I ran a 10K!!!
I was going to lead up to that with some sort of suspense building preamble… apparently I am excited about it and I blurted it out just like that!
A couple of months ago, when it seemed very far off in both time and running ability, I entered the Thruxton 10k race. It seemed like a good idea at the time, it was a race around a race circuit. By which I mean a car/motorbike racing circuit which we were running around. Not at the same time as cars or bikes…that would be tricky…
It is a little race track (says she who doesn’t really know how long a race track normally is…) but 10k was 2 laps plus a bit so it seems little to me.
Well…it didn’t at the time at the time it seemed long, and possibly never ending… twice… which makes no sense. but I was running, no sense is the best sense you are going to get when I am running.
Anyway…this 10k was around a race track (as I may have mentioned) it was also superhero themed and really small!
Superhero themes I can deal with…I practically live my life superhero themed after all 😀
The small was harder to cope with… by small I mean it was a small field. No, not in a small field it was on a race track we have established this…there were not many runners. The problem with races with not many runners is there is nowhere to hide races like that with not many people in are normally entered by people who are certain of their running abilities. You don’t get the plethora of walkers, hobblers and people generally trying their best who are not all that quick. This made the whole thing particularly terrifying to me in my capacity as a slow ploddy run walk interval person… however realising that as I arrived at the race track made it far too late to do anything but plod along around the course and hope for the best…
and you know what it was actually ok! I was slow but I followed my interval plan and just kept going! I was on my own most of the way, everyone else disappearing into the distance rapidly.
Well on my own until people reappeared and lapped me… weirdly this didn’t bother me. I expected to hate it and be a crying mess when people went past and finished and I had to carry on but I wasn’t. The people passing me gave me thumbs up and said encouraging things and what is even more strange is I didn’t feel patronised!!
So I just carried on and I did the 10K 😁
And I wasn’t last! There were at least 3 people behind me and it is amazing how motivating the desire not to be last can be 😁
This race was an extremely positive experience! I fully expected to hate it but I didn’t at all! I wasn’t expecting great things as I hadn’t run 10K since 2015 but it ended up being the second quickest 10K I have ever done! I wasn’t last and I didn’t die and more than that it is the first time ever (possibly second) I came out of a race feeling proud of myself!!
Proud of my friend Susie too who won the women’s race and her daughter who won the under 20s class! Blooming awesome I say!!
Day 102: Saturday
On saturday I ran… I didn’t only run…I did other things too like have lunch and clear up and stuff. FOr the purposes of this post, I ran, I just didn’t want to give you the impression that I ran continuously for the whole day…
Anyway, after much procrastination (I just can’t help it I just procrastinate) I got out for a run! I ended up running 5.5km in 4 and 5 minute run intervals. I made it through almost all of the run intervals with no sneaky walking and I felt I could have gone further but I ran out of path and daylight… It was a pretty slow run, but contained more actual running than others had!
So I left this run thinking “yeay improvement” I was optimistic and actually looking forward to going out again on Sunday 😀
This is a lot of progress for me!!
I need to get a little bit more consistent with my pace…consistent, and faster…but progress is progress!
Day 103: Sunday
On Sunday morning I woke up at 5:30am with a sore hip. It hurt to move my leg and all the muscles around my hip seemed to be complaining violently about some sort of mistreatment! This was surprising to me as I hadn’t felt bad after running on Saturday, quite the opposite in fact!
However they were complaining so much that I was forced to get up at 6ish and go and lay on a foam roller and poke at them with a spiky ball and such to try and ease them off!
It didn’t really work.
I spent the day hobbling about and taking ibuprofen. It seemed to get better with movement and worse after sitting so I thought I’d give more running a go…
In retrospect this was optimistic… I did the first two run intervals after a fashion. There was a lot more walking then running really and I could feel the muscles getting tighter and tighter 😦
So I turned it into a walk 🙂 It was about 5km in the end and very pleasant as it was sunshiney and I live in a very nice part of the world. I cheered myself up by taking photos.
Needless to say I was extremely grumpy about this! I was just getting the hang of this running business I can’t take a break from it now…
As soon as I got home I sent an emergency text message to Matt the trainer who is also Matt the Sports therapist and told him I need fixing.
