Wednesday, 29 July 2009

So so

Went for my second run of the week 4 routine and it was ok.
Well I suppose it was better than ok but things are a bit sore and I dont want them to stop me running so dont really know what to do.

First part of run was fine, no problems. Second was harder as I ran across a field and it felt harder work. The moo cows didn't even get up lazy buggers.

Third section was ok, back on the road but it did have a bit of a long incline then a short downhill and I know Im supposed to be avoiding them but it went ok.

Trouble with doing a new route is I was quite a way from home when I had done all three parts of routine. I did a bit of a sprint for a short distance then a slow jog ( as if I do any other) then i did a cool down walk. At least it didn't rain.

Have just paired up my watch to the computer and it will send all my run info to it. Hope it gives calories burnt as I would be really interested.

We have also made a vow of no crap to eat, at least in the week and just one thing at the weekend.

I'm going to weigh myself tomorrow and try and keep a food diary. I know it will be really slow coming off cos of the AD's but even if I see small changes its a start.

Didn't like what I saw in the shop changing room mirror yesterday, but think it was a kick up the bum I needed.

May run Friday or Saturday, not decided yet

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Back to Hard Work

Well after my last run of a mile and running for 12.38 solid I thought I'd carry on and start week 4 which is run for 7 mins walk for 3 mins. Wasn't expecting it to be too hard as I'd proved to myself I could run for 12 mins. How wrong I was.

I set off with the run part and by 2 mins into it it felt really hard. Breathing wasn't right to start with.
When I set off I went the other way round the circuit I normally do, going up my road. I know its uphill but its really gradual so I didn't think it would make a difference. It was also quite blustery and head wind and this made it so much difference. I felt I was back at the beginning and I really wanted to stop and go haome and try again later. I didn't and Im pleased I didn't give up but it wasn't a very pleasant experience.

On the 2nd run part it felt easier. This maybe because some of it was sheltered. Never the less the heavens opened and I was soaked through. I his under a tree for 2 mins of my walk bit but it had started to thunder so I thought Id better press on and get home.

Just standing instead of walking the rest bit between the second and third run made things so much harder. My legs felt so heavy and stiff at the start of the third run, they did soon loosen up but it made the whole of the last run as hard as the first. I walked my last 3 mins which acted as my cool down.

This was one of the hardest runs I've done, but I need to stay positive that I completed it as hard as it was.

Just dont want to injure myself or make these tendon strains worse so I did do cool down stretches as always.

Today my foot and shin still feel a bit sore but I dont think its enough to stop me.

Got 2 more sessions on week 4, next run either wednesday or thursday.

Saturday, 25 July 2009

First Mile

Well what a week, I havent run since my last blog on Sunday as Ive got a touch of tendonitis and I really dont want to make it worse. On the other hand I really dont want to lose the fitness level Im at so its bit of a worry.

As i wrote on my last post the run went really well and I was thinking I ought to stick to this part of the schedule for another week. But yesterday I thought I would do the shorter circuit which is a mile so I wasnt risking too much making the tendonitis worse. I thought I would just see how far round I could get before I had to stop. The last time I did this circuit I was only doing run for a minute walk for a minute and I was getting really out of breath.

I set off and everything was twinging but I hoped it would ease off. I think it did a bit. I managed to the bottom of the road which I couldn't do 3 weeks ago and thought ok I still feel ok I'll keep going. Got to that road end and then the next one and then I was on the home straight. Only thing was this bit was up a slight hill and I thought if anything was going to knock off my breathing this would. It didn't and I got all the way home!!!

My first ever mile!!!!

Never really thought I would be able to do it.
Granted it was slow at 12.38 but I could still talk at the end of it.

I have reach my first goal and I just want to carry on to my next one of running 3 mile/5km non stop.

The breathing has really got into a rhythmn now its just my muscles and tendons I have to build up.

Tomorrow is my next run and I don't know if to stick to this weeks schedule or move up. I dont want to worsen the sore bits but am a bit impatient so will decide tomorrow..

I am really getting into this

Sunday, 19 July 2009

Oh yes!!

Well todays run was fantastic, best one yet.

I didn't even know if I was going to run today as yesterday my everything hurt, especially my legs and feet and I didn't want to make them worse. And it was another 5 min run/ 2.5 walk 4 reps and to be honest after friday I was a bit scared of it. Friday was hard and I didn't know if I would be able to carry on if todays started off as hard. I had even toyed with the idea of going back to the run 3 walk 3 but I hate going backwards so I thought just try and Im so glad I did.

