Five miles ~TJ93

I was under strict orders today – no running – at least until I had walked the parkrun 5k, no sprinting, jogging or any form of movement except walking. After the walk I could fartlek away to my heart’s content.

I started a lot later than intended due to a family issue, (Mum’s taxi was required!), the day turned very hot – not my favourite, the last time I did this walk in the heat I got ill. So off I went walking at a steady pace that I felt I could do for the entire 5k. While walking along, bored out of my mind, I thought I know I’ll do 10k instead, then the thought occurred why not do 10 miles? The most I have walked (recorded) was 8.4 miles when my eldest was home from uni and he walked with me to my mothers and back, I stopped loads of times and it took hours (over three).

So I spent a while doing the mental arithmetic, twice round is about 5k (3.14 miles) in fact this route is a deal longer than that at 3.44 miles. so four times round would be 10k at least and 6.88 miles, another twice round would get me to 10.32 miles and a couple of new PB’s. I was going steady, feeling Ok, legs were sore from strength training the night before.

Twice round in a slow time of about an hour, conserving strength to go round another four times, mental maths telling myself I was a third of the way through and after one circuit more I would be halfway, two more and I would be 2/3rds of the way, then I lost the math with five out of six and decided it was just as easy to tell myself only one to go!

Then the oedema struck! My hands started to swell, my fingers were tight, a sign (to me) that my blood pressure was dropping, it was very hot (again for me) I had stupidly not brought a hat or the cool band that I had bought after the last disaster. I felt fine, but that can change very quickly when pressure continues to drop. I drank loads of water. I wear a bladder pack now whenever I do more than a 5k. I could not get blood pressure up with fluids so I had to stop, the car was parked at the end of lap three so instead of going round again I went back to the car. 😦

Will try again soon, as they say you get good runs/walks and bad ones, roll on chilly days I say.



Jogging ~TJ83

This word never comes up in conversation with Steve and I, it is either running, walking or the famous ralking (run/walk intervals).

What I don’t know is where the line is between Walk – Jog – Run, there is a pace that I do on the LSD training (sounds dreadful as an acronym lol) that I really don’t like, I feel heavy, clumsy and uncomfortable – i think that’s a jog. I watch people running in the street/park and so on, trying not to think just to get an impression if it’s a jog or a run.

At a pace of 17 ish I don’t like how it feels, a bit faster at 16 something feels good, the lower the number the more I like it.

Wiki says:

The definition of jogging as compared with running is not standard. One definition describes jogging as running slower than 6 miles per hour (10 km/h).

Jogging is also distinguished from running by having a wider lateral spacing of foot strikes, creating side-to-side movement that likely adds stability at slower speeds or when coordination is lacking.

I walk quicker than 6mph, I can’t concieve of running slower than I walk!

Is it just me or does anyone else really not like running slowly?

This stuff below is the data from my parkrun PB smashing effort, shows where I am running/jogging/walking and in betweens as well.

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PR2 recovery 2013-09-15_193355

Mynydd Mawr Woodland Park ~TJ43

A beautiful place going there instead of Human Being Active race, am in the mood to be alone, enjoy nature and test myself in different ways. Will take backpack with bladder so adequate water supplies and just see what I can do.

Last time results on 3rd August 2013

  • DURATION     1:09:43
  • MILES               4.01
  • PACE                17:23 AVG
  • SPEED              3.5 MPH AVG
  • CALORIES        446
  • CPM                  6
  • BPM                  101 AVG
  • MAX BPM        125

Wooo hooo just got back and I did my first HIIT (well Medium IIT LOL)

  • DURATION      1:32:06
  • MILES                5.07
  • PACE                 18:09 AVG
  • SPEED               3.3 MPH AVG
  • CALORIES        667
  • CPM                   7
  • BPM                   109 AVG
  • MAX BPM         148

What a blast! I did it!  20 minutes of intervals 30 seconds running and 90 seconds walking, read somewhere that you mustn’t just stop afterwards so did another circuit and a half of the park to hit the five mile mark. Drank half a litre of water, nailed the hills, a brilliant day out. I even did stretching (please note this on good side of book Steve – hopefully it will balance out the Magnum)

Walking in the rain ~TJ35

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Tonight’s session was preceded by black clouds and heavy rain, I drove to the meeting point really hoping that it would be called off.

I have a 5k walk that I am supposed to do on Saturday and then a championship race on Sunday.  I will be last being the only walker. I have paid so I will compete and I may get a better time than the last one!

The parkrun is the one that scares me, last time I walked there, in the extreme heat, I got ill and haven’t gone back since.

I will have to go there this Saturday as I am meeting with the Park staff to arrange a walking event for people just starting to exercise. I will see how I feel on Saturday as to whether I do the parkrun / walk or not.

So many things to do, so little time, I wish I could win the lottery (who doesn’t?) then I could concentrate solely on getting fit and slim.

Nibbly bits ~TJ14

Had a stunning day today, good news about job, backing from colleagues, nice dinner, good session at gym.

Feeling good, 5k parkrun tomorrow yay – well parkwalk for me!