A Little Help From A Friend

February 6, 2013

On Sunday morning prior to my first 10k race of the year I tweeted: “First race day of the year. Undertrained, overweight, knackered and have a cold. Will give it a poke anyway!” Whilst I was hustling a little, there was an element of truth in the sentiment. I was about 5 pounds over what I believe is my ideal race weight, I’d only really had a five week spell of consistent training, my darling daughter had been up through the night a couple of times and I had a slight sniffle.

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2012 Running Retrospective

January 5, 2013

My 2012 Targets

Back in February I set myself three running targets for 2012, along with stretch versions of each.  My review of 2012 begins with a look at how I performed against these targets.

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A Season Finale Cliffhanger

December 15, 2012

Last weekend I completed my final race of 2012, the reportedly very fast Andy Reading 10k in Chesterton near Bicester.   I believe that I’ve spent significant periods of 2012 in shape to run a aub 40 minute 10k, but never managed to squeeze in a race over that distance when in peak condition.  In fact, my PB of 40:27 dates back to early 2011. This time round I was certainly not at my absolute best but hoped I could lower my PB at least.

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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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Burn Baby Burn-ham Beeches

August 19, 2012

As you all know by now, I like running. I actually enjoy doing it. I realise that many people find this quite hard to believe. I used to be one of those people.  Some days, however, no matter how hard I try to convince myself, it’s just not fun.  Today was one of those days.

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On Sunday I drove down to the Olympic rowing venue at Dorney Lake, scene of a couple of my previous running PBs for the April edition of the Maxifuel 10k series.  Accompanied by the two Dans from work we arrived typically early for the unusual 12:30pm start time.

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As my alarm sounded at 5.40am yesterday I gave a momentary curse before remembering that the early start was for very good reason.  Another race day had arrived, this time the Reading Half Marathon.

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