The First Run of The Year!

In the Blue Corner

So here I am then, weighing in at a post Christmas 13 stone 7lb, a strapping 6ft 1inches (ish), size 10 feet, sticky out ears and ruggedly handsome hahaha

They are my starting stats for the year.

My targets for 2014: (in no particular order)

1. To run 4-5 half marathons (already booked Southend and Warwick Castle)

2. To Run at least the 874 miles for the #LETJOG challenge.

3. To cross the finishing line of the Southend Half Marathon hand in hand with wifey.

4. To get down to my fighting weight of 13 stone and 1 lb by March.

5. Improve the 6 pack by June for our Holiday

There is someway to go with my training for a half marathon, and it starts here.

Training for a half marathon

When I trained for the Amsterdam Marathon back in 2012 I stuck to a 12 week training plan as best I could. At times I went over the stated amount of miles, but I rested when it said to rest and I incorporated some races during the 12 weeks too.

I’ve had a look at a few training programmes at a ‘just above beginner’ level to try and improve my pace and strength as I haven’t ran properly for 3 months, I have found one which takes me up to 8 miles, but I will probably adapt a little to suit my working hours and weekends etc.

First run of the New Year

So, I’ve just got back from my first run of my training, and knocked 5.9 miles off of the 874 miles for LETJOG14, only 868.1 miles to go. Piece of cake hahaha.

So, 5.9 miles; 1097 calories in 49mins 24secs. Average 8:22 pace.

Not as quick as I used to be, but it’ll do for a starter!


No Excuses.

Let The Running Commence….

…well maybe not today, but possibly tomorrow. Or perhaps the day after?

I want to run but….

…I’ve got an excuse. I had a really bad car accident at the beginning of October and have been unable to run or train properly or go to the gym. I have been out for the odd run here or there, just to de-stress and unwind. Or to run with Wifey; who ironically picked up her running enthusiasm just as mine was lost in a 70mph wrestle with bloody great lorry.

To be fair, as good as an excuse as that is, it still doesn’t and hasn’t really stopped me from running or curbed my enthusiasm for running; far from it. Not being able to get out on a regular basis has been bloody frustrating, but I have enjoyed watching Wifey go from strength to strength as she trains for her first half marathon in June.

Something to aim for.

Her aim is to conquer the Southend Half Marathon, and whilst she only manages to get out once or twice a week she is already hitting 8-10 mile runs at a steady pace, it’ good training for a half marathon, 13 miles at the beginning of June should be a walk in the park for her.

I have entered this race too, and aim to cross the line with Wifey. I have ran it twice before, it’s a fairly easy course, simple route, and has lots of support from the crowds, especially when it’s hot and they hose you down!

For me, the race is 6 months away, by then I should have finished my physio, and be nearing the pace and good physique I was in back in October. But it gives me something positive to aim for, and in training I should eat away into the 800 plus miles that forms this LETJOG14 challenge.

But for now…

… I am going to break off another strip of this massive dairy milk bar of chocolate and pour myself another glass of port and lemonade…perhaps I will get my running kit ready for the morning and go out before work….?

Tenner says I don’t though!


Time Flies

It’s been well over a year since I last blogged about running, it’s not because I stopped running, far from it, and it’s not that I didn’t want to; I just never got around to it, or forgot or some other lame excuse!

I changed jobs so my running routine and mileage went right out of the window, gone were the early morning 10k runs and weekend long runs, I was just about managing a couple of 5k runs in the evening. I even stopped going to my running club.

The last thing I blogged about was training for the Amsterdam Marathon (which I am happy to report I completed in 4h 15m).

A New Challenge

Now, a mate of mine called Dan Bowsher has completed many runs in 2013 in aid of charity, and has well and truly got the running bug. And fair play to him, he’s done a fantastic job, and the blisters and training have all paid off!

He has now come up with another challenge, and that is to run the distance from Land’s End to John O Groats in a year.

Simple? Well it’s 874 long, chilly, hot, mentally straining, hilly, wet, blister enhancing miles. As he says, it’s only about 15 miles per week, and a good challenge for beginners and seasoned runners alike.

Count Me In

I like a challenge, and reckon that this is something that I could do and fit in around current work hours etc etc yawn…..

