6km here I come

I’m thinking of extending my jogging route, to bring it up to 6km. At the moment it’s just under 5km, but on Friday I just kept going and ended up doing 5.31km. I felt like I could have gone on more, so next time, I will.

I am definitely feeling the benefits of two years of running, plus eating fairly healthy stuff (Christmas didn’t exactly help with the healthy eating, I felt terrible for a week after). I wish I’d started doing this years ago.

On the downside, my legs don’t look my own, I now have thigh muscles the size of armadillos, I hardly recognise them.

Replace this route with longer one? erm... ok

Replace this route with longer one? erm… ok


New Jogging Route

New Route (from August 2012)

This is my new jogging route. I started it in August when the park was taken up with the Shrewsbury Flower Show, and I was fed up of dodging forklift trucks. I have extended the route all the way to the weir, so including the last 0.3km ‘warm down’, I am doing 5km. (The route is there and back, but I walk the last 3 minutes)

It’s taken me a while but I can do this in 12:33 (there) and 10:38 (back), which I’m quite pleased with.

If I wasn’t on my feet all day loading and unloading lorries, I’m sure I could do better. I’ll try next time I have a week off, see what I can do when I’m not so tired!

New Route


I’ve changed my routine. I have been running 4 or 5 days a week for some time now, and I think it’s time for a change.

I’ve extended my route by about 2 minutes, and since the route is there-and-back, I’m running an extra 4 minutes, give or take. I’m going to do this 3 days a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This should build my stamina a bit more, and challenge me a bit: it had been getting a bit easy.

I tried it for the first time this afternoon, ¬†and I hadn’t decided where I would turn around until I got there. I could have gone an extra couple of minutes, but that would have added a total of 8 minutes to the total – an increase of 50% which would have been too much of a strain. As it was, my calf muscles were complaining as I got past the three-quarters stage.


Back to the track

Due to circumstances, it’s been a few days since the last run. It might only be 4 days, but it seems weeks. Was I really the person daft thought to go running around the park in the middle of winter? Yep, that was me.

If the gap is too long, it can be a hell of a shock to the system starting running again, as I found this time last year when I had to stop for two weeks due to bronchitis. But this is only a few days, I should be ok. Except it’s freezing out there…

If I can survive running this week (in my shorts!) I am going to think of extending the run a bit. Or maybe a lot, and only running 3 times a week. I’ll see how I feel on Friday.