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Great North Run 2013

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 13:52

What a great event, I really enjoyed it.  A bit congested at times, but managed to reach my goal of sub 2 hours on my first HM.  Had a bit of a panic at the 200m marker as I couldn't get through the congestion and I knew I was very close to 2 hours.  A big sigh of relief when I had the confirmation SMS with 1:59:30

My biggest mistake was basing my run on  pace of 10 kph, it wasn't until about mile 10 when it dawned on me that 10kph isn't enough!

Looking forward to 2014 already! 

Great North Run 2013

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 22:59

Hi everyone! How's the training going? I'm feeling a bit sore as I write this, I had to compress my midweek runs into back to back sessions yesterday and today, I prefer to have a day's gap, but work got in the way

Happily I did manage to join the gym running group again this lunchtime, we did a tempo run for about 20 mins and then a really interesting sprint session - several laps of a circuit, sprinting the first 20%, jogging the rest and then doubling the sprint distance on each successive lap (theres probably a name or easier way to describe this activity?) it was a lot of fun and without doubt I worked harder than I would have done just doing my usual lunchtime 5K. (maybe even harder because I was the only guy in a group of 10 rather athletic young ladies )


I was planning on doing a night time 6k trail race up a local hill on Saturday night, but I think I'll give it a miss - my legs are feeling a bit tight this week, so I'll rest until Sunday and do a moderate 10-12k . I'd hate to tear my calf again.

Anyone used a foam roller? The sports massage girl at the gym recommended I bought one - I'd be intrested in hearing about any experiences with them.

Trafford 10K on the day entry

Posted: 06/03/2013 at 23:10

Is it worth trying for an on the day entry? It looks like they already have 1000 runners listed, but I can't find any information regarding on the day entry.  I suppose if I got there early enough I might get in?  Does anyone have any experience of trying this?  I'm quite new to the race scene so I don't really know how these things work.

What do people do with their medals?

Posted: 06/03/2013 at 22:11

I'm sure the day will come when I no longer care about trinkets and medals, but right now I cherish every single one. They live in my bedside drawer and get loaned out now and again to my daughter who is 6 and loves wearing them.  I also keep my race numbers and in a way, I cherish them even more.  2 years ago I was a fat, lazy tub of lard, I'd pretty much spent most of my life that way, at 17.5 stone I decided to change my life, running helped me do that and the content of that drawer represents the most importnt thing that has ever happend to me aside from marriage and becoming a father.  I am aiming to do my first half marathon this year and even if it does take me 2:20 I think my medal will be well deserved - some of you may agree with this, some may not, but the point is that nobody has the right to judge what constitutes an achievement for someone else. I set my own goals and run my own race, and at the moment, I'm winning.

Great North Run 2013

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 13:43
Great picture. No surprise you got chatted up!

Great North Run 2013

Posted: 03/03/2013 at 23:22

Good grief, I turn my back for a couple of days and I'm 7 pages behind allready

Some impressive running going on there, enough to motivate me to get off my lazy bum and train a bit harder

I've now started my new contract in Edinburgh, there's an on-site gym that's abssolutely fantastic, it has a pool, in-house physio and even a weekly lunchtime group running session (that moves to twice weekly in April). I joined them this Thursday for a hill training session, I've never trained with a group before, it was a lot of fun and I certainly pushed myself harder than I would training on my own.

I ran the Blymhill 10K yesterday (Shropshire) It was a lovely race but I was slightly disapointed with my time - 1:01:40 the course was flat so I expected closer to 55. Plenty of time left though to speed up and get some more miles in before the GNR.

I'm currently trying to figure out the logistics of running from my hotel to the office every morning, it's about 3.5k, but I could easily strech it out a bit to make it worthwhile.  The gym at the office are currently considering renting out permanent lockers which would make things much easier so I'm crossing my fingers that they will get moving asap with this.

Anyway, I'd better log off and go to bed - I need to get up at 4.30 

Great North Run 2013

Posted: 20/02/2013 at 00:49

That's a good idea Richard, we were at Whinfell just before Christmas, my daughter really enjoyed it.  