The thing is, I had a bit of a bad car crash back in October and am awaiting a 6 month session of physio on my back. I haven’t really ran properly for the last 3 months, I have had to pull out of races and my pace is nowhere near where it was.

But this little challenge has given me something to aim for. It’s given me a reason to blog again. And if this blog helps to encourage 1 other person to do this challenge then that’s a bonus too! 


Dan has set up a hashtag on twitter to follow #LETJOG14 (Lands End To John O Groats) and is encouraging others to join in and blog about it!

As of Wednesday 1st January 2014 I shall be capturing all my runs no matter how small on Map My Run, and updating my blog at least once a week.

So if you fancy it…..? Either tweet with Dan on his twitter account or Big Running Year twitter account, he would be more than happy to add you to this growing running community. LETJOG14

Marathon Training Plan – Week 9

Crikey, it’s week 9 already, only 6 or 7 weeks to go now until race day. For the past 2-3 weeks I have been a little slack in following the marathon training plan, a bit hit and miss with runs.

Moving forward my intentions are to stick to the plan (as best I can) do more core strength training and hill work where possible, I have the Robin Hood Half Marathon in 4 weeks time, my long runs are up to 15 miles, so I am kind of on target.

monday 3rd spetember 2012


tuesday 4th september 2012

It was dark when the alarm went off this morning at 5:05am. I got my running kit on and headed down stairs for stretches and a warm up. I haven’t headed out into a dark morning for ages, I had forgotten how much more tranquil and exhilerating it is to run on a dark early morning. The air was fresh and crisp - you can’t beat country air! It beats that smog filled town shite!

Anyway, today’s run was 5 miles, and with the help of my shiny new trainers I managed to crack it out in about 42 minutes, quite a quick pace to start with, trying to maintain an 8m10s pace.

The blister I got on Sunday’s long run played up a bit, but the new trainers (Adidas Supernova Sequence 4M) held up well, they felt comfortable and more supportive than the Asics I previously wore. Hopefully they will be fully broken in for the Robin Hood half and definitely broken in for the Amsterdam Marathon.

Here are today’s stats.

wednesday 5th september 2012

I took a bit of a rest day today. Well needed.

thursday 6th september 2012

Running club, and after the last couple of days at work I could do with getting out and letting some steam off!

Quite a warm evening, and we all trundled off. A new route for many of us relative newbies to the club. A 5 mile route in and around Springfield.

I wanted to try to maintain a steady pace under 8 minute per mile, but whether it was because it was a new route, or new trainers my pace was somewhat eratic.

Here is the route and the stats.

friday 7th september 2012

Rest day today.

saturday 8th september 2012

Six miles today. I was going to do a simple 3 miles to stretch my legs a bit before tomorrow’s long run, but turned right instead of left as I came out of our lane, and headed off towards Utling.

I have a six mile route that takes me thorugh the country lanes, up a rather large hill and through Utling and Hatfield Peveral, then back up another big hill towards Boreham and home. It’s a great run, and a good practice run for an ‘undulating’ 10k.

My best time for this route is about 48 minutes, I wasn’t going to beat that this morning though.

Here are the stats.

Sunday 9th september 2012

Today is long run day, and I was hoping to run between 16 and 18 miles.

Unfortunately I only managed 16 miles. I ran a similar route to that of last weeks, I extended it a little here and there and was on target for 16 miles, and it wasn’t until I got to the A12 junction 2 miles from home that my burning feet (blistered due to the new trainers) and lead like thighs brought me to a complete standstill.

I couldn’t go any further. I wasn’t tired. I wasn’t out of breath. I just couldn’t go any further.

The blisters had started at around mile 10, stupidly I ignored the feelings and soldiered on.

I had to ring Wifey, and ask her to come and collect me. I was some what disappointed with myself, and hope that I can run further next week.

Here’s the stats and the route.

Marathon Training Plan – Week 8

Week 8 of the marathon training plan, and I need to pull my finger out. This is the week I need to get back on track and re-focussed. I definitely need to get a good long run under my belt, at least 12 – 14 miles and get back to eating properly – too much cake and other goodies over the last week or so. The marathon training plan does not allow for such treats.

monday 27th august 2012

Bank Holiday Monday. Wifey was at work. The boys were at the in-laws. I had the day to myself. Up and about early, got a few things sorted, and then shopping to be done.

