New year, time to gear up.

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New year, time to gear up.

Good afternoon. My name is Ed. I'm 30 and challenging myself to run my 3rd and 4th marathons (London and Edinburgh) in 2010. I will be blogging properly in 2010 but come to the table a few pounds over where I should be and a few miles short of where I envisaged. But no matter, January is time to step up the training, reassess the diet and cut out the booze.

My previous two runs were in New York 2006- an injured hobble of  5 hrs 15 mins- and London 2009 with a very pleasing time of 3hrs 48 mins. I would like to beat that but I'm not sure if I can so I'll be aiming to go below 4 hours.

I'm blogging really for myself to reflect on my thoughts, practices, development and anything else that comes out of this process, which I think is a important as the actual run to me. But I welcome your input! I will touch on music, inspiration or anythng else that comes to mind. But for now, I'm just setting this up so I can get going.

Welcome on board.

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Away for too long.

I've reviewed my old blogs from earlier this year and I finished by being prepared for London and saying Liz and I were expecting a baby. Well, it has been a bit of a year and most importantly Isla Rose is here, full of tears and joy- shes starting to s...

One for the road

I've been a bit shy but I thought I'd come back for the run in. Why have I been away? I kind of haven't. I've been silently getting inspired on the forum by people such as Zuzi Hutt and Laurent D (to namecheck just two), so thank you all that write on t...

A day of rest.

Wednesday is a day of rest. Sofa with the cat, read a bit of Marcus Trecothick's autobiography, then hooking up with the boys to watch Arsenal vs Liverpool (they're Liverpool fans, I'm a neutral but last year predicted a good night for Arshavin. They ha...

Midweek LSR- dreaming of New ...

I had to move my LSR this week as I'm not able to do it on the weekend, so I had a go this morning and I'm feeling pretty pleased with 16.1 miles in 2hrs 25mins. I'll speed up a little over the coming weeks. I'm going to have to looks into gels fairly s...

Standing in the Long Now

I'm feeling a little bit drained today after my half yesterday. It was pretty pleasing to get around in 1hr 46ish. Two stops for shoelaces which is a little annoying but reminded me of an article I read last year about the importance of tying up correct...

Running vs Cake

I've had a week off blogging but have managed to complete two halfs and 3 short runs since. All I really want to say is it is nice not to feel like I'm running in a Slush Puppie and back on solid groung, feeling my feet hitting the tarmac and getting ba...

Breakthrough run and human bo...

I've had two runs since I've last been on, a 6 miler and today 14 miles with a rest day in between. I felt really pleased to get some good miles under my belt, even if speedwise it left an awful lot to be desired. I made Collingwood and Bell's recent ef...

Caravans and snowmen

Got out again today, covering about 7 miles. The first section was pretty pleasurable, without the snow falling into my eyes as it did yesterday. I ran to Waterstones to buy a book for Liz, who is unwell. I did look like a bit of a tit shopping in my co...

Beauty and the Bleak.

After abandoning my car in the snow I didn't hold out much hope of getting out today. However, I managed a patient 4 miles. A few car beeps and waves cheered me on down the road before running down the canal (past a nonchalent duck) and back up past the...

here we go again, here we go,...

Ah, nowt like the Stereo MC's eh? The first jog of the New Year (on the 2nd!) was a 10.5 miler. Liz dropped me off on the roadside on the home side of Ilkley and I warmed up. Unfortunately my Bose earphones decided this was the time to give up the ghost...