Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Gear

-= Gear =-
I did my first run in June 2006 and was not too certain, I would keep it up. Chosing one of the local couch-2-5k initiatives appeared to have been the right choice, as I have never been tempted to give up starting to run.

Though any man (and probably woman too) is fond of running-gadgets and other gear, I waited 2 years before getting a GPS watch. It would feel like a bad investment to buy stuff, I would only use for a year before throwing it out again. In June 2008, I bought my Garmin Forerunner 205 and on 2 July 2008, I did my first run with it. Never had I imagined that a piece of kit would be such an inspiration to a runner.

Having run with this bit of kit for almost seven years - aiming for 2 or 3 runs per week - it will soon be time to replace my 205. It is beginning to show physical wear and it will not be long before rubber of the buttons on the side will have   worn through.

Added functionality I am looking for in a new watch is that it will be able to register my heartbeat. As HRM sensor, I have invested in a MIO Link wrist band. Currently, I have this communicate with Runkeeper and as soon as I have a new Garmin, I will have it talk to that. The MIO is a great piece of kit, especially when compared with the traditional heartband. It is comfortable, does not move up and down on your wrist while running and is more than accurate enough for my requirements. More on this as my experience with this increases.

-= Training again =-

It's been a while since I ran and blogged, and ran and blogged, and ran, etc. Having had a streak of minor inconveniences to my legs, things started to go better at the end of 2014. In December 2014, I started training for another half and this has gotten me back into the good habit of doing three half-decent distance runs per week. Over the past couple of weeks, I saw a steady incline in Ks per week and I am currently in week 10 of my 12-week programme.

Week # of Ks
7 35.7
6 31.75
5 28.10
4 26.59
3 24.66
2 26.63
1 25.86
Tomorrow, I will be doing a 15K run, right after having brought the young padawan to his school. It will be good to have a 15K testrun, to see how my legs hold up. During my previous weekend run (15K snail-pace), the lower bit of my left leg gave me some pain. Provided that this run will be going according to plan, I will be doing a moderately paced 30 minute run on Friday (booohhhh for short runs!) and a relaxed 18k run on Sunday.

More to follow

Friday, 6 February 2015

Preparing for a run

-= It's been a while =-
again ;)
It's been a while since my last post. In the second half of 2012, I haven't run very often. 2013 was mainly about building up distance again and 2014 was about becoming a consistent runner again despite a number of small discomforts.

-= Stats =-

2012
# of runs:84
# of K's: 662,23

2013
# of runs: 103
# of K's: 737,59

2014
# of runs: 79
# of K's: 548,19

-= Plans =-
Over the previous two years, I have found that going on the same runs two or three times every week does take away some of the motivation. Even the eternally great Zombies Run games missions were not enough to keep me motivated enough. Gradually, in the course of 2014, I noticed the number of runs decreasing. Worse still was the fact that this bothered me less and less.

In order to keep motivated, I did one 10k run. One run per year is not enough to have the feeling that you are training for something. Additionally, a 10k run does not require any specific preparation plan.

In the end of 2014, I decided to start doing a half marathon schedule again. For a goal I picked the 2015 City Pier City (CPC) half marathon in Den Haag, the Netherlands. In addition, I signed up for the Amsterdam Half in Oktober 2015. The time between the two races will be a challenge - as I do not fancy starting the half marathon schedule over after having done the CPC.

My goal for 2015 is to (cautiously) build the number of K's I run per week and to remain at half marathon level from the beginning of March for the rest of the year.


To help me reach this goal, I will occasionally post some of my progress on this blog.



-= Gear =-
For more than one reason, I am in the process of selecting and buying some gear. I will post on some of these steps. Not because I think anyone can do a better job than various excellent bloggers on the topic. Not even because someone might be interested in my ideas on the topic. I will do this because it feels good to write down thoughts and testing them.

To be continued.