Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Supernova Run London Race Recap


I'm very lucky that I have a boyfriend who will agree to do ridiculous things with me.  Especially on a Saturday night!  This weekend it was the Supernova London run.  A 5km around the Olympic Park wearing head torches.

I must admit, I thought this was going to be a badly organised novelty race that wasn't going to be much fun.  I WAS SO WRONG.

The race starts at the ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture/observation tower (had to look that up) which looks pretty cool at night!


The route itself is a 5km with a few sharp turns.  I loved the sections along the canal, it was pretty dark so the head torches were definitely needed here!  The route is flat apart from an incline on the bridge and a steeper one just before the 4km mark when you leave the water-side path.


I managed to keep the pace up the whole way around which doesn't always happen when I'm running with Ste!  So we think this was a 5km PB.  Honestly, didn't think I was capable of that at the moment so I'm pretty pleased. 

The Good
  • Super organised.  They set you off in waves based on predicted finish time which meant no bottle necks or darting around people at the start of the race
  • You get a free head torch - never know when that might come in handy! 
  • Water and snacks in a goody bag at the end.  Including a little pouch to protect your brand new head torch
  • Running along and looking back to see a wave of bouncing lights behind you is surprisingly impressive!


The Bad
  • My head torch had been dropped in a puddle (I hope anyway - could have been something worse!) so the straps were a bit soggy
  • At one point, there was some kids on bikes that were very annoying.  They were riding alongside some of the runners and weaving in and out.  Silly boys... 


The Ugly
  • The KFC I ate to 'refuel' afterwards... 


I would definitely run this again.  It was perfectly organised and really fun.  Plus, you get a free head torch - what more could you want?! 

Time 25:43

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Weekly Recap: Run Hackney Training Week 3

I feel like I say this every Sunday but where has the weekend gone?!  Seriously.  I think we need to add another day.  Two days is just not enough.  Who do I need to speak to about that?

Anyway, I was pretty much on track until it came to my longer run today.  6 miles were on the plan but oh my gosh I woke up ACHING so badly.

I'm not sure if it was the 5km race the night before which was a 5km PB (I think) thanks to keeping up with my speedier other half.  Or it could have been the yoga class which was my first in nearly three months.  I'm going to start my week with a little 6 miler tomorrow morning instead.

This week looked like this...

Monday:  45 minute spinning class.  Stretching and foam rolling 
Tuesday:  3 miles fast.  All physio exercises
Wednesday:  1 hour spinning class
Thursday:  Rest day
Friday:  Rest day
Saturday:  1 hour yoga.  5km Supernova run
Sunday:  6 miles planned but moving to tomorrow - so sore! 

I definitely recommend the Supernova Run.  I didn't have high hopes thinking it was going to be a bit of a novelty run but it was so much fun!  Good route, had a staggered start to avoid crowding and even a little goody bag at the end.  Will post a recap soon.


Have a good week everyone!

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Weekly Recap: Run Hackney Training Week 2

I'm proud of this week.  I had to chop and change some of the workouts but I pretty much stuck to plan.

Ste and I ran 5 hilly miles this morning.  It was so hard.  I don't know if I've tired myself out or my body just wasn't awake but I was a mess for the first 3 miles.  Ste was suitably patronising!

All that I can say about this photo is that I'm SO GLAD you can't see my face.

Monday:  4 miles (was supposed to do these on Sunday!) and all physio exercises
Tuesday:  Stretching and foam rolling exercises
Wednesday:  1 hour spinning
Thursday:  3 miles with 7 x 1 min fast, 2 mins recovery.  All physio exercises
Friday:  2 miles fast
Saturday:  Rest day
Sunday:  5 miles steady.  All physio exercises 

Have a good week all!

My New Gym FINALLY Reopens: PureGym, London Victoria

I've been on the annoying side of excited since the beginning of February because my gym was finally due to reopen on the 23rd.  It closed for two and a half months to refit and rebrand the whole space after being bought by PureGym.

I couldn't wait for regular spinning and yoga classes as well as checking out the new showers, new machines and the bigger spin studio.  Oh gosh, especially the new spin studio!  The one before the refit was basically a box.  A smelly, sweaty box.

