Month: December 2012
Sunday 30 December, 09:05
Cold but sunny, 3C. Went for my usual 7 mile run. Lower right leg slightly sore but it eased off during the run. Very wet underfoot after heavy rain yesterday and overnight. Took it steady and got round in a reasonable time. A pleasant run in winter sunshine 🙂
Avg HR: 148bpm
Avg pace: 5:52 min/km
Thursday 27 December, 09:35
Cool 4C, overcast. Went for my usual 7 mile run. Right calf/shin a bit stiff or sore, but it eased a bit on the second lap. Felt slow and sluggish so didn’t push hard, just aimed to get around without further injury.
Avg HR: 146bpm
Avg pace: 5:57 min/km
Wednesday 26 December, 08:42
Cool, 4C, clear skies and a nice sunrise. Went for my usual 7 mile run. Left hamstring stiff and lower right leg/calf not quite right. Took it easy. I really only felt like a one lap / 4 mile run at the start but felt good enough to do the 2 laps. Made the most of the nice weather, as I know there will be some grey, damp days to come this winter.
Avg HR: 144bpm
Avg pace: 5:57 min/km
First blog post using the new 7 inch android tablet Emma and Ashley got me for Christmas 🙂
Monday 24 December, Christmas Eve, 09:00
Cool 7C, constant light rain for the whole run. It looked dry when I got up, but by the time I left the house steady rain had come in. Went for another steady 7 mile run. On the second lap I saw a runner in the distance (approx 300m ahead) running a similar pace. I followed at that distance for 1km then gradually speeded up. I passed them on the last stretch of RV and carried on up the hill. Very wet underfoot but not quite as bad as yesterday; my trainers are very dirty and need drying after each run. In a way I’m glad they’re not the new pair that I’m craving because these conditions would quickly ruin them. Again, HR is high, the overall time is good for me. Still feel left hamstring a bit, and a bit of stiffness in lower right calf. Nothing serious. Maybe next run I’ll keep it steady and ignore what other runners are doing around me.
Avg HR: 150bpm
Avg pace: 5:47 min/km
Calories: 849 (why 200 different from yesterday?)
Sunday 23 December, 08:46
Mild 9C, a bright morning with some sunshine and a wind blowing from the South East. Went for a 7 mile run around Rother Valley. Aimed to keep it steady but felt good and on the second lap I could hear another runner’s footsteps behind me. I decided to speed up a bit and keep them there, quite illogically really. I should stick to my plan. Managed fine and I exited RV ahead of the other runner. Really pleased with the time, but obviously average HR is higher than I had expected for an steady run. The path around RV was very wet, and I had to run across very muddy grass and leap over some puddles. No niggles but afterwards felt left hamstring a little.
Avg HR: 156bpm
Avg pace: 5:43 min/km
Friday 21 December, 06:15
Cool, 8C, with a strong breeze blowing from the West. On this shortest day of the year I decided to do another 4 mile run. I expected the paths around Rother Valley to be very soggy after 24 hours of rain, though it wasn’t raining now. The water level was very high and actually crossed the path around the northern lake. Around that point (5k) I got my feet very wet and my right trainer in particular was flooded. Running along it sounded like ‘thump, squelch, thump, squelch’, etc. No problems and pleased to complete a good spell of activity on consecutive days this week – swim, run, run, swim, run.
It’ll start to get brighter earlier in the mornings from now on, though I know I’ll still be running in the dark for a few weeks yet.
Avg HR: 153bpm
Avg pace: 5:56 min/km
Thursday 20 December, 20:30
Went for a swim at Westfield with Jacqui & Emma. Wanted to take it easy so just did a planned 40 lengths, rather than pushing further. Four warm-down lengths. A good swim.
Distance: 1000m (40 x 25m)
Time: about 41 mins