Thursday, 26 December 2013
Tuesday, 17 December 2013
Just a note:
2012: 8th 6:03 pace
2011: 13th 5:50 pace
2013 13th. Strong field today.
It started to rain near the end. Bex and Karla were getting wet. Hail a bit Too! ce opposite way around again. I think Andrew Davies won it. He's quick, North Wales.
I've now seen the results and it's difficult to judge how well I've done. Been onto The Power of 10 and can see that Nathaniel Lane, who was ahead of me by 40 seconds, wis a better runner than me but other than that the other runners are hard to compare against because they're young or they only do X country.
Other news, the weekend was great, usually I f read the long drive down to Builth Wells but this time I took my wife and daughter down. We had a stop on the way down and drove slowly. Then after the race I'd booked a b and b, The Three Wells in a village called Howey. It was really nice, the decor was a bit old but the staff, food were great. Also it was a quite with no main roads or dogs. I might do the same next year.
On the Sunday I christened my new off road shoes and ran through open fields around my house. Descovered new paths through agolf ccourse and to a village called Holt. Usually I run on roads to Holt.
Tuesday, 10 December 2013
... is something that I haven't done this week.
Most of my runs are on a pavement whilst running into work next to cars. Gritty and dirty and dark and, normal. But I've recently really felt thankful for the beauty found in my regular route:
- the clouds;
- the moon;
- the podcasts I listen to whilst running;
- the way I chase slow moving traffic.
What beauty can you be thankful for today in the normal?
Saturday, 7 December 2013
First download the gpx from wherever it is (usually from the organisor’s website)
Remember where it’s saved (download folder usually)
THis gpx won’t go straight into the connect.garmin website because it need time points in, here’s how to do that...
then go to
Upload from … chose the file gpx file you downloaded
then from the drop down menu on gpsies.com choose
then and this is important clock (Show Options)
then only change the
Speed (mph) set your speed (remember 10mps is 6 mins per mile etc)
Click convert (again remember where it’s saved)
THen go to
click the upload botton
then the manual upload button
the choose the new gpx file
Once downloaded go to activities in connect garmin
click the activity
then click save as course.
then go to the course details and click save to device.
make sure your garmin is on
then it should be saved on your garmin.
on the watch it should be under / training / courses
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
When you're into a heavy training plan have you noticed that it's the small things that can break you. The next run, even if it's a nasty one, can take care of itself but if something small is not in place it is that small thing that you can't cope with!
For example, I have a routine for commuting to and from work by running or cycling. Yesterday part of the routine failed in that I forgot my key pass so I'll have to ring the doorbell when I get to work. This is stressing me out more than the 12 mile progression run I'm doing first!
I've noticed that it's like this in life too. I can cope with my Grandma passing away and so too, I believe, my Dad can cope. But it's the small things like stopping the junk mail from being delivered to my deceased Grandma which is stressful.
I think I know why this happens, but still the mind can seem to be a strange thing.