Life after the London marathon

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Life after the London marathon

My targets for 2016 are exactly the same as those for 2015 but weren't acheived........A sub 4 hour marathon; a sub 23.27 5k or park run (Hollywood's current PB); and a sub 1:50 half.  

I'm doing two marathons this year: Manchester in April (did it in 4.13 last year); and Snowdon in October (did it in 5.01 last year).  I'm very excited about both.

Deciding to run my first London marathon in 2013; and being part of this site in the process has quite literally changed my life.  The confidence and pride it has created; the challenges that I've dared to set myself since; and the long term friendships and relationships that have developed are all very special.

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A bad day at the office but a...

I’m not sure where to start on this one.  It’s fitting that this is my 100th post on this blog of life after my first marathon in 2013. I’ll start by saying that the weekend was fantastic but the marathon itself did not go well.  However, I’m fine about...

Tapas and taper

Well I can highly recommend spending the final week of tapering for a marathon on holiday. Lots of relaxation; food; sleep; with a couple of short pleasant runs thrown in. We got back home a couple of hours ago so just need to stay in 'chilled out holid...

My legs have stopped working :-(

Literally they don't work anymore. They have turned into 2 lumps of lead which refuse to be pushed into anything resembling more than a plod.   The result has been a dismal training week; and a definitive conclusion that sub 4 in Manchester just aint go...

Return of the smiles

Thank you everyone for your kind comments to my last blog. I’m pleased to report that this week has been better. Much better.  Tuesday was the speed session – 12 x 400 meters @ 7.20.  I had to fit this in between the kids leaving the house for school an...

Meh!!

OK…….being absolutely honest, at this moment in time, I’m not feeling the love for this marathon training lark. Finishing off last week, I did an 18 miler last Saturday.  This was the first long run in quite a few weeks that actually went OK.  Nothing t...

Tramps like us.......

...Baby we were born to run.  That’s what good old Brucie was singing in my ear on Saturday: a very welcome distraction from the tiredness in my legs! You will have read RD’s blog by now.  Sadly he’s on the bench this week just as I’m getting back into ...

A little bit of TLC goes a lo...

The good news is that my calf is much better. I'm not out of the woods just yet as it still doesn't feel right but all is looking good. More about that later. First I want to say thank you so much for the comments on my last blog. You guys worked your r...

Marathon Misery

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the road to marathon glory was via a scenic route?  All sunshine and smiles with no bumps in the way?  Every run on the neatly written up training plan happily ticked off? I don’t want to write this blog as I’d rather erase t...

Bonking!!!

....or hitting the wall as it’s more commonly called! Well training progress last week continued to be interesting and varied.  Thank you for your supportive comments as ever after my last blog.  After the disastrous long run last week my next run was m...

A mixed week but mostly good.

Another week down and it was all going well until the long run yesterday! I did my 5 mile recovery run on Monday evening.  Nothing eventful about it – nice and steady as it should have been.  On Tuesday I did my speed session with David as soon as the k...

Back on it !

Well there’s an air of excitement starting to build on realbuzz.  So many of us with spring marathons on the horizon; and/or with our own battles to fight. Week 4 is now complete for me and I’m now fully back into training proper.  I’m amused look back ...

A quick word about Manchester...

I promised a while ago to put on some info about Manchester for the growing crowd of Buzzers who are running the marathon in April.  Many of you will be thinking about accomodation etc. The marathon starts from Old Trafford.  I confess that I'm not an e...

Why don't people walk in stra...

Thank you as ever for your comments to my last blog.  Amazingly I’m still not fully recovered from my nasty virus as I’m still getting the odd dizzy spell.  However, I’m dramatically better than I was over the Christmas week and attempted my first post ...

My train is de-railed before ...

Oh dear!  I can safely say that this is my worst start to marathon training ever! 21st December came and Red Dave and I were raring to go.  Well actually I was coming down with a bit of a cold and was feeling physically run down again with the classic t...

Weathering the Storm

It’s December already and 2015 is drawing to a close.  Truth be told that after the high of Snowdon I’ve had a few weeks of feeling a little down - just a little case of being run down and the winter blues I think.  I’ve kept running 3 times a week on a...

Snowdon...how am I supposed t...

  Sorry, sorry, sorry!! I try to avoid doing long blogs and yet this blog doesn't anywhere near cover everything that I want to say! It’s truly impossible to know where to start.  They’ll be a lot of blogs about the Snowdon weekend; and there’s bound to...

A very happy Buzzer

Thank you to everyone for your lovely comments on my last blog.  They mean so much. So what else have I been doing aside from last week's 10 mile race in York?  I've mentioned before that I've moved offices at work.  I used to be based round the corner ...

The Battle of York

Sunday 11th October 2015.  To quote Red Dave “2015 inflicted a few casualties on realbuzzers yesterday”.  Out of the 5 realbuzzers planning to run the marathon we had one who couldn’t run at all; one who collapsed several times to the point of DNF; one ...

Blood Sweat and Tears ...

I apologise in advance for what I'm about to say.  We've all said this 2-3 weeks out from a marathon that we are training for. But here goes...I don't feel in the least bit ready for Snowdon!  There you go I've said it. I know that I will get supportive...

Trailing the Trans Pennine Tr...

A quick check in from me with a couple of weeks worth of running ... I've carried on adding as many hills as possible into all of my runs.  Two weeks ago I went for a 6 mile tempo.  I was very happy with an average pace of 8.41 minute miles even with a ...

The big Five 0

Well as David has said in his blog; yesterday I completed my 50th parkrun!  I still find the whole parkrun concept fantastic and think that's it's incredible what it has done for running in this country.  I confess that I did my first one quite a few ye...

Snowdon is looming....

Well, first of all a huge hats off to some of the acheivements from you guys on here over the past week.  It's been said before but this site does sometimes carry you along making you realise that anything is possible; and therefore dragging you out of ...

Steps, hills, sunshine, and a...

Thanks everyone for your comments on my last blog.  I'm pleased to say that my daughter Emily is now fine.  The kids went off on holiday for a week with their Dad last Saturday hence RD and I nipping over to Dubrovnik for a few days.  More on that later...

A little bump in the road.....

Just a quick blog for now.... Well you could say that poor old RD picked a very bad week to move to Manchester! My youngest daughter Emily has been poorly for a few weeks with a recurring gastric/digestive problem that she's had since she was a baby.  S...