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Sunday, October 9th, 2005
5:50 pm
Sunday 9th October
Cardiff Half Marathon

Well I got around, not quite as quickly as I'd hoped but, bearing in mind the lack of training, it wasn't too slow!

The race started at 8.15 ... AM ... yes that time does exist on a Sunday. I set the alarm for 5 AM so I had time to potter a bit, have some breakfast and then drive into Cardiff with Matt and Giz. I managed to find a free parking place close to the castle ... admitedly I did get through a section of road just before they coned it off and then did a U-turn in front of the castle's main gate (it didn't say I couldn't so I guess it was legal) then got back to the car park with just 4 spaces left.

We walked down to the Millennium Stadium and had some faffing about to try and find where to go. Eventually we found that only competitors were allowed in :( so I had to go in all on my ownsome. More faffing to find toilets without a long queue - I found I could do everything I needed to do in pitch darkness as they hadn't turned on the lights in that section of the stadium. Some more minor adjustments, rub creams onto legs, rub petroleum jelly onto all areas that you think might rub (and a few others I know from past experience do), pack up my bag and leave it on a seat.

Almost too soon it was time to walk to the start and there were Matt and Giz again :) After a short while we were off - I'll list the timings below.

Number Mile Time Minutes/Mile Comment
1 1 04:55 N/A If I had been more awake I would have realised that I was looking at the Full Marathon mile mark rather than the Half Marathon mile mark. (derr)
2 2 14:53 9:58 This was still a Full Marathon mile.
3 2 19:49 9:54 This was a Half Marathon mark (at last I got my act together).
4 3 32:12 10:44 A good rate, although slowing a little bit.
5 4 42:45 10:41 Running well!
6 5 53:54 10:47 A little slower, but still running well.
7 7 1:18:15 11:11 After half way and I'm starting to get s l o w.
8 8 1:33:38 11:42
9 9 1:44:54 11:39
10 10 1:59:17 11:56 It was now I realised I couldn't make 2 hr 30 min (the time I was aiming for)
11 11 2:13:10 12:06 Running out of steam, walking about half the time.
12 12 2:29:10 12:26
13 13.1 02:45:39 12:39 Sprinted for the finish with two women I caught up with on the lap of the stadium - they beat me but it was an impressive end to the race!


Overall I'm happy with the result - the time was slower than I hoped for, but then I didn't do as much training as I should have. As training for the New York marathon this was a good race.

Damage to me
1. One toe nail with blood blister under it. (I'll probably lose the nail although I have popped the blister, so it might survive.)
2. Right shin skinned, caught with other foot.
3. Left foot achey - feels like the arch is trying to fall, but hopefully it will be OK

Matt and Giz looked after me very well, cheering me on at three points, jelly babies, took me to a cafe after the race and generally being there when I needed help (even getting into the competitors only section of the stadium!) so a big THANK YOU to them both. Also a big THANK YOU to the Macmillan Cancer Relief supporters who screamed every time they saw me ... I think it was to encourage me :)

I'll have an early night tonight, I'm quite tired you know ... wonder why that is :)

Peace
peter
Tuesday, September 27th, 2005
11:35 pm
Tuesday, 27th September
Now sit down ... OK? ... well I did the circuit here yet again!

1. 12:51 to the high point (12:56 last time, 12, 12, 11, 12 times before),
2. 23:57 to the bridge at Machen (25:49 last time, 25, 25, 21, 23 times before),
3a. Incremental time to start of the cycle path 4:37 (5:26 last time)
3b. Incremental time to end of the cycle path 15:03 (14:31 last time)
3c. Incremental time from cycle path to the main road 2:37 (2:52 last time)
3d. Total time to main road 46:14 (48:38 last time, 49, 49, 42, 44 times before),
4. 53:17 back to the starting point (56:18 last time, 55, 57, 48, 51 times before)

I didn't have my energy drink with me, so I only took a bottle of water and didn't stop for so long after the sections (which I think is one of the reasons I was quicker overall). My left calf ached a bit, but less than last time. I felt good at the end, although I didn't manage to keep running all the way. *shrug*

The Cardiff half marathon is on Sunday 8th October, which is my next race, so I'll probably get a couple more runs in before the race.

