100 miles in October

That’s me done my 100 miles running for October – down to the wire on the last day.

I ran around the West End and helped some Irish? tourists at the bottom of Byres road… early morning and they were looking for Crolla’s Ice Cream Shop and they were way off. Running down the Kelvin river was nice.

Mid October I was a bit behind with my monthly miles, but I managed to pull it back to get my goal. The half marathon at the start of the month was a good bonus, then I did 13 runs in total in the month. I must make running every second day roughly going forward.

Here’s my progress in the year so far… just November and December to go, then I’ll be training for the London Marathon in Spring again. I’m going to put a bit of focus on strength training in the Garagym in the meantime.

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Moira’s 5k 2017

I was up early today, (well not so early as the clocks went back), to go and take part in the Moira Jones 5k in Queens Park. It’s a very local event and for such a very good cause that I can’t believe I haven’t signed up for it and done it before now.

It was pretty reasonable to enter (£12.50) and I paid a £10 donation to the Moira Fund too.

I met some of the ladies I coach there – Audrey, Joanne and Louise and Lisa, and there were many Bellahouston Harriers (my favourite glasgow running club) there too – about 300 runners in total.

A nice and simple route, two loops, but very hilly. I decided I’d run with one or two of the girls, and ended up running with Joanne all of the way, and Louise half of the way.

(Here’s Audrey finishing strong, smiling and looking good as usual). 

It was a lovely sunny morning, excellent tuning weather, cold but not too cold. You start up the hill at the glasshouse, then go down hill, and up and down and up. A bit of a rest from the hills at the pond a hill, and another flat stretch, before a final swooping hill up to the finish. Then you do it all again as a second loop.

Joanne and I did the run in about 30 minutes… she was chatting through the first half, then not so much on the second half. 🙂 Lisa came in just before us and Audrey and Louise not long after us.

You even got a nice medal!

Moira Jones was killed in the park 9 years ago and it always struck me that it could have been anyone it happened to – you, me, it just so happened it was Moira. Her parents have set up Moira’s Fund to raise money, and the Run is an annual event. Her mum spoke at the start, and she handed everyone their goody bags when they finished.

See more about the Fund here: http://www.themoirafund.org.uk/about-the-fund/about-the-fund/

Donate here:

A nice wee event anyway, and one I’ll be back to next year hopefully. 🙂

It was a bit odd doing a 5k as they’re so short, but maybe I’ll just do a few more of them to challenge my speed running a bit more.

Click the link above if you’d like to donate to the Fund.

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10 months of running 100 miles a month

As you probably know, I’ve challenged myself to run 100 miles a month this year, and made it an average goal for the months of July and September when I went way ahead of target in July (123 miles) and was on holiday in September (77).

I’m on target for October and no doubt will do it in November and December, and my annual mileage graph will be a straight line with a couple of blips in it.

I was looking at my weight and body composition and how it’s changed over the last 10 months too. I began strength training a little bit in June into July, then work took over in August, holiday in September and I’ve done it once a week in October.

I’m going to make an effort to really get back into it over winter, and get into and use my Garagym.

Anyway, here’s my progress:

   2 Jan         3 May          27 Oct
137.8lbs      132lbs         133.4lbs.    -4.4lbs
15.8% bfat  14.5%          13.9%         -1.9%
21.8lbs fat   19.1lbs fat 18.5lbs fat  -3.3lbs
80.5% lbm   81.8% lbm 82.4% lbm -2.1%
116lbs lbm 112.9lbm 114.9lbm       -1.1lbs lbm

My body measurements are similar, except for my hips and waist (clearly where I hold my weight!)…

                2 Jan    27 Oct
Calf         36cm    35cm
Thigh      59cm    58cm
Hips       100cm   98cm
Waist       84cm   76cm
Chest        86cm  86cm
Arm          30cm  30cm

My measurements were taken in January after 3 months of not much running / letting my feet recover from lots of running.

Now I’m 4.4lbs down, 3.3lbs of fat gone… 2cm off my hips and 8cm off my waist. I can certainly feel less belly annoying me now. 😉

I feel good right now and I’m looking forward to spending more time in the gym, whilst ticking away with my 100 mile running target.

Oh and whilst I’m on about my garagym… I thought I’d better share this with you… I got my banner of a forrest delivered the other day… bringing the outside in (sort of!)

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Just imagine…

When I was young, my Dad loved gadgets. 😬

He would always invest in the latest technology, usually cameras, and then computers – Apple Macs to be precise. I was very lucky to have a pocket camera when I was small, and the best ‘Walkman’ you could buy.

