An Update Of Three Things

In Which I Achieve A Goal, Sign Up For Something Awesome, And Try Something New

Something Achieved

Finally getting over almost dying from a vicious cold, and from being worried about being outdated, I decided to go for a run yesterday, on my day off. Up til now I’ve normally run on my way home or after work, but have been sticking quite well to my running schedule so I got my kit on and got my jog on.

I mapped out the 5k route that I tried (and failed) before and left it up on the computer so Sarah could see. (I’ve seen 127 hours.) I was looking forward to trying this route because I knew that I could now get round it, and that there were plenty of roads to cross so plenty of time for little breathers. (That is NOT cheating. I checked.) It’s a loop which starts off at our house and finishes at… er… our house.

I took it nice and easy to start with, running down Harrogate road, passing the wonderful smell of fish and chips from the Chippy. Getting towards the round-a-bout I turned left up towards Eccleshill Village and my first challenge: a short, but steep, hill. I ran to the top then turned right towards Morrisons, walking for a minute or so to catch my breath. I ran on the left side of the road because there are lots of side streets leading off of it, and so quite a few chances of a cheeky little walk. Next time I’ll try the right hand side as there’s hardly any side streets and the ones there are are mainly cul-de-sacs so you can easily assess whether you need to stop or not.

A slight downhill slope brought me to the corner where the Lane Ends Pub is (SO tempted) but I turned left and ran up the hill towards Bolton Junction. It’s a steady slope so I did a mixture of running and walking (about 60% running). I felt quite proud when i ran past the place where I burnt out last time I did this loop, and this spurred me on to run (downhill) towards the traffic lights.

I then did my longest bout of walking, about 2-3 minutes, up the hill towards the library, then turned right onto Leeds Road which would take me (flatly) all the way home. My plan was to take a short walking break after I passed the Manor Pub but there was a few kids in front of me (going in the same direction) so decided to run passed them. When I got passed, it wasn’t much further to the crossing so kept going. I waited for the lights to change, then ran all the way to the top of our driveway.

Pressing ‘Stop’ on Sports Tracker, I started to walk up and down the drive a few times to cool down and looked at my time. It said that I had run 5k in UNDER 30 minutes! Three seconds under, but a Sub 30minute 5k is a Sub 30minute 5k! It also told me that I’d now logged 100 miles on the app. Pleased with that! (I know it says 3.08mi but it didn’t start til I’d run a bit, and I couldn’t get my phone out to stop it straight away because my fingers were cold, so it levels out and I’m claiming it. So there.)

Sub 25min next!

Something Awesome

On the 5th November (Remember Remember) as well as it being Bonfire Night, there’s a race going on in York. Not just any race, a 5k Fire Work Spectacular race called The Gun Powder Plod. As Guy Fawkes was from York, where better to have it? It’s in the late afternoon, in the dark, and there’s fireworks to guide you along. Afterwards there’s a bonfire and a huge Firework Display, along with food and beer tents and live music. You also get a t-shirt, medal, sparkler and picture with Guy Fawkes. (Not sure if it’s the real one or not. I got duped by a Santa like this once.)

This is going to be awesome.

Their website and more details are here:

Gun Powder Plod

Gun Powder Plod – York

(On a side note, my mate Rob once said to me: ‘You know Bonfire Night, why don’t they call it Guy Fawkes Night?’ I said ‘Er, they do.)

Something New

We’re moving house in a few weeks and so decided that I’m going to get a bike to ride to work and back, and it’d be a bit far to run every day. I mentioned this around the table and Ironman Tony has lent me a bike that he no longer uses. (I think that leaves him with four bikes…) I rode to work on it this morning (all downhill WHEEEEEEEEE!!!!) and am going to attempt to ride it home tonight. (Uphill. Boo.) It has those pedals where you need specialist shoes to clip in (he offered to lend me some, but haven’t been on a bike in years and I don’t think the first time back on one, riding down the main road downhill  is best to try out a new way of being attached) and so my feet hurt a bit. And my legs. And my bum. I only peddled about three times, so not sure about the ride home…

Two thirds towards a triathlon!

(I can’t swim though.)

