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 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.


Marathon Training Plan – Week 2

Marathon training plan – week 2

This is the second week of my marathon training plan, the first week went well, but then it was pretty easy, it’s going to get a lot harder and more intense as the weeks go on.

But then if it was easy it wouldn’t be worth doing.

monday 16th july 2012

What a great way to start the week – a rest day, that means a lay in!

tuesday 17th july 2012

Today’s run was down as a ’30 mins easy run’, so I stuck to the same route around the village, distance is between 3 and 4 miles at a nice steady pace.

Here’s today’s stats.

wednesday 18th july 2012

Tempo running today for 40 minutes, this consisted of running for 9 minutes at a slow to easy pace, then 16-17 minutes running under 8 minute miles (I found this quite tough, trying to maintain a quick speed, and continuously looking at my bloody watch to make sure I wasn’t going over the 8 mins per mile).

This took me to the 3 mile mark, I then slowed up a little to run at my 10k pace.

This was my first attempt at tempo running, and it may take me a couple of goes to get into it a bit. At the end of it I felt out of breath, it had been a great run, I’d certainly worked hard and pushed myself for once!

Here is today’s run and info.

thursday 19th july 2012

Today was down to be 5 miles easy run, but seeing as today is a Thursday, this means it’s running club night with the Springfield Striders, normally we’d go for a 5-6 mile run, which would of suited me and the marathon training plan.

For the last week or so I have been suffering a bit from a stinking cold and an equally annoying cough to accompany it. I haven’t been letting this stop me though.

Tonight, when we set out for the run from the running club I felt ok, after a mile or so my chest was beginning to burn and feel tight and my legs were like lead. At almost 2 miles I decided I was going to pull out, I eased off from the crowd I was running with, and then sloped off left when everyone else had gone right.

I limped back to the running club at a slow pace, I got back to the car and flopped onto the driver’s seat, it took me almost 15 minutes to get my breath back before I drove home. To say I was disappointed was an understatement, but I knew it was my body telling me I needed to chill out!

This is the link to today’s run.

friday 20th july 2012

Hoorah – rest day!

saturday 21st july 2012

Unfortunately due to Wifey’s and number 1 son’s birthday celebrations, and preperation for the party and festivities I never managed to get out for my run today. Not ideal, but hopeing to make the time up.

sunday 22nd july 2012

I was hoping to get a few miles under my belt today, but this never happened. Instead I spent the day with my family enjoying the sunshine and a pub lunch!

I will definitely be running tomorrow!

Marathon Training Plan – Week 1

Marathon training plan – week 1

Monday 9th july 2012

Thankfully today was a rest day, which I needed after the Felsted 10k yesterday. My legs were aching a bit, and the last thing I needed was to be getting up early.

Tuesday 10th july 2012

Today’s run was 30 mins easy run, so I figured a 3-4 mile simple pace around the village, I was up bright and early and keen to get the marathon training plan underway.

The run was ok, nothing too strenuous, I managed to complete the run in 30mins 11 seconds. Rest day tomorrow.

Here’s today’s training run.

wednesday 11th july 2012

Another rest day. I could get used to these – although this is the only week with 3 rest days in. It’s a tough slog from here on in!

thursday 12th july 2012

Today was down to be a 40 mins steady pace run. I figured what ever I did at running club would equal or better that.

And it did.

Here’s today’s training run.

friday 13th july 2012

Another fantastic rest day.

saturday 14th july 2012

Run for 30 minutes. According to my marathon training plan, that was all I had to do today.

I did the same route as Tuesday, nice, simple and steady.

Here’s today’s run.

sunday 15th july 2012

According to the marathon training plan I had to do a long run today, to the tune of 6 miles. I decided I would do the Utling run, a quiet country lane route around the back roads between villages, and a couple of stonking hills in there for good measure.

A cracking time of 52 minutes, I was very pleased with it, it’s a brilliant route and a good one for me to test my 10k times on.

Here’s today’s run.

Sunday 13th May 2012 – Running up hills

A week later…

I am getting so lax, it’s a week later and I still hadn’t managed to get out for a run. Today is Sunday, my last long run was a week ago with Crispy. I’ve been out for a quick 5K last Monday, but nothing major.

I’d felt the symptoms of a cold coming on last weekend, and ran on both Saturday and Sunday feeling a little bunged up and congested. Monday it was a little more full on. And it probably lasted until Thursday / Friday. I still have a little congestion now. It’s not man flu though..which was lucky!

