vrijdag 28 februari 2014

Evening run with speedy bits

Start 18.10

donderdag 27 februari 2014

Nesting herons and free books

Start 7.00

dinsdag 25 februari 2014

Early River Run

Start 6.50
 Progressive run, starting slow and getting faster towards the end.  

zondag 23 februari 2014

Short Sunset

Start 17.40

Short run after getting back from shoe exposition in Rotterdam.

zaterdag 22 februari 2014


Start 16.25

vrijdag 21 februari 2014

Drizzly 10k

Start 8.45

woensdag 19 februari 2014

600m straights

Start 17.50
Found a new place to do 600m straight sprints along the river.  (Not a new place, more the realisation that it was a non-muddy straight bit I could sprint on without falling over.)  Also did a mile in 8:57 so well under my 10k/p/h pace

dinsdag 18 februari 2014

Dying Camera

Start 6.58

Lens on my camera was struggling to open and shut this morning.  I suspect it may be on its way out.  Finally time to get a phone with built in camera for running purposes maybe...
Don't know if it's because my legs were still tired from Sunday but no real speed at all this morning.  Back to 10 and 11 minute miles instead of heading for under the 9 as I thought I was last week.

zondag 16 februari 2014

First lambs

Start 15.45
Good run in springlike temperatures.  

vrijdag 14 februari 2014


Start 7.10

Grand shepherd's warning of a sky and one of my mile repeats was 9:06, which gives me hope that I may just be able to start heading some way back towards my once-upon-a-track best Cooper Test time of 8 minute miles (for 12 minutes then). Well, under 9 min seems a definite possibility anyway. It's nice to have a wee bit of a goal to keep me out of plod mode. (Some days anyway - other days I'm quite happy to plod.) 

Took some photos of the roof from the neighbours-across-the-canal's scaffolding. (Preparation for solar panel application.)

woensdag 12 februari 2014


Start 17.20

Photo of my bruised bits.  Decent run, got home just as the rain was starting to get serious.

dinsdag 11 februari 2014

Reeuwijk circuit

Start 7.20
First run with the huge huge bruise on my thigh that came from falling through the hatch to the cellar I hadn't got around to closing.  Wasn't so much painful as... making its presence felt with every step as my flesh jiggled.  (Why do my thighs still jiggle after all these years of running? Life is unfair.)  

zondag 9 februari 2014

Windy 22+

Start 7.00

Long run with a strong headwind and rising sun on the way out and a following wind with occasional needly drizzle on the way back.

vrijdag 7 februari 2014

Slow and sorish

Start 17.20
 Legs felt like overstretched rusty wires so cut short the planned 10k.  The tendons in the back of my legs are not feeling 100%, impossible to get any speed going and I needed to pee too so it was all too easy to decide to take the shortest route home and just be pleased I at least got out.  

donderdag 6 februari 2014

Windmill visit

Start 7.10

Long run with rising sun to my left.  On the way back along the dijk in Gouderak I remembered I still hadn't visited the woman who contacted me recently about occasional dogsitting and lives in an old windmill there so dropped in on her to meet the dogs.  

dinsdag 4 februari 2014

Red post run

Start 7.10
 Slowish recovery run - some of it on a new route through the polder. 

zondag 2 februari 2014

Half Marathon AV Gouda

Start 11.17

Race exceeded all my (careful) expectations.  I'd have been happy/surprised enough with a time somewhere between 2:15 and 2:20 so when I saw when I was on the last 5k that a sub 2:10 was a possibility I thought there must be something wrong with my Garmin measurements.  Came in at 2:09:53 with the help of intermittent injections of AC/DC and Dextrose.  Weather was perfect, dry and sunny, 7 degrees and only a mild bit of headwind once we were past the half way mark.  (So definitely no negative splits.)