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Death by Burpees

And recovery by Latte!

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I don’t know why I felt that BMF would be a good recovery session after yesterday’s long run. But Monday BMF (and coffee afterwards) is a habit, which I like.

I woke up and my legs felt fine, (I think keeping moving yesterday afternoon and eating straight after the run helped.)  Anyway, I put on my compression tights, as a precaution, and got on my bike. Cycling was fine too, legs didn’t complain and I’m finding I’m doing the journey in a quicker time. (Might be more to do with taking a direct route and not getting off to walk across parks to avoid busy roads than increased speed!)

BMF however was the real test. Legs were knackered! High knees, squats, lunges, lots of stopping and starting and changing direction and bending down. Oh help! Ouch. My pace became a shuffle. An Instructor pointed out that I was wearing a red bib and there were blues in front of me! Couldn’t do anything about it, poor little legs were moving as fast as they could, other than offering to swap bibs!

I improved as the class went on and I warmed up but although I could move better I still felt rather lacking in energy.

The bit that finally finished me off was the Burpees. While my partner did 10,  I held the plank then we swapped and continued doing so until the Blues had reduced their number of burpees to zero. The first 10 pulled at my  hamstrings , after 20 I was struggling to hold the plank for the rest phase and after 30 I found lying face down, flat in the mud the preferable position!

A post class Latte and catch up restored me enough to enjoy the cycle home where, after eating half the fridge, I felt like sleeping for a week (at least).

Janathon day 13.

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


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Long run

My bike ride yesterday made me realise how fortunate we are to live within cycling or running distance of some great sights in the centre of a wonderful city and that I must break out of my usual routes and run more of London’s streets.

I had to run 10-12 miles today so I followed a similar route to which we cycled. My route took me around 4 Royal Parks, from Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, Green Park and St James’ Park.  I went through Wellington Arch, down Constitution Hill,  ran down the Mall, around past Horse Guards Parade and looped back to Buckingham Palace.

I was going to take some tourist snaps for this blog but realised when I got there I hadn’t brought my phone or camera (I have a new iPhone which I don’t want to ruin getting it damp in my pocket!)  so you’ll have to put up with my garmin map instead.

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The first 3 miles were hard going (as usual) until the aches and niggles worked their way out and I settled into a good run.  As I ran down towards Buckingham palace and along the Mall it felt fantastic to be running a fresh route.  I was at the finish of the Marathon and where the Bupa London 10,000 is run; it was a mild sunny morning and I could almost feel and smell the start of a spring race.  I really felt the buzz, keen to get to the marathon  and motivated to run and run!

I should have run an extra loop of the Mall to make up the miles instead of my loop of the all too familiar Serpentine on the way back which felt a little less enthusiastic.  But all in all a very good run which I finished on a high with a grin!

Janathon day 12.  11.46 miles run.


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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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On my bike

I realised I was missing cycling yesterday  when I saw Cathy’s Facebook posts of Janathon bike rides.   I’ve not been out on my bike for a few weeks because It was away in the shed over Christmas to get it out the kitchen!  Fortunately it is now free from its shackels and I whizzed out on it to the shops yesterday.  It wasn’t far but it felt good.

I couldn’t face a run first thing this morning. I couldn’t settle down to do any work or chores either.  Only one thing for it, get out on my bike!

It was a great ride, no rain and the sun was shining making me wish I’d worn my sun glasses.  It was a bit windy (the weather not me) so I had an extra workout on some sides on the park battling into the wind. I cycled to Hyde Park and did 2 laps in the Sunshine with a big grin on my face before heading home full of energy.

I continued to feel good for the rest of the day and was (a bit) more productive.  I was still feeling bouncy this evening and as it was not raining for a change I went out to run my tempo run which I wimped out of yesterday.

Janathon day 9.  1 hour cycling (9.7 miles) and   3.15 miles run.

I cut across Holland Park on my route (where I have to get off and walk).  Holland House was looking good silhouetted against the blue sky so I took a photo just to prove what a lovely day it was!

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Look – Blue sky!


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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.


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Back to my roots

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British Military Fitness is where it all began for me.   BMF classes got me back into regular exercise 9 years ago and into running. All these years later I’m still going regularly and the classes are what I can always manage to drag myself to when all motivation for running or anything else is waning.

So it is always so good to get back to classes after a break, even if it’s pouring with rain.

Us BMFers are a hardcore bunch and we jump out of bed at the crack of dawn in all weathers to fuel and limber up well before jumping on our bikes for a brisk warm up cycle to get to Hyde Park.

Something like this…

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Although I was tempted during the conversation to wimp out and run back to bed I had already stated on twitter that I was going so I was committed. My friend waivered but did turn up at the last moment (excellent turnaround from duvet to class in 20 min!)  and after a last heavy shower we were rewarded by blue skies and very sodden grass.

BMF classes the day after a long run can be  a bit brutal at times (tight hammies don’t like burpees) and today was one of the hard ones. I was slow and aching for the most of the class before finally warming and limbering up for a burst of decent effort in the final 5 minutes!  At least I’m all recovered and ready for tomorrow.

Janathon day 6  1 BMF class (average class 3 miles run)


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Long run with an old firend

A couple of old friends actually.