Right, a little more computer stuff then I'm off to bed - oh and finish my bottle of Spitfire bitter :) Cheers.

Peace
peter
Wednesday, September 21st, 2005
1:16 am
Tuesday, 20th September
Now sit down ... OK? ... well I did the circuit here, just north of Cardiff, again today. It must be 5 weeks since my previous run!

My watch has been playing up, so I used my mobile to record the times on its stop watch function. This means I can give you more accurate timings, down to the second.

1. 12:56 to the high point (12 last time, 12, 11, 12 times before),
2. 25:49 to the bridge at Machen (25 last time, 25, 21, 23 times before),
3a. Incremental time to start of the cycle path 5:26
3b. Incremental time to end of the cycle path 14:31
3c. Incremental time from cycle path to the main road 2:52
3d. Total time to main road 48:38 (49 last time, 49, 42, 44 times before),
4. 56:18 back to the starting point (55 last time, 57, 48, 51 times before)

I took it gently and my legs were OK, although my left calf muscle hurt a bit. The times were better than I feared they might be, which has to be a good thing.

I'm running the Cardiff half marathon on Sunday week, and just over a month later I'm running the New York Marathon ... so the training is definitely needed.

[OK, I'll admit that having four people die whilst doing the Great North Run (a half marathon) at the weekend made me think that I should be doing something more! ]

Right, off to bed now. Take care and catch you all later.

Peace
peter
Monday, June 13th, 2005
8:21 pm
Monday the13th June
Did the circuit here, just north of Cardiff, again today. Now let me say that I'm happy with these times; although they are not up to my best time they are better than last Wednesday. I started off better than last time and went a lot further before having to walk. The problem was that my calf muscles were not happy; the right leg hurt inside the calf muscle and pushing with my toe at the end of the step was painful, the left muscle felt strange - like it was going numb from the inside. So, the times :-

13 minutes to the high point (12 last time, 11, 12 times before),
25 to the bridge at Machen (25 last time, 21, 23 times before),
49 minutes back on the main road after the cycle track (49 last time, 42, 44 times before),
55 back to the starting point (57 last time, 48, 51 times before)

Slightly slower on the first section, slightly faster on the second section down to Machen, same on the section along the cycle track then faster on the last section. I tried running through the pain but I'm not sure if that's the best thing to do - what do the runners reading this think? It didn't feel as bad as on Wednesday so I think I might be able to just keep running through this. I may manage some time at the gym at work so I'll see what the manager there says about it all.

Right, off to bed soon so I can rest my eyes - they are not happy today, I think the air is too dry at work.
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peter
Wednesday, June 8th, 2005
2:16 pm
Wednesday 8th June
Did the circuit here, just north of Cardiff, again today. I started off better than last time, I thought, as I managed 120 paces before having to walk instead of the 100 last time ... but look at the times :-

12 minutes to the high point (11 last time, 12 time before),
25 to the bridge at Machen (21 last time, 23 time before),
49 minutes back on the main road after the cycle track (42 last time, 44 time before),
57 back to the starting point (48 last time, 51 time before)

So that's slower on every section :( Well it was a bit hot, I'm probably still recovering a bit from giving blood yesterday and it's the first time for a while I've tried running twice in a week. My calf muscles were the main problem, the lower leg muscles went completely solid and I couldn't even loosen them when I stopped. They are a bit better now, after a shower and rest, but the right leg is still aching.

