Archive for February, 2011

Early bird.

My son has not been sleeping well for the last few months and as such we haven’t had a decent nights sleep for a long time. Last night he slept all the way through. I had a full nine hours kip. So I got up at six in the morning and went for a very rare early run before work. A fantastic way to start the day.

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New Job New Pace.

I passed all my fitness tests with the Army over the weekend. Always a bit of a culture shock going back to normal work on a Monday after a weekend of doing that stuff. Managed to do a 4.5 miler this afternoon in the hills at an average pace of 08:20 minute/miles which is a better pace for me after a bad start to the year.

I started my new job this week and it’s going really well. Seemed to have slipped in with ease.

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Army Fitness Assessment (PFA)

Once a year (3 times in my case due to admin errors) I have to do a the standard British Army fitness assessment. I did one last night. I have to do it because I’m in the reserve forces. The test involves: 2 Minutes of Press ups 2 Minutes of sit ups 2.4km Run (after completing 800m walk/run warm up)
You have to get a certain amount of press ups and sit ups depending on your age. In my case 49 and 59 respectively. Which I got quite easily. I did the run in 11:00 mins. I’ve had very little training and just coming off a stinky chest cold I thought I did ok. Everyone in the group got slow times due to strong winds.

I’m going away this weekend with the Army to do more military tests one which includes running/marching with weight on your back and carrying a weapon for 6 miles. Oh the joy!

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Marathon Training Guide.

The Ultimate Guide To Marathon Training.

I was lucky enough to get sent a copy of this a few days ago and with me having a stinking cold it was a perfect opportunity to get my head stuck into it which I did this weekend.

It is more of a really thick magazine but it really is literally packed with quality advice and information. There is just a handful of advertising as opposed to the endless pages of product endorsement you get in other publications like these.

It is pitched at the whole spectrum of running abilities and weather you are just thinking about doing your first Marathon or are a seasoned veteran you will find stuff in here very useful and indeed inspiring. I am not exaggerating I read articles in here and afterwards felt the need to get my trainers on and go training (which I did)

All subjects are covered and come across as friendly advice instead of the geeky technical jargon you usually get. It makes a lot of sense and is very practical such as

  • Training Advice
  • Nutrition Tips
  • Essential Gear
  • Cross Training

Hints and tips are scattered throughout the book which made reading about the different topics a pleasure. At the back are some great Training Schedules ranging from “Get me round in one piece” to “Sub 2hrs 55mins”.

A highly recommended read and useful training tool. The Ultimate Guide to Marathon Running is available from for only £6.96

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The EVO….Vivo Barefoot.

Despite my cold i managed to get out for a quick 3 miler this evening after sitting on my arse most of the weekend and my stomach starting to resemble Custard. It is so hard running when it’s windy and i hate it.

Been sent a couple of pairs of Vivo Barefoot running shoes which i have to say if i am honest thought they looked a bit funny at first sight. I haven’t tried them out yet but i will do this week. I quite like this that was written on a piece of paper that came inside the box with the shoes.

“No gimmicks, no fuss, no marketing fluff, it is what it is a barefoot running shoe that lets your foot move how it is supposed to.”

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