Posted by: ianm1963 | September 14, 2013

The Nine Edges Endurance

Now that was effin hard! Had a mare of a run on The Nine Edges Endurance. Still managed a respectable 3:06 for 20.5 miles of Peak District. Lovely run but I was in agony for the last 10k. I made a number of errors, not least was I didn’t train enough! 🙂
Lessons learned:
1. Respect the distance or it will certainly kick your arse
2. Hydrate properly, even if you think you are doing, double check!
3. Remember to eat the gels (I forgot)
4. Probably not a good idea to wear legs out pistol squatting prior to race :-/
5. Working 55 hours in a 5 day week isn’t conducive to good, regular training.

Now, I still enjoyed this race but ten miles in stomach cramps started and stayed with me for the duration (despite stopping for poo among brackens). Got to last two miles where I seriously didn’t feel like I could even walk, let alone run. The pain was excruciating.

So, seriously considering dropping long distance for a while and just running for fun. I’ll do the odd 10k and half marathon probably but can’t fit in enough training to do anything else justice. Such is life.

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Type: Run – General
Duration: 3:06:14
Distance: 20.34 mi

Posted by: ianm1963 | July 4, 2013

Now it’s July

After running for 60 days or thereabouts without a break save for one 16 mile cycle in place of a run I decided to take a couple of days off running. Today was the second day of running again after the rest.


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Type: Run – General
Duration: 1:03:24
Distance: 6.26 mi


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Type: Run – General
Duration: 0:33:00
Distance: 4.00 mi
Posted by: ianm1963 | June 30, 2013

Juneathon Day 30

Hurrah! yay! etc.
Today is the final day of Juneathon! Today’s effort was a leisurely run in the evening sunshine off road around Chatsworth woods and Beeley with Rebecca. A nice easy five miles with an ice cream cornet complete with flake for both of us before we set off home. A perfect end to a perfect run and a lovely 60 days of running.

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Type: Run – General
Duration: 0:56:27
Distance: 5.14 mi

I am determined to have a day’s rest tomorrow but will be running again on Tuesday evening as usual.

Posted by: ianm1963 | June 29, 2013

Juneathon Day 29

Decided to do the speed/endurance session from FitNaturally today, which was a hoot!
Quite a while since I did a reasonably hard effort session so it took some doing both mentally and physically. Enjoyed it though!

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Type: Run – General
Duration: 1:01:03
Distance: 8.57 mi

Rosie came to meet me at the end…


Posted by: ianm1963 | June 28, 2013

Juneathon Day 28

Today I felt quite tired. I think it’s the hectic week catching up on me!
I’m doing a hard session tomorrow so I decided to take it easy tonight and ran only three easy miles, save for a longish steep hill.

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Type: Run – General
Duration: 0:26:28
Distance: 3.09 mi
Posted by: ianm1963 | June 27, 2013

Juneathon – 25, 26 & 27

Oh dear, I have been naughty not logging my runs! I have a new job and although I’ve managed to get the running done, I seem to have had little time to log the runs…
So! Here they are!

Tuesday was a glorious off road run with Rebecca – it was lovely! Fantastic weather in good company.

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Type: Run – General
Duration: 1:11:39
Distance: 6.71 mi

Last night was simply a nice easy five miler after a hard first day in a new job.

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Type: Run – General
Duration: 0:41:32
Distance: 5.00 mi

And tonight was the same five miles on road after day two in a new job!

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Type: Run – General
Duration: 0:42:14
Distance: 5.07 mi
Posted by: ianm1963 | June 24, 2013

Juneathon Day 24

Less than a week left now! Not convinced I’ll do much to change my running habit now though…

Anyway, the calves were a bit tight and sore after yesterday’s reasonably hard effort. It’s the effort level and teh duration don’t you know. Very easy to underestimate half marathon distance and what it can do to you especially when you aren’t yet trained to regularly go over that distance/duration of running. The pace is what really does push the body in a quite insidious way. I felt great doing that yesterday but the soreness proves I’m not up to scratch fitness wise yet. That’s fine though and it’s why I did the session. I intended to push my body a bit more than it’s used to in order to provoke the desired training effect. This takes experience and practice to get right. If in doubt rest basically.
Ok so I feel good after this very very easy recovery paced run. Just enough to loosen up the calves and relieve the soreness. Anther easy one tomorrow and then I might do a hard effort on Wednesday if I’m up to it!

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Type: Run – General
Duration: 0:33:42
Distance: 3.85 mi
Posted by: ianm1963 | June 23, 2013

Day 23 Juneathon

Today looked like it was NOT going to be too much fun. We had decided to drive up to Black Rocks on the High Peak Trail and run an out and back route from there. I wanted to do more than ten miles but when we got out of the truck into the teeth of a howling gale, horizontal rain and waterproof jacket with hood up it felt like even a couple of miles would be a big ask.

Heidi, Rosie and me set off together to start with. As I warmed up I began to feel more optimistic about distance and gradually drifted away from Heidi and Rosie. After about four miles I decided to do a half marathon and pick up the pace slightly for every mile I ran. I was starting to feel good! At six point six miles I turned around and splashed my way back through puddles at just over seven minute miling feeling light, strong and generally good about the run; the weather was getting a little better too!
The last couple of miles had a good descent of 1:7 (I’d run up these earlier so it evens out) which helped me cruise to the finish, completing the run in about a hundred minutes for half marathon distance. None too shabby! Pleased with that. Went home, had a lovely hot shower, that’s what I call a Sunday!


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Type: Run – General
Duration: 1:40:40
Distance: 13.20 mi
Posted by: ianm1963 | June 22, 2013

Juneathon Day 22

Well it’s day twenty two, how are you?

I’m reasonably ok actually. Slightly tight right calf but I blame the very very flat shoes I used that I haven’t worn in ages. I tend to have flatish ones these days as I am no longer a running technique extremist! 🙂
I still practise good running technique, I just don’t get obsessed about zero drop this, barefoot that etc. I found it made me seem more of a twat than I really am in real life so I keep that sort of thing to myself these days unless I’m asked and then you are only likely to get some basic good advice that isn’t aligned to any particular school of thought on the subject. Just good standard stuff that seems to work well.
I digress.
Today’s run Matthew was quite ordinary in terms of effort, distance, location and enjoyment. Average, very average as Simon Cowell might say…

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Type: Run – General
Duration: 0:50:16
Distance: 6.10 mi
Posted by: ianm1963 | June 21, 2013

Juneathon Day 21

The longest day today! All downhill from here etc. 🙂
I felt knackered today after a full day walling yet I still managed to force myself out the door for a run. Once I had been running for a little while I was fine, managing to run four miles just over mainly through country lanes in the sun.

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Type: Run – General
Duration: 0:34:12
Distance: 4.08 mi

Not long now to the end of June! I have a busy week next week so running may be quite minimal but we’ll see!

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