vrijdag 31 januari 2014

Dark and repetitive

Start 19.50
As soon as I got in this evening pulled on my running stuff and went out for a last effort before the half marathon on Sunday.  Some dijk repeats at various places.  Stumbled when I was almost home and caught myself on the side of the house I was passing.  Thought I'd broken a finger but it seems just to be a bit stiff and swollen and sore.  And I didn't actually hit the ground this time so no new holes in yet another pair of leggings.

donderdag 30 januari 2014

Dusk with bronze donkey

Start 17.10

Circuit before proper dark including one faster mile and generally a bit faster than yesterday.  Felt my calves a wee bit after the break, but nothing too bad.  

woensdag 29 januari 2014

The Sun Also Rises

Start 7.45
Ha, I'll be getting confused folk googling Ernest Hemingway landing on this post now I suspect.  Sorry folks, nothing to do with his eloquent defense of bullfighting, just another dawn run, the first in more than 10 days after a break due to general limp dischclothness.  Started out deciding just to get round at plod speed but after the first 5k realised I felt able to put a little more effort into it and did the home straight a bit faster.  (Exact stats later when Garmin is co-operating more.)

donderdag 16 januari 2014

Quick Sunset Run

Start 17.20

Got out in the last of the light as there was a break in the clouds after a grey/wet day. Was going faster than normal, a lot of it due to the joy of having finally managed to get the new wireless printer to communicate with the computer. I do like it when I master a new bit of technology without too much swearing.

woensdag 15 januari 2014

Bridge and dijk repeats

Start 17.05
Very fine drizzle, fairly dull run but ran up and down the bridge approach and the side of the dijk to add some extra effort to it.  

dinsdag 14 januari 2014

Winterdijk in reverse

Start 8.45

zondag 12 januari 2014

Perfect Run (to be sung to the tune of...)

Start 15.10

Great run - after going to bed at 4 having jumped about in unsuitable boots for hours at the Harley Club new year party last night I was slightly worried that my shins might be protesting but they felt fine and my planned long run got done, though finishing at sunset rather than starting at sunrise as was the original plan.  Took a previously unknown to me path through the polder - idyllic dirt path with water on both sides and a low winter sun in front of me (while the Running from the Reaper podcast was describing a canal run with a low winter sun in front of him - very fitting; there were even sheep when he was telling of how he had to chase 6 of the beasts back into their field).
Have been trying to increase the pace a bit recently and managed again to put some more effort into the run once I got warmed up rather than just getting slower and slower towards the end.  

vrijdag 10 januari 2014

Sportfield circuit at dusk

Start 16.40
2k warm up.  5k at a bit more effort (too much wind in the polder to get to the sub 30 pace I was aiming for) then a recovery jog of 400m and a mile (1600m) in 9.29 which I was pleased with.


donderdag 9 januari 2014

Early, dark and mild

Start 7.35

dinsdag 7 januari 2014

Hill (or at least dijk and bridge) repeats

Start 16.55
Forgot (and too dark) to take any photos when out running so here's one of the newly arranged book planks, with my running clothes draped over the table in the middle of the room.

maandag 6 januari 2014

Winterdijk the other way round

Start 8.00

zaterdag 4 januari 2014

Evening meander

Start 20.50

vrijdag 3 januari 2014

Gouderak + ferry to Moordrecht

Start 8.05

Along the river to Gouderak where a short 70c ferry crossing brought me across to Moordrecht where I could run back along the other side.
It was unseasonably warm and I had to roll my leggings up to cool down a bit after the first 2k.

woensdag 1 januari 2014

New Year 10k

Start 17.00
Bit windy on some stretches which kept my fast 5k speed below what I was trying for but felt good for the whole distance.  Perfect light drizzle running weather.