Spare some change please

I didn’t accidentally cheat tonight and did all 3 lots of 12 minutes running with a minute walking in between. Woo! Looks like I’m on course to finish the 3.5 mile run without stopping unless I get worse in the next three months which probably isn’t really very likely unless I timewarp back three months and start smoking again and deciding that I haven’t got time to run between cigarettes. I don’t want to start evangelicising (not sure if that’s a word?) about stopping smoking as I’m only one puff away from being a smoker again. Although I’m doing better than the girl I met last night who was only one nicotine patch falling off her arm away from being a smoker again. Oh and because I am now a finely tuned athlete and my body is now a temple, I only had two drinks, woo! (ok, I had a glass of wine when I got in)

I nearly went home after the battery in my iPod went, aarrgghh! And I’d specially charged it a bit when I got home this evening, must have not been enough. I felt very exposed without music, like everyone could see me. Because obviously my iPod has magical powers which means when the battery is charged and I’m listening to music, I’m invisible. It also meant I could hear what I sound like running and it’s better than I thought. I thought I was really heavy on my feet and people could hear me a mile away but I’m a lot lighter than I thought, and the huffing and puffing I thought I did wasn’t as bad. I found out I sniff a lot though, but it was v. cold tonight, my hands were freezing. I’ve ditched the gloves as I was getting too hot.

I forgot again about the traffic lights not working at the junction. Are they ever going to put the red/green man thing back on? How am I supposed to cross the road when there’s traffic coming from three directions, without the green man thing? I have to wait for other people to cross and then follow them, sometimes I’m there for ages waiting for someone brave enough to cross so I can follow them.

A young man came up to me and asked me for 50p tonight. Um, yes, because I always carry loads of money round with me when I’m out running, obviously! If any beggars are reading this (not that I’ve seen many beggars with laptops but I suppose they may spend their begging money in internet cafes), joggers are usually out jogging and not out shopping and probably don’t have any money on them. You’d be better off hanging around outside pubs and catching people who have been drinking and have loads of change on them. I always have loads of change when I get home from being in the pub.

Then there was the strange Irish man carrying a baby who said good morning to me. I’m not sure why he said good morning at seven o’clock in the evening, maybe he had been drinking in preparation for tomorrow night (St Patrick’s Day). Tomorrow night is St Patrick’s Day, that somehow doesn’t sound right. I thought I was meeting the girls in O’Neills tomorrow night but now I’ve been told we’re meeting in a restaurant. A pizza restaurant, aarrgghh. I’m going for lunch tomorrow in a pizza restaurant so now twice tomorrow I have to try and resist pizza and eat pasta instead to keep up my finely tuned temple-like athletic body. Heh heh.

Miles: 3.30
Time: 38:01
Average pace: 11:31 minute/mile
Average speed: 5.2mph
Max speed: 6.4mph
Calories burnt: 265
Music: Franz Ferdinand (until battery ran out, then I was listening to the traffic)
Beggars: 1
Strange men: 1
iPods with enough battery life: 0

I am indeed a finely tuned athlete

Oh yes, hurrah for me.  I did 12 minutes continuous running 3 times – woo – that’s over 3 miles of running!  I didn’t look at my schedule though as I thought I was supposed to walk for 2 minutes in between but I was only supposed to walk for 1, so shall have to see how well I do next time.

Pretty unadventurous really but the two pitbulls who were quite bemused to see me jogging up to them were even more bemused when they met me again on the way back.  They were cute, doubt Gary would agree.  Probably would have seen Gary do a three minute mile if he’d been there.

A strange man shouted out “you can do it”.  I’m assuming he shouted as I could hear him and there’s not much that manages to break through my iPod to my ears.  I’m not sure what exactly it was that he thought I could do but thank you anyway, strange man.  Unless it wasn’t words of encouragement and it was more along the lines of “you can get out of my way, bloody joggers hogging the pavement”, in which case, strange man f off.

Not sure when next run is as I’m out drinking orange juice and not swearing tomorrow and Friday.  Yes, I really am out drinking orange juice and not swearing and I’m not just saying that because my mum read my blog and told me off for drinking and swearing.  I’m not sure what 70 year olds are doing reading blogs anyway, they should be doing 70 year old things like, er, whatever it is that 70 year olds do when they’re not reading blogs.

