Target(s) For 2014

December 30, 2013

I have one massive running goal for 2014. I’d like to (deep breath) run a sub-3 hour marathon. I have some other secondary targets, but if I achieve none of them, and run 2:59:59 for the marathon, I will be utterly delighted. What’s that old saying? Do put all your eggs in one basket. That’s right, isn’t it?

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Loch Ness Monster

October 1, 2012

Two and a half years ago, I couldn’t run for a bus. Yesterday I ran a marathon in 3 hours, 13 minutes and 32 seconds.

As most of you will have heard all too often, my first attempt at running a marathon did not go to plan. The Loch Ness Marathon, therefore, was as much about redemption for me as anything else. The tricky part was that I still don’t really know what went wrong at London so I couldn’t be certain what to change this time round. I decided to leave as little to chance as possible. Firstly, I took on email based coaching from the amazing Sam Murphy and followed her schedule to the letter.  Every minute of every mile of every run! Secondly, I took nutrition more seriously than before, eating and drinking reasonably well throughout my training and ensuring I followed a carbo-loading plan in the three days before the race.  Lastly, I planned my race experience in detail, from arriving in the Highlands two days before the race through to a pacing plan and a fuelling strategy.

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Professional Help

June 5, 2012

When my friends and family commented that I “should seek professional help” I chose somewhat optimistically to assume that they meant running coaching rather than psychiatric counselling.

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Yesterday I completed the Virgin London Marathon. I have so much more to say about the whole experience that I really don’t know where to start.

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“It’s the final countdown. Da-da-daaa-da. Da-da-da-da-da. Da-da-daaa-da. Da-da-da-da-da”.  So sang poodle haired Swedish rock buffoons, Europe.  (They’ve had EIGHT studio albums, by the way, including one as recently as 2009 which got to number 1 in the Swedish album charts. What the hell is wrong with people!)

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Disaster Strikes!

March 29, 2011

It was all going so well!  I’ve gone from the high of a sub 90 minute half marathon in Bath, to the low of a nasty knee injury which is ruining my last few weeks of training for the London Marathon.

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So F****** Hard!

March 7, 2011

WARNING: This blog post includes a video clip containing both language, and running footage, that that some viewers may find offensive.

On Sunday I took part in the Bath Half Marathon as my final warm up race for the big one in April.  My official line to anyone who was unfortunate enough to ask, was that I was planning to take this one a little easier than my previous effort at Dorney Lake. I’d heard stories about the race being horribly crowded at Bath, and I’d also had a pretty rubbish week in training.

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