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I didn't run on Friday while away from home, mostly because it was raining really hard and that combined with being somewhere unfamiliar was enough to put me off.

So I ran late last night instead.  I feel a bit self-conscious running late at night past people's homes when it's generally very quiet, so on the residential street where I live I ran in the road the other side of the parked cars, and then up the main road until I was halfway and then turned around.

This was 12 minutes, alternating minutes of running and walking, and I completed it fine.  I turned around at 6 minutes and was convinced I was going to overshoot home right up until I finished the last minute of running, so I guess my estimation of distances is a bit off at the moment.  I was actually slower than the previous session, but am trying very hard not to care too much about time/pace at the moment, just completing the sessions.

To try to get back on track to 3 times a week, I'm aiming to do Mon, Wed, Fri and Sun this coming week, either early morning if I wake up early enough (and toddler continues current pattern of sleeping in), or evening.  
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Yes, this is me restarting the training programme entirely!

I was really quite ill in June with a nasty throat infection, and have taken a while to get over that, and then had an unexpected spate of migraines.  So it's been over a month since I ran at all, and I am feeling much less fit and a bit scared to "overdo" exercise (it can be a migraine trigger for me). 

The thing about this training programme is that I know I can do the early stages very easily, so I don't worry about overdoing things, and it builds up time and distance sensibly.

This session was a short and sweet confidence boost: 10 minutes total, with only 4 of them actually running.  I managed all four running intervals without feeling worse than a bit out of breath, and I even managed to work up a sweat in the cool of 10pm.  Overall pace 8:26 which is better than I had expected.

I hope to run again on Friday and Sunday this week.


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I've had a number of disruptions to running recently: home improvements, the weather, a migraine.  Anyway, it meant that I didn't manage my long run on the 7th June, or indeed the 14th June; I only ran once last week and I've just done the first run of this week.  I may be able to manage a long run this Saturday (Sunday is very unlikely) so we'll see.

I decided to keep repeating the "midweek" runs until I get this 13k long run done, and though it took a bit of faffing with RunKeeper I have succeeded in getting it to do what I want.

Last week's run had a bit of excitement as I found myself running contraflow to literally hundreds of students coming out of an exam held in the sports centre.  Luckily they were spread out enough that I could get through while still jogging, but it was a big change from the usual dozen or so people I normally pass along that stretch.

Today I did a very simple route - up my street to the main road, and out of town until I'd done 15 minutes, then turn around and back again.  I'm trying to stop obsessing about cut corners and this route was so simple that I could see that although there's a bunch of wobble it's not obviously underrating me.  I definitely did the second 15 minutes faster than the first though - overshot my start point by some distance.

The main road out of town isn't too horribly busy on a weekday evening, either on the road or with other pedestrians, and it was no longer so hot I couldn't face running at all.
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Not quite as fast as Wednesday, but a respectable pace (again, after I'd had to correct RunKeeper blatantly cutting my corners.  Bah, this is getting tedious but I am too vain not to correct them).

It is hot and humid and thundery today, but I felt surprisingly good (if warm) while out.  I like having finished more though :-)

Next run is on Sunday, and is 12.9km; I think I may loop around the busway and Girton, which will keep me mostly on roads and big long straights, removing the likelihood of more corners being cut off.
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Wooo! Fastest pace yet on this programme!  (and joint fastest since restarting c25k)

30 minutes, run after work because I lacked motivation at lunchtime and knew I could run on my way home if I left my bag with my spouse to bring home.  I thought I started off very slowly and was a bit worried and then decided that I really had to stop worrying about my pace and just concentrate on feeling comfortable and sustainable ... and every 0.5km update after that I was apparently faster. 

This was better explained when i got home and looked at the RunKeeper track and found it had cut off two large corners near the beginning (and one at the end).  When I corrected those, the average pace improved substantially.

Next run: Friday, at lunchtime if possible, another 30 minute run.

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4.8km, run last night in rather blustery conditions.  I tried a variation on looping round some of my local streets which was just enough of a change to keep my interest.  My pace was pretty slow from the first 500m, but I didn't really feel like I had much room to go faster so just tried to keep going steadily, which meant I finished tired but not shattered.

I'm still planning to run Wed, Fri, Sun this week.  In the current weather, I won't need to worry about overheating at lunchtime.  Wednesday looks like more of the same; Friday looks a bit warmer, so I might shift to the evening again; let's see how that goes.

Also I realise I am now past the halfway point of this training programme!  If I have no more interruptions I will finish mid-August.
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I managed one run on holiday, on Wednesday evening, when the children were calm enough to be left with one adult while it was still daylight.  I was a bit nervous in running in such a hilly place, but my genius spouse spotted the canal with towpath a short walk from our hotel, so I ran down it for 15 minutes and then back again.  It was a really lovely run and my one regret was that I was only able to do the one run while we were there.   I also improved my time again a little over last week's runs.

