Wednesday, 31 May 2006
a good turnout and everyoen set off in the same direction - across the fields for varying length runs
I was soon at the back of course
but had a good run - best ever mile outside a race - and another 3.7 miles to add to the tally
May has been my lowest mileage month since June last year - but recovery from FLM is now done and its onwards and upwards
Tuesday, 30 May 2006
... so on with the kit and off out the door
I decided to switch of the HRM meep and just see how it goes - into the park and taking a different route to the way we always go, usually it is steep downhill to the lake, this time I decided to do the running uphill at the start:
I just ran a couple of miles and walked some steep bits - should have stayed out for longer but needed to get back for a shower before the heating engineer came and shut off the water!
but 2 miles done
and then I got home and Coach had sent me a proper schedule to get me to Abingdon
I should be quicker this time - if I survive the schedule of course!
Sunday, 28 May 2006
So this is the beginning of Abingdon training - and a very slow beginning it was just a 4 mile plod, keeping HR to 140.
anyway it was done
and then this afternoon I went for a swim with the teenbeanzes - it was not very busy so we each had a lane to ourselves - which kept the boys apart an so everyone managed to swim without physical contact!
after 20 lengths it was time for some games - who can sit on the bottom the longest, who can walk on their hands, who can maintain a handstand the longest, and who can swim the furthest on one breath - I only competed in the last one (I won!!) - I was judge for the others and fortunately honours were shared, though I think scoutbeanz should take up synchronised swimming he is so good at the handstands and walking on his hands - and no nose clip either!
Friday, 26 May 2006
it had all begun to get very wearing
so when a teaching job came up at a (fairly) local school, after some thought and discussion with colleagues, I decided to lob in an application
I haven't taught for a long time but have kept up to date with developments - and even worked on them
and this work had made me want to try out the new ideas I was talking to teachers about
so yesterday I had an interview - which included teaching a lesson to a class of 14 yo girls - and I think I can still do it
and they offered me the job!
nothing in writing yet - but that is not an issue
a whole new life is around the corner
leaving the house before 7.30, doing a day's work and coming home to prepare for tomorrow
NOT travelling away and eating in hotels
will have to find a new way to fit the tranining in!
Wednesday, 24 May 2006
two new ladies turned up - they did the Derby 10k in 1:05 and 1:10 - my running partner XLS did 1:15 - so they are all quicker than me
but good old V60 was there too
we set off together and the ladies edged away, leaving V60 and me to chat
we ran out to 1.6 miles where I stopped for a stretch and he ran a little loop, picking me after 10 minutes and we ran back together, so 3.4 miles done - the quickest and furthest I've run since London and it felt ok
Sunday, 21 May 2006
I have been doing my core stuff and stretching and that togetehr with the elbow digging on Wednesday seems ot have made a great difference
I realised today that I wasn't aching at all
so this afternoon it was off to the gym - I decided that was the place to try the running - could always stop if it was painful and no hills on the walk back
after warming up and stretching a ventured over to the tready, and just plodded for a couple of km - enough to get my HR up, but not wanitng to overdo it, I decided that would do for today and I will come back for a longer plod tomorrow
I am working at home for the next four weeks, so need to make the most of the time with the family, fitting in the exercise and eating well - a month could make a big difference!
Wednesday, 17 May 2006
Had a session with the phyzz this morning - she had a good dig with her elbow - which relieved my back enormously
then we did some core strength stuff with the swiss ball - so I can do those at home
this evening was the Club 4 mile handicap
20 ran - I was a timekeeper
tigerrunner was quickest and teenbeanz was third quickest - so well pleased
TR does the handicaps so he came 14th, TB was 6th
it absolutely poured with rain and half the run was off road, so everyone came back spattered with mud - especially TB who decided to hit every puddle hard on the way back!
a good evenign was had by all - my exlady sprinter running partner won the handicap, so she was well chuffed
so does this one work?
well b-z can see it but I can't - weirder!
and later still .....
I've cleared my history ( which I shall probably regret) is that the same as the cache?
but still this post is not visible when I go from my favourties to the blog
tried it in Firefox
and first it came with theold page and then I refreshed and it included this posting
and now its visible in IE too!
and the edit just above was not visiblew in IE until ihad refreshed it in Firefox????
I updated my Norton software yesterday
is Norton tryingto drive me to Firefox?
Saturday, 13 May 2006
Well here I am in Peterborough again - with lots of great offroad routes and I am not running :(
But yesterday a colleague told me of a bluebell wood close to the hotel.
So I've been for a wall lovely bluebells and also wild garlic - I didn't even know the path was there and it will add nicely to my other runs from this hotel.
And I came back and stretched (my back did ache) and I tried to recruit those elusive transverse abdominus (?) muscles too - they're difficult to find under the flab :(
later at home ......
pain in the butt is more noticeable
not helped by sitting in chairs and car all day - did kneel to type at laptop at one stage to straighten out!
need to lay off the walking and running for a bit I think
must concentrate on stretching and strengthening
Derby 10k tomorrow - I'm marshalling mrbeanz andteenbeanz are running
Friday, 12 May 2006
and then the pain
Anna is a dab hand at finding the spot!
and she showed me some good stretches
and she gave me a strong talk about core exercises and recruiting the transverse abdominus (?)
so lots to do before I see her again on Wednesday!
Thursday, 11 May 2006
so as suggested by coach, it was a swim today
not being in the class of some of the people here, I settled for 750m in about 30 minutes (I can't see the clock very well without my glasses!)
its a shame really because it is a glorious day
but driving back from the gym I could feel my back and also an ache in my bum - I think it is my piriformis (?)
so have a session with the masseuse tomorrow - that should sort me out!
I want to RUN
Tuesday, 9 May 2006
I had planned a little 3 mile plod in the sunshine
but my legs weren't having any of it
after a mile my leg had tightened up and my back ached :<( so I cut it short and walked back through the woods - which was lovely :>))
bluebells in full colour, trees with new bright green buds, birds singing, squirrels leaping around ....
can't be down for long on a day like this
and still 2 miles in the pot!
Sunday, 7 May 2006
I had planned to swim, but there wasn't time before I went off to give blood.
Then on the road again - working with a friend until late then on to the hotel.
So no exercise :-(
Should have done some core strength in the morning but the hotel room was too small - not enough floor space!!
On to another industrial estate beside a motorway and another hotel.
Managed to do a short plod in the evening - might have gone further but I was aware that I was off road and no one had any idea where I was.
2 miles done
At least this hotel has a pool so a swim this morning
520 metres 20 minutes
No time for an evening plod - the meeting went on so there would be less to do on Sunday and an early escape on Sunday
Did not sleep well (ate too late?) and when alarm went off I turned over and went back to sleep - back ached from the day in teh meeting too.
DID do core strength exercises though.
And it still went on into the afternoon.
But home now :>)
Wednesday, 3 May 2006
great to see people again and have a chat
and a plod
went off in my usual group - and decided I would run steady, not rush to keep up with ladyexsprinter, and kept my HR below 140 - which is my LSR pace usually
I let them go ahead and they fitted in an extra little loop - while I stretched after about 1.6 miles and then picked me up again and we came back together - until LXS pushed on at the end
so 3.3 miles done 45:12 AHR 140 - pushed it a bit up the last 0.3 up the hill!
its good to be back
off on my travels again tomorrow - so running in the flat lands again for a few days :>)