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Training Peak – Now To Taper

Thirteen weeks ago I started training for my first marathon.  I’ve pushed myself more than ever, setting both personal firsts and bests.  This weekend sees my training peak and embark on my first proper taper.

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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 23 – Where Did Today Go?

Not sure where today has disappeared to?  As I’m still building back up after my foot problem, today was already going to be a rest day.  So today’s Janathon activity was a lap of Waitrose doing the big shop!

I’m very much looking forward to clocking up a few more miles this weekend to get my marathon training back on track, especially as I’m running for a small charity doing big things with surprisingly tiny amounts.

The African Children’s Fund is a small Oxfordshire-based charity working on education projects in East Africa.  With just 7p providing a portion of porridge –  to encourage a parent to send their child to school (instead of begging or working) and to help the child learn effectively – every penny counts!

Please, please, please help by sharing any amount you could afford at http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/runningdanw

My Biggest Running Challenge

Tomorrow I take on my final race of a busy 2014.  It marks the end of my greatest year of running.  As well as a clutch of PBs,  I’ve also qualified as a British Athletics endurance coach.

As one running year comes to an end, another begins.  And the new one poses my biggest running challenge yet.  To “celebrate” I’ve decided to try my hand at video-blogging.

Take a look and let me know what you think.  Go easy on me – it’s my first time!

Half Hour Hills

There are lots of people who have been doing lots of running as part of Janathon – a month long event encouraging people to jog, log and blog each day.  I’ve been enjoying reading their adventures but I’ve been focussing on quality rather than quantity as I prepare to take on my favourite race: the Carterton 10k.

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2013 #Plankathon: The Climax

Last January I used planking as my Janathon activity in an effort to start building my core strength to help my running.  Whilst stretching my plank PB I came across a guy by the name of Brendon Birch through Twitter.  Brendon, aka lehorse1, is a member of Absolute Triathlon Club in Nottingham and set himself a 12 month running challenge to raise money for the Karen Green Foundation.

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2013 #Plankathon: Part 2

Back in January I used planking as my Janathon activity in an effort to start building my core strength.  Whilst stretching my planking time I also came across a guy by the name of Brendon Birch through Twitter.  Brendon, aka lehorse1, is a member of Absolute Triathlon Club in Nottingham and set himself a running challenge to raise money for the Karen Green Foundation.

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2013 #Plankathon: Part 1

Back in January I used planking as my Janathon activity in an effort to start building my core strength.  Whilst stretching my planking time I also came across a guy by the name of Brendon Birch through Twitter.  Brendon, aka lehorse1, is a member of Absolute Triathlon Club in Nottingham and set himself a running challenge to raise money for the Karen Green Foundation.

Brendon’s challenge caught my eye, having completed my own 12 month running challenge in March 2012.  Brendon’s challenge was a whole different story though – a huge step up from the 1,101km I covered.  Brendon has challenged himself to run at least 5km every day of 2013 to cover a minimum of 3,000km.  So as a small gesture of support I decided to carry on my Janathon planking in the form of my very own challenge: 2013 Plankathon!

It’s simple – just a plank every day in 2013.

So while I’m planking away, please think of Brendon and his running challenge.  Follow him on Twitter, subscribe to his blog and if you’re inspired then I’m sure he’d appreciate a donation to his fundraising efforts (no matter what size).  If you can’t afford to donate then why not donate a tweet and spread the word about his challenge.

For anyone who’s interested, below are my plank times from the first 90 days of 2013.  The asterisks show which times set a new personal best. Continue reading 2013 #Plankathon: Part 1

What next? My London Legacy

This month I succeeded in achieving a personal running goal: completing a half marathon in under 2 hours.  That pace isn’t anything to set the world alight.  More than 1200 people finished in front of my at the Oxford Half Marathon; 40% of people who have run a marathon this year have finished in a quicker time.  But that doesn’t matter.  What matters is that I beat my fiercest and closest competitor: me! Continue reading What next? My London Legacy