This has been on my mind a lot lately. I run through the City and notice so many people doing the same thing. It makes me wonder whether more people are running now or am I just noticing them more now because I run? I've been running steadily for more than a year and it just seems like more of us are on the road. I mostly see people out in the morning which makes sense I suppose, I love my bed too much though to run before work.
I know there's a lot of factors to consider, travel prices, the media's focus on celeb bodies, the Olympics and so on. Ideally I would hope that there are more people running in London and that they're making a lifestyle change!
It consisted of some cross training, two 3 mile runs with a 5 mile run inbetween them on Wednesday. A rest on Friday and then a 5 mile pace run on Saturday followed by a gentle 10 miles on New Years Day.
If you are not tube savvy then can I advise you to either buy a travel card (daily or weekend) or top up an oyster card (it can be done online). It saves you so much money - a single is Zone 1 is £4!!!
When you click that read more below you’ll see how I’m looking these days. What are you waiting for?! Do it, it might be a bit surprising. Here is Nathaniel Cole, weighing in at 12 Stone and 11 Pounds.
On that day I said I would go on a long run. Did I?! Of course I did! I couldn’t let tumblr down. That’s why it’s great to blog about this stuff, I would hate the guilt of saying it here, essentially leaving proof of me saying I will do something and then not do it! Bah it’s not worth it. Anyway lets continue below to talk about my Tuesday night long run in the LDN.
Long day ahead but we got this right? Meeting > Work > Pub > Football. Perfect Monday right?
On a side note, my training doesn’t start until Boxing day, so I have a couple of weeks to run without any worries (in terms of distance and speed). Tomorrow I’m going to have some fun with this and do what my good friend Lynda did and see how far she can get in an hour long run, then run home from wherever you are! I believe she ran from Dalston to Battersea 2 weeks ago so that’s all the motivation I need!
I went for a 9 mile run with my friend on Sunday. We took it real easy and just enjoyed our surroundings, I had no idea about some of the trails lurking in East London! Such a beautiful place, I love where I live. (Pics below).
Next year my dad (who is 50, and has bad knees and feet) is running the london marathon, and raising looaadsss of money for the British Heart Foundation, because when my older step brother was little, he had a serious heart condition & had to have operations on his heart. So PLLEEAASSEE either sponsor him (any amount helps) or just reblog this to spread the word. THANKS! :D <3
I skipped my Sunday run due to being too lazy and not wanting to run extremely late! There I said it. So this obviously meant that I had to run on Monday night after work, right? Damn right it’s right. So right that I went for a run that very night.
Greenwich Movember 10k is Done! Race Report to follow...
I came in at around 47:40. Stellar time considering I wasn’t race ready and going for a PB either! The runs motivated me to really go for it in my next 10k though. One of our RDC runners won the whole 10K too! It was a great day :)
And man it was hell! OK. Hell is a bit strong but I didn’t feel the way I wanted to feel in there. It was a major wake up call for me. Since RTTB I’ve been real slack. No gym and hardly any running compared to what I was doing for training. I’m slowly getting back into it though.
I looked at myself in the mirror yesterday and didn’t like what I saw, so there was only one thing to do right? Hit the gym today and get that blasted wake up call my body has been calling for. Anyway, I’m glad I went. Much better than sitting at home getting whooped on FIFA right? Dinner time…
Just before you go on a run. Ask yourself who you are. What you’re about and what you’re going to do in the coming months. Sometimes it can seem like a really big, hard to achieve tasks. But deep down. Far down in your soul. You know you’ll do it. You’ll achieve your goals. Because you’re assessing these things before you go to run. Not walk or down to somewhere to binge. Your going to run, and you’re going to better yourself and realise those dreams.
Nobody can tell you any different either, it’s your life. Live it how you would want to see it.
So far my list has increased to 4 races! It’s going to be no biggy obviously, just 2 Half Marathons and 2 Marathons. Because that’s what I do regularly and all that, right?! The answer is no and 2012 will be devoted to training, training and more training. It’s going to be a ridiculous amount of hard work and I’ll admit it, I am scared. But there’s bigger things in this world than me and what I’m scared of so I’ve entered these races, sucked it up and I’m going to go out there to make people proud.
When I took those first steps in Victoria park all those years ago I never dreamed of going on my travels next year doing these races but it’s happening and this is where I am today - Three 10k’s and two Half Marathons deep. So, Paris, Berlin and LONDON! Are you ready?!
So I'm Going To Be Running The London Marathon Next Year
So excited / happy / amazed that I got my place! Opened the pack and now I’ve got a HUGE smile on my face. It’s going to be a weird running dream come true for me, onwards and upwards for me. April 22nd is the day and I’ll definitely be there!
I’m going to completely contradict the tittle by saying NO, it’s only the beginning to bigger and better stuff, being involved with Rundemcrew inspired me to become a crew leader, a mentor, a role model. If I can just inspire one person to run whilst having my own crew that’s absolutely fine with…
“I once read a quote about racing that I always take with me on raceday…
“I tell our runners to divide the race into thirds. Run the first part with your head, the middle part with your personality, and the last part with your heart.” Mike Fanelli
He could have meant many things, but I’ve taken it to mean this:
Run with your head. Keep calm, don’t get caught up in nervous flapping. Sensibly find your pace and keep focused on it. Be careful navigating around people and busy water stations etc.
Then run with your personality. This I think just means enjoy it, appreciate the day and give something of yourself to it. Check in with your wingman or team, look after them. Smile and cheer back at the supporters who have come out for you. Remember to look up and around where you are running and engage with your surroundings. Be part of it.
Finally run with your heart. It’s from here that you do your best for yourself, make someone proud, or even prove someone wrong. The bit of you that wants this, knows now hard you have worked and will be stronger when you cross the finish line.
So, youngers, with heads, personality and hearts, go race!”
I wonder how many missed opportunities there have been due to being scared? Fear shouldn't stop you from living. Go tell that guy he is hot stuff, run through the neighborhood and stop caring if people see your fat jiggle, talk to everyone you want to because fear of rejection doesn't control you, go take a road trip, go dance, sing a song, take risks, laugh.
It can take you places that you never dreamt of going. It will teach you a lot of things about yourself that you didn’t know. You learn about the type of person you really are, whether you’re a fighter or a quitter.
It will change your life. If you want it to anyway…