I haven’t blogged properly in a while got a number of reasons, mostly because I’ve been so busy with work and the family. One thing I have been able to do though is play lots of the Titanfall Beta and getting out to do some running.
Titanfall is just a couple of weeks away and there is no doubt that this is the game I’ll be playing for quite some time. There is a write up from me that is due to go up on Midlife Gamer soon so I’ll put a link up once that is live.
As for my running, so far so good! I logged another 36km in February on top of 38km from January, I also managed two runs hitting 7 and 9km. They were much slower than I am used to but good training anyway. It’s great being able to run along the River Thames up to Battersea Park each day, makes my training much easier. Hopefully I’ll be able to log a couple of 10k’s in March, in preparation for a proper event.
My knee appears to be holding out nicely, I’ve had a bit of a trapped nerve in my shin but thanks to the awesome @ukrunchat community, they have recommended some deep tissue massage to help. Also, spending some time with a foam roller seems to be another painful way of making things better. I’ve been using the Nike+ GPS app to log my runs and on the iPhone 5s its a much improved expereice. As of next Monday I officially start half-marathon training again!
I’m entering my fourth week of running and so far so good. I’ve managed about 30km this month which has been mostly on the treadmill but I have managed a couple of road runs too, there appears to be no problems with my knee which is great and I’ll be happier once I have a few more road runs completed.
I’ve been really disciplined with my running, not going any further than 5km yet despite feeling like I could run for longer, I’ll keep building up slowly and hopefully I’ll manage a 10km at the end of February. I’ve definitely got the running bug back and it’s nice to be able to plan new routes and get over excited about new pairs of running trainers I don’t need!
A gang of us are heading to Battersea Park this week to go and use the running track there. We all use the Nike+ sensor and it’s a good excuse to go an calibrate the over an accurate distance. It’s about 2.5km from work so it will be lots of little runs that day.
In terms of events I have got any planned just yet as I don’t want to jinx anything, but I may go for the British 10k so I can run for Special Effect, it’s not until July so there is plenty of time.
Yesterday was my 30th Birthday, I can really call myself a Midlifegamer now. As ever I was spoilt by my Family and Friends.
My Xbox One was a joint Christmas and Birthday present from Mrs M and the boys but they had one surprise up their sleeves, a Ukuele! I have always wanted one and now I do!
I can’t run without music, firstly because it always gives me a boost when it starts to hurt, secondly because I can’t stand the sound of my feet hitting the ground when I run. It also really helps when the earphones stay in my ears, there is nothing more frustrating than having to re-adjust the wires during a run. Thankfully I’ve found a set that does the job, step up the Yurbuds Inspire – Ironman Series earphones.
I remember the moment I got injured last year, running back from Battersea Park in a 10k and all of sudden get a pain in my knee. I didn’t think too much of it at first but it soon became clear that I would be running very far.
The next few months were really frustrating, trying to find out exactly what was wrong was a slow process until I finally went for an MRI scan after three months out. The scan showed a slight tear in my anterior cruciate ligament, luckily only some physio work was needed and now I can run again.
It’s tough starting right back at the beginning, even just running 2 Miles is a slog at the moment plus I’ve been advised to alter my running style to avoid striking my heel. So now I have really sore calf muscles after each run until they get used to the strain. The good news is that I’m not suffering any knee pain so I’m hoping thats all behind me now. I’m not planning any events this year because I’m covinced it will put a jinx on it, but as time goes on I’ll stick my name down for something.
I’d left all of running gear in the office over Christmas, so I didn’t manage any runs, instead I just ate and drank loads.
Last year was really frustrating, I got to the point where I was at my fittest and putting some great distances but then my knee went and put me out for the rest of the year. I managed about 167km lasy year (about 10 miles) which was still the most I had managed in a year. I’ve got no plans this year in terms of distance I’ll just be happy to run pain free. I’ve also got more time for blogging so plan to try and write some more here too.
The first run of the year was a treadmill run 3km in just under 20 mins, the most important thing was that my knee didnt hurt so that’s good!
I’ve not had long to think about my top 10 games but I’m pretty happy with this list:
1. The Last of Us
2. Saints Row IV
3. Tomb Raider
4. Bioshock Infinite
5. GTA V
6. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
7. Assassins Creed Black Flag
8. XCOM Enemy Unknown
9. Ryse: Son of Rome
10. WWE 2K14
It’s been quite a year, having to leave Xboxer, joining Midlifegamer, I much happier writing for MLG and look forward to trying some different things next year.
As for my running, I hope to get back I to things once I’m back at work on the 6th, I’m going to be taking things really slowly and hopefully my knee problems are behind me!
Let me know your top ten games. Here is to a great 2014.
I’m loving the Xbox One at the moment, with AC4 stealing the show for me. I loved the naval combat in AC3 so I knew I would enjoy 4. I picked Forza 5 last week too, stuck into the machine to install *grind*, disc not recognised, stuck it in again and it worked fine.
After the install I put the disc in again, more grinding noises, balls. So here I find myself tweeting Xbox Support who confirm I’ll need to get the machine replaced. So far the service has been excellent, so I thought I would document the process and see how it all pans out. I’ll update the post as time goes on.
I’ve put in an advanced exchange which means I’ll get a replacement console in two working days, which will be a bit longer thanks to Christmas. The email has already come through so far so good….
Got an email saying the console was in it’s way, it should arrive but midday on the 30th so I should be back in business pretty quickly!
It’s a shame I ended up getting injured in May, everything was going so well, I was at my fittest and really enjoying my exercise. 6 months later I’ve lost a big chunk of it and it’s a right pain starting again.
Being ill for the past few weeks hasn’t helped either but I’m going to try and get some running in over Christmas before getting back into things in the New Year, I won’t be setting any particular targets apart from increasing my distance again, each year I have run a little further so there is no point not aiming for that, hopefully my knee problems are over and I’ll be able to enter a race next year…