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.

Sundays long run

Sunday 12th May 2019

What a difference a couple of days can make, The sun was well and truly out – 14° and beautiful.

So today was my 12 mile long run, I had my usual breakfast of porridge with some raspberries mixed in, no coffee as did not want to be using the toilet 14 times on route.

Just as I am ready to leave my house I realised my water bladder was leaking – Very frustrating as my back was now wet.

This is the 2nd bladder bag to leak on me, fortunately they are very cheap to replace. I had to make do with a smaller water bottle instead.

Tomorrow I will be taking a trip to Decathlon (oh how terrible I have to go to my favorite shop on my day off and to actually buy something).

I had a fantastic run although my hip and leg was giving me some discomfort on the last few miles, when I got home I was pleases to stretch my leg and use my foam roller – instant relief 🙂

Strava tells me I ran another PB today so good news all round 🙂

  • Distance – 12.20 miles
  • Pace – 7:56 minutes per mile
  • Time – 1 hour 36 minutes
  • Best estimated 10 mile effort (1:18:59)
  • Best estimated 15k effort (1:13:09)

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.