Saturday, November 28, 2015
It shocks me every time I hear cynical people effectively stating "not on my door" and "they should stay or return home"..... Without considering how utterly desperate people must be to leave and attempt to travel thousands of miles to a place they believe will be a better place to raise their family.
Who would not want that basic need to have security and safety?.... Did countries close their borders during WW 1 and during/ after WW2 ?... Did thousands of people not seek "a better life" only centuries ago as they left on boats to new lands, be that America, Australia or New Zealand...(read from the header "Departure from Liverpool", the second paragraph is as pertinent today as it was then)...... Sadly, particular now it seems, there are always the unscrupulous who will look to profit from this.
My partner wrote a very balanced and much more articulate post on the matter.
Whilst watching this news we appreciated the safety and opportunity which we live in. We are fortunate to be able to afford holidays - and appreciate not everyone who has this safety and security can do that. We decided that whilst considering spending on holiday or sports gear or clothing we should also consider those less fortunate then us... and with that have pledged to not spend until we've saved and donate 10% of the cost to charity.
We're not set on any specific charity but do want to give to a persons charitable fundraising, local, national and international charities. If we can afford stuff we can afford this. We are grateful for what we have and the opportunity life presents us - whilst I don't think I can do one big thing for the homeless, for those fighting cancer, for those fighting poverty or crime, those so desperate to leave their home for safety elsewhere; We can do many small things by donating when we can afford it. If we can afford a holiday we can afford a bit more - we may just need to delay the joy of that holiday, which is no bad thing when you think of the instant gratification Amazon can give... - so I'm grateful for the opportunity to be more thoughtful and do something little in the scheme of things.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Over the last month I've been wearing a fitbit... Not to measure steps or activity but I've been interested to see how my resting HR is stacking up... As I've signed up for a full distance tri next year (yep let the madness commence), I thought I'd start tracking my resting HR more out of interest to see if it points or correlates to anything.
A month is not long enough for my little experiment but in essence as you can see from the screen shot below it steadily raised through the end of September and start of October and then has plummeted again. Now the last two weeks I've been on holiday so stress levels non existent and no exercise!
When it spiked I picked up a cold ... I read some research recently which suggested resting HR increase rather then being attributable to say over training, could be a precursor to having a bug. Well one month and one user and one bug is no statistical evidence ...and given it was quarter end this also coincideded with a busier time at work so could have been related to that.
So I will continue with my little experiment and see if I notice any patterns... Given we are now journeying home I'm expecting at least for my resting HR measure to come up over the weekend as I shock my body with some running and biking!
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Tuesday, August 04, 2015
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Well day 10 was so bereft of activity it barely deserves a mention.... Swimming was on my schedule but I'm fearful of having an ear issue before Sunday that I skipped it... And we'll because I had to be in at work be for 0830 so it wasn't going to happen before work and after work the adult swim time is after 8pm... So both these things just meant I was a bit of a juneathon no show for day 10.. I can't even claim extra steps from the car because I was wearing heels I parked closer! Loosely I will claim some toe yoga, about 5 Sun salutations (abridged version) and some general buttock clenching at appropriate (rather then inappropriate) moments......
So moving on swiftly to today ... Day 11 and a whole different story.... Despite the fact I have a race on Sunday I was shocked to see a multiple 2hr long total brick session appear in my schedule... WTF!... Not able to do 2 hrs before work I settled for splitting the session 1hr before and another hour when I got home.... The session was a mix of 10min bikes followed by either 5 or 15min run all done and a variety of paces. Needless to say I'm now knackered!!
So Juneathon Day 11 was 6 10 bike sessions and 6 run sessions (50mins total)... With transitions it ended up 2hrs...
So with that good night and happy damn nearly friday!
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Back to being a day late again... Noted...
Yesterday was umm Tuesday so I got my juneathon exercise in nice and early and did a pre breakfast 33min easy jog.... Well 30mins easy actually with a very hard flat out 3mins in the middle!!
That was it all done before breakfast... If only I could get my posts done so swiftly!!
Monday, June 08, 2015
Following hot on the heels of the pathetic day 7 post I thought I may as well carry on the motion and get to day 8... And so just over a quarter of the way through!
Woke early after a very restless night full of bad dreams.... Was I think just after 5 when a cat decided I should be awake! This should have given me plenty of time to get up and fit in my morning workout but somehow I still managed to not be ready for action until 7... And then I had bike sensor issues so actually didn't get going for another 15mins or so! Lucky then that my workout for the day was an easy 33min turbo which was 15min warm up and 15min warm down with a 3min max effort in the middle..... All whilst watching an episode of casualty!
