Having cycled back from the station and felt a serious nip in the air, I made the mistake of assuming it was cold enough to be wearing a base layer and running tights this evening. It was not! At least the base layer was short sleeved, but it was still far too warm for it.

I’ve been remarkably busy at work the last few days and so haven’t had time to put my thoughts down as I’d like to, sorry for the late posts.

This evening’s run was about pace. Sort of. It started slow but I decided that despite a couple of days running in a row, I needed to pick up the pace and push myself a bit. I felt tired, but became determined to clock a sub 7 average, whatever the mileage. Turned out to be 6:51min/mile over 5 miles. Good enough considering the way I feel at the moment.

We’re only two and a half weeks off the second marathon now. I’m probably going to aim for about 3:45 and see what happens. This one is about getting round and I’m treating it like a training run, albeit a very long one!

Once Luton is out of the way, it’s just a couple of weeks, until we’re off to Lisbon so I’m not planning anything special at all for Luton. I’d rather clock something reasonably good in Lisbon I think. We’ll see how it goes…

Lastly, my good friend James from 1095miles.com wrote an article in the Metro today. You can read it here, it’s a very informative piece on minimalist running shoes and barefoot running. Enjoy!

Andy.

Today’s shoes: Lime and Blue Kayano 17s
Mileage today: 5.00
Training mileage so far: 146.79
Marathon mileage so far: 26.25

This morning I headed out early so I’d have time to run my section of the race and check the signs and decoration. I did, but only just. Last night’s heavy heavy rain and strong wind had taken it’s toll on lots of the preparation the club had done and I spent my time reinforcing signage with whatever I could lay my hands on. Twigs mainly!

It made for a very slow three miles, but that’s three more in the bank! I’m hoping to have time to clock up a few more miles tomorrow. We’ll see…

The event seemed good. It’s a challenging course, but everyone seemed to be enjoying it throughout. I started out marshalling at the top of a hill, around 3 miles and then headed down to meet Dave/Death/Uncle Fester (depending on what point in the day you saw him!) at the 4 mile/9 mile crossover. It was good to see everyone nearly finished and still going. Well done everybody! Feedback after the event yesterday was really very complimentary and well done to the guys at the club who organised it all. A superb event guys and gals!

Andy.

Today’s shoes: Lime and Blue Kayano 17s
Mileage today: 3.01
Training mileage so far: 141.79
Marathon mileage so far: 26.25

So I began the day with the Parkrun. I haven’t been there in a while and am still feeling the effects of a marathon followed by quite a few medium distance runs so my expectations weren’t too high. I met a guy at the start who had also done the Chester marathon and he confirmed it wasn’t flat! That was pretty much the last I saw of him as he flew off into the distance. As is customary someone nearly took me down as we joined the towpath. I does trouble me why anybody would pick an awkward simultaneous change of direction and surface as the ideal overtaking spot. Anyway, he became target number one. And yes, with a half mile to go, I passed him, and deliberately on an awkward section with a sharp bend and a change of surface. That was the last I saw of him until the finish line as he came in some way behind me. 19m31s isn’t too shabby considering my general fatigued state!

Next up, a bit of Hankley. I met Paddy as planned and was surprised to find Lawrence there too (he was supposed to be running a marathon in Essex(?) but had overslept) and so there were three of us. We headed off around the course for tomorrow’s halloween run which was pleasantly damp [and so unusually grippy] sand. It bodes well for tomorrow’s competitors. At about 8.5 miles Paddy and Lawrence headed back to the car park and I carried on around the last bit of the route. Except I didn’t. For some reason I dropped left down the ridge a bit too early and ended up taking a rather awkward route to the car park up a really steep climb. And when I say climb, I mean it. Garmin off, I’m actually using my hands to steady myself!

All in, just over 13 for the day which isn’t too bad.

I have a new toy. It’s a Withings Scale. It weighs me, calculates my Fat percentage and BMI and sends the evidence direct to the internet for your pleasure! I haven’t quite cracked the widget for the blog yet, but as soon as I do you’ll be able to berate me for piling on the pounds (or the opposite of course) without even seeing me in the flesh! Hopefully you should soon see a graph in the sidebar of the blog giving you a daily update on the ‘fat factor’ as the challenge progresses. Enjoy!

Andy.

Today’s shoes: Lime and Blue Kayano 17s
Mileage today: 3.04+10.01=13.05
Training mileage so far: 138.78
Marathon mileage so far: 26.25

That’s the last one, by date. I had always planned to finish the year with the Berlin marathon as the final event and I’ve paid up [a horrendous amount] to enter. I have now got a total of NINE marathons paid up and confirmed. I guess I must be serious!

This evening was the club run. It’s getting dark very early this time of year and it’s pitch black by the time we leave rthe clubhouse. Many of the usual suspects had headed out at 18:30 to get back early enough to discuss plans for Sunday’s event. This left us a bit short on people to lead groups out. Steve B and I agreed to take a group each. I’d suggested a brisk 8, which is essentially what we achieved.

I planned to just head out to Farnham and back, maybe with a little detour to make the mileage up. Essentially I know the area by car, but I’m not much good at back routes so it was going to have to be a road run for us. We headed out to Farnham as planned, then Duncan suggested we head up Castle Hill. I said that I was fine with that, but we must check that everyone else was too. They agreed and off we went. I remember Castle Hill from many years ago and knew it was steep. What I’d forgotten was how far it continues to climb! It went on forever. We followed the road all the way up to Sandy Hill and then back down to Aldershot. 8.7 on the clock when we arrived back. A good run, or a tough challenge depending on your point of view, but certainly a loop I’ll be adding to my long run repertoire from now on.

