Friday, 31 October 2014

Today another hard day drains me when depression kicks in..managed to do some reading of help material and managed drag myself out to the gym to run,mainly to get myself around people than stay shut in and just do something ended up doing  4.04 miles in 30m and a bit of weights.still not feeling great but at least been out today and done something...will keep at this I want life to be different.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

well sadly today carried on from  yesterday with my mood and feelings which mean overcome with depression...been over some of my support help and need remind myself these dips will happen.But the still hit me hard...going to try again tomorrow and read through some support first try get myself in a better place mind wise.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Today has been one of my worst days for a while...depression hit me hard been in a mess most of the day,had a therapy session which helped  late afternoon but still been a struggle.I hope tomorrow will be  a better day as today could not manage to run or go to the gym,I will try tomorrow though I do not want depression and my problems to win.

this might seem an odd post on a training blog..but this blog is as much about me fighting depression  and my state of mind as it is about running and getting fit.

wish everyone well and thanks for those who take the time to read

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

wishlist item...GPS watch

I have been looking/researching and well basically I wanting a GPS running watch, for my road runs as sometimes its off on country lanes and paths that cannot measure distance on mapmyrun website.
So many to choose from but going to have to wait as cost is an issue these days for me sadly.....still I can look and dream shame Santa misses me out or would ask the chubby chap to drop one here for me :)

Brooks Mens 5'' Essential Run Short - Gear Review

Hi all decided to start doing some reviews of new gear when I pick it up,so this is a review of +Brooks Running   5" Essential run shorts I purchased.
The shorts material is good not some cheap fabric they are fairly robust and light as expected,although black they do have some reflective details but these are small and not too noticeable.
They have side pockets which are not zip up but there is also a small key size pocket which does zip up for security

The shorts are very comfortable and the length is no too short I would and will wear these to train in the gym too,where as some of the shorter length running shorts I would not.
all in all a good buy and I would happily get another pair in future.

a trip to the gym today for another steady run feeling some progress ran 5 miles in 37:49 and it was far more comfortable,still had to work hard at this pace but not a total mess at the end. I am enjoying mixing up the paces and distances,helps my motivation and seems to help my mood yesterday was a bad day mood wise felt very low and with my depression today was a struggle to get out...but glad I did now.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

A better day today both in mood as managed get a lot of open uni work done yesterday and enjoyed it,and today's run it was a steady easy pace could have gone faster but still did  10 miles in 1h 21m 43s. was quite good conditions not too windy stayed dry although I quite like a bit of rain on a long run it is a good route in preparation for the half marathon as this has a really steep hilly section near the middle  which is similar to the race route. 
 good result for a long run for me and first time back at this distance in a long time.right time get some food then off out for another dog walk with my wicked little hound.

and here is nice photo at the halfway point of run :) 

Friday, 24 October 2014

I am a Robot...well that's how I felt today really tight calves this morning and walking like the tin man,so got out for some road running to loosen legs up and brighten myself up mood wise too.
I got around a 4 miler in 30:09 bit slower time wise than have done same run but not being to down on myself as legs were not up to a fast time.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Well where do I start today's post...yesterday just did not happen last few days have been a struggle,as you folk's are aware I am trying recover from mental health issues and still have down days last few days have been up and down though yesterday was down.

Today however managed to get myself reading through some of my support books and then managed get too the gym for a run,actually turned out not bad session I suppose did a 10k in 48:19 and then few weights exercises and more importantly feeling bit better and bit more positive thought wise.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Hello folks was bit tired today after last nights storms keeping me awake,but got to the gym for a run to get some miles in did just over 4 miles in 30 mins but was steady and I was not a mess at the end so happy with that :) going do a cross trainer session tomorrow a long one for stamina...stay safe in the bad weather all I hope.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Hello world back with you today :) after feeling yuck yesterday with dodgy belly,got out to the gym and did a longish run, did not feel very energetic but got through 8 miles in 1:03:19  so happy with totally knackered so off for a nap.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

was going to take it easy today anyway but its turned into forced rest day due to  still having a dodgy stomach...been up all night so off for an afternoon nap and read a book!