Luckily he had an appointment at 7am Monday morning! This was extremely helpful and a massive relief!!
I will tell you all about it in the next post…
**spoiler…I am already well on the way to being fixed…**
Do you remember the time I knew a girl from mars…
Ok…that wasn’t what I meant to say, but I can’t start a sentence “Do you remember…” without saying that afterwards. I can make it relevant though I promise.
Tuesday is named for Tyr Norse God of war, Tyrsday became Tuesday. In the Roman pantheon the god of war was Mars…therefor Girl from Mars is an excellent song for a Tuesday! Actually it is an excellent song for any day so here it is:
My Tuesday, however contained no war. It contained one gym trip for a PT session, so that was good for a start. After the obligatory warm up I got to do sled pushes (no pulls just pushes yeay!) in a superset with single dumbbell farmers carries. Using a dumbbell on only one side held engage the core, just in case you were wondering 😀
This was followed by another superset containing single arm cable rows and straight arm cable pulldowns. Straight arm cable anythings are harder then you might think!
This was all followed by rowing sprints, sprints of 15s and 45s although I maintain that 45s is not really a sprint. I grumbled a bit, but at least it wasn’t a treadmill 😀
not a bad way to start a tuesday really 🙂
Then came lunchtime. Then came running! Yes, more running. It was a reasonably nice lunchtime and I was feeling optimistic so I put on my shiny new shoes and headed out of the door 🙂
It was not a bad run all in all! I had a lot more continuous running at the start and much shorter walk breaks later… I feel like I am improving slowly but surely 😁😁
Day 99 done 😁
Well…not only running, but there is a high proportion of running. To be exact 5/10 workouts from the last 7 days have been running. I suppose in reality that isn’t a high proportion, is just 50% but it is a lot for me…
However, 3 runs in 3 days on top of the last two days running…do I sense a habit forming? Well, maybe. I decided to try a thing:
It looks like a motivational meme but it isn’t really… I am not a fan of the motivational meme in general. This one is words on a picture which in some peoples books is a motivational meme…but it does make sense unlike some of them. So, in order to get better at running, I am trying out running more.
Day 91: Monday
On Monday I ran in my lucnchbreak. This is too short a time to run any real distance but is the ideal time to work on continuous running and lessening my walk breaks…
I think I am improving… mondays run time was definitely more consistent so maybe the system works!
Day 92: Tuesday
Tuesday started as Tuesdays do with a PT session 🙂 and the PT session was filled (at least partially) with bench presses 🙂 40kg 5 x 5 😀
There was also some TRX fun and trreadmill hill climb walks… yes that’s right…I went on a treadmill again…I am not sure why I allowed it O_O
Lunchtime featured a run…in keeping with my run more to get better policy 🙂 It was the same run as monday. and it was both better and the same… I was a teeeeeeny bit slower, but I felt a bit better while doing it.
Day 93: Wednesday
In all honesty Wednesday contained one activity too many. I started in the gym as normal with a fun mixture of sled pushes, deadlifts, rows lat pull downs followed by lovely heavy rack pulls 😀 I love a 100kg rack pull to start a morning 😀
Lunchtime featured a run (you may. E sensing a pattern) it was the same route only harder work…possibly because of lifting all the heavy things possibly because I was running for the fifth day in a row and that is new to me!!
Still, training on tired legs is a thing!
Then… later that day there was dancing! Which did me in a little!!
Day 94: Thursday
Thursday was a rest(ish) day…I decided that I needed it!! I did some walking around at lunchtime but that is about it! I decided that recovery was a valid part of training…plus my legs hurt!
Day 95: Friday
The beginning of Friday involved waiting…and sitting…I was stood up by my gym buddy O_O it is ok though, It is early morning and it was only a matter of time before one of us overslept 😀
It did mean that I had a shorter than expected time in the gym mind you…
I made the most of it with supersets. Supersets involving heavy squats and deficit deadlifts. Short but effective 🙂
Later on Friday I tested the limits of running on the Downs link in the evening. the results of this are that much after 6:30 and it is too dark for my imagination! However, I did push my distance to 5km, and try out my lovely new non foot squashy running shoes 😀
Look lovely new running shoes! all blue and the right size! In reality they are both in focus too 😀
Day 96: Saturday
on saturday I was supposed to go for a run…but I procrastinated and then it was too late. So I did some Insanity.
