Architect on the Run.... again!

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Architect on the Run.... again!

I'm an architect from Plymouth who in 2013 ran my first ever Marathon ater 20 years of non-running. I managed it in 3:15 and was pretty stoked. I ran the VMLM again in 2015 and hit 3:09... so I have unfinished business and a desire to break the 3 hour barrier!

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Round trip of 400 miles & a s...

So I am leaving London, currently sat on a train with all my Marathon Expo freebies that I picked up (basically anything that wasn't nailed down)... seriously, take a bag and the fill it up with free samples of shot bock from all the different stands......

Registration Expo, Free Rock ...

Very exciting.... went to the expo today and had to refrain mysef from going all silly and buying lots of running kit I really don't need! But its great to look at and it all seemed to suggest it would make me run faster on Sunday..... However, I did co...

Sunday will be a celebration!

After reflecting on yesterday's events and seeing coverage today there are no real words to describe how upsetting it is. Im really pleased that the organisers will be givin out black ribbons at the expo as a way of showing respect and solidarity to Bos...

Bombs won't stop us running -...

I've just got back from a near 6 mile jog to hear that someone bombed the finish line at the Boston marathon killing 2 and injuring 24. I am stunned and horrified by the news and cannot even begin to imagine the fear and anxiety amongst those running.  ...

Live tracking of your progres...

I have many family and friends who are keen to be able to follow me as I go round the course and have found 2 ways that this can be done.   The first is via the main VLM website which actually allows you to track multiple runners. So any fellow RB’s who...
For my first week of my taper I took a few days off from my last long run and set off on Wednesday night for a lovely short 5.5 miles. It felt strange to set off on an old route that I last ran right back near the start of my 6 month training programme ...

The dangers of going out ill ...

I have been enjoying the rest after my 22 miles on Good Friday. The knee feels pretty good and weirdly the worst muscle for being sore is my shoulders (probably from carrying my water bottle around with me). I even had a bit of wine and a couple of beer...

4 weeks ago I couldn't run 4 ...

With family commitments this Easter I chose to run my long run on Good Friday morning. I had only run 20 miles 5 days ago and a further 7 miles 2 days later so this would be nearly 50 miles in a week!   Considering that 4 weeks ago I stopped and walked ...

First mid week run for 3 weeks!

After nursing my knee for the last 3 weeks and concentrating on long weekend runs only I took advantage of a night in London for a cheeky mid week run!   Took in some of the sights and enjoyed running across some of the Thames bridges passing St.Pauls, ...

10 Reasons why running the VL...

1. No Snow or ice (hopefully) 2. No restrictive winter running gear (hopefully) 3. Not having to carry your own water for 20 miles 4. Not having to keep stopping for traffic when crossing roads 5. After several hundred training miles.... only 26 left to...

Dave 1 Knee 1: A 20 mile run ...

  So after this weeks rematch I think I will settle for a score draw! 20 miles in 02:38:57, avergaing 7:56/mile, 163bpm and buring 2121 calories (looking forward to my Sunday Roast!!!!) Managed 10 good miles at a comfortable 7:15 - 7:45/mile pace (depen...

No snow and no running

After changing tack the last 2 weeks and cutting back to one run at the weekend I have continued on this course. Absolutely no running again this week, just a couple of sessions in the gym working on my core. I havent even done any cardio work the last ...

18 miles.... BOOM!!!! Dave ...

Took another easy week and saw the Phsio on Friday. £10 for an hour session with a final year student is blooming good value. Worked on my tight hamstring and also a bit of tendon that was running over part of my fibular. Was asked if I had gone over on...

Back to the Physio :(

After celebrating 14 1/2 miles last Saturday before my knee completely seized up I am beginning to worry I overdid it. I've had a couple of gym sessions focussing on stretching, strength and stability and tried to use my foam roller most days. However, ...

At this stage happy to take t...

After a week of solid rest with no running (not even a jog to the corner shop at the end of my road!) I figured that I would give it a go on Saturday.   The previous 2 weeks had seen my mileage drop off a cliff as I buckled to the pain from my knee inju...

Road to recovery?

With 6 weeks to go I am now in desperation trying everything I can and being as patient as possible to get my IBTS to recover.   3 gym sessions this week where I spent 5 minutes warming up on the elyptical trainer and the rest of the time on the floor. ...

Playing the long game!

So after 3 weeks of being severly hampered through injury I have changed tactic and am playing the long game. Last Sunday's failed run of 4 miles was a harsh lesson in needing to recover.   I am itching to do some serious running as I have effectively t...

7 weeks might not be long enough

I'm writing this as I walk home having only managed 4 miles of my LSR. I have never stopped during a run before.... ever.   I tried the foam roller and got an IT Band support to wear. I liberally applied some deep freeze and set off. The pain kicked in ...

4 miles will not a marathon m...

So after Sundays failed LSR (only 9 miles out of 17), I was in London on Tuesday night and thought I woudl try a nice flat jog along the Thames.   It started ok and my ITBS didn't feel too bad. In fact without trying my pace was a steady 7:10/mile altho...

Bailed out of my long run!

After being diagnosed with ITBS I began my weekly long run with a great deal of care and trepidation.     I was told hills would aggrevate it more so perhaps a 4 1/2 mile climb wasn't the best way to start. As a result I took the sensible decision to tu...
Really peed off after last nights run. Thought I would take it nice and easy after aving rested for teh best part of ten days. I even spent 5-6 minutes doing some 'Dynamic' warm ups and short jogs.   Everything felt pretty good so I carefully set off bu...

(Dynamic) Warm Ups

Time..... its a commodity that few of us can spare. I for one have been guilty of going out on a training run in an attempt to get round as quick as I can due to time constraints. A hectic work and home life in modern society seems to leave little time ...

Less than 60 days to go!

The hotel and train travel is all booked.... the training plan is 2/3rds complete and the sponsorship money is starting to come in..... Suddenly its all becoming a little bit real!   Got a Quiz night arranged for March 2nd which should make big inroads...

Beating Mo Farrah!

Amazing news this week to hear that Mo will be running this years VLM in preparation for next years attempt. He will therefore only be running half way to help him prepare, which means that all of us who finish the course will have beaten Mo Farrah!!! B...

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