A Walk in the Park

The best thing about this week is getting into size 10 jeans - something I have not achieved for 17 years and the second best thing is that I ran my fastest mile time also (though not in said jeans).  My husband was with me - so I guess this does not count - he's my male pacemaker after all.  This in reference to the ridiculous notion that even though Paula Radcliffe ran a stupendous time for the 2003 London Marathon of 2 hours 15 minutes 25 seconds, she can no longer have that as the Women's World Record as she had male pacemakers.  Frankly I wouldn't care if she'd had a three legged dog as a pacemaker!  Surely it can make no difference - it's her legs, her lungs, she's doing the running... Of course, I am in no way comparing myself to Paula you understand.  So I won't be contacting the IAAF to have them endorse my time!

Talking of the husband, he has only done 4 training runs from couch to 2 miles in the past 2 weeks so I felt it slightly ambitious of him that together we did a Park Run of 5k on Saturday.  He stuck with me for the first mile, then off he went.  I was delighted with my time of 28:32, and pretty astonished at his 26:39 considering he was wearing 15 year old knackered trainers and he'd had three cigarettes before setting off and two when he finished!  He's pretty fit despite the smoking: he must be as some bird at the start was chatting him up right under my nose!  I guess if you were single then running a Park Run would be a great place to find reasonably fit, like minded people and you are sober!  So on two counts he was a happy bunny. 

I am glad to say that once the times were age graded I knocked the 'chatty bird's' time into a cocked hat as I am a veteran...hmmm should I really be happy about that?  In my excitement at my first ever run with others, I forgot all the breathing, got very confused about what I should be doing pace wise and wondered how the hell I was going to stop all these people overtaking me!  I did manage to reel a few back in by the end, but the eleven year chubby kid and a bloke pushing a pram complete with large baby were still ahead of me!  What I was not ready for was the sound of other people breathing - so irritating!  I can see why some wear headphones and ipods etc.  The run was brilliantly organised however and I almost felt I should be there...still feel like the new kid on the block of course.  I have only been running for 102 days and never had any real understanding of what I was doing before.  I just love the internet for running info, and of course the 'Running Bug'  - the last time I ran any kind of distance the internet wasn't even invented!

The next target for me is an all women 5k at the end of October.  I am glad I did a Park Run to get some experience, so I have a better idea about what to expect.  Boosted by my success and in my enthusiasm I have also entered a 10k in March - got to keep the pressure on, for my sights are set on a Half Marathon next summer.  Just for the record I have absolutely no desire to do a full marathon, don't know why, but it just does not appeal to me on any level.  I may have to eat my words of course - but right now I am happy with what I am doing.

So all in all things are going well on the running front and I find it has improved other areas of my life.  My diet is much better, I have more energy, I am getting up in the morning a full 2 hours earlier than I did 3 months ago - that's a huge increase in my productivity.  Ok, so I don't watch 'Judge Judy' as often as I'd like but you can't have everything!

Have a great week!

Pam 

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Beautifully written Pam.

So how old do you have to be to be a veteran these days. Oh sorry you shouldnt ask a ladies age.

Good luck with the running and keeping up with the hubby.

Ian

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Thank you Ian, that's so great to hear.  Apparently a Veteran starts at 35!!!!! I'm way past that, but at least my nose is still young - see 'Cross Training' by way of explanation!

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Hi Pam, the cross training blog is a hoot, and i see what you mean about the nose.

So you are a veteran but the nose isn't. Very funny. LOL

I thought you had just starting running after reading this blog, but you have obviously done a bit more than i thought. I'll have to find out about the breathing ratio thing as thats one thing i always struggle with. And yes men do always notice more about a woman, we are trained to do it by our mothers. LOL

I'll have to keep an eye out for your posts.

Ian

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Thanks Ian,

Yes I think the breathing thing is so key, I used to breath in on one stride and out on the other, but got knackered in seconds, apparently you should breathe in for 3 strides and out for 2 when training at an easy level, and then change to 2:1 at race pace...this I forgot in the first mile of the 5K, I was all over the place!  Best advice - Keep breathing!

Pam

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I'll try and remember to keep breathing Pam. LOL

Ian

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