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Where did that come from?

November 28th, 2009 4 comments

I don’t know when this week became the week to push and to prove myself. But apparently it did. I should have got out running last night, but I was knackered after work, so I did what any brave and stout young fellow would have done: gave up on the idea and went to bed […]

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The Need for Speed

November 25th, 2009 Comments off

Seeing my friend Bert’s tweet earlier on got me thinking. I have generally been going for endurance rather than speed, especially recently. Also in my mind was my friend Bananza’s advice that “if it’s easy, you’re not working hard enough”. So, tonight I mixed things up a bit. I figured it’d do me good to […]

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The Sun and the Rain

November 22nd, 2009 1 comment

You never know whether it’s going to be a good run until you get out there. Today I woke up at 6:30am with a headache. I got up, took two paracetamol, and went back to bed. When I got up again at 11am, I still felt a bit rubbish. Nevertheless, because it looked like it […]

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Quick Harbourside Jaunt

November 19th, 2009 Comments off

I’ve only jogged around the harbour once before, during week 7 of the C25K. Tonight I did it again, and did it a bit quicker, too. So, all good. I’d got a bit bored with running along the Portway all the time, so although the round-the-harbour run feels quite short for me now (it’s only […]

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Post-Run Reward

November 17th, 2009 3 comments

After my dreadful slog the last time I jogged out along the Portway, I was a bit worried about this evening. Turned out I had no need to be: tonight was easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy. It was just the same (slightly boring) straight 5K, but this time I felt fine all the way through it, and was back […]

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"Everything is for the best…

November 15th, 2009 1 comment

…in the best of all possible worlds”. I’d not noticed this bit of literally Panglossian optimism in Babshambles‘ Deft Left Hand before. But it seemed to be the theme of the morning, as I climbed up into the sunshine on the Downs, and my iPod randomly picked the most cheerfully British of Pete Doherty’s output, […]

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That…was horrible

November 12th, 2009 1 comment

This morning, Radio 4’s normally quite reserved weatherman Philip Avery used the phrase “rain and rain and rain”. Basically, if you’re in the UK, the forecast is for rain, day after day, for at least the next seven days. So, this evening, when I got home and noticed we seemed to be in-between rainstorms, I […]

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Sock it to me

November 10th, 2009 Comments off

Running is pretty simple, as sports go. There’s not a lot of sexy equipment. So far, I’ve got away with some good shoes, some socks, some shorts, and a top or two. But I added a complication at the weekend. My cheap Puma sport socks were a bit rubbish, especially if it had been raining […]

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Accidental Progress

November 7th, 2009 2 comments

This morning I had a bit of an accident. My general plan was to skip the running last night, and instead go out this morning, as I’ve found my last few Saturdays have been low-energy, wasted days, and I thought I’d see if starting with a run would help pick me up a bit. So, […]

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On a Whim

November 4th, 2009 Comments off

“How far should I run tonight?” “6K? No, erm, 5K. Erm.” “I could do 6K.” “Okay. 6K, then.” And so it was decided. Tonight I was a bit knackered, but I did feel like doing a decent distance on the flat, so I ran 3km out along the Portway, and 3km back again. Looking at […]

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