Thursday, 29 November 2012

142 Days to go - Another run and some football

Me in goal - actually, this is from Shaolin Soccer (film) but the kung fu intensity
 is the same...
A good friend of mine has asked me not to play my weekly five-a-side football team; I love football and it's a great way to socialise with work colleagues that I would not normally speak to. Not being unsociable but the company I work for is big enough that it's entirely possible that one doesn't know even half of your fellow staff members; not to mention those in different offices. So, football it is and since I play in goal, I think the possible knocks one would take when out in the field is avoided but I have taken a few to the face in the past but am sure this doesn't affect my running ability...does it?

Well it might affect whether I can see straight.....
So, I did another night time run and it was a fast one: the initial heart-breaking uphill run meant that the remaining 75% of the run was a relatively easy downhill sprint. I still ran through a load of mud puddles and er, other items on the path.


Distance run: 7.5 km
Total run so far: 32.0 km

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Tuesday, 27 November 2012

144 Days to go - a half-marathon as a warm-up?

Check out the smiling chap on the right in the red hat!
 My father-in-law suggested that I should consider the Berkhamsted half-marathon (in March 2013) as a potential warm-up event and I have to admit, I like this idea. I already ran a half-marathon a couple of years ago (with a finish time of 02:03:03) so am eager to have another crack at it. However, I doubt that I will get significantly under this time but my aim is to finish first! They are not accepting any sign-ups until the beginning of December so I need to work my enthusiasm up.

My natural distance is still the 10 km (with an occasional 15km cross country thrown in) so I suppose I need to regard the marathon as approx 5 of these runs, with 5x the pain all in one day!

Any recommendations for some nice, scenic 10 Km runs during the cold winter months?

Distance run: 9.0 km
Total run so far: 24.5 km

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Monday, 26 November 2012

145 Days to go - thanks so far and where are my shoes?

My shoe cupboard doesn't look like this...

First, a big thank you to everyone who has sponsored me so far: we're almost at the £200 mark so thank you, thank you!

Biggest donor was my employer who generously threw in £50.00 - I hope it didn't come out of my November pay-packet.....

Second, I can't find my 'main' pair of running shoes and I am holding out for the miracle that they will suddenly appear somewhere over the weekend. Well, they didn't and I need to make a decision soon on a replacement. The pair I have are addidas but they're not as stable as the Saucony pair I had.

So, any recommendations for a good pair of marathon-worthy running shoes that I can invest in?

Also, here's the route map. Since I work with GIS, I do need a map to keep me happy. Will probably knock something up in ArcGIS online when I have a moment to spare.

Thanks again!

Distance run: 9.0 km
Total run so far: 24.5 km

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Sunday, 25 November 2012

146 Days to go - Apps and a sunday morning run

Need more apps....

A MapAction colleague of mine is also participating in the London Marathon 2013, he being a veteran from last year. Being gadget geeks I was interested in any useful apps that can help me to track my runs, compare with other runners and inspire me to do more.

Been recommended 'Runkeeper' and it looks like quite a good application. Are they any other applications out there? Well, runkeeper does look good but you know what? 'Run Zombie Run' sounds even better! It tracks your run but converts your distance into actions in game play. So your running allows you to collect supplies, weapons and stuff. The longer the distance, the more you get done. Come on, it's to save the world - get running.

Run Ming Run!

Another friend put forward Endomondo as the app he uses. A quick scan of it and it looks like this app has a lot of support across multiple platforms.

Anyway, went for a run this morning: crisp sunday morning, just how I like it. A steady run and completed 9km with a few uphill and downhills for variation. The route took me north out of the town and one of the roads was flooded with cars pretending to be boats as they crossed it! One of the local parks has now a lake too complete with happily swimming ducks.
Not going to be able to cross this....
Distance run: 9.0 km
Total run so far: 24.5 km

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Saturday, 24 November 2012

147 Days to go - night run

Running at twillight
Running at night has it's challenges for sure: usually the muddy kind (or worse) that you can't see underfoot. Not deterred, I donned my reflective vest, got my thermal gloves on and went outside. It was foggy, cold and muddy and took me past my favourite curry restaurant. Was tempted to go in and get a takeaway.

Temptation resisted, I continued up the hill and got home. Hungry.

Distance run: 7.5 km
Total run so far: 15.5 km

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Friday, 23 November 2012

Missed training run

Actually, this is going to be one of my first 'excuse' posts; I was hoping to do an evening run last night but instead, I accompanied my darling wife to the cinema and watched 'Breaking Dawn, Part 2'. Not going to give any spoilers but there was a Bobby Ewing (from '80s Dallas fame) that had me going 'WTF?'

Still the film isn't as poor as part 1 and I am NOT a fan. However, I love my wife and saw it as my duty to accompany her to a cinema. There were other males there who nodded to me as they too, were doing their duty.

Says most of the males around the world.....
Anyway, I will make up for thursday's missed run with one tonight. I better find my reflective running top eh? Also realised that I missed an evening meal last night - two oranges and a bag of M&Ms does not make for a happy meal....

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Thursday, 22 November 2012

Asking for advice

Not impressed....

Ok, I class myself as an enthusiastic and relatively knowledgable runner. I am a keen 10K runner and like cross-country but appreciate that preparing for a marathon requires a bit more planning and training. Now, being a novice at the long distance thing - what golden nuggets of hard-won advice can be passed to me? Anything from how to diet, what to wear on the day and how to train more efficiently would be gratefully recieved.


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Wednesday, 21 November 2012

My first donation!

Donation makes me happy....!
 My first donation came in around 16:02 on the 20th November - thank you George! You're a star and a saint. Kind words too:

19.11.12 What a guy you are you got bitten once with those feet of yours walking now you are back for more running. Wow-Well done! Regards George 

George is referring to what happened to my feet when I completed the Trailwalker challenge, a 100km continuous hike over 24-36 hours. I do have pictures of my feet at the end of the walk, they were, er 'sore'.

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Tuesday, 20 November 2012

151 Days to go - Prep work = food and diet?

Food fit for a king!
My dear wife has took it upon herself to design a diet fit for a marathon running husband! So soon? Already?

I will try and sneak in some high-energy foods (see above) as I reckon this can add much needed fuel to the training. However, jokes aside, I don't like junk food and prefer all my stuff as fresh as possible. I do have a weakness to crisps however and I LOVE nachos, pringles and prawn crackers too!

No running planned for tonight and football tomorrow. A run on Thursday evening perhaps?

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Monday, 19 November 2012

152 days to go - Autumn running

Not the route I took but pretty nonetheless
152 days to go...

Where has the time gone?

Started into my training with a relatively quick 8km run, took me about 20 minutes but I was struggling halfway through. Not brilliant but playing five-a-side football each week probably isn't enough training. However, they say the first step is always the hardest.

The run was this sunday morning, a bright and crisp Autumn day - just how I like it. I actually, spent ages rummaging around the house for my running kit and waking up my poor, ill wife in the process. I didn't find my running shoes (if you spot a size 8, grey Saucony shoes lurking around, they are mine!) but instead, I grabbed my white addidas trainers. The same pair that my dear wife brought for me for the Olympic torch relay. It was clean and white up until 10:00am when I surged into a muddy section of the road.

I plan to do at least x2 10Km runs each week and vary the content of the run with plenty of sprint work in each run. There's a few steep hills where I live and I used them as part of my preparatory work from my half-marathon three years ago.

Time flies for sure but here we go!

Distance run: 8km
Distance run so far: 8km