Mileage Gradually Increasing

Posted on: 22 Jul 2015

As seems par for the course with me at the moment the weeks seem to be flying by with out me making time to get a regular posting out there. Whilst the majority of the stuff you people are attempting and absolutely nailing are quite simply astonishing, from mega miles to mega events from the pb’s and records to those of you who are out there beating one more challenge makes me once again realise how much more than just a running site this has become. So thank you for amazing adventures.


As for me the week after Hawkesbury was a bit of a nightmare running wise really struggled with the need to get there, still the runs were done nothing pretty or spectacular just the normal bread and butter stuff. Then the first weekend in July I ran a social run in the village where my Mum grew up and a few of my family still live. It was a case of marshals water stations and little else really no prizes, no numbers and no official timing all for a £5 donation to the village church. I’ve run this one before its about 10 miles pretty tough for the first 6/7 miles followed by a down hill finish at the village pub and some pretty spectacular views around the coast. The run is started by the vicar firing a shot gun no count down just BANG and you’re off and consists a little bit of road and a few lanes before hitting the South West Coast path.To be honest I had a really great run felt pretty comfortable the majority of the way took it comfortably on the hills, 2 of the first 6 miles were edging towards the 9 min mile pace and then had a blast on the way back managed a Barber or 2 over the last bit with the my 2 fast miles both coming in at 7.11 pace over the last 2.6 miles. According to the chap shouting out the finishing times and positions in the pub car park I finished 18th in 1h 15min 22 secs. Very pleased with that and has a pint of Thatchers ever tasted so good, even more so as my cousin was in the chair and great to catch up with a few of the family.


Since then the running has been going pretty steadily still carrying the standard aches and discomforts though,Monday evenings tend to be a quickish 7 miler with John from the running club who’s training for a Ironman in September and then the standard club run on a Thursday before trying to get a hilly long run in over the weekend. Last Saturday’s run was a solid 12.5 miles again out on the coast path and involved just under 1300 feet of climbing and involved 3 walking breaks, ran with a mate who was home from the army for few days plenty of banter and catching up pretty tough going but it got done.


Then on the Saturday evening we hosted our annual multi terrain 10k run and fun run. As so many of you have experienced marshalling or helping out at these events is so rewarding whether a quick nod from the guys out the front or the smiles from the youngest running they’re first event I love being involved if you haven’t tried it I would thoroughly recommend it whether it be a Park run or a Marathon and that’s why I always try to thank as many helpers and marshals at all the events I take part in.


Our new addition Saffie continues to settle in well and has even seen my son and wife to run/walk with her, which of course I’m trying to encourage just going to have to be careful not to let them try to do too much too soon. The last couple of weekends my son and I have also been out on the beaches trying to catch a few waves not had the best of luck so far more a case of ‘you should have been hear yesterday or its meant to be better tomorrow’ but it still great to be spending some quality time with him.


So this weekends dilemma do I go longer (15/16 miles) and flatter or shorter (12/13 miles) and hillier.


Stay safe out there and keep knocking out those amazing miles 

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