Wednesday 31 October 2012
I am sorry I did say I was going to write a decent amount of blog posts about my marathon training but in the end I did it all via www.runnersworld.co.uk I created a post on their beginners forums and put all my posts and updates in there.
Here is the thread
So if you want please read through that thread and you will basically get my training experience.
So how did I start, well I started my diet on 21st March at 15st 8lbs. Then at the end of April I was in the office in Milton Keynes, and just said sod it i'm signing up for the Leicester Marathon on 14th of October. I then celebrated my birthday and got that week or so out of the way. Then came home, and said that's it. I hunted around and found the running plan that was most appropriate for me at asics.co.uk So I signed up and i've ran with that plan. I had days when i was knackered from work, but apart from two weeks when I was injured I did every single run on the plan, and as time went on added a few extra runs in. I was very nervous, but I just put all of my faith in the plan and it worked!! I did it. I was looking at my plan now and amazingly I have now had 99 runs and have ran a total of 666km every single run I do, I add to my.asics.co.uk one of the reasons that I decided on the asics website was because I used asics 2170 trainers :) Pot luck really but hey I got the right pair at the beginning and loved them :) Only 1 blister in all my training and that was the one time i was silly and changed my socks as an experiment.. well i won't make that mistake again.
So what was the marathon itself like.
It was amazing. I set off to quick. I thought that I was going slow but I wasn't I was going quicker than normal, oops!! i slowed down after the first 5km or so, but managed to get to the halfway point in 2h 30m so i was on for a 5h marathon. But that was to quick compared to my training plans, so I really found it a bit of a struggle in the second half. I had a 6km stretch from around 32km that was really difficult but i kept plodding along and got a bit of a second wind for the last few km, which was awesome running through the centre of Leicester with the Sunday afternoon shoppers watching on. It's really hard as the final 1 km is pretty much all uphill, great fun :)
It's funny but the worse thing in the last few km was going downhill. I was starting to get slightly wobbly legs, and found downhill was a heck of a strain on my calves. But, hey I kept going and got there. The three photo's above were great. 2 minutes after the line, the others show me literally going phewwwww after crossing the line, and the look on my face when I was being given my medal. It was such an awesome feeling.
Sorry this doesn't make much sense it's like an excited utterance of YESSSS I DID IT :)
Monday 4 June 2012
Just a quick update. Another week and fantastically another 3 lbs off so I've lost 30 lbs in 10 weeks.
Training is going well on Sunday I did my first ever 5k and I managed it without stopping once. I think that it helped that it was raining a lot as it kept me cooler.
Today I followed the 5k up with a 2.5k jog and 2.5k walk, followed by another 6k walking the dog in the evening.
For some reason the dieting is harder this week. I only seem to be loosing 1 lb at most but saying that two days to go ;) and after 2 weeks with 3 lb losses both weeks it's not surprising that I've slowed down, I might not actually be eating enough considering I am burning a few calories off. It's a weird balancing act of eating the right amount.
Anyway weigh in is on Wednesday so I will find out then.
Have fun everyone.
Monday 28 May 2012
Wednesday 2 May 2012
Sunday 11 March 2012
Friday 10 February 2012
Thursday 9 February 2012
For years I have carried my laptop in a dull rucksack. I've recently been looking online for something better. I'm 40 now I didn't want a stupid plasticy bag that looks great and then falls apart, or something tacky. I wanted something that oozed quality, and would last the test of time.
Oh WOW. I now find myself in bag heaven. Thanks to the.leathersatchel.co they are also on twitter as @leathersatchel ead about their leather satchels handmade in England, and it just sounded perfect.
I wanted a custom bag, so I had a carry handle as well as the long strap. My initials embossed in silver on the bag, an extra wide shoulder strap. I actually asked for the invoice a week ago. Paid via paypal, and received it today. I am so happy with it.
I went for a rather wild colour, as I try to be sensible at times, but that only lasts for a few minutes, so I had to have a cute bag, yes they come in black and brown, in fact lots of colours, you can even have a multi colour one made if you really want :)
Anyway here is my bag in all it's glory, and believe me it is glorious. Oh in case you ask. No this is not an advert with all the custom bits I paid £119.50 for my bag, and the reason I am doing this post is the fact that I am so proud of this British company I wanted to give them a shout out.
The package that arrived was in an anonymous couriers bag, once I opened this I was in for a real surprise.
That got me very excited. So I opened the package, and here is my bag! Stunning.
It arrived whilst I was at lunch, so after work I came home and put my laptop in it, so this is the bag in all it's glory, with my laptop.
I am so proud of my bag. I cannot wait to walk into work with it tomorrow.
Saturday 14 January 2012
Can you win an election and cover up a murder at the same time.
In the middle of a General Election, someone is targeting former members of the ultra-exclusive Merrion Club - youthful hedonists addicted to excess metamorphosed into pillars of the political establishment.
Next in the murderer's sights is charismatic, ruthless Edgar Carlton, the man poised to be the next Prime Minister. But, with power almost in his grasp, Edgar will not stand idly by while his birthright is threatened.
When Inspector John Carlyle finds a body in a luxury London hotel room he begins a journey through the murky world of the British ruling classes which leads all the way to the top. Operating in a world where right and wrong don't exist and the pursuit of power is everything, Carlyle has to find the killer before Carlton's people take the matter into their own hands.
It's a quite short novel coming in at 312 pages or 4310 Kindle segments. In a series of flashbacks we get to know more about our hero's character, he is a honest copper.
Oh, a warning. If you don't like to know how the people die in quite graphic detail this might not be the novel for you.
The case itself is quite brutal and entertaining, it does feel slightly weird in that when it all comes down to it, inspector Carlyle it appears isn't a genius which makes quite a refreshing change.
It's a good solid crime novel. You do feel a by sorry for Carlyle as he does spend a lot of the case just one step behind and on the back foot.
The ending, it's one of those that you cannot really talk about as it gives the whole thing away, I did feel slightly frustrated by Carlyle, and was expecting maybe a better result in his first case, but I enjoyed what did happen. If I was ranking it I think it would be around 7.5 to 8 out of 10. Also thinking about it I am happy to say the Kindle edition was nice with no glaring errors which you seem to get in so many books lately.
It has made me want to know more about Carlyle so I have also purchased his second novel Never Apologise, Never Explain and I'm looking forward to settling down to read this in the near future.
Also at £1.59 each on amazon whilst I am writing this they appear to be a pretty good bargain.Steph
Wednesday 11 January 2012
I am off to a good start with book reading this year, partially because I’ve been feeling ill I have just been doing as little as possible, so curling up reading books has been it for me this year so far.