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Adapting the training plan

There’s no time for my usual long run this weekend, as I’m in the big smoke (London) to see a play. To compensate, I had a longer recovery run – eight miles – earlier in the week. I had worried that it was a bit soon after my long run for an eight miles run, but it was glorious and I enjoyed every minute. This morning I managed an interval […]

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Long Run Saturday

Today was long run day. I really wasn’t in the mood. Given the choice to do any kind of run I’d have chosen an easy treadmill run, with Forest Gump playing on my tablet. Outside did not look appealing. But I needed a long run, so that was that. When running long runs, I prefer to alternate between full long runs, where I (hope to) increase distance, and shorter long […]

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New Year Running

I’m pleased that I found time to get a run in on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Both were 5K recovery runs along the same route in grey, gloomy, foggy weather. On both occasions, I felt tired and sluggish, and my times weren’t great. And then I compared with the equivalent run last year. Social media was going crazy yesterday with people’s decade photographs. I wasn’t able […]

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Fifteen miles fuelled by Christmas

I decided on 27th December to attempt my first fifteen mile run. I should have done this weeks ago. Since I completed my first half marathon back in September, I’ve been telling myself that I’m gradually increasing my mileage, in training for Newport Marathon next April. But, as the year comes to an end, I realise that I’ve been telling myself sweet little white lies. My weekly mileage has not […]

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Weston Christmas Cracker 10K

The Weston Christmas Cracker took place on an extremely windy Sunday morning on 8th December. The Weston Christmas Cracker was recommended to me last year as a fun race with a great atmosphere. At the time, I had just started running and was not yet ready for a 10K race. Besides, the race is very popular and was already fully booked. But I had my eye on the race for […]

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Hello winter, goodbye autumn

Spring and autumn are times of transition. Thinking back to the start of the autumn – I was about to run my first half marathon, and it was hot. It was too hot. It stayed hot until, all of a sudden, around mid-October, it wasn’t. Everything went cold, wet and windy. Suddenly the biggest problem was forcing myself to get out of the door, into the grim, grey, cold outdoors. […]

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Dark Woods

Who’d have thought that I’d choose to spend a Saturday evening running in the dark, through mud, in the woods? Dark Woods was my first trail race, and my first night race. It took place just a ten minute drive away from my home, at Great Wood in the Quantock Hills. I’ve been thinking about trying a trail race for a while, and as this one was so close to […]

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