One of the things I love about travelling is running to explore. I have to admit I’ve not done as much of it as I would like – I didn’t really run when I visited exciting places like Havana & Mexico City – but now, one of the first things I do is pour over a map looking for good running routes!
I know Toronto reasonably well & until Brighton this year Toronto held my marathon PB from 2014. I’d run the marathon but had never really ‘run’ Toronto. I was excited to get out & see some of the city.
One week, five runs, 44 miles but only a tiny percentage of the city!
Continue reading “Running Toronto”
This story all started a little less than 12 months ago with a tweet saying “I may have just done something a little bit silly”. I started writing as I thought it was going to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience & I wanted to document it, to remember it, to capture my thoughts, feelings & emotions. A story with a start, a middle & an end, race day, the NDW50 2017.
I should have known better. Continue reading “Chapter Two: The SDW”
22 miles, 4:11:42, 11:26 min/mile, 2,400 ft elevation gain
When it’s the hottest day of the year so far what’s the best thing to do…? I’d like to say 22 miles on the NDW & whilst I enjoyed it, 30+ degrees was just a little too warm!
At 6:30am I jumped on the first train outta Norwood Junction that headed to towards the Downs. Arriving in Caterham at 7:01 I hot footed it up the A22 to the Caterham Viewpoint, or as I now like to refer to it ‘Mile 38’. I walked rather than ran to my start line to stretch my legs a little, my right quad was feeling a bit tight & I wanted to stretch it out before I started running.
Continue reading “NDW Caterham to Wrotham, AKA mile 38 onwards…”
A week ago I was running through fields & woodland, up & down hills, across stepping stones & up some steps. Smelling the scent of the wild garlic lining the paths, basking in the late afternoon sunshine.
A week ago I was running 50 miles. Continue reading “NDW50 Wk 27: One Week On”
51 miles, 11:21:02, 13:21 min/mile, 5,600 ft elevation gain
Nine months after I entered on a bit of a whim, six months after I started training & we are finally here. Race Day.
I am nervous, so nervous. I have butterflies in my tummy. I am scared. I repeat to myself a phrase a friend said to me. It becomes my race mantra.
The body achieves what the mind believes. Continue reading “NDW50 Wk 26: The North Downs Way 50, 13th May 2017”
As I write this post it is five days until race day. FIVE DAYS! How the f**k did that happen?
My training is effectively done. I can do no more A few easy miles over the next few days to keep the legs moving & the mind happy but the main priority for the coming week is rest & recovery & preparing myself physically & mentally to run 50 miles next weekend.
It only seems a few weeks since I signed up for the race, since I started my training & now here we are.
How do I feel? Continue reading “NDW50 Wk 25: NDW50 T-5 Days (wc 01.05.17)”
Like most things following a bank holiday I’m running late, but that’s ok because my runs are a day late too so this week’s post is a little off kilter with an extra day thrown in!
Banstead Woods parkrun: running in the bluebells
5km, 23:39, 7:44 min/mile, 141ft elevation gain
I still don’t quite believe it when I run a 23:39 5km, especially when I feel as if I could have run harder. It was May last year that I first dipped under 24 minutes with 23:51 on the flattest, smoothest road parkrun I could find & here I am now running faster on a much harder course. It just shows how much my running has improved over the past 12 months.
Continue reading “NDW50 Wk 24: The finish line is in sight (wc 24.04.17)”