Another Blog Anniversary

October sees me passing from my 2nd to my 3rd year of blogging, which WordPress reminded me of with an anniversary badge, thanks.

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I’ve posted 38 blogs across two years, not enough to consider myself a hard-core blogger, but just enough to keep the creative juices flowing, keep me entertained, and hopefully entertain/inform some readers. My first blog post was about running. My first anniversary blog post  was a follow up to that post, and in keeping with the trend, this second anniversary post will follow up on both.

I was disappointed that between October 2014 and October 2015 I added 329miles to my Nike+ total, less than a mile a day. To remedy this perceived shortage of distance, I said I’d have to plan ahead and sign up for more races, as nothing motivates like a goal, a race day deadline for which I’d have to put in the miles beforehand in order to be fit and ready. Planning ahead was key! Ultimately, I didn’t plan ahead or sign up for many races. In the 12 months that have passed, I’ve run only two half-marathons, the Glen t0 Glen Half-Marathon and the Disneyland Paris Half-Marathon.  So I didn’t follow my own advice on that one. What I did do was stay consistent in my training. I still try to run 3 times a week, two timed runs of 30 minutes each and one distance run. In the last 12 months I’ve covered 497 miles, bringing my total to 1,826 miles. Thats over a mile a day, and 168 miles more than I had completed the previous year. So while long term planning failed me and I didn’t sign up for or run many races, short term week-to-week planning and consistency was my friend and I ran more year on year without signing up for races. I’m looking forward to another year of blogging, and another 497+ miles of running.

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One Year of Blogging

WordPress has informed me that I’ve been blogging for one year, and rewarded me with the badge below. I started my blog as a creative outlet, I find that writing is good for the soul and a nice break from my normal routine. Fitness is a passion of mine so thats the theme I picked. I’m not a master of any particular type of fitness so I can’t say for sure that my blog has been of any use to anyone other than myself, but hopefully at least one person has found a nugget of information that has been helpful.

Screen Shot 2015-10-07 at 08.37.37My first blog post (which you can read by clicking here) was about running, because I had just reached 1,000 miles on the Nike Plus App. I thought it would be fun to have an update on that. In the year that has past, I’ve run a further 329 miles.

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The pessimist in me says thats less than a mile a day, which is disappointing, but the optimist in me says its the same as running 12 marathons in as many months. I try to run at least 3 times a week, two timed runs of 30 minutes each and one distance run. I hope to improve upon the last 12 months and run further than 329 miles between now and October 2016. The best way to do this is to plan ahead and sign up for some races, nothing motivates like a goal. I didn’t sign up for many races over the last 12 months, and often, when I discovered races I wanted to do, they were too close which didn’t allow enough time for me to train appropriately. My new plan is to find some races over the next 12 months that interest me, sign up for them early, and train towards them. How does the saying go, “failing to plan, is planning to fail” – its as true in fitness as in anything else.

Running for 1,000 Miles

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Today I hit the 1,000 mile mark on my Nike Plus App. Thats the equivalent of running from Barcelona, Spain, to Bratislava Slovakia. I bought my Nike+ wrist watch and accompanying shoes way back in 2011 when I decided I wanted to run my first half-marathon (or any race really) in January 2012. I trained for 29 weeks using the Jeff Galloway beginners running programme. This race was supposed to be a once off event because I was never a big fan of running but wanted to at least try. But because of the benefits I’ve seen from running, I never stopped. And of course I have seen benefits because running, as I have learnt, is the most species specific sport / exercise there is. No species can endurance run as well as a human can, its what we have evolved to do. Before we developed tools and weapons we could endurance run our prey into death. I now have 5 half marathons to my name and four years of running behind me. I have switched from the Nike+ wrist watch to the Nike+ App. My cardio has improved dramatically, I feel fitter, stronger, and burning all that fat while running has done more to reveal my abs than all the sit-ups and crunches combined. If you’re not running, I’d recommend you should start.

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