I must have temporarily lost the plot, because I appear to have signed up for a marathon…

Archive for April, 2011

I am envious of Mr.Potato Head…

Wish me luck with Marathon. Managed 2 hrs, 35 mins last year & then I just had to watch something else – From Twitter @thekeithchegwin Proper made me chuckle!

So yesterday the London Marathon took place (in London, duh) and apart from being well and truly in awe of the people who took part and completed it, there were a few things that really caught my attention.

1. The winner (of the men’s race) completed the course in just over two hours. TWO HOURS! He was running 13mph. My car doesn’t even get to that speed when I’m in traffic on my morning commute. Seriously can’t fathom this running speed. Amazing.

2. There were an enormous amount of World Records set during the race, including the most Rubik’s cubes solved in a marathon  – it was 100 by the way in 4 hours and 45 minutes. I don’t think I will finish my marathon in that time without the cubes! – and Fastest Marathon dressed as Mr. Potato Head to name a few of my favourites. You can see the full list of records set at this page and it is well worth a quick scan for a good giggle.

3. I really want to do it. I didn’t realise it before but I really would love to do it properly. I am really excited to do the Liverpool Marathon in October and with my over-reactive skin it will certainly be easier for me running in the Winter. However, I really want to do the London one next year. I know it is very difficult to gain entry for it, but I’ve decided it’s definitely a goal that I want to work towards. One heavy step at a time…

I know that many switch off when the marathon comes around in the year, and to an extent I am one of them. But, the more I’m running and reading about running, the more I am reminded of when I was a teenager, when I didn’t catch out of breathe, when I could run for as long as I wanted without breaking a sweat, and when I actually enjoyed running and looked forward to one day being in the Olympics (a dream of mine when I was a young child).
Those dreams may be gone now, but televised events such as these should really get people moving again. I doubt it does, which is sad.
But oh well, at least Mr.Potato Head is doing his bit.

Definitely a contender for best marathon fancy dress idea EVER

Week 2 Summary

Week 2 – Run 2

Distance covered (including warm up and cool down) : 10km (6.2 miles)
Time taken: 1 hour 18 mins
Calories burned: 651

Although I didn’t make three runs this week (dammit!), I did manage the 10km I wanted to run.
And again, although I wasn’t entirely up to scratch (I was hoping to run it in approximately an hour) it is the first 10km run I have done in nearly two years, so stick that in your pipe and smoke it! In fact, the 10km race I did two years ago, I did  in 1 hour and 16 mins, so really, I’m quite chuffed!

Next week, I want to do a 10km in less time, hopefully closer to the hour mark, and actually make the effort to run three times. After seeing the London Marathon this morning and realising how quickly some of these people can run without stopping even once, I can’t believe how out of shape I am.

This week’s arch nemesis: stamina

Week 2 – Run 1
(Wednesday night)

Distance covered (including warm up and cool down) : 6.09km (3.78 miles)
Time taken: 47 mins
Calories burned: 386

Nothing much to report with week 2 as of yet. Didn’t manage my goal of running 10km quite yet. But I’m hoping to really give it my all at weekend when I have plenty of time to dedicate to the gym/road.

In fact, I’ve arranged to see one of the trainers to get some general advice for increasing my stamina. I remember when Athletics season would be over all those years ago in school – we would be put ‘in training’ for Cross Country season with varied speed drills, but I’m not sure I’d manage that these days without someone there pushing me.

If you have any tips out there world, I would love to hear them. I’m here to learn!

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Week 1 Summary

Well after a setback being ill over the weekend (including Monday *insert sad face*), I certainly didn’t get off to the best start to my training, and only managed to do 2 runs – 1 of which can only be described as a rush job. And I missed the WWWP5K run which I’d still like to do, albeit slightly delayed. Gutted gutted gutted.

Over 2 runs, I covered a whopping pitiful  distance of 10.09km (6.2 miles).

I think it is a good idea for the future, to set some goals each week (obviously I’m hoping not to be ill again anytime soon). To keep on top of things, but to also keep me going. So here it goes. Goals for week 2…

1. Run at least 3 times.
2. Run a 10k at least once, in one session. My furthest one so far is 7km and it felt okay, just sweaty warm.
3. Do one session of weight training. Either at the gym or on the wii fit. Just something other than running. My upper body strength and my core strength is really truly poor. I genuinely could not do a pushup if my life depended on it. I am told that the better your core muscles are, the less strenuous your running will become over time. Worth a try. Plus, I just love the word BUFF and want to be it. (But not like them women who looks like they’re constantly straining to do a poo. No thanks)

UrbanDictionary.com rocks my socks

Is my heart going to explode? No? Oh….phew

Recently, I posted that I was a little concerned about my heart rate – especially since I’m absolutely shite pretty new to this running business.

My heart rate had reached the 190s (and at one stage 200), and although I didn’t feel hugely exhausted, it is obviously a sign that I’m useless pushing myself out of my capabilitity zone.

After a bit of reading on maximum heart rates however, according to Heart.com , knowing your maximum heart rate is:

“…a useful tool to measure training intensities and typically is used to measure or predict the level of exercise. It’s always good to measure your Max HR while doing exercises to ensure you stay within a safe range or use it to measure if the exercise is actually working well enough to raise your heart rate to acceptable ranges and levels.”

Good to know!
The equation on their page for working our your maximum heart rate is:
WOMEN: 226 – your age = age-adjusted Max HR

So my maximum heart rate would be 202. Winner!

I still think it’s a good idea not to reach that though. Wouldn’t look that attractive half dead at the finish line in October…

Thanks to Flickr user: Cuorhome, for the image.

Short and sweet

Week 1 – Run 2

Distance covered (including warm up and cool down) : 3km (1.8 miles)
Time taken: 25 mins
Calories burned: 199

With a chores list as long as my arm to complete, followed by a “quick” visit my Auntie’s (actually turned out to be 2 hours of family gossiping) I only had 30 minutes free last night for my run.

However, I still made the effort and even managed to drag my sister to the gym with me. Rome wasn’t built in a day y’know?

I may not have run a huge distance, or run at an incredible speed, but this time, I didn’t stop at all (does a happy dance).
This is unlike before where I have been stopping every 10 or 15 minutes to catch my breathe or lower my heart rate. I can really feel myself getting slowly but surely better. Next stop, world domination!

Please observe: happy dance

Wanna do a 5km run over the t’interweb?

I have just stumbled across this blog organising a Worldwide WordPress 5k run. I absolutely flippin’ love this idea.

With the aim to get people moving more, and in effect, exercise “together” even if you’re on the other side of the world, it is such a good motivator, and a fab way to communicate with the online running community – one I’ve never been involved in, but hope to be in upcoming months. Get my geek on yeeeah.

In a nutshell, the blog states:

“You can run, walk, or skip. It’s up to you. There’s no time limit and there’s just one requirement: that you participate!

The blog is hoping for participants to run on Sunday 10th April (this week) but also states that it is open from 4th – 10th April to give some flexibility. I think I will do mine on Sunday when I’ve got some free time to do an outdoor run.

As soon as I have decided on a road route, and charged up my camera, I’m going to post details of my own personal fun run right here in the next few days. If you fancy doing it too, use the tag wwwp5k so we can all have a nosey at each other’s efforts. Really excited to see posts from other WordPress users on this one. Should be a giggle.