Man Flu but look on the bright side ….

Well, xmas was a bit of a disaster as most of it was spent in bed with the worse case of man flu anybody has ever seen, or trying to stop the water pouring through my gable end wall in all the storms. I don’t mind being ill but it does p me off that I can’t get out and run, the one thing that keeps me sane. Anyway the up side is that it has given me the opportunity to get some reading done. Firstly I re-read Rich Rolls Finding Ultra which is a really good read but more importantly it has re motivated me to train for ultra running rather than just running, (there is a big difference). In fact one of the first things I did was changed my watch face to show HR during my runs. I need to go back to running in Zone 2 Only problem is that my Garmin is wrist based HR which tends to be not very accurate so need to watch the trends rather than the absolute numbers. I am going to look into getting a chest based strap which are much more accurate than wrist based.

I have also started to look a bit more deeply at a plant based diet. I need to be a bit more careful in what I eat rather than just oh thats plant based I will eat that. I need to be a bit more structured in my approach to what I eat on a daily basis, oh and learn how to cook as well !!!!!!

I also need to ease off the Park Run runs, unfortunately I get very competitive and end up running a bit quicker than I want to (for my ego) so need to again run on HR and not pace. I do enjoy the Park Runs, it is very social. Which is also why in 2020 I will join the Exmouth Tri Hards, find a decent sports masseur here in Exmouth and possibly start Pilates.

So enough for today and thanks for reading.

Pete

Starting again ultra running and plant based diet

Well here I am again after a long time of writing nothing on here. I seem to have definitely lost my mojo for blogging and quite a few other things to be honest. However the one thing that has been a constant in my life is running, so no matter what is happening I always seem to gravitate to running and I am still running pretty much 7 days a week with perhaps a day off once in every 3 or 4 weeks.

So I have set myself some goals and entered some races for 2020.

March……Granite Way 20
April……EXmouth 1/2M
July…….Exe Trail 50k
July…….Escape from Dartmoor

So what are they. The Granite Way 20 is a 20 mile event at Oakhapmton. Exmouth 1/2m well a half marathon obviously. Exe Trail 50k, is a 50k event from Dawlish Warren around the Exe Trail via Exeter through to Budleigh Salterton. Just 6 days after the 50k I am going to do the Escape from Dartmoor, where you start by ‘escaping’ from the prison and you can run in any direction at any speed etc for either 12 or 24 hours. I am going to do the 12 hours, because in theory I should be able to run back to Exmouth wishing the 12 hours. So not a race at all just a bit of a fun event.

I have also started a plant based diet. Now I have never really enjoyed meat anyway and have never had any red meat in years. I have been doing quite a bit of research and definitely giving it a go. I am sure you all know what it is (basically it is being a vegan) so I am not going to bore you with the details but I have got rid of all the biscuits, cakes, bread, dairy, fish and so on and look the other way when I pass them in the isle when I am out shopping. I do not intend to be obsessive about it and yes will have the odd mince pie, xmas pudding, xmas cake but only as a treat instead of eating them all in one sitting and maxing out on them. Am I feeling better since starting it. Well, sort of yes, I don’t feel as though I am loosing weight and feeling lighter or anything but I am at the point where I can refuse to eat none vegan food because I don’t have the urge to eat it anymore. What I have noticed and it has been quite noticeable to me is that I seem to be running faster with no extra effort. My basic speed has increased. Now is it really down to a vegan diet or is it I am more motivated and forcing myself to run quicker, to be honest I have no idea. I have a feeling it is down to eating good food and my body is responding to being fed good food rather than all the rubbish I used to eat. To that end I am going to keep on with the plant based diet and along with that I have bought a multi cooker and a couple of vegan cook books (vegan for dummies really as I have absolutely no idea how to cook and I am the worlds worst cook).

So, hopefully I will have much more motivation to get blogging again and write about my progress, and also get my cameras out again and start taking photos again.

If you have got this far thanks for reading it all and hopefully be back to catch up on my progress.