Posts Tagged ‘Andy Ratcliffe’

It’s the day before the Lisbon Marathon and my ankles ache a lot. I’ve done too much between Luton a fortnight ago and today. Not too much mileage. Nor too many runs. I’ve just ran too hard each time I’ve been out and haven’t given myself time to recover. I got out this morning and […]

I arrived home late, in a terrible rush to change and head back out of the door to make it in time for the club run. When I took my sock off, I found that the nail on my left big toe had split. About a quarter of it had lifted away leaving a thin […]

This morning was a 9am Sunday run with the club and a very good turn out too. Dave, Paddy, Alan, Chris, Lawrence and I headed out for about 10 miles. The first couple of miles passed quite quickly, I felt ok, not great, but ok given a marathon just 7 days previous. After seven miles […]

I missed last week’s club run as I was working late. Glad to be back this week. There were a lot of people about this week, which was great to see and the front group was probably fifteen strong. Alan led us out and after about a mile announced we’re going to be doing some […]

Leaving the house at 07:30 on a Sunday morning is no fun. What’s worse is when the car registers 7 degrees as you leave and falls to 3.5 by the time you hit the fog on the M25. At this point I started to worry about the t-shirt and shorts choice I’d made for running […]

It’s 4:45. Early. Cold. It’s marathon day. I get up, the shirt is laid out downstairs, number pinned low, just as I like it. Kettle on, coffee will get me going. Focus. Time to get ready. The year starts here. This year starts here! Click. What’s that? That’ll be the kettle. Brain not in gear. […]

Tomorrow we travel to Luton. I spend around three hours and forty five minutes running laps of the place and marathon number two is done. I have the strong impression that doing laps of a course is going to be extremely tedious, but having never done so, I just don’t know, I’ll try (just about) […]

…but it got a bit quick! Four days shy of a marathon just isn’t the time to be racing yourself, but 7.3 miles in 50 minutes isn’t bad at all. If you’re not about to run a marathon this week, of course I’ve been full of a cold for days now. I just don’t seem […]

Having unintentionally taken three days out, today had to be a quick one to get the legs moving again. The marathon approaches and so I wasn’t too worried about the time off, but it’s not a great policy so shortly before an event. This evening my Dad joined me, cycling beside as best he could […]

Tonight’s club run was good. We saw quite a few of last week’s new recruits which is always good, it means we didn’t scare too many people away! We headed out around Ash, not quite past my house (always annoying to do so, thankful we didn’t!) and out to North Camp and Farnborough. A nice […]