Getting better……

exmouth park run

So, first thing is what a lovely run at Exmouth Park Run this morning. From watching the rainbow move across the water towards us to hailstones, driving rain, brutal wind to lovely sunny beautiful weather. A lot of people moaned but not me, I really enjoyed being out in it, seeing the waves crashing on to the beach, it was lovely.

Hows my training going. well sort of ok really. I have ditched the idea of a completely plant based diet. Not that I think it was bad but I just don’t have the knowledge and motivation to make proper balanced nutritional plans based meals on a daily basis. So I have gone back to being a vegetarian and feel so much better for it. I still stay clear from most dairy stuff, don’t use cows milk, very very rarely eat cheese and so on, I do have yoghurt now and again.

Also I have really slowed down and trying to make most of my running zone 2 hr running. Now I use a wrist based Garmin and they are not hugely accurate but I have set up the watch to show hr, distance and elapsed time which is all I need. I no longer feel annoyed when other runners overtake me, I know how good I used to be, represented GB and so on, sub 3 hour marathons, Ironmans etc and have a longer term plan to complete and enjoy the ultra’s in July. Not mess them up like I did Race To The Stones!!!! It is only 3 weeks to the Granite Way 20 so it is going to be interesting to see if I can not get involved in a race.

Yesterday treated myself to some new shoes and shorts. I have been running in Brooks for several years now and generally they have done the job. This time I fancied a change and after having gate analysis done (I always have my gait analysis checked when buying new shoes), they discovered that I don’t pronate as much as I used to and so can manage a fairly neutral shoe. I tried some Hoka’s and they were really comfortable, lots of nice support and they also reduced my pronating a little, so got the Hoka’s, every little bit helps. Have not been out in them yet so it will be interesting to see how they go. My Brooks were pretty much worn out but will keep them for those really horrendous weather days.

Right that is me for this update, I will of course be back when and if anything changes.

Thanks for reading.

Pete

Back in the saddle…..

Misty Park Run

So, after a tough week for other reasons I have managed to start running 6 miles a day again, double what I was doing last week but I also don’t want to jump into doing too many miles too quickly for fear of injury and illness again. This morning was Exmouth Park Run. It was lovely. There was a sea mist hanging around and so it was very cold and misty at the start. But by the time we got to Holcombe Point the mist had gone and the sun was out. It was stunning. Unfortunately I didn’t stop to take a photo which I regret but it was awesome and encapsulated everything about Park Run. Runners streaming along in both directions, bright sunlight with a bank of mist behind them. Just awesome.

From a running point of view, well I am trying to keep to zone 2 running which in general I am managing to do but as expected it did raise higher than I wanted it to during the Park Run. Now wrist based hr monitors are not very accurate but it did show my hr as a lot higher than I wanted it to be, so give or take inaccuracies it was too high and I should have slowed down a bit, but that is so hard to do when surrounded by other runners all trying their hardest. I also think I stood around talking a bit too much and allowed myself to get a bit cold which doesn’t help.

Plant based eating is going well. I am not even finding it too monotonous based on my lack of culinary skills. I don’t feel too tired or lacking in anything. My back aches a bit but that maybe down to I have got out of the habit of taking ibuprofen every day. Need to clear it up as don’t want any aches and pains when running my ultra’s.

Thanks again for reading and following and will report again soon.

Pete

Another Park Run, musings

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This was the view from the start line of the Exmouth Park Run this morning at 09.00. It was lovely (again). Cool, no wind and all of the sand that had collected all over the road and paths due to the storms had been cleared up. I wasn’t really ‘feeling it’ but once I started running, all was forgotten and I just enjoyed the run. And being the competitive person that I am just ended up pressing it harder than I originally thought I would. Ended up with a park run pb and first in my age group again. Not that either of them mean very much. Position is very much dependent on who is there on the day and as for the pb, well my real pb is sub 16 mins but that was nearly 40 years ago. It does show however that my times are dropping and I must be getting a bit quicker again. I put it down to the fact that I am starting to feel more settled here in Exmouth. And as I complete on my house purchase next week then I shall be in my own place again and will get everything out of storage and have my ‘stuff’ around me again. Stuff being my bikes, a variety of different running shoes and other assorted kit.

So all in all a good day today and confident that things are going in the right direction.

My Move To Exmouth

Well, after lots of messing about and hassle I finally settled in Exmouth. I decided that now is the time for a new adventure and new challenges. I have left all the blog posts below in because that is what stopped me moving earlier. And although I (failed) as I quit at 31 miles (so did a lot of other people by the way, it was the hottest day of the year) I didn’t want to loose the posts and once settled into my new place I will start ultra running again.

So far I have found Exmouth a lovely place to be. I have lived all over the Uk and around the World and so can live anywhere really so it isn’t the physical surroundings that has ‘wowed’ me but the people. I have found everybody really friendly and really helpful. I hear a lot of people complaining about exmouth, no decent shops, nothing to do, old fashioned etc. well some justified comments I suppose but having lived in some pretty awful places I can safely say that it ‘aint’ that bad around here.

So this first batch of photos are just snaps I have taken either on the phone or on a small compact camera. Fairly soon I will be getting all my gear out of storage and start taking ‘proper’ photos but these are almost first impressions photos.