Run Dem Crew at Mile 21 – London Marathon 2014

By April 14, 2014 Life, Running

 

*Make sure you watch it in HD*

 

“If you do not run, you must cheer!”

This is a compilation of short videos I made at Mile 21 of the London Marathon with the mighty Run Dem Crew as we cheered on some of our friends, but for the majority, complete strangers.

As you know if you follow my blog, I do a lot of running…! So if you ever wondered what running means to me and why I prioritise spending my time running over many other things in my life, look no further than this video.

Running a marathon is a phenomenal accomplishment and I have respect for every single person who has managed to concur 26.2 miles – it’s something that I hope to add to my achievements as I run my first marathon in Copenhagen the 18th May 2014.

Jazzman Radio Show with RSD Competition!

By April 14, 2014 Life, Music, Orsi recommends, Radio

RECORD STORE DAY JAZZMAN COMPETITION – CLOSES 19th April 2014

As you might know, Jazzman Records is releasing a special Gilson et Malagasy box set for RSD day and in this show we are giving one lucky listener the chance to win the 4CD box set version of that release.

The competition closes 190414 and we will pick a winner at random – but you have to listen to the show in order to find out what it’s all about!

Enjoy and good luck!

MARATHON TRAINING WEEK 14: Injured but determined!

By April 14, 2014 Life, Running

Oh the irony of life…! The last couple of weeks I was feeling a bit deflated when it came to marathon training. Then I ran 16 miles with  and kicked off Week 13 of training feeling super optimistic and proud of what my body and legs can accomplish.

training week 13 - 1

The 5 mile run on Tuesday felt like a breeze and it was the first time in a long time I felt fit, in form and generally positive about my running. The knee niggles and soreness that I experienced on my long run returned after 4.5 miles, but I was hoping it was just from tiredness and not something serious.

training week 13 - RICE knees

Having learned from previous mistakes of over-training and injury, I RICE-d (Rest/Ice/Compress/Elevate) my knees as soon as I got in and hoped for the best.

training week 13 - 2

The following day I set out to do 9 miles but the knee niggles came back around 4.5 miles again, and I knew that I would be a fool if I pushed through. I stopped at 5 miles, a bit heavy hearted and sad. I was running super strong and confident for the first 4 miles, so it felt like a bit if a confidence blow to have silly knee niggles stopping me from running.

I decided to be sensible on Thursday and skipped my 4 mile run to let my knees rest. I was hoping that RICE-ing and resting for a few days would mean that I could take on the 18 miler on the weekend with confidence and a big smile on my face.

training week 13 - 4

Saturday approached and as me and Cata set out to do our 18 miles I have to say that it was amazing running weather (sunny with some cloud, cold with a light breeze). We decided to do a reversed and slightly different route than our usual long one to accommodate my poor knees, incorporating less steep / long hill stretches and more parks.

Spring was definitely in the air, and even though I made the stupid mistake of (yet again) leaving my breakfast too close to my run, I was really enjoying it. As we ran through New Cross Gate and Peckham I couldn’t help but to smile and feel a sense of pride of how far we had come since the beginning of our training 11-13 weeks ago.

I started my training in mid January this year struggling to make it past 1 mile, and now I was about to casually run 5 more miles than what it takes to complete a half marathon!! Oh yes, not only was I a little bit smug and proud, but for the first time in a very long time, I was enjoying the feeling of running and the thought of the many miles ahead.

But then the pain in my knees kicked in between 4½-5 miles and I was faced with a dilemma – I could either carry on running and ignore the pain, whilst potentially hurting myself so much I would miss out on the marathon OR I could swallow my damn pride (and the fear of not being prepared enough come race day) and stop running.

A lot of thoughts rushed through my head for the following 3,3 miles, but in the end, I decided nothing was worth putting my well-being and race day at risk, so I stopped 8,3 miles in.

Annoyed, disappointed, sad, angry, jealous and defeated are just a few words that describes how I felt as I said goodbye to Cata by Oval tube station. I never thought I would be jealous of anybody having to run 18 miles (for “fun”) – yet there I stood on the platform, waiting for the train with a big lump in my throat.

As I shed a few tears being my sunglasses I realised how much this journey means (and has meant) to me, how determined I am to make it to the end, and how badly I want to run this marathon.

Those 26,2 miles might scare me to the core of my being, but the thought of not being able to run them due to injury that was a result of my own stupidity and stubbornness scare me even more.

So with that in mind, the plan for the next 10 days are as follows:

MARATHON TRAINING WEEK 14:

  • RICE
  • Foam roll
  • Do strengthening exercises to improve knees and related body parts
  • Stretch
  • Rest

I Do Not Run

By April 9, 2014 Life, Running

“Run Dem Crew is a 200 person strong collective of creatives with a passion for running and exchanging ideas. I Do Not Run attempts to capture the spirit of one of the most influential crews in the global urban running movement. The film documents a 12 month period as Run Dem Crew prepare to race the London and San Francisco marathons.”

