Feb 7 – Is It A Week or A Weak Streak?

This is the first time ever, I have run every day for a week. This was me testing which method works best for doing the challenge. It had been recommended by some folk on the C25K forum, that maybe dropping the kms run, but running daily might be a way to go.

That for me means February is an ‘experimental’ month, when I will try different run types, timing etc, just to see what works best both physically and mentally. The first experiment is completed and that is running a fewer number of kms but doing it daily.

Two things I have observed:-

I can easily exceed the minimum km required and often run further, even allowing for the January backlog which does need to be caught up.

It’s a hard ‘ask’ as football commentators say, to go out and run every single day. Some people love the idea of running streaks and there is a fantastic lady on C25K, who is up to something like 380+ days of running every single day. I am however, not that lady!

Summary; in principle (subject to no injuries) the challenge would be manageable if I ran every single day. But there are days when we travel by car from London to Italy and back again. They are long days and realistically I am not going to pull on my trainers, when we travel. Also the bigger consideration, I don’t actually enjoy running every day. I feel as though it has become a burden, rather than something I enjoy. For sure, some runs have been fun, but honestly, this week has been tough. Also, I am a little concerned about never having a rest day, which I think could work against me in the long run, because I am not varying either my pace/distance overly much.

Now looking to the next experiment, I am going to try 4 days of running, with one day off. Also varying the distances, so I can change pace. It will be helped by us disappearing to Malaga for what we are euphemistically calling Winter Training. I think it may end up being Tapas Training. But with daytime temperatures in and around the 20s, it will be warm enough not to fear the cold when running.

Today’s run was actually quite pleasant cold but with a beautiful blue sky, I ran past my latest television crush David Olusoga (the historian on Falkner Street documentary). Can I digress and say he is rather gorgeous in the flesh? – often TV men I’ve seen have been a lot less photogenic and substantially shorter than I expected. The box does distort things somewhat. But he is very cute. That gave me a nice surprise and of course I smiled. There is a benefit of smiling, it actually helps you run better (longer and better pace) so if I can just arrange for Mr Olusoga to pass by next time out, I will be fine.

I was running down towards Borough Market, which was quite busy for a Wednesday afternoon,  and oops, I nearly took out an old geezer – in fairness to me he did that thing when he was looking one way and moving another. A quick shouted apology and I decided getting out of the market may be safer for all concerned. I was pootling on the South Bank and a fellow liquorice and satsuma runner came towards me. A silver fox runner, with liquorice coloured leggings and a satsuma top collar peeking out of his black sweatshirt. Apart from my black Eminem type hoodie, we looked the same. He gave me a big smile and I returned the favour. Running karma – if smiling helps you run, then why not?

By this time the South Bank was getting busier, I’m guessing ITV must be having some celeb on TV this evening, as there were younger people hanging around the South Bank ‘pen’. They didn’t look like David Olusoga groupies, but who knows?

On my return leg, I avoided the South Bank and ran just one street behind, where it was substantially quieter and easier to get around. Scooting back towards Tate Modern, and over the wobbly bridge, I headed to St Paul’s where I saw a wedding photoshoot taking place.

Although the ‘bride’ was wearing a fur-trimmed cape thing, I have to say she was smiling way more than I thought was possible in the cold. Maybe she had a mobile heater under the skirt…

Anyway the run was done, and my 7 day running streak completed. I’ve done the week and it wasn’t a weak, week, because I have run just short of 50km in 7 days.

And I am up to the top 7% in the global challenge 🙂

Playlist

Ben – Michael Jackson

Clint Eastwood – Gorillaz

Frankie – Sister Sledge

The Diary of Horace Wimp – ELO

Jackie Wilson Said – Dexys Midnight Runners

Song For Keith – Mike Strickland

Louie Louie – The Kingsmen

Mickey – Toni Basil

Nathan Jones – The Supremes

Oliver’s Army – Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Rudy – Supertramp

Telegram Sam – T Rex

Sharp Dressed Man – ZZ Top

Is Vic There? – Department S

Warwick Avenue – Duffy

Ziggy Stardust – David Bowie

Tracy Jacks – Blur

It’s Raining Men – The Weather Girls

Stats

Distance 7.87 km

Time 55:22

Average Pace 7:02

Elevation Gain 65 metres

Running Streak – 7 Days One Whole Week

Alzheimers Challenge

Kms Run to Date 174.82

Kms to Do 1843.18

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5 Feb – I was in the top 8%

That’s me, the non-running runner. The over 50 non-running runner. Out of 110,000 people in this challenge, I am in the top 8%. Well I was yesterday, as the pic proves. This probably is the best achievement I’ve ever had, whether sporting or academic.

