Last week’s running lowdown, a lot of firsts this week:
05/04/16 – 1st Backpack Run!
I’ve been working and commuting to Bristol this last week, so my running mileage has taken quite a nosedive. However, I managed to take all of my running gear to work on Tuesday, train back to Cardiff, change in the train toilets and jog my way to Roath wearing a backpack with all my work things in. Whilst it did feel quite cool to use running as a form of transport, having a backpack did make the whole process feel harder. I felt like the back of my lungs were being squished where the bag was, so I couldn’t breathe as deeply as I would have liked. (Is this a thing, or in my head?) My back got extra sweaty verrry quickly. My backpack was very full so swayed about side to side which probably made running harder. I’d like to try running with a proper running backpack… but I’m sure that it will be a similar situation to when you buy new running shoes and expect them to magically cancel out all running pains and shave five minutes off of your last PB: it just doesn’t work like that. Will have to build up my strength, fitness, and bag-wearing experience to get better at it.
I arrived to choir and tried to cool off for five minutes before I joined the session, but still ending up joining the group with a super red face. Also didn’t have chance to take a post-workout selfie! Ah well. Can’t win ’em all.
09/04/16 – 1st Cardiff Parkrun!
I had to take a bus to get to the north end of Bute Park for the Cardiff Parkrun. Got up early, tried to ignore the heavy rain clouds looming, and set off. When I got to the big Tesco near the start of the run, I was so surprised! NEVER HAVE I SEEN SO MANY RUNNERS NIP INTO TESCO TO USE THE TOILETS AT 8.45 ON A SATURDAY MORNING. I saw every kind of running shoe, outfit, accessory imaginable. Dogs. Children. Fancy dress. HORDES of runners. If there was a zombie horde and it was made out of this hardcore running crowd I wouldn’t rate your chances of survival. 630 runners at this 5k!
As with all parkruns it was an amazing mix of runners/ abilities and it felt nice to be a part of such a big crowd. I ran with Kat and Jas, my beloved run buds, and we had an awesome time and achieved this beautiful post-run pic:
This is my second park run, my first in Cardiff. I wish it started in an easy part of Bute Park for me to get to, but I understand that a race with this many runners would clog up the main part of the park quite heavily so maybe they are kept to the north part because of this. Despite the up-and-back nature of the route I still enjoyed it, the stewards were really great (thank you!) and there were some nice bits of scenery to break up the run. I ran behind a boy and his Pug. I NEVER would have thought a Pug could run a whole 5k. Good job doggie.
10/04/16 – 1st Brizzle Run!
My first run in my beloved city of Bristol. (I’m staying in Bristol all of this week! YEAH, got my running gear with me, so no excuse for the weekly mileage dip this time.) Bristol didn’t offer up a good first run for me though, as it was grey, rainy, windy as hell and the park I chose to run in was MUCH hillier than I thought (Darn you, St. Andrews!) I am quite wimpy with hills though, I avoid them like the plague, so this was a good thing to tackle. I got barked at by a Dalmatian who didn’t like me running past him, and I SWEAR a tiny child threw a pebble at me as I passed them by which hit me in the leg. Blummin’ kids!
Any readers of this blog will know that I gripe about Nike+ glitches quite often. This weekend it came up with a doozy, handing out everyone with ridiculous mileage scores:
Think we’re back to normal now, but I’m sure it won’t be long before Nike+ goofs up again. Harumph!