LUNAR-Tic River Marathon

Saturday 27th July 2019

After Months of training I have finally ran the Lunar-Tic River Marathon.

We set off on Saturday afternoon and headed for the campsite we booked, The goal was to get to the campsite early, set up the tents and have something to eat before the marathon.

The campsite was small but really good, It had loads of little extras that were not advertised which I really liked. The site manager was really friendly and chatty.

The campsite had nice showers, even at 2am after my marathon I was still able to get a hot shower which was greatly needed as I was covered in mud and sweat.

Just before 19:00 we drove to the starting point to the marathon to register, This was quick and easy, I got my race number so all I had to do is wait.

At 20:00 after giving us a brief talk about the run we set off.

This was by far the hardest run I have ran to date, it’s not to say I did not enjoy my night – I loved it and would probably do it again but it was very hard.

I am used to larger volume runs, This had a 200 runner limit and looking at the website it appears that it was very under booked (113 runners) what this meant was that I spent a huge part of this run on my own, in the dark trying desperately trying not to get lost.

I also should of worn trail trainers as lots of the run had slippery mud, many times I slipped but was lucky not to hurt myself apart from a bruise on the side of my ankle.

There was tape hung from trees to tell us which way to go but in the dark I missed most of them, I just followed other runners when I could. Looking at the map on Strava I can see where I came off line of route once without even knowing it and by shear luck got back onto the route. Near the end of the marathon (The last mile) I took a wrong turning again and had to double back on myself to pick up the right route, I managed to add a extra half mile to my run lol.

In hindsight I could of uploaded the route onto my phone (this was on their website) also the route follows the river (not that it was easy to see) so following this would have helped with guessing the route – Why did I not realise this when running? It’s not as though I had not studied the map many times at home 😦

The last 2 miles I teamed up with another runner – He was really nice and we had a great chat, This helped the time to fly for the last bit which was great.

Unfortunately for me my new friend stopped for a drink at the last drinks station just over a mile before the end so I continued by myself – as you can read above that did not go too well lol

This run took me just over 5 hours (I am still waiting on the official time) but Strava sells me that I completed the Marathon in about 3 seconds shy of the 5 hours so I am very pleased with that.

Relaxing at the end of my run with a nice mug of coffee I get my friend to take a photo of me holding my lovely medal

After the run we went back to the campsite for some well earned food and a beer.

I have not booked anything for next year yet but it would be really cool to get another half / full marathon booked for January or February time, I will have to wait and see 🙂

My right foot and the blister

Thursdays run was a 40 minute tempo run which was hard but fun, I managed to cover over 5 miles so that was good.

Friday was a no train day so I took the opportunely to get a trip in to the recycling centre to get rid of some long overdue rubbish that was building up in my garden, My dad had the same idea so he half filled up his car with his stuff and we loaded my stuff in as well, Only one vehicle needed and great company and now a clean garden 🙂

Yep Sunday I got a lovely blister on my right foot. I was running a 10k training race, just after mile 5 I felt my sock crease up in my trainer, I was too close to finishing to stop so carried on and finished. All my good dri fit socks were in the wash so I was wearing normal sports socks so I only have myself to blame but I did manage get a PB for my effort at just over 45 minutes.

  • Distance 6.41 mi
  • Pace 7:19 /mi
  • Time 46m 56s
  • Best estimated 10k effort (45:18)

Only 7 weeks left until I run my marathon. One of the rules to the LUNAR-Tic-River-Marathon is that I have to carry a first aid kit with me at all times so I did experiment on Sundays run with clipping a kit to my belt. I forgot it was there when running so I don’t think it will be a problem, Not sure if I should get a smaller kit? No room in rucksack as I have a waterproof jacket in there.

A few weeks ago I booked two nights camping at a local campsite (I only stay for 1 night but I don’t have to checkout early in the morning this way). We have had such lovely weather recently and this campsite was only a 30 minute motorcycle ride away. I had booked it for tonight and tomorrow night, I have been looking forward to this ever since but the problem is that today it is pouring down with rain and tomorrow is not going to be much better. Unless the rain drastically clears up I will probably have to cancel, Will be no fun getting soaked trying to put my tent up 😦

I am off to get another coffee, Have a great day.

