• Leg hurties

    I hurt my leg. Damn it.

    Means I haven’t been able to run lately. It also means the 1000 mile bunny has bounded ahead. The 1000 km bunny must be close. I’m too scared to check it.

    I was doing a long run, and I kept running on my leg even though it was hurting a bit. That was stupid.

    I have a half-marathon race coming up in a few weeks. Will decide soon if I am fit enough to do it.

  • February: A small sneeze

    The month *started* well enough. In fact, it started admirably.

    Was running 9-10km regularly. A few recovery runs too.

    First week of Feb

    In fact, I reached 43.0 km for the frist week. Things were looking up.

    But the next week, I was heading to Melbourne for the weekend. After a longer than usual week, I thought I should take it a bit easier. Build in some rest days. So I ended up only running 20km. Then, on the plane, I got a cold. So the week after that was a shocking 15km.

    The bunny of death was approaching me for a change. All year I’ve been pulling away. Now, the cute little thing was making back ground.

    You can see where it all went so wrong:

    Runs by week - Jan & Feb

     

    All in all, I made it to 106.1 km for February. It’s a shorter month, so that’s not too bad I suppose. But when you look at the fall off from January (about 28km), it’s clear I’ve got some work to do:

    2013 to Feb

    I’m trying to do a “long” run each week (16km+), which I generally get around to doing on the weekend. I enjoy them. Here’s a graph of all my runs for 2013:

    2013 all runs to Feb

    The 15km run (second last on the right) was the first run I did after/during my brief “sickness”. It was a hotter day, and it almost killed me! The 8km run two days later was much more pleasant. I need to slowly get back into this running thing rather than just assume I can jump back into the deep end.

    The big gap in the middle is bad though. I should have done more runs before I went to Melbourne, but such is life.

    So, where’s the bunny at the moment?

    Well, I’m ahead, with a bit of a safety margin. I’m writing this blog a bit late, so this includes my long run from yesterday (which is in the March data).

    Bunny 1000km to 3March

    That’s nice to see. However, I’m also in an unofficial race with a 1000 MILE bunny (1,609.3 km). This bunny, thanks to February’s slackness, is now ahead of me.

    Bunny 1000miles 3March

    10km in front, and gaining every day. And every day, the bunny adds 4.2km…

    bunny

    Damn those bunnies.

    So all and all, 240.2km so far for 2013. 759.8 km to go.

  • 2012, meet 2013 (and damn you bunny)

    Just a quick update, today makes the day I’ve exceeded my 2012 running total!

    [progpress title=”Running Meter 2012” goal=”1000” current=”268” label=”kms”]

    I did an easy, 8km recovery run today, however it brought the total to:

    [progpress title=”Running Meter 2013” goal=”1000” current=”270” label=”kms”]

    Yay!

    I’m nearly equal with the (unofficial) 1000 mile pacing bunny too:

    Today is day 62.
    831.9 mi and 304 days remaining

    You are 1.3 mi behind the pace bunny.

    Soon bunny, soon.

     

     

     

  • January: The running data is in

    The data is in for the first month of the year. Will it show progress? Will it show failure?

    Before we get to the numbers (and graphs, oh the graphs), firstly what is this Run Run thing all about? Basically, I have a plan to run 1000 km in 2013. I failed dismally last year. I’m more determined this year.

    So what do the numbers say then?

    Good news! So far this year I’ve run a somewhat respectable 134.50 kilometers. I say somewhat respectable because there are people that can run that in an afternoon. But for progress to the 1000km mark, it’s not bad for the first month.

    I am however worried that this is what’ll happen (thanks to PHD Comics):

    PHD Comics: Exercise vs. Time

    Now, how does it compare with that evil pacing bunny rabbit?

    Pacing Bunny... losing

    The caption may give the game away. That bunny is behind at the moment, eating dust. The bunny (which runs the average of 2.6 kilometers a day to meet the 1000km/year goal) has bounded 84.9 kilometers. That puts me 49.6 km ahead at the end of the first month.

    Jan: Will v Bunny

    And here is the graph of runs so far this month:

    Jan: All Runs

    All good news. I’d like to run more kilometers each month, but with February being 3 days shorter, I better get cracking. See you in a month.

  • Kookaburra in a tree – a binocular/smartphone mashup

    Kookaburra in a tree

    I was playing around the other day with my phone and a pair of binoculars, trying to work out how combine the two to take a photo. This is the best I could come up with.

    It was taken with a iPhone 3GS, so the quality isn’t as high as it otherwise could have been.   That and I held a smartphone up to the eye piece of a fairly cheap set of binoculars before pushing the “take photo” button with my nose.