Great Start

After a trip to Austria and southern Germany which inevitably involved eating my own body weight in sausages it is so nice to get back into training. My goal last year was to run 1000 miles in one year as explained in the previous post. This year I want to enter more events than I usually do.

The Start

2018 Week One

Distance 15.9 mi
Time 2h 33m
Elev Gain 574 ft
Runs 5
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A thousand miles……nope

Now that the year is coming to an end it’s time to look at how far I got to run 1000 miles in one year. It looks like I’m only going to get to about 40% of that figure. Ah well. Friends who took on this challenge are on course to finish, only needing to do 18 miles a week to get to 1000.  That’s a great effort and I admire them for it.

I am going to try it in 2018. This time I will do it.

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Another Layer

Todays run I found myself mourning the summer. It takes me a mile to warm up and as I ran through the wet grass and sheep shit all I could think of was those dark, cold runs through the middle of winter to look forward to. I know that spring will bring back all the good stuff.

I was talking about this to a bloke at work and putting a real downer on it all. He said “what about those runs in the snow with big blue skys on an early Sunday mornings” That’s what I want and that’s what I will look forward to. The dark evenings also provide that anonymous envelope that I enjoy when I run. So…………bring on the winter…..come on!!!

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Delamere Forest 6 Miler

Running on the trails in the woods with plenty of undulation is pretty much the perfect run for me. This was a bit impromptu. A quick text exchange and the next thing I’m off my couch and in forest plodding along at a nice pace with a good mate on a nice day at the beginning of Autumn.

We have run quite a few organized events in around these woods, 10km’s and half marathons. If you ever find yourself in the area it really is worth the time and effort to get running around these tracks.

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Assistant Athletics Coach Course

I completed this course this weekend. I was a nervous wreck during the run up to the course starting. It ended up being one of the best courses I have ever been on. It was all so relevant to what I am doing at the moment. It was delivered in a really engaging and enthusiastic way that you couldn’t help come away feeling positive.

With my wife being the fully qualified coach and myself as a qualified assistant we are both now talking from the same script. Lesson plans and drills all make much more sense now. We have a really enthusiastic group of kids to work with and I can’t wait to get back to doing the sessions.

If you found this post and are thinking about doing this course (UK based) I can highly recommend it.

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Wet 4 Mile Run

As I was finishing work I looked outside and it was hammering it down. I then have that constant internal argument with myself if I should go for a run or not. I come up with loads of little excuses, all of them a lie. I then see memories of people out running in the rain, in a pair of shorts and a t-shirt in the middle of winter and promptly get my kit on.

I always feel so glad I made the effort when the start was such a struggle.

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No Hangover

Waking up on a Saturday morning of a bank holiday weekend without a severe hangover is quite an achievement for me. There you go. That’s a top running tip for you. Try not to get hammered the night before a training run. It’s pearls of wisdom like that got me to where I am today. A mediocre middle aged runner.

A steady 4 miler down the beach with no wind.


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