My legs felt a little stiff after yesterday’s run, but seeing as I had time on my hands I wanted to crack out a good 5 miler today. The plan was to drive to Sainsburys, do the shop and leave my car there (being cleaned by the nice Bosovans) while I went for a run.

Shopping done and loaded into the car, I set off and headed down towards the running club. I had a route in my head and guessed it was about 5 miles, it took in the running club, then up through Springfield, along a track towards the farm then cut back through the fields at the back of Newhall School, along the drive of the school, then from the A12 back up to Sainsburys.

It was a really enjoyable run, and a nice little route.

Here are the stats.

tuesday 28th august 2012

Taking a rest day today.

wednesday 29th august 2012

I really wanted to get out and run today, and I was going to go out before work, but overslept, which had me running late for everything today, and I really wasn’t in the right frame of mind for running this evening.

thursday 30th august 2012

Running club day today, feels like ages since I have been.

I got there mega early for some silly reason, I am sure someone told me we were leaving at half 7 from now on…apparently not.

Tonight’s route was ‘Meadows’ not as scenic as you may first think. The route took us through the ‘Meadows’ shopping area, along the river at the back of the Uni, and up through Springfield.

I haven’t run this route before and found it to be quite a good little run. I tried to keep a steady pace running alongside a lady who competes in triathlons, our pace fluctuated a little here and there but overall it was about 8m20s per mile, which, considering we got a bit lost when we came out of the park, and we should of turned right on Lawn Lane and not left….wasn’t too bad!

We completed 5.7 miles in about 47 minutes of darkness – very pleased, great route to run. This may form part of my long run on Sunday.

Here is the route and the stats.

friday 31st august 2012

Rest day. Splendid!

saturday 1st September 2012

This morning’s run was going to be quick. I planned to do the 5k run around the village as quick as I could. I hadn’t done any speed work for a while.

The air was fresh and good for running in, I set off at a pretty good pace of about 7m40s for the first mile, and then got quicker for the second and a little bit quicker for the third.

I finished in 23 minutes 43 seconds which wasn’t too bad, the 22 minute mark still eludes me, but I will have that cracked by Christmas!

Here’s this mornings quick 5K.

sunday 2nd september 2012

Time for a nice long run. According to the marathon training plan it would be 15 miles, and I was quite looking forward to it. I haven’t run this distance for months. It would be a good challenge.

I began by heading out through the village, back lanes over the river and on towards junction 18 on A12, that’s my 4.5 mile point, over the A12 towards Baddow, but turned left and went through Sandon too, trying to get the extra mile or so in, through Baddow and down towards the Army and Navy roundabout, this was about the 8 mile mark.

Calculations in my head were that from juntion 19 on A12 to home is 2 miles, the ‘home stretch’, so I needed to get at least 5 miles in between here and J19.

I ran into town and picked up on part of the ‘meadows’ route from Thursday’s Striders run, this took me along the river, past the back of the University running along the back of the Avenues, then over the bridge under the bypass and then left up a short steep hill into a housing estate, I turned right and then left at the end of the road onto Lawn Lane.

It was at this point the inner arch of my left foot started to feel a little hot, a blister was on it’s way. Not sure why as I hadn’t had a blister for ages. This hampered the final part of the run a little bit, but not enough to stop me.

I ran along Lawn Lane and turned right into Brackenden Drive, left at the top and then right at the roundabout along New Nabbots Way, crossed the road at the top and ran through Beaulieu Park and out again and down towards Sainsburys. At Sainsburys my thighs were aching and the blister was burning hot, I knew I only had 2-3 miles to go, no stopping now.

The ‘home stretch’ was hard. The cool air was warming up, the clouds had disappeared and the sun was shining nicely, getting to the top of the last hill up towards The Lion felt like a major acheivement. I ran as far as the Cock Inn where the Garmin clocked at 15 miles, that was good enough for me, I stopped and walked the last half a mile back home – a good warm down after running non stop for 2 hours and 8 minutes!

Could I have run further? Possibly, maybe a mile or 2. Could I have run further if the course had been a lot flatter? Definitely. And the Amsterdam Marathon is apparently quite flat, so I don’t think getting to 15 miles or even 20 miles will be much of a problem, the last 6 miles however…

Here’s the stats and the route.