Anyway, I’m going to say hurrah for me again for running 12 minutes, a step further towards running 3.5 miles without stopping.  Not many steps but nearly half way.

Miles: 3.44
Time: 40:04
Average pace: 11:39 minute/mile
Average speed: 5.1mph
Max speed: 6.7mph
Calories burnt: 273
Music: The Strokes
Pitbulls: 2
Strange men: 1

Half a feeble

Did two lots of 8 minutes running / 2 minutes walking this morning without stopping but stopped twice on the middle one. My excuse is that I was running on grass and mud which was a bit more tiring than a flat surface.

Still don’t think I’m running 8 minutes “comfortably” but don’t want to be stuck on week 5 forever, so I’m going to attempt 12 minutes next week. If I fail miserably, I’ll go back to 8 minutes. Seems a big jump though, another 50% of time added? 8 minutes 30 seconds would be kinder.

Probably feeble today as stayed up late drinking and posting nonsense on the Designers Block forum and if my pizza had turned up I wouldn’t have been drinking on an empty stomach. Actually the pizza did turn up but after an hour and a half and I’d already phoned to cancel it as I was mightily pi**ed off with them so I turned the lights off and hid upstairs pretending I was out. Pizza man was very persistent, he knocked on the door for 7 minutes. I felt sorry for him as it wasn’t his fault it was late and he’s a nice pizza man. Anyway, I’m not getting pizza from them again, looks like it’s back to Quattro Stagioni, they do nice pizza. I was whinging to the chaps and chapesses on the forum and Bones’ suggestion was ‘Shout down the stairs “I can’t come to the door; I have waited so long for my pizza that I am too weak to move!”‘ Heh heh, good one!

Am going to be healthy next week, honest! No pizza, no crisps, no chocolate, no chocolate brownies, no alcohol in the week. I want to get up to 12 minutes continuous running. I will do it!

Will have to do it, as have just signed up to do the Crisis Square Mile Run and I want to do it without stopping. Kate and Gary are going to run it with me. Well, Kate will if it’s not raining. I said if it’s raining we’ll go to the pub instead and she liked that idea. I have made myself a sponsorship page too so people can sponsor me lots of money. This was the only 5k run I could find that wasn’t for a charity that funds/does animal experimentation which is a shame as I fancied running the Tower of London one but the British Heart Foundation tests on animals and I was going to run it and not raise any money and then after the run tell them why I wasn’t raising any money for them but decided I didn’t want anything to do with them.

Rant over.

Miles: 2.37
Time: 28:10
Average pace: 11:52 minute/mile
Average speed: 5.0mph
Max speed: 6.4mph
Calories burnt: 210
Music: The Killers
Friendly cyclists: 1
Other cyclists: loads
Magpies: 3
Horses: 3
Big black bird (blackbird? crow?): 1
Time stopped smoking: 2 months 1 week 1 day
Cigarettes not smoked: 1,008
Money saved: £100.80

First one home gets a brownie

Work was a right pain in the bum today, I don’t know what they’ve done, making six of us redundant, now they’re asking for miracles. We can only do so much work in one day! In case you’re wondering what this has to do with running, today was not good. Got to the train station in the morning and it was shut so had a nice 15 minute walk in the rain to the tube. Wasn’t actually that bad, as had my iPod for company. Then work was a right pain, then missed two trains on the way home due to the Central Line being crap, so was thinking shall I go home via the off licence or go out for a run? The run won! Wasn’t sure if work was being such a pain in some sort of quest to drive me back to smoking on non smoking day. Two women at work are currently taking steps to stop. One’s borrowed my Allen Carr book and another has bought it today, so good for them and good luck.

Anyway, this is supposed to be a running blog so here’s a running bit. Did all 3 lots of 8 minutes running / 2 minutes walking without stopping, so yay for doing that twice this week. Not sure it’s doing it comfortably though, so shall see on Sunday which I think is going to be my next run how easy I do it and whether or not I should repeat this week. But then again, I suppose Sunday’s run is going to depend on Saturday’s drinking but I think I’m staying in. Am out boozing with Joy, Mariana and Ilaria on Friday so will take it easy on Saturday. Heh heh, famous last words.

