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Junior Run Club

The sessions we coach at Junior Run Club are always uplifting and fun. After the kids did a hard session where everyone put lots of effort in we did some wheelbarrow races. I haven’t done these in well over 20 years. These were made all the more difficult by my horrific giggling. When the weather is good we always get out of the gym and head for the track. This below is a typical GPS track of our session, consisting of warm up,  300-meter sprints, 100-meter relay and the wheelbarrow race……of course.

 

 

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Weights and Running

I haven’t lifted a single bit of weight lifting equipment for years. I don’t do many press ups ,pull ups and sit ups and by many I mean none at all. This is the reason I have well defined legs and an upper body of a sloth.

I recently went on a health and wellbeing course at work which was not as horrendous as it sounds. It was delivered by a professional training team and best of all we didn’t have to do any role playing. I didn’t go to RADA that’s why I work in a quarry.

They took us through a height, weight, BMI, blood pressure, body fat you name it examination with lots of high tech kit. At the end of this you got a printout of all the details. It turns out I have a metabolic age of 51 I’m actually 44. This was because of my weight and overall body fat.
So now I own weights with a bench and I have a plan to reduce the body fat and build muscle to improve my metabolism and stop being a fat shit. This combined with smaller portions of food along with my running should do the trick.

I will keep you posted.

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Coaching

My wife is a Welsh Athletics Coach and has a junior run club on Wednesdays and a junior athletics club on Thursdays. Her assistant coach has recently retired and I have now stepped into the breach. I have had so much fun doing this that I am now looking at doing it long term. The kids enthusiasm is inspiring. This has had such a positive effect on me, I wish I had done this years ago.

I’m now booked onto some courses to get me qualified and doing various workshops to gain proper experience. It’s been a long time since I have done any throwing and jumping.

 

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Under Armor – Speedform Turbulence Review

This is the first time I have tried a pair of Under Armor trainers. The mens Speedform Turbulence shoe is made with high quality materials showing Under Armor are serious about getting into the running shoe market. The first thing I noticed when I pulled them out of the box was how lightweight they are. The weight does not reflect how strong the shoe is constructed. The upper is made of UA SpeedForm® technology with a dual layer mid-sole. I really like this part of the trainer because it feels firm without any soft spots giving it a nice bounce on each stride. The sock liner construction that lots of modern shoes are made of these days really helps with breath ability. These trainers are going to be my go to shoe for this coming summer. A lot of trainers I have owned in the past have a metal insert in the back of the heel. After about 200 miles of running it gets exposed and that is the end of life for those particular shoes. The Under Armor trainer doesn’t have that so I can feel confident I am going to get some good mileage out of these.

All of the above make up for a great trainer that is already my firm favorite. I got these trainers from Get The Label where they have a great selection of trainers and a large variety of brands.

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Nick Beer 10km Race and New Trainers

These trainers arrived on my doorstep on Friday from getthelabel.com. These are Under Armour
Mens Speedform Turbulence Running Shoes. I needed a pair of road trainers. These are my first Under Armour running shoes. I have a lot of this brands gear now and I like the quality. However it must look like Under Armour are sponsoring slightly overweight middle age men when people see me out training.

Anyway this weekend was the 25th anniversary of the Nick Beer 10km road race around the Great Orme in North Wales. So this was a perfect opportunity to try these trainers out in that race. They do say you shouldn’t use new trainers in a race but these were so comfortable the moment I put them on. They performed superbly in that I never even thought about any discomfort throughout the whole race. I’m going to give it a few weeks before I do a full review but so far so good.

The race was great. The wind came in and joined the great atmosphere as did the cold. I got under the hour mark with a 53.20 and was pleased with that.

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Run 1000 Miles In 2017

I didn’t start this year with any intention to run 1000 miles in one year. 3 weeks into January I was looking at my totals and I realized I wasn’t that far off if I was to start the challenge. My wife and a few people I know who run on a regular basis have started already. I had a think about it and I thought if it gets me motivated to keep running throughout 2017 then that can only be a good thing.

You will always get people telling you it’s not a good idea. These people can fuck right off. The benefits far out way any negative bullshit. Even if you don’t reach the 1000 mile goal if it has got you motivated to run then it’s already worth it. It also forces you to consider a more structured plan.

I’m breaking it down into small segments because this then makes it sound a bit easier.

The Math

1000 miles in 1 year is 2.73 miles a day. That’s a little under 20 miles a week, 19.11 miles to be more precise. It’s roughly 80 miles a month. Or 0.001902 miles per minute.

Easy!

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Brenig 10 and Alwen 7

These two bodies of waters high on the Denbigh Hills are great tracks to run around if you ever find yourself in North Wales. I run around the Alwen (7 miler, undulating, bit of a killer if you are not in shape) on a regular basis. It’s a bit of a drive to get to but well worth it. The Brenig is a 10 miler with lots of smallish undulations that slowly become a proper pain in the arse the more you dig deeper into the run. You have the reward of seeing the views of Snowdonia in the distance (more running) all the way round. I have been thinking of combining these two routes into one run. This year I want to do that. 17 miles!!! though euuuchhh I’m just not there right now but if I don’t do that this year I will be bitterly disapointed. I love these places and will run them for many years.

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Active Root – Natural Ginger Sports Drink

I stopped using the usual sports drinks you see a lot of people guzzling on a few years ago. My wife is an athletics coach and as such has a qualification in sports nutrition. She came home one day and showed me the crap that goes into these drinks and binned them. It all seemed quite logical so from that point on I was drinking water and eating Bananas for training and events.So, 6 sachets of Active Root and a 500ml bottle (the correct amount to mix with one sachet with) arrived in the new year. I can’t eat anything within 2 hours of running because I start burping it up and getting bad heartburn. So, it was great to try this stuff out. I decided to try 250ml before the run and 250ml afterward as a sort of recovery drink. It tastes great and I mean, let me just guzzle all this in a one go great. While this first try is of course not an intense study into the effects of drinking Active Root (I work in a lab we can do more) I had no bloating and it didn’t repeat on me It’s easy to mix and dissolves into the water quickly. Did I tell you it tastes great? It does.

So, 6 sachets and a 500ml bottle (the correct amount to mix with one sachet with) arrived in the new year. I can’t eat anything within 2 hours of running because I start burping it up and getting bad heartburn. So, it was great to try this stuff out. I decided to try 250ml before the run and 250ml afterward as a sort of recovery drink. It tastes great and I mean, let me just guzzle all this in a one go great. While this first try is of course not an intense study into the effects of drinking Active Root (I work in a lab we can do more) I had no bloating and it didn’t repeat on me It’s easy to mix and dissolves into the water quickly. Did I tell you it tastes great? It does.

Anyway, it is nice to have a natural drink to turn to for my runs and workouts.

Check out their great website for more information you can also get a  free trial here.

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