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Day 150 and thank heaven for sports massage

For Natalie Onions – as mad as me

Crickey, day 150 and still feeling very tender after Sunday’s 15miler… this training for the Brighton marathon is taking its toll.

I felt even more tender when I visited my sports massage therapist Lillian this morning. When I told her where it hurt, she started sucking her teeth like a plumber who’s found a blocked u-bend… ‘Don’t say shin splints,’ I said as she went to work and continued to suck on her teeth.

She eventually, after half an hour, said my legs aren’t in too bad shape for someone who’s been running continually for six months and just told me to look after my legs over the coming weeks.

‘This is the time when you are more prone to injury in your training, luckily you’re seeing me early enough for me to help,’ she said.

And so I did a very very gentle run in the gym to celebrate and you know what, it didn’t feel too bad.

If you’re wondering who Natalie Onions is, she’s a woman who is also doing a year long challenge… but not with a run every day, but a thusfar entertaining blog. She even runs dressed like a pirate. Check it out at www.run1000miles.com

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Miles today: 3.11
Target: 450
Miles to date: 576.05

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Ouch, ouch, ouch

Really stiff from yesterday’s 15miler and my left calf has quite an ache, so I spent today’s run going very, very slowly on the treadmill at the gym. Ice and paracetamol on their way to help out…

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Miles today: 3.01
Target: 447
Miles to date: 572.94

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Signed up for the disney Marathon

Very excited yesterday to find out Disney actually hosts a marathon around Walt Disney World in Orlando every January that runs through the four parks – I’ve already put my name down to come back next year and run it.

This morning’s run was another dark one as we have another early start but I managed to just run a straight and back instead of going around the lakes as I have done the other days I’ve been here.

It’s something I’d not done previously as I had no idea where the road that goes right from our hotel goes, but we drove it yesterday (it heads to Epcot park) and so, even though I knew it was dark, I kind of knew where I was going…

I’m not sure if I ended up somewhere in one of the back lots at one point, but I did pass a building called Disney University – I’m sure they give Mickey Mouse degrees.

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Miles today: 3.00
Target: 435
Miles to date: 548.78

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Walt Disney World Orlando, run 3

A full day on our Disney itinerary today has us meeting at 7.30, so it was just after 5.45 when I went out this morning.

I’ve not really got the time to do my two day’s speed training while here this week (each session takes more than an hour) so I think I’m going to have to stick to just the three miles.

As it was dark, it was another difficult run… While the Magic Kingdom castle was lit up this morning, the path’s around the resort can be a little hit and miss, so at times it was pretty dark. And when you are running by water in Florida, the last thing you need it to be is dark thanks to the gators that lurk there, so it all felt a bit bitty and saw me doing lots of running up and down the queue lanes I mentioned yesterday.

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Miles today: 3.00
Target: 432
Miles to date: 545.78

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Going for longer than ever before

Today is day 140 – just the 225 to go! – and I’m upping my running distance at weekends in anticipation of the Brighton Marathon in April and starting to break new territory by running further than I ever have before.

Normally my long run would be on a Sunday but even I’m not mad enough to try and run for two hours before having to get to Gatwick for 8.30am so I shifted it to Saturday this week.

I was up at 6.15 trying to plan a route on Walk Jog Run that would see me do a round trip and also browsing Runner’s World magazine which has an article this month on how important race nutrition is.

It’s something I need to pay attention to after my run in with the runs on a run two weeks ago, so I made sure I was ready for anything when I went out.

I had a banana and two glasses of water when I got up, made sure I went to the loo, waited about 20minutes to see how the banana was sitting and when satisfied I didn’t need another visit, I decided to set off around 7am.

I took with me a bottle of Lucazade Sport with caffeine, put some coins alongside the keys in my shorts pocket in case they were needed for a public loo and tucked a bit of loo roll into my shorts, just in case I needed some at any point. The Who’s Quadrophenia album went on the iPod (we’re going to see them next month and they are playing the whole album live as a concept gig) and off I went.

At first, I was pacing myself, looking to do about 10.5 mins a mile, keen not to overdo it with 13 hard miles ahead of me but as I left Streatham and headed into Tooting (about a mile down), I glanced at my Garmin and saw I was actually doing much closer to 9 minutes a mile, it felt good and so I carried on. (Long live Lillian’ sports massage from yesterday’s entry).

