Could be because I've had to give up my long lie for a run. But then I'm probably just being cranky because I'm tired. Another day another graph as they say. Who say that? Probably mathematicians or statisticians or the like. So here's your dose of orange-yellow graphiness: Week 3 Run 1
Nothing to complain about this time and even a new PB to report of 8'06" for the mile. Quickest pace so far at 5'17"/km and as a result my fastest 2km yet at 10'32" so a definite improvement on display. I'm still using the same playlist because it seems to be a fair motivator but any suggestions would be appreciated!
On the organisation side, I'm working on a few t-shirt designs but I'll have to find somewhere that prints onto a wicking fabric because I've only seen printing on cotton so far so I'd be grateful for any help you can offer here too!
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!
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.