Monday, May 26, 2008

Last Week of May

MONDAY - London 10000
  1. My most dismal performance ever! I hang my head in shame and debate if I should post my finish time. Thats what happens when you dont prepare enough and I think my 'bright idea' of adding more cushioning to my shoes added to my downfall and woeful race.
  2. My bright idea was that due to my complaint about my shoe's cushioning, I decided to wear 3 pairs of socks instead of my normal 2 for the race. Crossed the start about 40 seconds after the gun went off and after sometime, my feet were terribly uncomfortable. Bore the uncomfortableness until the 2km cos the course was jampacked and there was no where for me to stop but after the 2nd km, I sat on a bench on the Embankment to pull off one pair. When I got back on to the course, it was heaven - what a difference running with one pair less makes! LOL!!
  3. Got to the first km at 8:06 minutes. I was on course but it all went pear shaped from there due to the tightness in my feet. Got to the 2nd km at 18:41 and it was at this point I pulled off one pair of socks. My feet were more comfortable at this point but the harm had been done. I was already contemplating pulling a DNF and debating who to donate my entry at the next 10K to and telling myself - this was the end of any more running or races.
  4. I am so ashamed I dont know if should write anymore. KM 3 - 30:50 minutes. I knew I was doomed. Dring my normal runs, at this time, I would already be at the fourth kilometre. At this point, on the other side of the road, the professional runners and other fast runners were already at their 8km point and heading to the finish. Got to KM 4 at 42:00. Did I mention I was already walking at this point and being overtaken by everyone including trees, nurses, Dennis the menace......? Oh! There was this wonderful guy who appeared in his birthday suit + green body paint - his number was 2375 I believe if anyone is interested in checking him out. I'll see if I can find a picture of him anywhere. He got some wonderful catcalls and his popularity was massive. Unfortunately, I didnt go with my camera to this race or I definitely would have taken a picture with him as well as pictures of those in costume. Hooray!! Found a picture of the 'Green Man' online.

  1. By the time I got to km 5 in the run-walk club, it was 53:38 and I got out my Ibuleve which I rubbed on my shins, calves and waist. I was ready to trudge on and at least finish despite my woeful performance. Some very slow people went past me at this point to add insult to the injury which I know I deserved. Got past some cobbled streets very carefully and got to KM 6 in 1:04:09. All I could think at this point was that even at Bluewater where there were some very serious hills, my performance wasnt this woeful. But at least, even though I could blame it all on my poor judgment regarding the socks and the pain I was in from the cramps I was having, I knew in my heart of hearts that I didnt have enough training in the Bank. Full Stop!
  2. Got to Km 7 at 1:15:05. I was jogging slowly at this point and determined to at least finish. At Km 8, 2 dainty ladies whohad been walking all along sprinted past me. But their familes were at the 8KM point and they stopped to say hello. At least they didnt go past me again until I finished my race. Km 8 - 1:24:57 minutes, slow and steady wins they race they say? We'll get there in the end. KM 9 - 1:35:14 minutes. I had been contemplating since KM 6 of entering one of those medical tents and asking them if they had anything - balm, menthol for my pain but ended up not doing so.
  3. So many shouts, claps & cheering - "Come on, you can do it", 'You're almost there', ' Try and jog, dont walk'. Yeah Right! You think I'm doing this willingly? I'm in PAIN!! I must mention that this race was very well organised and the marshalls and stewards were so encouraging, cheering us slow coaches on with huge cheers, smiles and words of encouragement. Thank You guys - You were very wonderful!
  4. Well, eventually, I got to the 400m point, then the 200m point, the will to do a last sprint wasnt there at all. I smiled to myself. Imagine a finish without me sprinting to the finish. But like I tell my friends all the time, there is always a first time for everything. So behold, today, I ran my very first race where I did not sprint to the finish - no energy and strength left!
  5. So my very first race of the year was finished in 1:4x:18 when others were long gone. I hang my head in shame. My name is Calabar Gal and I have become a very poor & dismal runner. I was hoping to do better than my 84 minutes PB but ended up failing. Maybe there'll be redemption at Bluewater next month? Time will tell............

