Lets kiss this year goodbye!

Posted on: 31 Dec 2016

Just a quick blog to bring myself up to date.

I hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas.  It’s been a quiet one up here which is just what I’ve needed.

Having just read Hollywood's blog I'm reminded of what an amazing year our realbuzzers have had.  Forever pushing and striving for more...although not so much for me in 2016.  It's been a bit of a pants year running wise but next year is going down!  

I finished my gym course a couple of weeks before Christmas.  Sadly the body measurement machine was broken so I couldn’t get the read outs my fat/muscle composition etc.  I did do the Cooper Test again (Jim it’s a test to see how far you can run on the treadmill in 12 minutes!).  The first time round I did 2.11 (ish) k.  6 weeks later I did 2.45 (I was aiming for 2.5!).  Apparently my VO2 max is 45 and the average for my age is around 30.  I don't really know exactly what that means but I know its a good thing! And I do feel fitter and stronger. 

My rest from regular running has given me an enthusiasm to get started again.  I’m doing the Bath half with David (a few more of you) on 12th March and have drawn up a loose training plan.  My aim for 2017 is to get a PB in 5k, 10k and half marathon. 

I did my first speed session for a long time the other day when I joined David on one of his training session.  We only did 3 x 2 minutes followed by 6 x 1 minute (he’d already done 30 minutes of tempo beforehand).  I really loved this session and ran faster than I expected to.

A few days ago we did a 6 ½ mile race called the Adlington Winter Warmer.  The organisation was fabulous and entry fee is a £5 donation to charity.  The course is on canal paths and a cycle trail but here’s the novelty of the race…. You are not allowed to wear GPS watches or use phone apps etc.  The winner is the person who runs closest to their estimated time.  I had no idea how fit I was feeling when we entered so fairly optimistically guessed 59 minutes 45 seconds.  The only trouble then was that I’ve not been feeling well for the past week or so ( more dizzyness and feeling run down).  The day before I felt very poorly and couldn’t have run at all but on the morning I woke up feeling better so decided to go for it.  The weather was beautiful and David ran with me for company.  It was very strange running without a garmin.  I could cope with not knowing how fast I was running, in fact I quite liked that, but I didn’t like not knowing how far I’d run as we didn’t know the course.  I started to tire in the second half and found myself struggling quite a bit at one point.  I assumed at one point that there was about 5 minutes to go and decided to try and pick up the pace to push for the end then suddenly and immediately the finish line was right in front of me.  I was actually a little disappointed that I hadn’t realised that I was on the home stretch earlier!

Anyway our time in the end was 1:01:37 so my prediction was 1:52 minutes out (I think that being ill was to blame for that 1:52 minutes!).  This meant that I was 122nd out of 274!  It was interesting that after we'd finished I guess that we'd done it in around 1 hour and 5 minutes so we were much quicker than that.

It'll definately be a regular run in our calendar from now on!

Right I must get off.  Happy New Year to you all.  I hope you celebrate in style…and I imagine that some of you will be entering a certain hilly marathon!

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