In the absence of real snow, we have the virtual alternative. Watch this page slowly and you’ll see “snowflakes” falling across it after a few seconds – the wonders of clever technology (thanks to WordPress). On a similar thread, Google have their own little snowy themed “Easter Egg” this year. Go to the main Google page, type in “let it snow” – without the “” – and click search. Snow starts to fall across your screen and after a while it frosts up and a new defrost button appears. Have never understood how someone has the time to develop these and why. Maybe I need to read a bit more about them – by clicking on the link above. I’m sure there’s some logic behind them somewhere.
A white Christmas in London this year? Probably not – no sign still of the arctic winter that was predicted. Though little Mr. Noble has now had 2 snowy Christmas times – not on Christmas Day specifically but around then – out of the 2 he’s had in total. His 3rd this year.
Another good running week last week. 10 miles on Monday, followed by 1/2 marathon on Wednesday (over 2 minutes faster than my last Royal Parks Foundation 1/2 time in October) and then an even quicker 10 miles on Friday (40 seconds faster than Monday). Speed work is definitely paying off – though need to ease off for a bit now and increase mileage. Still over 5 months to go until the big day in April.
Pace is king in my world now. And it’s absolutely about setting your initial pace right. Too slow and you’ll never pick it up. Too fast and you’ll fatigue too early and slow down dramatically in the latter part of the run. So yes, it’s a very fine balance. It’s also what you mentally set as your planned pace. I like setting it faster and then coming in just over that. Last 10 miler this week was great. Back from good old Tumble Tots – where little Mr. Noble had done some tumbling, rolling, climbing and jumping – and through Bushy Park (and back dodging some huge stag that look very mean). Again managed to pick up my face in the last 1 mile or so, with a nice finish.
Talking of Bushy Park, the Parkruns there continue to amaze me – 840+ runners last weekend. Unless you know about it, you’d never realise that there are over 800 people meeting up for a fun 5km run first thing on a Saturday. Very cool. And I’ve said before, definitely need to get back and do some more. Definitely helps with speed.
But multi-layered? Oh yes, it’s that time of the year – cold and frosty. Running gloves and hat on and then a number of layers on me to keep warm. Still in the shorts though! Amazingly, however cold it is, as long as I’ve got gloves and hat on (to cover the exposed bits) within a few miles you’re nice and warm and the odd cold gust isn’t a problem. If the weather forecasts are to be believed – minus a big number and arctic conditions – the layers will be going up even more.
And a great running week finished off with carols at the Royal Albert Hall in London – an official Noble Christmas tradition. With some more carols helping raise money for Whizz-Kidz in the evening. Now it feels even more like Christmas.
Thankfully no major downpour of snow this year, like last year when we almost didn’t get to the Royal Albert Hall and in actual fact about half the people were unable to get there due to bad weather.
3 easier runs this week with one long one and a trip to Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park.
If you’ve ever called me and I’ve answered the phone professionally you’ll know. Why in winter? It’s winter now and Mrs. Noble – Nic – already snapped up snowballs in summer for her amazing cakes and cards. Check out Nic’s Snowballs in summer blog.