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Whatever next?

In April 2013 "It started with a click" , kept a log of what I was feeling and doing as I went from infrequent HM runner to a marathon runner at VLM14.

It continued from there, more marathons, Snowdonia PB then to 2015 and the love of trails. Miles grew culminating in the Cotswold Way 102 with Gloshawk in the September.

A neccesary, but unloved, return to roads in spring 2016 to prove to myself what I could achieve saw new PBs for 5k, HM & Marathon.

So on with the story......

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Fitting it in

Well 3.5 months between blog posts ain’t good, but so be it. Time for an update it seems The Green Man at the start of March turned out to be a PB run. Which surprised both Jim and I. I had hopes of trying to match the sub 10hr of September run but exp...

Where did I leave off?

Less than 2 months between blogs, well I suppose it is a small improvement. December was pretty good on the running front once I was on my holidays, 9 runs in 11 days, nothing like the great folks who managed marcothon and beyond. It got the legs movin...

Too much doing, not enough bl...

3 months, 3 races and zero blogs, well there is definitely some catching up to do. Let’s see where this blog takes us…. The good news is after another spell in hospital, physical rehab and an unsuitable care home, my Mum is now settling down in a resid...

Miles with Smiles

A quick update on the running. I mentioned that I’d be looking for something in the short term to make sure I had the kick up the **** I needed to get out training and I found it in the form of a 33 mile trail run on the 6th Oct called “A run with no wi...

The spark re-ignited

So once more I look back and more than 3 months has passed since my previous blog, so much for my New Year resolution. Unfortunately, I have an excuse, although I’d rather I didn’t. At the start of June Mum moved out of the family home (after 40 years)...

A long time coming

The little incline up to Westminster Bridge a place where coincidences are made. 2014, a young fella is walking up, he is a fellow Marie Curie runner with a picture of his Dad on his back. I pat him on the shoulder and as he turns I just say “He’d be pr...

Into the known unknown

Time approaches for London, in some ways I feel ready. The training (whilst feeling a bit rushed towards the end) has been done, the backpack and flags have been tried and tested a few times and my train tickets and apartment are all sorted. I’m not ca...

Marathon season already?!

Domestic matters first. I have set up 3 events in Buzz Word on Facebook for runners of the 3 big spring marathons to leave their numbers and so spectators can coordinate. Also two socials (Saturday and Sunday evenings) around London, again to help coord...

Busy boy

Well February has been a busy one. At work we are gearing up for our relocation to the new office. This is a project I’ve been running for 4 years and it is both exciting and exhausting in equal measure. We move in on 19th March and so I hope by the en...

Of Curry and Achilles

Ok so maybe my resolution to blog more has not been as successful as I had hoped, but 1 per month is a lot better than previous, so small steps… January is almost over and a “lads” weekend in Butlins Minehead means that there won’t be many more miles r...

2017, yeah I’ll be pleased to...

On the running front I notched up 1014 miles, my lowest since I started. A reasonable training month in January, Rok the Stones at the start of Feb and then the knee went for 6 weeks and with it the Green Man. Building back up saw my highest mileage mon...

The places you find yourself

Last Wednesday at about 10pm at night I found myself perched on a large wooden post, in silence, in the dark, in the tropical biome at the Eden Project, thinking about stuff. It’s not something I’ve done before, nor am I likely to have the opportunity ...

So sing as well

Wow, I'm blogging after only 2 weeks, a good sign that the mojo is returning. Jim helped me find it on Wednesday, I'd left it on the Cotswold Way and at 9pm with headlamps on, we went a-searching. Up until then I'd had some half-hearted runs. Spurred o...

Cathartic running and blogging.

It’s been a while, but it’s always good to get my thoughts down and also talk about running. The running has been, well, patchy. June had the Hawkesbury 5k, preluded by a Parkrun with Libby and a lovely chance to catch up with buzzers which is always a...

The albatros returns

What I love about @Realbuzz is that so many different people pass through its doors. Some linger for one spring marathon training season and then, like a baby bird, emerge from the egg and fly off into the summer of possibilities. Others return to the n...

Catching up

<Enters the confessional and closes the door> “Forgive me Father for I have sinned, it has been 6 weeks since my last blog” The good news is that apart from work and enjoying time with the family the main reason I have not been blogging is that I’...

If you can’t beat* ‘em, feed ...

*(run with) Well a month has marched by, or unfortunately in my case limped by. I’d been managing my left knee niggle for a few weeks but a week after Rok the Stones it flared up and the attempts to run on it were both painful and looked like I had one...

Slug (ish) running

Great to see so many blogs on here, I hope the numbers keep up post VLM. I am getting worse it appears, like the Garmin the stats do not lie. I’ve had a nice afternoon catching up on blogs and then the frustration of losing my blog, ho hum. Last time I ...

That's soooo last year

It feels kind of odd looking back over 2016 just from a running perspective. With all that’s been going on in the world around us it feels like the running & my family have been the havens of normality in a chaotic sea. The first quarter was all abo...

The run into Christmas

It takes me a while sometimes to realise the blooming obvious, or rather to acknowledge it and then it can also take me a while to actually do something about it. Back on Monday the 5th December the “Gentlemen of Hawkesbury” assembled for our annual run...

A Feast of Crows

A link to Escape from Meriden was tweeted to me in the summer. A read through the quirky site had me chuckling and the concept behind it wiggled its way around my brain for a few days. It was simple and brilliant. The Start Point: At the alleged centre...

Not much of a Snowdonia blog

I'm sorry, I'm so far behind in blogging and time is against me now. Work is bonkers so it won't be until my 2 week xmas break (which trust me cannot come soon enough) that I can really catch up properly on here. Therefore I'm going to keep it brief. TH...

Man in the mirror

Well I ended the last blog mentioning that the stats don’t tell the true story and my last two Sunday’s have reinforced that. The midweek running has been replaced by long days in the office, and the last two Saturdays have also been worked. I’m not com...

Boing! Boing! Boing!

Boing! Boing! Boing! Boing! Boing! Boing! Boing! Boing! Boing! That’s the sound of me bouncing back. Thank you all for your comments to the last blog, they all helped me with some much needed perspective, but thanks to a certain Ben Smith (and Vicki Par...