Slow Twitch Muscle Fibre. Sunday 7.

Training for the Kielder Forest Night Marathon started today. I have been reading about training at different paces to enable targeting specific muscle groups. I have largely ignored this to my own peril. That ignorance becomes evident whenever I do any sort of endurance race or training. Finally, the penny drops.

So today I went for a slowish plod around the Alwen Dam. Probably one of the most enjoyable runs I have had in years. There is a massive hill at the halfway point and I cruised up this. Usually, I would be blowing out of my arse on this incline. I know I have to mix the runs up with regards to pace but I am my own worst enemy and a complete hypocrite when It comes to training advice. I can talk a good game but I never actually do it. So this hopefully is the start of a more focused and smart training.

 

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Food, Running, Weight Loss and The New World Order

I am writing this just after the U.S voted in Donald Trump.  The subject matter while essential for the existence of human life does seems to pale into insignificance when compared to the change in the new world order.

Food. The only time I lost a significant amount of weight was when I  counted the calories going into my body. I weighed all my food and noted everything down. I combined this with running and in a  short amount of time the fat started to drop off. The rest of the time I have  been deluding myself into thinking that whatever I eat I just burn off through lots of running. I know this yet I still stuff a white bread, processed cheese with salted peanuts covered in chill sauce sandwich down my neck at the same time saying in my head “I need the carbs”.

So with that in mind I have gone back to the tedium of weighing food and noting the exact amounts I shovel in my face. So I’m going to add a page to show what I’m putting in my system. You will be pleased to hear I won’t be making notes of what comes out. This is more for my own motivational purposes because like this blog about running, It is a tool that makes me run. So like a small side blog I’m going to note and list my intake.

Donald Trump! Ffs!

  • This Month – 19.5 Miles
  • This Year – 504.5 Miles

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Delemere Forest 10km Night Run 2016

A man ran this race in a mankini and I laughed like a fucking drain. You could hear the laughing coming through the crowd as he made his way to the front of the start line during the bullshit briefing. It was cold. UK cold, just below 10. Dark hence the night run. I ran a half marathon here a few weeks ago and I died. I was looking forward to this. I love running at night. The crowd was buzzing, the atmosphere was great. Then they made us run up a massive hill at the 4 mile point. It’s called Pale Hill or Old Pale Hill but we all know it’s an elevated every meter is a fucker to run up hill. That’s what it was.

The medals are always great from these events and I loved every mile. I am going to try to get my body in shape so I can don a mankini in a race before I die.

  • This Month – 16.5 Miles
  • This Year – 501.4 Miles

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My wife has recently completed her first full marathon. In preparation for an event where she will run The North Wales Coastal Path, this will be three marathons in three days. You can check out her blog here.

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Yes Green

With all this green stuff pouring out of my lungs and nose (apologies if you were eating) I haven’t done much running but I have been booking races. All of them night runs. The first one is a 5 miler on bonfire night in Delemere Forest. Then we are off to to the Lake District to take part in the Grizedale Forest Night Runner 10km. We did this race last year in Santa hats and had a lot of fun. The best time that night was done by a bloke in a skin tight green costume wearing working Christmas lights. Then later on in the New Year it’s back to marathons with a night run in the kielder forest night marathon.

This weekend is Kayaking and wild camping with my daughter and good friends. I’m staying off my feet for long periods of time until this gloop has said its last goodbyes from lungs.

  • This Year 474.3
  • This Month 21.2 (not well)

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The Last Runs Of Summer

I thought the title of this post would make a good name for a film about someone coming to the end of a bad stomach illness layered with something about relationships etc. However, here in the UK the nip is in the air and the cold days just about creeping in. I kind of look forward to the winter in a way. I enjoy running with my favourite beanie hat because it keeps the earphones firmly inside my huge ear-holes. There are less dog walkers. I have nothing against dogs it’s the walkers.

Most of all I’m looking forward to the night races that are becoming more popular these days. I have a race booked in the Lake District in December and more throughout the winter season. Running at night with a head torch on in winter is bliss. If you haven’t tried it yet please give it a try.

  • This Year 460 miles.
  • This Month 7 Miles

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449 Miles and Not Counting

I use the running app Strava to record all my runs and rides throughout the year. For those that don’t know you can add friends and see what they have been up to. This is my favourite part of the app. However there is a dark side to all this. A couple of my friends started to get competitive in terms of how many miles run this year. I stopped comparing awhile ago and just carried on because it was to much. My legs were killing me and it was becoming toxic. I was no longer enjoying it. I found myself focused on the miles.

Anyway I’m still a few miles ahead of the group so weeeeeeeee!!

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Basic Training

The Half Marathon I did 10 days ago really wiped me out. I have never needed that much time to recover from a race ever. Just a part of getting older I suppose. Looking back I could have done more longer runs.

So now I have few races planned but nothing to long. I am taking it easier and laying off the long pounding over several days. Thoroughly enjoying training again with the pressure off.

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