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).…

Monday's Rundays: Five lessons from the Beast from the East

Monday’s Rundays: Five lessons from the Beast from the East

The little corner of southeast England I call home ground to a halt last week as the ‘Beast from the East’ blew in. The trains stopped running; the sprogs’ schools closed; the news was filled with  warnings of how the Beast would eat alive anyone daft enough to go out driving in it. But for me the running continued. 4…

will long socks heal my calves?

Monday’s Rundays: Will long socks help heal my calves?

The miles are starting to take their toll. My calves are as tight as a piglet’s arse. It can take up to three miles before they start to loosen up on a run. Because last week was recovery week, most of my runs were no longer than five or so miles (the longest was nine). That means most of my…