Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Mission to get fit 2011 – Update 3

Update 3 starts on a downer :(

Last week I developed a niggley pain, one that I've felt before.  Although I've done my best to take things gradually -  I've not increased my speed and distance at the same time and not increased the length of my runs by more than 5 minutes each week, and yet this nagging shin pain has returned.  After getting shin splints on a couple of occasions (the first where I didn't know about such things and decided to run through it! d'oh) it's really not a road I want to go down again, I almost have a paranoia about it!  The first experience I had of them saw me hardly able to walk the 10 minute school run let alone run a 5k and I was pretty much out of running action for around 8 months!

Therefore, call it an excuse if you like, but last week was pretty much a total wash out regarding the running plan.  After a couple of runs early in the week the niggle was getting worse so I decided rather than ruining my chances of completing the 10k altogether I'd rest, ice and dose with ibuprofen to help alleviate the problem.  After rethinking my running plan I wonder if the problem has arisen, not from the quality of my running but from the fact I'm now trying to cram in 4 runs a week after generally only doing a couple here and there.  Hence, I've decided for the time being to reduce my training plan down to 3 runs per week with an extra one here and there if all is going well.  I may not be quite ready for the 10k in July but I will finish it, even if I have to walk some of the way!

So here goes (I will update through the week):

Week 3

Mon - Rest - Rest
Tues - 25 min, easy - 28 min, easy/mod
Weds - Rest - Rest
Thurs - 35 min, mod
Fri - Rest
Sat - 45 min long run
Sun - Rest

Monday, 13 June 2011

Mr G's BIG 4-0

It's now more than a week since the big 4-0 occurred in our household and it's been a rather long birthday celebration for the person involved.

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'P' celebrated his 40th back on 2nd June and we wanted to make it a day he'd remember.  I'd been planning and buying for a couple of weeks, spending the afternoon the day before making a card and helping 'A' to make Pecan Squares.  The kids and I got up early to decorate the house with more than the usual number of banners and balloons with an added gesture of pictures of him as a child stuck, not only to the house, but also on various lampposts along the street :).  I'd ordered delivery of a balloon bouquet but this was unfortunately delivered before he'd descended the stairs.  It was therefore hidden in the front room until he was up and awake!

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The kids bought him a fantastic Notts Forest shirt with 'Griffiths 40' on the back which he was chuffed to bits with and along with the usual line of clothes and nonsense I'd also bought him a voucher for white water rafting.  Believe me he was more than a little worried when he opened the envelope and read the words 'Are you prepared?' on the package.  As something a little different I made him up a basket of all the little things he likes such as fizzy cola bottles, Hoegaaden beer, Dr Pepper, Werthers and so on and even included a new tax disk holder seeing as his other one is on its last legs.  One of his gifts, a signed autograph of Derren Brown, was a little late but he loved it all the same.

After breakfast altogether in the kitchen (which made a nice change!) we headed off to Bridgnorth in Shropshire to spend the day walking along the river, moseying around the shops and generally chilling out.  We packed a picnic and were lucky enough to grab a bench by the river.  We caught the cliffside railway up to High Town which was a nice experience as I discovered that not only had the kids never been on this before, but neither had 'P'.  His day was topped off with a fab 'Star Wars' cake from Asda which was just ideal.

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Both sets of parents came around on 5th for a spot of tea and then Saturday night saw us celebrating at the Lutley Oak where we just invited friends to share a few drinks with us.

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To top off his 40th in style we're both off to Lake Como next week.  This was actually my main present to him as I'd been saving up for some time.  We thought it was an ideal time as 'A' is away with school anyway and 'S' is happy to spend a few days with his Nan and Grandma (and Arnold or course!).  We're both so looking forward to Italy as neither of us has been there before.  The pictures we've seen so far look amazing and I'm sure it won't disappoint.

All in all, Mr G has had one very extended birthday which I hope he has enjoyed.  Can't wait to report back in two weeks time with news and pics from our lovely break.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Mission to get fit 2011 - Update 2

Yes, i know it's been a while since my last fitness update but believe me a fair bit has happened!

I returned from our Florida holiday once again having lost all motivation for running.  As I've said before I only have to miss a couple of weeks and it's then so hard to get back into it.  Anyhow, I went out for the occasional plod around the local streets but decided I needed a goal to help get me motivated - it was time to look for another race.  Scouring events on the Runners World website I eventually decided to enter the Acorns Triple Run, in particular the 5k run.  At first even the prospect of this wasn't enough to get my bum into gear but as the event drew closer I knew I had to get myself moving and slowly began to increase the number of runs and distance per week.

I completed the Acorn's Spring Run on 29th May in around 33 - 34 mins (sorry not accurate as I couldn't stop gps in time!) which I was quite pleased with.  At the same event 'P' also completed the Acorn's Half Marathon.  Whilst standing there watching runners (of all shapes and sizes) finish that Half Marathon I decided it was time to kick the training up a notch - if they could do it, so could I!

I've now entered the Evesham Vale 10k on 10th July and also the Lichfield 10k on 11th September 2011.  I've begun a training program to help me achieve the distance, as although I have completed a 10k before, this was 2 years ago and I currently can't run for more than 40 mins without keeling over at the side of the road!  I'm also getting my breathing looked into as I'm having some real issues on that point, hopefully once this is sorted it should make things a bit easier at least.

I'm hoping that by blogging my training plan for each week along with my actual runs it will help keep me motivated.  Sometimes it's just so difficult to juggle life and fit in that 4 mile run at the end of the day.  You hereby have permission to kick me up the bum if I'm not meeting my weekly quota! :)

So here goes Week 1 of the new training plan has already be completed...........well kind of! Yes, I know, not a very good start but week 2 is so far going much better :).  I will update week 2 as the activities are completed so check back for my progress.

Week 1

Mon - Rest - Rest
Tues - 20 min run, moderate - 20 min run, mod
Weds - Rest - Rest
Thurs - 25 mins, moderate - None
Fri - 20 mins, easy - None
Sat - Rest - Rest
Sun - 35 mins long run - 35 mins 4.8k

(Training plan with actual activity in blue (or red if not completed))

Week 2

Mon - 25 min run, mod - 25 min mod, 2.38 miles
Tues - Rest - Rest
Weds - 30 min mod - 29.36 min mod, 2.74 miles
Thurs - 25 min easy - None
Fri - Rest - Rest
Sat - 40 min long run - None
Sun - Rest - Rest