Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Run home

I had a great run last night.  It turned into an adventure with the weather. I left work at around 5:40 and headed of on my usual route home. It was slower than usual due to the mud and wind, but speed wasn't the objective of the run so that didn't matter. I ran across the fields and through the Baldon villages, passing the cemetery and thinking about ghouls and ghosts.  Luckily they didn't materialise from the graves and I got through in one piece.

I ran across more fields and on to Dorchester-On-Thames.  Here I ran down a footpath and as I got to the gate at the end I could see water. I ran into the water and within 2 steps it was up to my knees.  I stopped and looked at the field. It was completely covered in water. With my torch I could see the surface moving fast.  Unsure as to whether there was a current and knowing it would go at least up to my chest I decided not to venture further towards the bridge across the river and turned around.  I back tracked to Dorchester and then ran on towards Shillingford.  I decided to stick to the roads from now on.  I crossed the river at Shillingford bridge. There was pavement all the way to Wallingford and then it was a quiet country road home.  I did cut across the fields at the back of my house expecting some water, but it was ok.  I arrived home with calve cramps.  Maybe 17 miles is a little too far to run after having done nothing for 19 days.  It was still very enjoyable and I felt good to feel some pain again.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Let the training begin

I just had 2 weeks off.  Doing completely nothing, no running, no swimming and no cycling.  I still ate like I was exercising and consequently put on over 2 kilos during Xmas and the new year.  I am not worried.  I am sure it will fall off once training starts and training starts tomorrow.

My first A race is Nemea in May. Leading up to it I have a 50 mile cross country and a 12 hour track race lined up.  So I really need to get started with less than 20 weeks to go before I try to run 180km in 28 hours or less.  I hope less, but that's dependent on my training.

I am excited about running again.  Two weeks off and I have missed running.  So tomorrow I will get a lift to work and then run home in the evening. Can't wait!

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Moving Website to here

I am slowly updating this site with my race reports from the last 2 years. The links are on the right hand side of the page. It is going slow because I am re-reading the reports and floods of good memories are coming back to me, especially the Enduroman at Lanzarote.  That was something quite special!