We’re in unprecedented times. Races are being cancelled like never before and exercise is being rationed to once a day which is leaving many people with missing motivation. So I had an idea to resurrect something I did a few years ago to offer something to focus on and provide an opportunity to come together while we’re forced to keep apart.
There’s still plenty of running to do in 2016 but with all my target races completed it’s time to relax and look back on my running year. And what a year it turned out to be!
The year was 1954 – a different time. Queen Elizabeth II was just a year into her reign, post-war sugar rationing had not long come to an end, little more than 25% of families had a television and the human body was stubbornly refusing to run a mile in less than four minutes. Until a 25-year-old junior doctor named Roger Bannister returned to the Oxford University track at Iffley Road to record the first ever sub four minute mile. Continue reading Breaking The Barrier: The 4 Minute Mile
As runners, we run mile after mile but rarely challenge ourselves over the iconic distance of a mile. Be inspired by the first sub four minute mile and challenge yourself to run a single mile as fast as you can this summer with #RunYourMile. Continue reading #RunYourMile
Doesn’t time fly?! Can you believe it’s 3 months since I wrote anything on here? It’s not because I’ve been injured or had writer’s block; I’ve just not had anything I’ve wanted to say. Which is highly unusual for me!
As we rapidly progress into the final quarter of the year, and with no more racing scheduled for this year, I thought it was the right time to reflect back and look forward.
The first quarter of 2015 was the adventure of my first ever marathon training plan; stretching my longest run from 13 miles to 20 was far more enjoyable than I expected!
And what can I say about Q2 of 2015?
Quite possibly the best period of my running career to date. The experience of running the London Marathon was almost indescribable! I also added the cherries of a new road mile PB at the City of London Mile and a 5k (parkrun) PB on my birthday too.
The third quarter picked up where the second had left off – securing a mile PB at the Iffley Road track – but after a tough 10k in the Great Newham London Run, the fatigue of such a cracking first six months was creeping in. I was running regularly but not training specifically. The dreaded junk miles were starting to increase. Races were getting tougher and the frustration was growing.
I managed to refocus enough to secure my second quickest half marathon at the recent Oxford Half Marathon to finish off my season. The last few miles really showed up the lack of race specific training – the beauty of hindsight!
I’m now enjoying taking it easy for a couple of weeks – the first time since last Christmas. I’m still running of course but nothing too long, nothing too hard. It’s providing an opportunity to be a bit more social and to pull together some coaching ideas for the spring, not to mention giving some consideration to my own winter training!
Last year I discovered a fascinating-yet-underloved running distance that has won my heart. The Oxford University’s Iffley Road track hosted the Iffley Miles, along with my very approximate attempt to emulate Sir Roger Bannister.
I was looking forward to today’s Juneathon activity and it didn’t disappoint. Today, as well as my own success at the City of London Mile, I had success as a coach.
A couple of weeks ago I was invited along to observe another coach’s session as part of the England Athletics Coach Development Programme. Tonight I put myself, and my Tuesday night group through it. Who knew ten-and-a-half minutes of running could be so challenging and rewarding.
Four years ago I started my blogging career thanks to something called Juneathon. Both my running and blogging have gone from strength to strength and I’m really looking forward to this year’s 30 day extravaganza of “activity and excuses”.