I probably needed the rest to be honest, but I have been desperate to get out there and run. I have the Edmund Carr Charity Race 2012 next weekend, that’s a 10 miler with some serious hills, I needed to get some training in, and include some running up hills training!

Sunshine at last

Yesterday was lovely, I’d wanted to get out for a run, but had far too much to do at home, Wifey was baking cakes all day, I was trying to entertain the boys and mow the lawn and paint the decking, the day flew by.

I planned to go out today instead. Yesterday and today were lovely, blue skies for the main part and beautiful sunshine. Both days have been very productive.

A small issue; I felt my back tweak a little as I lifted the lawn mower out of the shed yesterday, (it’s an old raised chicken coup that’s about 18 inches off the ground – and it’s full of crap like most good sheds!) and painting the decking hasn’t helped it much.

I set out for a run around 3:30pm, I would love to have gone out and done 8 miles or so, but I’d left it too late, so needed to keep it to 5 miles maximum. Wifey and the boys were heading to the shops in the next village, so I changed my plans to turn left and run through and around our village as per the norm, and turned right instead.

Running up hills

After about half a mile heading down the gradual hill, I heard a car horn behind me, Wifey and the boys drove past waving frantically, I smiled and kept on. At just under a mile the bottom of the hill came to an end, and the beginning of the up hill part started, it was about 300 – 400 yards, quite steep (to me it seemed quite steep) and was good for getting the legs pumping. The hill eased off to flat again, I turned right to run along the loop road round the back of the village and up past the church and village school.

As I turned the bend at the church and headed toward the school I felt something tweak in my back. A slight discomfort that soon got worse. My posture changed to alleviate the pain, I felt like I was running with my arse sticking out. Wasn’t going to stop now though, I was only a couple of miles in.

I turned left at the end of the road and up towards the pub, I spotted Wifey and the boys driving my way, a quick waving exchange and they were gone again. I ploughed on, up to the pub and turned left at the mini roundabout heading back towards home. Downhill first, then a long incline that would test my legs.

Hills are good

I’d managed quite a good pace so far, I was running just over 8 minute miles, that could all change after the next mile and a half.

The run down hill was easy enough, I made sure to keep in the shade of the trees as much as I could. Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice to run in the sun but it can get a little unbearable, and the shaded cover is sometimes a welcome.

I reached the bottom of the hill, took one look ahead of me toward the top of the hill in front of me, took a couple of sips of water from my bottle and then got my head down and ran up the hill. It’s a little over 3 quarters of a mile from the bottom to home. I didn’t look up once, just kept going.

Once at the top I was out of breath but happy to have achieved it. My back was hurting a fair bit, but I was ok.

I completed a 4.35 mile run in just over 36 minutes. Not bad at all.

Here’s the hill climb!

Thursday 3rd May 2012 – Swans in flight

Alarm call.

Yesterday morning my alarm went off at 5:10am, I woke up, blinked and turned the alarm off, then annoyingly put my head back on the pillow for ‘a couple of seconds’, next thing I know it’s 5:50am and I am waking up AGAIN!

I was very annoyed. I hadn’t been up early on a weekday for a run for what seems like ages, and I was very much looking forward to getting up and out yesterday, especially as it was raining. It put me in a crap mood for most of the day.

Well it wasn’t going to happen twice!


I intended to get a decent run in this morning. The plan was to complete 5 to 6 miles. Not running yesterday morning had left me feeling frustrated, going for a run always makes me feel better.

I’ve been used to getting up early 2 or 3 times per week and going for a run for a while now, I’d somehow slipped out of my routine and become a little lazy, and this was annoying me. What was double annoying was bloody over sleeping yesterday!

I hauled my arse out of bed, got my kit on and headed out.


The air was fresh yet a little damp and there was very little wind, ideal running conditions for me. The sun was just beginning to rise, but the clouds hindered it’s full glory much as they had done for the past couple of weeks.

My target was the long route around the village to the top end and back, this was about 5.5 miles. The first miles or so was a struggle but I soon settled into a good pace of about 8 minutes 40 seconds per mile.

Heading back from the A12 interchange roundabout I was just about to attack Mental Hill (I call it this because it plays havoc with my mental state especially when its in the later part of a long run) when out of the corner of my eye I noticed 3 swans flying in unison above the field to my right. There’s something beautifully majestic about watching swans in flight, this out a smile on my face and I pumped my arms and legs and I ran up the hill and headed homeward.

I managed to complete a 5.3.mile distance in a time of about 46 minutes, I was happy. It had been a good run.

Hopefully Saturday’s run will be just as good.

Here’s the quick run.