Monday, November 26, 2007

Begginers' "graduation"

Aim: 30 mins or 3 miles non-stop. We did this route around South Park and Christchurch; I ran at the back with (a different) Hannah, coming back from a nasty chest infection so she had to walk a bit but she still did really well. Good luck to her for the Race for Each 5k at the weekend.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Onward and Hereward

Hereward Relay: leg 2, Whittlesey to March, 11.6 miles, 1:46:45, 9:12 per mile. Tough going underfoot in places, lots of mud and rough ground, although some good stretches of road in the middle. I'd probably do it again now I know what to expect!

Stage 2 results (118th of 127)
Overall (last, but someone's got to be!)

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Posh tea and a bike ride

Out to the old stomping ground, Hingham, with Marie and Kate and Clare, where we splashed out on tea in Lincoln's cafe instead of a 50p cake from the bakery. Yum!

Out: 17 miles, 1:14, 13.6 mph
Back: 14.5 miles, 0:56, 15.6 mph

Faster on the way back thanks to (a) being warmed up, (b) consuming cake, or (c) wanting to get home before it rained any more?

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Such an effort

Over to Eaton (too close to home) for hill efforts tonight, 3 on the start of Ebbisham Drive, and another 6 on Buckland Rise. The running wasn't too bad, but the squealing of someone's ultrasonic pest repellent was pretty grim.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007


Not bad, not exactly swimming like a fish, but getting better. No cramp, just a little tiny twinge.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007


Repeat of an old route, more or less - Hellesdon and the Boundary. A slight variation took it to just over 8 miles, run in 1:13, so 9:07/mile as opposed to 9:44.

Sunday, November 18, 2007


Tri-Anglia club 10k - 53:34. 53:34! Spookily equivalent to 8:42/mile. Totally surprising as I felt tired and leaden, and there was a cold wind (blowing from the sewage works, yummy). I was so light headed when I finished that I didn't see Mark at the finish! Yet I had not gone flat out because I thought I was having a mediocre run and there wasn't much point... live and learn. Evidently having a few days off was worthwhile!

(Amusing that the Google Maps imagery makes it look like we crossed half of the A47 and ran down the central reservation of the Postwick Viaduct before jaywalking (running?) back across and jumping off the bridge... there is a path underneath, honest!)

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Stuffed up again

No swimming tonight as I feel like the head cold's come back and it's just not fun :(

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Carrow Hill

Joined Hannah and Sally for a "slowish" "shortish" run which turned out to be 7.7 miles in the (sometimes) pouring rain, including the delights of Carrow Hill, which I have never done before and thought I might not live to do again. And we did the whole thing in 1:07, making 8:42 min miles on average (8:34 to Bishop Bridge...). Holy crap.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Short steady run

Accompanying some newer runners moving up from the beginners' group, just around Earlham, Christchurch, Newmarket and back to the Avenues. 4.1 miles, about 45 mins.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Mini bike

I passed on the VC Norwich ride to take Mark out on the bike. Original plan was Wymondham, cut down to Whitlingham, probably a good idea as we got wet going out (sheltered under the A146 bridge) and it rained again after we got back. So, not even 9 miles. And we ate cake. Oh well :)

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Perfect 10

5 miles with Marie and Kate, then another five with just Marie - total route. 1:38 for dead on 10 miles, which is not too bad. I don't think I'll get a longer run in before the Hereward, but that's OK.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Waving or drowning?

Just about over the cold, so headed back to the pool tonight. 16 swimmers in the pool tonight, so very choppy. Several facefuls that made me stop and get my breath. I'm trying not to lift my head so much when breathing but it's hard in that pool - especially in the end lane where the waves come right back at you off the side wall. Still, Kerry reckons I'm getting there - just need the stamina to keep my stroke together when I get tired.

No cramp!! No idea why! Darn.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside

Staying at Stiffkey, a nice steady long run along the coast path (core stability a go go) with Lorraine, to Blakeney and back. Exactly the same time for both out and back, so we are nothing if not consistent (and muddy).