22nd July 2012

22 06 2012

I’ve got a feeling it’s going to be a long weekend.

Having missed out on my Wednesday nights easy run I thought I’d fit it in tonight instead. Not one of my best ideas. While out on my easy run, it dawned on me that last nights tempo run was still in my legs and rather than having a night off, I will be running my back to back long weekend runs on tired legs!

Looking at it another way, back to back runs are designed to tire your legs so you can get used to what it’s going to feel like at the end of a long race. Maybe my preparation couldn’t be better. Only time will tell.

I am now armed with an Ultraspire handheld bottle (ISOMERIC16oz) and I’m starting to think about eating and drinking while running. I’m a bit new to this so I don’t really k ow where to begin with regards to what to eat? Gels, bars, fruit or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (PBJ’s). I hate being sick so I’m a little apprehensive about what to try. I had a quick look on wiggle and there’s a lot of different products out there.

This weeks mileage so far is around 18 miles and the goal is to get another 25 in this weekend… Wish me luck.


I’ve Entered My First Ultra!

18 06 2012

In total last week I racked up 42 miles, including two 12 mile back to back runs at the weekend.

I was aiming for around 22 miles this weekend and having managed a bit more, and because my legs don’t feeling like they’ve been run over by a truck, I’ve taken the plunge and entered my first ultra distance race. Ok… I the furthest I’ve raced before is a half marathon and I thought the next gradual step would be to complete a marathon, makes sense? Well, having scoured the internet and magazines I haven’t found a suitable marathon distance trail run. The only one that came close was Kielder marathon but I’ve already entered a trail race on the day before. So the plan was to find a marathon to run in early 2013 but when I heard that High Terrain Events had decided to add a 50K event as part of the Salomon Trail Tour Series I jumped at the chance and entered this morning. Let the training begin!

Investing in a foam roller is easily the best thing I’ve bought. I’m hoping that’s why my legs don’t feel so bad, not that I really know what I’m doing with it. I had a quick look on You Tube about how to roll the usual muscles quads, hamstrings, calves etc… And rolled them after my runs this weekend.

Oh, I also tried eating while running on Sunday. That went ok I think. I didn’t get any pains and I didn’t spew, bonus! Need to take a drink though, I chose a Powerbar from the supermarket but the nuts were hard to swallow without a gulp of water.

All-in-all not a bad weekend.

All Is Good

12 06 2012

So I managed 8 x 0.5m intervals with a mile warm up and warm down.

After a full weekend of running I took Monday off and rested. I was a little bit apprehensive about doing the full 8 intervals thinking that my legs would surely be tired, but no they felt really good. I have to admit that I programmed the session into my Garmin and before I set off I dropped my max pace from 6 min/m to 6.5. Never the less I managed to stick to nearer 6.5 min/m or less and my last interval was at 5:52 pace!

Wednesday nights are turning into my easy run night so I guess it’s 4 miles with the pooch tomorrow. Then Thursday is tempo night. 5 miles at 6.5-7 min/m pace with a warm up a cool down. I haven’t decided how this weekend is going to plan out yet but I’m hoping to get another 2 runs in totalling between 20-22 miles. I’ve also started to add some core work after my runs which, it has to be said, is a weak area for me. I hate it! But it prevents injury and is supposed to improve your running technique.

All in all I’m feeling positive at the moment, can’t wait to get back out tomorrow.

Sunny Blende is a Nutritional Godess!

10 06 2012

This weekend I did back-to-back runs totalling 18.9 miles.

Mileage this week totalled just over 33 miles which is the most I have run in a long time. My legs feel a bit tired now after today’s 12 mile run but overall I feel great. Yesterday I did a 6.5mile loop in Hamsterley Forrest which I was surprised (not to mention disappointed) took me 56 minutes. Upon reflection there was 750 ft of elevation and my heart rate averaged just short of 90% of MHR. It just goes to show how different running on trails is. The route was muddy and roots were sloppy due to the previous nights rain.

My last post mentioned the Ultrarunnerpodcast.com which I have been listening to. Well, if you’re a keen runner then I urge you to check out the interview with the nutritionist Sunny Blende from the eat4fitness.com website. I’ve listened to it 3 times now, each time finding more useful nutritional tips. Listen to it here.

Sunny wrote an article called Demistifying the Bonk for ultrarunning online which is now regarded as the number one piece of information for any marathon or ultra runner. It’s a brilliant read! Be prepared to read it more than once.

I’m Back!

7 06 2012

Forgive me, I haven’t written a blog post for over a year!

So what’s happened? Well, I’ll be honest I lost motivation, not with running, but with my blog. My running has been intermittent, as well, since about October 2011 and since the beginning of 2012 I haven’t done much running at all. Over the past 4 weeks I’ve become reinvigorated.

The football season finished giving me back my weekends and allowing for long runs. I’ve begun running with my West Highland Terrier, Alfie, although I don’t dare run to fast with him. I’ve entered the Lakeland Trails Autumn Series again and I’m currently trying to find a Marathon Distance trail race to compete in later in the year.

I have to mention the Ultrarunnerpodcast.com podcast. This podcast is inspirational! I have now started working my way through a years worth of podcasts. If you like running then listen to these guys here and they’re also on iTunes. They interview top names from the ultra running community about their training, nutrition, races etc… Give it a listen.

It’s a Dogs Life

19 02 2011

Had a nice short easy run this afternoon, it was only about 3.5 miles.  I ran with Kim and Alfie (my little west highland terrier), he loved it!  We’re trying to build him up so that when we get to the lakes this summer we can take him up the trails with us.  So the pace was nice and steady and he trotted around with us getting absolutely filthy in the slushy snow.

He’s had a fresh bowl of water and a plate full of roast chicken and he’s now crashed out in front of the fire… It’s a dogs life!

We have a long run planned for tomorrow morning, 13 miles hopefully.  That should be a good test for my legs and it should give me an idea of how my legs are going to handle my first half marathon of the season in a couple of weeks time.  I’m looking forward to it, hope the weather is OK!

OUCH My Hip Hurts!

19 02 2011

This was supposed to be published on the 17/02/11.

The club run went well last night although I could of done with it being a bit longer, 6.5 miles isn’t bad though.  I kept a decent pace and my legs felt quite good.  In my last post “Hot Chocolate Before Bed?” I said that I had started a training program for time trial cycling to try and improve my speed on a bike, which is quite gruelling, but my legs felt great even after the training session on Tuesday night.


I’ve been trying a recovery shake after my evening training sessions and after my first few days of it all seems well, very well in fact. It seems to be giving me the best chance of recovering well before my next session.

Ok, disaster struck on my way home tonight! I came off my bike and hit the ground hard. I must of hit a patch of oil on the road as I rounded a bend and my wheels just went from underneath me. I landed on my left hip and slid on the road a bit. I never fallen off a road bike before, usually when I’ve come off a mountain bike you can tell when your going to hit the deck, no such look tonight. Ouch my hip hurts!!

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