Let the training begin

This week is the start of my marathon training (again lol).

I completed the Lunar-Tic Marathon at the end of last month and gave myself 2 weeks rest before starting training for my next marathon

The first week I caught up with jobs around my house, Sorted out the bedroom and then the kitchen which was very rewarding.

Last week I did go out for some recovery / easy paced runs to keep my fitness levels up.

Monday 5th was a great run, No time limit, no set miles, no pacing, just went out for a lovely jog whist listening to great music through my earphones. I stopped several times to take photos which was great fun. I landed up running just over 4 miles then back to the carpark to do some strength training. 4.08 miles – 46 minutes 19 Seconds

Thursday 7th run was roughly the same as tuesdays run but with more off road running through the lovely woodland, again finishing up with some strength training in the car park afterwards. 4.34 Mi – 38 Mins & 59 Secs.

Sunday I ran for longer and a large part of it was through the woods, For once I did not get lost, I bought myself a compass and although I have not used one since I was a kid I think it worked out ok for me – I found the right exit anyway lol 5.07 Miles in 45 Minutes and 38 Seconds

So with 3 1/2 months until my next marathon the fun starts today (13th). Lets hope it’s 3 1/2 months injury free 🙂

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 🙂

Running with a book

Sunday 23rd June 2019

This morning I ran 15 miles, well I say ran but it was more like a jog, I had not been out for a run since last Sundays 18 mile run and did not want to injure myself.

I usually love to listen to music when on a long run but Audible were doing a offer on their books, 100 books for £3.00 each, How could I say no to that?? I bought “Zombie Fallout” by Mark Tufo, I love a good zombie film or book so I thought I would give this one a try. This turned out to be a great choice, It has plenty of humour and the storyline seems good, It was great fun on my early morning jog listening to my Zombie book, it helped the time pass.

I did feel tired though, Going running after working a night shift instead of when I first wake up really does make a difference to my energy levels, at mile 10 my legs were starting to feel a bit tired but fortunately did not get too bad.

Feeling good now, No training tomorrow so get to rest my feet 🙂

  • Distance 15.10 mi
  • Pace 9:53 /mi
  • Time 2h 29m

Time to get back to work, Night all

My poor legs but what a run!

Tuesday I was supposed to run for 40 minute at a steady pace. This did not quite go to plan although I still managed to have a really good workout.

I started Tuesday evening off by donating blood, Last time I went was just after my last Marathon and I got rejected as my iron level was too low. I was really pleased this time everything was back to normal so I got to donate and for my troubles I got a lovely cup of coffee and some biscuits before walking home.

So I purposefully waited a bit before going for my run just to recover, I drove to Warlingham as I had seen these lovely routes that I wanted to run through. I have driven along these roads in my car and on my motorcycle (not at the same time) and they looked so nice compared to my usual pavement routes.

So I park up, put all my gear on, complete my warm-up routine and off I go.

The route was lovely at first, a narrow path through bushes with nothing but green either side, wonderful I thought. It did not take long for the narrow path to narrow even more and more until you are kicking through the bushes to continue – I got stung like mad on my poor legs by nettles.

I had to walk through several sections and even go onto the road a few times to go around the nettles although I got off the road quick as it was national speed limit and night time.

My aim was to run for 20 minutes, turn round and run the 20 minutes back but due to the walking and road running I ran further out to compensate, This turned out to be a total mistake as I landed up running for a hour to get back to near the car.

Even with the obstacles and possibly because of them I still had such a fun time, Yes I got stung several times (and my legs are still tingling) and yes I made no records with my running but it was so nice to run a different route and I did not feel too bad about stopping to take some photos along the way.

Will I run this route again? Oh yes, but with jogging trousers on to protect my poor legs 🙂

  • Distance 5.58 mi
  • Pace 9:46 /mi
  • Time 54m 32s

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

New 10k PB on a 50 minute steady run

Friday 17th May 2019

I had a fantastic run today, It was a bit cooler but the rain held off even though my weather app reliably informed me it was going to rain.

Today was a 50 minute steady run so I was hoping to cover at least 6 miles, I ran very hard up and down the hills and managed to get several person bests.

  • Distance

    6.74 mi

  • Pace

    7:17 /mi

  • Time

    49m 7s

  • Best estimated 10k effort (45:52)
  • Best estimated 2 mile effort (13:57)
  • Best estimated 1 mile effort
  • Best estimated 1k effort

Time to get ready for work. Night all

5 Mile easy run

Thursday 16th May 2019

“Easy run” my daughter asked me, “How is 5 miles an easy run?” – She does have a point, maybe I should relabel it to recovery run or something lol

So because of todays easy pace I listened to an Audible book on my run – “Dead mans footsteps” by Peter James, I think it’s the 4th in the series but very enjoyable and perfect on a run with no distractions 🙂

Although the sun was out and warm when the wind hit you it was COLD! I stopped after the first mile and put my jacket on, much better.

  • Distance

    5.03 mi

  • Pace

    10:42 /mi

  • Time

    53m 53s

Just looked at Strava and it tells me this was a massive effort lol

Time for work. Night all.



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

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

Running in the rain

Thursday 9th May 2019

I had a great run today, I started off thinking it was going to be a slow run but it only took a few minutes to get going, when I looked at my watch and saw my pace was under 8 min per mile it gave me the enthusiasm to keep pushing myself.

When I got to about the 3rd mile the rain started, This put a huge smile on my face. It’s not that I love the rain – I much prefer running in the sun but I have not run in the rain for quite some time and it made a refreshing change. It is a bit like when you run a new route it makes it fun and different. It also helped that it was still lovely and warm even with the rain so it was lovely to run in.

Today was a 40 minute tempo run – 4 minutes slow, 15 minutes steady, 3 minutes slow, 15 minutes steady and 3 minutes slow.

  • Distance

    4.90 miles

  • Pace

    8:09 minutes per mile

  • Time

    39 minutes 58 seconds

Time for work, Night all