10 thousand step challenge

The place I work has recently been focusing on the health side to health and safety at work and as such some initiatives have been put into place to promote this. We now get free fruit on a daily basis and it has to be said a large variety of top of the range stuff and some I have never tried, Dragon Fruit anyone?

We have for the last month been given some posh pedometers and taken part in a 10000 step daily challenge. I have just collected the figures for all the guys at work and everyone has smashed that challenge with an average of 15000 a day! The eye opener for me was how little movement I did in the day apart from running. A lot of the people at work have decided to continue doing it.

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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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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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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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Running In January

After a few days of debauchery, running in January is always a massive effort for me. It’s like trying to start an engine that hasn’t been turned on for months. I can feel those extra pounds and every glass of wine/beer/etc swinging from now protruding gut.  Today was a glorious day though and with tired legs, I really made the effort to get out in the hills for a nice, slow 6 miler. I know after a couple of weeks of solid running I will be back to enjoying it again.

Happy New Year!

 

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How Many Miles Can You Run In One Year?

This year I am hoping to break 600 miles. This is a long way if you set out now from your house to run 600 miles but spread over a year it is 1.64 miles a day. I did secretly harbor ambitions to run over a 1000 miles at the start of 2016. That’s just over 19.2 miles a week.  Not impossible but when you start missing the odd week that can really crank up the pressure.  Whiskey (Scottish Single Malt, 12 year old Caol Ila since you asked) and Beer put that one back in bed for me.

This year has been a good year for me with regards to running. I haven’t had any long breaks from it. Being consistent is a big deal for me personally.

Next year, well I’m running a marathon in March so I should get a good start to the year. I’m not going to put a target on it because then that becomes the thing to do. What I do want to do is at least add another 100 miles to last years total.

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