Except maybe for eating chocolate, I think I can confidently say I was in the top 8% (probably in the world), for eating chocolate. But this running achievement is transitory, it’s early days and there’s a whole uncertain, scary year still to run.

No resting on laurels then…. let’s see what today will bring. I don’t want to end up as a punch-drunk fighter saying ‘I could’ve been a contender’.

It was cold, but clear and I was dressed in black like a ninja. I actually ran like a walrus, not a ninja, but still I went out.

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This walrus can actually run faster than me!

Despite being a slow runner of some repute, I am delighted to say I am still in the top 8% of the global challenge. That’s twice now I have appeared here. I am gloating, yes I am! The running, slow, walrus is gloating; pride will undoubtedly come before a fall…

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Playlist

Born In The USA – The Boss

Everything Must Go – The Manics

Back To Black – Amy Winehouse

By The Way – Red Hot Chilis

Boombastic – Shaggy

Crazy In Love – Beyonce

Let’s Stick Together – Bryan Ferry

Save A Prayer – Duran Duran (twice in succession)

Is Vic There? – Department S

Doginabag – The Fratellis

Wonderwall – Oasis

Strong – London Grammar

Enola Gay – OMD

I Try – Macy Gray

Sex-O-Matic-Venus Freak – Macy Gray

Stats

Distance 6.78km

Time 47:39

Average Pace 7:01 (mins/km)

Elevation Gain 21m

Alzheimer’s Challenge Update

Kms Run To Date 160.31

Kms to Run 1857.69 (slowlee, slowlee, catchee monkee)

Running Streak – Day 5

 

 

 

 

30 Jan – A Fishy 5km

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Orange Rectangles Gained, Now For The Orange Squares

 

Today is orange hunting day – I am due to run the orange squares of the Monopoly board, but it is still quite cold out, so I thought I’d go for a warm up run of 5km and see if I can clock a few more kms, by doing two runs in a day.

It is Tuesday and the fishmongers are open today, and so I am going to run to buy fish. Unlike last time’s jaunt  I have learnt my lesson well and worked out a mini-route which will mean I can limit the return journey (carrying fish) to a manageable 2km.

Even better news is that my new dead posh Lululemon top comes with a very useful kangaroo pouch pocket. I haven’t actually read that Lululemon recommend wearing it for shopping/running trips. I am sure they will appreciate that needs must, when you’re targeting over 2000km in a year.

I could suggest it to them as a potential new marketing gimmick maybe?

So off I trotted on a circuitous route to Islington Upper Street, it truly is a glorious day, with a fantastic if rare, blue sky and the even rarer sight of the sun. Fish duly bought and stowed in my kangaroo pouch – with me hoping that we have no leakage issues, as I am not sure the raw fish smell would come out of my new running top. A trot back via Duncan Terrace Gardens – sound posh but they are very tiny, but are a small oasis of green amongst the concrete.

Two kilometres back towards home, and rather worryingly my legs feel tired – this does not bode well for this afternoon’s run. But I am close to home and manage to clock 5.19km, which if I can do more than 10km this afternoon, will help me keep my deficit from growing too much.

This morning I was running for two ‘orangeish’ rectangles of salmon, but this afternoon the orange squares of the Monopoly Board await. At least I won’t need the kangaroo pouch pocket to collect them.

And as a p.s. I am allowed to count Chancery Lane as the ‘Chance square on Monopoly – my friends all said so.

Playlist 

Beat Crazy – Joe Jackson

Blasphemous Rumours – Depeche Mode

Breaking Us In Two – Joe Jackson

Do You Really Want To Hurt Me – Culture Club

Don’t You Want Me – Human League

Dreaming – OMD

Dreaming Of Me – Depeche Mode

Einstein A Go-Go – Landscape

Electric Barbarella – Duran Duran

Stats

Distance 5.19km

Time 35:21

Average Pace 6:48 (mins/km)

Elevation Gain 23 metres

Alzheimer’s Challenge

Kms Run To Date 109.16km

Kms Still To Do 1908.84 km

January Km Target = 171.43 (based on straight-lining 2018km/365)

Km Deficit as of now = 62.27km

 
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