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My Training Diary

I'm a 40 year old husband/father who used to run marathon's when I was younger (much younger), but who is now overweight, over-indulgent & over-worked.

This is an ongoing diary of my thoughts, experiences & general mental state over the next six months, while I try & get in shape to complete the Great North Run.

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MK 1/2 marathon under my belt...

After a nervous few days leading up to Sunday, a pretty restless night beforehand & possibly not as much training as I'd hoped to do, I surprised myself by managing to complete the course in just over 2 hours. Looking back I was pretty nervous leadi...

MK 1/2 on Sunday - getting ne...

I've just read my last blog entry & then realised I've only been out running once since then. Now I realise that the reason I entered this race was just to test my endurance over the distance, but I'm starting to think I simply haven't done enough. ...

Countdown to MK 1/2 Marathon

So training's been on old for 10 days, due to other committments, stress of work & the hot weather. So back to club last night & managed just under 7 miles at a reaonable pace (9 min miles). Don't feel too bad this morning; a little achy, but al...

It's too hot to run

I missed the MK 10k on Tuesday because I thought it was too hot to give it my all. Didn't make club on Wednesday as we had to visit Drew's new secondary school. Probably won't make club tomorrow due to the sister-in-law coming to stay. And I can't get u...

I'm getting bored running solo

I'm not sure if bored is necessarily the right word, but this morning I planned to drop the cars off at their respective garages for works & to run back from each. So to the first & within 2 miles I was walking. It was a lovely morning (although...

Upsetting the neighbours - Ha...

To the lady whose house I parked outside at the Harborough 5 last night. I'm very sorry for leaving my car outside your house for the 45-50 mins it was there, as I could tell it truly offended you by the tone of your voice when you asked me to move it. ...

A good evening's work

After a week off, I managed 5+ miles with Club last night. Good pace, reasonable time. Managed to keep the A's in sight most of the way. Not bad after a week off. However - I was running solo for 2/3rds of the way, as I found myself equidistant between ...

A lazy week

Well, I say a lazy week, but my training has been thrown out of the window by a change of routine. Poor weather last weekend meant that we came home from the caravan on Sunday morning, which meant that I missed my Sunday morning run (not that I would ha...

Ran with the A's last night

Just a quick post before I leave for work. Went to club unusually on a Friday night, as the little'un had a birthday party with numerous girls (good lad!!!!!) Started off with the A's, 3+ miles across the fields behind the A43, then onto the first half ...

A great evening in the country

I've just got back from a club run &, after 2 awful runs over the weekend, have just a great 6-7 mile run in the Northamptonshire countryside.Total time 57 mins. Some road, some footpath, some fields. Lots of hills. Too many stinging nettles & c...

I've been missing from traini...

It's been over a week since my last run, which was a shorter than usual session with the club. Then a weekend blow-out at a friend's wedding was followed by a lazy week this week. So I decided to attempt my goal of 10 miles within 90 mins; 30 mins more ...

Stevington12k

Another really great day out, even though the rain did come down quite a lot. Thankfully I remembered to wear my contact lenses instead of glasses, else I wouldn't have been able to see a thing, & probably would have spent the entire hour pushing th...

A real sense of achievement

Today was my target for completing a lap of Pitsford reservoir since I've been 'in training' (circa 7 miles) & I completed it in just over 55 mins. After going to club last night & running around 6 cross country, I was thinking that today wasn't...

I'm a veteran - OFFICIAL!!!!!

Is this a turning point in my life. What next - a bus pass. I'm applying to enter the Stevington 12k next Sunday (which I hope to complete in under an hour) & I fall into the class of Male Veteran. Well I never - I've never considered myself to be a...

FAILED!!!!!

Forgot about having to go to Andrew's kit evening for his new school, so didn't get over to Pitsford. Next Thursday is D-Day, so I'm going to have to make sure I plan something between now & then.

Got my result.....

....& the official time was 52.28, placed 536 overall (84th in my age group) which made me exactly two thirds of the way down the field. The others all finished just under 50 mins, which could be accounted for by my shoelace disaster, but that's jus...

Silverstone - my first 10k

So this is the morning after the night before, except this time I'm not nursing a hangover. First, the weekend went really well. The football was great; both Andrew & I both had a great time. On the morning of the match I managed to go for a run, fo...

A weekend to remember

I've not checked in with my blog for a while, so feel the need to post my recent progress. I went for a good run on Sunday, leaving Cosgrove & running along the A5 to Towcester for just under an hour, which got me 6 miles (which I was pleased with)....

I need motivation.......

......and more free time. Last week's run with NRR went quite well; circa 5 miles in around 50 mins, with a variation of road & cross country. Surprisingly, I'm starting to enjoy the variety that cross country brings. Then I wake up late on Sunday &...

A bad weekend

I managed to get some much needed time off work, we all got away in the caravan, no-one fell out, the weather wasn't too bad, my team had a great win BUT....... I did everything to excess. The beer flowed possibly too much. Lent's over so the BBQ went b...

Just keep running.......

The calf strain's finally gone, although it was a little tight last night after about 5-6 miles, but it DEFINATELY wasn't anything like it was a few weeks ago. I ran with the C's again yesterday, & felt that I coped with it quite well; even though o...

Running is just like golf.......

........you start to think you've got it cracked & then you go have a bad day. Haven't done my regular route for a couple of weeks, & this morning I manage a PB for this year. No aches, no pains, not particularly difficult at all. But I just kno...

My bloody calf muscles

I've been on a high since Tuesday. People can't believe it when I tell them the route I ran. But I know how far it was, & I've kept going over it in my mind since, remembering each corner, each hill & how I managed to keep going with what seemed...

Northampton Road Runnners

What can I say - I really feel like I'm in the zone now. Last night I returned to Moulton to make a committment to running with Northampton at least once a week. The early morning thing really isn't working, & I haven't been to the gym for a couple ...