I was also lucky to get a few hand-me-down Apple Macs for free from him (whenever he upgraded). It might be why I love and invest in my many gadgets.

Here he is, in around 1984… it was a family trip to Cyprus. Here he is, arm outstretched to me (I like to think), with a big massive Sony video camera (probably, it had to be the best) in his hand… and over his shoulder, was the take recorder to go with it. 

He took them all the way to Cyprus to record our holiday. (And we had a big film still camera with us, to take the photo of him too!)

Then here we are, on a stormy day near home maybe, him with his SLR camera, taking a photo of me in my winter jacket, red gloves, levi jeans and Levi trainers (honestly, they existed!). I think this photo was taken when my aunt visited us. 

I was out for a quick walk tonight and came across a nice view of the Squinty Bridge, with the Finnieston crane and the Hydro light up in rainbow colours… and I took out my tiny little iPhone and recorded a 30 second clip (excuse my dodgy filming skills).

(Even the lights in the Hydro are so very far from what would have been seen 30 yrs ago!)

I immediately thought of my Dad and his big hefty camera and recording kit. I bet he couldn’t have imagined was gadgets / technology would be like 30 odd years from 1984. Just imagine what it’ll be like in 2047?!!
I feel very lucky he had such an interest and investment in technology, and that he passed that onto me. 👍🏻 He still does love gadgets, but he says it’s all moving too fast for him to keep up. ☹️ I’ll need to carry on the legacy and keep up with it instead. 😜

And just imagine what he could have done with today’s technology back then?!

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Wk41 into Wk42

Not much running last week… a couple of runs and I’d planned to run this weekend, but did strength on Saturday, and decided to rest on Sunday, long run on Monday it’ll be. Last week I ran twice, did 1 HIIT, two coaching planning meetings and had 4 rest days.

I took delivery of my new crazy sign for Foxy’s Garagym… one foam board and one magnetic sign (for the inside of the garage door. The gym has taken good shape and when I’m in it, I’m using it well. I’m planning on getting into it 2-3 times a week in autumn into winter.

Last week and the week before was 1 HIIT session and this week I hope to get in it twice, plus a coaching session. Coach on Tuesday pm, then my own workouts on Thu and Sunday.

One last thing for the Garagym (call me crazy if you want) is a big pvc lightweight banner with this nice image on it – 3.5m by 2.4m to cover the light yellow brick wall behind me as I train. (I can see it in the mirror).

I got it at a really reasonable price online. And I’m hoping it’ll look good when it’s up. My own little forest for foxy and anyone else who joins us. 😉

Here’s my runs / activity from last week:

Mon: 4.6M Run
Tue: rest & coaching planning pm
Wed: 5.5M Run plus coaching planning pm
Thu: rest
Fri: Rest
Sat: HIIT & Strength finisher
Sun: Rest

I’m a little behind in my 100 mile target, but if I do my runs as planned next week I should be fine. 💯 mile 🎯

Here’s my plans:

Mon: 10M Run (route below am) & 5k coaching on
Tue: 4M
Wed: 6M
Thu: HIIT & Runner’s Strength
Fri: 5k
Sat: 10M
Sun: HIIT & Strength

My main focus will be on getting good sleeps, so I can get up early to train each day. This weekend has been good for sleep, and hopefully I can carry that into tonight and next week.

Living this autumn weather – can’t wait to get out in it tomorrow morning. Hopefully I won’t get blown away. 😜

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Hearty warm breakfast time again

It’s autumn, and I fancied getting some prep together for some hot breakfasts through the week. Berries, apple, oats, vanilla, walnuts, milk and egg. Yum.

Oh and bananas on the bottom layer…

It was about 40 minutes in the oven. Here’s the recipe here: https://lornpearsontrains.co.uk/2015/10/25/breakfast-fruity-oat-bake/

Think I had the oven a bit high… but it tastes good anyway. I’ll heat one up each day and add Greek yogurt to it.

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Rain or shine…

I was looking at what day I want to run this weekend… and I’m thinking there’s got to be something wrong with me, because after looking at the weather, I think I’d prefer to run on Sunday morning.

Saturday looks quite pleasant, a bit cloudy, but not too bad. Then Sunday, it looks like rain all day, and a little warmer and windier.

Weather warnings for both days, but I’m picking Sunday to run. Is there something wrong with me? Lol 😂

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