I'm now not sure if it will be a family weekend or not, so I've gone ahead and booked a hotel in the center of Newcastle - the reservation is cancellable so if I change my mind and go for the center parcs option it shouldn't be too much bother to change it.  I managed to get 2 nights at a place called "Staybridge suites" it seems to have good reviews on tripadvisor - when I checked the booking websites many of the hotels were already full so I had to go for it and hope for the best, I think that waiting any longer would have led to disapointment!

I heard today that I will be working in Edinburgh for a few months, I've never been there before but it seems like there are some nice places to run over there so I'm looking forwards to going out exploring and finding some scenic training routes.

Thank you all for the warm welcome and happy running!


Great North Run 2013

Posted: 19/02/2013 at 11:18

Thanks for the welcome

Shielsy - I'm from North Wales, just outside Chester.  I've been running for just under a year.  Running has helped me transition from a 17.5 stone pile of lard who's idea of excercise was lifting pints to a slightly smaller figure of just under 14 Stone. I still have more weight to lose (about 10kg more should do it), but now my motivation is more about getting faster times than anyhting else.

I've done about 7 10K events so far with times ranging from 0:55 to 1:08, all of the events have been resaonably hilly they don't seem to do flat races around here! I also did my first fell race on new year's day, it was crazy, 9.5km through mud, rocks, ice cold streams and very slippery grass banks, in my road shoes (a mistake I've now rectified with the awesome inov8 roclites) it took me 1:23 which sounds slow but considering my friend who does sub 35 min 10k took 55 minutes, I was quite pleased. 

I'm aiming to do a minimum of 1 race per month this year, more if I can - I've discovered that racing is really where it's at for me I love doing them and it keeps me focused with my training.

I entered the Cardiff half last year but had to pull out because I stupidly damaged my right calf muscle by increasing my training distance too quickly, I jumped from training runs of 5-10K to runs of 10-16K and because the 15k runs felt quite good at the time, I ignored the gradual build up of stiffness in my right calf until one night, walking down stairs at home, there was an audible pop and excrutiating pain.  It took me three months to fully recover, a mistake I really don't want to repeat.

On a more positive note, I did enjoy the longer runs and after my longest run of 16k I still felt that I had plenty more left in the tank so I'm quite confident that I can do the distance, but not so confident of reaching my target of sub 2 hours, but I feel that I must aim high though - otherwise I'm prone to lazieness!  If I had to do a half tomorrow, I think I'd probably come in at around 2:15 so I need to shave off around 15 mins in 7 months.

My next event will probably be the postponed Blymhill 10K on 2nd March, also on the calendar are Wrexham 10K. Vale of Clwyd 10K, Bangor 10K and Abersoch 10K - I'm always on the look out for more races so suggestions are very welcome!

Gore Running Jacket

Posted: 19/02/2013 at 03:10

I have this one - it's excellent, does the job of cutting out the wind and keeping off the rain.  It's unfeasibly light so much so if feels very strange to hold a jacket that doesn't seem to weigh anything. I've had mine for around 1 year and I've never regretted spending the money on it.  Despite its lightness, it seems to be built to last.,default,pd.html?dwvar_JWLXRU_color=7461&start=13&cgid=grw-men-geartype-jackets-jackets

Regarding breathability, I've not experienced any problems with it, even when running in warmer weather.

You know these women only running event things there a particular reason

Posted: 19/02/2013 at 02:50

The only thing that bothers me about RFL and the like (and "bother" might be too strong a word, more of a niggle really) is the fact that due to it's "unique" atmosphere it will never be taken seriously as a running event thus reinforcing the whole problem around the very misguided notion that real races are "intimidating" and women are better off doing their own thing.

I think it's brilliant that RFL has introduced many women to running, but I don't think it's just the "women only" aspect that attracts them. The organisers have created a very emotional event where women come to raise money and celebrate someones fight against cancer or to run in memory of someone who lost the battle - this is why they come to run and I can't help wonder if they could maintain or even build on that special atmoshere even if they let us men join in - but perhaps not, I don't know.  

But what I do know is that there are thousands of alternative races available and despite my belief that it's a misguided concept, it isn't something I should be too worried about.


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