Just a quick update on the past week (Week 7) for those of you interested.
After my birthday week off, normal service was resumed this week and unfortunately the gap was somewhat of a set back. Sunday was a good run with Lisa who seems to be coming on a fair bit, but Tuesday brought with it a struggle on the treadmill and I was close to collapsing after only 1km. That's what i get for taking time off to indulge in chocolate and the like.
With only 41 days to go now, we are almost in the home stretch. This week will see me return to studying practically 24/7 for my exams in August, the ones I missed in January. Since I'll have to get up early-ish to study I should have no problem sticking to a running schedule - I hope.
Finally I'd like to say a huge thanks to everyone who has already donated to the cause, your help is very much appreciated. We still have a fair bit to go though so please dig as deep as you can!
So sang Matt Bellamy, and he was right but maybe I'm getting a bit ahead of myself, still three months to go. But with the past two week's performances I'm getting worried that I won't be able to keep up a good level of training. You might have noticed that I'm a run short for each of the past two weeks. Last week's I've already explained but this week's is a combination of things.
Firstly I was at a party on Saturday that left me worse for wear (to say the least) on Sunday and so I was catching up on the weekend's sleep on Monday morning. Miss one run. Making up for this on Tuesday was good but I was disappointed with the outcome. [For details check out The Log which is now annotated] I did however achieve my first Goal!
The plan was to then head out on Wednesday as per usual but I realised that knowing I'm getting up to run in the morning makes it harder to sleep. So Wednesday at 07:00 I'd had barely any rest and stayed in bed determined to find some. Miss two runs. Same thing Thursday and again on Friday. On Friday I tried to make up for this by hitting the treadmill which knackered me out more than ever. Then Saturday provided my weekly run with Lisa which was fine. I can only hope that I'm more focussed next week, although with a party tonight who knows what will happen?
On the charity side, both Accord and the Beatson have set up accounts with CharityGiving and we're only waiting on word from Macmillan which shouldn't be long now. We're not expecting any problems but if any should arise we'll sort something out.
Over in The Tunes we've got a new feature: Top Track. We'll be giving some space to the tune that has given us the best push this week, so head over now and see what done it for Week 4.
I'm not so sure I was Bruce. Hit the treadmill today instead of getting up early for my usual route and the stats can be found here. And may I say, hot days are hard work! I think my nose done more running than me today anyway thanks to my hayfever.
Anyway, let's get down to the nuts and bolts. The first thing I was shocked to see was the dip. I didn't stop or walk once and yet there it is right in the middle of the graph like a big grin, laughing at me. I just can't explain it. The treadmill was set at 4.5mph for a bit then I upped it to 5mph for the majority of the run so I don't know how I managed to slow down. Maybe I did it subconsciously while I was increasing the setting.
Much slower pace, slower even than the time I forgot to hit "End" and was recording my movements in the house. I guess that's the thing with the treadmill, I can't judge my pace by the number on the screen, I like to judge by my surroundings. And no PB this time obviously. I suppose it's still a workout even if it didn't achieve much.
On the charity end of things, I have a few ideas that could make fundraising more interesting but you'll hear about those when the time is right. For now why not just sponsor us?
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.