Friday, 17 October 2014

A day of mixed results again went to the gym to run as this helps with my social problems still find it very hard and stressful be around other people,anyway got there and the run was going well till the revenge of the dodgy chicken tikka sandwich I had for lunch struck...then could not wait to finish will not go into details but spoiled what had been a good day and run...

Thursday, 16 October 2014

back from the gym and no longer Cramp Man back to myself after 45 mins on the cross trainer and some body weight exercises,went at steady rate on cross trainer and actually quite enjoyed it.
which was a nice change as not always a fan of the machine but looks like it will included in my weekly routine of raining now, and managed to burn off about 680 calories too.
Hello world and I seemed to have developed a not so Super Hero alter ego today that of "Cramp Man" already been for a good walk this morning with my dog to warm up and stretch out my old legs....going try get to the gym later for a spell on the cross trainer.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

braved the wind and rain and made it to the gym to train today,its in a sports complex and has the hottest changing room in the world! but managed to get changed without passing out and got through this session:

 a run 30:36 for a miler although I find it much harder on a running machine as its less interesting,also think it effects my natural stride.(my excuse and i'm sticking to it)
then 20 min weights circuit nothing too heavy more repetitions just too tone up a bit.
finished off with a 10 min stint on the cross trainer on level 8 just to warm down.

Finished a sweaty mess so must have done something but think I messed up a bit on the run, I went off to quick for first 10 mins as ran at 14.2 km speed and was then knackered and had to drop pace right down,but maybe a bit of speed work will help in the long run see how I feel on next run might keep it in for my Wednesday run.

right off to dry off myself and my bike, as got soaked on the way home

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Training Log 

 this post will be updated so we all get to see how much..or how little I actually do in the next 6 weeks.

Week 1
Mon - 30 mins - 4 miles


ASICS GT-2000 V2 RUNNING SHOES - Gear Review

My new best friends for the next 6 weeks my +ASICS Europe  GT-2000 V2 funky yellow trainers...going with the be seen be safe thought with these, also no danger of losing them :) chose support trainers as I am a chunkier pretty flat footed runner and have had a lot of injuries over the years

Have been using these for over 2 weeks now both on the road and on running machine, the shoes are light enough considering they are support shoes.
The support provided has been good so far and I have very poor/flat arches but the motion of the shoe when when running is very comfortable.
I've also used these a little of road on local country paths and even in poor weather they seem to get pretty good grip.
ok the color...yes bright yellow is not for everyone but for me running shoes are for running/training only, and the brighter the better as be seen be safe when running.
I paid just under £65 for these and would consider using another pair if they last ok..

so if your looking for a good all rounder and you need plenty of support in your shoe you cannot go far wrong with these I have found so far,will update after further wear.
Upate sole of the shoes lasted pretty well the build of the upper has not been great,mesh worn through very quick and the rear padding became 'lumpy' all in all ok if you can pick them up for a low price but do not expect them to last too long!
Ok first post so a little about me I guess,I am new to blogging and the motive to start is to help fight some problems I have with depression after some other health problems, and the fact I'm now 37 decided I want try get fitter,but need a goal and happened to see there is a half marathon not far from me in 6 weeks time...result I've entered!
The only goal I have set myself is to finish it although I would like to do it in under 2 hours,I do not have tons of the latest gadgets and stuff my training will be done on the road and also in the gym as I need to try get out more around others as due to depression pretty much cut myself off from people last few years.

Now I'm going to be posting what training I have decided to do,this is not me recommending a training plan to anyone as I'm not a trained sports coach  it is just me writing down what I've done be that right or wrong.
 How I am feeling about it and what results I get,will try post anything that seems to help and also anything I find does not I shall try not to moan to much :)

(mon 13/10) 1st training day went out for a steady run on the road,first one in a long time kept it steady as just need get my stamina up ran for 30 mins and when measured route on map my run was just over 4 have a starting point people,woke up little bit sore but nothing too bad.