Monday, September 26, 2022

Pushing On

Following on from my completion of 1000 miles of running in 2021 and in an effort to motivate one of my friends I entered the St Annes 10 Miles Road Race - a road race I hear you say!! Well it's been a heck of a long time since I ran one of those, potentially the London Marathon 2008. 

30th January, and after roping Sam in after my friend changed his mind, we rocked up to the start line at the YMCA,  a crisp January morning for running ten miles. After registration and a coffee stop, we warmed up down the promenade and nervously discussed our race strategies and goal times. I planned to go out at eight minute mile pace and see how I felt at half way, if I could finish inside 90 mins, as close as possible to 80 mins I would be really chuffed, Sam was going to do something similar and follow my lead. 

My strategy didn’t last long, got carried away with the starting rush and before I knew it, ticked off the first mile in just over 7 minutes, this felt okay and I kept one eye on the road and one eye on my heart rate all the way to Lytham, I turned at 36:06 feeling good, straight into the head wind! Passed Sam coming in the other direction looking good, then bumped into my friend Paul who had come out to cheer me on, this spurred me on, my heart rate was peaking by now and I was starting to fade, head down and just get there. Crossed the line in 1:13:14 I was made up, result! I was slowly making it back to being a runner.

W/c 19th September - Running 48 miles, Walking 13 miles

A good solid week, and my biggest this year I think. I’ve been concentrating on building volume with the 1000 mile challenge and completed this on 4th September, I had already decided in January I wanted to hit 1500 though. I’ve enjoyed early morning runs for the last two years, out around six and I can get some decent mileage in before breakfast and the family being awake, Chuck in the odd quick lunch time run and the mileage keeps ticking over. I’ve also been trying to mix things up with speed work and I’m starting to incorporate more of this into my runs, as well as strength and mobility work to encourage injury avoidance, gets tougher over 40 you know!! The morning sun rises have made it all worthwhile this week. 

Sunday I had a great morning out with Sam from Brinscall, good steady pace up Great Hill before dropping down to the Belmont road. I was trying out some new shoes, Adidas Terrex Agravic TR, bargain buy from Sportshoes, some good traction running downhill across the rough ground and instantly comfortable. We pushed on through Tockholes plantation and up to the Royal before circling round and over by Darwen Tower with great autumnal views across Lancashire. A swing out across the moor and back via Lions Den to drop through the plantation again and onward to Roddlesworh. Definitely feeling the fatigue by now, especially the strides I’d added to my run on Saturday morning! 

We finished through the nature reserve, a top 14 miles of running, company and chat, and making some plans. Plan for a lower volume this week and a recovery run at the most Monday. 

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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Well it has been a long time

It seems an age ago that I ran those 68 odd miles and 27,000ft of ascent round the beautiful Lake District fells. There’s been a lot of water under the bridge, I’ve become a dad, had a few different jobs and generally not done a lot of running!! There’s been some cycling, but I was a shadow of my former self.

It’s been a tough couple of years hasn’t it? Home schooling, home working, covid, lock downs and let’s not talk about the state of the country! I needed some motivation.

I started back on the road to fitness in January 2021, I didn’t really have much in mind other than to lose weight and get fit again, walking and running. It was tough, at 17st 10lb I was a lump! But slowly, slowly it started to feel easier, the miles started getting easier and the weight started to drop off. Then OUCH!! a Piriformis injury took me out of action for six weeks, bloody painful, but kept walking and kept motivated. By mid year I was working towards 1000 miles of running and 1000 miles of walking. Some focus and planning got me there by the end of the year. A ten mile race at the end of January 2022 would be the real test.

To be continued…../

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Something Different and more to come

I will get round to doing a full write up of this event. For the moment it was the annual Pathfinder March in Cambridgeshire on the 25th June - 46 miles but flat compared to what I am used to so a different challenge, walked this with some friends I know through work but am tempted to return for a run attempt.

Better Late than Never

Sam kindly brought round his SD card with the OMM photos from 2010 this week whilst we were planning for the RAB MM this weekend.

So should have something new to write up following this weekend

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Hello all,
Well I am still here just don't seem to have had much time to post recently, running is going okay !
I changed jobs last year and my routine and world went a bit topsy turvy! I now regularly spend time in different offices and away during the week and I have to look smart and presentable at work. Due to the changes it has taken me a while to get into a new routine.
I am now trying to run in the mornings, this does mean an early start but sets me up well for the day, then on Tuesdays and Wednesdays I run in the evening or go out on the bike. I have a few ideas for fitting training around my new life, my office in Preston is within running distance (10 miles ish) but I wouldn't want to do that twice a day, I am not a Kenyan! My Warton office is a good distance for cycling (20 miles ish each way) but this then brings another dilemma and the reason behind my post.
I am now a lap top user, I need to transport this and keep it dry during a commute to work, I also need to transport a shirt, trousers & shoes that will still look presentable when I get to work. I was trying to find a shower but I have managed that now, so questions are......
1) Panniers or Rucksack ?
2) Which ones/one ?
3) Running options with a lap top?
4) Anything else of use or ideas ?
Any advice gratefully received
I need to get fit again, I am ticking over but I'm not where I want to be and I'm carrying a bit (i.e.alot) of lard.
I have pencilled in the 29th April to have a run round the Yorkshire Three Peaks with a friend from work. I think this is the day of the Royal Wedding so hopefully it will be quiet, as I have as much interest in the wedding as I do in stamp collecting! So hopefully I'll have something to report  on the Blog, it's looking a bit quiet at the moment. I also have quite a few holidays left for the year as well so I need to do some planning, I still fancy the Coast to Coast, Ribble Way, etc. as long distance challenges and I still fancy cycling LEJOG but we'll have to see.
Hope everyone's running is going well, I'll hopefully post again soon.

Oh and entries are open for the OMM so watch this space.