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

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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

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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.

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