Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Running Diary (13)

OK so this morning I went out at my usual time of 7 am and ran for 6 miles. It was quite cold and the floor was still very icy. I was trying to push the pace during the half and I did start to feel at the end. I ran the first 3 miles in 25 mins (8.3 min/mile) and the 6 miles in 51 mins (8.5 min/mile) so although slowing down a tad (which I expect) the pace is quite steady. The next stage is to push the mileage up and keep the general 8.3-8.5 min/mile pace.
My next goal is to run 8 miles in 68 mins (1hr 8min) as this would still be an avg 8.5 min/mile.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Running Diary (12)

Went out this morning and ran my usual 1.5 mile circuit, but in reverse i.e. I ran the circuit the other way. I felt that this was the easier way and that my pace was faster than usual. Alas this was not bourne out in the time that I ran the circuit. I ran for 7 miles which is the furthest since the half marathon and it took 1hr i.e. 60 mins i.e a 8.6 min/mile pace. Which as you can see from my previous entries is about the same as my recent min/mile times.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Running Diary (11)

Yesterday morning conditions very good.

6 miles in 52 mins : 8.6 min/mile pace

Friday, November 18, 2005

Running Diary (10)

6miles in 52 mins
8.6 min/mile pace
Conditions : Very Frosty and Icy
Effort 8/10 - Felt ok with this pace although I did push towards the end which I would not have been able to do if I was running further than the 6 miles. I would not have been able to keep the pace up for the next 6 miles (yet!)

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Is this a wind up?

The MIT Media Lab has launched a new research initiative to develop a $100 laptop—a technology that could revolutionize how we educate the world's children. To achieve this goal, a new, non-profit association, One Laptop per Child (OLPC), has been created. The initiative was first announced by Nicholas Negroponte, Lab chairman and co-founder, at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland in January 2005.
A prototype of a cheap and robust laptop for pupils has been welcomed as an "expression of global solidarity" by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.

The green machine was showcased for the first time by MIT's Nicholas Negroponte at the UN net summit in Tunis.

He plans to have millions of machines in production within a year.

The laptops are powered with a wind-up crank, have very low power consumption and will let children interact with each other while learning.


Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Running Diary (9)

4.5 miles in 40 mins
8.9 min/mile pace
Conditions : Damp
Effort : 7-8/10

Monday, November 14, 2005

Happy 1000th Birthday

I have now been blogging for 1000 days, and it seems like only yesterday.
My first blog took place on Tuesday February 18th at 3:09pm. The entry was very detailed (see below). Not much has changed then in 1000 days!!!

Hi, this is my first post to the site, needless to say that there is not much here at the moment, but keep checking back!

Running Diary (8)

Went out this morning and it was the first major frost of the year, very cold!!
The run did not feel great from the outset (not sure if it was the weather or not).
I ran 4.5 miles in 45 mins which is back to the 10 min/mile pace. This is really the slowest pace that I would be happy with at the moment. As it would still be over the 2hr for the half marathon (2hr 11min..to be precise).

Friday, November 11, 2005

Time to Remember

The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marks the signing of the Armistice, on 11th November 1918, to signal the end of World War One.

At 11 am on 11 November 1918 the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years continuous warfare.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

- John McCrae

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Running Diary (7)

This morning I ran 4 miles in 32 mins which equates to a 8 min mile. I would put the effort at 7-8/10 although I was pleased with my recovery rate after the run. I will have to invest in a heart rate monitor at some point!

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Running Diary (6)

4 miles today in 35 mins roughly an 8:45 min mile pace. It was quite windy and the course was slightly more uphill than yesterday. I did feel quite tired after the run and would put the effort at around 7/10.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Running Diary (5)

OK, so I laid off the running for 2 weeks after the half marathon and have now decided to start up again (too much of a good thing and all that). Now that the goal of completing my first half marathon has been accomplshed I need a target to aim for in order that I keep pushing myself to get out and run. So I have decided to try and complete the half marathon in around 2 hours the next time I run which should be around May time. This equates to a 9 min 15 sec / mile pace.

This morning I ran 6 miles in 54 minutes which if I could keep that pace up for 13 miles would do the trick, the only prob is that I can't (at the moment), but all being well given another 5 odd months I should be there.

I will keep a record of ALL my runs this time and not just the ones that went well!

Happy running :-)