Prescription for tomorrow is something similar but on two feet rather then a bike!
Frankly yesterday was a Juneathon disaster .... Although I did have a lovely lazy morning and I did cook us a lovely late breakfast which was enjoyed in the sunshine!
Juneathon activities peaked at walking to the car and doing some yoga... Although it was only toe yoga so I'm not sure I can gain much credit from that!!?
Sunday, June 07, 2015
Saturday, June 06, 2015
Woke up this morning and realised with mild panic that I had forgotten to do my post Friday night..... "wah! Failed juneathon on measly day 5 despite exercising"...
... Then I remembered we had 24 hours to blog so actually I'm safe for now anyway
To keep it short yesterday morning I had a run on the agenda .... Warm up followed by 10mins of 30s intervals easy/hard then 10mins of 1min intervals easy/hard and then a warm down.
It was really really hummid... So having started the week with succumbing to putting the heating on for a couple of hours (1st June and the summer was really here)... By Thursday night/ Friday morning the weather had transformed in to a hot humid sweat fest!! Still actually I quite enjoyed my run in the warm and the rain.... Warm up ibfelt knackered and legs tired still from the race last weekend however recovered enough and even the last two 1 min intervals seem to find a different gear!
Day 5 complete!
Thursday, June 04, 2015
Having done lmp (last minute posts) the last few days I'm getting this one in early (it's only 7:45pm) although that is guaranteeing a longer post!
Juneathon exercise effort was a bit slack today; think the last couple of days effort post race has tired me out and I just feel like sleeping!
So other then the normal work car parking further away I have done little else... Oh wait I did walk to the shop at lunchtime... But thinking I had done squat I have just been for a walk around the woods behind the house.. (a) to get me moving after a day mostly sat down (b) to let my mind relax and transition from work to home and (c) because actually it has been a beautiful day which I've witnessed from my office and I just wanted to wander around with the warmth of the day still hanging on... It was beautiful, peaceful and graceful. I love nature.
So Juneathon Day 4 was exercise wise a mile, maybe slightly more of strong walking. Here's some happy snaps I took on the way
Wednesday, June 03, 2015
It is 11pm now as I write this post and there's me thinking I was late last night....
Worked from home today so couldn't do the same sneaky tricks to make me slightly more active (but which don't count)... However during my day I did (this is the be active but don't count for Juneathon list...)
1. 5mins of yoga stretching.... Did this twice.... Literally this is just standing, bending stretching and nothing more but does move me again having me at my desk for longer periods
2. Walked to the cafe which is v close by to get a couple of take out sandwiches for lunch
3. Whilst waiting for the sandwichs to be made I did some toe yoga (i kid you not!)
So that is all well and good, well better then just sitting in a chair all day!
At the end of the day I carried out what I'd been dreading most of the day.... A bike turbo threshold set.... Consisting of 15+ mins of progressive warm up, 30mins time trial all out measured effort and then a spin cool down.... Would like to give some stats but speed sensor broke as I started so all I can say is my HR got pretty high and some how I didn't chuck up
On that note I bid you good night!
Juneathon Day 3 DONE!
Tuesday, June 02, 2015
Tsk... Race done two days ago and still no report and you are not getting one now either because it's already past 10pm and I should be sleeping... So instead a micro juneathon blog...
Today I did this but this does not count:
1. Parked at a bay at the back of the car park again thus adding a few more steps into the office... But not many mind
2. Went to the upstairs office at least twice (4 sets of stairs) and did not use the elevator... Thus adding more steps to my day.
3. Partook in several phone conversations whilst standing
All the above made me at least a little more active.... Then I got home and went for a 55min mixed pace run, covering a measly 8.something k... You could say my legs were feeling the effects of Sunday still and you would be right... I did the hard intervals hard but suspect the reality is they were still slow!!
That's it for day 2... Eyelids are currently doing too much weight lifting and likely to hit max reps any moment... Zzzx
Monday, June 01, 2015
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Which brings me to actually the main topic of conversation for the blog which is a race report (gasp! shock! horror!) for Wokingham half marathon... I say race in a loose version of the word. Whilst there were plenty of people chasing each other and PBs there were (in turns out from several coversations on course) quite a few of us just seeing what we could do and enjoying a little run on a wonderful winters day.
Background then: This time last year I had an entry to Wokingham Half and had sort of done some focused run training.... then it rained (and rained and rained and rained) and the race was cancelled because the roads were under a couple of metres of water. The race was cancelled quite at the last minute so my friends who had entered still came up and we had a bit of a social gathering and fun run anyway. The good folks of Wokingham Half though carried everyones' entry into this years race (I guess they had an insurance policy which paid out).... So one year later and coming off the back of having flu and little to no training the preceeding weeks it was here again.
