Am I becoming a runner?

hmmm, second night on the row and i’m out running – what is going on? I decided to try something different after reading The Amazing Shrinking Gaz’s blog about bonk training.

I had nothing to eat all afternoon, I normally have a number of biscuits etc

Got home, put the kids, had 2 cups of coffee and then a little later went for a run.

I was going to use the sportstracker on my phone, but was unable to get a gps fix, which I later found was due to a low battery, so I ended up fannying about and lost a few minutes trying to get it working. After I gave up on the sportstracker idea I carried on with my run, which was the same as the night before, just short of 2 miles and it took just under 30 minutes

Well what can I say.. When I got home and sat down my whole body felt like an inferno. A colleague of mine was saying that it’s down to the body burning fat reserves to fuel the exercise.

I think I’ll have a night off tonight as my legs are quite sore, but will repeat the process again and see how the weight loss is going.

I’ve been running!

Tonight I decided that i’d go for a run. Something i’ve been meaning to do for a very long time. To start off I decided a short loop would be the order of the day (evening actually), so I chose a nice easy route uo Rooley Moor Road to Lane Head. I alternated between a gentle jog and walking up the hill until I got to the flat at Lane Head, and continued to run over the cattle grid and along the footpath towards Prickshaw before doubling back towards the cobbles of RMR. A nice easy decent, safely navigating the cattle grid before continuing down the hill to my house.

What surprised me was the fact that if I rode that route on my bike wouldn’t even break out in a sweat. By the time I got home tonight I was soaked – It must be doing something positive!

1.9 miles
21 minutes
10mph max
5.7mph avg

Quick Ride

Dropped my car off for an MOT last night, so decided it was a good excuse for a quick ride. A quick trip up Woodland road into Healey Dell, then a climb up station road, through Prickshaw Village, down past Lane Head and back to home.

3.3 miles

Min: 472ft

Max: 827ft

Ascent: 476ft

Decent 180ft

Time 30 mins

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Updated update

I forgot to mention that i’d achieved aother one of my goals.  my last ride on the loop I do, I averaged 6.7mph so next one will be 8mph. I’m also 1lb off a 3lb weight drop too.. So fingers crossed that might be another one to tick off very soon.

End of August Report

August has been my best month so far.  I’ve  ridden 65 miles. Ok, so it’s not earth shattering, but it’s a big improvement over previous months and i’m slowly creeping towards the 100 miles per month that I want to be doing as a minimum.

I’ve attempted to beat the climb up Rooley Moor, but as usual it has beaten me. I will succeed!! I’ve done a few rides with my daughter, she’s 7 and rides a 20″ wheeled Carrera Luna bike with RST forks. It’s got 5 gears and she’s starting to understand that the lower gears are good for climbing and the higher gears are good for going quickly. We did the RMR Loop Round 2 over the weekend and she did really well, climbs are still a problem for her, but she’s improving with each ride.

Even though it’s now only the 1st September, the evenings are getting noticably darker earlier. The lights have been dug out and added to the bike.

I’ve added crud catchers front and rear to try and reduce the amount of mud I come home wearing.

2mud ready

Only problem i’ve had this month is that i’ve bust my forks. I don’t think the bypass circuitry can cope with a high speed descent of rooley moor road whils the lockout is still activated! To be honest, the forks have served their purpose and they’re now starting to hold me back with my riding.

I’m still getting on with my tyres, Michelin Country Trails, loads of traction and grip. They’re much less squirmy now on tarmac as the knobbles are starting to wear down.

Roll on September and lets see if I can break the magic ton.