Got home to find Gary on my doorstep with a chocolate brownie. This is a big chocolate brownie, as he works in a bakers and they make slabs of it. Not really the food for a finely tuned athlete (heh heh) but I’m sure it won’t go to waste. Then while he was waiting for the bus, he opened a bottle of Budvar. I’m sure today people are trying to make me crack and be unhealthy, but they won’t get me! Am hungry though, better go and try out the chocolate brownie. I’m going to take some to work tomorrow so it would probably be best to test it first and make sure it’s ok.

Miles: 2.52
Time: 29:50
Average pace: 11:49 minute/mile
Average speed: 5.1mph
Max speed: 6.5mph
Calories burnt: 194
Music: The Killers
Chocolate brownies: 1

Still stuck on week 5

I’m repeating week 5 again this week as the nice people on the Runner’s World forum said I should, until I can do 8 minutes running comfortably. Christmas then? Wasn’t too bad tonight though, did all three repetitions without stopping. Will try and do 3 lots this week as only went out twice last week due to er, can’t remember what it was due to, but probably due to couldn’t be botheredness. Going to have to try and fit it in round going out on Wednesday and Friday though, so I think I’ll go out tomorrow night and then maybe Sunday if I stay in on Saturday.

At least on Sunday I can go over the marshes. Next time I go out running round the streets I think I’m going to take a gun so I can shoot anyone I see spitting. Saw four blokes spitting tonight, the dirty, dirty peasants. I f*****g hate people spitting in the street, urgh! Some bloke made some comment to me but luckily the Kaiser Chiefs drowned him out. Must have been something in the air tonight (other than dirty peasants’ spit) as saw quite a few people out running.

Miles: 2.44
Time: 30:29
Average pace: 12:29 minute/mile
Average speed: 4.8mph
Max speed: 8.7mph
Calories burnt: 221
Music: Kaiser Chiefs
People spitting: 4

Toys R Me

Impatience got the better of me but for the better for my health so maybe patience isn’t a virtue after all and impatience is?

Couldn’t wait any longer to try out my Garmin Forerunner 301 so although I was feeling lethargic this morning due to a week off work and doing a lot of sitting around (mostly on the pc being distracted by the Designers Block forum) and going out drinking and eating crap, I put my trainers on and went out for a run. It’s taking me a long time to get ready to go out to run now though, as I’ve got my iPod, my keys in my gloves (don’t know what I’m going to do with them in the summer?), my stopwatch and now my Forerunner 301, which along with the wristwatch type thing also has a heart rate monitor. Anyway, I love my new gadget even though it tells me I’m an incredibly slow runner. Just above walking speed, I think.

I saw two power walkers when I was out. I’m going to refrain from commenting in case I offend anyone. I also saw a chav. And people flying kites. And a flock of cyclists (do they come in flocks?)

Think I’m going to have to repeat the 8 minutes running / 2 minutes walking again next week, as although it wasn’t a completely feeble effort this morning, I didn’t actually do all 3 repetitions without stopping. But it was either stop or have a collapsed lung. Can a heart rate monitor give you pain? I haven’t a clue if my average heart rate means I’m seriously unfit or not. I shall investigate.

And why did I want a cigarette when I got back? Have stopped 2 months now, hurrah! Sometimes I forget I don’t smoke anymore.

My week off work is over. That is not a good thing. Ah well, I’ve still got 11 and a half days left to take off before the end of April. Yay for me.

Miles: 2.86
Time: 36:34
Average pace: 12:48 minute/mile (stop laughing!)
Average speed: 4.7mph (if you stopped laughing, don’t start again!)
Max speed: 6.8mph
Calories burnt: 308
Average heart rate: 172bpm
Max heart rate: 217bpm
Music: Black Wire, shuffle (Baby Teeth, Franz Ferdinand, Bobby Conn)
Chavs: 1
Power walkers: 2
Kites: 1
Cyclists: ‘kin millions of them
Horses: Lots


Wow, not so feeble today, completed all 3 lots of 8 minutes running / 2 minutes walking today, yay for me! I think I did anyway, my stopwatch stopped on the last one, seems to do that a lot, it needs to do more watching than stopping.