The workout Insanity…not being insane, just in case you wondered. Ireally want to work my way through the insanity program again but am struggling to find time to fit it in every day at the moment. I know this sounds like an excuse but some days I already exercise morning noon and evening. However I will find ways to fit it in as often as possible, because if there is one thing that this reminded me it is that the Insanity Program is awesome and really hard!!
Day 97: Sunday
Guess what I did on Sunday…
Yes, thats right I played around with photos and tried to get my photography website looking more complete.
Oh and I ran too 😀
I didn’t really want to to be honest! It was rainy and I had procrastinated for quite a long time. I was quite keen on the idea of staying at home and doing to thing else. But I put on my shiny (muddy) new running shoes and went to the downs link path. The first km was ok, then the 2nd km was me fighting with my brain which was telling me that turning round at 1.5km was perfectly acceptable and 3km was better than nothing. I managed to make it stop that and turned around at 2.4km so my total run was 5km 😀 (i did have to run around the car park to get it to 5km but it was!!) I am pleased, despite the brain arguments, I did slightly longer run intervals than friday and ended up with a faster time. Even more pleasing was that I won the battle of my brain 😀 (this is harder than you might think!)
Woohoo!! Progress 😁😁😁
Yes, you read that right, 3 runs in 2 days!!
What is going on?
Who am I turning into?
What is going on here…this amount of running does not make sense!!!
Except that it does make sense if you have signed up for a half marathon and are out to prove to the world (yourself) that you can do it in a not super terrible way!
Day 89: Two Run Saturday!
two runs, two new places to run and two times I got completely lost while running!
Well completely lost is a bit of an exaggeration as I managed to find my way back to where I started both times. I just went a completely different way to the other people I was with.
The first run was only little…even by my standards…it was a mile. It was a charity run “organised” by a physiotherapy centre in Godalming called Care for Health. They they wanted 125 runners to run 1 mile each so they could have 125 miles run to celebrate the 125th birthday of the charity. The charity was The Meath, an epilepsy charity. It seemed like a good thing to do and my friend Susie talked me into it… It was a fairly low key event, we arrived signed our lives away (well the rights to our photos anyway… then set off for a run. We were offered a map, but it was laminated and awkward, so we decided we would rely on the signs that there were supposed to be en route…
We saw no signs!
Apparently we missed the first one which made finding the rest of them quite hard! so we followed our noses, well Susie, Graham and Izzy did and I followed them from a distance…until I lost them and then I followed the signs to Godalming station because we had started near there. It worked…I went a mile…it might have been a different mile to everyone else, and I might have arrived back from the opposite direction to everyone else…but It was still a mile!
After this shortconfusing run we decided that as we were out, and had traveled to another county to run, we should go and run more…
So off we went to a place called Newlands corner, which is not really a corner, more the top of a hill. It is a meeting place on the top of the Surrey Hills to be precise. In case the name didn’t give it away, this run involved hills. The first half was ok…we set off down a hill…then I got lost again. Well sort of.
I quickly lost sight of Susie, Graham and Izzy due to them being better than me. Then as I had no idea of the route we were supposed to be taking I just continued along a likely looking path until it petered out at which point I doubled back and went down a much more steep down hill looking path until I felt like I had gone halfway to far enough. Then I turned around.
the rest was uphill…and slow… mostly because of the uphill and partly because I kept stopping to figure out where I was and to take photos…
Look at that elevation change!! Hills!!
Day 90: Sunday
Sunday was also a run day…
Against all good sense I went out for another run 😉
I sat around and procrastinated all through the lovely sunny bit of the day…when went out as it started to rain…
But I went and I did a longer run than I have been doing. I am aiming to increase my distance every time (unless i go at lunchtime then I only have a short time). I think I am improving…in not very measurable ways…
The title is a quote from my awesome running friend Susie, (I have told you about her here)
Wit a couple of exceptions, which would probably lead to bigger problems than just running, she is right. However, I don’t have any…well…I have some, I can move my legs and sit down and stand up and stuff. But I do, it turns out have stiff hips, and stiff ankles and some other stuff which I will get to shortly…
I know known these things for a while, in a vague way, but yesterday as part of my PT sessio I aske Matt if we could do a running assessment so that I could attempt to fix problems before running the half marathon. My hips have been hurting a bit the day after runnign and I was interested to know if there was anything he could see that might be causing it. He is well placed to be able to figure it out as he is a personal trainer and sports therapist and has a degree in the subject…
So I had to run on a treadmill…
It was terrifying!!
