Week Eleven: virtual 10K

This week I competed in a 10K race with 4349 other people, even though I was running alone, and could pick my own route and start time.  Most of my competitors weren’t even in the same country as me.  This was a new experience for me, and a good one.  Before explaining how it worked I need to introduce you to my favourite bit of running/cycling geekery: the mobile phone app Strava.  It’s not an exaggeration: this app has revolutionised my training, and has really motivated me.  The app uses the phone’s GPS to record speed and distance during my runs and cycles: while there are other apps that do this I’ve never found one that works as well as Strava.

So why is it so good?   Continue reading “Week Eleven: virtual 10K”


Week One: Abrupt ending

I had planned a 20 mile cycle out and back along the coast road along the Firth of Forth.  The weather was great and I was tempted to go further to soak up the sun’s rays and the great views, but reminded myself to take it easy.  My bike – ‘Doreen’, a Specialized Allez Sport purchased in 2010 – and I were getting on really well, and I felt really positive about my training, and life in general.  It was on this ride that I came up with the idea of blogging about my training, because I have masses of random musings whilst out on the bike, and I thought it would make sense to give them an outlet.  I thought this might also help clear out my muddled brain to make some room for the important things I keep forgetting! Continue reading “Week One: Abrupt ending”