Let the training begin

This week is the start of my marathon training (again lol).

I completed the Lunar-Tic Marathon at the end of last month and gave myself 2 weeks rest before starting training for my next marathon

The first week I caught up with jobs around my house, Sorted out the bedroom and then the kitchen which was very rewarding.

Last week I did go out for some recovery / easy paced runs to keep my fitness levels up.

Monday 5th was a great run, No time limit, no set miles, no pacing, just went out for a lovely jog whist listening to great music through my earphones. I stopped several times to take photos which was great fun. I landed up running just over 4 miles then back to the carpark to do some strength training. 4.08 miles – 46 minutes 19 Seconds

Thursday 7th run was roughly the same as tuesdays run but with more off road running through the lovely woodland, again finishing up with some strength training in the car park afterwards. 4.34 Mi – 38 Mins & 59 Secs.

Sunday I ran for longer and a large part of it was through the woods, For once I did not get lost, I bought myself a compass and although I have not used one since I was a kid I think it worked out ok for me – I found the right exit anyway lol 5.07 Miles in 45 Minutes and 38 Seconds

So with 3 1/2 months until my next marathon the fun starts today (13th). Lets hope it’s 3 1/2 months injury free 🙂

Mr Sat Nav strikes again

Friday I won a medal, Not the nice metal bling type that I love to hang on my wall, This medal displays the words “PLONKER OF THE WEEK” on it, Yep on Friday mornings run I managed to get lost AGAIN!!

Fridays workout was supposed to be a 40 minute interval run, I did not pre-plan my journey as was not sure on the exact distance that I would cover. The idea was that I would run 20 minutes out, turn around and then follow the same route in reverse – What could possibly go wrong???

The run started off good, it did not take long before I found a lovely footpath that ran through some woods, I followed that all the way through and continued along the road on the other side. After a while it was time for my return journey so I turned around to retrace my steps. That was when my troubles really began.

I got back into the woods again and then I got totally lost. I landed up going through several fields before finally giving up and asked Google Maps for help. I managed to locate the nearest road and headed for that.

I must have added about 3 miles extra to my run and lost around 40 Minutes but I eventually made it back to my car.

I was covered in mud and had soaking feet but I was still smiling during my drive home 🙂

  • Distance 4.27 mi
  • Pace 9:15 /mi
  • Time 39m 33s

Morning run

Thursday 13th June 2019

Thursdays was a 7 mile recovery run. I plotted my route using the RunGo app, I have used this in the past and it’s always worked reasonably well for me.

I did the run in the morning after working a night shift, This is not something I do often, I prefer to run after a sleep but needs must – I did find I got tired quicker though.

It was beautiful route due to a huge chunk of the run being off road, I was really enjoying myself thinking how perfect the route was, that was until around mile 4!

I was back running on the pavement again and when I looked up my jaw dropped – The mother of all hills, I had totally forgot about this hill, it was huge, I was knackered when I got to the top.

Between mile 5 and 6 I felt my energy levels drop but I knew I did not have far to go so I carried on but I was pleased when I finished 🙂

  • Distance 7.02 mi
  • Pace 10:08 /mi
  • Time 1h 11m

No stinging nettles on this route but loads of bushes spraying rain water on my legs, I will take that any day to getting stung 🙂

Time to get back to work, Night all

My right foot and the blister

Thursdays run was a 40 minute tempo run which was hard but fun, I managed to cover over 5 miles so that was good.

Friday was a no train day so I took the opportunely to get a trip in to the recycling centre to get rid of some long overdue rubbish that was building up in my garden, My dad had the same idea so he half filled up his car with his stuff and we loaded my stuff in as well, Only one vehicle needed and great company and now a clean garden 🙂

Yep Sunday I got a lovely blister on my right foot. I was running a 10k training race, just after mile 5 I felt my sock crease up in my trainer, I was too close to finishing to stop so carried on and finished. All my good dri fit socks were in the wash so I was wearing normal sports socks so I only have myself to blame but I did manage get a PB for my effort at just over 45 minutes.

  • Distance 6.41 mi
  • Pace 7:19 /mi
  • Time 46m 56s
  • Best estimated 10k effort (45:18)

Only 7 weeks left until I run my marathon. One of the rules to the LUNAR-Tic-River-Marathon is that I have to carry a first aid kit with me at all times so I did experiment on Sundays run with clipping a kit to my belt. I forgot it was there when running so I don’t think it will be a problem, Not sure if I should get a smaller kit? No room in rucksack as I have a waterproof jacket in there.

