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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: http://www.englandathletics.org/england-athletics-news/time-to-step-your-coaching-up

#Janathon 2015 Day 2 – The Marathon Plan

It’s only the second day of Janathon and already I nearly missed a blog.  Poor show!  I have also done no running as yet but today I did spend the afternoon with my coach.

I am very fortunate to have a coach to help me through my biggest running challenge yet.  After helping me to qualify as a coach, Evelyn volunteered to help me to train for my first marathon.

It’s late so I won’t go through everything now but I’ve had a great afternoon going through a range of mobility, strength and conditioning exercises and finalising my training schedule to set me up for the London Marathon in April.

A big thanks to Evelyn for giving up her free time.  Oh, and her delicious banana cake too!

Don’t Just Run…Coach

I’ve been a little quiet recently because I’ve been a little busy.  I’m not one for New Year’s Resolutions but back in January I set myself a goal for 2014 and last week I achieved it.  The goal was running related but nothing to do with a distance or a time.  This achievement would be longer lasting!

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Running Watch Review: #GetsMyHeartRacing

Last month I was selected to be part of a Running Bug team to put the new TomTom Runner Cardio watch to the test.  Having used the adidas miCoach SmartRun watch for the last 9 months it was a great opportunity to put them head-to-head.

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What a difference a year makes: Carterton 10k 2014

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.

Updated on 17/03/14 to include revised chip time!

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Great North Run Ballot: Gutted Not Running

For the first time as a “serious” runner I decided to attempt to enter the Great North Run.  The four times I have previously entered was prior to the ballot so if you paid your money you were in.  So I sat with my fingers crossed, waiting, until this week I received the e-mail.

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XC: X-treme Cheerleading

Less than two weeks ago myself and The Wife decided, at short notice, to have a jaunt into London Village.  We love London and are fortunate to make the relatively short jump of 60-odd miles fairly frequently.  This visit wasn’t for the normal shopping or sightseeing, although we did see some sights; this visit was to cheer on 3000 men, women, boys and girls round a muddy field in Hampstead!

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