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Pennies For Porridge

Any runner worth their salt knows that porridge can be a great fuel for running but at African Children’s Fund, the charity I’m running the London Marathon for, porridge is a fuel for learning.  Read on to find out how I’m using porridge as inspiration for my marathon training, as well as the theme for one of my fundraising events.

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#Janathon 2015 Day 1 – Marathon De Ja Vu

Back in November I asked people to share their marathon experiences to help me get a feel for what I’ve let myself in for as I look to take on my first marathon in April at the London Marathon in aid of African Children’s Fund.  Through January I will be using my Janathon posts to share a selection of them with you.

The Janathon 2015 Day 1 #MarathonStory comes from:

@marathon_pat from the marathonpat blog

Not only is Pat a close friend and personal running inspiration but he was stupid enough to take on a track marathon (yes, that’s a thing!).  And he won!

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London Marathon Rejection: Is There A Better Way?

[With big changes to the 2016 London Marathon ballot I’ve taken another look at the numbers here]

[In response to the ballot for the 2017 London Marathon I’ve taken another look at the numbers and potential alternative ways to allocate places here]

This week, many doormats have been warmed and almost as many moods have been cooled by the arrival of the London Marathon ballot result.  Thousands of runners feel hard done by but is there a  better way to allocate London Marathon places?

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2012: What a year!

With a few hours spare before we play host to 20-odd friends for seeing in the New Year there is just enough time for a final blog of the old one.

I’m resisting the temptation to write lines & lines about what I’ve done this year; if you read my blog regularly you will already have been through it once, and if you haven’t please feel free to look back over my old posts.  So I’ll try to be brief!

In a nutshell, for me, 2012 has been an amazing year.

Completing my charity running challenge in the spring was fantastic; running further and raising more money than even I thought possible.  Thanks to everyone who supported me.  Recording a personal best time at the Carterton 10k was the icing on the cake.

More expectations were exceeded by the Olympics and Paralympics.  Spending a few days in London, seeing 4 days of action, made it all the more special.  Never has London seemed happier.  Never have I been so touched and inspired.

The autumn was all about my running again with me setting a personal goal of completing my first half marathon in 7 years and smashing my previous best by 18 minutes!

Since the Oxford Half my running has been intermittent although my focus shifted to inspiring others to run.  In October I qualified as a UK Athletics “Leader in Running Fitness” and January will see the start of a new running group, aiming to assist others get running more often.

The year has drawn to a close with a lovely break from work, recharging with family and friends.

Whilst I have had an enjoyable year, I am all to aware of family and friends who have had harder times.  My thoughts are with you and I hope 2013 will be a better year for you.

Thank you and goodbye to 2012. 2013, you have a lot to live up to but I’m sure you won’t disappoint!

Final Preparations For Oxford Half

As I sit here now, Sunday the 15th of July seems a very long time ago.  Over the last 13 weeks I have completed 41 of the 52 scheduled work outs in my build up to my first half marathon since the 2005 Great North Run (I know I’ve previously quoted the 2006 GNR as my last half but, it turns out after reviewing my medals, that 2005 was my last!) and hopefully my first under 2 hours. Continue reading Final Preparations For Oxford Half

Tomorrow Is Upon Us

Well, it’s finally here. Its the eve of the end of my year-long running challenge for Maggie’s Centres. I set out to cover 800km and raise £1 for each of them.

Here I am, 12 months down the line and I’ve covered 1,091km and raised £1,416 so far.

Tomorrow the Carterton 10k will be a celebration of what I’ve achieved for Maggie’s and, selfishly, I’m hoping for some personal glory: a 10k personal best.

I’m feeling good, I’m happy with my running & training and I’ve been a good boy this week – no beers, plenty of water and well rested.

With some friends and family running the race and more coming to cheer me on, I’m really looking forward to the race. It’s exciting!

Pace in the legs

Tonight was all about putting my legs through their paces and putting the pace back into them.  A swift 5km was scheduled to take me to 1,085km at the same time as reminding my legs how quick they need to move on Sunday for the Carterton 10k.  The sun was setting and the weather was full of Spring.

My legs were feeling good and I managed to cover the 5km at slightly quicker than my intended race pace.  It felt quick enough but comfortable enough for both my legs and lungs.  So now all that is left before the race on Sunday is a steady 5km leg stretch on Thursday night and a few good nights sleep.

My fundraising campaign received a boost yesterday in the form of an article in the Oxford Mail (you can read it here) which I think may well be in tomorrow’s Witney Gazette too.  It’s great to finally get a bit of local press coverage to help raise awareness for Maggie’s Centres (www.maggiescentres.org).  Who knows, it might also help me push my fundraising total above the £1,320 it currently stands at.

It’s not very big but here’s the photo that accompanies the article outside my workplace.  Remember, every penny I raise is being doubled by my employer so every penny really does count.  Double in fact!

Final Countdown

It’s Sunday evening and I think I’ve just scored another first in my eventful 12 months of running. After missing a 5k run last week and only managing a sobering 10k yesterday morning I had to somehow squeeze in 15km of running and enough rest to be fresh for next Sunday’s Carterton 10k, the conclusion of my year-long charity challenge for Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres. I knew there was only one thing that would get me back on track: I needed to go running now, 8.15pm on a Sunday! All I needed was some gentle encouragement from The Wife to turn the thought into reality.

I’m glad I went for a number of reasons. Firstly, it means I don’t have any unnecessary pressure on the build up to next Sunday’s race. It was also an opportunity to blow off the cobwebs from 2 night’s on the town as well as a welcome confidence boost that the legs were feeling back to normal.

So it’s now the final run in (pun absolutely intended and deserving I think you’ll agree?).

This time next week I will have completed the challenge that has not only allowed me to raise a significant amount of cash for charity (£1275 at the time of writing this) but provided the focus to enable me to actually take part in some exercise. Running is now most definitely part of my life, part of who I am, a habit.

I’m addicted and I love it!

Excuses, excuses

I’ve been frantically rescheduling the last few runs of my 12-month and 1,100km running challenge for Maggie’s Centres to ensure I hit my revised target distance.  My fundraising is up to £1275 which is awesome, hopefully I can push it further in this last week.  A busy week and weekend meant I needed to get out for a 10km run this morning after a few social bevvies last night.

It was the toughest run I’ve done in a long while.  I hadn’t gone out on Thursday or Friday after my epic 19km with John Gartland, aka Running Miss Daisy (@740miles21days) so my legs were tired and sluggish.  The four or five pints I had in our favourite pub, the Hollybush (whose sister pub the Horseshoes will be hosting a post challenge celebration in a week’s time), probably wasn’t the best preparation either.  And I have had a stinking cold this week too.

Some people may call these excuses, I like to think of them as justification!

I have eight days and 25 kilometres left of my challenge and this week will be all about being ready for an attempt to smash my PB at the Carterton 10k on Sunday 25th March.  The cold is just about gone, the legs will be fresh, I’ll be making sure I eat good stuff and the beer will have stoped.  Well, after a couple of Guinness tonight for St Patrick’s Day of course!