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It's all running's fault!

Carrots and Gauntlets: This year I aim to get a sub 20 minute 5k, be that Parkrun or otherwise. I aim to get a 43minute 10K. At Half Marathon my pb is 1hr 35  so I would like to see that drop to 1hr 30.With the full Marathon, my target for Manchester next spring is sub 3hr 30. My target for Snowdon, this October, is sub 4. And at Chester a few weeks before Snowdon, the target is to get round without stopping!! I would also like to try my hand at a trail marathon or Ultra, I've signed up for Hadrian's Wall next June...

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The perfect long run nutrition…

We all have our favourite snack for our long runs; there are people who swear by porridge with peanut butter before the off, then there are the ultra-junkies who live off flat coke and ready salted crisps. Chocolate covered raisins of course are a favou...

No pain= GAIN!

Hello all, well over a month since my last blog post and things have been ticking along nicely.  My laid back training programme for London has continued. Last time I wrote I think I was up to 22 minutes of running. It has been a little disconcerting ...

“Getting fit and chasing girl...

So my last blog post was five months ago, it ended positively with me hoping to start slowly back on a course to training for the London Marathon. In September the hope was that I would slowly build up very gentle running and aim to be able to launch in...

Long Time No See...

Hello all you wonderful buzzers, I can't believe it is five months since my last blog on here!  But then again, I can, because April of this year is not a month I will forget in a hurry; it was due to be a fantastic month for running, I was going to ru...

Progress

Hi Buzzers, thank you, as ever, for the support and advice after my last blog. A week later and there has been progress. I went to the physio on Thursday, and again today (tuesday) but confusingly I got different advice and diagnosis each time. The man ...

Which path to take?

There are two paths in front of me, to the right a pretty firm gravel and dirt path, flat.  To the left a softer, grass and mud track, undulating. I take the flat as it’s less painful. The pain in my right knee is pretty bad. I know the rule, measure th...

Trampled by Trimpell.

Hello buzzers, well the Beast struck again and so many important races were abandoned, there must be thousands of  frustrated runners around the country. Today a jewel in the northern running crown; the Wilmslow Half, got cancelled and the story seemed ...

Weeks eleven and twelve.

I was thinking of giving this blog the title ‘a good time for an injury’ but then I thought that would be a little over-dramatic (something I very rarely am!). Two weeks ago, I developed the strange ‘injury’ called Infective Olecranon Bursitis. Basicall...

A PERFECT TEN?

Hello there Buzzworld! It’s great to see the miles, the anticipation and the excitement building within this great community as spring marathons, half marathons, ultras and walking or cycling challenges get closer. For me life feels pretty good right no...

Nine down, seven to go…

The title of this blog sounds a little weary which perfectly describes how I have felt this week. Nobody ever said marathon training was easy and of course I wasn’t expecting anything else, but nine weeks in and the pressure is beginning to show. I am s...

Week 8 and the return of the ...

Half way to Manchester and quite a nice week (in terms of the long run at least, just 13 miles), from now on things start getting full on, no more long runs beneath 15 miles until taper. And the strain is beginning to show. Jenny and I have both been fe...

Week 7. Steady progress.

Now we are getting into the real meat of the training programme as the mileage creeps steadily upwards and the weeks become more about how we fit the runs in, and the recovery. If this training programme was a marathon then I would have just passed the ...

Week six, dodging the showers.

Hello all, well it seems that across Britain runners have been suffering out on the streets and trails getting drenched and buffeted by high winds. Here in sunny Manchester we seem to have been quite lucky, even my long run yesterday managed to avoid an...

5 weeks done, or is that 3?

Hello Buzzworld, I have finally got up to date with commenting on blogs so feel able to write my own now! It is so great that the excitement is building again on here, there is a real sense of anticipation as new runners and seasoned campaigners alike b...

A New Year, a new plan…

Hi there buzzers and Happy New Year! I hope you all got what you wanted for Christmas and I hope you are still clinging on to those resolutions! 2017 was, too put it VERY mildly, quite a year for me! In every aspect of my life there was change, and pre...

Week One of training done.

Hello and Happy Christmas to all you lovely buzzers! As we are training for the Manchester Marathon in early April Jenny McC and I started our 16-week training plan last week. Over the last year I have dabbled with Ultras, having run one in June and a...

The snow won't stop us!

Hi buzzers,  just a quick one about last weekend's parkrun. Having been working away from home these past five weeks the weekends with Jenny at home have been very precious.  They have usually included two 5 k runs; a parkrun on Saturday and a Great Run...

Escaping The Crow...

Hi buzzers. Here is my blog for last weekend’s run, ‘Escape from Meriden’, it was a bit of an epic day and so this blog will be a long one. Apologies. If you want the ‘in a nutshell’ version, it was very hard work, quite a lot of fun, a dash of hysteria...

An Ultra Runner Prepares…

Hi all you lovely realbuzzers, some fantastic work as always been going on on this site, sorry I have been quiet, but this blog has been six weeks in the making and I guess it’s got a lot of miles to cover so it might go on a bit… In November last year...

A Realbuzz Wedding

Hello all you wonderful buzzers! I am sorry this has taken me so long to write but life has been a bit full recently! For those that don't know the background I'll fill you in... In 2013 I ran the London Marathon, it was my first ever marathon. I had ...

20 Weeks till the Great Escape!

Now the dust has settled after Hadrian's Wall (my right thigh still hasn't forgiven me!) I have had a couple of weeks of almost no running, a bit of swimming, a couple of parkruns, that's it. But looking at my diary I see I have a 20 week countdown to m...

A weekend with Hollywood, con...

Hello all you inspirational Buzzers! Well I have just had a wonderful weekend. As I write it is Wednesday afternoon and my body has still not forgiven me for what I put it through on Saturday, the left foot is swollen, right thigh is dead and the whole ...

Running For Helen

I had a wonderful weekend, it was Jenny’s Mother’s wedding and we celebrated hard! The step count was going through the roof on the dance floor! This came at the end of a solid week of training for The Wall in June; over 40 miles done that week, legs fe...

Running with a smile on my face…

Almost a week now since the Manchester marathon and although Hollywood and Jane have described the day so well I thought I should tell my story too. If you are in training and don’t have much time for reading blogs then here is the short version… I LOVE...