Category Archives: Running

These Ain’t MyTracks

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I’ve blogged about Google’s MyTracks GPS App before, and not encountered this ‘bug’ before. If you have a good look at the map above, you can see that my phone lost GPS a few times and unfortunately the missing sections don’t get counted as distances I have run. This is totally heartbreaking when you are out for a personal challenge such as today’s 10 mile attempt, to have your GPS tracker tell you you have only done 7.6 miles!

Actually, I did 9.6 miles in 1 hour 41 minutes which means I was jogging away at tranquil 5.7 mph. At this pace I could finish the Stroud Half Marathon in 2 hours 18 minutes, which is a respectable beginner time. I’m not in a hurry to repeat the 10 mile training run, since my legs really hurt now, especially my right knee, so I’ll be focussing on shorter and more intense training sessions like the Fartlek session I did yesterday.

To conclude, so far so good. I’m not as far off that pace as I thought but I’m sure I wont be able to walk tomorrow!


Fartlek’n good shoes


I had to ditch my ancient Salomon trail running shoes as they were giving me blisters on the arch of my foot. I bought my new Asics Lahar 4’s from Go Outdoors in Gloucester for a bargain price of £50 (they’re priced at £85 on John Lewis’ online store). They sport the Goretex tag, are fully waterproof, and nice and warm for the coming winter months. I’m sure I don’t need all these winter features for the Stroud Half-Marathon, but I have my eyes on the Bristol Off-Road 10k at the end of October, and I’m sure the trainers will then come in handy in the Alps this winter.

I had planned a monumentous 10 mile run this weekend, from Gloucester’s Warehouse Climbing Centre back to Cheltenham, however my schedule has quickly filled up and I had to resort to a shorter session. I have been reading about “Fartlek training” and am intrigued to see if it can improve my running pace. After a 10 minute jog to warm up, I alternated between a 1 minute walk to 30 second sprint until 15 minutes later when I thought I was having a heart attack. and jogged back to the house.

It’s a short and intense training method and can quite easily be squeezed around my hectic regime of working and rock climbing. The proof will be in the pudding. I’d like to see my average speed on a longer training run move above 6.5 mph. In the mean time, I can confirm that my new shoes haven’t hurt my feet, or knees for that matter. Quite a delightful revelation.

The Battle Continues

As tweeted:

With my warm-up and cool down walks, I fell short of completing the task in one hour, but I am delighted that my cardio-vascular system seems to take all this in it’s stride. My legs, on the other hand, are about to give up the ghost. My quads and calves especially, feel like lead.

I’ve been doing my cool down sessions while watching youtube and have found some great material, for example, I just did this one:

I’ll manage to get a couple more stretch sessions in today, but I’m sure I’ll still struggle to walk downstairs tomorrow.