26 June 2012

30 days in, still going strong

So today was day 30 on the streak and it was a tough one.(all my runs on the streak) Once again with running in the city I managed to get stopped by what felt like every set of traffic lights on my route (I was only moving for 31min on a 37min run).  I do have routes that involve less lights but that means running around a canal which is rather smelly at the moment due to the lack of rain. Tomorrow for day#31 I am planning to attempt a slow 10km run, first one in a while.  

In case anyone was wondering this is my kit list to make running more tolerable .
Glove like socks!
Trainers - Asics Gel Cumulus 13 (runners world review) - seem comfortable, will probably change to a pair of brooks once I get to the USA as I'm trying to change to a more forefoot running style....
Socks - Injinji - these are a glove like sock eg. have separate toes, I'm very pleased with them no blisters yet. however they do look quite strange when on my feet and feel a little strange when I first put them on.
Shorts - Adidas running shorts.- I've been wearing a few different pairs, all are very comfortable.
Tights - Ronhill running tights - Comfortable with nice long zips to get them on and off easily. I only wear these if its cooler. 
Shirts - Various technical race shirts either short or long sleeve depending on the weather.
Music - Ipod Shuffle Old style with Sennheiser CX 680 headphones - I never use to run with music and was avidly against it.  I'm currently listening to audio books while I run, so far a massive success given the routes I run are not so interesting, just tune in and plod along.   
Sunglasses - Either my Oakleys or Rudy Project glasses (photo-chromic) depending on the weather.
Road ID - I've been using this for a while now.  Although I'm not sure if it will be useful if the worst happens and I'm unconscious at least I tried.
Watch - Garmin Forerunner 110 with soft strap heart rate monitor. -  This is my tech for running and I am really glad I got it last year.  It is really basic but allows me to see where I've been, at what speed and how hard I was working to achieve the speed I have been maintaining.  Although It is only a tracking device (Amanda has a 405 which does lots more) I'm finding it invaluable as a training aid/motivational tool.  If you are a geek like me and want to start running this is a cheap way to monitor where you have been and look back at your runs with a fine tooth comb!
Post runs - I'm trying to do at least twice a week a good stretching workout, for this I'm using P90X (its about 1 hour long) so far so good, I never used to stretch and this seems to be helping improve my flexibility and recovery.  

10 June 2012

14 days into the streak

So we are 14 days into the streak and so far so good.  I have managed to run at least 1 mile per day and I'm slowly starting to regain my fitness back. The runs I've completed for this streak can be found on this page I'm actually looking forward to continuing this streak as I can feel it's making a real difference.

The runs I have done so far have mainly been short (just over a mile)  for two reasons;
1. I was ill before I started and have still not fully recovered from this I am feeling better now though still coughing.
2. Due to idleness and illness I had not run since March 2012.

One thing that I'm finding difficult at the moment is getting going again if I stop for traffic lights/crossing a road (today's run was 26min however for 2:21 I was stopped at lights grrrr!).  Hopefully in the not to distant future (within a year) we will move to somewhere where I can ride and run without stopping so much, runners and cyclist dream :)

I found today's run tough. It was the first run I've completed while pushing Fiona in the pram for a long time and I really felt it, even though it was a flat run.  It was also nice to have Amanda along with me on her bike, not that I was able to talk much since I was mainly struggling to breath.  Amanda went on to do a little extra on her bike which will hopefully help to build her confidence after the idiot on a bike attempted to ride through her last year resulting in a broken arm :(

I will keep updating the streaking page and hopefully report back in a couple of weeks with another update. Until next time enjoy what ever it is you are doing.

Summary of runs
Number of runs completed 14
Total distance covered 36.60km
Total time running  3:26:59 h:m:s
Average Heart rate 160bpm
Average Speed 10.6km/hr (includes stopped time at traffic lights)
Feeling towards running - Pretty good, but knackered!