On the 17th of August I set out at around 2015 and ran to the local pub and back. It was about 2 miles, and took me 23m 04s (or about 11:17/mi).
This was the start of my fitness regime, and a desire to reduce my weight, and increase my general health and well-being. It's been started in conjunction with some diet and social changes (more in other posts).
I'd done some abortive attempts at the end of July / beginning of August. The same sort of run. 1.2 / 2 miles, slow pace, but it was easier to tail off. I went for the occasional cycle ride, but it wasn't working for me. My head was in the wrong place (and my bike is a mountain bike not really suited to distance road riding)
The 17th was when I committed. I was out again on the 19th, and did 3.8 miles in 43m 20s then knocked 20s off when I did it again on the 21st.
I did the distance again on the morning of the 23rd. By the evening, however, I was in a lot of pain. My ankle and heel were really painful. Even taking the weight off wasn't helping, and I took a few days off.
I was back out on the 30th, and knocked my time down to under 40 minutes. Pacing now at 10:35/mi.By the 1st of September that was down to 10:14/mi.
On Monday the 5th I pushed the distance to 4.2 miles, and maintained 1:45/mi over the distance, but Tuesday saw disaster!
I set off to run the 4.2 mile circuit again, but after 1.6 miles my calf muscle seized up completely and it was all I could do to hobble the 110 yards to railway station and get the wonderfully supportive +Laura Nixon
to come and pick me up.
It was Sunday the 11th before the pain had settled enough to contemplate going out again, but I hit the circuit and made it round in 42m 25s. One of the strange things about tracking myself via Google Fit is that when I run the loop part of the circuit one way the distance come out as 4.2 miles, when I go the other it's 4.7! So the stats say I paced at 9:06/mi, but that time is spread over a longer distance. I've reproduced this more than once, but have no idea which stat is right.
I was straight back out on Monday the 12th and
Tuesday the 13th. Then again on Thursday and Friday.
However, the Friday run saw a change in my schedule. School drop off now saw me parking away from home, and I took the opportunity to do a longer loop. I ran 5.2 miles in 53m 41s, pacing at 10:02/mi. And, for the first time, actually felt like a runner!
I parked a bit further away on yesterday, so added a little tail to the loop, and upped the distance to 5.9 miles whilst maintaining 10:01/mi pacing.
Having done 5.9 miles yesterday I thought I'd do something a little easier on the joints and muscles today, so went back to the 4.7 (4.2) circuit. Today it reported as 4.5! I paced it at 9:19/mi! It felt good!
Tomorrow is back to the 3.8 miles loop, and (hopefully) a shorter post!