Sunday half marathon distance.

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I’d planned on doing this distance in November, building up a mile at a time each weekend until I was there.

But then I woke up today, felt good, strong and my compression tights fit just that bit better than last time… they’ve grown.. or I’ve shrunk?

So I went for it. Got the dog ready, yup she ran the whole way with me, she set a great pace for most of it.

Ate my energy balls every 30mins and tried my best to drink the 2 litres of water in my camelbak, didn’t quite finish it.

Beautiful weather, not too cold, and I was totally comfortable in my gear until mile 9 I think then the T-shirt I had on was rubbing against the base layers on my nipples.๐Ÿ˜ฑ

The base layer is more comfortable on its own than the T-shirt so off it went… it was that or end up bleeding from the nipples… which isn’t a good look.

I must have looked “interesting” tights, vest base layer, arm warmers, hat, backpack and dog… but I was comfy and that’s all I cared about, we had some quick segments and got to say “Hello” to hundreds of people enjoying the canal this morning.

In the age of masks ๐Ÿ˜ท smiling and saying hi to people should be enjoyed.

Anyway, the last few miles were properly tough, pain in my hip flexor meant I had to stop to stretch every 5 mins or so and then the last few hundred meters after I’d hit the distance…. running on empty, even I’m the dog wasn’t gonna help me then.

This afternoon, I’ve bathed, stretched, eat and slept and feeling good. Next long run… 15miles? Or 25km?

Leg day at the gym then, Run out, walk back

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Totally forgot to set the garmin going at the gym but had a good legs session, rotating round two different lifting exercise with sit-ups in between.

i.e. deadlift – squat – sit-up (repeat)

The workout ๐Ÿ‹๏ธโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Legs

Wednesday, 7 October 2020 at 06:20

Sit Up

Set 1: 50 reps

Set 2: 50 reps

Set 3: 50 reps

Set 4: 50 reps

Set 5: 50 reps

Set 6: 50 reps

Deadlift (Barbell)

Set 1: 40 kg ร— 10

Set 2: 40 kg ร— 10

Set 3: 50 kg ร— 10

Set 4: 50 kg ร— 10

Squat (Barbell)

Set 1: 40 kg ร— 10

Set 2: 40 kg ร— 10

Set 3: 60 kg ร— 10

Hack Squat

Set 1: 40 kg ร— 10

Set 2: 40 kg ร— 10

Set 3: 40 kg ร— 10

Calf Press on Seated Leg Press

Set 1: 25 kg ร— 10

Set 2: 25 kg ร— 10

Set 3: 25 kg ร— 10

Leg Extension (Machine)

Set 1: 30 kg ร— 10

Set 2: 30 kg ร— 10

Set 3: 30 kg ร— 10

Seated Leg Press (Machine)

Set 1: 95 kg ร— 10

Set 2: 80 kg ร— 10

Set 3: 70 kg ร— 10

Flat Leg Raise

Set 1: 10 reps

Set 2: 10 reps

Set 3: 10 reps

Kettlebell Swing

Set 1: 16 kg ร— 10

Set 2: 16 kg ร— 10

Set 3: 16 kg ร— 10

Goblet Squat (Kettlebell)

Set 1: 16 kg ร— 10

Set 2: 16 kg ร— 10

Set 3: 16 kg ร— 10

Morning Dog Jog

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The running buddy. I’m sure everyone thinks their dog is the best… but they’re wrong. My Staffordshire Bull Terrier : Sasha is the best.

Yes she destroys tennis balls.. footballs and we’ll anything ball shaped, but she’s excellent at running with me, and hook her up to a bike or scooter and she goes like a train! Loves it!

On road or off road, 2 miles or 12 she’s up for it. It took some time, we had to learn how to run together, on and off lead, it was so worth it.

Love running with my dog.

Happy Friday Y’all

Monday, shop, drop 10k

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Interesting run…

I needed to drop something off and pick something up, keen to see how the legs were after the weekend long ride, test out my new shoes and start September with a good run, all good reasons for a run.

The pick up a new running jacket from up and running Headingley Link spotted this jacket on Saturday and so wish I’d had it with me on Sunday for the long ride, light weight breathable, shower proof, just right for the surprise showers and soon to be chilly mornings.

I’m a 44 cheat and the XL fits great ๐Ÿ‘

Drop off was at the top of the hill at Tinshill and then back down and home.

I must be getting fitter because I started off running quick for me and even though I was breathing hard it was good to be running, pushed on up the hill, as I got near the top a problem I keep having with my feet happened. Numb foot… like it’s got no nerves in it.

Something to do with the pressure on the blood vessels on top of my foot, loosen the shoes, change socks, it’s a bit better, re-lace the shoes and voila! So much better.

So now I run with shoes like this!

That gap in the laces makes all the difference, and within a minute my feet felt great and I was pushing hard again.

Great run today, really enjoyed it and could have just kept going… but dinner calls!

Fast Shoes… well they look fast.

Thanks Up and running

Iโ€™ve been running in Hoka One One trail shoes for the past 18 months and they are awesome, done 5ks 10ks ran the Yorkshire 3 peaks in them. Great shoes.

But after 18months the squashy bits…. well are squashed. Still good for dirty trails but now Iโ€™m cranking up the road miles time for some road shoes

Guys at https://upandrunning.co.uk/leedsheadingley were really good, had exactly what I needed, gave me some other options to try.

These have a neutral gait and feel so light, springy and comfortable, looking forward to my long run this week in them.