The week finished on a real high, very happy with the long 15 mile run, and in a pretty good time. Let’s hope I can continue it moving forward to the next phase of the marathon training plan.

Marathon Training Plan – Week 7

Week 7 of the the marathon training plan already, it’s gone around so quick, almost halfway through and I am no where near prepared enough. I haven’t been doing hardly any long runs due to one thing or another. This is playing on my mind a lot.

monday 2oth august 2012

It’s rest day according to the marathon training plan, which was handy as I had a beer or two (literally) at the wedding yesterday.

tuesday 21st august 2012

I wouldn’t be running today as Wifey and I would be driving up to Barnsley tonight for a couple of days – pain in the arse, but needs must.

wednesday 22nd august 2012

We’re in Barnsley, I would love to go for a run, especially amongst the moores, it’s very hilly around here, plenty of challenges.

The biggest challenge I have is the reason we are here though.

I need to get even a short run in as it’s the West Mersea 10 mile race this Sunday, or will the rest do me good??

thursday 23rd august 2012

Still in Barnsley, we go home tonight, perhaps a run tomorrow if I can muster up the energy.

friday 24th august 2012

I haven’t ran for 5 days now and it’s getting to me. The last 2 days have completely knackered me, I ache a lot. Hopefully I will be ok for Sunday’s race.

Saturday 25th August 2012

Another day without running, still aching so resting for tomorrow.

sunday 26th august 2012

Today is the day of the West Mersea 10 mile race. Two 5 mile laps starting from the esplonade through the streets along the causeway, back up THE HILL, down and along the esplonade.

I woke up as I always do on a race day; agitated, nervous and keen to get out the door and to the event. I picked Crispy up at 9 and we headed off.

I wasn’t sure if not running for a week would help me today, my legs were still a little stiff from during the week at Barnsley. Crispy and I did a bit of a gentle jog along the front, and I made sure I did plenty of stretches.

Our plan was to set off and settle into an 8:00 minute pace, I was sure I could maintain this. Target time was between 1 hour and 20 minutes and 1 hour and 25 minutes. The weather was due to be cool, slightly cloudy. Good running conditions, which should help.

As it turned out, the clouds dipsersed and the sun shone hot and bright. This was ok for smaller shaded parts, but running along the coutry lanes where there was little shade was tough, and THE HILL was unshaded too.

The first 5 mile lap was good, we ran the first 3 miles in sub 8:00 minutes for each, and then slowed down into a more sensible 8:00 to 8:30 pace. We completed the first lap in 39:00 minutes which was really good going. We were well on target.

The second lap was tougher, running laps always is, you know what’s ahead, your head is buzzing with calculations and questions as you look at your watch for pace and information.

It was getting warmer, and at 6 miles or so my legs began to feel it a bit. They started to feel like aching lead weights and I plodded on. Up the hill for the 8 mile marker there was a water station, I slowed to a walk to ensure I took on water properly instead of trying to drink it as I ran and throw it all over my face, up my nose and down my top – I didn’t want a repeat of Southend. Ok so slowing down cost me 20 seconds or so, but it was important for me to take water on board.

Reaching the top of the hill mid 8 and 9 mile was good, I knew that I was going to beat 1:25:00 and just kept going, Crispy was a good 45 seconds to a minute in front of me, I could see him ahead, he looked like he was ok, his pace was constant, little did I know he was struggling too.

I eventually crossed the line in 1:22:45. I was bloody knackered but very happy. I found Crispy laying on the grass, he had beaten my by a minute or so, but he was equally as knackered. We drank plenty of water, got changed and headed for the food stall for a well deserved bacon butty and a cup of tea!

Here are the results of the run, and here are my stats for the run.

Marathon Training Plan – Week 6

Already it’s week 6 of my marathon training plan, all ok up to now, I have missed a few runs here and there, which is annoying but unavoidable at the time. Where they have been missed I have tried to make up for them elsewhere.

All in all, I think I am pretty much on target, my main aim now is nailing the long runs and getting the distances in.