Now I confess - I was actually thinking running the race wouldn't be a terribly good idea. I had made it to 10miles a couple of times in my training but not for some weeks. With the flu I did nothing for two weeks - so I gave myself a test run of 20mins 9 days beforehand - recovered ok from that. Then the week before I did a long run - 8miles which took 1hr30... so was pretty slow and the thought of another 5 miles was frankly a little ludicrous.... BUT then I saw my training plan...
My coach - who does know best - basically had scheduled the race and basically said relax don't worry about it and enjoy it.... WTF
My thoughts... " Really - "enjoy" it.... Really.... Hasn't he seen all the RED missed session in training peaks... does he not understand how long it took me to do 8 miles... Enjoy... ennnnnjoyyy PAH!.... sigh... but if he thinks I should that means he thinks I can so maybe I could ... OK THEN I'm BACK IN!!"
Friends arrived and my plan was to enjoy a day out. We were luckily blessed with stunning winter weather - cold but bright and glorious - if it had been dull, cold and raining I'm not sure the prospect of a 13 mile adventure would have been so enjoyable. My better half who was marshalling then text to say she would be at station 10 - which was a perfect place for a drop out at mile 10 if I needed. I wasn't feeling proud and given my state I did go into the run leaving myself options to bail out if I wasn't feeling it or if I felt unwell.
.. and so we gathered.. stripped off and put kits bags in tents - shivered and found a sunny spot in amongst the queue to get warm before the start! Jules was aiming for 1:30, Sue for under 2 and me for whatever it was - give my run the week before I was thinking 2;20-2:30 would be about right. My plan was to run at a comfortable HR, keeping it below or around 148 for the first half and then whatever... I had two gels which I planned to have around 7.5 and 15k. I had my Garmin on but the only view I was looking at was cadence and HR. Time and pace were not of any concern... and more then anything else... the aim was to ENJOY and do what I could.
Without a blow by blow account the following graphic kind of sums it up... Before the hill between mile 10-11 the only walking I did was vaguely just to have a sip of water....
Approaching the 10mile marker someone's phone went off announcing in a computersed female voice "10miles in 1hr 47mins" .... and I have to say it totally pysched me out... Not only was there a bloody great big hill (ok slope but that the time it looked like a mountain) ahead of me but I literally thought "shit - it's taken me that long and I thought I was going ok, so it will be at least another 30mins"... so frankly it demoralised me quite some. And despite the nun who ran past me I doubted a bit and lost faith.... I took on some water at the aid station ... walked a bit on the up over the motorway bridge... jogged on and then .. because other people were.. I walked on towards the top of the hill. Hurumph... The Nun and I ran near each other every now and again which was quite good fun as they were getting some good support... but eventually I pulled away (relatively speaking)... I was now counting down the kms to the end... I played cat and mouse with several runners the last 2-3k which helped just keeping the rythm going... arriving towards the home straight I had a good shout out from some supporters from my Tri Club and further down from Jules (who had come an agonizing 40s outside his sub 1:30)... I trundled towards the line with my arms aloft very happy to have finished... only for a little lady to come flying past... well I wasn't about to be beaten on the line so we ended up sprinting together I'm sure I got the photo finish ;).... we ended up with the same clock time and had a laugh and gave each other a hug as we crossed the finish mats... it was quite a funny end.
I then turned my watch off and was more then a little surprised to see my final time was 2:11:42 ... so whilst not close to a PB actually much better then I thought and expected. Once downloaded I saw to my 10k time was a surprising 59:57 and more surprising 1:38:27 for 10miles... You can see my pace slowed quite a bit in the second half which is not surprising and my HR going higher as I carried on (no surprise there)
Ulimately I was very happy to have got out and tried and was very surprised by the result. My form however must have gone to pot the last few miles - I battered two toes such that I have two blue nails (yuk) and I spent the next two days walking down the stairs backwards (it was the only way)... So the coach was right ... the weather was excellent.... and we all had lots of fun. Jules missed his time by seconds few and Sue ended up somewhere around 1:55 having taken it easy - excellent result.
It was a good race and not massively busy which was good. Also the atmosphere and camaraderie for the runners around me was really great - so I thank them for their support as well as all those supporters on the course.
Apparently my coach thinks I will be able to run 1hr 30 tomorrow.... he is hilarious.... but I have been walking forwards down stairs for a few days now so who knows - there is only one way to find out!