Nick is Beacon’s marathon man

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Nick is Beacon’s marathon man

Ten-times marathon runner, including London in 2015 and now Snowdonia. Still chasing that elusive sub-4 hour time!

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Business as usual

Hard to believe, but the Chester marathon is now only four and a bit weeks away.  It really has crept up on me, quite the contrast to London when the event seemed to be on my mind pretty much every waking hour (and a good few while I slept as well!).   ...

Let’s go round again

I may not have posted much since proudly crossing the London finish line way back in April, but rest assured the feet have not been as idle as the hands!   That’s because I’m now seven weeks into another 16 week marathon programme – yes, another maratho...

Never gonna give you up

My name is Nick, I think I may have an addiction… To running that is, nothing untoward, honest!  The fact is it’s been nearly a month since the London Marathon and, to coin a phrase, it’s time to get back on the horse.    Not that I’ve been totally idle...

Welcome to the club

As a Garmin Connect user I've had a section under Personal Records that's been noticeably empty since I started running: 'marathon'.   My PBs for all the other distances have been carefully logged and gleefully updated following a good day at the office...

Two sleeps to go!

And that's a wrap. Eight months of preparation came to an end today as I completed my last training run for London, although to be fair it was more of a gentle three mile trot than anything close to full tilt.   More effort has gone into my kitchen tech...

12 things marathon training h...

A failure at football, rubbish at rugby, crap at cricket and hopeless at hockey.  I was never sporty at school, only ever making it onto a competitive team for badminton (albeit the ‘B’ team!) and occasionally managing a passable performance in house cr...

Not on an empty stomach

They do say there's no such thing as a free lunch, and in my case I certainly had to pay in order to earn this feast!  Not in the monetary sense, but by enduring my longest ever run to date – 21.3 miles to be precise for what is the final long run of my...

The final push

So my biggest running month comes to a close.  The most miles I have ever racked up over four weeks, including two competitive races and personal bests over 10k and half marathon distance.   March stats ended up looking like this: 145 miles ran over 20 ...

What a difference a year makes!

Another weekend, another race – this time the Stafford Half Marathon.  I’m pleased to say we had none of the weather dramas that spoilt the experience of my last run in Stafford a fortnight ago, in fact Sunday was near-on perfect conditions and we were ...

Race report: Stafford 20. Ra...

I’m writing this week’s blog while sipping a cup of coffee from my commemorative Stafford 20 mug.  It’s a nice idea for a race memento, only sadly this is one event I don’t particularly want reminding of.   Let’s concentrate on the positives first.  I h...

Eat, sleep, run, repeat!

Among my Christmas presents this year was a t-shirt courtesy of my wife emblazoned with the slogan eat, sleep, run, repeat, which was basically a precursor for what was to come in winter training!   This week has been a strange one – definite highs and ...

Let the music move you

I used my rest days wisely last week.  At least that’s what I told myself, according to my wife I was just making a mess.  She had a point – I’d recovered boxes from the garage where things were safely packed away after our last house move in order to d...

Headlines, hills and helping ...

When I’m not running or blogging my day job is a public relations manager.  It’s something I’ve done for nearly 17 years now (isn’t it scary when you start counting…), seeking publicity and handling the media on behalf of clients when I was in agency, a...

Happy (with my) New Year

There was a bit of a hoo-ha after last year’s Great Birmingham Run when some starters (including me) experienced a glitch with their chip times.   Due an issue with one of the electronic mats, certain runners were seeing a two minute discrepancy between...

Unchartered waters

Now things start to get either tough, scary, interesting or exciting depending on your outlook in life.  I’m crossing a threshold this week, all part of parcel of training towards a new distance (in this case, of course, a full marathon).  Because this ...

Brand on the run

My mind began to wander during a recent long run (inevitable when you start hitting 90 minutes plus!) and I started to think about how much kit appears to be involved in semi-serious training.   In theory to go for a run you need a half decent pair of s...

But I don’t WANT to

Got children?  Then this expression will undoubtedly be familiar to you.  Even if you haven’t, most of us will have bellowed something very similar in our own youthful years when presented with a task or instruction we’d rather not carry out.   I did a ...

Mister blister

Fortunately in my running career to date I’ve been able to avoid any unpleasant injuries.  Can you hear that knocking sound?  It’s me touching wood repeatedly so that this trend isn’t broken before London!   The only issues I have encountered are planta...

Man with a plan

If the marathon is a serious challenge then it makes sense to take the training seriously as well.   I’m comfortable running up to half marathon distance and usually try to get out two or three times a week just for general fitness.  It always surprises...

The road to London

There’s a reason why I don’t bother with the lottery any more.  I have an unenviable track record of never winning anything, be it prize draws, raffles, competitions…and now I can add ballots to the list!   Like countless others, I stayed up late, shout...

Couch to 42.2k

OK, perhaps that’s a slight exaggeration but it is true to say that my ‘marathon journey’ will be taking me to new distances and levels of endurance that I’ve not had to square up to in my running career to date.   I used to run as a kid.  My brother wa...