Caught Short On The Long Run

As ever when you’re training for a running event, the weekend is all about the Long Slow Run.  Only after I started training for the London Marathon and doing the lab test did I realise that I’ve never run the LSR slow enough!  With the distances required for the marathon I’ve had to discipline myself to keep it steady.  Today was due to be my longest ever run but it didn’t quite go as I expected.

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Tough Undulations: Watford Half Marathon Review

As part of my London Marathon training plan my coach wanted me to find an early half marathon to really test myself and help inform the rest of my training.  I chose the Watford Half, 12 weeks before the London Marathon, and it definitely turned out to be a test!

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#Janathon 2015 Day 31 – What a month!

The last day of Janathon was due to be the first time I volunteered at parkrun.  The weather had other ideas.  From nowhere, we awoke to a covering of snow which, due to understandable safety concerns, put paid to my tail-running duties.  It didn’t stop me going for a relaxing leg loosener before tomorrow’s Watford Half though.

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#Janathon 2015 Day 29 – Getting The Legs Going

Some of you might be expecting the conclusion of my running short story today, especially as the potential saviours arrived yesterday.  So I’m sorry to disappoint.  They almost got a trial tonight but with the temperature dropping and snow threatening I opted to put on legs instead.
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#Janathon 2015 Day 27 – Courteous Drivers

I’m pleased to say that today is the first day that I’d not even thought about my foot, so it must be back to normal.  I’m back in the swing of things and looking forward to attempting a positive, attacking race at the Watford Half on Sunday.  It’s the only race in my marathon build up that I’ll actually be racing – the other races I’ve entered will be all about the training rather than times.

But bringing thoughts back to today, a Tuesday night (as featured in the England Athletic newsletter) is less about my running and more about helping other progress their running career.

A decent group of 9 runners came out for another dark run on a surprisingly mild evening.

It’s great to see some new faces returning for the second and third sessions and it’s even more pleasing to see some familiar faces continuing to turn up more than a year since they started running.

As I’m sure I’ve said before, I lead from the back, allowing the runners to head off at their own pace, providing the runners with “checkpoints” to turn and loop back to me.  I’ve found this method incredibly successful at dealing with a mixed ability group as it allows the faster runners to cover more ground whilst allowing me to keep an eye on the whole group.

Today I covered 6.5k which means that everyone in the group covered at least that much, with some easily stretching out towards 8k and perhaps beyond.  It was a pleasant surprise to find a plethora of courteous drivers out there tonight, patiently allowing the group to cross roads safely.  Thank you!

#Janathon 2015 Day 26 – Inspiring Others

It was another busy Monday at work.  It was another evening of rest.  However, as has become the norm for this Janathon, something running-related has happened.  Today, I featured in the latest England Athletics coaching newsletter:


After qualifying as an Endurance Coach at the end of last year I wrote a blog post about it, of course.

The guys at England Athletics thought my post might help to inspire others to step up onto the coaching ladder and as a result they’ve written a little article of their own featuring yours truly:

My journey from charity plodder to running coach (and back again!)


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