Morning run

Thursday 13th June 2019

Thursdays was a 7 mile recovery run. I plotted my route using the RunGo app, I have used this in the past and it’s always worked reasonably well for me.

I did the run in the morning after working a night shift, This is not something I do often, I prefer to run after a sleep but needs must – I did find I got tired quicker though.

It was beautiful route due to a huge chunk of the run being off road, I was really enjoying myself thinking how perfect the route was, that was until around mile 4!

I was back running on the pavement again and when I looked up my jaw dropped – The mother of all hills, I had totally forgot about this hill, it was huge, I was knackered when I got to the top.

Between mile 5 and 6 I felt my energy levels drop but I knew I did not have far to go so I carried on but I was pleased when I finished 🙂

  • Distance 7.02 mi
  • Pace 10:08 /mi
  • Time 1h 11m

No stinging nettles on this route but loads of bushes spraying rain water on my legs, I will take that any day to getting stung 🙂

Time to get back to work, Night all

Steady run

Friday 1st February 2019

This afternoon I had a fantastic couple of days, Thursday evening I completed a 45 minute indoor cycle as it was too cold to run outside (I know bad excuse), I really enjoyed it but I think the run would have been better.

Today I wanted to try another new route so I uploaded one of my running club runs onto my RunGo App and off I went.

The route was labeled as 6.4 miles so only a little over the 6 miles my schedule asked for but with making a few wrong turns and with continuing after the finishing point to get closer to my house I clocked up 8 and a 1/2 miles. The route had huge hills so by the time I got home my legs felt like jelly.

  • 8.65mi
  • 1:19:27
  • 9:11/mi

The RunGo App worked pretty well this time, It did not crash (It only crashed last time because my phone was closing it to save battery) and it gave clear and timely turn by turn instructions. I did find it was hard to hear some instructions over my music though. With my other apps they always mute the music when giving instructions but not this one.

I will check the settings tomorrow and if i cannot adjust them then I will just not listen to music when using the app.

This evening a group of us from the running club went wall climbing at Croywall in Croydon. I had such a fantastic time and felt really knackered at the end and I do have a really large blister on my hand now but I am assuming that just tells me I worked hard right?? 🙂

I will be running my first Park Run tomorrow and I am really looking forward to it.

It is only 3 miles so should be a really fun morning.

Well I am off to sleep now, Night all.


Interval run

Tuesday 22nd January 2019

Wow this morning was fresh – 1º in fact.

It was later than I planned to go for my run, I was aiming for a midnight run but in fact it was just after 4am instead. I did put on my rain coat for my warm-up jog but took that off after as I knew I would get too warm when I started running.

Todays was interval running day.

  • Distance

    3.75 mi

  • Pace

    8:49 /mi

  • Time

    33m 7s

I am so exited – I have manage to book a place in the Dorset Marathon for November.

The Marathon is 27.7 miles which is more than I have ever ran before but the scenery looks fantastic, it does have loads of hills so after my half marathon in March I will have to start some hill and trail training.

The hotels in the area are a little more expensive than I expected but I have 10 months to save 🙂

Well I am off to sleep now as back to work tonight, Night all.


Dave’s Marathon Training Week 7

Monday 1st October to Sunday 7th October 2008

Total miles for week was 24.91


My medal 🙂

My medal came today from “”.

This was for running over (just) 100 miles in September, All I had to do was email proof at the end of the month that I covered 100 miles and they sent me the medal. It was cheap to register and I just love medals 🙂

Also to my surprise I got a running t-shirt and sponsor forms from After getting my place in the Portsmouth Marathon I let Bloodwise and 2 other charities that deal with cancer know I wanted to raise money for them, this was my way of giving something back. My son is having treatment for the second time for Leukemia and I am just very grateful for their support. Anyway, I got the sponsor forms from the other 2 charities about 6 weeks ago and forgot about Bloodwise, I now feel guilty as the other 2 have more sponsors than them, Hopefully it will balance out by December.

