Sunday, 18 October 2015
Saturday, 19 September 2015
The best thing is that it's stretchy and waterproof and breathable. For me the other two best bits are thumb holes and a breast pocket for my phone.
I noticed, when researching that there weren't many close up pictures so here's some for you.
The hood fits nicely. You can still look sideways because it's cut back. It's adjustable around the back too. The little peak is cool too, it'll keep some rain out of the eyes.
This is what the official OMM people say about the jacket:
Top Features of the OMM Kamleika Race Smock II
- 4 Way stretch
- Waterproof & breathable
- Soft and quiet face fabric
- Extra Long double ended water resistant YKK® zip for ventilation
- Tab away adjustable peaked hood
- Reflective detail (sleeve, back)
- Elasticated cuffs & thumb loops
- Draw cord hem
- Laminated chest pocket
- Zip garage on all zips
- Fabric Kamleika®
- 4 Way stretch fabric
- Weight: 240g
Saturday, 4 July 2015
Your running encompasses a wide range of activities.
What type of runner are you? Surely not all of these? At yesterday’s Fell Race I felt like I couldn’t call myself a Fell Runner. I just didn’t have the skill or quad muscles to run downhill.
The race itself was enjoyable because of the views and weather.
My family came and watched, little Theo fell (no pun intended) himself about 10 mins before the race. He had blood coming out of his mouth. I felt sorry for him and also a bit sorry for my family who’d have to wait around whilst I indulged myself.
The first 1/3 of the race is up and down. I got overtaken on the first steep down and decided at that point that I wasn’t a Fell Runner and to try and stay at the front would be dangerous.
Then the 2nd third of the race was flatter. I could have taken a few people here but I decided just to keep the pace at a sub maximal effort so that I’d enjoy it. There was no point in racing because there were steep declines in the last third that I had to contend with. At the aid station was the legend Pete Norman who is world class in the Masters category; he’s so inspirational that I couldn’t resist stopping and having a quick chat.
When I finished the race my Dad was there enjoying chating with the old guys because he used to be a runner himself. I went off to find my wife and children hoping they hadn’t died of boredom. When I found them they were surprisingly happy. I think this was because Theo had slept and maybe the view and fresh air had increased their spirits.
Sunday, 24 May 2015
So I tried my first fast from Thursday 7:30 pm to Friday 6:30 pm. I didn't feel hungry or any different. It made me realise that most of the time I eat because I'm fed up at work. I also drank a lot of coffee and herbal tea so I didn't loose any weight. I might do it again next Friday.
The purpose of this, for me, was to help my body to recover from the week’s mini-injuries and joint pain caused by inflammation. Also it gives the digestive systems a rest.
Anyone else tried fasting recently?
I had a good weekend running. A classic five mile Tempo on Saturday on a grass field and then 15miles on Sunday.
Saturday, 9 May 2015
This week I've been recovering from the Anglo Celtic Plate 100km. I've done about 40 miles. And 40 on the bike.
My legs are OK to run gently but no speed work, tempo runs or racing; a race would kill me at the moment. Luckily I've got no longer term injuries that can easily be picked up after an Ultra.
This week I got an email from British Athletics with the selection process for the World 100km Championships. Since they sent it to me and I was 2 mins under the qualifying time I thought it would be rude not to apply. So I've sent them my CV. At least I might get onto the reserve list.
As some of you, as if anyone reads this, might know that in February I decided to cut grains out of my diet. I'd already cut out sugar, apart from whole fruits. It's called the No Sugar No Grain way of eating. I thought I'd give it a go for 10 days but I'm still doing it as I feel better. There are quite a few people in the world eating this way. I think it's just eating more vegetables and healthy foods that works. For me the NSNG gives me focus to eat more vegetables and fruit. For me, at the moment, it works so please don't judge me or call me a hypocrit if I decide to go back to eating grains. I doubt though that I'll ever eat foods with more than 10 percent sugar.
I listen to a few podcasts when running, one of them called Ru El s Running. He's also a NSNG runner and after doing the 100km Anglo Celtic Plate he congratulated me on Facebook so I said I'd go on his show to talk about it. So I did! He chatted / interviewed me Friday night (morning in his time zone). It'll be released soon.
That's all fokes.
Monday, 4 May 2015
Well I've been building up to this race for a whilst and now here's the obligatory blog. It was an Ultra Race but I'll try to keep the blog Ultra Short as we are now living in a Twitter world (140 characters).
First thanks to the Welsh Team Manager, Mike Robbins, he doesn't get paid and put's in a lot of work looking after everyone, on the day this mean handing out food and drink each lap for all the Welsh Team (32 laps).
The race was 62.1 miles (Garmin recorded it longer but that's always the way). It was hard to think of the whole distance so I used as much distraction techniques as possible, the main one being counting the telegraph poles on the course (I think 57). The technique on focussing on something external is great for getting through hard times so keep it in mind the next time it's only 11:30 in work and you're working until 6!
50k to 80k was difficult because I didn't want to focus on pace, distance or anything as it was just too overwhelming. As a result I slowed my pace, if I had someone to run with they could have done the pacing but I didn't' have that luxury. Then at about 85k I started to think about the pace and stopped being reserved. I went for it and picked up the pace. I realised a sub 7:20 was on the cards and so went for it. I got 7h16m and came 5th overall. That's 7mins dead average per mile.
That's all folks,
Told you it wouldn't be an Ultra blog. I'm happy.