I burnt the duck!

What a great week I have had, Friday was a training free day so I managed get through quite a few tasks that had been gathering dust on my TO-DO list.

I had been looking forward to the weekend as I actually had both Saturday and Sunday night off, That was until work phoned and asked if I could work the Saturday night 😦 The extra money helps but when you get so close to the days off it was still a bit disappointing.

I had my weekend pretty much planned, Saturday I was finally going to get my car fixed – the catalytic converter was at the end of it’s useful life and I had bought the new parts a few weeks beforehand, Well that had to be moved to Sunday.

Sunday my wife and I had planned to go to a tent and camping equipment exhibition. We had never been to one of these before but it looked really interesting, Of course we had to cancel this to get the car done 😦

So Sunday morning I finished work, Shot home for a couple of hours sleep before heading off to my dads house to get my car done. I actually really enjoyed myself, Under my Dads expert supervision we both got the part replaced and my car works lovely now, Next on the list is to fix the electric windows but that can wait for another week (yes I have the parts already).

Only problem was with the lack of sleep and the hot weather by the time I got home I was so knackered that I did not have the energy to cook, I bought everyone pizza which I also ate with a chilled can of beer, Yep no long run Sunday for me!!

Tuesdays run was great, 30 Minute steady run. I got less than 5 minutes down the road when my running app started telling me I had completed my first mile??? I wish, a mile in 4 minute 44 – That would definably be a record – Try 8 minutes. This did make me laugh as I ran, I always wear my Garmin watch which is what I go by.

Miles: 3.83 – Duration: 30:03 – Average Pace: 7:51

Wednesday I had a 8 mile recovery run so I took Tigger with me, He actually ran all the way which surprised me as he usually gets outside the house and refuses to move, After the first 3 miles I took him to the park so I could let him off his lead, 3 laps round the park and he stayed by my side the whole time, Well done to Tigger 🙂

Well back to the title, I did burn the duck. My wife had bought a half piece of aromatic duck for herself and my last remaining meat eating daughter to share. I had made a large batch of Chilli-con-carne with rice for myself which was put in tubs and froze. The box said to cook the duck for 30 to 35 minutes, I timed it perfect with my dinner, the timer went off at 30 minutes so it left a couple of minutes to get the sauce and extras ready. When I opened the oven door I was gobsmacked – the duck was not just burned it was black! If it was any other meat I think it would of been binned but being duck and the fact my wife and daughter was starving they still wanted it! To my surprise only the skin was black, the meat underneath was cooked lovely, I tasted a bit and it was really nice. What’s the saying – don’t judge a book by its cover? Does the same apply to food? lol

Well I have to get back to work now so have a good night all 🙂

40 Minute interval run

Tuesday 28th May 2019

Today was a great day for running, why? Well with last weeks travelling I only managed to get one run in!

I am not complaining as I had such a wonderful and needed short break and I got to spend some quality time with my son. As your children get older you see them less and less so I jump at the chance to spend time with them.

I did learn a lot about camping, or to be more accurate I learnt a lot about how dreadful my camping cooking equipment is, I have now upgraded my camping cooker and bought a wind shield to protect it so fingers crossed it will be a welcome upgrade for my next trip (My next Marathon).

I had a good run and the rain held off just until my cool down walk so I was happy.

  • Distance 5.07 mi
  • Pace 8:50 /mi
  • Time 44m 47s

Time to get back to work, Night all

Our Camping Trip May 2019

Camping at Camber Sands 22nd May 2019

I have been looking forward to this camping trip for months, This was originally going to be a solo trip but with a week to go my son decided to join me which was fantastic.

I like planning things and I love lists, I like to write lists for most things and this trip was no different.

My camping check list was 4 pages long of everything I was going to bring with me and which bag they would be located in so hopefully I would not forget anything (our last family camping holiday we drove the 140 miles to the campsite only to discover that I had forgotten to pack the tent of all things – my kids never let me forget this).

2 weeks before this trip I set my tent up in the front room to check that it is still in one piece and all complete, I was happy to see it was perfect Next was the dummy run to see if I could fit everything on my motorcycle, All great so far.