Right, off to bed I think.
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peter
Monday, June 6th, 2005
9:49 pm
Monday the 6th June
I know, I usually run on Tuesdays but I'm giving blood on Tuesday morning, so I thought I'd do better running tonight :)

Did the circuit here, just north of Cardiff, again today :-

11 minutes to the high point (12 last time),
21 to the bridge at Machen (23 last time),
42 minutes back on the main road after the cycle track (44 last time),
48 back to the starting point (51 last time and previous fastes time 50 minutes)

I didn't think I was doing very well 'cos I ran out of breath before I'd even got out of the village. I eneded up running for 100 double paces then walking for 20 'till I got to the second steep bit and I added an extra 100 walking up that. I thought I was going slowly and was quite surprised when the time was 11 minutes to the high point. I managed to run all the way down to the bridge then had to alternate between running for 100 (then 50 a few times) and walking 20 (or even a few more sometimes). I guess the running bits were faster but I didn't feel I wanted to push too hard as I could feel my heart racing, I was running out of breath, and I was sweating loads.

The gain in time was on the first two sections and the last two are the same as last time. So a good run, fastest I've done the circuit but definitely not an improvement in my fitness. For those interested, i had a second blood pressure reading taken last Thursday and this time it was 144/94 (much better than the 161/114 the previous time) so I now have to go back after a month for yet another reading.

I'll try and run again on Wednesday but it depends how I'm feeling. I think that anyone can comment here even if they are not LJ members (I'll check after I've posted this) so feel free to comment if you want to.

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peter
Tuesday, May 31st, 2005
8:25 pm
Tuesday 31st May
Did the circuit here, just north of Cardiff, again today :-

12 minutes to the high point (12 last time),
23 to the bridge at Machen (23 last time),
44 minutes back on the main road after the cycle track (43 last time),
51 back to the starting point (50 last time)

Although the time is one minute slower overall, I did manage to keep going for longer on the climb out of the village and on the section along the cycle track so I'm pleased with the time. Well OK I'd have liked it to be better but I'm not going to push too hard 'till I get my high blood pressure sorted out [in case you haven't seen that post it was 161 / 114 last week and I have to go back this week for another test with the practice nurse. If three tests in a row are high then I get to see a doctor and they can do something ... although by the third one I'll have given a pint of blood (a week today) so that should reduce the pressure a bit :) ]

I don't think I'm going to make that much difference on the climb to the high point, maybe a minute or two; most of the descent to Machen is too steep to run flat out without risking injury, so I'll only gain a minute or two there; the section along the cycle track should be a lot quicker so I should be able to pick up five minutes there; and the last section is along a road so I can't push too much there, probably won't change that much at all. So that's 1.5 + 1.5 + 5 = 8 minutes ... 43 minutes for the circuit. Sounds doable ... eventually.

Right, off to do "stuff" on the computer and try and get my contact lenses out early tonight - they've been a pain today so my eyes need a rest.

Peace
peter
Tuesday, May 24th, 2005
10:22 pm
Tuesday 24th May
Did the circuit here, just north of Cardiff, again today :-

12 minutes to the high point (14 last time),
23 to the bridge at Machen (25 last time),
43 minutes back on the main road after the cycle track (46 last time),
50 back to the starting point (52 last time)

I started off quite well, but had to walk three times before the high point. The down-hill section into Machen was about the same time, although I did have to stop to massage my right leg which was cramping up a bit. The section through Machen and up to the cycle track was OK, but I had someone running faster than me passing me on the cycle track, which made me feel a bit bad. The "sprint" finish *pause for manic laughter* seems to be a minute slower, but since I'm only using the minute hand of my watch it's not that accurate for short times.

Overall two whole minutes quicker than last time - I'll have to check back to see if I've done it quicker than that - I'm pleased how the running is going. I may even end up fit *gasp* :)

Peace
peter

Edit: Yep, that was the fastest I've done that circuit ... go me! Now to get it down to 45 minutes.
Tuesday, May 17th, 2005
10:02 pm
A question ...
Is there actually anyone reading this journal? I know a few of you have it on your friends list but that doesn't mean you read it. I'll still keep posting, for my own information, but I might do it in more of a shorthand form if no one else reads it.

