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Races or Events that we have taken part in, or want to in the future!

July Mileage

July was an interesting month for us, both started new jobs and I saw the end of my old 12 hour shift pattern which included regular nights. These were definitely having a negative impact on my training goals, and since the change to good old Mon-Fri 9-5 working I have been able to significantly increase my strength and conditioning training, which I’m very happy about! 😀
I’m working on some way to collate those workouts and present data on how much both of us do aside from running, cycling and swimming (as much to keep for our own records as to share with you!).

Irina ran the very hilly and hot Frome Half Marathon this month and posted a very impressive time of 1:57! Her mileage last month with the training for that is seriously impressive!! Her dreams of running a marathon must surely be set to come true next year…

Paul’s July Running: 26.5 Miles
Paul’s July Cycling: 77.5 Miles
Paul’s July Swimming: 4 Miles

Irina’s July Running: 85.3 Miles!!
Irina’s July Cycling: 7.8 Miles

We’re off camping for a long weekend this weekend, where I hope to do some sea swimming in my new (and first ever) Triathlon wetsuit. Can’t wait to experience the major difference in swimming in a wetsuit having never done this before… I’m also doing a basic Mountain Leading Navigation Course in August, which will hopefully pave the way (pun intended! ;)) for some solo hiking/camping expeditions and more exciting hikes for TeamPI in the future.

Here’s to new jobs, more training and seeing better results! Bring on August… 8)

Paul.

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The Frome Half Marathon 2013

Yesterday I ran the Frome Half Marathon. It was amazing! Superb organisation, marshals, spectators, water station, water sponges (more later in the blog). And the route! What an scenic route! I loved every minute of it (apart from the hill after 11th mile! Ouchy!). Thank you Frome! I will certainly be back next year! (with better tactic for the hill after 11th mile!)

As I had to drop out of the Bath Half Marathon earlier this year due to a injury, I was desperate to find a Half Marathon close to Bristol. I came across Frome HM, which sounded well what shall I say… lovely. (I have to admit I didn’t read the full details like hilly course!). I wasn’t much concerned about the fact that we would actually have a summer and a heat wave. My main concern was torrential rain! But who would have thought that we would get a heat wave!?! Yes, it was hot! Very hot!

The organiser did a amazing job and had a real sense of duty of care! So they put up extra water stations for the Half Marathon runners. Thank you for that! We needed it, even if just pouring the water over yourself. Plus water sponges! When I saw the sign I asked myself ( a loud) what that might be? And then I saw two girls with a big pile of sponges and huge bucket full of water, I had a big smile! Yes, of course, amazing idea! It was cool and refreshing and gives you that extra push for few miles.

The spectators! What a crowd! Very supportive, very uplifting! And very generous. Some had their garden hoses out and offered a very welcome cooling down spray! Plus loads of kids with their water pistols, and spray-bottles! But my favorite was the drummer! You don’t expect to hear or see a full size drum kit in the middle of country side! But don’t mess with Frome crowd! They had it! So a Big Thank YOU!

Oh the the route! I’ve seen big mansions, farms, beautiful country houses, springs, woodlands, country cottages and so much more! I constantly was making comments (a loud). Sorry to fellow runners! I was trying to keep the spirits up! 🙂

My preparation was optimal. Training went well, I even run 12 miles on a hot-ish day, tapering was tough but I pulled it through, hydration and fuel before the event excellent. I was ready! Excited and couldn’t wait to go. I kept a close eye on the weather forecast and the temperature were getting higher. Very unusual phenomenon during British summer. So my tactic was simple, time doesn’t matter, just keep going, watch energy levels, hydration, don’t push too hard, just make sure you cross the finish line! But as many of us runners know, once you are racing, you are racing! Even if you only racing for your own PB. And I did! 1:57:16! Get in! Couldn’t ask for better time considering the heat.

I can say that I am fully recovered from my injury and can attack the 3 Half Marathons in September/October this year! Happy all I can say!

Irina

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June Mileage

Well June has been one hell of a month for TeamPI!! We went on holiday to Scotland and did lots of mountain walks including some quality scrambling and bouldering. On our return we both started in brand new jobs as well! Knackered doesn’t even describe how tired we were at the end of the month, lol!

Anyway, we still managed to get some mileage in around all this, and have measured and included our hikes from Scotland too (although not including lots of shorter days all spent on the feet and sightseeing).

These next weeks will be very trying, Paul is  moving from 12 hour day and night shift patterns back into a busy office / management role and Irina is taking on a LOT more management responsibility in her new position, so we have a new life/work/fitness balance to strike, which will no doubt be testing, but we are very determined to not let our great progress and fitness goals slip…

We firmly believe that excellent nutrition, good training plans, and realistic (but challenging) goals are the key to success, and that there is no real reason that a busy job or lifestyle should stop you! (People seem all to happy to make excuses or procrastinate their way out of their ideals). Not TeamPI! 😉

Paul & Irina’s Joint Hiking Mileage in June: 40.7

Paul’s June Running: 14 Miles
Paul’s June Cycling: 10.9 Miles
Paul’s June Swimming: 0.6 Miles

Irina’s June Running: 47.1 Miles
Irina’s June Cycling: 7.7 Miles

Due to financial constraints, Paul’s summer Triathlon plans have to take a back seat for now, but Irina is running the Frome Half Marathon in a few weeks, which looks like it will be a great new experience and a tough hilly run!