Sunday, 26 April 2015
Week commencing 20th April: 12 days to 100km Ultra: Anglo Celtic Plate including British Championships
Commute back and to keeping pace to target pace at Ultra (6m45s) to drum it into my legs.
AM Cycle 10m
PM Easy 10 mile run
RACE DAY I did the final race of the Borders League Road Race series. I came first in the race and secured my first position overall.
4.05 miles in 21:05, it felt like I was sprinting all the way. I had to because 2nd placer, Lee Jones, wasn't giving in. Not even in the last half mile. I had to dig deep but I like that.
An easy job into work, 10.5 miles.
A rare day off from running, Cycled to and from work.
I had fun watching a local race whilst pushing baby Theo in his baby jogger. 10 miles.
5 mile Tempo. 5:45 pace, undulating. With warm up and cool down.
Monday, 20 April 2015
Two X 10.5 miles commute to work, kept at my 100km target pace. 6:40.
Cycle in to work,
Run home with 10 X 50sec sprints
Run into work, 6:35m pace
8 X 800 intervals. Managed to get the audio feedback to work on Strava and ran my segments I’d set up for this session. Cool tech.
Run in, cycle home
Had fun with the family. Whilst wife and daughter in the café I did Delamere Parkrun with Theo in the running buggy, 18m46 secs, 3rd place!
Out with the running buggy again. 1h30 mins. He slept most of the way.
Sunday, 12 April 2015
Two buggy runs today with Theo. Had the day off work. I covered about 14 miles and did 9 x 45 sec hill repeats.
9 miles on grass to save the knees, 6:40 pace. Busy day travelling with work but still managed.
Am, cycling in to work. Back to normal routine.
4 miles worth of intervals, 800 x 8, 5:18 pace, tries to get Strava to give me live audio feedback on the segments but couldn't get it to work.
6.5 miles warm up / down. Had a hard session today. Hopefully I'll recover ok for Sunday's race.
Monday, 6 April 2015
Family away so did two runs. 25 miles, 6:45 pace
Two runs again, 10.5 miles each at 6:45 pace. Communting to work.
Tempo run, 14 miles. It was hard to judge the pace on this run due to the wind. I think it was about 6:40 to begin with going down to 6:20. There was a head wind most of the time because I was running in one direction, from work to home.
I like running as a way to travel. It's more certain than motor vehicles as there are no traffic jams.
I put a 90 mile run on Strava and fooled a couple of people since it was April Fool's day. It's now been removed do it doesn't scew my training log.
Run in to work and cycled home.
Good Friday so had the day off.
8 miles with two friends then 2.5 with Theo in the baby jogger.
5 miles tempo at 5m50 pace. Felt fine. Went a bit slower than a normal tempo as wanted to do a long run Sunday
26.2 2h49m Wasn't sure how far I'd go when I started but ended up feeling OK and did a full marathon.
Started with Darren doing 6:25s for 15 miles. Then I was on my own for the rest. I also practiced eating about 200 calories an hour as I think that's what I'll do in the 100k.
I noticed a Garmin 310xt sold on eBay for £49. I was the highest bidder until last minute. Bargain. I didn't need a new one but for that price, with a HRM, which I do need, I had to have a go. Got to love eBay hey.
Sunday, 29 March 2015
Well I won in 35:07 which might be a record: Slowest win ever for the race! The wind was just too strong. I also managed to do 8 afterwards and cycle 8. I was going to do more but ran out of time.
On to the next week...
Monday, 23 March 2015
Saturday, 14 March 2015
Week commencing 09/03/2015:
Monday, legs sore after winning the Wrexham Marathon yesterday but still managed to cycle into work. Thinking about future plans: - Next A Race: 100k champs 2nd May 15 so until then: - Late March / Early April: Longer run on Wednesday mornings and longer on Weekends when not racing - Mid April / End of April shorter runs. - Throughout: Tuesday: Speed work, Thursdays, Intervals if able. Racing.
Tuesday I bought a new phone Friday and it’s my first Smart phone so I’ve been messing around with running Apps. I think I’ve settled on Runtastic as I can do intervals with the Pro version which was only 10p. I’m hoping the phone will replace the Garmin 310XT and MP3 player. It seems like it has because the voice over works for intervals, go faster, you’re on pace, in 10 seconds next interval etc. The intervals can also be programmed. I cycled into work and ran home 10 miles. When running home that’s when I did a test interval session on the phone. I didn’t actually run really fast because my legs where hurting from the Sunday Wrexham Marathon.
Wednesday Ran into work, 10 miles, legs hurting! It was a shuffle. Cycled home. On the bike ride I overtook another cyclist who then decided to keep up with me. I felt under pressure then to remain at pace and I felt uncomfortable with him following me. I didn’t want to stop and just let him past because I wanted to get home. This really annoyed me!
Thursday. Cycled in to work. Loving my new phone and am able to listen to podcasts with a great podcast app: Pod Addict. Ran home, just a recovery pace, legs still hurt.
Friday Ran in to work, legs really hurting. My running partner in crime sent me a text with the weekend plan: 10 at marathon pace on Saturday, 21 on Sunday. I might just do half of both sessions. Legs beat up.
Busy day today so started early. Met up with to running buddies. Managed 4.25 miles at 5:55 pace then did the sensible thing and jogged home.
Afternoon went out for lunch. Multi celebration 🎉
Mum and Dads 40 wedding anniversary, Theo's birthday, Karla's birthday and Mothering Sunday.
Did 19 in the morning. Didn't mean to do so many but I was with a friend who wanted the company. I must keep the foam roller out cus my legs will be tight.
Onwards to the next week ...