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21.5 miles race pace now 3 we...

Training this week has gone very well with much faster 10Ks in training. My favourite run and final long run this morning and I set out not sure of my strategy - was I to improve 3rd week on the run or take it easy with only 3 weeks to go for the Cheste...

4 weeks to Chester Marathon

This week I decided to do the same long run as last week and target sub-9 minute miles.  Last week was 9:10 average pace so a realistic target. It was cooler than it has been with sunny intervals, another nice day to run.  Below are my splits from last ...

Stop being so pessimistic aft...

Come home from Tenerife last Friday and the very next day did my usual park run (including running there and back) totalling 18.1 miles and it was really hard.  My legs were fresh but I run out of steam half way around not helped by my shoe laces coming...

2 weeks since GMM, a cold, a ...

I must have been to the toilet 4 times before heading to the start line at the Leeds Half marathon this morning, 30 mins before the gun. It was cold and the sun was trying to come out behind the clouds, I was shivering and it seemed to take forever befo...

Success at the Greater Manche...

I was following the 3:45 pacer keeping him in sight in the first mile but disciplined enough not to set off too fast weave in and out coming In at 8:43 against 8:35 target.  The next mile was bang on 8:35 though it was still a little crowded, then it op...

I don't know why but taper se...

Last week I ran my last long run of 21.5 miles 3 weeks ahead of Manchester. During the week I've done the same mileage as usual so no real taper until today. There was a couple of runs I took easier than usual and managed a mid week run in Copley avg pa...

Last long run before Manchest...

I ran my last 21.5 mile run yesterday. Can't believe 2 weeks ago I ran 19 miles in deep snow in 3:18 and didn't slip once. Yesterday at mile 15 I had forced breather when I fell and bashed my right elbow and knee with scrapes to right leg and a bit of b...

Easter Monday and a new PB fo...

After 20 miles on Saturday I've been feeling a little tired and achy.  I heard Pete saying I should run my long runs slower though as I head towards my taper for Manchester I like to test myself, it's a confidence thing for me. i endulged yesterday in E...

Back to easier long runs

After last weeks 19 miles in the snow the first couple of miles felt really easy especially as they were downhill with splits in 8:26 and 8:15. The next two were a little harder in 8:58 and 8:57.  It was a nice day but still a bit cold so I wrapped up a...

Snow getting in the way of my...

Thought twice about going out today as the snow here in Leeds is 6-10 inches. Its also my penultimate week before my taper starts for the Manchester marathon. the original plan was 21.5 mile route same as last week but there was no way I'd try that rout...

Week 11

Week 11 started with a 6.2 mile run in Leeds down the canal. It was sunny to start with and then windy with a snow storm and finished fresh and sunny again.  Splits were 8:23 8:15 8:20 8:19 8:12 8:32 1:35 (8:01), averaging 8:20 finishing in 51:40. Tuesd...

Week 10 and 22 long run complete

Probably the hardest week in the lead up to Manchester marathon because only 4 long runs left before taper and my aim today was to complete 22 miles in sub 9:00 pace. During the week I was working in Copley a couple of days so had the opportunity to run...

Week 9 completed - 57 days to...

Since my last blog, I have been on holiday in Perthshire Scotland. Of course I ran every day but have missed a couple of long runs (which will become really important over the next 4 weeks prior to my taper. My usual run there was 2 miles to Gleneagles,...

Massive improvement this week

I kicked off the week with an outdoor run of 7.2 miles in Leeds at 7:59 average.  Tuesday to Thursday I ran 7 miles each day on the treadmill at an increasing fast pace. And I had a rest day (unlike last week) the day before my long run. This morning i ...

21.5 miles today, 52.1 this w...

My focus is very much on training for the Greater Manchester Marathon at the end of April 2013. For the last two weekends I ran 17 mile long runs in the snow In 2:44 and 2:52. Last week I wanted to run 20 miles in less than 3 hours.  However the weather...

21.5 miles today, 52.1 this w...

My focus is very much on training for the Greater Manchester Marathon at the end of April 2013. For the last two weekends I ran 17 mile long runs I.... In the snow In 2:44 and 2:52. Last week I wanted to run 20 miles in less than 3 hours.  However the w...
As I completed 2012 miles on 22/12/2012, I decided to rest for the festivities and not run until 2013. As you can imagine I was dying to get those running shoes on and my first run was 3.5 miles on Tuesday morning on 1/1/13 after a skinful on NYE. The n...

Last blog of the year since 2...

13.5 miles today in the pouring rain in 1:57:50 avg pace 8:43 1) 8:50 2) 8:48 3) 8:54 4) 8:45 5) 8:48 6) 8:41 7) 8:42 8) 8:56 9) 8:50 10) 8:46 11) 8:46 12) 8:20 13) 8:29 13.5) 4:10 (8:20 pace) ... as you can see finished last miles of 2012 miles very st...

Closing in on 2012 miles

37 miles ran this week, including 16 this morning in 2 hours 20 mins. 10k PB of 44:23 on Tuesday (5 secs off since last week).  I'm up to 1973 miles now this year and that means I have only 39 miles left to run 2012 in 2012.  I'm aiming to have complete...

First blog since Chester mara...

Last weekend was the first weekend I've had off this year and on Monday I was back with a vengeance smashing a 10k Personal Best (treadmill) finishing in 44:36.  All my runs this week have been fast.  Tuesday and Wednesday were more 10ks in 47:10 and 41...

Chester marathon: perfect wea...

Weather perfect, all trained up and ready to go.  Not a PB this time but a good run once i realxed into the run a bit. i probably started off too quickly bearing in mind how i was feeling.  pizza hut was laying heavy on my stomach, i only managed 4-6 ho...

7 days to Chester

The last week was the penultimate week prior to Chester marathon, speed increased and distance reduced. i did 4 x 10Ks in the week and 5.5 miles on Saturday. Even though the sun was out it was a little cold and breezy. I aimed to beat my previous best o...

Two weeks to Chester marathon

Ran four 10Ks furring the week a couple temp runs but still a couple of minutes slower than my fastest times at this distance. my long run was only 13.1 miles. I ran this in exactly 01:48:00 which was 49 secs quicker than the same run before VLM2012 so ...

First week of taper before Ch...

Started to increase the pace and reduce the distance. Only ran 41 miles this week Including a long run of 16 miles today in 2:21:01. Same training routine as VLM where this run took 2:22. Ive lost all of my holiday weight now and feeling better butwould...