I have found that a considerable part of running any distance at all is getting lost.
I set off from work to run home the other night. The first bit was only slightly disastrous with a few doubling backs and zig zags through Manchester. I did get lost on the accessible campus route though, which isn't great when you're a Disability Adviser. At least I didn't wait til I was guiding a prospective student and their parents round this time I suppose.
Then I hit Salford and everything started to go wrong. First I took a wrong turning and ran right round the circumference of a large field. Then I saw something I recognised, decided everything was going rather well, and that I didn't need to follow my directions or the signposts for the Cycle Route 6 - I could just follow the Irwell and my sense of direction. Not, as it turns out, that I have one.
I ended up running round bits of Salford where I was glad I was running, not walking. Every time I found a park of any description I'd run into it, on the off-chance that the footpath might meet up with the one I wanted. It never did. I must have run past about 1500 Holts pubs. Most of me was telling me to stop, go in and have a delicious pint, but the rest, the bloodyminded bit, made me carry on running aimlessly. Holts is an acquired taste, but I worked on it years ago and, believe me, I acquired it.
Last night I went to Warrington for a gait analysis for a new pair of trainers, which were part of the prize I won. It turns out I don't know how to tie my shoelaces properly. That extra hole in trainers is for something. Just in case I am not the only person on the planet who doesn't know here's a couple of pics of how you're supposed to lace up trainers. It is apparently particularly important if, like me, you are not only a bit lopsided, but also have really spindley ankles.
After lacing shoe as usual, poke lace back through extra hole at the top. Then cross over to other side, thread through the loop you've just made by putting lace through hole, then tie.
Trainers really are most unattractive as footwear goes. But anyway these are New Balance ones, and Nikki in our office swears by New Balance trainers. Nikki is proper hardcore and gets up at 4.30 AM to run 20 miles into work once a month. I will never be like Nikki, even in New Balance trainers.
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Thursday, 1 September 2011
Friday, 15 July 2011
Shoe fun to me means these little beauties, I don't just mean Michelle though she is hot! She is made significantly more smoking as a result of her little black pumps.
Instead of spending money on sports bra's and shorts and entrance fee's I think my pennies would be better spent on these bobby dazzlers. A snip at just £375, pah.
Christian Louboutin - Simple 70 patent leather pumps *licks lips
I have purchased limb freeze spray, Glucosamine tablets and ibruprofen gel in anticipation of the mess that will be left behind from this run. I can also imagine there will be blisters and also chaffing - I'm sure it comes as no surprise that my thighs rub against each other like two sumo wrestlers in an embrace.
I am not moaning though, I am instead being sensible and preparing for ruin.
Can't wait. My reward for such distance is I am going to purchase some new trainers in that there London. Then I am going to run around London - so I will take my ipod for some blurry photos. Expect that post next week.
So as I am an underpronator, I shall have to buy trainers accordingly as this is most probably why I get injured (a lot). That and my pesky high arches.
So I have embeded a couple of videos here to show you what underpronator (suprination/or), overpronator and neutral runners look like. It is important to get the right trainers for your running style. To do this it is advised that you get a GAIT analysis at your local running store - they will film the way you run and recommend trainers accordingly.
For Manc runners, Sweatshop in the Arndale do this for free, bless them.
Also, I have to get up super early tomorrow and run this all before 10am cause then I am away down south to a 30th birthday celebration and a London visit. So I might schedule a couple of blogs but it might be a bit quiet on here because Kath is away in Poland, lording it about.
Peace out x
Sunday, 5 June 2011
Erm, yeah, as Sam points out, I’ve signed up for the half-marathon. And so have two of my friends – Katy, the highbrow mate who finally succeeded in getting me to the Halle the other week, and James, who Katy and I met up with for the first time in over a decade the other day. The conversation went roughly thus “Hi James. How are you? Looks like it may rain. Do you fancy doing a half-marathon?” I suspect Katy and I may be a little bit scary en masse, and James has always been very polite, so he agreed. And he’s not getting out of it now.
The thing about old friends is there are just so many embarrasssing pics about....... This is James when he had hair in about 1989ish, and Katy and me in 1980. I'm the blonde one who was so dizzy I needed my money hanging round my neck. Still do.
Anyway, both of them made loads of noise about how unfit they are before they agreed, but then it came out about how they’ve both done loads of running in the past. Unlike me. We joked about how the only running I've ever done is for the bus, but to be honest I don't think I've even done that. And Katy is the only person I know who is as competitive as Sam, so I’m going to get it on both fronts.
Guess which one I am - the clever one, the magic one or the one sort of blundering around getting everything wrong in the background...?
So I’ve started the preparations. I needed a few essential items to get me started.
1. Trainers. I went and ran on a treadmill in a little running shop, and some chap videoed me running to identify the perfect trainers for me. At least that’s what he said he was doing – I’m still not sure why I had to be naked.....
It was all very embarrassing as I’ve only been on a treadmill once in my life before and that was at my gym induction. So he has a lot of footage of me skittering about and clinging onto the sides for dear life. It's probably on Youtube by now. Anyway, he used lots of words I didn’t understand, like pronation, and convinced me I needed some new and expensive trainers that would support my feet better.
2. Phillips Lumea IPL thingymagig. Essential running equipment. Hairy legs aren’t aerodynamic for running, so I need a really effective way of hair removal. Much cheaper than having laser treatment in a salon, and therefore very sensible.
3. Running shorts and leggings. These were in a different part of Sports Direct from the ones I bought when I started at the gym, a part specifically for runners, so must be much better for running than the ones I already had.
4. Running vests. See running shorts and leggings above. Plus my underarms will be completely stubble-free forever now, so I needed vests rather than the T shirts I already had.
5. A high impact sports bra. My existing ones are only medium impact, and that doesn’t seem to cover running. The one I’ve bought is actually too small, and needs swapping. It is a relief to know that someone, somewhere, has smaller boobs than I do. Interestingly, well not very interestingly, I buy most other clothes too big. I’m sure Geoff Beattie, University of Manchester psychologist to ghosthunting stars like Girls Aloud and Katie Price, could draw lots of fascinating and astonishing conclusions about my body image based on that.
5. A running bottle belt. So I can carry a beer with me when I run. Only joking. I’m still off the booze, though I did have a mouthful of lager the other night cos I was given the wrong thing at the theatre. It tasted absolutely fricking amazing – I knew straight away that nothing that good was alcohol-free and took it back.
6. Garmin watch. This will enable me to see how far and how fast I’m running so I can follow this bloody awful training plan Sam sent me. I could see people’s mouths moving when they were talking about logging runs on mapmyrun and using a stopwatch to do the same job, but that was as far as it got. And it wasn’t HUNDREDS of pounds, Sam. You need to take some lessons in Internet shopping.
Oh yeah, and I’ve also started the training. I did half an hour on a treadmill, and apparently ran 2.5km. The machine must surely have been faulty - I walk faster than that in my sleep. And I pottered about the park a bit, but gave up as it was hot, I was thirsty and running is super dull.
I now ache in places I didn’t know I had places. I can’t walk without wincing. I thought I was vaguely fit after all the training for the swim, but turns out I’m not. This is going to be extremely hardgoing......
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