On my run this weekend I got knocked off my horse. I’ve never felt anything like it, especially not since I’ve been a regular runner. The Great North Run 2014 turned out to be not so great for me. Or perhaps it was better than I thought.
In the past I’ve paid little attention to race fueling or hydration, previously leaving things to chance. As improving PBs is getting harder I’ve started to consider my fueling and hydration strategy.
Co-incidentally, or perhaps it was the running (or Twitter) gods, I noticed a tweet from the team at nuun hydration asking for willing reviewers of their hydration tabs. Well, I stuck my hand up and a few days later I got a little package through the post.
Since getting seriously into this running lark I’ve had some ups and downs. I’m glad to say that at the moment I’m very much on the up. A lot of the “up” is down to hard work but I’ve recently had a little bit of luck too, winning a pair of Brooks Ghost 7 courtesy of The Running Bug’s #brooksluckycharm competition.
My name’s Dan and I’m a runner-holic. Like many people, I dabbled when I was at university and then had years on the wagon. Then 5 years ago I got into a crowd who were doing it and whilst it started as just a recreational thing, I’m now hooked. I’ve never tried the hard stuff (26.2M is too strong for me) instead preferring to use 10K and Half to get my running highs. That is, until I was tempted by an old fashioned, quicker hit that is coming back into popular use.
I’ve spent the Spring getting faster and running shorter races than I’m used to but it’s time to get back to endurance in preparation for my assault on the Great North Run in just 8 weeks time. As well as having to run further and longer, it also introduces the additional challenge of taking on food and water on the go.
My final day of Juneathon was all about recovery from my trail run on Sunday (it’s surprising the additional muscles you use on uneven ground) and of course writing about it so I’ll use my final Juneathon post to recap my alphabetic adventures.
Tonight I was back to a proper Juneathon activity: running!