On the Road to LONDON BABY!

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On the Road to LONDON BABY!

Gauntlets:  Sub 0:30 5k, Sub 1:08 10k, Sub 2:30 Half.  Run 20 Half Marathons before I'm 65 years old (9 down, 11 to go)

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London Marathon Virgin

I apologise for blogging before I’m up to date with everyone’s but I’m just so excited I couldn’t wait (especially in case someone beats me to this title) The postman arrived on Monday morning and Alan passed me a package with the comment “think it’s y...

.. To the Stones 2018

I’m afraid this has turned into a bit of an epic, but I’m working on the assumption this will be my first and only Ultra so want to commit as much as I can to ‘paper’.   I would also like to add an apology for not commenting on blogs recently – I love r...

Lisbon report

“That’s it!  I’m not doing any more marathons!” I said to Alan as I sat in the shade of the Statue of Dom Juan I, feeling hot, thirsty, tired and damp.  The whole Rock’n’Roll camp was being packed away, the finishing arch had already been dismantled and...

Belated Rock’n’Roll Dublin

Short version: Saturday 5k Official time: 34:35 (2016: 35:34) Sunday Half Marathon Official time: 2:56:31 (2016: 2:58:55) Blow-by-Blow account: Arrived at our hotel and once settled headed out to collect our running packs from Trinity College. I sa...

If's, But's, Maybe's and Excu...

Guess I should admit that I’ve been nursing an ‘injury’ for a wee while but I was unsure how it was going to pan out on the day.  A few weeks ago on a long run, one leg started to feel ‘heavy’ (which I thought strange).  A couple of weeks later it deve...

S Q U E E Z E   Those Buns!  ...

Couldn’t resist trying out the new RealBuzz website.  S’cuse the heading, it’s one of the things the new audio voices on Runkeeper says (the Drill Instructor in a cheesy American accent).  Think Brighton Marathon has now been and gone, I enjoyed my Mar...

Suck it and Squeeze

Missed out blogging about some training and Parkruns #94 Crystal Palace and #95 Dulwich but it was all for: Brighton Half Marathon – 3:05:56 I really am hopeless at this running malarkey but I will keep persisting (I have some secret hopes that I aspire...

Second 'RunThrough' in Hyde P...

Saturday 28th Jan – RunThrough 10k Hyde Park Got to the station with time to spare this time, only to dash back home as I’d left my Garmin attached to the laptop!  But still caught the train to Victoria (definitely advantages to living across the road f...

Starting the new Program Part...

Tempo Run Wed 18th Jan Not sure if I’ve done one of these before or not.  It was described as: Run for 8mins at a moderate pace with 2 mins recovery, then 6, then 4.  I programmed everything into Runkeeper but it decided it was too hard to read out to m...

Inspirational Quotes...

Loved HWD’s idea on facebook but I was a little late to that party so I thought I’d produce my collection for all here (various searches throughout the internet mostly). I’ve been saving them as I’d hoped at some point to design them up to print onto t-...

Dancing in the Rain

Parkrun 91 (14th Jan) – nothing new to report – Was worried about the ice so left extra early and arrived half an hour ahead of time!  Which meant I was able to have a warm up walk beforehand.  All the same it was a slog around in the cold avoiding the ...

Brixton 10k - 8th January 2017

Before that please let me thank all of you who took the time to comment on my last blog.  Thank you so much, each was read and happy thoughts emitted into the ether.  I can never think of sensible, witty (or intelligent) responses so sorry.  But that do...

Hangs head in shame.....

Can’t believe I’ve not posted anything since October last year!!  I feel so ashamed of myself, but where does the time go?  I’ve got a couple blogs in draft format but thought I’d better get this one on before it’s too late.  (I've removed the Happy New...

Mission Report

I’ve now started this tale a few times now but due to laptop issues it keeps getting lost so I’m trying yet again.  I’m sorry this is likely to be a long one as I want to record everything I can remember. Saturday evening we arrived at out B&B (sat ...

A Right Posh Parkrun for a Bi...

Sorry this is so late, been having IT issues (still not fixed though). Never know how to start these blogs so I’ll just jump in as both Marc and Jane have explained the reasons for last weekends RealBuzz Meet-up. So early on Saturday morning I had a bri...

My 80th Parkrun in Dulwich

Had intended to have a go at fast walking it but forgot.   So had a go on the second lap – oh boy do I now have new respect (although it was pretty high to start with) for our Kathy and Rob.  My legs started complaining after half a mile! Managed to sti...

Your Mission should you accep...

I very nearly bought myself a Burkini as I have absolutely no idea what to wear for my next event. But stopped myself when I found an old swimming costume hidden at the back of a drawer along with a pair of shorts.  So I now have my undergarments sorted...

Gt Oggie Event Sep 2016

Bless me Buzzers  for I have sinned...  It's been over 3 months since my last blog!  Just not the same since I can't add photos - stupid Windows 10 or whatever it is I've upgraded too.  Grrrr... Not much training of late following the Dublin half at the...

Some training and Parkrun 66

I’ve managed to keep on top of my training this week: Tuesday: 3 miles with 5 20sec fast bits with 2 mins slow (walk) recovery.  Ended up relying on Garmin rather than runkeeper.  But had to count out the 20 second bits and guess at the recovery.  Once ...

The Prologue and the Marathon

Think I’ll start at the beginning:  Hmm… maybe not that far back that would be 1961 so let’s fast forward a few years to when I joined the twitter community and happened to start following a chappie called Hoss who was running the London Marathon back i...

‘Running on Empty’

I found writing about the Las Vegas Half quite cathartic and the comments I received really cheered and inspired me so a big THANK YOU to: Kat – I do feel proud.  TheFridayGang -The thought of getting lost in a casino didn’t appeal, not finishing wasn’t...

Belated Las Vegas

I’ve started and stopped this blog a number of times. I had been so looking forward to the Half down the strip at night and it all went wrong, so wrong. But the holiday was brilliant: Helicopter ride to and up the Grand Canyon, a Vegas Show, some target...

Better Late than Never

Full of admiration for our RealBuzz Snowdon legends, what a magnificent job they all did and I am looking forward to all the reports on their achievements and am so proud of each and everyone of them. I had my own little adventure last Saturday morning....

Ooh how can I resist?

Well I hadn’t planned on a trip to parkrun this Saturday as I was planning on having a run on Sunday but an email arrived yesterday and I changed my plans. “This week we also have another request to pass on. Those of you at last week's event will have h...