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peter
9:45 pm
Tuesday 17th May
Did the circuit here, just north of Cardiff, again today :-

14 minutes to the high point (13 last time),
25 to the bridge at Machen (same as last time),
46 minutes back on the main road after the cycle track (not timed last time),
52 back to the starting point (53 last time)

I started off well and got further up the first hill before I had to stop running jogging, but then I had to walk quite a bit on the road/track up to the high point. I seemed to pick up some time on the down-hill section to Machen and then managed about the same rate along the cycle track - actually I ran a bit faster along it, but had to walk a bit more as well so it balanced out. I'm now timing when I get off the cycle track and back on the main road - that way I can time the "sprint" finish a bit better *manic laughter*

Right, off to bed soon.
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peter
Wednesday, May 11th, 2005
11:17 pm
Wednesday 11th May
I did the circuit here again tonight.

13 minutes to the high point,
25 to the bridge at Machen,
53 back to the starting point

That's one minute faster overall. I started up the hill quite well but got a bit slower once I'd passed the edge of the village. Since the route is quite hilly I try to be careful on the steeper bits, particularly the down-hill bits. I tried to concentrate on getting the speed up on the flatter bits ... with only limited success. I'll be running this circuit again on Friday night, I think, so we'll see how fast I manage that.

My application for the New York marathon got through the draw! So I'll be over there in November to see the trees in fall and have a short jog :)

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peter
Wednesday, April 27th, 2005
10:00 pm
Oh, for those of you who care, you can see if my evil twin has been accepted for the New York Marathon by going to their search page here and search for my surname or my his race number (57881). The lottery should be completed in mid May.

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peter
9:45 pm
Wednesday 27th
I did the circuit here again tonight.

13 minutes to the high point,
25 to the bridge at Machen,
54 back to the starting point

I just got caught by a rain shower at the end - that will teach me to run faster :)

I had to walk on a few bits but I ran jogged out of Machen up to the cycle track and a little way along it before I had to stop.

It was quicker than my previous circuit, one minute on the two intermediate points and two minutes overall which is good.

Right, off to change something on my web site then off to bed early.

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peter
Monday, April 18th, 2005
11:20 pm
Running ...
I did my circuit here in sunny Wales and did quite well for the first time for a while.

14 min. to high point
26 min to Machen bridge
56 min back to the start

I didn't manage to run all the way to the high point, walked quite a bit of that, but I did manage to run jog up the steep road out of Machen up to the cycle track. [The fact that it was past to young women walking in the same direction had absolutely nothing to do with it :) ]

My left ankle ached a bit on the up-hill sections but overall I felt good.

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peter
11:57 am
It would be quite silly of me to apply for the New York City Marathon for this year, wouldn't it. It is on Sunday the 6th November. Just idle speculation and no connection with the fact that I was walking aaround London yesterday trying to find a friend who was running the London Marathon [she did 3:27 which is good].

For international applicants the draw for places is in mid-May ... not that I'd have any interest in that ... no, not at all.

*innocent whistle*

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peter
Thursday, April 14th, 2005
1:31 am
Spring here and so I'm starting running ... well OK only walking so far :)

Today Yesterday I did my circuit here just north of Cardiff, but only walking (and stopping to take a few pictures as well).

The times were :-
high point - 18 minutes
Machen bridge - 38 minutes
back to start - 86 minutes

I'll have to scroll down here to see what my running times were, I think I did it in about double the time I took when running it last year.

Peace
peter
Sunday, September 19th, 2004
8:04 pm
New Forest Half Marathon

Time: 2:35:15 ( I think, the seconds were a bit blurry by the time I finished)

Mile Time
(Minutes)
Comment
1 12 Twisted ankle after half a mile
2 22
3 33
4 44
5 56
6 68
7 78
8 91
9 103
10 115
... ... From here on it all got a bit vague :)
13.1 155 Quicker than I did the course last year by about 5 minutes and I think slightly faster than my previous best time at the Reading half marathon (but only by a few seconds)


I'll have to wait for the official results to confirm the time.

