The best laid plans of mice and men . . .

22 01 2010

. . . oft go awry.

Or in other words things didn’t quite go to plan today. I was supposed to be repeating Monday’s run, but this time taking the Orbana energy drink before I set off to see if it improved performance.

Unfortunately, it had been raining all night and all morning. It eased off slightly around 10:30 so decided to knock back the drink and head out, suitably attired for the weather of course. By the time I got to the far end of Stonebarrow car park it was so misty that I could only see about 30 yards! What the heck. Set off anyway, but after about 10 yards of the first field I was up to my ankles in water . . . and this is at the top of the hill. So there was no way I could do any sort of normal route. The comparison run will have to wait for next week. Sorry Annabel.

Decided to just run back down the length of the car park, down Stonebarrow Lane, then turn round and come back. 5km in all, so a short run with a big hill. Total run took 32m 10s, but the important kilometer up Stonebarrow Lane took 8m 58s with 123m of climb. On the last occasion that I tried that climb it took 9m 55s. So am I getting better, or was it the Orbana. Impossible to say when I’m comparing two runs that are three months apart. And that’s why I need to do a repeat of Monday’s 9km route as soon as possible. Looks like maybe next Tuesday or Wednesday.

Just over six weeks to Southbourne 10k.


Simply Glorious Run

19 12 2009

It might have been 3 degrees centigrade, but with bright sun, clear blue sky, and almost no wind, it was glorious out there this morning. Not a cloud in the sky, just the odd wispy white jet trail from some high up Boeing heading West out over towards the Atlantic. Very few people about, might have been the cold, or they may have all been doing their last minute Xmas shopping. Either way I had the paths to myself and was smiling all the way.

Did exactly 10k. Bit slow as I was just out enjoying the run rather than pushing, so did it in 72m 26s, which is 7m 14s per km apparently.

Two things of note, possibly connected. Firstly, drank an energy drink called Orbana before I went out that someone was kind enough to send me to trial. Not a very scientific experiment, but did seem to give me a bit of a buzz over the first half of the run. Secondly, for the very first time, I made it to the top of Golden Cap without walking. It was just like Rocky. By the time I reached the trig point at the top I had my hands over my head whilst jogging round in a circle celebrating! Just as well there was nobody there to see me. Was it connected to the Orbana? Or was it just improved fitness coupled with taking it easy before I got that far? Impossible to say, so I’m going to try taking the remaining three drinks before every other run. That should enable a better assessment.

Anyway, my glorious run was followed by a glorious soak in the bath and an equally glorious bacon sandwich and mug of tea. It just doesn’t get any better.

Not sure when I’ll be out again as we’re heading up north for Xmas with my in-laws. Probably day after Boxing Day.

Hundred pushups suspended until January due to being knackered after spending all my time painting recently.

Happy Xmas all !!