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Scotney Castle

Intentionally ruined when the newer, bigger house was built at the top of the hill, Old Scotney Castle is now just a rather extravagant garden feature.  Where you or I may have a gnome, the aristocracy have castles…

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And we’re back in the room…

Or out of the room, and running that 5K route again. Thanks to some motivational speaking from Mrs H, the running has started again.  Things took a bit of a hit from November through to March really, as illness and good old fashioned lack of motivation took their toll.  One run in January and another in February didn’t really do much to maintain the level I’d got to, sadly. And so I’m almost starting again.  5 minutes running, 3 minutes…

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Setback

Damnit.  It must be that time of year.  3 days off work in the last 2 weeks, and no running since October 29th (2½ weeks ago).  But today I went swimming with the family (splashing about, no proper lengths or anything), and I didn’t die, so that’s a plus. So the plan is to get back into the running in the following week, probably stepping back to the 15 mins run / 2 mins walk level.

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Ahead of schedule

Last time, I said my target for the next couple of weeks was to be able to run the whole way round my usual 5km route. Well, I sort of did it a couple of weeks early, look: OK, so it’s not quick by any means, but it was running all the way (in some pretty horrible sideways-rain weather too, I may add). On to the 10km plan proper now…

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End of plan 1

I’m one run away from finishing the BUPA 5km Training Plan (pdf), which is somewhat surprising in itself.  I drifted from the plan slightly, and did 7 runs every 2 weeks, aiming for every other day rather than 3 every week.  I also had most of a week off due to work and a bit of a cold 1 so I’m fairly pleased to have completed the 8 week plan in about 8 weeks. In those 8 weeks, I’ve gone from running…

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