I've even got a few pictures of me which I'll put up later (or maybe Monday depending on how tired I feel)

A big thank you to Matt and Giz for encouragement and putting up with bad jokes way deyond the call of duty! They are off running a marathon of their own in Germany next weekend so I hope they do well with that.

Peace
peter
Wednesday, September 15th, 2004
10:18 pm
Wednesday 15th September
Today I went twice around the circuit!

The times were not the best I've done but not that bad.
High point - 12 minutes (and I had to stop and walk a couple of times)
Machen bridge - 25 minutes
back level with Joe's - 52 minutes
High point - 15 minutes (time from start of second circuit - didn't stop jogging 'till I reached the high point)
Machen bridge - 28 minutes
back at Joe's - 59 minutes

The stretch along the cycle track on the second time was very tiring, I felt my legs were made of lead :) I had to keep concentrating on running style or I kept catching my shins on the other foot.

So I did something like 9 miles in 1 hour 51 minutes ... that's ... erm ... carry one and add the number I first thought of ... about 2:40 for the half marathon on Sunday. In fact the course on Sunday is nowhere near as steep as the route I'm running around here, so that should make me quicker right? And then there is the adrenalin of the race, the roar of the crowd and the excitement of the day ... oh and a couple of my friends on the last section nagging me to run quicker :) Bearing all that in mind I ought to be able to break 2:30 which will be a personal best.

This will be the last run before the race on Sunday, so now I can legitimately concentrate on getting the carbohydrates built up :)))

Peace
peter
Wednesday, September 8th, 2004
9:00 pm
Wednesday 8th September 2004
Run tonight was good!

Time to the high point - 12 minutes jogging all the way (although I needed a break when I got there).
Time to Machen bridge - 24 minutes.
I jogged up from the main road to the cycle track and kept going all the way along the cycle track, back down to the main road, along and back to Waterloo (53 minutes) and the jogged back up to the high point which took an additional 14 minutes.

I definitely needed a break after all that so I had some more of my energy drink and watched the sun set behind a hill across the valley. After resting a bit I walked / jogged back into Waterloo and got back 33 minutes after I started the second circuit. I'm quite pleased with this and my legs don't feel too bad right now, although the real test for them will be the next two days sitting around at work.

Right, off for a shower - got to wash the sweat away :)

Peace
peter
Monday, September 6th, 2004
8:34 pm
Back to the Cardiff (well Waterloo actually :) ) circuit.

To the high point - 12 minutes - ran jogged up the first section but had to walk on the two steepest bits of the second section
To the bridge at Machen - 24 minutes
Jogged out of Machen up to the cycle track without stopping *yay*
Back to Waterloo - 53 minutes

I was running at about the same rate as last time but felt better. I did think about carrying on from the end back up to the high point as I need to get some longer runs in but in the end I decided that the basic circuit was enough for tonight.

Instead of just my water bottle I also took an energy drink. This does mean that I'm carrying an extra kilo of weight when I start off but as I get more tired I drink the fluids so I get lighter ... a fine theory which may be true if you allow for the sweat. Also the energy drink is a good thing to have during the run. I think I'll do that next time as well.

I plan on doing the circuit plus a bit on Wednesday, depending on how I'm doing maybe twice around? Or more likely just up to the high point and back ... that should be another two miles, so 6.5 altogether, making about a quarter of a marathon. In fact if I allow for how hilly the circuit is I'm probably doing a lot better than I think.

Note for confused readers; A good percentage of distance running is mental - if you can kid persuade yourself that you can do something then you actually can do it. So don't mind me if I ramble on a bit, it's just getting my head into the right state :)

Peace
peter
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