Run Dem Crew presents I Do Not Run is a film by my very talented, funny, smart and totally drop dead gorgeous running friend Lina Caicedo.

Safe to say that if it wasn’t for these people and this amazing movement, I would probably not be boring you to death with loads of pictures and posts about training for my first ever marathon at the moment.

Actually, to be fair, I probably wouldn’t be running at all if it wasn’t for Charlie Dark, Bangs and the love, help and support from RDC & our global friends!

Big up Lina and everybody else involved in making this short film about Run Dem happen. It brought a lot of happy tears to my eyes.

If you want to see what Run Dem is all about, why not join us at MILE 21 this Sunday as we cheer people on at the London Marathon!

We will be standing on both sides of the road from about 9:30am by

Docklands Tyres & Exhausts
767 Commercial Rd
London, E14 7HG
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The nearest tube is Mile End or Limehouse on the DLR – I would recommend you to walk from Limehouse as its much quicker!

MARATHON TRAINING WEEK 13: Running sucks! (sometimes…)

By April 7, 2014 Life, Running

It seems that week 12 of my marathon training was a very mixed bag of good and bad moments. Having ended the previous week with two very shitty runs – I wasn’t feeling very optimistic about anything this week.

training week 12 - 1

Because my Sunday long run had been cut short, I felt much more energetic on Tuesday and the initial goal was to run 8 miles again. Despite a strong start and my legs feeling great, I kept having issues of slightly throwing up/”heavy burping” from around 2 miles onwards.

I had the same issue on my Sunday run but that was because I ran too soon after eating. This time I had done research the day before my run  about what to eat when before a run, and I didnt really eat anything to warrant any of those reactions, so VERY disorienting and quite disappointing to be honest!

I decided to try to push through it and maybe do 5 miles instead of the initial 8, but just before 4 miles I got the craziest twisting stomach pains – so bad in fact that I had to scream from the pain at one point, very odd! Managed to push through until 4.6 miles in, and then I took the train home pretty deflated and disappointed.

training week 12 - 2

The thought of yet ANOTHER bad run was really putting me off running this race all together, so when I got an email from Nike asking me if I wanted to do a spinning class at BOOM cycle as part of the We Own The Night training, I jumped at the chance! I’ve never been into cycling or spinning really, but I love some of the classes they have at BOOM (like the hip hop one!!) so this was a great way of doing something different but still keeping active.

Not sure if 45 min of spinning counts as doing a 4 mile run, BUT I did sweat so much I snorted my own sweat a few times, so it did really work my cardio and gave at least my mind a welcomed break from running! (my legs felt pretty shaky if im honest!)

training week 12 - 3

Friday I was back running and managed to do a pretty speedy 8 miler. I am not sure why, but for some reason my legs and mind want to keep a 9:15min/mile pace, which is way too fast for me at the moment!

As a result, I had to stop every 2 miles and force myself to run slower. Not the easiest thing, but now isnt the time to try to gain speed!! I want to be able to keep a consistent and comfortable pace for a very long time and without Cata I just get too eager! But I’m working on it and overall it wasn’t such a bad run!

training week 12 - 4

For Sunday my training plan said 12 miles, but since I missed out on a run this week and only did half of my 16 miles the weekend before, me and Cata decided to try to run 16 miles instead.

The weather was perfect! Cloudy but warm and breezy with a hint of rain. I tried out another pair of Nike shorts I had bought plus a new running bag and I have to say I was super happy with both!

As for the run, apart from needing a wee for about 8-10 miles of the 16, it was pretty bearable until we got to around 13-14 miles. After that my knees – or actually the thin bone exactly under my knees – started hurting so much it felt like somebody has taken a hammer and smashed them up. I was struggling with the pain, but as always, having Cata there helped.

training week 12 - 5

Also, I think our routine of doing a quick stop every 4 miles for some refuelling and a drink helps too. We will most likely just walk and not stop on race day, but mentally it helps knowing that I have something to look forward to every 4th mile.

Overall I am happy with my effort for week 12 of training, hopefully I wont have ended up with a bad case of runner’s knee and can continue training as normal – would hate to get an injury this close to the race!

MARATHON TRAINING WEEK 13

MON: REST – Done
TUE: 5 miles – Done
WED: 9 miles – NOT DONE! Only managed 5  miles due to knees
THU: 4 miles – NOT DONE!
FRI: REST – Done
SAT: 18 miles – NOT DONE! Only managed 8.3 miles due to knees
SUN: REST