Ah well, tomorrow I’ll hopefully pick up my new toy from the post office tomorrow. The card says it came at 7.56 but I was awake so must have been one of the posties off the telly that aren’t allowed to post parcels so just drop the cards through the letterbox. Complete pain too, as the post office shuts at 1.30 in the week, just as well I’ve got the week off I suppose. I hope it is there as on the card it says to wait 48 hours but I’m too impatient to wait. I don’t do waiting.

Quite a productive day. Cleaned the kitchen (including the inside of the oven – woo!) and did the hoovering and had food shopping delivered. OK, having food shopping delivered isn’t exactly productive but it means that I can cook proper dinners for a few days instead of eating frozen rubbish out of the freezer.

Speaking of productive, Devil7, Boris, JimmyH and Actionscripter from the (now pretty much defunct) TWD forum have been very productive setting up a new forum, Designers Block. And very nice it is too. I don’t think much (paid for) work is getting at the mo while everyone’s spending all their time on the new forum. I’ve been quite quiet, I will have to rectify that and post some nonsense.

Out on the piss with Gary tomorrow to a new bar that’s opened round the corner. It looks like it’s trying to be upmarket and failing miserably. Out on the piss tomorrow means no running (or probably not) on Thursday, so look like it’s going to be Friday then I’m not sure if I’ll get another run in this week as not supposed to do two days in a row and I very much doubt I’ll be capable of running on Sunday after Bernard’s birthday bash.

Calories burnt: 220
Music: Black Wire

Feeble #3

Aah, more feebleness today, must stop running after a night of lager, crisps, chocolate and takeaway! Didn’t even complete one whole lot of 8 minutes, will have to repeat this week’s schedule again next week I think. It was very windy though so that’s partly my excuse.

Thanks to Ben I have a new route to get to the marshes which doesn’t involve going anywhere near ex-boyfriend’s road. It’s a good route actually, nice and quiet with hardly any traffic. Scary footbridge though. And why do people dump rubbish opposite the tip? Sometimes I hate people. People who dump rubbish, anyway.

Saw some horses over the marshes. Not that surprising really, what with there being a riding school there.

Miles: 2.6 (probably not very accurate, hard to tell how far I went on the marshes on google maps, need to get me a Garmin Forerunner 201)
Calories burnt: 240
Music: Black Wire, Pixies
Horses: 5

Feeble #2

A pretty feeblish effort today. Seemed I was too tired to run tonight, managed 2 lots of 8 minutes but wimped out on the last one and only did 5 minutes 30 seconds. My excuse is that there were people at the bus stop and I didn’t want to run past them as I’d already had some little kid take the piss out of me although he probably had good reason to. I’d have given him a slap but I think it’s still illegal to hit 7 year olds, isn’t it? Even if they deserve it. Damn shame.
Maybe I was feeble because I got stressed at work this afternoon. They want to give me more work but I don’t have time to do it and even if I did have time, I don’t want to do it. I like spending lots of time browsing the net and not doing work type things. I was going to speak to my boss about it but he was too drunk. He wasn’t capable of finding my desk but said he was capable of cycling 10 miles home. Aah, the rationale of a pissed up person is a wonderful thing.

There was almost a car crash this evening which was quite fun. Some idiot decided to overtake a bus. Duh, it’s a very busy road, with cars parked up on both sides of the road, why did he think nothing would be coming?

Got back to my road and there was a fire engine there. And you know what that means, don’t you? Yes, FIREMEN!!! Woo hoo! Oh yes, it means fires too but I didn’t see any of them. Yay for firemen.

Miles: 2.43
Calories burnt: 220
Music: Arctic Monkeys, Ash, Baby Teeth
Firemen: 3

I’m back

I’m back on my schedule after a week off.  I was a bit poorly last week so decided to stay in and eat chocolate instead of going out running.  Everyone said that I’d have to do the 5 minute running schedule again but I did do the whole 8 minutes – woo!  And not only did I do the whole 8 minutes x 3 with 2 minutes walking in between but it was surprisingly effortless, I must be getting better at this!

I’m not sure if this blog’s working properly as my about page has managed to drop to the bottom of this page for some reason.  Ho hum.

Gary said he’s going to do the Tower of London jog with me on 10 May.  He reckons he doesn’t need any training.  Why am I the only person who thinks you can’t just get up off the sofa and go and run three miles without any training?  Weird.

Miles: 2.7
Calories burnt: 250
Music: Cribs

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