Archive for December, 2009

Activation Energy

December 29th, 2009 Comments off

Building up momentum again after you’ve taken time off is best done as soon as possible. Given that, I decided to follow through on yesterday’s decision and get out of the door despite the wet weather, and the fact I’m not feeling well. My concession to illness and the rain was to run only a […]

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Wee Cough

December 28th, 2009 Comments off

So, first it was icy on the pavements. Then it was Christmas. And then I was ill. As a result, it’s now been eight days since I last went for a run. Plus, with the amount I’ve eaten, I’ve probably just about doubled my body weight in the last week… Bleurgh. So, is there any […]

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Odd Clothing Combination

December 20th, 2009 Comments off

This morning, I put on my wooly hat before heading outside, on the grounds that it was ‑1ºC. Then I got out into the street, turned around, and went back for my sunglasses. I definitely needed both, which is a combination I’ve not found necessary since the last time I went snowboarding… As the rest […]

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December 18th, 2009 1 comment

Wow. That was cold! According to my weather widget, it was 0ºC outside when I started this evening’s run. And I can definitely believe it. I added gloves and a hat to my usual outfit on the way out. And it wasn’t too bad once I’d warmed up. And at least it wasn’t raining. But […]

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Soggy Slog

December 16th, 2009 Comments off

Today was a bit crap. It was cold, wet, and I wasn’t in the mood. But I got out and did a desultory 5K anyway, which I guess counts for something. The first run after a long run is definitely hard work. Certainly I’ve not noticed an exception to that rule yet. I left it […]

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Another 10K

December 13th, 2009 2 comments

Definite rule of running: once you’ve done a distance once, it’s a lot easier, psychologically, to do it again. Today I was feeling pretty good, and I’d had a decent night’s sleep, and the weather looked okay, so I decided to do 10K again. And here it is on It was actually 10.42km, about […]

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Bad 5

December 10th, 2009 Comments off

Despite today’s picture, it wasn’t actually a bad 5K. This is just something written on the Portway pavement that I’ve been meaning to take a photo of for months. Today I did simple 5K, with no glamour and nothing to talk about of note. So, bearing in mind I’m crazy busy and a bit tired, […]

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Deep Six

December 8th, 2009 Comments off

…well, deep puddles, anyway. I want to push my weekday runs out a bit further, so I figured I’d do 6K this evening. It varied between drizzle and outright rain, but it was still good. I felt fine, and kept up a nice pace. About the only thing that wasn’t great were my calves/ankles, and […]

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Back to Basics

December 6th, 2009 2 comments

Bearing in mind all the rain we’ve had recently, I’ve been pretty lucky with the running. It was gorgeous this morning, brilliant sunshine and not even that cold. As well as this one of the winter trees, there’s a couple on Flickr taken from the same point on the Portway, one looking out of town, […]

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5K, with occasional stops

December 4th, 2009 Comments off

Tonight I realised I was tired of jogging without photos, so I grabbed my camera and a mini-tripod on the way out. I took a nice steady jog, starting a little further out on the Portway than normal, and made my “halfway” point a little further on, too. Then on the way back, especially toward […]

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