Fi's Mutterings

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Virtual Walks

I haven’t updated anything on here for a while so I thought I’d just give a quick update on my virtual walks.  I am currently doing 2 virtual walks, one as part of my 101 in 1,001 challenge – walking from home to Walt Disney World – and one which I set for myself as part of the build up to the Olympics and Paralympics – walking from Athens to London.

I started my walk from home (York) to Walt Disney World (WDW) on 26th December 2011 and have until September 2014 to finish it.  As the crow flies, it is 6,882km from York to WDW.  So far, I have completed 2,060.79km.  The monthly breakdown is as follows:

Monthly total Total done Left to go
Dec-11 22.14 22.14 6859.86
Jan-12 169.38 191.52 6690.48
Feb-12 185.27 376.79 6505.21
Mar-12 227.80 604.59 6277.41
Apr-12 162.76 767.35 6114.65
May-12 251.99 1019.34 5862.66
Jun-12 219.26 1238.60 5643.40
Jul-12 286.85 1525.45 5356.55
Aug-12 272.54 1797.99 5084.01
Sep-12 262.80 2060.79 4821.21

I have 33 months to complete my walk which means I need to average at least 208 km per month.  Thanks to walking to work during the Summer I think I’m on target to reach my goal.

My other walk, from Athens to London in celebration of the Olympics doesn’t feel like it is going anywhere fast.  I think that is because I am following the progress of this one using a Google Map and am on 603 km stretch from Brindisi to Pescara, the first leg through Italy.  I have completed 1,307.57 km of 2,883 km.  Oh well, hopefully I’ll finish this walk by May next year and can maybe think about walking from London to Rio de Janeiro in time for the next Olympics in 2016!  Hmm, I wonder how far that is?  As the crow flies of course.

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Run For All 2012

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York played host to the Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All 10k for the 4th time last Sunday (5th August) and I was taking part, again with the support of my husband and son, as always.  It was my 4th 10K but I wasn’t expecting to do very well as my training had been very hit and miss. I also didn’t do the Race For Life which I usually do as a warm up for the Run for All. I planned to run the first 3km or so in about 24 minutes and then do intervals of 10 minutes running and 2 minutes walking for the rest of the 10k. I hoped to finish in 1 hour 20 minutes.

I had my Gymboss interval timer set and turned it on when I crossed the start line. I needed to run for the first 2 intervals and could then take a 2 minute walking rest. I wanted to be at least at the 3k mark by that walking break but if I could be further then I’d be very happy. As it happens I got to 3k in 21 minutes! If I could have carried on running I would have been on target to finish in 1 hour 10 minutes. Unfortunately, I really needed that walk. I wish I had a breakdown of the speed of my running and walking intervals so that I could work out if it was worth doing the intervals or if I should have run at a slower pace throughout the 10k.

However I finished in a time of 1hour 16 minutes 9 seconds. I’m not sure I would have finished that fast if I’d kept running.

I will be entering the Run for All again next year on the 4th August and hope to put in more training so I can get a PB. Maybe I should join a gym again so that I can go on a treadmill when the weather is as bad as it was this year


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Have you been watching the Olympics?

Plinky prompt – Will you watch the Olympics?

I’m a bit late responding to this prompt but YES! I’m watching as much of the Olympics as I can. Team GB are doing fantastically well with 25 Golds so far and we still have a couple of days to go with athletes from Team GB still competing.

I love the Olympics, and sport in general, but these Games have really inspired me to get back out there and train for an event for me. I took part in the Jane Tomlinson’s Run for All 10k for the 4th time this year and the run was the day after Mo Farrah won Gold in the 10,000m in London. It was also the day of the women’s Marathon. It gave me the push to try to get round the course so I could get home before the Marathon coverage started :o) I finished in 1 hour 16 minutes, which with very little training due to the weather and work/family commitments wasn’t too bad – only 3 minutes slower than my PB.

Anyone else inspired by the Olympics? What are you going to get involved in because you have been inspired? I’m looking forward to getting back in the pool and out on my runs when my son goes back to school.

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Proud to be British

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Like however many billions of people around the world, I watched the Olympic Opening Ceremony last night and all I can say is “Wow!” We put on a great show and I had more than one tear in my eye for each part as it was revealed.

The opening with the 4 hymns sung by children from the 4 countries of the UK were amazing as was our “green and pleasant land” before it was ripped up by the Industrial Revolution.  What were they making?  The 5 Olympic rings, of course.

The best bit for me, apart from the lighting of the cauldron, had to be the Queen and James Bond.  What a coup!  To get the Queen to be part of the film.  It was brilliant.  My other favourite bit was Rowan Atkinson.

Finally, the entry of the athletes was actually quite quick due to upbeat drumming and music.  The crowd went wild when the GB team entered.  But, who would light the cauldron?  Top tips included Sir Steve Redgrave and Roger Bannister.  Who was waiting for the flame by the Thames?  Sir Steve Redgrave.  So, would he be lighting the cauldron?  Or would there be a twist?  Of course there was a twist.  Sir Steve handed the torch over to the future of British sport, each of 7 athletes chosen by 7 of our Olympians.  It was inspired.

The Opening Ceremony was wonderful and I am now looking forward to 16 days of fantastic sport starting this morning with rowing, swimming and cycling.  Come on GB!

Links to BBC stories about the Opening Ceremony:

Young athletes light London 2012 Olympic Flame  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-19008471
Palace coup provides Danny Boyle’s master stroke  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18971766
Heatherwick Olympic cauldron lit by young hopefuls  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-19024475
How James Bond whisked the Queen to the Olympics  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-19018666


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The Olympic Torch came to York

The Olympic Torch arrived in York yesterday afternoon/evening and stayed overnight until it left on the train this morning on its way to Thirsk.  My son and I went to see it on its way in to town down Tadcaster Road and we had a great view.

After the torch had gone past, it was a short walk over to the York Racecourse for the stage show, promoters’ stands and to see the torch come to the stage to light the cauldron where the flame would burn overnight.

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It was amazing to see and, although my son and I didn’t really watch the show or go to any of the stands, it was worth being there to see it.  The one thing which spoiled it a little for me was that although the organisers had put up large tv screens for those of us at the back to be able to see the show and the torch as it came in to the race course, the sound wasn’t very good so we couldn’t hear what was being said unless we were directly under a big screen.

The Torch then left York this morning on a train from the National Railway Museum to continue on it’s journey around the UK.

Other websites which have more information, and pictures, about the Torch in York are:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18496427
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18508981
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18519517
http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/9768836.LIVE__Olympic_Torch_in_York/?ref=rss
http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/9770938.Crowds_in_York_bid_farewell_to_Olympic_Torch/?ref=rss
http://www.minsterfm.com/news/local/702470/follow-the-flame/