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Couch to 5k Finished

I did it! I actually finished the couch to 5k programme. I’ve started it a number of times but never got further than week 6. I said in a post a while ago that I would run parkrun, without walk breaks, when I completed the couch to 5k so today was a continuous run parkrun.

It was hard going, for me, and, as usual, Adam was running with me asking questions like “is it nice weather for running?” or “are you ok?” He also asked if it was a slow run! It wasn’t. The pace was actually similar to our pace a few weeks ago but, obviously Adam is able to go a lot quicker!

Anyway, we were going along nice and steady when Adam decided he wanted to take a walk break. I think he was just bored rather than needing the walk but it meant that I ran the last 1.5km on my own.

According to parkrun, I finished in 30:49. Adam finished in 32:10 so I think he must have walked for at least a couple of minutes.

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As I have already said, the pace and time is similar to what we have been running recently. However, as we are training for 10K events in July and August, we will be going back to run/walking. I will be increasing the running intervals during parkrun and training though so when we do the events and reduce the run, and maybe the walk breaks, we can, hopefully, finish in a faster time.

We were lucky with the weather yesterday too. It didn’t start raining until we’d run home.

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Elvington Flyer 5 Mile

Happy Mother’s Day! Or Mothering Sunday if you prefer. This will be published in a few days as I just realised that a post I wrote earlier this week was still in drafts so I have posted it before writing this one.

This morning, the Man, Adam and I ran the Elvington Flyer at Elvington Airfield. I only entered to get the medal.  Look at it, who wouldn’t run for this:
I ran with Adam and, as usual, he kept me going with his usual repetitive questions/statements. I could have done without him asking me if it was hard every minute of so as we were running about 2 miles into what I’m sure would have been a gentle breeze if we hadn’t been on an airfield. It was a lovely run with one little lap, about 1 mile, followed by one large lap, 4 miles. The windy part was the return straight of the second lap, about 2 miles.

As my runs have been going well and most of my parkruns this year have had an average pace of under 6:30/km, I was aiming for a finishing time of 56 minutes or an average of 7:00/km. We actually finished in 53:03, according to my watch. As I have never done an actual 5 mile event before, this is a 5 mile PB 😊.

What Would I Like to Do?

Another journal prompt:

Five things you would like to do more

Things I’d like to do more?  It’s more like 5 things I’d like to have time to do.

  1. Craft – I have 2 large boxes full of card and scrapbook making materials but whilst I could find the time do make cards and do the scrapbooks I have been planning to make for the past 15 years or so I don’t really have the space.  The only place I could do any craft is on the kitchen table and, to be honest, I can’t be bothered to get everything out and then have to put it away again.  So, one day I will get round to going through my boxes and sort out the contents to give away to organisations/people who I think will use them.
  2. Baking – Again it’s not so much that I couldn’t bake more but rather that when I do bake I end up eating most of what I’ve made.  That doesn’t do anything for my waistline!
  3. Exercise – running is going well and I am actually managing to get out 3 times a week 🙂  However, I’d love to work on my strength as well as my cardio.  I need to get myself into a routine with this.  Also, I’d love to get back into my yoga as that really helped me at the beginning of last year.
  4. Go out and explore the countryside around York and Yorkshire.  When we moved to York we went out somewhere nearly every weekend.  That stopped when I started working on Sundays, then Saturdays, then Saturdays and Sundays.  Now I work Saturdays and the Man works different days each week but we could and should start going out when we are both off on a Sunday.
  5. Blogging – I enjoy writing my blog when I actually get on my computer, or phone/kindle, and do it.  I need to get back into the swing of doing it again.

What 5 things would you like to do more?

C25K Week 5 Completed

It’s taken 12 weeks to complete 5 weeks of couch to 5K training but, as I mentioned in my previous post, that’s because most weeks in only doing one C25K session. Anyway, this week’s solo run was week 5, day 3 which is a 20 minute continuous run with the usual 5 minute warm up and cool down walks. 