A few weeks ago I booked two nights camping at a local campsite (I only stay for 1 night but I don’t have to checkout early in the morning this way). We have had such lovely weather recently and this campsite was only a 30 minute motorcycle ride away. I had booked it for tonight and tomorrow night, I have been looking forward to this ever since but the problem is that today it is pouring down with rain and tomorrow is not going to be much better. Unless the rain drastically clears up I will probably have to cancel, Will be no fun getting soaked trying to put my tent up 😦

I am off to get another coffee, Have a great day.

I burnt the duck!

What a great week I have had, Friday was a training free day so I managed get through quite a few tasks that had been gathering dust on my TO-DO list.

I had been looking forward to the weekend as I actually had both Saturday and Sunday night off, That was until work phoned and asked if I could work the Saturday night 😦 The extra money helps but when you get so close to the days off it was still a bit disappointing.

I had my weekend pretty much planned, Saturday I was finally going to get my car fixed – the catalytic converter was at the end of it’s useful life and I had bought the new parts a few weeks beforehand, Well that had to be moved to Sunday.

Sunday my wife and I had planned to go to a tent and camping equipment exhibition. We had never been to one of these before but it looked really interesting, Of course we had to cancel this to get the car done 😦

So Sunday morning I finished work, Shot home for a couple of hours sleep before heading off to my dads house to get my car done. I actually really enjoyed myself, Under my Dads expert supervision we both got the part replaced and my car works lovely now, Next on the list is to fix the electric windows but that can wait for another week (yes I have the parts already).

Only problem was with the lack of sleep and the hot weather by the time I got home I was so knackered that I did not have the energy to cook, I bought everyone pizza which I also ate with a chilled can of beer, Yep no long run Sunday for me!!

Tuesdays run was great, 30 Minute steady run. I got less than 5 minutes down the road when my running app started telling me I had completed my first mile??? I wish, a mile in 4 minute 44 – That would definably be a record – Try 8 minutes. This did make me laugh as I ran, I always wear my Garmin watch which is what I go by.

Miles: 3.83 – Duration: 30:03 – Average Pace: 7:51

Wednesday I had a 8 mile recovery run so I took Tigger with me, He actually ran all the way which surprised me as he usually gets outside the house and refuses to move, After the first 3 miles I took him to the park so I could let him off his lead, 3 laps round the park and he stayed by my side the whole time, Well done to Tigger 🙂

Well back to the title, I did burn the duck. My wife had bought a half piece of aromatic duck for herself and my last remaining meat eating daughter to share. I had made a large batch of Chilli-con-carne with rice for myself which was put in tubs and froze. The box said to cook the duck for 30 to 35 minutes, I timed it perfect with my dinner, the timer went off at 30 minutes so it left a couple of minutes to get the sauce and extras ready. When I opened the oven door I was gobsmacked – the duck was not just burned it was black! If it was any other meat I think it would of been binned but being duck and the fact my wife and daughter was starving they still wanted it! To my surprise only the skin was black, the meat underneath was cooked lovely, I tasted a bit and it was really nice. What’s the saying – don’t judge a book by its cover? Does the same apply to food? lol

Well I have to get back to work now so have a good night all 🙂

A run in the sun

Thursday 30th May 2019

Wow, yesterday rain, today sun, I love the weather here lol

My poor wife is working a night shift tonight, The poor woman finished today’s shift at 14:00 then straight home for dinner, small sleep then back to work for 20:00, I have to admire her drive – Not sure I would want to do that now days.

I will be relieved to pick her up in the morning, I have a feeling that she will be knackered.

It was so nice today 21º outside so my rain-jacket goes back away and out comes my sunglasses, Beautiful.

I love running but I also LOVE my train-free days, Friday is one of these, time to catch up on things at home and relax before work 🙂

All in all it was a very good run, Not the fastest (I blame the lovely warm weather) but plenty of effort 🙂

Today’s I included a 5 minute warm-up and 5 minute cool down.

