February’s Marathon (& lots of photos)

I ran 27 miles today.  Which is slightly silly considering I have a 44 mile ultra in a week.  But there were 2 very important reasons, and they are these:

1. I was speaking to the owner of a camera shop last month who mentioned in passing that he’s done a 100 mile+ cycle ride every month for the last 10 years.  As you do.  And that gave me an idea… I wondered how many months I could go running at least one run of marathon distance or longer.  I already had a 30 miler planned in January, and figured I could get one in during February without too much issue.

2. I started Run Until You Drop (1 mile on Feb 1st, 2 miles on Feb 2nd etc) and got to Day 13.  I stopped due to logistical issues (read: to not be divorced), and haven’t managed any of the days.  Today is the 27th Feb, so I thought I might as well get one more red square on the FetchEveryone challenge page and 27 more points to my score. Continue reading

Anti-Facebook, some Photos and Run Until You Drop (Day 9).

Random quick post…

In the past, when I’ve taken photos or had something to say about running it’s generally been on Facebook, but I’ve recently got completely fed up with the way Facebook in general takes over my life, so I’ve culled a loads of “Friends”, removed myself from a bunch of groups and uninstalled the apps from my phone with the intention of vaguely keeping an eye on it from a computer occasionally.  We’ll see how that goes :)

Upton Country Park

The Upton Trailway (old Somerset and Dorset railway trackbed)

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Update: 2 months of Aerobic Training

[I’ve gone and done it again.  I wrote 90% of this post then never got around to finishing and posting it, so it’s a little out of date but still relevant.  So here it is…]


So, I’ve almost managed 2 months of running slowly aerobically.  I’ve done a race.  And I’ve got some good stats to show whether it’s all working or not so far for me.

Review of the Runs

This post covers the time from mid November when I started through to 6th January, over which time I ran 310 miles.  I’ve downloaded some data, doodled some graphs and even made up a new metric which I think may go some way towards quantifying aerobic fitness.

Heart Rate

First, here’s the average heart rate chart for my runs:

Two Running Feet - Average Heart Rate

Average Heart Rate


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First week (ish) of Maffetone (ish) Running

(I started writing this post in mid November, but never quite finished it.  I’ll write another post shortly on my experience to date (January 2015) shortly, but for now, here’s the original post…)

Last Tuesday, I started running with an approximation of the Maffetone method.  I wanted to write a short post about what I’m doing, why, and my thoughts from the first week or so.


Over the past year, for several reasons I’ve come to the realisation that walking is a really good exercise – both on it’s own and as a benefit for endurance running.  It’s a solely aerobic activity, and it’s something you’re likely to do at least a bit of during an ultra so it’s worth getting good at it.  Think about it like this – suppose you’re doing a 100 miler and you walk 30 miles of it.  If you work on your running and increase your running pace by 1 minute per mile (a good improvement and lot of work for a reasonably well trained runner) you’ll save yourself 70 minutes for the run.  But if you reduce your walking pace from 20 minutes per mile to 15 minutes per mile, you’ll save 150 minutes – over twice as much.  And it’s really not that difficult to do. Continue reading


Yeah, OK.  I’ve been crap at keeping this up to date.  “I know, I’ll write a blog and it’ll be easy to just put some stuff up occasionally and…”… well, I’ve been rubbish!

The last post was 7th July – a week or so after Endure 24, and it’s now almost the end of November.  So what have I been up to?  Well, I’ll write a few bits below, partly so when I look back at this blog in a few years, when I’m running 100 milers in 16 hours (*hysterical laughter*) I can try and remind myself where I came from… Continue reading

Argh! My legs are broken!

Well, not really, but it makes a better title than “ooh, that smarts a bit”.

So, one week after running 75 miles at Endure 24 I thought I’d better start some marathon training for the Bournemouth & Poole Marathon in October.  With all the ultra training I’ve been doing for most of the year, I don’t really have any stamina for speed any more.  I can still run at a reasonable pace for a couple of miles but it all goes to pot after that.

I’m not really sure how – as an ultra runner – you train for a marathon.  I’ve sort of made up my own plan which is to add more speed endurance work (25-30 minute tempo reps, hill reps and some moderate intervals), shorten some of the longer runs (bring some 12 milers down to, maybe, 8 miles) and speed them up.  But I also don’t want to lose the distance, so I want to make sure I get a couple of 20-30 mile runs in each month as a slow pace, just to enjoy myself. Continue reading