I can run for 20 minutes but, in the past, have usually been quite slow, for me, with an average pace of around 6:40/km. So, I was expecting to have a similar pace for the km splits that didn’t include the warm up and cool down walks. I think my mix of training must have helped me somewhere along the line, or maybe it’s because it’s taken me so long to get to the 20 minute continuous run, but it felt good and I had splits of 6:25 and 6:13 for the 2km which didn’t include walking. The average pace for the whole 30 minute session was 7:02/km which is the best so far. 

It’s going to take me a while to get on to week 6 as the Man is off on my running days next week so I’ll be running with him. Whenever I get on to week 6, though, I’ll be ready. 

Where is Home?

Prompt number 2 on my list of 52 is …

Write about the place you call home

Home is in York. It is small and very cluttered. Basically we have too much stuff! It doesn’t help that I have two businesses which I run from home one of which is Tupperware so I have loads of Tupperware products.

York is a lovely city.  Yes, I am biased because I live here but I’m not from here.  We visited North Yorkshire in the late 1990s and loved it so much that we moved here.  I think it took about 3 or 4 years before we decided that York was the place for us.

It is a small city but with so much history and beautiful countryside right on our doorstep.  We really should get out more!

Couch to 5K, again!

I’ve tried to complete the Couch to 5K programme a number of times but never seem to get past week 5 or 6 because I have found that I complete parkrun, or any other event come to that, faster if I “jeff” (run, walk, run method from Jeff Galloway).  I mean, I achieved my parkrun PB of 29:21 in February 2015 by running for 4 minutes and walking for 1 minute.  So why would I want to run the whole thing?  Actually, I can I just can’t keep up the running pace for as long without the walk breaks so my times are about 2 to 3 minutes slower.

Anyway, I digress.  This year I have decided to try the Couch to 5K programme again but this time I’m going to complete it and when I do I’m going to run all the way round parkrun.  The completion of the Couch to 5K is going to be some way off as I am only completing one, maybe two, runs from the programme each week as my third run of the week is always parkrun which I am still “jeffing” and doing incredibly well at if I do say so myself.  Take a look at my times for this year!

parkrun results for 2019

Apart from a couple of weeks, each week has been faster than the previous one and the times slower than 32 minutes were when I ran with the Man.

If the Man is off on one of my running days during the week then I will run with him rather than doing my Couch to 5K run.  So, despite starting the Couch to 5K programme in January, I  am only up to week 5.  My next run will be my first continuous run so on Tuesday I will be running for 20 minutes.  We’ll see how I get on.

I won’t be doing a fast run at parkrun next week either as I will be volunteering as a run/walk pacer before the Man, Adam and I complete our first running event of the year.  We’ve entered a 5 mile run at Elvington.  It should be good and the medal looks amazing 😀

What are you thankful for?

As many of you will know by now, I’m rubbish at keeping up with posting on my blog and need prompts to actually write something.  So, with that in mind, I found another journal prompt list.  This one is for 52 posts so 1 a week.  Should be doable, right?!?  We’ll see.  I may have to write them in bulk and schedule them a couple or three weeks in advance.  Before I start with the first post from this new list, I will say that I am still answering the questions from the 365 Questions list but a lot of the answers are very personal, or short, and I don’t want to share.

The first prompt on my new list is:

What are you thankful for?

I believe I had this question on my 365 Questions list but I won’t look at the answer before I answer it again.

I am thankful for a lot of things…

  1. My family – they are my inspiration and my motivation, most of the time.
  2. My house – I have a house and it has indoor plumbing and central heating.  I don’t have to share my house with anyone other than my immediate family (husband and son) and I don’t have to go outside to the loo.
  3. My job – most of the time I love it and I work with some amazing people.
  4. My health
  5. My friends

I’m sure there are more but that’s all I can think of for now.  I looked back at my 365 Questions and I also added that I was thankful for my washing machine and dryer as well as my fridge and freezer.  Basically I am grateful for modern appliances 🙂

365 Questions – January Part 3

Here we go with the third and final part of January’s prompts.

