Posts Tagged ‘Internet Connection

01
Jun
09

greeceathon

The 1 st of June. Up at 7a.m ( and I am supposed to be on holiday!!!) to get out and running before it begins to heat up. Past the thermometer in the main street which says 17 degrees and then turn left, away from the town. Within minutes I am running along a strip of tarmac, olive trees on one side and a view of the sea on the other. The route I have chosen takes me up for approximately 2km, some bits are steep, some are not so steep but it is a continuous uphill. I trialled the route a couple of days ago at 5 in the afternoon and it was hot and very challenging. This morning it is still pleasantly cool and allows me to take in some of the scenery rather than just thinking about when the run will be over. I run along the road (no pavements here, and the taxis pass just inches from you – still, if you’re going to die, I can think of many worse places!!) for another kilometre, stop to take some photos and head back. Thankfully this leg of the journey is almost exclusively downhill and it is starting to heat up. Back in the village, I spot another runner and she catches up with me. It becomes clear that we are both heading back to the resort and it becomes an unspoken race. She nudges in front, I catch up. I go ahead, she catches up. We turn the corner, glance at each other and both sprint towards the gate to the hotel. I stop at the gates and she carries on round the corner where I join her and we both stand and chat and stretch.

Here, I was going to insert a picture of a lovely Greek church by the side of the road. But… the not so lovely Greek Internet connection wouldn’t allow me to… sorry!

Not a massive run today (6.22km) but an enjoyable one. And the first of Juneathon.

Juneatathon Stats: 6.22km run, 35 press-ups.

24
Mar
09

inconsistent forecasts and unusual incentives

Intermittent Internet – Information Overload – And Now The Weather

This post is a day or so later than I’d have liked due to the Internet Goblins tampering with the connectivity – one minute it’s there and I’m happily browsing, the next I’m swearing, turning off the modem, turning it back on again, trying the phone line to see if I can at least make calls… when suddenly it is back on! So, for now, we’re working so I’d better get this done…

Sunday’s run was the first with the new Garmin Forerunner 205 and it was very successful. I got a satellite signal in about 30 seconds and was off and running with no problems. It seems to have worked well throughout my run, even along a tree lined bridle path and (briefly) under a railway bridge. I set the distance to kilometres and have to admit I did find it a little strange. I run the same route frequently and know roughly where all the mile markers are, to suddenly do it in kms was odd but nothing I can’t get used to. The data that I have was interesting (?) too, I need to do the run a few more times but some of the splits are wildly different – some are obviously where I am running up / down hills but I need to investigate further on subsequent runs to see if I slow in the same places. I ran an average of 9.36 per mile but this seems to fluctuate by almost a minute in some cases… curious. So I should be able to get some good info from it to help my training – I haven’t tried the virtual partner yet but am sure that it will prove useful – and it tells me all sorts of things that have never even crossed my mind. Apparently, I burned 1375 calories during my 10 mile run!

And so we reach the final few days before setting of for Prague. I had planned to do a short run today with Hauling My Carcass but he has a nagging pain in his foot that he is trying to treat and I seem to be nurturing quite a sore throat. As the rest of my family have systematically come down with a cold over the last few weeks, it only seem right I too should catch it… I may try a little run tomorrow if things aren’t any worse but don’t want to train and aggravate it so for now, I’m staying indoors.

This is the first time I have entered a race overseas so have been busy preparing for the big day. Obviously, knowing what the weather will be like in Prague for the race is important so I checked a few weather forecasts for the Czech capital for 28th March. And the good news is it’s going to be 12 degrees and sunny.

Or 14 degrees and raining.

Or 8 degrees with a wind chill factor of minus 2 and the chance of some snow showers.

Depending on which forecast I believe, I shall either be running in buff, gloves, wooly hat and tights or vest, shorts and sunglasses. Looks like I’ll be taking every possible combination of running attire just in case… Still, the pre-race dinner the night before is sorted and booked ( pasta – and I wouldn’t normally book but as there is going to be a swarm of runners descending on Prague and 90% will want pasta the night before, I thought it may be a good idea). Post race relaxation is planned to be at one of my favourite places in Prague – the lovely Dahab – eating North African food, smoking shisha and playing backgammon. And hopefully, that’ll be the incentive that I need to get myself in under 2 hours for the first time this year.

Soundtrack to this post: Come To Daddy – Aphex Twin




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