Lies, damned lies and statistics

IMG_3596Ignore what it says in the picture. It tells lies. There’s no way that was only 52° this morning, it was a lot sunnier and a lot hotter than that.

Also, it says I ran 3.15 miles – maybe I did – I stopped my watch after 3.11 (5k) but I must have accidentally hit restart again almost immediately before saving the run.

Why is this important? Simply because I beat my last 5k time by two seconds. I know, a whole two seconds, but it’s all about marginal gains, right? I’m actually more annoyed because while it’s a new record for the watch it won’t recognise it as such because it recorded a slightly longer distance – but if you add up the splits you’ll see. Nerd alert.

Anyway, what about the run itself? My legs weren’t quite with it although I pleasingly recorded the first km in 7min 31secs which I think is my best since I started this blog, still some way off my PB but sure that’ll come in time.

IMG_3597I had originally planned to do four miles today but very soon into the run I knew my legs didn’t have it in them. The left leg/calf, in particular, felt niggly so I didn’t really want to risk it unneccessarily – writing this an hour later it feels fine so it was maybe just a thing at the time.

Maybe it was because I’d last run on Friday night and now this was Sunday morning so they didn’t get the proper rest in between. Who knows?

I had also hoped to do four miles to bring me up to 23 miles for July (ie: 10% increase on June) but when you consider all July’s miles have been done in the past two weeks then I’ve done enough – and having done 22 it’s still an increase. It’s all good.

Weight wise I lost another 3.4lbs, slightly annoyed because that means I’ve lost 6.8lbs over the two weeks of this blog and the perfectionist in me wanted to hit the half-a-stone mark. Never happy 🙂

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Better, much better

IMG_3571To quote The Amanda Show, tonight’s run was “Better, MUUUCCCHHH Better”.

After the hames that was Tuesday night’s effort I went out this evening under not inconsiderable trepidation. What if it was bad again? Will it knock me back? Will I take another break and feel like I’m back to square one again? You know the drill.

In the end I needn’t have worried. Sticking to the C25K Week 2 schedule and deciding to run 5k again I knocked over two minutes off Tuesday’s time and, in fact, set my fastest time since I started recording using my Garmin.

The first km was under eight minutes again, the following three under nine minutes with the last kilometre back under eight and, actually, faster than the first. That shows promising progress. Next week the plan changes again, longer running splits so hopefully my times will continue to improve.

IMG_3572There was no point in the run where I felt I struggled and I didn’t clomp. Granted I didn’t force things but I worked on my breathing – four in, four out – and that seemed to work and make things much smoother.

I also wore a new piece of kit, knee length compression socks which have an anti-blister device built in. Hopefully they’ll do the trick of my white socks and compression sleeves combined which will mean less faffing about. They felt pretty good.

I’m up to 19 miles for the month. All good advice says you should aim to increase distance by 10% per week/month/whatever so seeing as I did 21 in June that’ll mean I’ll need to clock up around 4 miles to bring me up to 23 for July. I’ll give that a go on Sunday.

Now that I know I’ve got a marathon place again I’ve found my focus changing, everything is geared towards that now.

“I could go to London” (again!)

Asthma 2016Actually, there’s no ‘could’ about it, I am going to London again.

Yesterday I got a call followed by an email from Asthma UK offering me a charity place in next year’s London Marathon. Bloody brilliant!

It wasn’t quite the “running around like a mad thing crossed with a headless chicken on speed” feeling that I had last year when I got my ballot place but it still had me grinning like a Cheshire Cat and still filled me full of excitement.

After all the drama in the build-up and then the day itself of the 2016 VLM I’ve always felt I had unfinished business with this race – and now I’m going to get my chance.

Hopefully, second time around and with the experience of having done it all before, I’ll avoid the well intentioned but innocent mistakes I made first time out.

Plus I’ve got a fundraising target to hit this time – £1800 – which is a bit daunting but I’m full of ideas and I’ve got nine months or more to hit it.

But forget all that for now ….. I’m doing the London Marathon again! Woo-hoo!!!!!!