Everything went right, from the right tension on my laces to my breathing. I concentrated right from the first run section on my breathing and it worked itself into a great rhythm. I could even talk a bit and I wasnt gasping at the end of each 5 min run. Even the 2 hills didn't hurt too much.

I did hurt a bit, at the moment my hip hurts and Ive got minor shin splints and my foot tendon is sore so I'm going to do this section for 2 weeks whilst my body gets over these I dont want to risk an injury which puts me back. My chest is no longer burning after my run so thats great, must have been a bit of a bug.

Anyway feel really optamistic and positive. Am actually looking forward to next run on Tuesday.

Friday, 17 July 2009

Hells Bells

Well this is the first run on week 3, run 5 mins walk 2.5 mins and oh my god it is so much harder than last week run for 3 walk for 3.

I did expect it but from the start I doubted if I could complete the four repitions. First always seems to be hard and it was. Second was okish but still hard. Third was a bitch as I'd got one of the hills in that run and when I got to the top I still had a minutes running to do and all of a sudden my legs wanted to stop, it was strange. I did push on but it hurt.

The last one seemed to be impossible as I hadnt fully got my breath from the previous bitch run, but weirdly it was the easiest as my breathing just came together.

Im aching more, shin on right leg is a bit tender so I will be careful not to make it worse if I can help it. I was supposed to run last night but I felt sooo tired and worn out I thought it would do more harm than good. Glad I did leave it until today but felt a bit guilty, silly Moo. I think I may have to stay on this weeks routine for 2 weeks as it is a big jump from last weeks. Need to get more comfortable with it. Mind you I always seem to say that. time will tell.

Be positive and sensible.

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Bloody hell Ive just read my previous blog and thursday is the day to start week three section. Hmmm still undecided as to go for the increase. We'll see

week 2

Have just done the second part of week two and yes it was easier. I timed it properly and I didn't have any hills thankfully. Also went at a slow pace so at the end of the three minute running section I wasn't gasping.

All went well but on the last 3 min run I carried on until I got home which was a bit stupid cos I feel a bit crap now. That run was 7.5 mins. Really pleased I could do it cos I have my doubts about week 3 schedule of running 5 mins walking 2.5 mins. Am debating whether to stick to week 2 or be brave and carry on increasing. the last section is on thursday so will see how that goes.

Couple of worries, my feet seem to get really hot and I'm aware of them hurting a little. Can't seen to judge how tight to fasten my trainers. Also Im getting a bit wheezy, well I was after the last run of 7 1/2 mins but I suppose thats to be expected until that time gets comfortable.

I also havent had much to eat today, an apple this morning and some peanut butter which made me feel sick before I ran. No wonder i feel a bit crap.

Very pleased i did it though, and on my own although I prefer Harry to bike along side me for a bit of support when I ger jittery like today. Never mind I did it regardless so should feel good bout that.

Next run Thursday, hope its not too hot.

Saturday, 11 July 2009

Good and Bad

Well I don't know if bad is the right word, hard is probably the word I mean.

This is the second run at 3 min run/3 min walk. First one was hard, second harder and the third was hell. Really thought that I wouldnt finish it all, especially after the third rep. I was gasping- but both the second and third running reps were up hills, the type where you have to stand up to pedal on a bike. First one I put down to starting off and not having the routine .

By the fourth rep it was good and the fifth rep I ran 4 mins and sprinted the last few yards.

Dont know how I feel about this section, it feels quite a bit harder than the last section, but then Im sure running for 2 mins felt like that when I started. Think I may have to repeat this week before going up to next increase, not sure what it is but I think its run for 5 walk for 3 and that seems abit of a way off at the mo.

Still having a little wheeze and cough after about ten mins of finishing, am taking inhaler but will see if it gets better.

Feet not hurting now, and legs dont feel as cramped up now Im doind short gentle stretches once I ve warmed up.

Next run on Tuesday. Over all today was a good run and Im :-))

Thursday, 9 July 2009


Well Ive just started the second part of the routine, run for 3 walk for 3 and it was hard.
I did do all the runs but the last minute of each one I lost my breathing a bit. Im still in 2 minds to whether Im ready to increase the run time, but to be honest doing 2 mins was ok, its the decreased rest time that does make a difference.

i did warm up better by doing a bit of skipping and small stretches and I stretched halfway through while sheltering under a tree as the heavens opened. I think it helped because my legs didn't hurt at all today. Did wrench my ankle after jumping over a huge puddle.

Still trying to do better than I should expect, just too damn impatient. If I look back to the first run just doing a minute was relly hard and now thats a doddle so I need to look back over this in a couple of weeks to see how Ive progressed.