Here’s how this weeks marathon training plan worked out;

monday 13th august 2012

Monday’s are rest days, so I did just that.

tuesday 14th august 2012

Ashamed to say it, but I never managed a run today, not entirely my fault. OK so I couldn’t be arsed to get out of bed this morning, and opted for an extra hour or so in bed.

I decided I would go to the running club for the Tuesday evening training session, something I have wanted to do for ages, and been told I should be doing. As I was driving up the road near Strider’s HQ, the runners from the club all ran past me. It seems they had set off earlier.

I would never have caught up with them by the time I’d parked the car – so I turned around and went home feeling quite dispondent.

wednesday 15th august 2012

Right, so having missed a run yesterday I was mega keen to get out today. Didn’t get out of bed in time (feeling so tired in the mornings lately, probably the holiday catching up with me), so instead I went out this evening.

Target distance was 7 – 10 miles, target pace was 8:30 to 8:40 minutes per mile.

Happy to report both targets were met – well almost, I was a little slower on average pace at 8:42 minutes per mile, but it’s as near as damn it.

Here are the stats and the route.

thursday 16th august 2012

Running club night. I checked out the Springfield Striders website this morning to see what course we would be doing, and found that it was going to be 5K time trials this evening. Hopefully I could improve on my previous time, of which I thought was about 24 mins 50 (ish) seconds.

We ran the mile to the start, a gentle pace mainly downhill, into the park and to the starting point.

The route was as previous, along the path at the side ofthe river, under the bypass, over the footbridge, left down the footpath at the end of Fifth Avenue, which heads all the way to the Uni at the bottom of the other Avenues, round the back of the Uni, into the park over the bridge, then repeat for a 2nd lap, only to turn right after the final bridge and 100 yards top the finish. Nice and flat and simple…and tough.

I started at break neck speed, yet again. I was running around 6:50 – 7:00 minute pace for the first mile, I felt ok, but knew I would not be able to maintain this kind of pace and would probably drop down to about 8:00 very soon.

Instead I kept my breathing steady, and gave myself targets to reach; the underpass, the bridge, the next marshall, all the while trying to maintain this crazy pace. I did slow a little, my legs were like lead weights (probably still feeling the effects of yesterday’s 9 miler).

The second mile was slower, but only by 30 seconds, 7:30 minutes was pretty good going. Could I keep this up for the last mile or so?? In my head I broke the route down into small chunks and laughed to myself when I reached them, my legs were shot but I was keeping the pace up.

Mile 3 was 7:33 minutes. My overall time was 23:17. I had beaten my previous time. I was very happy, I thought I had knocked well over a minute off my pervious PB, it turns out though that my previous PB was 23:58, so only 40 seconds had been knocked off…even still I was buzzing!!

Here’s the new 5K PB stats.

I have a new target now for 5K, and that’s a sub 23 minute run.

A gentle run back to Strider’s HQ, warm the legs down a bit and head home.

friday 17th august 2012

Friday’s are rest days remember!

saturday 187th august 2012

We’re away this weekend, staying in Stevenage for my cousin’s wedding. We travelled up today and will be staying for a couple of nights, not getting a run in today (it’s far too hot to be running during the day), perhaps tomorrow.

sunday 19th august 2012

Managed to get up and go for a run this morning, not as early as I liked, nor did I run as far as I would of liked, but even at 8:30am it was stuffy, hot and humid.

Here’s the hilly run.

Marathon Training Plan – Week 4

Marathon training plan – week 4

As we go into week 4 of my marathon training plan, I admit I have not ran as often as I would of liked, I have been struggling with a chest infection for the last 2 weeks, which hopefully now is nearly gone, and the long runs haven’t happend due to other commitements and time restraints, I know that’s a shite excuse but it’s how it is.

monday 30th july 2012

I love starting the week with a rest day.

tuesday 31st july 2012

OK, so the marathon training plan said today’s run was 40 minute speed run. I got myself changed and stretched and ready to go, it was absolutely tipping it down outside, so on went the running jacket and cap.

The first mile was good at about 8:15 minutes, the second mile was quicker at about 8:00 minutes per mile and the third mile was just as quick. I hadn’t run for 40 minutes, I only ran for 30, but I had run quickly and steadily, and more importantly I was comfortable with the pace, which is encouraging.

wednesday 1st august 2012

Today is 6 mile easy run. Today was the day I turned the alarm off this morning and rolled over and went back to sleep instead of getting my arse out of bed and going for a run. Simply too tired.

