vrijdag 29 april 2016

Yasso 800s in Goudse Hout

Start 16.52
Predicted marathon time now 4:50:20.  Fair bit of wind in some bits and lots of turns.  Fastest was 4:35 (#7), slowest 5:04 (#4).  Still glad just to be able to complete the workout with my lungs functioning easily. It would be good if my legs could now learn to pick the speed back up again.

donderdag 28 april 2016

BF 25 & 3+1x10

Start 6.43

Read/heard somewhere about the favourite training session of a fast runner.  10 x repeats with 3 minutes fast and 1 minute rest in between, so decided to give this a go during my longish run this morning. 

dinsdag 26 april 2016

BF 24 - Yoga + 2k

Start 19.30
Did 2 time sections on the highest hill setting.  Went fine but afterwards felt a tiny twinge in my knee, maybe I should build the hilly stuff up more gradually.  Showered then joined the virtual yoga class which is really just a lot of stretching and balancing with a wee lie doon at the end. 

maandag 25 april 2016

No drugs

Start 17.00

Ran back from the Hornbach in Nieuwekerk.  Forgot to take my inhalor with me to take before the run but decided to try it anyway.  Bit of a problem round the 3k but not as bad as in Den Haag during the half marathon.  Kept going slowly and towards the end was even able to speed up a bit.  Another sign that the new medicine is having effect.

zondag 24 april 2016

April Showers

Start 6.00

Waited for a shower to pass before I went out the door.  Caught a few short (hail) showers during the run but also longish periods with sunshine. My gloves got wet and my hands were freezing for the last few k and so sore when I got in that I couldn't get anything unfastened for the first few minutes.  Now watching the London Marathon.  

vrijdag 22 april 2016

Yasso 800s at dawn

Start 5.42

Predicted marathon time now around 4.53...

woensdag 20 april 2016

New Asthma drugs

Start 19.21

First time in months (more than a year..?) that I've run (more) easily and significantly faster.  Today didn't do the 800s but 4 (and a half) mile repeats.  If I make the calculations as if I had done 800s (which theoretically should have been even faster but I didn't incorporate that) I now come out at a predicted marathon time of 4:51, which is a half hour faster than yesterday! I hardly dare to believe it but it seems that this new medicine (which the doctor said was actually an older one that isn't used so often) is working for me. 

dinsdag 19 april 2016

6 x Yasso 800s

Start 5.51
Did a faster mile near the start then once I was over the bridge into Waddinxveen started on the Yasso 800s.  Meant to do 10 but was flagging a bit by 6 and when I made a miscalculation as to where the cow grid bit was I wanted to avoid I gave up keeping count of distance and just ran steadily home.  Calculations based on these 6 first attempts give an estimated time of 5:21 for the marathon... Hmm, wonder what the chances are of getting it down to under the 4:30 of 2 years ago.  Start a new asthma medicine tonight after yesterday's consultation about my last lung function test so hopefully that might improve things. 

zondag 17 april 2016

Turkey and toad

Start 18.44

zaterdag 16 april 2016

Morning flowers

Start 7.19

donderdag 14 april 2016

Reeuwijk + 3 mile repeats

Start 19.07

woensdag 13 april 2016

Reeuwijk + BF 23

Start 7.15

maandag 11 april 2016

2 x mile repeats

Start 19.39
Short circuit with 2 mile repeats - back just before the rain started getting serious.  Forgot to take any photos.  Running felt a lot easier than yesterday but I suppose 7 is always easier than 34...

zondag 10 april 2016

Stretched run...

Start 6.11
Ended up running 10k more than I meant to due to not finding a left turn I thought would be coming up somewhere... Back to watch the Rotterdam marathon on telly. 

vrijdag 8 april 2016

BF 22

Start 12.30
Didn't feel up to proper hilly stuff, Kept at 0.5 for most of the (almost) hour with a few faster bits and a few sections of 1.5 towards the end.  

woensdag 6 april 2016

Goslings and mile repeats

Start 6.06
5 mile repeats on a 10 mile run.

dinsdag 5 april 2016

Monochrome dawn

Start 6.10

zondag 3 april 2016


Start 13.00
Warm up + Rokjesdag 10k in Amsterdam.  For the first time had my asthma inhalor with me (after feeling I could have used it last month in the half marathon in Den Haag) and right enough, felt the need to use it just after the 2k point.  My lungs just felt as if they wouldn't open enough.  For the first time I felt I might actually have to drop out of an event.  But ach,  I felt that last month as well and managed to get through 21.1k in the end so decided that I'd battle on to get to the end of this 10k funrun.  The weather was pretty much perfect too, so no excuse there.  The sun even made a brief appearance now and then but even that wasn't really strong enough to be more than pleasant


Ah well, another medal earned... but I am disappointed my time wasn't closer to the hour.  Another all-time PW (Personal Worst) at 1:08:45.  Most annoying thing is that this was much harder work than my PR ever was...Have just looked up the official results and I was 15th of 22 in my age group.  Which makes me feel slightly better.  I'm surprised there weren't more runners - only 292 in the 10k.  It seemed like a lot more - most of them must have been 5k runners then.  Let me check...488 of them.