Sunday, 19 March 2017

Nice Weather (Part 2)

I managed to get out on Saturday morning for a stroll before the Judging and Health and Safety course I had opted to attend. Ray, Stew, Andy and Dave walked me back to the NSC and then continued on for a lap off Groudle before finishing at The Caff.

I intended, once the course had finished, to go and spend a few hours in the Pubs of Peel, however, the weather was poor once I returned home so the decision was made with Wife'y to get some wine and have a night in. The pubs would have been busy with the Rugby being on and the couple we usually have drinks with on a Saturday evening had bought tickets for the band Space at the Villa, both these facts made the decision of staying in easier. Until Thursday I was on days over the weekend so had not planned anything with them but I managed to get Saturday and Sunday off so at least I could chill before Sundays 10K. Christine and one of my daughters, Daniella, drank the wine so I had an alcohol free evening, this is something I plan to change today as soon as I have finished writing this.

The IOM 10k Championship was held in wet and windy conditions which kept some of the regulars away. I completed the distance just over a minute slower than my current PB but with the weather conditions, and the mileage covered this week, I was happy enough. I ended up 4th Overall 3rd Male (Adam 1st, Gianni 2nd and Hannah 1st Female 3rd O/A)

I was also delighted to receive a Trophy awarded by the Manx Harriers committee for my performances over the last 12 months on all events that I have competed.

Next week I am on evenings Monday till Wednesday and then off for 2 days before starting another set of 7 nights on Friday. I hope everyone's training is going well and hope you have all entered the Firefighters Memorial walk by now.

I'm off to the Pub!

Friday, 17 March 2017

Nice Weather!

A good start to the week weather wise meant I got out for  training walks on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and although colder on Thursday the group met as normal at Bikestyle for are usual lap. Dave Walker turned up wearing a heart rate monitor and proceeded, once we were on the promenade, to break some kind of unofficial heart rate record. Hanging on I managed to glance down at my watch and blurted out through bursting lungs the speed I had seen displayed, Dave immediately dismissed what I said, however, he confirmed sometime later that my watch was reading correctly. God knows how many beats per minute his heart rate monitor recorded. My Dad would always say the heart will only beat so many times before it stops, if this were remotely true, I think a good portion of the beats I have left were spent on Douglas promenade on Thursday evening!

I decided to have a rest day today (Friday) the weather, once I had got to Peel from work, compounded that decision. Tomorrow I am attending a Level 1 Judging Course at the NSC. My intension is to walk with the group earlier in the morning and get back to Pulrose Power Station with enough time to shower before making my way over to the Harriers club house for 10 o'clock. The Caff may have to be missed unfortunately.

As a reminder from last weeks Blog - Manx Harriers have a 10k event on Sunday with entries being taken on the day. If you don't fancy taking part, helpers will most certainly still be required.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Another Week Closer!

After Sundays walk with Dave I rested on Monday evening, I had planned on just a short recovery walk but the evening, once home, seemed to come and go. Tuesday, at work, I could not wait to get home, changed and back to Douglas to meet the group at Bikestyle due to the fine weather. I left work at 1530, but by the time I got to Peel it had started to cloud over a little and on my return to Douglas the heavens opened and the day I had been looking out on, from my office window, could not have been more different. It was good to get out though and the rain meant the pace wasn't bad either.

Wednesdays training with Sam was a no go as he had other commitments, so a stroll with Christine to Shoprite and back was the alternative. I did manage to get out on Thursday morning for a few miles before work which was a bonus as I had thought no miles would be covered due to being on evenings, starting at 1500hrs. Friday morning seen me start another D.I.Y task at home (another ceiling). I have only myself to blame really, having finished the new bathroom ceiling last week i still hadn't got round to tidying the tools up and putting them out of sight in the garage, because of this Christine suggested maybe I could start on the bedroom whilst all the tools were still in the house that were needed (I normally pretend not to be able to find tools to stall these things). It seems a harsh punishment for not tidying up after myself, but on the other hand, it is a job that has needed finishing off since we renovated the house nearly 4 years ago so I don't really blame her for taking the opportunity to finally get it done. It did mean my plan to get dropped off in Kirk Michael again and either walk or run back was pushed aside. I made sure I tidied up after myself before leaving for work so not to fall into the same trap next week, however, in my eagerness to place everything out of sight in the garage I neglected to push the Lawnmower back into its space and left it outside. I have already received a text saying whilst it is out I may as well make a start on the lawns, I will never learn!