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

3rd Week of May

  • Went for my run today and it was ok. 5KM in 40 minutes. I now realise that sometimes, I dont make too much of an effort raising my legs and body during the runs cos the few times I decided to do some short bursts of speed, it made me realise that I was running rather lazily. I hope this laziness will dissapear on race day which is barely a week away.
  • Run started off slowly and the first km was over in 8:34 minutes. The second km was done in 14:23 and the third km began. In my other runs, it was at this point I would begin to really enjoy my runs but today's own seemed more tasking and I finished in 25:09. Mind you, other serious runners would be finishing their runs at this point at here I was only at the half way mark. *Sigh* At this point, I discovered my lazy streak as the little bursts of speed I was putting in, making me realise I wasnt putting much effort into the run and the bursts of speed got me to km four in 34:27 minutes. The last lap began and with the end in sight, got to the finish in 40:33.
  • Maybe I'll try and fit in a longer run on my remaining days. Saturday will be my last training. Put in an extra 12 kilometres walking to and from work. My feet hurt!


  1. I have been on a walking crusade all week. Decided to walk as much as I could to anywhere I was going to on my 'rest' days from running and it had me waking up with pains in my thighs, calves, ankles and shins on my 'run' days and so I shelved running on wednesday and friday.
  2. Felt a bit better today but couldnt afford not to go on one last final run before the Monday's race. So had my energy drink and off I went went I woke up this morning.
  3. The first KM was ok although it took me quite a while to get into the rhythm of the run. Got to Km 1 in 8:42 minutes. KM 2 wasnt any better - laziness set in and I slipped into my lazy running mode and got to KM 2 in 13:42 minutes. Set off on the next lap and got to KM 3 in 21:43 minutes. By now, I was in run-walk mode. I've noticed it always gets better a little bit after km 3 and I really get into the rhythm of running after 3 kilometres. Today wasnt any better and it got better - until I could barely lift up my legs. LOL!! Got to KM 4 in 28:31 minutes - mind you I was walking most of the way but now so I'll disregard the fast times and not pay much attention to it. Got to the end of my route and KM 5 in 33:54 minutes. Yeah Right! Indeed! I must have fiddled with my timer a bit too much.
  4. I'll try and stick to an even, slow pace on Monday and see if I can make it to the finish in one piece. Need to take loads and loads of 'something' for energy. What I will take, I dont know yet. My energy reserves seem to have depleted each time I have some period of inactivity.
  5. Looking forward to race day!! Hope that whatever little training I've got in the bank will not fail me on that day. Afterall there is a saying: "..........there is security in numbers.....?"
  6. My race pack for the Bluewater Race came in this morning. Yipeee! I'm seriously praying that they change the route from those hilly roads we ran last year cos I am so not looking forward to those hills at all!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

2nd Week of May

  • Walked 12KM today instead of running. Building up my endurance and stamina?


  • Walked another 8KM. My race pack arrived in the post today. Yeah! I'm looking forward to my second 10K. What makes it different is that there'll be 9999 other runners instead of just a thousand others like my previous 10K so I wont be noticed or stick out like a sore thumb when my speed declines - I hope. (smile)


  • Another walk. 12KM I think.


  • Went for a run today. It was good actually. Took it easy and actually increased my speed mid run. My 5K route took my roughly 40 minutes. First KM - 7 minutes, the 2nd KM - 8 minutes, 3rd KM - 10 minutes, 4th KM - 8 minutes and the last one 7 minutes.