So I went for a run this evening. I’d had a route planned in my head of approx 9 miles which took in a bit of the Grace’s farm route from the running club (the hill bit not the easy part).

I headed out around 8pm, the sun was still shining but it wasn’t too hot. I headed into the village turning left at The 6 bells, to the end of Plantation Road, then left again and all the way down hill to the river. I like how quickly you can go from running along streets to running country lanes around where I live. I was now on country lanes, running out in the coutryside and breathing fresh country air – what more could you want?

I crossed the bridge at the river and continued along the road for a mile or so, and then turned left along a track and headed up towards Grace’s Farm. A slight down hill then a stonker of an uphill run, back onto the road as I turned left at the top of the track, a few hundred yards until I came to a T junction, where I turned left again and down the hill towards the ford.

I’d been maintaining a pretty good pace of between 8 and 8:30 mins per mile. I thought I may of slowed a little, to be fair I did slow a little, especially after my starting pace of around 7:30, which was good but not something I could maintain. The 8-8:30 minute pace is far more managable, every now and then I’d push it for a bit and drop the pace as close to or under the 8 minute mark, just to get the heart beating a bit more and to test myself a bit.

Here’s the 9 mile run.

thursday 2nd august 2012

Today’s run was due to be with the running club, but seeing as we are going on holiday tomorrow, I’m taking today as a rest day.

friday 3rd august 2012

We went on holiday today, and it’s rest day…but I couldn’t resist it. I went for a run his morning before heading to the airport. The cases were all packed and ready and I was scratching about getting fidgety so I thought a run might be in order.

I got changed and headed out, I’d missed my 40 minute steady run yesterday so that’s what I planned to do today. Into the village, round the back up to The Lion, turn left up to the roundabout on the A12 and back home again.

A good steady run with an average pace of 8:14, and a distance of 5 miles. Happy with that.

Here are the stats and stuff.

Saturday 4th August 2012

Landed in Alcudia last night, was hoping to get up and go for a run this morning but had the oldest up all night being sick. Far too tired to run anywhere, and it’s very hot!

Sunday 5th August 2012

I am supposed to be cracking out a long run today, it didn’t happen, still adjusting to the heat out here. Tomorrow is definite though.

Marathon Training Plan – Week 5

Marathon training plan – week 5

Moving into week 5 of the marathon training plan already, not sure how I’m going to get the runs in as we’re on holiday, but I will try my best.

Monday 6th August 2012

I finally managed to get out for my first run in Alcudia this morning. I tip toed around the hotel room in the dark getting my stuff together, then once out by the lift I finished getting changed and stretched. This may seem odd, but those of you with kids will understand, the boys had both been ill and the last thing I wanted to do was wake them up at six in the morning.

We’d walked around the local area quite a bit yesterday and I had planned a route in my head taking in the beach with it’s beautiful White sand and clear sea, then along to Alcudia port, back along the beach and up the main road back to the hotel again.

I got outside and it was raining, typical, although it was slightly cooler I ran at a slower average pace of 9:25 simply due to the heat and humidity even at that time of the day. What was good about the run was all of the other runners out and about, I had never seen so many people on a run – it was brilliant and very encouraging. I only managed 4 miles, but aim to improve on that with the next run.

Here’s the stats for my first run in Alcudia.

tuesday 7th august 2012

Up early again this morning for a run along the beach and around the port. The sun was already up and beating down.

As yesterday, the pace was a lot slower than normal, but the humidity really took it out of me. So nice to be up and about before everyone else (apart from all the other fellow runners).

Here are the stats.

wednesday 8th august 2012

I had a lay in this morning, much needed sleep.

thursday 9th august 2012

This morning I wanted to up the distance again. I figured if I ran for an hour at the slower pace I could probable cover 10k (6.2 miles). This was only a mile or so longer than yesterday, but even still, it wasn’t a walk in the park.

Here are today’s stats.

friday 10th august 2012

We go home today, but that didn’t stop me getting up and cracking out another 10k this morning. Pretty much the same route as yesterday at the same pace, which was good.