Talked to a lady who runs 45mins three to four times a week and she said some days its hard and you hate it and then it goes well and you remember why you do it, so I must keep going.
Next run on Sunday, off now to have a shower after my soaking. Hope my trainers dry by Sunday.

Tuesday, 7 July 2009


Well today was the third run of the routine and it didn't go as well as I'd hoped. Certainly nothing like as easy as Sundays run

Felt a bit jittery before I set off so don't know if that worked against me or if my back playing up didn't help. Anyway set off and straight away my feet felt sore, then when I did the first 2 min section run it didn't go easy, was looking at timer way too early. Never mind I thought, it got better on Sunday the farther I went so I had hopes for the same but it didnt get any better really.

After each run I was looking at timer too early, legs felt really stiff ad cramped, couldn't get breathing into a rhythm and niggly things like earphone falling out. just really unsettled the run parts.

Did manage to run the last leg home from the railway and it took 4 mins but I was quite wheezy.

Got home and did stretches which felt really good so maybe I need to do them when Ive done the first rep once Im warm.

Now I have to decide whether to go to next section of routine which is run 3 mins walk 3 mins or do I do another week of run 2 walk 4 and see if I have a better run? I always want to go to next level fast but I know I should go at it steady. Think I will stick to 2 and 4 but who know I may have changed ming on next run.

I need to stay positive and believe things will get better.

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Well this is the second time Ive been for a run following the new routine and things are going better than I expected.

my partner came with me but was on his pushbike so was a lot easier for him. Went earlier in the day before it got too hot.

Hevent got a set route just do the routine until ive finished it.

It has gone so well today, not getting so out of breath its uncomfortable.
Unfortunately my phone battery died and I use my phone to time the runs and the rests in between. luckily it went on the last set so i just ran until i got home, even managed to sprint the last few yards!!

Im so pleased with myself for improving, I never thought I would see any especially in such a short time. Just have to stick to the plan though and not get carried away and try to do more than I should. Its true though once you get youre breathing into a routine things really feel better. I felt i could have carried on today.

Great run

Thursday, 2 July 2009

new training

well ive been slack about keeping up with my blog, also with the running but its time to turn over a new leaf.

Ive found a training schedule online from a great website called or not sure which.
Anyway there is a schedule on it for people like me who are just starting to try and run so Im giving it a go.
I was following a run/walk for a minute each for a distance of one mile. Didnt feel I was achieving much though, and my foot was starting to hurt, something about the Plantar tendon. Was told to go to a nearby specialist running shop in Lincoln called Lincoln Runner and they were fantastic.
let me try a few brand ( running up and down the high st was a bit embarrassing but needed to get right shoes so i did it).
Got home and went for a run but one of my heels hurt and the trainers just didnt feel quite right so took them back and have now got a new pair which after one run seem great.

The chap in the shop told me I needed to do at least 25 mins of my walk run routine but with longer run and longer recovery. Also showed me some good post run stretches.

Got home and went online to see if there was any sites for new runners and thats when I came across the site I mentioned. As well as good advice and the ability to post and receive answers, there was a ten week training routine to get you running for 30 mins at a time. I was really worried that I woulnt even be able to do the first weeks routine of run for 2 mins, walk for 4 mins and repeat 5 times. I thought I'd give it a try, I'd just had a strop with my other half and was mardy. thought I may as well go out and prove to myself how unfit I was. Everything was against it, I'd eated and it was still 18 degrees at 7pm so no way could I manage it.

Walked for 2 mins to warm up and then ran for 2 mins and thought I wasnt going to do the first part of the training. So I walked for 4mins and started to run again for 2. It was still hard but managed to do the full 2. Then something strange happened. As i was due to start the third 2 mins I felt that I was still recovering and I wouldnt last the next 2 mins running....but it got easier!!! The last 2 repeats were the same...its weird. I wasnt gasping like I thought I'd be, I was short of breath but not uncomfortably. Yea it felt so good. I'd been out 32 mins compared to 12 on my other routine. Im so excited I never ever thought I may be able to run, always been a sprinter ( well a long time ago at school) but maybe if I persevere who knows.
I started this because I wanted to be able to run a mile straight before Im 40 in a couple of months. Thats my immediate target but beyond that I would like to get up to 3 miles 3 times a week.
The route Im doing is 1.96 miles so fingers crossed.

Im hoping to learn that if I put enough time and effort into something, I maybe able to do it.

next run on saturday so next post at the weekend.