I am going to be running the Namib Desert Challenge the last week of July 2014, a staged 5 day, 220km extreme endurance footrace, which is said to test your physical and mental limits. Searing heat, rugged terrain, canyons, mountains and sand. Think lots of sand, with the highest dunes in the world.
I started off as a novice runner back in 2010 Read More
Despite the week getting off to a bad start with me getting a 24 hour tummy bug, the rest came together pretty well!
I’ve been back to gym doing the things which get neglected when time is short, like swimming 1,000m on Wednesday and a good yoga session on Friday evening. I managed to squeeze in another session at Asics Running Clinic this week, which was great, as Andrew gave us an abs workout with HIIT (High Impact Interval Training). Read More
It’s been a truly amazing month, in which I’ve clocked up 459km, a new milestone in monthly mileage by 100km. It still doesn’t compare to some of the mileage done by the global community on Strava though, with the top three completing over 1,000km!
I was off this past week and continued to maintain some structure with my training plan, although I did take it easy towards the end of the week, as I spent the days from Wednesday “jogging” in an effort to rest before the MoRun. Read More
A pretty uneventful week on for the training plan this week. Looking back, I’ve run 115km, with two paced sessions lunchtime, which had me pushing a pace of around 4:30/km along the Thames between Tower and Vauxhall bridges.
I’m continuing with my after dark hill/trail running on Wednesday evenings and whilst I don’t have the best headtorch, I seem to manage ok. The same can’t quite be said for Regents Canal at night, which is becoming quite a trial with cyclists who don’t use headlamps. I’m tempted to get a “guns blazing” headtorch, which I’ll need for trail running events next year (even though I may not use it, it is required kit). Read More
Marathon conditioning seems to be flying by, with only 3 weeks before I start doing lots of hill running. It won’t be much fun trekking over to Parliament Hill after work twice a week to spring and bound up a hill before trotting back down and repeating on what feels like an endless loop.
Running through the Hampstead Heath after dark is eerily quiet and if you let your imagination run wild, it won’t be long before you believe there’s something behind you and scare yourself at the mere sight of bunnies hopping across the beam of your headtorch. Read More
To say I ached at the beginning of this week after Snowdonia Marathon, is an understatement. The Ministry of Funny Walks continued until Wednesday when I had a sports massage. On Thursday I went to the Asics Running Clinic which was all about hip flexibility and glute strength. Needless to say, I was walking a bit like a penguin by Saturday again. Read More
It has been a busy weekend of mostly travelling. It was my first trip to Wales after living in London for over 11 years. Something, in hindsight, that was long overdue.
I set out early Friday morning, after having a half hour jog along the canal at home, to my friend John who was kind enough to let me hitch a ride on his way up to see family. After a few hours of being subjected to cheesy pop and Welsh songs