Night Time 20 Miler

I’m slowly formulating a very loose sort of training plan for Endure 24, which is now 9 months away.  At the moment, my plan involves laying down a solid, consistent running base this year (2013), and doing something a bit more specific next year.  As I’m looking at Endure 24 as an ultrarunning event, the “solid base” I’m creating this year is already involving some quite long runs which can get in the way of normal family life somewhat, so I’m trying out ways of making this a bit more tolerable.  Yesterday’s experiment was to take the run into the night.

Looking back down Canford Heath Road

Looking back down Canford Heath Road

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Consecutive Long Runs: 27 Miles in 17 hours

I’ve been reading quite a bit about ultra running recently.  What started a few months ago as a mad plan to take part in Endure 24 has now turned into an even madder realisation that (a) I like running, (b) I like running a long way and (c) maybe…  just maybe… with lots of consistent training I could plan to do more than one ultra event.

My wife laughs at me now – I’m occasionally sitting around the house or in bed reading a book on running, and she tells me that I have to actually run in order to get better at it, not just read about it!  Crazy nonsense 🙂

On route to the start of Day 1

On route to the start of Day 1

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Running Photos: Fordingbridge towards Downton with the Pentax WG3-GPS

My mother has recently gone into hospital for an operation on her leg (the 4th recurrence of malignant melanoma needed to be chopped out which is not much fun).  I stayed at her house for a couple of nights to look after her Collie’s while she was in hospital and this gave me an opportunity to run in some different areas.

Greg - one of my Mum's Border Collie's.

Greg – one of my Mum’s Border Collie’s.

Henry- the other one!

Henry- the other one!

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First Headtorch Run: Upton Heath

This whole blog started because next year I’m planning on running in the Endure 24 event.  Part of the requirements is that you must have a head-torch – as a 24 hours event, it will obviously be partly run at night.

I’ve never used a head-torch for running before, and over the summer dusk is so late that it’s not really practical to get out and try one out.  But I had borrowed my sister’s head torch (she’s run 40+ marathons including several multi-day ultra’s so she’s got all the kit 🙂 ) and was desperate to try it out.

Roll on September – the evenings are getting darker quicker, and it’s given me an opportunity to try out this running experience at a far more reasonable time of day.

This is also the first post that includes some photos from my new Pentax WG3-GPS camera which I spoke about here.

Poole at dusk from Upton Heath

Poole at dusk from Upton Heath

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A Camera to Run With: Pentax WG3-GPS

As I’m getting more into trail running and upping my running distance, I’ve been thinking a bit about getting a camera specifically to take photos while running.  This isn’t going to be a big review of a camera – more just a note of my thought process behind the choice I made.

Pentax WG3-GPS

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Running in Switzerland

For the second half of August, I’ve been on a fantastic family holiday to Saas-Fee in Switzerland.  The village is at 1800m above sea level and is surrounded by over twenty 4000m+ peaks.  We stayed in an apartment in the village and the image below shows the beautiful view out of one of the windows:

A view from our apartment in Saas-Fee

A view from our apartment in Saas-Fee

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