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
(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
I started this blog as a diary of my progress towards what was to be my first ultra running event – Endure 24 – in June this year. I’ve been terribly slack recently and haven’t posted anything since the end of February, but I have been doing lots of running!
I’ll write up reports of the more interesting runs I’ve done (primarily to help remind myself what I did when they make a film about just how amazing and epic I am in a few years… pahahaha!). To give a quick idea, since the end of Feburary I’ve:
- Run the Green Man Ultra – this was my first ultra, and I got all the way to the end! (Total about 48 miles due to one or two unintentional diversions). An amazing experience which I’ll write up shortly.
- Had a nose around on the Runners World website a week or so after the GMU and thought it would be a brilliant idea to enter Day 3 of the Jurassic Coast Challenge. So I ran that (3 weeks after the GMU). I knew it was going to be hilly, but bloooooody hell! More on that later.
- Decided to make a Parkrun a bit more like ultra training, so I had a curry, 6 pints and a few vodkas the night before, ran down to the Parkrun with my race pack on, did the run, then ran home. A bit over 13 miles all in. I tried it again the week later without the alcohol and managed to get a Parkrun PB which I’m pleased about.
- Run a few back-to-backs and general longer runs as training for my next ultra – the Pony Express – which is in just over 2 weeks as I write this.
So keep an eye out – I’ll try and get these written within the next week or so.
Wow, it’s been over a month since I wrote anything on the blog!
Quite a few things have happened since then, and I’ll go into some more detail in posts over the next few days as I catch up. Here’s a rough idea of what’s coming:
- I’ve entered the Green Man Ultra. I’m not entirely sure that’s a good idea, but it’ll now be my first ultra ever!
- I’ve also entered the Pony Express Multistage Ultra, which I’ll be running with my sister. She’s done it before, and I’m so inspired by her running so it’ll be an amazing experience to run with her.
- I got a new watch for Christmas – a Garmin Forerunner 620 – which I love. I can fill my brain with even more useless numbers!
- I also got a new pair of shoes – some Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 (that’s a mouthful) trail shoes. I’ve only done 1 run so far which seemed OK.
- And finally I got a handheld GPS with OS mapping (a Garmin eTrex 30), mainly because I’m panicking about navigation in the Green Man, and it was at a fantastic price so I couldn’t resist it!
I’ll be back shortly with some more details about the stuff above, but right now I have to go and wash SmallBoy’s hair in the bath! Back later…
Last week I had been planning to run 40+ miles, but after the running club on Wednesday I decided that I’d take it easy as my ankle/calf/knee/ITB* was playing up. I partly thought I’d be sensible and have a few days off, but mostly I just didn’t fancy running. Which annoyed me.
(* delete as applicable when I can figure out which one is causing the problems!)
Aaaaanyway, today – despite feeling a bit coldy – I got my kit on and went out, telling myself I’d see how I feel and run appropriately. As usual, that didn’t work and I ended up doing 10.3 miles and coming within 3 minutes of my 10 mile PB on what was supposed to be a gentle, relaxing run! I had quite a few random thoughts while running around, so I thought I’d write the ones I remembered down
- It takes my ankles a surprisingly long time to wake up when it’s cold – about 2 miles!
- Trail running is so much more fun than road running
- Autumn leaves make for beautiful paths, but can hide some hefty tree roots.
- My running and breathing hardly changes over reasonable hills now – I guess my fitness really is improving.
- I love running over the wooden bridge into Upton Country Park.
- I was within 30 seconds of running both under and over passing trains on the railway tracks I run past
- As a society, we really should move away from selling 2 pub meals for £8.49. That can’t be real food, can it?
- The decorative, twirly railings on Poole’s new Twin Sails bridge look lethal if you fall into them!
- I stopped to peer at the second hand £34,000 Evora in the Lotus garage. One day…
- Running on the road is dull (see 2)
- I really should see if some people at the running club fancy a head-torch trail run once a week.
- When the run gets tough, think about why – what specifically is making it imperfect? Then do something about it! Simples 🙂
- I need to work on my memory techniques, as there’s a lot I’ve forgotten.
It’s funny what you think of when you run. I enjoyed this one, and am looking forward to another tomorrow.
In other news, I also booked myself a sports massage for next week, and I’m hoping to make it a regular thing. Hopefully my aforementioned ankle/calf/knee/ITB issue can be resolved this way.
Until next time…
After reading lots of bits and pieces on the interwebs about running, I couldn’t help but get out for a nice 10 miler 🙂 I didn’t fancy running with water bottles, so I put a litre of water in my Camelbak, stuck in my camera, phone, headtorch etc and got going about 20 minutes before sundown. Here are a few photos from the run:
The trail into Upton Country Park