I was happy to have built up a bit of mileage over the past week, it keeps me up to date a bit more with the marathon training plan.

Here’s the run.

saturday 11th august 2012

Well, it’s back to running around the village. Nothing major today, just an easy 30 minute 5k run.

A noticeable difference in temperatures from Alcudia to Essex obviously, but today was warm, and the heat affected my running, I found myself out of breath a bit. Perhaps it was because I was running later in the day when the sun was warmer? I don’t know.

Here’s today’s home run.

sunday 12th august 2012

According to the marathon training plan, today is a 12 mile long run. So that’s what I did.

I ran around the back of the village and down over the river, along the country lane back roads, over the A12 towards Baddow, along the roads and down towards Chelmsford town center, then up Springfield Road, up past B & Q, along past BMW showroom and over the A12 towards home.

All in all 12 miles. Very happy with that.

Here’s the 12 miler!

Marathon Training Plan – Week 3

Marathon training plan – week 3

This is week 3 of my marathon training plan – 13 more weeks to go after this one.

I had a bit of a bad end to last week’s runs, so I am more determined to complete this week’s runs in fine form.

Monday 23rd July 2012

Today was supposed to be a rest day, but seeing as I missed a couple over the weekend, I headed out for a few miles. Wifey and I had spent the morning chilling out without the boys, both of us had taken the day off work, and whilst I enjoy spending time alone with her, I couldn’t resist heading out for a few miles today.

The weather is scorching at the moment, and I went out without a top on, covered in plenty of sun cream. It was nice to feel the heat and a slight breeze on me as I ran / plodded around the village.

Far too hot to run at a silly pace.

Here’s the results from the scorchingly hot run.

Tuesday 24th july 2012

A fresh start to the morning, and the marathon training plan said it was a 40 minute steady run today.

We’d had a busy weekend and I was shattered, and could quite easily have stayed in bed this morning, but I was up and out early, keen to get running, blow the cobwebs away a bit. After yesterday’s slow plod in the heat, I wanted to get a bit of pace up, and a bit of distance too.

A good 5 miles this morning, it a good 43 minutes.

Here’s the run.

wednesday 25th july 2012

Ok, so today is a 40 minute easy run, I ran the same route as yesterday, but a little faster this time. Managing to do the 5 miles in just under 41 minutes, a decent pace, and to be honest I could of probably pushed myself that little bit harder!

Here are the stats.

thursday 26th july 2012

Today’s run was supposed to be 6 mile tempo run according to the marathon training plan, but seeing as it was a Thursday and running club day, I would swap the tempo run for a long run (I missed the long run on Sunday).

Tonight’s running club route was Graces, either a 3 mile, 6 mile or 8 mile route. I opted for the 8 mile route. This takes in about 3-4 miles running along roads, and the rest is riverside running or through fields. It’s got a swine of a hill at about 4 miles, but it’s a great route and one I really enjoy.

Due to the slow running through the long grass at riverside and edges of the field, a much needed pee stop and stopping to allow others to cross the bridges, my time was not fast, just over 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Here’s the route and the stats.

friday 27th july 2012

Another fantastic rest day.

saturday 28th july 2012

I missed today’s run as it was Mum’s 60th, so we were all over there for celebrations.

sunday 29th july 2012

Today was due a long 9 miler, but after drinking 1 too many yesterday, I opted for a 30 minute easy run that I missed yesterday.

The day started off as another scorcher, we got home around midday and after doing a few chores and bits and pieces around the house I decided it was time for a run. It had began to rain on and off, so the air was now slightly cooler, better running conditions.

I headed out around 5pm, stopping only to go back and put my running jacket on, the massive blue / black / grey cloud lingering overhead looked like a thunderstorm! I quite like running in the run.

No such luck, the rain held off and the sun beamed upon me the whole route.

I set off at a steady pace, the plan was for an easy 5K with the intention to hit the first mile at around the 9 minute mark, and then pick up a little for the next 2. I tried to run slowly, but as much as I wanted to run at a 9 minute pace, I managed about 8:45 mins per mile.

The second and third miles were quicker, a few times I was running at sub 8 minutes, but averaged both at around 8:15 per mile. I felt good and strong at that pace, I’m getting quicker and more comfortable with how I am running.

Here are the stats.