19 thoughts on “An Update Of Three Things

  1. I’m quite jealous that you did all that walking and still managed to run a 5K around the same time as my PB when I ran the whole way! The Guy Fawkes 5K looks really fun. I wish I could drive. I would do so many more races if I didn’t have to rely on my “running coach” (my Dad; he’s more of a driver and a pat on the back coach really) to take me every where.

    • I don’t drive either, I think I’ll be getting the train to and from York! Did you run the whole 5k? That’s better than run/walk that I did if so!

      • Not driving is a pain. Yes. I have a hard rule on myself to never walk. Well, unless I stop to drink water. I can’t drink and run, it gives me a stitch. And I also end up pouring it all over myself.

  2. Next stop parkrun? There are (if your road names are any indication of your location) some lovely ones in your neck of the woods.

    • I keep trying to get to one, but work most Saturdays. They start at 9am, I start work at 9:30! Had to day off last Saturday, signed up for Parkrun, flu.

      One day!

  3. Ha! Great post! The “I’ve seen 127 hours” comment made me chuckle – my mind goes through those kind of scenarios too…particularly when I don’t think I’ve brought enough water.

    Here’s a thought….what about a duathlon? They’re becoming more popular over here, are there many in the UK? (If not, I might have to consider getting permanent residency in the US!). You’re the right ‘two thirds’ towards that event and you wouldn’t have to learn to swim….or run for hours and hours….

  4. You can learn to swim! Triathlons are fun.

  5. Congratulations on reaching another goal! Run on!

  6. Another amusing blog entry. Great news you’ve signed up for another run.

    Best of luck cycling uphill tonight!

  7. This post is hilarious, I love it.

    Something achieved: rock on!! It’s so nice to read from people who are lower–mileage runners (read, not the three marathons a year bloggers… who are awesome, but I can’t really relate). I love reading these milestones, like finishing a 5k route. I can be like, yes, I totally understand, I just did that too. Or, wow, that’s my next challenge. Still working on it.

    Something awesome: I can’t think of a more bad ass awesome run that this. ‘Nough said.

    Something new: I bike to work nearly everyday, weather permitting. It’s about 2 miles one way, nice workout, and I highly recommend it. I have a road bike that can have the shoe clips, but I took them off. I used to just flip the pedal – not the smartest, I know – and that cause me to have a pretty serious bike accident when my foot slipped forward off the pedal and into the tire… some flips, some bruises, and no biking or running for 2 months. All that to say, take your time getting comfortable with the biking and the shoe clips and all that jazz.

    It would be horrible if you had to miss the Gun Powder Plod.

    • Thanks very much! I’m not sure I want to do a marathon. When you mention running or races to a non-runner it’s the first thing they ask though. I’m not giving into pressure!
      I think I’m gonna swap his pedals on my next day off. If I lose confidence on my way home, I’ll walk the bike. I’ll probably walk it anyway, due to the hills.
      It must’ve been a serious accident to have no exercise for two months!
      Again, thanks for your comment!

      • Accident wasn’t too bad as a whole; just hurt my foot pretty solidly. Doc said I ran the risk of breaking something if I ran too soon. I did a lot of swimming to workout this summer…. which isn’t so bad.

        I hear re: marathons. I don’t really have a desire to. Maybe a half next year, but mostly I just run because I enjoy it! I’m not that fast, and I’m not sure I would enjoy a competitive environment. I feel like it could ruin something that I really enjoy just for me.

        • Have you entered any 5k or 10k runs? I enjoy the 10k, it’s always a good atmosphere and there’s always some that just walk them.

          • I’ve done a 5k and an 8k. I’m actually looking for 10k to run in my area (there have been a few this fall, but they ALL fall on weekends I’m out of town). I don’t know that I’ll enjoy the competitive nature of a longer run, but a 10k sounds like a perfect length and environment. Fingers crossed I can run one sooner than next season!

            What races have you done? Do you like the race tension and feel?

            • I’ve done 3 x 10k races and one half marathon. I prefer the 10k distance. I think with 5k you get a lot of people that are competitive as it’s a manageable distance for most.
              With the 1/2 Marathon there were loads doing it for charity (Because it was the Great North Run, 55’000 people!) but you also get people out for PB’s.
              10k is just nicely inbetween. A few serious runners, but each time it’s been mainly newbies (like me!)

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