Monday, May 21, 2018

Nine, Cooler Than Two...

but still surprisingly hot as I hit my fifth run in five days. A minor miracle and I feel the better for it. Garmin says my VO2max is increasing - although I am dubious as it's still all very slow and laboured and I feel far far away from anything approaching fit.

As to today's run I finally made it into the forest. A loop past Cannop Ponds along the cycle path before heading up and back along a parallel path though the forest.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Two Hotter Than One?


I can confirm that running at two o'clock is indeed hotter than when running at one o'clock. Three hotter than two? Tune in tomorrow… just kidding - about the time not the intention to get back out there for another run.

So, as the title teases, I made it back out for another 'run'. 9k this time. No easier but I feel it's doing me 'good'. I didn't stray into the forest as per my original plan but stayed closer to home for a loop of Flaxley Wood, taking the stinger laden, tree fallen and generally pretty well overgrown lower path on the eastern flank. And in case you were wondering I didn't know it was going to be quite so stinger laden, tree fallen and as generally overgrown as it was. Still, I made it back in one piece.

More up tomorrow...

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Remind Me Why...

I thought it would be a good idea to go for a run at one o'clock in the heat of the sun? Hot, very hot is the only thing I have to say on the matter and stiles, lots and lots of stiles. Those are the only two things I have to say on the matter. Hot, stiles and gates. Three things. Those are the only three things I have to say on the matter. Hot, stiles, gates and - okay, I'll stop now. Still, I got out there and that's what matters.

I stayed local for a loop I don't think I've actually run in that variation before. Twas quite a nice, near traffic free, loop. I think I'll put it on the list as one to run again. Finished off with 15 minutes warm down on the bike so I am fully ready for tomorrow's run. Probably head into the forest for that...


Friday, May 18, 2018

Hiiting The Weekend

So I've managed to finish the working week with a flourish. A 5k pootle yesterday, a short interval session on the treadmill with bike warm down today and, best of all, I cleared my inbox - ready for it to fill back up again next week.

Up tomorrow, I'm aiming to head out for the first run of what I hope will be three days in a row this weekend. The forecast looks okay although Monday likely needs an early start to avoid getting rained on. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Finally Managed It...

A lunch time run at work. Not a long run. Not a fast run but most definitely a lunch run. It was a little out and back pootle along the Sharpness canal path. Hopefully I can keep the momentum going...

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Persevering...

So I decided to repeat my steps from Monday. Safe in the knowledge I couldn't go any slower, I did indeed manage to go a bit quicker. It didn't feel any easier though - it never does. Still a long way to go. And when I got home, I even had enough energy to make the much needed assault on the 'lawn'. With my new strimmer I managed to bring it under control. I reckon I might almost be able to get the mower on it now.

Monday, May 07, 2018

First Sunblock Of The Year

It had to be done. The factor 30 hit the skin for the first time this year as I headed into the forest to hunt boar - just kidding, for a 'run', in the loosest sense of the word.

It was not fast. It was not pretty. To be honest, it was barely running at all but I must persevere and things will improve - I hope. And on the up side, it was fast enough to register as running on the google fit app, so that's good enough for me.

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Oh My Back...

In addition to finally getting out for a run yesterday, I spent the morning in the garden. If you didn't know, I am not the greatest gardener in the world and it has all got a bit out of control [read very out of control]...

Anyway, it was a very productive morning and I managed to get most of the garden back under control except for a few weeds and the 'lawn' - and that needs a strimmer, of which mine is broken so I need to invest in a new one. The upshot is that my back is refusing to function correctly today. Despite that I managed to get the chilies and herbs sown. A little late this year but with winter seemingly intending to last through to autumn, I held off until now.

After that I tried a few steps on the treadmill to see how the back would be and decided it was a no. Peddling my way to thirty on the bike instead with the intention of getting back out there tomorrow...

Saturday, May 05, 2018

I Can Confirm...

It's hot out there. Finally, I ventured forth...
Headed over to Flaxley wood for a loop. It was good to be back out there but by god am I rubbish. Heart rate was through the roof and I was hardly moving. There is much work to do. Still, it's a start...

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Surprising Session On The Treadmill

Okay, so me pootling on the treadmill is never going to set the world on fire but I managed the best of my sessions so far. That was a surprise as I've been a little off colour these last couple of weeks and haven't really been on focus. Ten reps of 60/60s at 14kph, 4% elevation today. Began with 30 minutes on the bike to warm up.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

More Than A Few Days

but I'm feeling much better and managed an easy session on the treadmill. Five reps of 2mins/1mins. Not the greatest but just glad to be back on it.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Bad Weekend

With the weather so lush I was planning to head back into the real world for a proper run - but I've been feeling sick. Barely ate a thing yesterday and spent the day feeling cold. Feeling better today but not totally right - then again, most say I've never been quite right... Managed a bit on the treadmill but it's not been great. Hopefully manage a bit more in the coming week.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

A Spot Of Sheep Un-Rustling

After the completion of another successful mission water station (the Bigsweir Bridge branch) at this years Offa's Orra, us townies tried a spot of sheep un-rustling...

An errant lamb had somehow escaped the shackles of its prison field. With the gate only a few metres from the water station we thought we'd gently usher it back into its field - but with a massive puddle in front of the gate, it wasn't having any of it...

Anyway, having ushered it past the gate twice and totally failed to get it to go in, it was on a dangerous collision course with the main road but a shout and a holla at some walkers ahead managed to get the errant lamb headed away from the road and back towards the gate. I wasn't going to let it pass the gate a third time...

As it neared the gate it looked to have worked out that that's where is was supposed to go to get back into the field - but it put its front feet in the puddle and thought, f*(% that for a game of soldiers, I ain't getting wet feet... With it looking to pass by a third time I moved in and managed to scoop it up before it legged it away - I've still got a turn of speed, me. With lamb in arms, I waded through the puddle to safely deposit the lamb back in the field before exiting stage left - and then I noticed all the mud smeared down my jeans and on my coat. Grrrrrhh.




Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Solid Row Reps

Six one minute all out reps on the rower tonight with the same for recovery. The rower really does not take any prisoners...