Wednesday morning came and we both finished loading our bikes, Just as we are ready to go we find my bike had a flat battery, bummer 😦

That’s what I get for only riding a few miles each day – My bike just does not get a good chance to charge the battery.

5 minutes of pushing the bike up and down the car park and we soon managed to bump start it – As I still had enough fuel for the journey I decided it was best to wait until I arrive at Camber Sands to top up so that the battery can fully recharge.

The journey was fantastic, 62 miles riding with loads of winding roads and variable speeds which made it so much fun.

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Just one stop on route for a drink and toilet.

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We did not arrive at Camber Sands until just after 6pm and it took a while to check in as the office was closed.

After unpacking and erecting our tents it was time to find a shop to buy supplies. This is where the fun really started as the nearest supermarket was just over 12 miles away.

The first supermarket we did not like as was over priced and not enough stock so we landed up driving another 3 miles out to a Lidl supermarket. This was worth the extra journey as we got everything we needed.

By the time we got back and fired up the BBQ it was very late and we were starving, When your hungry everything takes twice as long, it was gone midnight before the food was cooked but it tasted fantastic.

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Thursday morning I woke up around 6:30am,  I had a bowl of porridge for breakfast and then started getting ready for a 7 mile run along the beach.

When I left to go on my run my son also left to buy some more camping gas, When I finished my run I was surprised to see he had not returned. I went for a shower but still no sign of him. My son had to drive 25 miles to a Halfords as all the local shops don’t sell camping gas due to safety reasons!!! Took him nearly 2 hours to buy gas.

My son cooked lunch and I washed up – Sounds fair to me 🙂

My son’s friend popped down for a visit in the evening so we lit the BBQ again and also the instant BBQ we bought, We had a lovely feast 🙂

Friday morning came quick and it was time to pack up  and go home, We had such a lovely time and at £7.00 a night each we would definitely do it again.

 

 

30 Minute interval run a day late

Wednesday 15th May 2019

Well today I ran yesterdays run.

Tuesday was my day off from work, I had the day planned as usual, I had to get my car fixed in the morning then do all the pre-check bits on my motorcycle ready for a mini solo camping holiday I have booked for myself next week, I planned to end the day with a lovely evening run.

Well in the morning I was on my knees in the bathroom hugging the toilet and feeling very unwell, I landed up going back to bed and sleeping the morning and early afternoon off.

I think I had just over done it, I spent the day on Monday cleaning the garden and sheds and did not get as much sleep as I should have.

So Tuesday evening was spent playing catchup so my running week has now started a day later than planned.

Todays run was a 30 minute interval run, I really enjoyed the run even though my hip was still aching a bit.

  • Distance

    3.53 mi

  • Pace

    8:33 /mi

  • Time

    30m 10s

I have however managed to buy myself a new budget action camera (CamPak) and got to test it out today. The camera worked great with really good picture quality and sound. The camera even came with a spare battery and remote control, a nice carry case and the usual fixings, for under £40.00 I am really impressed.

Time for work, Night all

Losing my Mojo

Where’s my mojo??

I love running, jogging or however you want to label it, I love getting lost in my own thoughts and the feeling of completing some great distances.

I have been consistently running ever since January last year and absolutely loved every part of it.

I completed my last marathon in December with a P.B (Personal Best) and was so proud of my achievement.

The last couple months I have struggled to get out there, I loved it when I did and looked forward to running but I have let life get in the way.

Last week I was running, This week I missed most of it, you can see the pattern.

I now have 13 weeks before my next marathon and although I am confident I can complete it I know I cannot afford to miss more training.

I have been looking forward to this marathon for so long now, It incorporates my three favourite hobbies all wrapped into one. I will be travelling via motorcycle and staying in a tent, all of which I love doing.

I suppose I am writing this post in the hope to give me motivation to get out there and run 🙂

So tomorrow is the start of my new training week and with 13 weeks left I hope it to be a consistent 13 weeks.

I have not been updating my blog recently as I thought it would give me more time to run but in truth writing my blog actually motivates me, even if not many people read my blog its still lovely (for me) to be able to talk (and sometimes brag) about my personal achievements.

I am looking forward to tomorrows run / Fresh start / Marathon training.

Time for work, Speak soon.