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Marchin' on......

It's time for the big fella to get fit. With now two half marathons under my belt, here's my journey to 26.2 miles and the 2014 Virgin London Marathon.  Encouragement welcome!!!

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......Coming Soon

Love reading the blog again.  VLM 2018 to plan for......Cheers all.  dcw

....Bag of Sweets

Today I am giving thanks for the ‘bag of sweets’ that has been my week. Firstly, I got back to running and completed two 5ks, of which more later. Secondly, I spent a challenging but enjoyable week of 'enlightenment', cossetted away at the beautiful Lat...

......Once a Buzzer

Right. Raincheck over.  Having tried (and failed dismally) to keep my motivation for running going over the last 9 months, since that A.W.E.S.O.M.E. day in London last April, my mileage has reduced dramatically and my waistline has gone the other way.  ...

......Marchin' On

What an incredible experience.  The noise. The color. The camaraderie. Running the Virgin London Marathon IS incredible - truly incredible!! It was one of the best days of my life, without doubt. Equally incredible (looking at the length of this post!),...

......the Arena

So, the moment is arriving. After 12 months of planning, 8 months of training and over 600 miles run, it's nearly time to enter the arena and to hit the streets for my first marathon in London. It's the final piece of the jigsaw, the victory lap, and a ...

......When the going gets tough

.....the tough get going!   A bit of an obvious title, I know, but blimey Moses, what a day it's been.  Many congratulations to all of today's runners, in Brighton and Manchester and Paris.  I am in awe of the sheer guts and determination that's been sh...

.........Valor and Discretion

On Sunday last, I hit the latest mileage peak of my marathon plan at the 'Gloucester 20'. With HOBSCowboy at the Fleet Half Marathon, Gloshawk, Geoff and I headed to the capital of the 'Shire to take on Gloucester AC's perfectly timed, pre-VLM annual 20...

.......Tilting at the Wind

After the high drama of last week, this weeks report feels a bit flat and uninteresting to write - just me, my daps and the road - but I suppose it is anything but that. On Saturday, I headed out for my longest run yet. Three hours was called for, when ...

.....the Unforgiving Minute

Greetings Buzzers! As I sit here, yawning my head off, after another very early 2 hour commute into London (on a Friday too, what is wrong with me?), I've at last had the time to reflect on the last week of running, and of those two imposters 'disaster ...

.......Miles, Mass, Mantras &...

Hi Buzzers. Confidence is on the up here following a good week last week.  Firstly, it was half term. I was off work all week and able to spend some quality time with the family. Food for the soul after a few hectic weeks in the City.  Cinema trips, swi...

.......the moment is arriving.

But not soon enough!  After 5 days running (and 32 miles chalked up), yesterday was a day off.   I know I need to take my rest days, but blimey I was climbing the walls - just like Vivian in the Young Ones: "Bored, Bored, Bored, Bored, Bored!!!" So, if ...

......Accrington Stanley? Who...

http://static.london-marathon.co.uk/downloads/pdf/2014_celebrity_biographies.pdf  Reading today's VLM post (above) about the 'stars' running in this years event, reminded me of the milk advert from my youth.  I know I'm old, but the one where a young bo...

.....That's better !!

At last, at last, at last!!!  Thank heavens for a decent day to run, and what a difference it makes to have the sun on your face, eh? Before I get to today's efforts, I'm pleased to report that I've kept my momentum from last week and managed to stick t...

…….Momentum is everything.

So sod it, right? Sod the weather. Sod the dark. Sod the wet. Sod the cold.  This has to be done, and done it bleedin’ well will be! Rejuvenated with the support of you lovely RB’ers and with encouragement from home too, I’ve had a much better week this...

......Some positives, but mor...

Truth is, I'm finding the schedule tough at the moment. Last week I had a chest cold that was not the easiest to sleep with, let alone run with, and combined with a much travelling up and down to London, I was wheezy and exhausted most of the week. I'm ...

......Every little helps!

Another good LSR under the belt today, with a 90min lilt on the plan and 10 miles banked.  The first 6 miles were good and I was pleased to get another sub hour 10K cracked, stealing a minute off last weeks run to squeak 57mins for 6.2miles.  Good paces...

......Back in the Game

It has taken three months.  Three months since my 2:16 jaunt around the wet and windy hills of the Swindon Half left me with my first major running injury that stopped the VLM progress good and proper.    In that time, I have been unable to bring mysel...

....up and running with Just ...

Hi guys   Well my Just Giving fundraising page for the Virgin London Marathon is up and running (despite some odd technical difficulties today!).   I’ll be raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support.   The last time I did this was in 2010/11.  This time...

.....Pain, so close to Pleasure.

Well, it wasn't pretty, but amidst the wind and rain of Sunday lunchtime, I tromped up and down the edge of the Wiltshire Downs in the Swindon Half, and despite non-existent prep in the two weeks beforehand, got round in 2.16. Swin-DONE. And thank heave...

........a problem Half, shared!

Help me guys. What to do? The Swindon half beckons in 11 days and I've not run this week at all, unless Sunday's hilly 6.2m counts - but nothing since. I've had a stinking cold for 3 days and my project in London has needed a few early starts and late n...

.......Everest is on - I'm in!!

Well for 12 hours, this part of the 'Shire was cast in a gloom of disappointment.  My nights sleep was punctuated with waking thoughts of '1 chance down, 1 to go' and disturbing images of a 6ft Smurf. As the morning dawned the kids came dashing in, all ...

Inglorious. Unglamorous. But...

  So, today I headed out for my first LSR since the Bristol Half.  I had managed a couple of miles recovery on Monday, followed by a 5k threshold session on Wednesday.  Combined with Dad's footy on Thursday night I was quite pleased with the way the ol'...

.......Honest Running

"There are two types of players <boys> - there's honest ones, and there's the rest. The honest player gets up in the morning, looks them-self in the mirror and sets their standard.  Sets out their stall.  And says 'I'm going to get better, I'm goi...

......Wagons roll

So the weekend came and went, with our local Village Show a rip-roaring success due to the fantastic weather! Stories abound of taking nearly £6000 on the gate, which is a record attendance by all accounts and even more impressive given the two-day even...