So at 6.30am on Wednesday morning I bounded down the gym stairs (excitable labrador style) for my first spinning class of the year!

But instead of seeing the friendly reception staff I was expecting I got this...


So that's what I needed the pin code for!  You type in your code to get the doors of your person-sized capsule to open.  You step in and they shut behind you.  For a few seconds you panic and think that you'll be stuck in there forever... until the second doors open and let you in.  

Honestly, these terrify me.  If anyone is going to get stuck in one of these I can guarantee it will be me.

So what else is new?

New machines.  Brand-spanking-new cardio machines.  I tried out the treadmill this week.  It's nothing special but does the job...  (Like the old ones did).

Awful showers.  All the showers have been refitted.  From the outside they looked lovely but don't judge a shower by it's door!  The floor is white so it shows up all matters of grossness and the water pressure is poor.  Plus, the water only lasts for a minute so you have to keep pressing the on button!

Less staff.  Those futuristic pods that let you in replace any reception staff.  And anything else you need you can get from vending machines including water, Lucozade, protein bars and padlocks.

No towels.  Remember, it's a budget gym so you need to bring your own towels.

No swimming pool.  During the refit they got rid of the swimming pool... but currently, there's nothing in its place.  A larger spinning studio was promised but at the moment it's still in the sweaty box room!
 
More classes.  It does seem like there's more classes.  And you can book a week in advance.

The app!  The app is great.  You can book all your classes and view your timetable.  Really useful and so easy to use.

The verdict?

At the moment, in all honesty, I hate it.  I'm actually dreading showering there tomorrow morning and planning on stocking up on dry shampoo today.  The classes and gym floor equipment is absolutely fine but because I get ready at the gym and then head to work I'm relying on a good shower which I haven't had yet...

But, at £34.99 a month it's pretty damn cheap.  Most gyms will be double that in central London.  It includes ALL classes too so it's definitely cost effective.

PureGym is a budget option and you definitely pay for what you get.  If you're someone that likes your comforts at the gym you would be better off paying the extra for a Virgin Active.

Monday, 22 February 2016

Weekly Recap: Run Hackney Training Week 1

Well, the first week of Run Hackney training didn't go to plan!

I had to move my run on Tuesday to Wednesday so I could go to a doctors appointment on the Tuesday morning.

On Thursday, my knee was hurting 0.25 miles into my second run of the week (possibly because I had ran the day before!) so I decided to play it safe.  I did have a lovely little walk around the park though to get some Fitbit steps in!

On Sunday I was aiming for 4 miles.  But I was hungover - which rarely happens!  I had to move the run to Monday morning.  Honestly, it made me remember why I avoid drinking too much.  Never again (until the next time, obviously).

At least training can only get better after this week!

Monday:  Rest day
Tuesday:  Rest day
Wednesday:  2.5 mile tempo run
Thursday:  Aiming to run 2.5 miles with 6x1 minutes sprints but my knee was hurting so I turned it into a 1 mile walk!  Playing it safe...
Friday:  Rest day
Saturday:  3 miles
Sunday:  4 miles was the plan but I was accidentally hungover so I moved my 4 miles to Monday morning!

FINALLY, my new gym opens tomorrow!  I've already got my spinning and yoga classes booked.  Definitely going to keep my runs around the park on some mornings.  Otherwise I'll miss views like this:



Have a good week everyone!

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Run Hackney Half Marathon Training Plan

A few of my friends are running the Hackney Half Marathon so obviously jealousy made me sign up too!  I ran it a few years ago and absolutely loved it.  I clicked the enter button with all my fingers crossed that my knee would be ready for double digit miles by May.


I need to make sure my weekly mileage is built up slowly with cross-training, core workouts and some yoga thrown in for good measure.

Here's my rough plan...

