Tag Archive for Brighton Marathon

Day 160

Not very well today , drank more than i wanted to last night, so left my run until the afternoon and ran and picked my car up.
miles today 3.01
miles completed 658.77
miles to go 604
shoes nike
ipod n/a

Day 77

Set off for my run today in torential rain i was not looking forward to it , but with mumford and sons new album playing on my ipod the run soon passed and i actually really enjoyed the rain nice and refreshing.
miles today 3.02
miles completed 241.05
miles to go 857
shoes nike lunarglide
ipod mumford and sons

Day 32

Went to Blackpool zoo with the kids today , it was nice and warm and the zoo has improved a lot since the last time I was there over 10 years ago.I decided to run home from the zoo it is approx 3 miles and the change of route is a nice change.Now to the gym for a 1hr boxing session.
Miles today 3.03
Miles completed 100.43
Miles to go 999
Shoes Nike lunar glide

DAY 19

I decided to vary the pace today to make it more interesting and to try and get fitter/faster, i warmed up with the first mile then increased the pace for 1 mile and for the 3rd mile i dropped the pace down again , i really enjoyed todays run because i had to think about it also i enjoyed pushing the pace along , i will continue adding this type of run into the years schedule.
Miles today 3.13
Miles completed 59.25
Miles to go 1033.45
Shoes Nike lunarglide

DAY 18

Dropped my daughter of at her dance lesson and had to hang around for 1hr so decided to do my run then around a town called Fleetwood , a fishing port, as you are running along you can smell fish lovely . I have decided running 3 miles everyday for a year will be boring unless i alter routes and pace , so i have decided i am going to do alot of interval training while im out on my run , hopefully improving my 3 mile time strating tomorrow.

Miles done : 3.01
Miles completed : 56.12
Miles to go :1038.68
Shoes Nike lunarglide

Day 17

Well after a day walking round ikea i was ready for my run , i ran to the gym the weather was humid so got a good sweat on and the did 1hr in the gym , luckily i met a couple of friends at the gym so they gave me a lift home now for nice cold beer.

Miles today 3.01
Miles completed 53.11
Miles to go 1041.89
Shoes Nike lunarglide

Day 14

Well that was some weekend , went for a recovery run today to sweat all the beer out , it certainly does the trick especially in humid conditions, i was very worried about completing all my runs this weekend but i managed it just, so week 2 comes to an end only 50 weeks to go !!
Miles today :3.17
Miles completed : 44.08
Miles to go 1050.92
Shoes : Nike lunarglide

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 210 – Don’t Wee in People’s Gardens!

Another three, early today. I’m off out after work and so had to get the run out of the way today. I took it easy and it was uneventful, thankfully!

I say easy, I mean I didn’t really, by the end. I sort of aimed for breaking 24 minutes. I held a roughly 8 min/mile pace throughout. As I approached 2.8 miles, I noticed the time was coming up to 23:20, wow how did I lose so much time? I ran for it. 2.90 miles, 23:45… 2.97 miles… 22:59… What? Fool! I’d misread the time in my bleary eyed state and finished in a few seconds over 23 minutes. I should probably go back to bed!

Damian kindly sent me a link to this image last night. It’s in response to the fact I told him I dashed behind a garage off a side road last year during the Brighton marathon…

I'm sorry, ok?!?!

I'm sorry, ok?!?!

…And yes, that is a Virgin London Marathon Logo in the corner 😉 I particularly like the fact that the flowers are drooping. Maybe they need watering?!?

Whilst we’re on the subject of marathons, and it is the subject of the moment after all… The statistician in me found that 3450 people crossed the line of a certain big marathon yesterday in a time equal to or better than mine last weekend, out of a field of approximately 35,000. That’s about 10% and much better than I expected. In brighton I was just outside the top 5% (5.1% IIRC!).

And finally, I think James has totally lost the plot. In his unending quest to punish himself to within a nanometre of his own existence, he emailed to share his latest harebrained idea. He sent Damian and I this link and asked if we were interested.

Anyone else? I’m somehow not so keen :roll:

Enjoy the qotd marathon runners!

Andy.

Today’s shoes: Newish Kayano 17′s (~135 miles)
Miles today: 3.00
Target: 630
Miles to date: 815.56
“Some people endure pain better than others. All things considered, the ability to withstand—or even deny—pain would seem to be a valuable ally for the long distance runner in search of significant improvement. In truth, it is probably a double-edged sword, since medical experts tell us that pain is the body’s warning signal to back off, and that to ignore such schedules is to roll the dice with both body and mind.”
Mark Will-Weber, The Quotable Runner

Day 209 – Running as anger management results in a PB!

I’ve been feeling annoyed all morning. I don’t know why. I decided I’d better get the run done and went off out (in shorts at last) for a run. I kicked off with a sub 7 pace and this continued throughout. I couldn’t quite remember what my best 3 mile time was, but I knew it was over 21 minutes. It turns out it was 21:06 on 30th December 2010. So after the week I beat my marathon PB by an hour and sixteen minutes, my three miles best time breaks twenty minutes for the first time. 19:58 (PB)! What a shame I found it really tough, considering it’s almost the exact pace I need to run a 40 min 10k. Hmm, maybe that’s a taller order than I first thought!

I was reminded this morning that I also forgot to mention I’m a legend apparently. After I finished Brighton last week and was wandering back to the hotel, a rather drunken man patted me on the back and said well done for running the marathon. Then he asked me how long it took. 3 hours 25 minutes I replied. “3 hours 25? You legend” was his reply!

Well done to everyone who managed to dodge the giant nurse, race the man with the tiger on his back and streak ahead of Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble to complete this year’s London marathon. When you finally realise you’ve got the running bug and want to run another marathon, try Brighton, it’s not such a fancy dress parade and certainly not as crowded! 😉

Andy.

Today’s shoes: Newish Kayano 17′s (~135 miles)
Miles today: 3.00
Target: 627
Miles to date: 812.56
“When the guy says go, you start to suffer — or you might as well not be out there. It’s a small piece of your life, make it hurt.”
Aaron Cox, Winner of US Mountain Biking Championship