Category: Training

Hill repeats from hell in the Devil's Buttcrack

Monday’s Rundays: Hill repeats from hell in the Devil’s Buttcrack

I’ve found a new way of torturing myself: a two mile circuit that follows the northern rim of Devil’s Dyke (a 100 metre deep gorge near Brighton) before looping back up its middle. The other day I did three loops. I’ll be increasing the repetitions and revisiting every week (see this week’s plan below) between now and June’s Marathon des…

Three lessons from my first ‘training’ marathon 2

Monday’s Rundays: Three lessons from my first ‘training’ marathon

I’m glad this is rest week (see below). Yesterday, I did a marathon – a proper one with drinks stations, folks in fancy dress and everything. For most of the 12,000 people that ran the Brighton Marathon, it was the end of months of training. For me, it was a warm up for June’s 186 mile Marathon des Cote (MdC).…

lessons from marathon des sables

Monday’s Rundays: Three lessons from Marathon des Sables 33 day one

It’s all kicking off in Morocco right now. Today is day two of the Marathon des Sables 2018, and I’ve been glued to social media following the 977 nutjobs competing in the event. It’s making it hard to concentrate on my training this week (and it’s a big week – see below), knowing that in a year I will be…

Can the Marathon des Sables help me control diabetes? 2

Monday’s Rundays: Can the Marathon des Sables help me control diabetes?

I’m in! On Thursday morning I secured my place in the Marathon des Sables [MdS] 2019. That means that in just over a year I will be attempting to run 150 plus miles in six days across the Sahara Desert. That’s right: me, my dodgy pancreas and all the medication it takes to keep me alive in the world’s biggest,…

Why skipping training is sometimes good training 2

Monday’s Rundays: Why skipping training is sometimes good training

I’ve now been training for the Marathon des Cote for 12 weeks. That means, as I write this, there’s just less than 12 weeks until I set off at the crack of dawn to try and run the 186 miles of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path in West Wales in less than three days. To mark the half way point in…

Should I do the Brighton Marathon as a training run?

Monday’s Rundays: Should I do the Brighton Marathon as a training run?

I’m now half way through my 24 week plan for the Marathon des Cote (MdC). And I feel great. Last week was an intense week (so the coming seven days are about recovery – see below). I ran just over 62 miles, some  on the MdC route on the stunning Pembrokeshire Coast Path in West Wales. I feel so great…

Is 66.6 miles an omen?

Monday’s Rundays: Is 66.6 miles an omen?

Things are getting scary. I’ve just received the itinerary for the Marathon des Cote (MdC), the 180 mile plus beast I’ll be doing in three months. It looks awful, but I can’t wait. So this week I’m heading to Wales to try out some of the route. See the schedule below (the runs marked MdC will be on the route).…