Forfar 10k: Practising being back in the race

It was only when I returned home that I checked when I’d last raced. My last ‘proper’ race was in April 2019 when I ran the London Marathon. After that I ran a couple of hard parkruns (May/June 2019) and then had a period of less running and no racing due to plantar fasciitis. It … Continue reading Forfar 10k: Practising being back in the race

Marathon Training: London 2021

I’ve been building the base miles for some time and now have just 8 weeks to go before the big day! Things are starting to get real, and a little scary if I’m honest. Blood & Sweat There’s been blood, thanks to an unfortunate stumble on the trails a couple of months back. That cut … Continue reading Marathon Training: London 2021

The 40th Race: Virtual London Marathon (Running My Way)

When I signed up to run the London Marathon virtually I decided against running at ‘home’. The thought of pounding the streets did not appeal, while running my local trails would require multiple loops of the dreaded Kingshill in order to make the distance. I’ve love Aviemore so decided to go there! Torrential Downpours Throughout … Continue reading The 40th Race: Virtual London Marathon (Running My Way)

The Last 16: 2 Weeks To Go!

Today was the last 16 mile run of the plan. This sounds okay, particularly if you're a Hanson devotee. However, theit’s the second of only two 16 mile runs. I’ve squeezed in a 15 and a 14, but the reality is that the training is not what is should have been. This is the problem … Continue reading The Last 16: 2 Weeks To Go!

5 Weeks To Go!

The abbreviated training plan is going well thus far - I’ve completed 2 weeks of it - and I have to say that I’m enjoying my renewed focus. Without the luxury of a full 16-18 weeks for training, I sought advice from the group at LHR Running Community, a Facebook group focusing on training the … Continue reading 5 Weeks To Go!

A Moment of Madness?

Due to injury at the tail end of the year, I deferred my place in the 2020 London Marathon. Then COVID struck, the marathon was postponed, and a new date set for October 2020. I deferred as I hadn’t planned to run a marathon in 2019. So, what on earth possessed me, when the e-mail … Continue reading A Moment of Madness?

Exciting Times!

I blogged a wee while back about having been accepted with a Good For Age time for the London Marathon in 2019. It’s been in the back of my mind as that’s the first training target for next year - keep plodding through the winter in order to hopefully make the start line in half … Continue reading Exciting Times!

Setting the bar: Aberdeen parkrun

It’s a run, not a race! However, it’s also a time trial if you want it to be. About to embark on a 12 week training plan to try and pick up some speed again I decided I’d run parkrun hard today. I’ll be honest - I’d hoped I would manage to run 21 minutes … Continue reading Setting the bar: Aberdeen parkrun