22.  Tomorrow will be better because …
I will be at work which means there is not as much temptation of food.

23.  What made today unusual?
Nothing.  The only thing I did differently was getting the bus to the supermarket and then walking home from there rather than getting my usual bus home.

24.  What are you looking for from life?
To be happy.  To be able to spend quality time with my Man and Boy.  To have fun and smile every day.

25.  What is your favourite thing to drink? 
Diet coke or water.

26.  Today the temperature was … 
8°C according to York Weather Station on Twitter 🙂

27.  How much did you spend at the grocery store last time you went? 
About £10 this morning.

28.  Tomorrow will … 
be cold but I’ll still go for a run.

29.  What was your last major purchase? 
Too private to put in this post.

30.  My house is a home because … 
my family lives there and keeps it messy and lived in.  It is clean, but messy.

31.  Who is the last person to tell you they loved you? 
My husband

 

365 Questions – January 2019 Part 2

As the previous post was getting long, I decided to stop after 11 days of journal prompts and split the entries into 2, or maybe more, posts.  So, here is part 2.  Let’s see how far we get.

12.  What is making you mad?
Nothing really makes me mad but being the only person in the house who does the washing/drying of clothes/bedding/towels sometimes frustrates me.  Then I calm down when I remember that I am also the only one who works part time and the others in the house work full time.

13.  What did you have for dinner today?
Roast chicken made in the UltraPro (Tupperware).  It was lovely and so easy to clean the UltraPro too.  We also had the last of the pigs in blankets from Christmas, roast potatoes, carrots and broccoli.

14.  What did you get done?
This is private.

15.  Who last called you on the phone?
A call centre about an accident I was in.  I was in an accident?  Why did no one tell me?!?

16.  Who are you in love with?
My husband, of course.

17.  What are you grateful for?
Having a house with a toilet and indoor plumbing! Oh, and my fridge, freezer, washing machine, dryer etc…

18.  The best part of today was …
getting home and knowing I didn’t have to go out in the cold again.

19.  My current favourite website is …
I don’t think I have a favourite website.  The one I visit most often is Amazon.

20.  What is the hardest thing you are dealing with?
This is private

21.  Today I wish I had more …
adventurous taste buds so I would/could have more variety for my meals.

That’s it for part 2.

365 Questions – 1-11 January 2019

I did it!  I actually kept my 365 questions journal going for the whole of January.  Here are some of my answers.

  1. What is your number one goal this year?
    To enjoy it and have fun!
    I have other goals relating to family, health and fitness but I’m not going to share those.
  2. What are you most grateful for?
    My family
  3. Are you content?
    Yes!  Could things be better? Sure but they could be a lot worse too.  I have a job I enjoy.  I have my health with a few minor issues but they don’t stop me doing what I want to do.  I have my family.  So, yes, I am content.
  4. What is your best memory of last year?
    Just one?!?  The best is probably our Disney holiday but seeing the Boy running with someone other than me or the Man and smashing the R U Taking the P? and parkrun is up there too.  As well as running sub-30 for parkrun, twice and the Man completing his first York 10K.
  5. What was the last major accomplishment you had?
    I guess that depends on what you define as a major accomplishment.  I have celebrated 25 years of marriage. I graduated with a degree as a mature student in 2007.  I ran sub-30 for 5k twice in 2018 for the first time since 2015 when I only managed it once …
  6. What possession could you not live without?
    Good shoes for walking.  Or clothes in general.
  7. Can people change?
    Yes.  For the better and for the worse.
  8. What is the last “good” think you ate?
    Yogurt and banana for breakfast.
  9. What is your current favourite snack?
    Slimming World Hi-Fi bars or summer fruits with fat free natural yogurt and meringue (my version of Eton Mess).
  10. What made you smile today?
    A friendly welcome and a smile at the butchers.  Walking to Tesco for the shopping.  Getting my run and shower in before going to the dentist for a scan.
  11. What’s your favourite accessory?
    My watch or the Winnie the Pooh bags my mum made.  I don’t use them enough.

As this is a long post, I’m going to leave it here and put some more in a separate post.