Another morning of recovery underway here after another shattering run. Still only 2km but when I get in it feels like 20. I'm ready for those improved performances now, if my body's listening. Results as always over in The Log.
The most striking thing this time is that I appear to have entered my own double-dip recession! I honestly don't know where that first major dip before the big one came from because I definitely wasn't walking. I guess I must have been jogging (or "yogging" I believe it's a soft J) a lot slower than usual. I managed to hold off my wee walk for about 50m longer than on the previous run so there's a bit of improvement there.
Also, despite all the huffing and puffing when I got in, I was told that I had a new PB for the mile again, this time of 8'26" shaving 15 seconds off my previous. So although I sound pessimistic, my glass really only has a few sips out of it.
In the meantime I've been doing a wee bit of work on the site and we now have a new home here at www.JP3.org.uk as you've probably noticed. We also have permission to use our Charities' names/logos/info and they've all offered to supply us with t-shirts for the race! Unfortunately we've turned down their very generous offers in favour of designing our own TeamJP3 tees, designs that may be available here in the near future.
I'm off to buy my EuroMillions for the week so let me leave you with the ancient proverb "May your charity increase as much as your wealth," i.e. sponsor us!
Well I think the initial novelty of the Nike+iPod is wearing off and it's getting quite hard to pull myself out of bed just to get knackered. Nonetheless, I did it again today and the results are up on The Log.
In the words of the D-Generation X theme: Break it down. Compared with Monday's run, this one looks a fair bit bumpier perhaps suggesting I wasn't as consistant in my pace or maybe it's just that the previous run was affected by the long dip at the end when I forgot to hit "End Workout" on the iPod and so simplified the graph a bit. I can't know for sure but based on the fact that the Week One runs are as bumpy as this latest one I'd say the reason is the latter.
I had a wee surprise when I finished today: some lady came through my headphones to tell me I'd achieved a new Personal Best for the mile of 8'41". Nice one! (I'm sure I can beat this easily but not without keeling over at 1.1 miles.) Also my average pace was 5'32"/km which is pretty consistant with my performances so far. You may have noticed on the most recent graphs that playlists have started to appear. They didn't before because I was just running with Shuffle but I'm trying to get some tunes that really push you when you think you can't go much further, and I'd love any suggestions you have so check out the playlists so far at The Tunes then suggest some via The Wire.
I'm trying to make the most of the experience so far, hence the blog and shiny graphics, because it won't be long until I have to start studying again for the August diet of exams that I missed in January. I don't know how much time I'll have during this because I'll be pretty much re-teaching myself material for four or five classes in the space of a month, but I'll try and get some updates on and even if I don't, I'll make sure I'm still running.
So until next time, get trawling through those playlists of yours and send some belters my way!
Some more pavement pounding led to a disappointing end this morning. Don't get me wrong, the run was good, unfortunately I forgot to hit "End Workout" on time and an extra two minutes were added while I was just walking/standing/sitting in the house. Check it out: Week 2: Run 1
So the analysis bit. I managed to keep a very even pace for most of the time, and there's only a small dip where I walked for about 50m or so. My average pace is a lot slower because I forgot to finish on the iPod but based on the first circle on the graph, i was running at 5'10"/km which is faster than my last two runs in comparison.
You may have noticed that I only ran twice last week. That's because I started on Wednesday rather than Monday, and I skipped Saturday's run in favour of a long lie. But don't worry, I plan on doing about 4 runs per week and I've set a goal on Nike+ to encourage me to stick to that.
Only a week of rest left for Lisa and Sean and then it's back to the graft. Wonder when I'll get a holiday...
Training day 2 and the results are up on The Log. I've managed an increase in pace going from 5'48" to 5'29" per km but even this slight difference in speed hit me when I got in. Also, the distance is noted as 1.98km compared with a previous 2.08km but I did run the same route and can only attribute the difference to when I hit start/end workout on the iPod.
Well I managed to go longer without stopping but did eventually walk for what looks to be a bit longer than the other day. I suppose to hope for a marked improvement in performance each time you go out is a bit naive so I'm not really bothered about that or how I felt afterwards. Hopefully with time I'll be able to find a comfortable pace that isn't going to kill me when I untie my laces.
I sincerely hope Lisa and Sean are sticking to their training because I really want someone else to feel as shattered each morning!
PS - Why not take some inspiration from the World Cup and donate £1 for each goal your team scores in the tournament?
Good morning guys and gals!
Today marked the start of official training and you can find the results along with all future runs laid out in graph form on The Log. Just a short run of 2km this morning that I think will be the usual for a couple of weeks until I get my distance legs back. I can only hope that Lisa and Sean will be getting up in 3 or 4 hours and heading out onto a beautiful beach to pound the sand. Am I being naive?
As a first run I think it was encouraging. Based on the average speed, which includes a shameful walk, I should be looking at about the hour mark for the 10k. Our initial goal was 1hr 15min which was allowing some wiggle room so perhaps I'll surprise myself after these 3 months of training.
Anyway head on over to The Log and have a swatch at the lovely graph produced by Nike+ and then if you'd like to encourage me a bit head over to CharityGiving and shed some of your own pounds!
With less than 3 months until the starting pistol, tomorrow marks the official beginning of my training programme. With Lisa and Sean off on a much needed tour of rest, I'll be on my own for two weeks and can't let myself fall into a couch/chocolate relapse.
So in an effort to avoid a messy cocoa related disaster, I'll be strapping on the Nike+iPod and hitting the streets. If anyone has any tips on motivation or whatever don't hesitate to send them my way because so far I've been doing an Annie when it comes to starting training: it's only a day away.
This time it's going to be different. In twelve hours I'll be turning off my alarm and lacing up my trainers... hopefully. So wish me luck guys and I'll let you know how it goes! In the meantime your support would be greatly appreciated over on our CharityGiving page!
So this is it. TeamJP3 has signed up for the Great Scottish Run 10k and training has officially begun! Well I say "training" but really I've only been out running 4 times in total so far!
To be fair I am pretty bogged down in exams so I don't have very much time on my hands anyway. As soon as they're over the Nike+ will be getting kicked into gear and some proper pavement pounding can start.
The CharitiyGiving site is up and running just waiting for some lovely donors to stumble across it and take away some of the space, so head on over if you get a chance. In fact do it now, I'll wait until you get back.
...Done? Not yet. Okay, take your time. I'm just sitting about anyway.
...Ready? Good. I'm sure a thanks is in order. So as I was saying, I've not really started training proper as of yet so there's not much to say here, but rest assured there is much to come! About three and a half months til the race so keep your eyes peeled for progress updates and exciting opportunities!
Joe Pettigrew has never taken part in a distance running event before, but was talked into the GSR by his sister, Lisa, who is also running as part of TeamJP3 along with her fiance, Sean.