60 Minute steady run –

  • Distance 7.90 mi
  • Pace 8:48 /mi
  • Time 1h 9m

Time to get back to work. Night all

Running in the rain, Again

Wednesday 29th May 2019

Yep, more rain, Typical, Not too bad though at least it did not poor down, Today was a 6 mile recovery run which I completed in just under an hour (58 minutes 41 seconds).

I forgot to stop my watch again at the end of my run – Typical.

40 Minute interval run

Tuesday 28th May 2019

Today was a great day for running, why? Well with last weeks travelling I only managed to get one run in!

I am not complaining as I had such a wonderful and needed short break and I got to spend some quality time with my son. As your children get older you see them less and less so I jump at the chance to spend time with them.

I did learn a lot about camping, or to be more accurate I learnt a lot about how dreadful my camping cooking equipment is, I have now upgraded my camping cooker and bought a wind shield to protect it so fingers crossed it will be a welcome upgrade for my next trip (My next Marathon).

I had a good run and the rain held off just until my cool down walk so I was happy.

  • Distance 5.07 mi
  • Pace 8:50 /mi
  • Time 44m 47s

Time to get back to work, Night all

Our Camping Trip May 2019

Camping at Camber Sands 22nd May 2019

I have been looking forward to this camping trip for months, This was originally going to be a solo trip but with a week to go my son decided to join me which was fantastic.

I like planning things and I love lists, I like to write lists for most things and this trip was no different.

My camping check list was 4 pages long of everything I was going to bring with me and which bag they would be located in so hopefully I would not forget anything (our last family camping holiday we drove the 140 miles to the campsite only to discover that I had forgotten to pack the tent of all things – my kids never let me forget this).

2 weeks before this trip I set my tent up in the front room to check that it is still in one piece and all complete, I was happy to see it was perfect Next was the dummy run to see if I could fit everything on my motorcycle, All great so far.

Wednesday morning came and we both finished loading our bikes, Just as we are ready to go we find my bike had a flat battery, bummer 😦

That’s what I get for only riding a few miles each day – My bike just does not get a good chance to charge the battery.

5 minutes of pushing the bike up and down the car park and we soon managed to bump start it – As I still had enough fuel for the journey I decided it was best to wait until I arrive at Camber Sands to top up so that the battery can fully recharge.

The journey was fantastic, 62 miles riding with loads of winding roads and variable speeds which made it so much fun.

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Just one stop on route for a drink and toilet.

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We did not arrive at Camber Sands until just after 6pm and it took a while to check in as the office was closed.

After unpacking and erecting our tents it was time to find a shop to buy supplies. This is where the fun really started as the nearest supermarket was just over 12 miles away.

The first supermarket we did not like as was over priced and not enough stock so we landed up driving another 3 miles out to a Lidl supermarket. This was worth the extra journey as we got everything we needed.

By the time we got back and fired up the BBQ it was very late and we were starving, When your hungry everything takes twice as long, it was gone midnight before the food was cooked but it tasted fantastic.

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Thursday morning I woke up around 6:30am,  I had a bowl of porridge for breakfast and then started getting ready for a 7 mile run along the beach.

When I left to go on my run my son also left to buy some more camping gas, When I finished my run I was surprised to see he had not returned. I went for a shower but still no sign of him. My son had to drive 25 miles to a Halfords as all the local shops don’t sell camping gas due to safety reasons!!! Took him nearly 2 hours to buy gas.

My son cooked lunch and I washed up – Sounds fair to me 🙂

My son’s friend popped down for a visit in the evening so we lit the BBQ again and also the instant BBQ we bought, We had a lovely feast 🙂

Friday morning came quick and it was time to pack up  and go home, We had such a lovely time and at £7.00 a night each we would definitely do it again.

 

 

Half Marathon PB

I am so pleased with myself today as I completed a half marathon with another PB.

I know speed is not everything and when my long runs get longer I will be aiming for distance rather than speed but I am still like a excited child at getting a new PB 🙂

  • Distance

    13.14 mi

  • Pace

    7:56 /mi

  • Time

    1h 44m

  • Best estimated Half-Marathon effort (1:44:21)
  • Best estimated 20k effort (1:38:29)
  • Best estimated 10 mile effort
  • Best estimated 15k effort

I am worn out now, no training tomorrow so will spend the afternoon working on my motorbike instead 🙂

Time for work, Night all