My running week:

Tuesday 2nd – Did not run, Had so much to do at home that I had to give Tuesdays run a miss

Wednesday 3rd – Easy run: 7 Miles in 1:15:07, average pace 10:44 min/mile. This run I loved, I took a really easy run and felt great afterwards, It’s much better when you take a slower pace on easy runs, I usually make the mistake of letting my speed creep up. I think J-Leigh probably enjoyed the easy pace too 🙂

Thursday 4th – Steady run: 4.79 miles in 40:09 minutes, average pace 8:23 min/mile. Now this was really hard but fun. J-Leigh and I decided to run through Lloyd Park, Thought it might be fun, well it was up until the time we got lost! We finished the run and was walking back to get the car when we kind of lost our bearings, we landed up coming out the opposite side to what we wanted and had to jog the long way round to find the car, I recon we added about 3 miles to our journey by the time we got to the car, as we got close to the car we saw the field we were running around, if we only turned right instead of left lol

Saturday 6th –Strength training. I am trying out different strength training plans, have not found one I like yet or even worked out which days to do it, I want one that is under half hour so I can do it on my easy run days. I think I might have a plan that will be ok to start with, I will try it out after Tuesdays run then Saturday can go back to being a cross training day or even a longer strength training day, I havent made my mind up yet.

Sunday 7th – Long run: Half Marathon 13.12 miles in 2:00:50, average pace 9:13 min/mile. Wow this was a fantastic run, my legs are like jelly, I know that J-Leigh was tired too. The route had lovely hills and the weather was perfect for running although I should really be wanting more rain since my Marathon is booked for December, I am being too spoilt with all this dry weather 🙂

I have absolutely no idea what to wear when running in really bad weather either, I think I will be too hot in waterproof trousers but 4 plus hours of running soaked might not be too much fun either. I have run in the rain many times but only for a few miles at a time, I guess I will know more closer to race day.




Dave’s Marathon Training Week 6

Monday 24th September to Sunday 30th September 2008

Total miles for week was 24.67

I did not get time to update my blog at all last week because of a change in training times being so close to work. I thought it would be better to write my training blog weekly instead.

I was very lucky that my daughter J-Leigh joined me on all my runs last week – including my Sundays long run. I do love running on my own, Headphones on and listening to my music I get lost in thought and always feel positive afterwards BUT running with a friend, or in this case my daughter by far exceeds that, we chat about everything from music to bad jokes, I look forward to out next training session.

Tuesday 25th – Interval run: 4.09 Miles in 40:24 minutes, average pace 9:53 min/mile.

Wednesday 26th – Easy run: 6.13 Miles in 1:04:56, average pace 10:35 min/mile.

Thursday 27th – Steady run: 4.39 miles in 40:04 minutes, average pace 9:08 min/mile.

Sunday 30th – Long run: 10.06 miles in 1:27:16, average pace 8:40 min/mile.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays runs was the usual Hill route which made a great challenge for us both.

Sundays run was really good, We picked a great route with not many hills so I managed a good pace, J-Leigh really enjoyed herself which was the most important bit 🙂

We did try the dreaded action camera again, when fixed on J-Leigh’s bike it was still to shaky so we fitted it to a cycle helmet which J-Leigh wore, The picture quality was better but still a little bit jumpy, I will probably get a better camera in the new year.

40 Minute interval running with hills

For todays run I went to the woods again with J-Leigh, she was cycling and I was running. We had loads of hills which made a challenging and fun training day.

J-Leigh looked worn out when we finished but it has not put her off, she is looking forward to my next training day.

At least I got to wear my trail shoes today which was a bonus.


Todays run was 4.09 miles in 40:24 minutes average pace 9:53 minutes per mile, slower pace but lots of hills so expected.

40 minute steady run with new knee support

When I got up Wednesday the side of my knee was uncomfortable, mainly when crouching down or going up the stairs but it got better when I got moving, On top of this I thought I was coming down with a head cold or worse so I decided to swap my training days around and rest on Wednesday so hopefully I can recover enough for Thursday.

The same happened when I got up Thursday, I did not want to miss any more running so before my run I took a trip to Argos and I bought myself a knee support.

£20.00 well spent, This took all the pressure off my knee and gave me a wonderful run.

My wife, daughter, and dog accompanied me on my run today, I drove them to the woods and they enjoyed themselves while I ran around the woods, This was so nice, we met back up and had a nice walk together before heading back to the car to go home.

I loved this route as you have one side is uphill and the other downhill, I even got to run through the woods which was great fun, I will look forward to doing this again although I will wear my trail running shoes instead next time.

So Thursdays run was a 40 minute steady run. I was aiming for a pace average of 8:50 min/mile but was slightly slower at 9:16 min/mile, with the hills I am quite pleased with the results, I still ran 4.34 miles, better luck next time 🙂