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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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

A run in the sun

Thursday 30th May 2019

Wow, yesterday rain, today sun, I love the weather here lol

My poor wife is working a night shift tonight, The poor woman finished today’s shift at 14:00 then straight home for dinner, small sleep then back to work for 20:00, I have to admire her drive – Not sure I would want to do that now days.

I will be relieved to pick her up in the morning, I have a feeling that she will be knackered.

It was so nice today 21ยบ outside so my rain-jacket goes back away and out comes my sunglasses, Beautiful.

I love running but I also LOVE my train-free days, Friday is one of these, time to catch up on things at home and relax before work ๐Ÿ™‚

All in all it was a very good run, Not the fastest (I blame the lovely warm weather) but plenty of effort ๐Ÿ™‚

Today’s I included a 5 minute warm-up and 5 minute cool down.

60 Minute steady run –

  • Distance 7.90 mi
  • Pace 8:48 /mi
  • Time 1h 9m

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

What a great day for running

Tuesday 7th May 2019

First day of my running week and what a fantastic start it has been.

The weather is so lovely, not too warm and not too cold


I had such a good run, my best for such a long time.

My running pace has been slowing down for quite some time now and I was starting to think I would never get back to how fast I was but fortunately today has proved me wrong.

I got a personal best 5k, I just had so much energy. I really enjoyed my run, so much so that I lost track of time and landing up finishing my run miles from home (ok maybe not miles but far enough lol).

When I got home I completed my strength training workout. This time I increased the weights I was using, nothing heavy just a 10 kg dumbbell in each arm which was great for forward lunges and holding just 1 dumbbell for squats. My arms feel as worked as my legs now ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Distance –ย 5.46 mi

  • Pace –ย 7:20 /mi

  • Time –ย 40m 7s

  • Best estimated 5k effort (22:03)

  • Best estimated 2 mile effort (14:06)

Time for 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.ย 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 Croywallย 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?? ๐Ÿ™‚

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.


Steady run 5.5 miles

Wednesday 23rd January 2019

Not as cold as this morning but had a good steady run, will hopefully squeeze in a strength training session on my break at work.

  • Distance

    5.51 mi

  • Pace

    8:14 /mi

  • Time

    45m 20s

Well time has run out for me this evening, so got to get ready for work, Have a good evening all.

6 Mile Steady run

Wednesday 9th January 2019

I woke up today way too early with cramp in my calf muscle and a crook neck, I could not get back to sleep after that so I lay in bed reading my email until it was time to get up, I still feel ok though, Lets hope it stays that way.

I am down another 1.2lbs from yesterday which is another bonus.

My favorite meal – breakfast, I started the day with a lovely bowl of oats with strawberry and banana, It tasted fantastic and gave me plenty of energy for my run.


Before my run I had doubts as to if I can complete it at a good pace but I was really pleased with my run, I kept a very good pace and really enjoyed my run.

At 5ยบ it was cold out, I wrapped up warm and out I went.



Todays run was a 6 mile steady run

  • Distance

    6.10 mi

  • Pace

    7:39 /mi

  • Time

    46m 41s


So after the run it was on to cooking the dinner, Chilli con carne on half a baked butternut squash with kale and brussels sprouts and cabbage (my family had rice). I ate a massive meal and now I am stuffed ๐Ÿ™‚


Got to get ready for work now ๐Ÿ™‚

Daveโ€™s Marathon Training Week 7

Monday 1st October to Sunday 7th October 2008

Total miles for week was 24.91


My medal ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 โ€“ Did not run, Had so much to do at home that I had to give Tuesdays run a miss

Wednesday 3rd โ€“ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Thursday 4th โ€“ 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 โ€“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 โ€“ Long run: Half Marathon 13.12 miles in 2:00:50, average pace 9:13 min/mile.ย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 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.

ยฃ20.00 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 ๐Ÿ™‚