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No Hobby for Old Men?

Been following RealBuzz for a few years. Always enjoy reading the blogs. You can almost always pick up something useful. So why not write a blog as well. You never know, somebody might also find it interesting, even useful.

Gauntlets 2014:

Marathon under 5hrs

10k at 5 55/km

Sets of 50 press-ups

30kg x 10 with dumbell bench press.

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MCM, DC and TCI

The last couple of weeks have been eventful and sunny but am now back home enjoying the contrast of some typical Swiss autumn weather. I flew out to Washington on Friday 24 October for the Marine Corps Marathon which took place on Sunday 26 October. As ...

Long Time No See

My last blog was just before the Dingle Marathon at the start of September. How time flies by. Dingle was good again. Met up with the amazing Oggie fresh from his 10 marathons in 10 days. Then on the Sunday, the day after Dingle, he was doing a 50k in B...

Dingle and Great Oggie Run

Well it has been a while since my last post. I have been regularly reading all your posts and adding a comment where I thought I had something useful to say!! Some great exploits from from you all. HWD, the flying Yves, Bolty and his Ultras and the 17 s...

Gauntlets, Batons, Carrots an...

I`ve been following all the blogs and the discussions on Gauntlets, Batons and Golden Carrots. After London I thought it was time again to take stock about what I was doing. My main aim (gauntlet) has been to get under 5 hours but haven`t managed it yet...

Thinking Back, Looking Forward

Yes I know I`m a bit late with this. Have really enjoyed reading all the other blogs and comments over the last 10 days. Thinking back. It started really with the getting the first train to the airport on the Friday. At the check-in got a funny looking ...

Last Few Days

Well I`ve got all my running gear packed. Including the corn plasters Jim, thanks for the tip. After my last long run my legs really felt like a rest so the last three weeks it has just been walks to avoid too much loss of endurance plus a bit of cross ...

Spoilt for Choice

Forgot to mention in my last blog that I entered the ballots for the New York and Marine Corps (Washington D.C.) Marathons this autumn. Having had no luck with London the last five years I wasn`t expecting much. But as you might guess I got in both. The...

My Legs Were Really Complaining

This winter instead of doing three  30k runs as per program I decided to ramp up my long slow runs a bit more slowly. So from the end of January up till the first week of March my long runs were 24-24-26-26-27-28. I didn`t do a step back as I knew I`d b...

It`s Getting Closer

It`s getting to that time in the program where it is a fine balance between sticking to the program but not doing to much. I`ve now switched my long runs from the hills to a flat route along the rivers. Also I switched from doing them on Sunday to doing...

Should`ve Kept Quiet About th...

In my last blog I mentioned how this winter had been quite different to last, mild with little snow. Also said how I hadn`t really been wet yet when out for a run. I should have kept quiet. Yesterday I did the same long run as last week about 24k with a...

Trying to Keep on Track

The last couple of weeks have been fairly uneventful. It is always a pleasure to read all your blogs each day. A lot of hard training and racing going on in spite of what looks like from here to have been awful weather in the UK. Here it has not been to...

London It Is !!

Started my training program in December so that I could do either London or Zürich (one week before London). I didn`t get in on the ballot for London and didn`t want to run for a charity again so I contacted the travel agencies here in Switzerland who o...

All Set for 2014

Well have just finished week 4 of my program for 2014. The kilometers for these four weeks were 44-36-47-53 which brought me up to just over 1800k for 2013 which was a bit more than my plan. Am still following Hal Higdon (Advance 1) although I did brief...

Still Alive for Thirty-Five

The winter has now really arrived, just in time for the start of my training program next Monday! This was last Friday up on the hill.   This morning was nice and clear but -4 and a thin layer of new snow. Still haven`t been doing much running but plen...

Getting Ready for 2014

Well I`ve got my program for 2014 all set up. Starting at the beginning of December so that I`ll be OK for London if I can find a way or Zurich if not. As a fall back I can do Edinburgh in May which gives me a bit more time. Recently I have not being do...

Pushing On

Continuing to try and up my 10k pace by doing track sessions during the week and an organised run at the weekends. I`m going to do two of these on consecutive weekends then an LSR then two more etc. to also keep up my endurance.  On Sunday did an 11k at...

So, What Next ?

Well I`ve been taking it easy since Dingle. Yes Oggie, I know, what a wimp! Been doing some "speed" sessions on the track during the week and one longish run at the weekend with the dogs. Just to try and keep some fitness. Didn`t get in on the VLM Ballo...

Dingle Route in Pictures

As promised I`ve put together a few photos of the Dingle route. Most from yesterday (Monday) when the weather wasn`t great with a few added from last year. It is a great, friendly, small marathon and Dingle is a fine small town. If you like old Irish pu...

Dingle Days

I was going to use the title "Dingle Goes Orange" but thank goodness I`m not yet that daft. It`s been a few days with lots of experiences and impressions. First and foremost meeting Oggie and Brian. We met for a short time on Friday night in a pub and t...

Run Down for Dingle

No it`s not me that`s rundown. Or at least no more than usual. Just tapering down for the upcoming Dingle Marathon on the 7th Sept. followed by my Oggie/NASS  "run" of three miles on the next day. Was supposed to do this with Oggie himself in Dingle aft...

Don`t Trip Me Oggie

Well I`ve been trying to keep my training for Dingle going along. From what I have been reading about Oggies exploits I dont think there is any risk that he might have to trip me as I streak by him in Dingle (see his last blog). From the 26th of August ...

Week 3 for Dingle

It`s now the third week of my Dingle program. It is only a short program of 8 weeks to make the jump from Edinburgh in May. Last week did only 44k with the longest run 12k. And I now have a bad conscience because of that. But it was warm and I tried to ...

A Warm Week

Last week was my first full week of training for Dingle. It was warm here. Not as hot as in the UK but it`s been 27-28°C for about 10 days now. Not complaining though. Better than snow/ice/fog anytime. In total did just over 50k last week with a long ru...

Back on the Program...

... for the Dingle Marathon with Oggie himself. After Edinburgh I`ve been taking it a bit easier. Tried to do 1 or 2 interval sessions on the track each week to improve my "speed". Also 1 or 2 other runs and lots of long walks with the dogs so that I do...