Hauling yourself out of bed on a cold, soggy Saturday morning and heading to an exposed Warwickshire airfield to run round in circles doesn’t sound that appealing but I had something to prove.
I’ve been a little quiet on here for a while; my writing mojo wandered off. It’s decided to return on the eve-eve of my big target race of the year: the Oxford Half Marathon 2016. Here’s why it’s come back.
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.
This year my running pace has come on in leaps and bounds so I wanted to take my race nutrition more seriously but I hadn’t got on with any of the bars and gels I’d previously tried. That was until I found TORQ. Anyone for apple crumble?
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.
This weekend, whilst he was waiting for his 3000m race at the British Athletics Indoor GP, Mo Farah’s team announced to the press that he would be running the 2013 London Marathon – a surprising announcement as his marathon debut was widely expected to be next year; until you read on and discover Mo won’t be running the whole thing.
There’s not many of us that would take part in a race knowing we weren’t going to complete the distance. Despite this, I was surprised at some of the negative comments and confusion so I decided to take a closer look at the decision and some of the reactions (some of which I have no doubt are tongue in cheek) to see if I could make sense of it all. Continue reading Is your glass of Mo half full or half empty?
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
A frosty, sub-zero morning was not what I’d expected when I decided to run the 2012 Oxford Half Marathon back in July. Scraping the car at 8am made the summer feel a very long time ago indeed. Rather than making me panic about being late, methodically clearing the ice actually helped to calm my pre-race nerves. As with other aspects of my life, I had planned the journey to Oxford with a certain degree of contingency. Continue reading Oxford Half 2012: What a race!
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
In a week’s time I will hopefully be sitting on this sofa with a sense of achievement having completed the Oxford Half Marathon. Something that, come rain, shine, work or holiday, I’ve spent a large portion of the last 12 weeks training for. From what I can tell from my training sessions over the last 3 months the signs are positive towards me achieving my target of under 2 hours. Continue reading Will the hard work pay off?