Still Plugging Away With New Races On The Horizon!

My diet regime seems to be going ok. Made a few minor tweaks to some of the stuff i’m eating. I think “diet” always has a bit of a negative aspect that you change what you eat for a while to improve yourself then go back to what you used to eat and lose all the hard work that you made. I’d like to think i have changed what i eat for the better, knowing i can stick to it because it’s not completely rigid and set in stone and it consists of food stuffs that i like to eat so it’s not a chore at meal times. I have been plugging away at the running, speedwork – Wedenesday, easy run – Friday and long run – Sunday with weights on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. I have races booked in for 30th September Saffron Walden 10k, 7th October Manuden 10k and on the 17th November the Men’s Health Survival Of The Fittest in London. I think after the November 10k i want to spend winter trying to run further and build towards a half marathon. Looking to buy the runners world big book of marathons and half marathon training.


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Still trying to improve my running

It has been bit of a poor weeks running again. I had a 5 mile run last Friday in 52 minutes and a 7 mile run on the Sunday in 1h 16m. The times are well down on my usual of about 48m for 10kOne reason is my new 7 mile route has some very big long hills mostly at the start that are really knocking the energy out of me and also my diet tweaks have had an effect as well. Before i went out for a run with the club last night i had an extra slice of honey on toast as an added carb boost. It certainly did the trick because i felt pretty good when i started running and got round 6.7 miles fairly comfortably! The Saffron Walden 10k is only a couple of weeks away so i may go back to my slightly easier 10k route in the run up to this event. The diet alteration also seems to be having the desired effect with a .9% body fat reduction this week. I would like to keep this level of loss up, about 1% per week. As ever you’re all welcome to leave comments and advice, thanks.


Running and workout shake up

Went out for a run of my new 7 mile route on Sunday 2nd. Got round in a time of 59m 37s plenty of room for improvement. With the kids back at school i have a new regime in place. Monday weights and strengthening, Tuesday Rest, Wednesday speedwork, Thursday weights and strengthening, Friday 7 mile easy run, Saturday weights and strengthening, Sunday long run. A new diet as outlined in an earlier post mainly to burn of some fat before reintroducing some cleaner low GI carbs. Had a speedwork day yesterday of gentle jog 20/30 secs then 5k pace 20/30 secs followed by 20 second full sprint and 20/30 sec recovery walk repeated 4 or 5 times as one set. Todays weights was simple and straight forward Bicep bar curl, Dumbell bench press and squats. The alternate weights session will be tricep bar press, bent over rows and deadlifts.

Bit Of A Poor Running Week!

Went out and looked at a new route last Saturday which would have been 7 miles. Only managed 5 miles with plenty of stopping and starting due to trying to navigate with the map. Had bit of a mild virus, only a bit sniffy but knocked the energy out of me, that and finishing work late as well (home as late as 2am!). Went for an hours walk on Thursday along a shortened section of my new route. Actually managed a proper run yesterday morning of 5 miles via my usual road route in a time of 41m 34s, which for a relaxed run trying to get going again is ok. I now have a selection of routes to see me through the winter ranging from my 5 mile road route, 6 mile cross country (3 road/3 cross country), 7 mile cross country (3.5 cross country/3.5 road), putting the 6 and 7 route together to make a 13 mile half marathon route and if i feel really energetic and adventurous, double that for a 26 mile marathon route. The 6 and 7 routes are looped so i start and finish at home and the 13 would become a figure of 8 route never being more than 3.5 miles from home so if things were going badly i wouldn’t have far to drag myself back. All of these routes are over hilly ground so i could take confidence in the fact that if i can complete these i would be able to get around a flatter competitive route. Next race booked is the Saffron Walden 10k on the 3oth of September taking place in my home village of Newport, Essex.