The Road to Blackheath, Take 6.

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The Road to Blackheath, Take 6.

Five London Marathons under my belt and now I have a chance at my sixth. At least one a decade since 1982.

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Day 70 - Mission accomplished!

What a day it was, what a crowd, probably the loudest and biggest of my London experiences. The congestion at the end was frustrating, being unable to get into St James Park and lay down, but the day was great! I was running at 4.30 pace all the way to ...

Day 69 - Walking from London ...

Feeling a bit jet-lagged but got a sneaky sneaky training session in today, walking from London Bridge to Tower Hill to get the DLR out to ExCel and then back again. I had forgotten how hard London streets are and now have tired feet! Collected my numbe...

Day 68 - Jet Lag Loosener in ...

I am here folks; very bumpy flight for part of the trip but Air New Zealand delivered me safely to the UK in time for 11am Wednesday morning! Had a good solid 12 hour sleep last night and managed to go for a 3 mile loosener this evening along one of my ...

Day 67 - Still in NZ!

Not a training run as such, but training nonetheless in the form of a series of curious stretches precribed to me by the Physio to assist with the previously mentioned achilles niggle. She was happy that it is just a niggle but has ordered me not to wea...

Day 66 - Last training run fo...

A werid run this evening as our clocks went back last night and by 5pm it was starting to feel quite different. Ran past some newly bundled hay stacks near the old golf course and the sun was low in the sky, as it is in Autumn. But soon I will be transp...

Day 65 - Prima Ballerina on t...

Well, just a few more 'sleeps' to go until the big day! I felt like a ballerina on tonight's hour long run, because I was paranoid about hurting myself and not being able to take the stage! I went out across the estuary, in the dusk, stunning. Still, wa...

Day 64 - Harvest time running...

Ran out tonight through freshly cut hay and the smell was so dewy and sweet, harvest time approaches downunder. Still the sun shines and I am now on the final countdown on The Road to Blackheath Take 6. Taper feels weird but I know its important. I want...

Day 63 - Jellyfish and sexy 6...

I decided not to crush a ten miler, thanks to advice received during the week, and instead went out to run fairly fast for 6 miles!!. It was great and one of these days I am going to enter a 10k, just to see how fast I can go. I reverted to my older sho...

Day 62 - Fast five on an Autu...

Yes it is Autumn downunder, but still the sun shines and I can get away with shorts and a vest on an evening run starting at aout 6pm. I ran smooth and well and pushed up the hill to good old radio masts 1 and 2, which have become dear friends! View out...

Day 61 - Have I peaked too soon!

Well, after the mammoth 3hr 47 min effort on Sunday I decided to go and stretch my legs last night with a snappy 30 minute golf course dash and I was left rather unimpressed! It just felt far too short! Anyway, whilst my taper has begun, I intend to go ...

Day 60 - Made it - 3 hrs and ...

It was very tough to get out of my cosy bed, but I hauled myself out, had a bit of toast and jam, applied some sunscreen, some vaseline jelly between my toes and other places, and drove out to the start of my 'longest run'. I was underway at 0830 and th...

Day 59 - Dilemma of pace and ...

Another really good maintenance run last night, its getting darker for us as we encroach into Autumnal evenings, so coming down off the cliff road in the half light is quite uplifting, looking out to the Tasman sea. I have been so lucky with the weather...

Day 58 - 3 hours in pre-cyclo...

It became a shuffle I have to say, it was so humid today, and now we have very heavy rain and high winds as the tropical storm passes through. I lost so much fluid I got more and more depleted, although I was carrying drinks. Anyway it was a plod to end...

Day 57 - Running fast is easi...

Great run last night, cloudy, breezy and the cyclonic storm is two days away! I felt probably the best I have felt in a pair of running shoes since the Roding Valley Half Marathon in about 1983, where I clocked 1 hour and 18 minutes. I seemed to be floa...

Daay 56 - Very short run, ver...

Went for a very gentle jog last night, very muggy conditions, and my legs felt like sacks of spuds, not to mention my feeling incredibly hungry! I guess I could be over-training or not recovering enough, maybe I need a massage! I have got used to runnin...

Day 55 - Wedding scuppers lon...

Arriving late back home from a wedding on Saturday, meant I couldn't get up early enough for a long run on Sunday and then it got too hot! However I have had several weeks of long runs so I took off at about 4.30pm to run a two lapper and push the pace....

Day 54 - This is silly, I'm g...

Its getting a little autumnal here in NZ, but still sunny and warm at 6.30pm and perfect for a zippy coastal maintenance/tempo run. Off I go and feel great gradually picking up pace till I reach the climb up to radio masts 1 and 2. I jog all the way to ...

Day 53 - Feeling depleted, so...

I got over-tired on my last outing in the heat and I am suffering a bit, legs are a bit heavy. I went for a swiftie round the old golf course. Noticed how good my legs look these days! Sorry for the vanity! I am pondering whether to have a complete week...

Day 52 - Lost Siberian Husky ...

2hrs and 46 minutes folks, inching up there. I only need to add another 1hr 35 mins and I get to my slowest previous marathon time of 4 hrs and 20. Big mistake today was to start an hour later at 0930, in New Zealand its hot and sunny by 10am and I got ...

Day 51 - Really enjoying my r...

I am at the point now where my mind floods back to my youth  and the English Schools Cross Country Championships in early 80's, and where I seemed to float along with my running! I had that same feeling last night over the last 2km, it is so exhileratin...

Day 50 - Half Century of mean...

Wow, 50 official training runs with quite a few weeks of base running before that and a few odd ones in between. Last night I ran the 50 minute lap (from the weekend long run) in 48 minutes as a kind of celebration. It was exhilerating bounding along. I...

Day 49 - Well, I did it!

It was a major struggle to get out of bed, but I did and I was at the start of my long run by 0810. Set to be a hot day, so I wanted to get out early. Armed with my new Nike hand held drink bottles I took the first lap fairly easily carrying just water,...

Days 47 and 48 - Gearing up f...

A couple of excellent quality runs with big hills are setting me up nicely for my planned long run on Sunday. I hope the weather cools a bit, but I have introduced a small hand held drink bottle, which I can easily replenish at the car as I pass go on t...

Day 46 - Rapid early evening ...

Frustrated with a bit of cramp in my right foot, I put the running shoes back on and went for a zippy run round the local walkways. By the time I got back foot was cured! I am not sure if I will need another new pair of shoes before April 13th or should...