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How do you get going in the morning

Posted: Yesterday at 19:02

Cup of tea, twenty minutes or so to wake up and a mile or so to warm up.

Also, I probably wouldn't schedule a speed session for a very early morning run. I find a long slow run is the best kind for an early one.

Race to the Stones 2015

Posted: Yesterday at 11:23

Just saw from my first post that I was planning on doing a 40 miler in the run up. That ain't happening!

Race to the Stones 2015

Posted: Yesterday at 11:20

Just ten weeks to go now! How's everybody getting on with training? I'm winging it a bit to be honest. Am just mixing it up during the week with some hills, speedwork, medium distance runs and then doing a good long run on the weekend. Have done a couple of 20 milers so far and have a couple of marathons over the next six weeks, but don't plan to go over marathon distance in training, although I will probably do a longish run the day before my second marathon in June, to tire the legs out a little bit to make it harder.

Stroud Trail Marathon

Posted: Yesterday at 11:09

Hi all. I'm doing the marathon. Will be my third marathon and is very local for me although not done this one before. Doing this as a training run for an ultra in ten weeks or so, so will be going a very easy pace (helped by all the hills). As long as we don't get any significant rain over the next couple of weeks the ground underfoot should be very decent. Looking forward to it!

Haha new ultra plan :)

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 13:33

Well, Sunday's run/walk experiment worked pretty well, although not really as intended. I underestimated how hilly my intended route was (Strava says it had 3000 ft of gain) and so, 4:1 was not a realistic strategy, if walking the uphills. So, I very quickly changed to walk uphills, run downhills, jog flat and, if there were any longer stretches of flat, to do a little bit of walking there too. My aim was 20 miles, averaging 12 minutes a mile and so coming in at 4 hrs. I came in just under the 4hr mark but what really pleased me was how even my pace was, which is rare for me over long distance. I was almost bang on 5 miles for each hour. Felt good overall, didn't need a huge amount of nutrition (no gels) and recovered pretty quickly.

The tester, as has been mentioned, is doing this in an event from early on. I have a marathon in 3 weeks as a training run and I know from past experience that I am very weak willed when it comes to sticking to a reasonable pace from the start. Too many people who I think I'm quicker than, that I don't like being in front of me! I've just got to remember how good it feels to pass people late on in a race.

Haha new ultra plan :)

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 19:29

I'm sure that will be the case for me in the actual event seren!

My other worry is that I always feel quite guilty about buggering off on a long run, leaving my wife to look after our son, so I always try to get them done quickly, which is obviously not the best idea for a long run. Am aiming to get out the door extra early on Sunday. Not needed my head torch for a little while so might have to dig it out.



Haha new ultra plan :)

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 10:30

I need to start some run walk training with only 3 months until race to the stones.

Think I'll give it a go in Sundays 20 miler. Will try 4:1. Going to be difficult to do it mentally, as I'm so used to the mindset of walking being failure (unless it's a v steep hill) but I need to change my outlook for this race as it will contain lots of walking anyway and I may as well have that walking interspersed evenly throughout the race and be reasonably comfortable, rather than run the first 30 miles and then have to do a slow, painful slog for the second half.

Have you ever tripped while out running

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 13:46

I've never actually gone over as the result of a trip, but I have hit the deck from slipping in mud, both times going down steep hills. The first time must have looked brilliant as I landed on my left butt cheek, left hand also on the ground. It was chucking it down and I was going a smooth grassy hill. I slid for ages in that position, before somehow managing to get back on my feet without actually stopping and straight back into running again.

The second time was not so graceful. Feet out from under me and I went down like a sack of spuds. No injuries to speak of from either occasion.

Never tripped on the road but then, I spend most of my time on trails so I'm used to looking where I'm going! Tripped loads of times on the trails but never fallen.

Back into running consistently

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 13:25

You have to decide that you're in it for the long haul. Gradual changes to diet and exercise regime over a decent period of time will be the best way of doing it. Just dropping everything you're used to and throwing yourself into running (and expecting to be as fast as you were) will inevitably lead to failure.

You've identified the issues (lack of run training, diet, weight) so now you just have to tackle them sensibly. Being pretty fit anyway (I'm guessing) and having been a decent runner in the past, should mean that it probably won't take as long as somebody starting from the couch.

Running club accused of number swapping at London

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 13:04

It's naughty, they shouldn't do it and I can see why London would want to clamp down on it but, in the general scheme of things, it's not a crime I'd lose sleep worrying about personally.

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