  • Went for a long run today. Tried some interval training during the runs. Completed 5km in about 47 minutes. It was tiring and I had already prepared myself mentally that today would be my long run so I ran an extra 2km. First KM - 8:40 minutes; KM 2 - 14:52 minutes; KM 3 - 23 minutes; KM 4 - 30 minutes; KM 5 - 38:13 minutes; KM 6 - 41 minutes; KM 7 - 47 minutes; KM 8 - 55 minutes. Countdown has begun. "Shiver......."
  • The first two kilometres I took it slow and was pleased when the runs seemed to get a wee bit easier by the third km. Even had little bouts of fartleks but soon settled back into running at my usual slow pace. Now I know that I burn out easily if I go too fast so watching my pace seriously on race day. When I got tired, psyched myself up and kept on repeating in my head, 'I can do this', 'I can make it to the end without stopping'. hmmnnn.
  • I've noticed during my recent runs that my running shoes seem as if there is no little or no 'cushioning' in the soles of the shoes. I'm not doing anymore than 15 miles of running per week. (More if you count the walks but I'm not counting the walks)Taken to wearing two pairs of socks now during my runs and its not any better. Surely the cushioning cant be wearing out so soon? Maybe I'll have to get proper running socks? *Sigh*

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Saturday, May 03, 2008

1st Week of May


  1. Lazy Old me finally got my butt out of the house and onto the road for a run this morning. Got London 10000 coming up on the next Bank Holiday and failure to prepare amounts to preparing to fail and failure wasnt just in my dictionary at all. Given that there will be 12, 499 other runners there, hopefully with a little bit of practice, surely theres no way I would be in the last 100? LOL!
  2. Went to the park for my practice run and decided to have an easy warm-up jog round the park first to see how I would fare and that took me 6:36 minutes. Hmmn, I thought to myself, not bad at all considering that the speed I chose was next to zero and I wasnt running to any music at all. Next was a power walk round a smaller inner triangular perimeter and that took me another 6:32. (Mind you the power walk was only one third the perimeter of the park)
  3. I was now ready to start my run proper for the morning and switched on my mp3. Podcast 7 was the first podcast to come up and I decided to try and run to that instead of scrolling down backwards to podcast 3, 4 or 5 and see how I would fare, hoping that there would be some periods of rest in between the runs. However, listening to Robert, it seemed I'd made a courageous choice - podcast 7 was a 25 minute run with no periods of rest in between. Slow & Steady they say wins the race and so I made up my mind that no matter how slow I was, I would try and stick to the 25 minute run and last till the end.
  4. So off I went on my 25 minute run. Lap 1 was good - 6:23 minutes and I continued with Lap 2 immedietely. Lap 2 was completed in 7:45 minutes and Lap 3 commenced. Lap 3 was completed in 7:51 minutes with a dainty little sprint at the end in ecstasy at my not stopping at all and I started my warm up walk. I'm glad I chose Week 7 - 3 laps in approx 22 minutes without stopping. Lets see how tomorrow's run will turn out.


  1. Went for a slow run. Lasted all of 15 minutes and decided to switch from a slow and steady run and practice some speed work instead, then went back home.


  1. Another practice run today. Ran to Podcast 7. First lap - 6:39 minutes. Second lap - 7:11 minutes. Third Lap - 8:50 minutes and the final lap - 8:20 minutes. Wasnt that bad eventually but I know it could be better. I can just about envisage myself on race day at the start line. The gun going off and everyone leaving me behind by the first mile just like it happened at Bluewater. I can hear the clock going...... tick, tock, tick, tock..............


  1. Went for a thirty minute run this morning. I know my first lap was about 6:20 minutes but every other laptime was lost after I mistakenly reset the timer on my watch. I know I ran for approx thirty minutes. The run was ok - could be better. (as always) Didnt run on thursday and friday cos my thighs hurt so much. They've been hurting since my last run on wednesday. Popped some painkillers before leaving this morning as I had decided to ignore the pain and not let it stop me from running any more. Maybe its the extra weight I'm carrying about that's causing the pain?
  2. I know I've got to work on my speed. Interval training and fartleks - here we come. Just 2 weeks now before this year's first race. I'll see if I can make it out of the house tomorrow and if I cant, then my next run will have to be on Monday.