I had hoped to get a second run in on Friday evening when we were home again, but didn't quite manage it.  Today I had the choice of skipping the second timed run this week, or to do it today and then hope to run Mon-Wed-Fri-Sun next week to catch up; and I did the latter.

Here I combined it with a library visit: I have a little runner's backpack and it is just big enough to hold the library books I needed to return.  So I walked to the library, returned my books, picked up the two waiting for me, and ran home in a big loop to take up the 30 minutes.

It was  warm (ok, it was about 18 C) and I set off too fast so I wasn't surprised to find myself going much slower a short way into the run.  I mostly enjoyed the run, but it was just on the edge of too warm, and my average pace was much slower than Wednesday's canal run. 






(Also I note that I need to wear a long-sleeved top under that runner's backpack - luckily it was only 30 minutes because my bare skin started rubbing raw where it brushed the straps.)


Next run will be Monday evening, hopefully a bit cooler, and will be 4.8km distance run.

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10.5km, alternating 400m intervals (and a bonus long 500m slow interval to finish).

This was definitely an exercise in persistence. For about the first 4km I wasn't enjoying it much and was shoving myself along with stubbornness and distraction (exploring a completely different footpath than the one I'd planned to). Then I began enjoying it more, as I usually do, and then the last 2km or so I was still enjoying it but feeling very tired and running out of steam. (And then I'd mucked up my route a bit so had to walk another 800m or so home from my finish point.)

With all that then, I was pleased to find I was 10s/km faster than the 8km of a fortnight ago overall, and seem to be doing better at staying slow at first and still keeping up a similar pace at the end - even though I was tired, km 10 was my second-fastest.

I'm away Mon-Fri, but running should still be possible, so I'm packing my gear with the aim of 30 min runs on Tue and Thu, and a 4.8k on Saturday when I'm back home.
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Today is warm; about the upper end of what I am comfortable running in, I think.  The Computer Laboratory weather station tells me it was about 18-20C while I was running; I'm going to keep an eye on that and maybe shift to running in the evenings when lunchtimes are hotter than that. 

A nice 30 minute run, and another 10s/km knocked off my average pace.  I'm not quite back where I was before the break, but not far off, which is pleasing.

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30 minutes, 10x 2min running, 1 min walking.  I think this is the pattern for the time-based runs for the rest of the training program now.

I didn't find it as intimidating a jump as I'd expected, and I turned in a better pace again, though I'm still starting fast and ending slow.  I'd really like to get back to the few sessions where I managed to reverse that.

Same again on Friday and then a long run on Sunday.  I may have to travel on Sunday (if train strikes are happening Monday), which may complicate my planning.

I am really enjoying running regularly again though: it suits me thoroughly.
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My weekly routine has changed a bit while I wasn't running, so my previous Mon-Thur-Sat schedule doesn't work so well.  This week I ran Tuesday evening, Friday lunchtime, and Sunday afternoon, and I suspect Wed + Fri lunchtimes are going to be the way to go, until it gets too warm for me to run at lunchtime, when I will have to switch to evenings.  At least the evenings are long and light when lunchtimes are too hot.

Runs 28 & 29 were both time-based runs of 30 minutes, alternating minutes of running and walking.  My pace is still well down from before the break, but improved noticeably between these two.  Run 30 was a distance-based run of 3.2km, alternating 400m of running and walking.

Next week the time-based runs change to 2 min running for every 1 of walking - this will be a bit of a jump now after only a week back on the training plan, but would probably be fine if I'd been training continuously for the last 10 weeks.  The distance run is 10.5km and I intend to go and explore further along that bridleway I found last week.
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Yes, it's been nearly two months, between illness and election campaigning.

This was 8k, alternating running and walking.  8k is a bit long for jumping back in, but I was pretty certain that I'd maintained a lot of my fitness by campaigning, and it turned out to be fine. All I really cared about was getting to run again, and completing the distance.   I did that, and yes my pace was down and my pacing was off in the usual way (too fast at the start, too slow at the end), but I got the goal I cared about.  I enjoyed it all too, which is always a bonus.

I took a diversion off my planned route when I found a bridleway I'd not noticed before. It goes under the dual carriageway and allegedly ends up at Milton Country Park, but I hadn't reached anywhere I recognised before my turnaround point.  I'd like to explore it further on future long runs, I think.

Next run: probably Monday lunchtime, although I think I'm on a training course at work.  Might have to be Monday evening.
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It's still warm here, so I switched to one of my short-sleeved running tops and was definitely more comfortable.  And I kept up a nice fast pace and got my furthest yet in 30 minutes (though I did slow down in the second half).  I'm enjoying this springtime weather anyway :-)

Next run: Sunday afternoon (looking at my schedule, that's less rushed than trying to fit it in on Saturday)
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I knew the continuous improvement couldn't last :-) 

Today's run was noticeably slower; also rather warmer than recent ones.  I think my long-sleeved top was definitely overkill and I'd have been happier with short sleeves.  But it was still a good 30 minute run and one I was actively looking forward to, and one I enjoyed while it was in progress.  So I think that's a win on everything that counts.  Oh! and I finished faster than I started again.

