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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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Buzzers ne'er can yield!

This song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbBGWR4VL58 but with the lyrics below: Realbuzzers, run to glory, Victory is hov'ring o'er ye, Bright-eyed freedom stands before ye, Hear ye not her call? At your injuries she seems to wonder; Rend the sluggish ...

Post match recovery

Wow, what a Sunday. Watching those blogs, trading messages and being part of another great Realbuzz adventure. Little did we know of the blood, sweat, tears and probably a lot of choice Anglo Saxon being spilt on the roads of York. The picture is becomi...

Just because it was there

Before reading  this blog: Go to the toilet, make a flask of tea / coffee and ensure snacks are to hand. Switch off your phone, ignore the doorbell. Sit in a comfortable position, make sure your legs are not crossed. Put your tray tables into the uprigh...

Looking back and heading forward

Almost time for a last bowl of macaroni cheese and bed. The race starts at midday so at least the alarm clock is set for a time that does not start with an O(h my god it's early). This time last year I was paint brush in hand writing a message for two r...

Getting ready

There has been little running for me, it is taper time after all. Thursday I had an hour in the evening (after wolfing down pasta carbonara) in which I could run. Flat trail, fast miles, beating back a stitch due to the feeding (good practice for our p...

2 weeks to go

Firstly well done to Mrs H on her 10k PB, RD for his 5k PB, Nick for 100 Parkruns & Jenny for 50 and of course Kathy for a storming 50k walk. What a marvellous bunch you all are. Secondly thank you all very much for comments on the blog last week, i...

Into the madness

Firstly an update on our Realbuzzers Great Oggie run, thank you all for your mileages / kilometerages both horizontal and vertical on foot and on wheels. 25 buzzers took part, 540 miles covered on foot (Equivalent of London to Leipzig), 275 miles on the...

A realbuzzing weekend

Warning, this blog is out of control in length – I guess I’m getting into ultra-blog territory. Before I get lost in the run & fun; Gaelle, HD & Bolty – you are blooming amazing, tough cookies, with immense warmth. Buzzers ne'er can yield! Yet m...

"Branch!" "Sofa!" "Horses!"

I do love a good training plan, I have it on excel, I colour it in as I complete, with different colours depending how I feel. For marathon training I have been very dilligent, for ultra trail running perhaps less so (but then the plan is always to run ...

Tower, Shower gazing & grazing

At the end of last week my son Jack turned 14 and for his “party” he wanted to take a couple of mates camping. Therefore on the 7th the 4 of us set off for 48 hours under canvas at a local campsite. I knew they would enjoy it I was not sure whether I wa...

Alpacas slow me down

Back to blogging after a three week absence, and as ever, rightly delayed by my desire to catch up on everyone else's news first. On the 18th, I had my first run since RTTS, I had felt fine to run much earlier in the week, but work closed down oportunit...

Really, you demand a blog tit...

Last Friday night at 9:47am, as I lay in my bed I thought “I hope we’re at CP 9 in 24 hours time”. I slept and woke at 11:49 and thought “I hope it’s over in 24 hours time”. Next time I woke it was 2:45am and with only 15 mins to go to the alarm I got u...

A quick one before a big one

It's been a busy old time at work, so perhaps rather good that it has been a quiet running week. A 4 miles on Tuesday evening, the legs wanted road over trail, so I steadily increased pace every half mile for the first three then eased off. Saturday mor...

What's wrong with this man?

"There was trail running sir and he missed it" * I was gutted to have missed out on the full delights of the Hawkesbury Festival of Running, especially the bit where their was the sound of 4 trail running cherries being popped on the Cotswold Way. My ba...

15 or 4

Just for this week I'd highlight the weeks remaining on the training plan. 15 weeks to the monster, Cotswold Way Century. All the running on the trails have mainly been on the Way to learn new bits of it, learn about night running and of course get used...

Choose your Own Blog Title?

1. Don't tell the wife - Read from the first paragraph 2. Midnight Cowboy - Read from the fourth paragraph 3. Stylish - Read from paragraph tenth paragraph 4. A Salt & Battery - Read from the fifteenth paragraph 5. Please introduce me - Read from th...

Just look at the state of my ...

...aren't they just the cutest? Yesterday evening I went out for a run when I got home from work (leaving my son finishing off a nice smelling curry). It was blowing a hooley and I decided to head into it at the start as I didn't fancy running into it ...

A wildlife of running

A little switch has got flicked somewhere in my head, suddenly I am no longer in post marathon occassional running, instead I feel the pressure of the 63 mile Race to the Stones in July and then the biggy in September. It's the kind of pressure I like t...

Trail trials

Two weeks have flown by. We had my son’s French exchange student with us from the 5th to the 13th May. We shuffled beds around so my son and I were sleeping in my daughters bunk beds for a week. My son got ill (a very rare occurrence), I think he had th...

Far from the Madding Crowd(s)

So the big burst of spring marathons are over, with pride those that challenged themselves to run, to track and spectate begin to turn their backs on their great achievements and look ahead, to see what is over the horizon again. Whether it’s another m...

The next best thing

A little bit of own running first. Tuesday night, back from work and out the door just before 6:30 pm, to enjoy 10 miles on the trails. It was a glorious evening, lovely views all around. The legs are still a bit mushy, I must get on the roller more, so...

Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.

Oh gosh I am getting so excited for Sunday. The day London puts on its finest and its people put the Great into Britain. A year has passed since I ran it, my first ever marathon, a lot of miles under the feet since then, but London will always be my "fi...

Bull runs

Tuesday was such a nice day that it seemed a waste not to go for a run, so after the French exchange meeting (Louis is joining us at the start of May, with Jack going over to him in mid June), I got changed for running sporting the latest "improvement" ...

For Stuart

Where to begin. Well firstly perhaps an apology to the Buzzers at Brighton for not quite being “in the room” as they say, I certainly felt I was a lot quieter than normal when we met on Saturday afternoon. Lovely to meet up with fellow buzzers, Gaelle, ...