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Day 360 – So close… yet so far still to go

After a few beers last night and less sleep than the body was wishing for, tonight’s run was never going to be an easy one. I set off with the crazy target of clocking up a second sixteen miler in three days. A really tall order. I didn’t feel like it at all.

Having moaned about running over the ranges in the dark the other day, you’d think I’d have learned my lesson. No, obviously not, I ran straight up to the ranges again! It got dark, I left the ranges by the road down near Ash Vale station and headed out towards the army town. I have to say, the fatigue was really starting to show, I couldn’t hold even an eight minute mile this evening. I was struggling to run to be honest.

I decided to have a bit of a review of the last year, the fun moments, the tough bits and took my mind of it all quite effectively. Highlights and interesting events of the year I managed to recall include of course meeting Mo yesterday, but also finishing the Brighton Marathon and hour and quarter faster than last year, running in 12 inches of snow in Cardiff, determinedly hobbling for three miles on the sprained ankle, torrential rain in Barcelona during the half marathon, a strong finish at Wilmslow in 1h36, running up and down a pitch black dual carriageway at Beamsley during my Sense holiday and finally, day 1 where a load of people and plenty of my friends turned out to wish me well on my way to 1095miles, despite thinking I was a lunatic! It seems so long ago 😉

I arrived home completely knackered but having completed my target of 16 miles and with a good idea of what the post 1095miles/365days blog post should be like.

Okay, two days of the absolute minimum 3 miles now, hopefully giving the legs a little time to rest before Sunday. I’ve overdone it, I know that, but at least I should be able to post a reasonable time and I’m sure to beat my PB for the GNR, being that it’s only 1h59m20s!

[A little] more tomorrow!

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Today’s shoes: Blue and White Kayano 17s
Miles today: 16.05
Target: 1080
Miles to date: 1659.00
“Obstacles are those frightening things that become visible when we take our eyes off our goals.”
Henry Ford

Day 130 – 1095 miles does Barcelona!

I’m in Barcelona, it’s 13 degrees and finally I think the running shorts return (for a couple of days anyway!). The guide book said run in the morning over here, otherwise you’ll be dodging bumbling pedestrians all the time. They’re not wrong! The Ramblas is busy and despite being a very broad paved thoroughfare is frustratingly frantic for running purposes. That and it has these strange paving stones with a wavy pattern, which at a runner’s pace gives the illusion that the pavement is undulating. Very unnerving.

(Picture found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/46356162@N02/4854641630/in/set-72157624521815851/)

They seem to have a bike hire scheme here similar to the London one. However the Barcelona version seems to be based on what I can only describe as Raleigh Chopper-esque red bicycles! Have a look for yourself…

Today is a day of some brief sightseeing as we only arrived about noon and I had to fit a run in too. Then off for a little local cuisine…

Hope the weather’s this good back on the island.

Back tomorrow,


Miles today: 3.50
Target: 390
Miles to date: 453.05