Monday, 25 January 2010

If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail. -Steve Prefontaine

For the last 4 months or so I've reduced my mileage and started swimming and cycling. This cross training has been a benefit to me because it's made things more exciting and I believe prevented injury. If you used to me like me (too many miles) then try cross training. You give your body a rest whilst still exercising.

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Success isn't how far you got, but the distance you traveled from where you started. -Steve Prefontaine

Today I raced in the Twin Piers 10K. I got to the start line a bit late. I had to cut my warm up to 1/2 mile and then when I got to the start line with 2 mins annonced I realised that I didn't have my number on. Nightmare! I dashed back to my bag and pinned on my number so badly that I pinned it half on my top and half on my shorts. Luckly the race organisor waited for me. Sorry everyone.

Well once the race got going I did the first mile in a respectible 5:22 and then managed a good steady pace:
5:22 5:50 5:12 5:19 5:28 5:24 1:05. The second mile had a steep hill for about 1/2 mile.

A PB with 33:40 and 4th position. The weather was perfect, no wind and a good cool temperature. If only the hill could have been ironed out.

My wife and daughter came along so this made the day much more enjoyable.

Sunday, 10 January 2010

"I long to accomplish a great and noble
task, but it is my chief duty to
accomplish small tasks as if
they were great and noble."
- Helen Keller

Today's run was difficult with the snow but to make it even more tricky I had two run ins with dogs. I like dogs but why do they have to get under your feet and trip you up? They seem to aim for legs and stop right in front of you at the last minute. Also I had to stop running on some playing fields because of all the dog poop. The poop is probably there in the same quantity but now it's highlighted in the snow.