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!
Having recently celebrated it’s tenth birthday, you can’t have failed to hear about parkrun but have you printed your barcode and joined in yet? No matter what type of runner you are, I’ve no doubt you (and your running) could benefit from getting involved.
Five weeks ago I had my worst ever run at the spiritual home of my running, the Great North Run. This morning I was up, literally, at the crack of dawn to implement the lessons I learned from the GNR at this year’s Oxford Half Marathon.
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.
Up until a couple of months ago, a mile was just something I repeated over and over in any of my many runs. In April I found fondness for the mile and entered a competition that I subsequently forgot about. Today, I claimed my prize at the City of London Mile!
Last weekend there was a “festival” of running in Edinburgh; essentially, a series of races from junior races through the major road running distances from 5k to the iconic marathon distance, it was all about the running. Unbeknownst to some of the participants, the organisers had taken an unprecedented step of not publishing a full set of results. Why is it a problem? And why would they do it?
Two weeks ago I read the 60th anniversary of what was described as the Everest of athletics was almost upon us. I was inspired to do something to celebrate and set myself the target of finding 59 other runners to run a mile in tribute. I was stunned at the response!
You don’t have to be a runner to have heard about Roger Bannister and how he became the first man to run a mile in less than 4 minutes. In a little over a week’s time it will be the 60th anniversary of this feat and after reading a BBC article this morning I was inspired to pay tribute to this landmark.
When I started running seriously a few years ago I’d often be asked by runners I met or interested friends and family whether I had run or planned to run a marathon. My answer was an unequivocal “No. Never!” I say this cautiously, and in hush tones, but I think that today has changed my mind.
Like a comet orbiting the Earth, the Carterton 10k made its re-appearance in my running calendar today. Each year it seems to hold something different for me and, ironically, this year was no different.