Next run: Thursday lunchtime.
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I had a migraine on Tuesday; was definitely too tired to run on Wednesday; took my running gear to work on Thursday but really didn't want to go running and didn't force myself.

Friday I woke up feeling ready to run.  (It's sometimes hard for me to trust my sense of whether I'm actually ill or just have the dontwannas, but the difference between Thursday and Friday was very clear, and I'm going to try to remember that next time I'm not sure.)  Friday was also a day of leave because my older child's school was closed for teacher training, so I had a leisurely start to the day, and walked my toddler down to nursery and ran home by a longer route to take up the 30 minutes.

The main thing of note about run 23/67 was the pleasing discovery from the "splits" on RunKeeper that each km had been slightly faster than the previous one, which means my attempts to keep to a sustainable pace are working.  The overall pace was not my fastest but not far off it either.

Run 24/67 was 3.2km, alternating 400m of running and walking.  After last week this was nice and easy, and I tried out a different route with less busy road in and felt it worked well.  A+ will run again.   Also pleasing was another big improvement on my pace.


Next week: I plan to do my time runs on Tuesday and Thursday lunchtimes.  The weekend is full of Science Festival stuff, but I think I can plausibly run lateish on Saturday (thank goodness for longer days now).  Another push on distance, this time to 8km, but I should be able to do it before dark if I get out promptly.
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Whee, 6.5km :-)  And exactly the same pace as my 3.2km last week.  I love this feeling of growth and improvement where my body responds to the training by doing better each time.   It may not last, but I'll enjoy it while it does.

I was glad to get some busway in*, but made a poor choice of return route with too much noisy traffic.   Next weekend's run is just 3.2km again and I've another idea for an alternate route-to-busway which I can explore.

Next run: Monday is full of complicated logistics so I will probably run Tuesday lunchtime.

* for non-Cambridge people, a concrete track for buses with a wide tarmac "access road" next to it that is very popular with non-motor traffic, and I enjoy running along when I do longer runs.  Today there were horses on it!
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30 minutes alternating walking and running.  I liked running to nursery to get my toddler so much I did it again yesterday evening.  This time I ran from work (leaving my bag with spouse to bring home from the office - the joys of working in the same building) which is nearly perfect for a half hour run, at least at my current pace.

This time I had no exciting tumbles, one delay crossing a busy junction, and even with that, my fastest pace yet on the Beginner Half programme (not yet faster than my PB from c25k though). 

Next run: tomorrow afternoon, 6.4km, new route to hopefully use a bit of the busway
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30 minutes alternating running and walking.  I seized an opportunity out of a logistics mess where I was going to have to go and collect my toddler on foot anyway, so I did it in running gear and with the sling folded up around my waist. 

Excitement occurred during one of the early running intervals. I tripped on some rough pavement, fell hard, and managed to tuck and roll back to my feet before I'd quite figured out what was happening.   It was rather dramatic and more than a bit muddy.  I brushed myself down and confirmed I was basically in working order, even if my knees and hands really stung, and then carried on at a walk.  I still had to get the toddler after all.

By the time my phone beeped for the next running interval, I felt up to giving it a go,  and I was going sufficiently well when I reached nursery that I carried on past to get my full 30 minutes in.  For once I got my sums-on-the-run right, and ended up finishing pretty much by the nursery entrance. Result!

I'm gratified to see that even with the tumble and the extra walking, my average pace was barely slower than the same time running last week.    I've a couple of nasty scrapes on one knee but nothing worse than that.  The leggings I was wearing got rather messy, but most of it should come out in the wash.

Next run: can't be my usual Thursday lunchtime, so maybe sometime on Wednesday, or Thursday evening.  Or Friday lunchtime if all else fails
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3.2km, alternating 400m blocks of running and walking.  I took a similar route to last Sunday, only turning around sooner.  That route is a bit frustrating - two busy roads, but with a really nice quiet foot/cycle path along the way. 

I find myself resenting busy roads a lot when running - can't hear my headphones much over the car noise when running along them and crossing them is hard - but it's hard to run far from my house without meeting one.

Overall the pace was noticeably faster than last week, which was nice.  Next weekend's run is twice as far (6.4km). I'm going to try out a different route and try to stay slow at the beginning (rather than race off and then get very slow at the end).

Next run: probably Tuesday, unless there is a good opportunity tomorrow.
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I skipped run 16 on Tuesday, because my son has injured himself and that has thrown all routine and plans for this half term out of the window.

Today was 30 minutes of alternating walking and running, in the rain (which at least was not too cold or too driving).  What's nice is my pace seems to have been fairly consistent throughout the run, rather than the first km being fast and the last one being v slow.  I'd like to keep that up.

Tentative plan: next run Saturday morning

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