Round up of my first week of a crazy year

RunKeeper PB for my fastest average pace in a month of 9:40 min/mile in Jan 2014

2015 is going to be a crazy hectic year as I’ve set so many goals for myself.

I’ve already got back to some training, but I can’t train outside on my bike at the moment. I’m also not back to swimming yet, so I’ve been doing a lot of running. One goal is to inspire new runners.

I have been focusing on healthy eating. It is really hard when people keep bringing into the office boxes of chocolates and biscuits that they didn’t eat at Christmas. I swear that I’m based in an office full of feeders, but I’m resisting them all! I am tracking my progress with healthy eating using Giveit100. My terrible videos are also appearing on Instagram, as that seems to be the easiest way to upload them to Giveit100


10k tempo run with LRR


1-hour spin with SUTRI (and my first ride on a real bike since before my op! I’m now allowed to commute to work on my bike again, thank goodness!)


Coaching LRR – which involved doing some squats and some light jogging with some new/returning from injury runners


This was #run2workday. I didn’t feel I could fit in any more running, so I led my first workplace beginners’ running group session. Two of my colleagues came – one of whom is a relatively experienced runner who has had a couple of years off and the other who is a complete novice. The day started with torrential rain, but by the time we went out, the sun was shining and it was gorgeous. We had a fun jog/walk session and I appreciated the opportunity to leave the office and get some fresh air – I must do it more often, as I’m spending too much time at a screen these days.

In the evening, I did a 5000m track session with STC. I started out way too fast but settled down for the second 400m. I was a little way back from a guy who swims in my lane and finally managed to catch up with him at about 2.2km. It was very windy at the track, so I decided to tuck in behind the other runner for 200m to try to conserve energy. It was my slowest km, but I think it helped me in the end as I was feeling tired before I started. At about 4.8km, Donna caught up with me, but I think her shoelace came undone, so in the end, I didn’t have anyone to sprint against.

Hopefully next time there will be a few more runners who are my pace or slightly faster so that I get dragged along. I’m optimistic that I can get another sub-25-minute 5k time again soon.


When I got home, I received an email from RunKeeper:

  • RunKeeper PB Jan 14
    I’m not really sure that I deserve it, but I’ll take it! 🙂
  • Friday: This was a rest day… and I was so glad that it was.
  • Saturday: I started the day with a parkrun. I love going, but I know that I’m going to have to swap some runs for swims this year. I might alternate until I’ve done my half marathon in April, before switching to swimming almost every week. After Thursday night’s track session, I was feeling quite tired, so I didn’t push too hard and was pleased to finish in 26:37.
    parkrun Jan 2014 26 mins
    In the evening, I made some ‘addictive sweet potato burritos‘… only, I didn’t really make burritos, they were more like tacos as my tortillas were a bit small, so I didn’t fold them up. I liked the recipe and may try them again.


Today was the first of the Marafun training runs as part of the build-up to Southampton Half Marathon. We did an 8.64km run at a 5:33/km pace (but Stuart threw in some killer intervals). I was tired, so it felt hard, but I know I can do this.

Chris was out in town filming the runners – I’m wearing the turquoise calf guards in this video:

Stubbington 10k

I think next week will be equally busy, especially as it will include my first race of the year: Stubbington 10k.

Stubbington entry number

I’ve run Stubbington 3 times before:

  • 2012: 53:03
  • 2013: 55:14
  • 2014: 55:17

My 10k PB is 51:06 set at Eastleigh in March 2012. At that time, 25:33 was my PB for 5k, and I know I’m faster than that now, so there’s hope that I might be able to squeak a PB at Stubbington (or at least stop my downward trend!)

What have I been reading this week?

This infographic on cycling equipment:

Pro Cycling and Fitness

From Visually.

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