Andy Dawson, Stew, Ray and I met on Saturday morning. It was a rather foggy start to the day and by the time we had finished it had became damp also. I got back to Peel with enough time to get showered, make lunch and leave for another evening shift so any extra miles walking around the streets of Peel frequenting the local pubs will have to wait until next weekend. I have taken Saturdays day shift off next week so I can attend a Judging course at the NSC, held by England Athletics. Hopefully, with an early start, I can get some miles in first before using the facilities at the Power Station to get cleaned up in time for the course to start.
Manx Harriers are holding their Manx 10k and junior championships next Sunday at 10:00am. Entry can be made on the day. Helpers, as always, are required to lap count, marshal or make tea / coffee. If I can manage to get another day off I will see you there!



Sunday, 5 March 2017

103 Days to Go!

Here we are another week closer to the Manx Telecom Parish Walk 2017. The Parish Talk was held on Tuesday and from what I hear was well attended. Unfortunately the live feed and recording of the evening did not go to plan so for those that could not make the event, if anyone has any questions I am more than happy to answer them from my own experience of distance walking over the last 2 1/2 years. I am also lucky to train with multiple parish walk winners and finishers, so if I don't know I have their knowledge and experience to draw from, Stew Jones and Dave Walker were 2 of the Panel on Tuesday evening.

Only Ray and myself trained on Tuesday so we left from my house in Peel for a random lap of the town. the pace was not great, partly due to the narrow pavements and multiple road crossings, but also due to my ankle being sore. It was only the second time I had trained with the Achimed tendon support, the first being Saturday. I thought on Saturday it was just my Achilles being tight that was causing me discomfort but once the symptoms were replicated on Tuesday I have come to the conclusion its the support. The mode of action of the support is that it causes a massage effect due to the silicone inlay which supports perfusion, the further effects are swelling, irritation and pain are relieved. I can confirm that all the above have definitely been noticed in the short time I have been wearing it and the pain experienced whilst training is an unfortunate effect of this, however, it does suggest that the support causes the greatest effect during physical exercise. Regardless of this I decided to train without wearing the support on Wednesday and opted to wear the heel raises that come with the Achimed support to further help in the tendon recovery to compare. I am encouraged to say that both training walks on Wednesday went well, I got dropped off just outside Kirk Michael by Christine in the morning and walked the Coast Road back to Peel and trained in the evening around Douglas with Sam, Rich Wild and Ray. Yes the tendon was sore but nothing like when wearing the support. I am going to try wearing it only when at work or strolling during the day or evening when nipping to the shops or walking with Christine around Peel for the next 7 days to see how it goes.

I was going to Recce the first half of the Leg I am hoping to complete as part of the Race the Sun relay in May on Thursday as the day started looking quite bright. By the time Christine was leaving for work, I was going to get dropped off close to Kirk Michael again and pick up the old railway line, it had started to look a little dull so with that and the chance a contractor may have been calling to measure up for an extension to are driveway I decided to advance the heating and sit in the comfort of the house and wait to see if he turned up.

Thankfully the Contractor did arrive so it wasn't a wasted afternoon. My phone also pinged at 15.30 to remind me I had a massage on my Achilles booked at 1600, I think I had blocked this from my mind due to the excruciating pain I'm in whilst suffering the punishing manipulation at the Adjust Clinic in Peel. Thursdays training group met up at Bikestyle for the loop around Douglas and Onchan. With the nights now stretching a little it allowed us to extend the walk and instead of turning up Harbour Road, above Port Jack, we continued along King Edward Road and took the turning up Groudle Road before joining are normal route back through Lakeside Gardens. By the time I arrived back at the car I was soaked due to the weather turning wet around half way through the walk. It gave the rain jacket a run out though which was good, I know it will keep me dry during the upcoming Firefighters Memorial Walk if it turns wet. The only downside I feel to this kind of waterproof material is I feel like I have been poached after only a few miles. I am sure if I spent a lot more money I would find a top that not only held out the wet but also allowed the garment to breath. here's hoping for a dry walk on the Firefighters and Parish.

Saturday morning Stew, Ray and I met at the NSC for a walk. As I made my way into Douglas a few groups of fellow walkers were already out on their way through Braddan and also at the top of the Ballahutchin heading in the direction of the course, possibly towards Santon. We decided to follow the same route but again turning left at the end of the Oatlands Road to head back through Crogga Mill and along Marine Drive to finish back at the NSC but not before pausing at The Buttery (The Caff was packed) for breakfast.

This morning (Sunday) I met up with Dave Walker for a stroll, Dave was unable to make it out yesterday due to work commitments. This week has seen me cover more mileage than any other since New Year partly due to being off work. I return to work tomorrow so the next weeks training will be interrupted by the inconvenience of working evenings from Thursday. I may have to consider walking to Pulrose from Peel on Thursday to make up for the session I will miss.

Entries close for the Firefighters Memorial Walk on the 13th April, so if you haven't entered yet get those entries in so not to miss out on a great event.