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

At one with nature

Up and out at 8am this morning, not bad for a Saturday! Seemed I wasn’t the only early riser today, Lorraine and Tony both texted me at 7.30am. I don’t think they were together! Lorraine texted with her usual nonsense and Tony asked me if I want to go to Braintree with Mark next weekend. Would be fun (although possibly fatal and definitely detrimental to my health) but Ben’s going out for his birthday then and if I wasn’t doing that then I’d be going to Nikki’s engagement party.

Was going to the marshes this morning so v. near to ex-boyfriend’s house and was hoping not to bump into him. so did I? Course I f*****g did! What was he doing out at 8am on a Saturday morning? Bloody typical.

Made a nice change going over the marshes although the actual marshy bit is quite far down the road so didn’t actually see much marshy bit. I did see a fox though which was nice. Saw a magpie too which wasn’t nice as only saw one and I’m superstitious about magpies. But if I see the same one twice then I think that counts as two magpies.

I did all my four lots of 5 minutes running today, not too much hard work either which makes a change for a weekend run which is usually completely pathetic and feeble and I normally give up after about 2 minutes. Maybe because I didn’t have any alcohol, pizza, crisps or creme eggs yesterday?

Next week three lots of 8 minutes, eek!

Wow, just realised that I’ve been up, done my washing, turned the dishwasher on, been out for a run and didn’t think about smoking once, until just this minute – woo, that’s a record!

Miles: 2.51
Calories burnt: 226
Music: Courtney Love

Hard to think of titles, isn’t it?

Funny how I started off thinking in the first minute of running this evening that there’s no way I’m going to be able to run for four lots of five minutes then the last five minutes was a breeze! Probably because I start off going uphill (well a slight incline, anyway) so it’s more difficult. Have decided today that I’m going to do a 5k in June. Yeah, ok, it’s not exactly a marathon but it’s something and more exercise than sitting on my sofa eating crisps and watching Eastenders. Which reminds me, what am I doing tonight? Oh yes, sitting on my sofa eating pizza and watching Eastenders. I haven’t actually seen Eastenders yet this year, no point since they bumped off the only decent bit of male totty.

Kate says she’s going to do the 5k with me, so we can spur each other on when we start getting knackered and thinking that going to the pub is probably a better idea. Actually, going to the pub is always a better idea.

As I was running I noticed the appalling state of the pavement in the market, they’re so uneven, I could trip and injure myself and then sue them. Just as well I work in litigation, huh? Except they’re defence lawyers and they’d be acting against me, oh dear.

Speaking of work, I found out in the toilet this morning (which is how a professional law firm conducts its business these days) that today (instead of tomorrow) we were finding out which 5 of us are for the chop. Got an email at 10:20 telling me my redundancy meeting was at 10:30. Lot of notice, huh? Anyway, I was told “I’m pleased to tell you that you’re being offered a position in the company …” whatever that means. I thought I already had a position in the company? Oh well, looks like I don’t get to laze around for a bit watching daytime telly after all. I was convinced I was up for the chop, too. 3 of the 5 had opted for voluntary redundancy, so they’re happy. The 5th person to get the boot is still a mystery at the moment, so we’ve decided it’s either one of the girls on maternity leave or a girl who was off today.

Turned into a bit of a rambling post so here are the

Miles: 2.39
Calories burnt: 215
Music: Strokes (definitely good running music)

5 minute wonder

Woo hoo, didn’t think I’d do it but I did do all 4 lots of 5 minutes (2 minutes walking in between) without stopping! OK, had to stop for a couple of seconds for cars and annoying people in my way but only a couple of times so I reckon I can say I did 5 minutes running continuously. Mind you though, I think “running” might be a bit of an exaggeration, I was going so slowly, I could probably walk faster. Still, it’s time on your feet that matters and it wasn’t a walk so still an achievement. I think.

Decided to run up the market and back as it’s a mile long which was slightly better than the roads as less traffic but was there really any need for the people clearing the market to start saying blokey type things as I went past? Things like “wooooooooooo” which probably means “she’s got a fat arse” in blokey language I suppose.

Started raining too which was quite refreshing really.

Next run is Thursday which is traditionally pizza, beer and beat Gary at Scrabble night which I haven’t done recently in my quest for a fitter, healthier me. Then the next run after that is Saturday which is traditionally get completely hammered and don’t remember anything the next morning night.

Will I be able to do 3 days of 4 lots of 5 minutes running? Na, will I f**k!

Also, I haven’t had any crisps or creme eggs this week (yeah, ok it’s only Tuesday)

Miles: 2.41
Calories burnt: 217
Music: shuffle, can’t remember exactly, know there was some Cribs and Air, Air is far too mellow to be running to


Well, what a thoroughly feeble attempt today. Too much to drink on Friday and Saturday, I reckon, not to mention the pizzas and creme eggs. Ah well, another week starts tomorrow although according to my beginner’s schedule, I’m supposed to run 5 minutes continuously. Yeah, right. Today I couldn’t even run 3 minutes more than 3 times. Found a nice stream near the park though, didn’t know that was there. Not all bad then.

Miles: 1.47
Calories burnt: 132
Music: Outkast (what the f**k am I doing listening to hip hop? Might be to blame for today’s feeble attempt)

Too many people

Oh my god, how cold was it today?!!  And yet brave little me ventured outside into the freezing cold to go for a run.  Far far far far far far too many people though, really stressing me out, can’t do a single three minute run without having to stop for some person in my way, usually women with kids, aarrgghh!!!  Too many roads and cars too.  Didn’t particularly enjoy today’s run, probably didn’t help that  my ankles and knees are still a bit sore.  I probably should rest them and not run again until they’re better but that could be a couple of weeks and if I stop now, I’ll probably never put my trainers on again.  Oh dear.  Will just have to hope I get stronger and it’s less painful. Hopefully will manage to avoid pavement if I go out on Sunday morning in daylight, that should help.

Still, I probably went some way to burn off the delivery pizza, four cans of lager, two packet of crisps and a creme egg that I had last night, oops, so much for being healthy, nice though!

Miles: 2.29
Calories burnt: 206
Music: Cardiacs

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