Wednesday, 30 March 2011
Tuesday, 29 March 2011
Monday, 21 March 2011
Register a run - I will be registering Eastleigh 10k for me, submit a photo and donate £ equal to number of miles you have run. So that'll be £6.22 for me.
All money goes to the Red Cross, earmarked for Japan emergency relief.
A little like our global challenge, the organisers want to get enough miles registered to go around the world.
And Paula Radcliffe is a supporter.
What's not to like?
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Saturday, 19 March 2011
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
What is the perfect running route?
My preferred road routes have wide, tarmac based pavements that are fairly even and don’t have a major camber. Tarmac’s a little more forgiving than concrete slabs. I avoid pavements that have been rendered uneven by tree roots or repair works – tripping doesn’t tend to enhance runs! Camber can cause issues with knees and feet.
At night, I look for good lighting – and if I’m alone, I tend to avoid quiet streets. I don't generally run off road in the dark.
Preferred off road routes aren’t too muddy (unless it’s not rained for a while), don’t have too many big ruts that I have to pick over & lack stiles and gates. Width is good too – especially when negotiating dogs & walkers.
Hills – I like them, but if I’m doing speedwork or pushing my distance, I opt for flatter routes. If you train on a hilly route for a race that’s much flatter, the event will feel much easier.
If it’s rainy, I avoid muddy off road routes. If it’s really windy, I avoid exposed routes. On hot sunny days, I gravitate to shaded routes.
Scenery – a fabulous added extra that can make a run really special. Woods, fields, sea, views, river – all good!
How to find the perfect route
Running is a great way to get to know your immediate neighbourhood – home is often the best place to start. Keep looking out for roads, tracks and cut throughs that you could add to your route whilst exploring. Take a look at an OS map to work out where footpaths and tracks go.
Map My Run, GB Mapometer and Google Maps are amongst some of the great online mapping tools you could use to plan routes. A great tip I got from Clare Lewis is to view in hybrid mode to spot paths that aren’t shown on the mapping.
Also have a look at the online running sites for routes suggested by others in the area, but don’t make your own routes from your home public for safety reasons,
Ask friends where they run, walk or cycle for more ideas. Also look out for where other runners are running – there's usually good reason why you often see runners on certain roads (e.g. Passfield Ave in Eastleigh is well lit, wide, even and flat).
Look for opportunities to run when away from home - one of my favourite's is in Torquay from my in laws' house to their beach hut and I've loved the runs I've done on holiday.
And do keep looking for new routes - it'll keep your running fresher and more interesting.
Saturday, 12 March 2011
- Warm up
- Run 3 mins, walk 1 min until we get to 13 minutes
- Run 4 mins, walk 1 min until we get to 36 minutes
- Cool down
Tuesday, 8 March 2011
Friday, 4 March 2011
This is something that’s cropped up in a few conversations recently – I was a bit miffed to hear 2nd hand that somebody had said that I didn’t look like a runner for example!
So am I a jogger or a runner? Does that matter? Am I only a runner if I’m going at a fast pace? Maybe there’s a set distance? If I don’t run for a couple of months, am I still a runner? How about if I only run once a month? Or if I run in the gym on a treadmill but not outside? Is it about my kit?
There was a great article by Sam Murphy in Runners World a couple of issues ago on this topic – well worth a read. Her definition is that if you have your trainers laced up & you are out of the house, you’re a runner. Speed and distance don’t change that.
The difference between walking and running is that both feet are off the ground at some point in the movement if you are running – perhaps only briefly and only a little. No matter how gentle your running pace, you’d be disqualified from a walking athletics event for using this movement! It’s not defined by speed.
I think once you’ve done some running, you always are a runner. If you take a break and return, it’s very likely to be easier than it was learning to run initially – and you’ll know what to do.
I’m not keen on the phrase “jogger” as it implies a low level of effort that I don’t see at any Eastleigh WRN sessions! Jogging is a gentle running pace – but it is still a run.
I’ve found other runners very happy to chat about running with me, even when I know that I’m in a different league of performance – and I know that I’m not alone in that. Don’t be embarrassed to talk about your running with colleagues or friends who run – it’s a great chance to share tips and experiences.
“It is the runner in me who understands that the beauty of my body is in the things it can do, not the way it looks doing them.” - Kristin Armstrong, Runners World September 2010 and it's my new motto.
Anyway, we are all runners – enjoy!
· Warm up
· Run 2 mins, walk 1 min for first 13 mins
· Run 3 mins, walk 1 min for next 22 mins
· Cool down