Tag: ultra running

How does a type one diabetic prepare for a 186 mile run? 2

Monday’s Rundays: How does a type one diabetic prepare for a 186 mile run?

I’m running out of time. In five weeks I’ll try to run the entire 186 mile length of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path over three days. There are no training plans for the Marathon des Cote. This is the first year the event has been held and no one is known to have completed the path in less than four days.…

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).…

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 running getting in the way of work?

Monday’s Rundays: Is running getting in the way of work?

There I was: sweaty forehead, still out of breath, nipples protruding through running shirt like cue tips. “Radio?” said the lady at the BBC Brighton studio reception. “No, I’m sure it’s television. Yes. You’re live on BBC World News. On the business slot.” It was like an anxiety dream where you realise you’re stark bollock naked at an important work…

Man v Horse 2017

Last June, myself and 1,000 or so other runners legged it through 23 miles of bogs, mountains, rivers and moorland in mid Wales, whilst being chased by 60 horseback riders. It was the highlight of my running year! Here’s why…