Time to ramp up that training…

Paul. 🙂

 

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May Mileage

May has been a bumper month for Team Pi! Lots of varied training and activities and we’ve both been busy with work related projects.
We also attended the first ever Sports Nutrition Live event in London, which was highly informative and very interesting. We also visited the Body Power Expo 2013 at the NEC in Birmingham, which again was excellent, if a little busy! These weekends away meant we missed out on a lot of pool time this month though.

We had a successful and highly enjoyable Bristol 10k run on the 5th and have been keeping the mileage going since then.

Paul’s May Running: 35 Miles
Paul’s May Cycling: 33.1 Miles
Paul’s May Swimming: 0 Miles!

Irina’s May Running: 47.2 Miles
Irina’s May Cycling: 0 Miles

We’re off on holiday for two weeks this weekend, one week in the Glencoe area where we will summit Ben Nevis amongst others, then down to camp in the Lakes and climb Skafell Pike, followed by some camping near Snowdon and a summit of that too. Should be fun and relaxing! 😉

Paul.

 

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The Bristol 10k 2013

The Bristol 10k 2013

On Sunday, Irina and I ran in our second Bristol 10k event (Our first one was back in 2011). Events like this are one of the many reasons we are thankful for living in Bristol, and we love our ‘home’ events!

Paul finished in 50’07” and Irina in 50’37”…

My personal preparation wasn’t great for this one, as I missed out on running the Frenchay 10k (which was booked and paid for) in April due to a weird bout of illness and since my Bath Half Marathon in March have only run a distance of around 5 miles once. However, I knew I could run the distance no problem, it was just a matter of how strong I would be feeling towards the end!

The weather was perfect on the day, broken cloud with some nice sun shine, but not too hot. Our fuel and hydration preparation is getting really good these days, and so I felt great for the run. Our journey in is an easy 10 minute drive to our favourite car-park in town (the easiest to get away from at the end of the day!) and we strolled through town to the runners village with plenty of time.

Bristol 10k 2013 Runners Village

The atmosphere at the run_bristol events is always great, but today felt different somehow, in the wake of the recent Boston marathon bombing and with the planned 30 seconds silence before the race, people seemed in particularly defiant mood, and there was a great buzz around the whole place. Indeed the silence before the race start was wonderfully observed by all, and extremely powerful and poignant. I took a moment to think about why we run, and how lucky I am that I can have this lifestyle. Everyone applauded after the silence, as I think it really impacted us all being so powerful a moment.

For this race I didn’t take my iPod like I normally do for longer runs, and actually quite enjoyed soaking up the atmosphere, and it helped me focus more on the sights and sounds of the event. I also found that it didn’t distract from my pace and controlling that throughout the race.

Since working quite hard on my cadence and stride recently, I find my running that much more enjoyable when I have a target in mind, and I felt comfortable with my pacing all the way through the run, including deliberately slowing myself by 15 seconds per km for the 7th km as I could feel my hamstring tightening up and felt I could finish quicker if I eased off a little now. My timings were good, although I didn’t quite have enough ‘sprint’ left in me at the very finish to get under 50 minutes. Overall though I was very happy with my time and feel that with uninterrupted preparation I could push for my target of a 45 minute 10k.

Once over the finish line I was delighted and impressed to see Irina finish just behind me, and she was just getting into her ‘zone’! 😎

Massive congratulations must go to all those involved in setting up and running this event. As usual it was superbly run, from the cadets in the baggage tents, the marvelous marshal’s, the guys handing out rewards at the end and everyone else in-between. The atmosphere was brilliant and there was great camaraderie between runners, especially at the start which can get a bit ‘hectic’ with all those early-rushing overtakers (some of whom you will inevitably catch up and pass later on!).

As seems to be our Bristol after-race ritual, Irina and I walked back through town, stopping off for a delicious (and high GI recovery) hot pasty in the West Cornwall Pasty Co. shop and then a well-earned coffee and piece of chocolate! The rest of the day was spent with a nice afterglow as is the usual reward for taking part in these events, and we treated ourselves to a healthy meal and a glass (or two 😉 ) of our favourite prosecco, before an exhausted early night!

Really looking forward to the Bristol Half Marathon later in the year, and many more excellent run_bristol events in the future.

Paul.

Irina’s thoughts to follow soon…

 
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Posted by on 9 May, 2013 in Races & Organised Events, Running

 

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April Mileage

Firstly, apologies for the lack of blogging this past month from Team Pi, it’s been a weird month!! We’ll get back on it in May…

It’s been an odd month with a few niggling injuries each and Paul had a weird heart scare at the start of the month after a viral chest infection! In fact the start of the year hasn’t gone to plan at all… but we’re positive and pushing on to get things back on track, with lots of plans this year.

Irina jumped on the bike this month (cycling to the pool for her weekly Aqua Running session) and enjoyed it, so is planning some more cycling this summer. (She had the nice surprise of newbie saddle-bum! 😉 )

Paul’s April Running: 19.9 Miles
Paul’s April Cycling: 12 Miles
Paul’s April Swimming: 0.8 Miles

Irina’s April Running: 45.5 Miles
Irina’s April Cycling: 7.7 Miles
Irina’s April Aqua-Running / Pool workouts: 1.5 Hours Approx.

Bristol 10k to look forward to this Sunday, and we’re both raring to go. Sadly I don’t think Paul will be hitting the time he wanted due to the preparation being hit, but should still be comfortably under the hour mark. Our blog on the event will follow Monday or Tuesday. 🙂

Paul.

 

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