At about 6miles, I went passed a Travelodge with  tramp sitting outside who cheered me on (!!!), glanced in a shop window and was surprised at my reflection… I actually looked like a runner. My stride was good, my arms were pumping and my breath wasn’t ragged.

At 6.5 miles, crossing the Thames to Chelsea Embankment, I had my first sip of the Lucazade… the sugar and caffeine giving me an almost instant rush so I gulped half and saved the rest to sip through the rest of the run.

There were times during the second half of the 13 where I started to feel a little ragged but by the time I got back to Streatham, I was still relatively flying towards home, that’s despite having to go up Bedford Hill in Balham which is not massively steep but may as well be Everest when you have 12 miles on your legs.

I made it home with no loo stops, no upset tummy from the Lucazade and got back well within two hours (1hr 59mins as you ask). Double that and I’ll be doing Brighton in four hours… too much to ask for?

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Miles today: 13.01
Target: 420
Miles to date: 533.77

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Walking like a ballerina after sport massage

For Lillian

I’m off to Disneyworld Orlando on Sunday for work for a week so I’m massively backed up when it comes to work stuff so this morning I went for an early three miler and was stiff as a board after my fast 5miles yesterday.

Luckily, I’d booked my first ever sports massage at the Virgin Active gym I go to at 10am where a lady called Lillian worked her magic.

Given I’ve ran for the best part of five months without a day off, she found all sorts of knots all over the place and gave my legs a good going over, promising me I would walk like a ballerina by the end of it…

An hour later I minced out of the gym with a pirouette… okay, I didn’t, but my legs felt a million times better than they did this morning.

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Miles today: 3
Target: 417
Miles to date: 520.76

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To PB or not PB?

It was dark, wet, windy and cold when I set off this morning for a 5miler… so I decided to try and liven things up by running at a pace that approached that I’d hope to do if doing the Brighton Marathon under four hours.

My first hurdle came when a broken down bus was disgorging passengers onto Streatham High Road and I had visions of Coe and Ovett in Moscow 1980 as I bundled my way through their flailing elbows.

After that, it got much easier though, it was so early in the morning there weren;t that many people around and the few that were were hiding under their brollies and also scurrying along at pace.

I ended up coming back more than four minutes less than the time I did on exactly the same route yesterday  – a Personal Best to be sort of proud of for the first time… if I keep the same pace up, I’d do the marathon in 3.45, but it’s a big IF to increase my stamina that much in the next eight weeks or so.

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Miles today: 5
Target: 414
Miles to date: 517.76

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500 miles and a sore backside

For Peter Nunn and his 50th birthday

We were in Brighton last night for my pal Peter Nunn’s 50th birthday.. a jolly time was had by all until around 3.30am when I was entertaining people in the bar of the Grand Hotel with a kid’s guitar with only three strings (don’t ask, it sounded great at the time).

A slight hangover greeted me this morning and accompanied me on the run for the first couple of miles.

I’d thought being in Brighton would be a great chance to get a run in there before the actual marathon in April and had visions of it being a beautiful amble by the beach and with the sea to my left for most of the time… What I didn’t know was that when you pass Hove, you enter West Sussex and the town of Shoreham, which is full of industrial estates housing giant B&Q style warehouses.

Nonetheless, the weather was pleasant and I had my iPod on (I’ve started taking it on the long runs for company other than my thoughts) so it wasn’t too bad.

When I turned round and started heading back to Brighton though, yesterday’s Power Plates session came back to haunt me. Marina doing several exercises that work the glutes (bum cheek muscles) meant they suddenly went rock hard about seven or eight miles in and continued burning for the rest of the run. As I type this, several hours later and back home, I can still hardly sit on them.

What did happen though as I approached the Grand was I passed the 500 mile mark. That’s 100 ahead of schedule and averages out at almost 3.8 miles a day for the streak which is now at 134 days. In celebration, I switched the iPod to a well known Proclaimers song… one I really should have played in the bar with that kids’ guitar.

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Miles today: 11
Target: 402
Miles to date: 501.78

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