 and 6K today I was doubting being able to run under 55 minutes and had to grit my teeth and battle on.

I was eventually very happy to cross the line in 53.00. Job done, target achieved. It obviously wasn’t so bad a run as it felt at the time!

Alma and I were then met my Louise (@abradypus), after another long run for her, and we all went off for an essential part of marathon/ultra training…  Brunch.  Eggs, coffee etc and a catch up before I cycled home.  In fact as brunch was such an important part of the morning I think it should be seen as a training discipline in its own right and therefore my Janathon effort today was probably a triathlon not a duathlon!

Janathon day 19.   3.25 miles cycled, 10K run,  Brunch eaten, 3 miles cycled.


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Is it that time already

Friday night and I’d better write my Janathon day 10 blog before the glass of red takes effect and I’m snoozing on the sofa in front of a film which I will not even remember the name of tomorrow morning!

After yesterdays enthusiasm I was a bit shattered today.  Maybe it was also the combination of a first week back at school and early mornings plus a bad nights sleep last night. So it was a slow start for us this morning. I found it hard work getting myself up let alone getting both Sons up and off to school. (I know, I know, it’s well soft driving sixth formers to school but I assure you some days it’s the easier option than getting them out of bed to the bus stop on time!)

I was eventually awake enough to get on my bike and enjoy the ride to Hyde Park for BMF and enjoy a good class before pedalling home where I spent the afternoon, after all that fresh air and exercise, fighting an overwhelming sleepy feeling!

Zzzzz

Janathon day 10.  1 BMF class (3 miles run), 5 miles cycling


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Engage brain!

I swapped BMF for a mid length run today. I need to build my mileage (at BMF classes we run a total of about 3 miles of short fast efforts between exercises) and get my Jantastic runs in but don’t think 6 runs is such a good idea this week after only 3 last week!

I had planned to run to Hyde Park then do two mile laps at 10K pace and started out feeling fine but it was warm and I soon changed my plan into a steady 6 miler when I began to feel weary as I overheated in long sleeves.

So I plodded round the outside of the park and enjoyed the dry day and the sunshine, watching Winter Wonderland being dismantled (Yay!).  It’s so nice to have the place back to normal, free of crowds and be able to run some parts without running into a wall of people.  I did however do my good deed for the day and stopped for a couple of tourists to show them how to get to the tube. (Anything for a brief rest!)

Plodding on, finding it tough going  I looked at my watch and was totally dismayed to see my pace had dropped so dramatically.  Was I running in treacle?  Suddenly the blog post being written in my head completely changed in mood and my wandering thoughts of marathon pace and time became depressing.  I was sure I felt dizzy and hungry.  I had a drink and a talk to myself, mustered my best efforts and forced myself to push on towards home.

Part of the way home is down hill so feeling better and picking up the pace I glanced back at my Garmin.  Amazingly my pace had dramatically improved in a very short distance!  I normally display my average pace for the whole run but then I engaged brain.  I had changed it that morning to show me average lap pace which explained quite a lot!

Oh well lesson learned and a good exercise in overcoming the doldrums mid-run!

Janathon day 8,   6.5 miles run.