zaterdag 31 maart 2012

Month total 1202

Just scraped in this month after a flagging start.
Still, 40 minutes 'in the time bank'. Think I'll try to go back to the 36 hour interval schedule as far as possible, so that will usually mean 5 x 60 (or 4 x 75) minutes in a week to reach the 300 rather than the more frequent shorter runs I've been doing lately. I'll see how it works out, there's almost always something that disturbs the schedule and leads to time juggling. Well that's what the extra 2 or 3 days at the end of the month are for I suppose...

Blood and petrol

66 min
Start 17.00
Had to turn back after 6 minutes to deal with a minor tsunami of blood.

Having sorted that out went on a different route along the pond by the Berekuil and then across the road to the petrol station there to see what the price was (after having been somewhere the other day where they claimed it was 11 cent cheaper but as I didn't have a comparison price this was slightly doubtful - turned out I had paid 9 cent less than this one, so not such a bad deal after all).

Since I was on a side of the road where I normally don't come, I continued past the sportsfields and on to the housing estate behind them. Home via an allotment complex and then back via the Berekuil tunnel and Bloeyendaal. Regular 1 minute or slightly longer 'sprint' (well, slightly faster than normal anyway) intervals.

vrijdag 30 maart 2012

Grey start (with sprinty bits)

68 min
Start 7.00
No photos today as it was all too grey and boring but I did have a good run all the same. Some mention of how sprinting was good for increasing speed by Zen Runner on the RunRunLive podcast reminded me that it is a good idea to put some faster intervals in now and then. Not that I'll ever be fAst, but a Wee Bit Faster is always good to aim for and I felt strong enough today to put in a minute or so of faster running during every 5 minute block on the way home. It feels good to be able to switch to a higher gear now and then.

woensdag 28 maart 2012

Double Daffs

48 min
Start 19.00
Out and around Bloeyendaal and then back via a circuit of the Berekuil. Could have stayed out longer but didn't want to leave my Irish stew on its own for too long. It was perfect when I got home and I ate Far Too Much.

dinsdag 27 maart 2012


65 min
Start 19.45
Out towards Groenekan with mYpod full of fresh podcasts. There must have been some sort of event going on in the fort as there was a welcome/direction board at the side of the road by the crossing further up that I've never noticed there before.

maandag 26 maart 2012

Monday Morning

79 min
Start 7.00
Out under the motorway and across the road towards Groenekan as the sun was climbing.

The last photo is of some odd sort of pavement graffiti/advertising I spotted on the Emmalaan on the way home. Are the pavements being sponsored? Or is it just a random Range Rover nutter? I may get round to asking the council about it at some point.

zaterdag 24 maart 2012

Week total 296

Need to average 46.3 a day this last week to get back on schedule. (Getting a bit nerdy now...)

Houten Sunset

30 min
Start 18.30

vrijdag 23 maart 2012

Urban Trails

46 min
Start 18.00

donderdag 22 maart 2012

Hill Training

50 min
Start 18.00
Ran into the centre of town, stopped briefly at Karin's and then on the way back through the park along the canal took about 12 minutes to run repeatedly back and forward over the hilly bit behind LouisHartloper. Hadn't actually planned this bit of hill-training but the first session felt just tiring enough to be worthwhile and hills are supposed to be good for increasing stamina and not something I come across here very often. I'll have to do this more often, I do feel now as if my heart and lungs have had more of a work-out than normal. No noticable effect in my legs as yet.

woensdag 21 maart 2012

Sunrise with Bull Terrier

100 min
Start 6.00

Good long steady run out to (almost) Groenekan and back, via Bloeyendaal and the Berekuil. Met a charming year old Bull Terrier on the home strait.

maandag 19 maart 2012

Bloeyendaal + Berekuil

70 min
Start 17.30

zaterdag 17 maart 2012

Week total 242

Sliding a bit here but excuses for this week are:
1) moving house involves a lot of hoiking stuff up stairs so that must at least surely count as serious cross training.
2) having Shadow meant I didn't do any running off the complex as I'm not sure he wouldn't disappear after any wildlife he spotted - there are only so many variations of circuits I can do before it gets boring, even with the best Afternoon Plays to accompany me.
3) moving house... oh, I mentioned that already...

Sunrise with Shadow

23 min
Start 6.45

Short run with the dog as the red sun came up through the haze.

donderdag 15 maart 2012

Morning Circuits

26 min
Start 9.00
Latest play I'm listening to while running is one about Edith Wharton and Henry James. Sunny and springlike but not yet very warm. Shadow chasing lots of noisy geese who seem to be gathering here in increasing numbers over the past days.

woensdag 14 maart 2012

Afternoon Play part 2

46 min
Start 11 and 16.30

dinsdag 13 maart 2012

Afternoon Play part 1

44 min
Start 10 and 15.00
Shadow chased an assortment of wildlife but the only one he caught was this one. No damage, he gradually uncurled enough to let me see his snout.

maandag 12 maart 2012

Another Shadowed Run

59 min
Start 10 and 17.30
10 minutes this morning before going to Utrecht and then a longer run with an Afternoon Play when we got back.

zondag 11 maart 2012

2 Shadows

44 min
10.00 + 18.00

Meandering circuits with the dog, chasing pheasants and hares (Shadow, not me). Due to a combination of the enthusiasm of Kaytie on the Run Barefoot Girl podcast and the first warmish sun of the year I started out in bare feet. But after about 2 minutes the frequent loose sharp pointy bits on the (clear enough looking) paths had me hobbling and walking very carefully and slowly back to get my shoes.

zaterdag 10 maart 2012

Week total 185

Took it a bit easy this week. Still on schedule but not much playing room for the rest of the month.

Shadow in shadow

25 min
Start 18.30

vrijdag 9 maart 2012

Steaming Piles

32 min
Start 17.30
Arie came along to bring Shadow for his week's stay here just as I was getting ready to go out for a run so he accompanied me on the rounds.

donderdag 8 maart 2012

Park Run

42 min
Start 16.30

Had to go out to take a small parcel to the postbox before collecting time so got myself sorted to continue on my way for a run round Bloeyendaal and then the Wilhelminapark.