Next time, I need to think a bit more carefully about where to take a group, assuming anybody would follow me ever again ;-)

As a complete aside, I was discussing resting heart rates with James at work yesterday. Turns out that mine bottoms out at 40 BPM as I thought it would, here’s a HRM graph of me sleeping!

HRM Track

Andy.

Today’s shoes: Lime and Blue Kayano 17s
Mileage today: 8.70
Training mileage so far: 125.73
Marathon mileage so far: 26.25

This morning Dave and I headed out to Hankley Common so he could show me where I’m going to be marshalling next Sunday for our Club’s Halloween run. Photos and information can be found HERE and according to RunnersWorld reviews, it was a fun challenge. See the reviews and enter online HERE!

Having run eight out of the ten miles of the route, I can guarantee it’ll be an event you won’t forget in a hurry! ‘Satan’s Sands’, ‘Devil’s Drop’, the Blood Bath and ‘Hell’s Hill’ are all looking challenging to me! See you there on Sunday…

While we were over there Dave played tour guide and showed me the concrete walls the British Army used during the second world war to practice their explosive techniques for the D-Day landings. Interesting stuff!

After 8 miles of the common, we headed home. Later I decided I was a bit too full of energy and needed to get rid of some so I ran out to the ranges and dashed up and down some of the trails to cover another six. Fourteen for the day is ok but next weekend is going to need to be long.

Busy busy week ahead this week and apologies for being useless at updating the blog over the last week. I’ve been away, and running too so will be up to date shortly, I promise!

Andy.

Today’s shoes: Lime and Blue Kayano 17s
Mileage today: 7.98+6.14=14.12
Training mileage so far: 117.03
Marathon mileage so far: 26.25

For my final run in Norfolk I’d been hoping to keep up the twelve miles but not today, I wasn’t feeling it. However, the first hundred training miles are done, not that there’s any specific target on that score, but it’s a hundred all the same.

Back to the daily grind in just a few days :-(

Andy.

Today’s shoes: Silver and Yellow Kayano 17s
Mileage today: 7.50
Training mileage so far: 102.91
Marathon mileage so far: 26.25

Today I ran almost the same route as Sunday. It makes for a good run aside from the mad national speed limit section in the middle!

Another marathon has made it to the list as well. I’m returning to run Barcelona for a second time, but a marathon this time. In January of this year I ran the half marathon and set a great PB of 1h37m in Barcelona. Here’s the whole Chicken Free adventure story if you’re interested, it’s one of my favourite blog posts ever! I’m hoping the city will be as good to me again and help me shave a little more off the marathon PB. Barcelona is probably my favourite city and I’m looking forward to going back there, but to run a marathon there will be really quite exciting stuff. Shame it’s months away!

Speaking of half marathons, I found this bit of a statistic quite amusing…Just look at how much difference shaving off a half hour from your Great North Run time can make, it’s quite amazing how many people arrive between 1h29m and 1h59m. Somewhere around 11,000! Click the pic–>

So, I nearly have a whole T-Shirt of events and dates ready to print…just a couple more to nail down.

More running again soon!

Andy.

Today’s shoes: Silver and Yellow Kayano 17s
Mileage today: 12.00
Training mileage so far: 95.41
Marathon mileage so far: 26.25

First up, who said Norfolk was flat? I ran on the flattest bits I could find, but there were certainly gradients involved. I haven’t bothered to venture down to Sheringham yet (and may well not do so as a run) as it’s a really steep downhill to get there and would mean one hell of a climb to get back!

Anyway, twelve miles done. A mile of it was along a national speed limit road with no footpath. Bad. I went down to the farmer’s market at the hall which just happened to be six miles. Then turned round and headed back along the same path-less road into the oncoming traffic. Not such a nice route, but lovely sunshine and a good temperature for a run.

As for the challenge plans, Gloucester has now officially been added to the calendar. I’ve submitted my entry. Just need to sort the logistics and hope there’s no ice in January this year to scupper plans!

Andy.

Today’s shoes: Silver and Yellow Kayano 17s
Mileage today: 12.32
Training mileage so far: 83.41
Marathon mileage so far: 26.25

As it says, squeezed into the day in place of no run at all, just the good old three miles today.

Off to Norfolk tomorrow. It’s flat, right? ;-)

Andy.

Today’s shoes: Silver and Yellow Kayano 17s
Mileage today: 3.00
Training mileage so far: 71.09
Marathon mileage so far: 26.25

This evening was my first run since Chester on Sunday. I was pleased to find that everyone was out for a short one as a good number of the club are off to Istanbul at the weekend to take part in the marathon there. Best of luck guys, PBs all round eh?!?

The plan was to run the old Air Log route (the club began with a small group of Air Log employees twenty or so years ago) and clock up five or six miles. Its a good road route (my preference if I’m honest is road runs) around Aldershot and as is now expected Nick and I finished the last stretch pretty briskly. It’s good to get out on the road again, despite having all manner of aches and pains to complain about!

This evenings discussion turned to what events the club organises and reminded me to plug the Halloween run on October 30th. I’ll be there as a marshall, around the three mile marker. There are 10k and 10 mile options and I’m told it’s a fun course with a great view and by 8 miles you can see all the way down. To the finish line.

See you there!

Andy.

Today’s shoes: Lime and Blue Kayano 17s
Mileage today: 5.58
Training mileage so far: 68.09
Marathon mileage so far: 26.25