Sunday, January 14, 2018

Pootle Past The Ponds

My knee felt better but I wasn't confident to try and push out the distance further so I plotted a 6km loop over at Soudley Ponds. Never run there before. It's part of my attempt to keep my almost enthusiasm going by rooting out new routes where I've not run before.
Anyway, to quote my new catchphrase, "it wasn't the greatest but at least I got out there". The knee started to twinge with about ten minutes to go so I was right not to attempt anything longer. I have a feeling this is going to take quite some time - I just hope my almost enthusiasm holds...

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Milling Around Again

So I didn't manage a real run today. My left knee is a bit painful. I'm suspecting jogging back from my marshalling point at Thursday's night race, wearing walking boots, probably wasn't the most sensible thing to do. I'm keen to keep the momentum going but without doing more damage so I did a kind of power walk on the treadmill with the elevation set a bit. Hopefully the knee won't be as sore tomorrow and I can get out into the forest.

Sunday, January 07, 2018

A Go On The Roads...

and my legs are hurting. Longest run so far but my legs gave up the ghost in the last few kilometres. It's another run done though.

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Pootle Complete...

So I managed to keep lethargy at bay and got out to complete operation pootle. I managed - yet again - to pick a short section of unimaginable bogginess amongst what was otherwise mostly solid terra firma. (Okay, it wasn't that unimaginable but it was slippy as a Hagfish whose slime glands had cranked into overdrive).

Overall, it was the first run during the last week where I very nearly almost felt like I actually managed to run a bit here and there. Granted, the last 2-3km being slightly downhill helped a lot, but even so, it felt pretty good.

Friday, January 05, 2018

Operation Pootle...

...to recommence tomorrow but I'm expecting it to be a chilly one. A loop in the central forest this time.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Run Of The Mill...

Okay, so not exactly out and about but a go on the treadmill is better than nothing. Hopefully soon I will have the mojo to venture forth into the dark, damp, gloom that is a winter evening. I can still feel a bit of soreness in my left itb so I'm not going to run before I can walk, so to speak. Finished with a short warm down on the exercise bike.

Monday, January 01, 2018

Soggy In Places

Still more of a walk than a run, number two complete [snigger]. There were a few very boggy sections on the route despite planning what I thought would consist reasonably firm going. Oh well, at least I stayed dry again - apart from the feet.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Not Sure What That Was...

A steady walk while wearing running kit? At least I managed to find a gap in the rain and it wasn't cold.

If I can get my current level of unfitness and general lack of running ability verified it might give me a focus to have a crack at Chepstow's most improved runner categeory at next years awards ceremony...

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Well That Was Bloody Cold...

Today I was back out there on the hill marshalling the summit of the Skirrid race and boy was it cold. The wind was biting. Thankfully we were only there for an hour to see the 146 runners through and yes, I was glad to get off the top and head back down.

It almost gives one a reason to get a bit fitter in order to run instead of stand around in the cold marshalling...

Monday, December 04, 2017

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Curious Incident Of The Cramp In The Nigh-Time

By 'eck did the cramp ever strike last night and of all the places - ssshh, no, keep it clean - my left shin! What is that all about? And how does one even stretch the muscles in the shin area? No, I don't know either. With a calf cramp, it's pretty easy to stretch out. The shin? Not so easy. Cue fifteen minutes of pain, trying to use Jedi mind tricks to relax in the hope that the muscle tension would ease. Thankfully it did.

Anyway, today, just like Johnny Kidd & the Pirates, I was achin' all over - did you see what I did there? My quads and hamstrings are stiff and aching. Must've been a good workout yesterday.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Nice Morning Out In The Mountains

It was over to the far side today, my favourite area of the Black Mountains, for the Fan Brycheiniog fell race - but don't panic, I wasn't racing. I was marshalling at checkpoint one, Fan Brycheiniog summit.

I set off from the race HQ at the Tafan-y-Garreg Pub - a lovely little pub, serving good food and the availability of camping, making it a great base for a day out in the mountains - with what I thought would be plenty of time to get up to the summit. As it turned out, it was plenty of time, but not before I had a few moments of panic, thinking I was going to do a Finch and not make it to my position in time for the first runners. Having averted doing a Finch, I sat down at the trig, taking in the views to await the runners.

It wasn't too long before the runners started to arrive and it wasn't too much longer after that that they'd all gone through the summit on their way to checkpoint two and beyond. With my work done I packed up and headed back down.

I decided to cut down from the top ridge to follow and run with the race on the path below the ridge, joining the race route just after the checkpoint at Llyn y Fan Fawr. I put in a good effort on the way down for a decent 6k run. (The 6k on the way up was more of a brisk walk, if you were interested).

A good days training and it's always nice to give a little back to the race scene. My calf muscles are a little stiff now. I put that down to the brisk walk up followed by being sat down in the cool conditions to marshal followed by getting straight up and running back down without re-warming up.