Archive for January, 2010


January 31st, 2010 2 comments

Well, turns out I’m actually crazy. Crazy like those weirdos who go out running when they’re ill and tell you that it actually helps. Because it helped. Not only did it help, but in some ways, the illness seemed to help the running, too. My lack of concentration made me a bit forgetful. I forgot […]

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Illness and Fatigue

January 31st, 2010 Comments off

It’s a lovely day out there. Perfect running weather. Sunny and cold. Not sure if I’m going, though. I seem to be ill with some cold‑y thing that’s sapping my energy. I just slept for ten hours, got up, had breakfast, coffee and Lemsip, and I still don’t feel like I want to do anything. […]

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Faster, faster!

January 27th, 2010 Comments off

No personal best for the 5K this evening — that still remains at the just-under-31 minutes I managed back in November, running as fast as I sustainably could all the way. But tonight, I think, was the fastest since then, at 32:26. And considering I did a normal jog on the way out, then just […]

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January 25th, 2010 Comments off

Okay, back on the road again tonight after my birthday break. Tonight I tried a bit of speedwork, doing some fartlek training where I sprinted a bit and then recovered for a while at normal pace, sprinted again, and so on. I travelled out down the Portway as normal, because everyone seems to say that […]

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Just a Quickie

January 24th, 2010 Comments off

Just a quick update! Thanks for the birthday wishes, all. I’ve been a bit off the grid since Friday, as my phone line has completely died, taking my ADSL down with it. Thanks, BT! With good luck and a following wind, apparently BT may be fixing the problem, which is at their exchange, tomorrow. I’ve […]

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Break in the Clouds

January 20th, 2010 2 comments

I was lucky enough to be on a nice, heated, covered boat this morning while my colleague Chris was cycling to work through what I think I can only describe as “torrential sleet”. That made me worry about the prospects for this evening, but it dried off and maybe even warmed up a bit by […]

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Thaw: The Return of the Lardarse Runner

January 17th, 2010 Comments off

Hurrah! At last, I’m back out on the street (that made me sound like a desperate hooker, didn’t it? Hmm.) The snow has mostly melted away — the only bits I saw were the huge lumps that have been rolled to the sides of Clifton Down here and there, as pictured, transitory snow-boulders that stand […]

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Get Running!

January 15th, 2010 Comments off

Seeing as my snowbound exercise regime is so limited at the moment, I figured I’d post some news about the iPhone app that got me started with running! I hadn’t done any proper exercise for a couple of years. I’d given up karate following a snowboarding injury that kept me out of the dojo for […]

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The Big Thaw

January 14th, 2010 Comments off

Hopefully the last photo-less and indoorsy post for a while! There’s a thaw on, and while the slush outside has kept me on the bike tonight, Sunday looks hopeful for a snow-free day with a gap in the big rain that’s impending. In the meantime, another 35 mins on the exercise bike. Dull, but necessary, […]

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January 10th, 2010 2 comments

Just another quick update: it’s still icy out there, but I’m keeping up the “doing some exercise” momentum. Just finished another 35 minutes on the exercise bike, this time distracted by The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, which seems suitably entertaining. And remarkably close to the original. Anyway. It was dull enough to do, […]

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