First I found my favourite running gloves in the pocket of an old coat  (now you know where to look for yours) which are not only cosy but more importantly small so when they come off after the frist mile they are compact to tuck in my bra. I also grabbed my Thunder Run buff from this summer for the first time to keep my hair back, ears warm and stop me going out totally dressed in black from head to toe.

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But  my most successful choice of old friend was putting Audiofuel back in my iPod.  I haven’t run with music recently but now I’m starting my marathon long runs I wanted something to listen to today for 10 miles round and round Hyde Park.  Most music bugs me over a long run with it’s changes in tempo and lyrics so I decided to plug into a continuous long run training mix and see how it went.  It went really well.  Maybe too well as I probably ran at too fast a pace for a long run.

Audiofuel was just right, it’s a smooth continuous couple of hours at a consistent tempo (starts easy, builds, then cools down) the regular beat gets you into a nice long run rhythm and the absence of many lyrics means it doesn’t interfere with your mind’s wanderings while running. A bit of coaching gives you just enough motivation every 10mins or so you don’t feel alone and forgotten! And it was great to hear after an hour or so that my training was helping me to run a good time in my marathon! I hadn’t listened to this one for a year or two (over-did it when I first got it) and really enjoyed hearing some of the tracks again. I even turned back on the way home to loop around Round Pond when my favourite came on. And because some are 10 minutes long a whole mile or so can fly by before you know it

Janathon day 5. 10.37 miles  in 1.37.50

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On the 4th day of Janathon

On the 4th day of Janathon Fairweatherrunner decided enough was enough. I HAVE to run. The first few weeks of my marathon training have gone so well but this week has been non existent.

So she got up early and put on her run kit. She laced up her trail shoes deciding that a rice muddy lung busting blast around Medina parkrun was just what she needed. But after 30 minutes drive she got there to find it was cancelled. Like the roads and the trails the park was under a few inches of water.

She threw her toys out the pram and is now packing to go back to the big smoke.

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A Slow start

A better day weather wise but I still didn’t manage to run so a very slow start to Janathon for me this year.  I think my Janathon will get started properly this weekend when I’m back in London and  can hopefully catch up, just as some are maybe finding the early enthusiasm beginning to wane!  Even if it is a bit frustrating for my competitive streak not to feature on the totals table yet!

If truth be told I’m very frustrated, I ran over Christmas and I want to run now but I’ve lost my nerve on the roads round here and it’s a bit tricky fitting in an outing to run elsewhere at the moment.  I had the same problem in the summer, when I’m here my running stalls.  For a rural area the roads they are quite busy and carry coaches and vans and the local youth’s past time appears to be zooming around in a hot hatch seeing who can flip it on its roof first! (Kid you not…I read in the local paper that a rubbish lorry ended up on its roof last week!) and I find it quite disconcerting to run on undulating twisty roads with high hedges not knowing what’s coming at me at 40 mph round a blind corner!  I used to run here a lot, but over the past year have had a couple of close shaves which have left me a bit scared. I’m a city girl and I prefer pavements and street lights and the ability to run whether it’s light or dark and even when it’s pouring with rain!

But I’m not moaning in 2014.   We came down for New Year for a purpose, it’s not for too long and as long as I get some runs in Fri, Sat and Sunday I can meet the minimum I need to do for my marathon training.

So that brings me to today’s exercise…

I really liked this comment I got yesterday from jacksmumontherun

“Mooching must count as exercise – it’s a doing word. It must be it ends in ing ;-)”

and have embraced this approach for Janathon.

Today I did some eating,

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That was a tough one…

and some shifting and lifting of books, stuff and half the furniture upstairs for tomorrow’s carpet fitting

and to work off at least one of those chips (which I couldn’t finish by the way) I took my sons out walking.  It wasn’t very far because a big black cloud came and rained on us and also because the village loop is only 0,70 miles anyway.  We did however add a little bit of sprinting (as much as boots would allow) to the next lamppost when the downpour started.


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Fairweatherrunner?

Abso-bloomin-lutely!  Although I might argue that this morning it was a good call staying in bed for self-preservation and not being a mere wimp.

Not a great start for day 1 of my 4th Janathon when for the first time I did not get up for a New Years Day morning run. I had set my alarm and when it went off at 8am all I could hear was the rain on the roof and the wind rattling the windows.  Isle of Wight Rural roads might be quiet enough on New Years morning to be safe for a road run but today it was dark all day and the wind was blowing the rain horizontally. My OH didn’t seem keen for any kind of cycle, I didn’t much fancy being blown across the road into a car and had plenty to get done today without adding a half hour car ride each way to somewhere more convenient to run,

Jo suggested, on twitter, a bed plank but by then I was already up.

I decided on a Dressing Gown dash to get some logs in.  I found a dressing gown but realised the logs were already inside.

I did paint some skirting boards, a door frame and a cupboard and wondered if that would count?

I climbed a ladder and repainted a bit of wall thinking that painting and climbing ladders at the same time was better.

I still felt guilty so did 10 press-ups and 10 squats and a plank.

Then I read some blogs (I promise to comment properly tomorrow and not just press ‘like”, it’s just that most of the time I only had one paint free finger) contemplated a bit and decided:  Sod guilty.  I’ll catch up with running, Janathon  and my training tomorrow, at the weekend, in due course, especially when I’m back in London.

So today I enjoyed mooching with my family in front of movies and getting this house fixed up and beautiful ready to sell so we can move on to our next adventure.

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Isle of Wight – come on down the water’s everywhere!