But not for too long which was ok… and I learned a few things…
I have stiff hips and ankles, I have feet which externally rotate (especially the right which explains a lot) I don’t pick my feet up enough and sort of shuffle along…
Matt gave me some mobility exercises to do with a resistance band and lots of stretches and foam rolling instructions 😊
Me after the session…extremely relieved to have survived running on a treadmill!
When lunchtime came around I decided to attempt to put some of these things into practice..:I concentrated on keeping me feet pointing in the right direction and lifting them up..:it was hard work and I forgot to keep doing it once I got tired…however it will all work out eventually 😊
Day 58 done 🙂
Day 50: Monday…the day someone stole my tooth!!
OK…it was a dentist and I paid him to do it so it may not count as stealing…actually it sounds worse than stealing…
In other words, I had a wisdom tooth out. I was not actually expecting to have a wisdom tooth out, I was expecting a consultation where the dentist confirmed that my wisdom tooth was broken, and that I should come back a different day to have it taken out!
This is not what happened…he took a quick look, decided it should come out and then gave me an injection, some x rays and attacked me with pliers! This was all a little off-putting as I have never had any sort of dental work done before! From the horror stories I have now heard about wisdom teeth, I think I got off fairly lightly. It did leave me a little shaky however and so my plan of running after the dentist and then going to train my client went out of the window!
Instead I went home and sat down…then after a sufficient amount of sitting I did Yoga for when you are sick from the lovely Adriene of Yoga with Adriene
It was enough!
Day 50 done
Day 51: Tuesday…PT against all common sense.
According to the info on what to do after you have had a tooth out you shouldn’t participate in sport or vigorous exercise on the day of the extraction. I took this to mean the actual day…going to bed and getting up again makes it a different day right? So I got up in the morning and went to PT. This is perfectly reasonable I think!
It was an excellent PT session in which I did some trap bar deadlifts and some kettlebells and I am pretty sure there was something else… but I was a little vague that day possibly due to wisdom tooth after effects…
Day 51 done 🙂
Day 52: Wednesday…gym and dancing
Wednesday is always gym and dancing…this shouldn’t be a surprise 🙂
The gym was pretty good, It was the second occurrence of the stupidly early get to the gym by 6:30 plan. Sarah and I did things such as bench presses, OH presses, rows and deadlifts. When sarah had to go to work at 7:30 I stayed on again for my bonus half hour and did squat / step up supersets and some core training…I haven’t done dedicated core trainign for ages…I should probably do more
And then there was dancing…which was awesome! Dancing is almost always awesome but this Wednesday we were practicing a brand new Mythago story for the first time ever! It is a good story too 🙂 very appropriate for times when we dance at beer festivals and breweries and such like… I am not going to tell you too much about it now…you’ll all just have to wait 😀
Day 52 done 😀
Day 53: Thursday…the day I didn’t get lost in the woods…again!
As you might have realised this getting lost in the woods business is featuring fairly prominently in my mind right now…Ths time, I did go for a run, and it was in woods, and whats more they were woods I had never been to before…and I still didn’t get lost!
I managed it by taking susie with me, she knew the woods and pointed me in the right direction. Which was initially up a great big hill…then down said hill by a much longer shallower route, then some of the way back up again up a “slight slope”. Suffice it to say, we have different ideas when it comes to slight slopes…
However none of this is important…the important thing is I ran for 10 mins without a break, this is a longer continuous interval than I have run for 2.5 years!! it wasn’t the only interval, there were others, but this one was the unexpectedly awesome one. OK it was downhill but still I am super pleased that I am making progress 😀
Day 53 done 😀
Day 54: Friday…gym day 😀
Friday was the day for squats and rows… and then some relatively rare (for us) isolation exercises focusing on quads and lower back 🙂
Why yes Olympic bar…it was heavy!!
Day 54 done 😁