Tag: training

Is running twice a day really madness?

The marathon is finally out of my system and the knee has quit complaining. So it’s time to begin the next phase of training: six run weeks that include a double run day. One or two people have proclaimed this madness that will only end in injury. So are they right; will regularly running twice a day break me? I…

Is this the prettiest 10 miler in England?

I love bluebells. I take a detour most days on the way to work at this time of year just so I can see them. This morning, I found myself in the woods breathing in their scent when I should’ve been at work. Let’s be clear: I’m not one of those shivering perverts you sometimes read about hanging around at…

Should I do the Brighton Marathon as a training run?

If you only do one big run next year, make it the Brighton Marathon 

Brighton Marathon, 17 April 2016: This is it, I kept thinking; the point my legs stop working. Miles 20 to 23 of the Brighton Marathon are a grim out and back to Shoreham Power Station, a bottleneck between the English Channel and Shoreham Port. Here the miles take their toll. The roadside was littered with cramping runners; one man was…

Five reasons why the last week before a marathon is CRAP

Well, this is crap. It’s now less than a week until the Brighton Marathon, the first of I don’t know how many 26.2 milers I’ll be doing to prepare for the Marathon des Sables 2018, and I’m in a right grump. Here’s five reasons why: I can’t go for a proper run The weather’s perfect, I feel great and I’m…

Two weeks to go: The only thing harder than running is not running

The only thing harder than running, is not running. With less than two weeks to go before my first 26.2 miler in preparation for the Marathon des Sables 2018, my biggest challenge now is not how many miles I can squeeze in before the starting pistol fires, but whether I can resist the urge to lace up my shoes and…

Three weeks to go: Screw the target pace!

Screw the target pace. Ultimately this isn’t about how fast I can run, but how far. So on Sunday I shut down the Runkeeper woman and her passive aggressive pace prompts and headed out on a three and a half hour run, my last long run before the Brighton Marathon, and the first of many 26.2 milers in preparation for…

Why I’ve dumped the Runkeeper woman

The Runkeeper woman and I have had a falling out. That’s right; the passive aggressive mouthpiece of said running app (which I love, by the way) who pipes up at pre-determined intervals to tell you how you’re doing. She’s been bitching in my ear about my sluggish pace every 10 minutes for the past few weeks of running, commanding I…

Five weeks to go: Is a four hour marathon a complete fantasy?

I think it might be time rein in my expectations for the big day in five weeks. I’ve been hoping to get past the finish line in four hours or less, and as my pace has gradually increased over the past few months, doing so has seemed less and less like a complete fantasy. Now I’m not so sure. A…

Seven weeks to go: Handstands and hill training

I’m not known for my grace or agility. So when my brother heard I’ve started doing gymnastics, he howled with laughter and said he’d pay good money to see me falling off a pummel horse in a leotard. If he saw what I’ve really been doing – groaning against a wall, upside down with my midriff exposed as I attempt…

Fifty per cent cholesterol spike: Time to quit my low carb diet?

D’oh! My blood cholesterol level has soared by 50% in the past year. It came as a bit of a shock when I discovered this a few weeks ago. But I know what’s to blame: it’s the Homeric amounts of pork scratchings (and bacon, butter, ham, cheese, etc) I’ve been putting away as part of my low carb diet. I…