Week 1
Monday:  Rest day
Tuesday:  2.5 miles fast
Wednesday:  Rest day
Thursday:  2.5 miles with 6 x 1 minute sprints with 2 minutes recovery 
Friday:  Rest day
Saturday:  3 miles - ParkRun
Sunday:  4 miles steady 

Week 2
Monday:  Rest day
Tuesday:  3 miles fast
Wednesday:  Cross training
Thursday:  3 miles with 7 x 1 minute sprints with 2 minutes recovery
Friday:  2 miles recovery run
Saturday:  Rest day
Sunday:  5 miles steady 

Week 3
Monday:  Rest day 
Tuesday:  2.5 miles fast
Wednesday:  Cross training 
Thursday:  2.5 miles with 2 x minutes fast, 2 minutes recovery
Friday:  Cross training
Saturday:  1 hour yoga.  Supernova Run - 3 miles
Sunday:  6 miles  

Week 4
Monday:  Rest day 
Tuesday:  3 miles fast
Wednesday:  Cross training
Thursday:  3 miles with 5 x 2 minutes fast, 2 minutes recovery
Friday:  2 miles recovery run 
Saturday:  1 hour yoga
Sunday:  7 miles steady

Week 5 - Pull back week 
Monday:  Rest day 
Tuesday:  3 miles fast
Wednesday:  Cross training 
Thursday:  Cross training 
Friday:  6 miles steady 
Saturday:  Rest day  (In Sheffield for the weekend)
Sunday:  Rest day 

Week 6
Monday:  3 miles steady
Tuesday:  Cross training
Wednesday:  3 miles with 5 x 2 minutes fast, 2 minutes recovery
Thursday:  Cross training
Friday:  Rest day
Saturday:  3 miles - ParkRun
Sunday:  8 miles steady

Week 7
Monday:  Rest day
Tuesday:  4 miles fast
Wednesday:  Cross training
Thursday:  3 miles with 5 x 2 minutes fast, 2 minutes recovery
Friday:  Rest day
Saturday:  3 miles - ParkRun
Sunday:  9 miles steady

Week 8
Monday:  Rest day
Tuesday:  4 miles fast 
Wednesday:  Cross training 
Thursday:  4 miles with 5 x 3 minutes fast, 2 minutes recovery
Friday:  Cross training 
Saturday:  1 hour yoga
Sunday:  10 miles steady with 3 miles at goal pace 

Week 9
Monday:  Rest day
Tuesday:  4.5 miles fast
Wednesday:  Cross training
Thursday:  4 miles with 5 x 3 minutes fast, 2 minutes recovery
Friday:  Cross training
Saturday:  3 miles - ParkRun
Sunday:   11 miles steady with 4 miles at goal pace 

Week 10
Monday:  Rest day
Tuesday:  4.5 miles fast
Wednesday:  Cross training 
Thursday:  5 miles with 8 x 2 minutes fast, 2 minutes recovery
Friday:  Cross training
Saturday:  1 hour yoga
Sunday:  12 miles steady with 4 miles at goal pace

Week 11
Monday:  Rest day
Tuesday:  5 miles with 3 miles fast
Wednesday:  Cross training
Thursday:  4 miles with 5 x 3 minutes fast, 2 minutes recovery
Friday:  Cross training
Saturday:  3 miles - ParkRun
Sunday:  10 miles steady

Week 12
Monday:  Rest day 
Tuesday:   3 miles fast 
Wednesday:  Cross training
Thursday:  3 mile steady
Friday:  Cross training 
Saturday:  Rest day 
Sunday:  RACE DAY

Week one is just about done... Bring on the rest!  Here's my race recap from back in 2014 if you fancy a peek.

Anyone else running Hackney Half this year?

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Weekly Recap: Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!

We celebrated with dinner at a local Mexican on Friday night instead of going out today.  Sunday's are strictly for relaxing (and sometimes running) in this house.

Well done boyfriend.  Roses delivered to work on Friday!

My gym reopens on the 23rd.  I cannot wait for some sweaty spinning sessions and some regular yoga classes.  Lack of cross training has definitely taken it's toll on my fitness levels.  I love running but a little variety certainly wouldn't hurt.

Hackney Half Marathon is 12 weeks away.  I've really missed having a training goal so very excited about this race.  I wrote up my training plan this morning.  Bring it on!  Really excited about running long again.

Training this week looked like...

Monday:  Stretching and foam rolling exercises
Tuesday:  3 miles.  Physio exercises
Wednesday:  Stretching and foam rolling exercises
Thursday:  2 miles with 5 x 1 minute sprints
Friday:  Rest day
Saturday:  5km at British Heart Foundation Olympic Park race
Sunday:  3 miles.  All physio exercises 

Have a good week all!