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Day 12

Off to London today, catching the train from Blackpool at 9.30 am so needed to get my run in early, very enjoyable run and hopefully set me up for a big drinking session today. I am dreading tomorrows run this will be my biggest challenge so far.
Miles today : 3.20
Miles completed : 37.77
Miles to go : 1057.23
Shoes : Nike Lunarglide

Day 11

Well i felt good today back on the road and picked the pace up a bit , seem to be getting fitter, the sun was out and got a good sweat on , i think this is what they mean by runners high, i felt great . Off to london tomorrow with the lads for 2 heavy drinking sesssions, this will test me for the 2 runs ahead.
Miles today 3.01
Miles completed 34.57
Miles to go 1063.44
Shoes Nike

Day 9

Well its raining again when will it ever stop ? at least it is warm and great conditions for running, my latest run took me to the gym which is approx 3 miles from my house, then i did 1hr in the gym and got a lift back home with my pals, did not fancy running home.
Miles today : 3.00
Miles completed : 25.55
Miles to go ;1066.45
Shoes : Nike

Day 3

Did not think i would enjoy this evenings run after the all day drinking session yesterday, but i actually loved it with the weather being kind with lovely sunshine.Busy night again back of to Manchester to watch a band called Of monsters and men , so no early night for me again .

Miles Today 3.29
Miles completed :9.71
Miles to go : 1085.29
Shoes : Nike lunarglide

No idea how I managed five miles

Day 290 today, another 75 days to go to complete the task and I have absolutely no idea how I managed to go out and do a 5 miler.

I’m incredibly busy at the moment, a fact made worse by a last minute commission to do a story for The Times that needed turning around in less than 24 hours. When Mini started miaowing at 4am, I took here down to the kitchen and went back to try and get more sleep and failed… the mind started whirring and I started writing.

Great idea, right? Get it out of the way and then the day can start. Wrong! By 6am, I was knackered, shut my eyes for a second and woke up at 8.30 with a very warm lap from where the laptop was still whirring away.

Anyway, I dragged the kit on and set off but I was unmotivated, uninspired, it was hot and my right calf muscle has started to develop a little niggle. To top it all, the roads were jammed and everywhere smelt of choking car fumes.

I’d decided to just do a three miler but once out, I thought ‘in for a penny’ and carried on past the 1.5mile point of return and began to head into Croydon.

I’ve never suffered from hay fever before but there is certainly something going on this year where every so often, it feels like I have a bit of pollen or twig or something or other stuck in the back of my throat and I start coughing uncontrollably. This happened at about mile 2.2, causing me to stop just outside an NHS dentists in West Croydon, and stick my fingers in my throat, which just made me wretch more.

Luckily, I’d taken a water bottle with me and after downing half of it, the niggle had eased enough for me to run home at a really slow pace with no more dramas … but it really was an unsatisfying morning and my leg hurts even more now.

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Miles today: 5
Target: 870
Miles to date: 1,146.61

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Too tired and flat tyres

Another day on the personal training course today and another early morning run… Running at just after six am on a Sunday morning is even worse than running at just after six am on a Saturday morning!

Anyway, I was pretty shattered when I woke up: a week of increasing my mileage to five miles a day plus three days of cycling too and from central London, along with a long shift on Friday, staying up and studying and the mental preparation of studying for the first time in nearly 20 years had all caught up.

And so, I did just three miles this morning – I like to call it a recovery run 😉

The course is getting more interesting now. We’ve paired up and are working out gym programmes for each other that we have to demonstrate in our assessments in a couple of weeks and have to learn correct teaching methods for all the equipment in the gym, from cardio to the resistance machines.

The way back was an interesting one: when I got back to Streatham, there was a bit of backed up traffic, so I decided to jump a curb on the bike and ended up with a flat… With no puncture kit on me it meant a nice mile and a half walk back to the house.

Just round the corner from home, there was a young couple, Im thinking 15 or 16 having a massive row in the hot afternoon heat. And so heated were they that all their pals had got involved, so there was pushing, shoving, slapping and all sorts going on. thankfully the slapping was the boy punching himself rather than his girlfriend.

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Miles today: 3
Target: 864
Miles to date: 1,136.61

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Much too early to be out…

Twenty three minutes past 6am is far too early to be out running on a Saturday morning when I should be in bed, but that’s what happened this morning as I had the first practical day on my personal trainer course.

When I first woke up, around 4am (yes, thanks again Mini for miaowing louder than a vouvouzela) I made a decision to revert back to an easy three miler today after a week of upping to five miles, but once on the street, and with my new pair of Brookes Adrenalines trainers to break in, I decided to push on and do another five.

A quick return home, shower and I was packed and off on my way on the bike to cycle over to Bankside gym in Southwark for the first day of the course. This particular module is one in gym instructing and it is quite basic – but crucial stuff. How to meet and greet people, keep them motivated, design a program for them.

There’s a real range of people on the course as well. I’m the oldest by about five years, then there’s one lady who is in her mid 30s and it plummets a little after that. Nonetheless, they seem a nice enough, and enthusiastic enough group. It will be interesting to see how things pan out over the next couple of weekends until the module is over.

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Miles today: 5
Target: 861
Miles to date: 1,133.61

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Exams, new trainers and knackered

God, I am absolutely battered today. A combination of our loud cat Mini screaming at 4am (she wants attention as soon as it’s light) and a little stress before my first PT exam this morning had me not getting back to sleep.

Did I use the time wisely? Well I answered some emails and did a bit of work but I didn’t do any last minute cramming, I have a theory that if you’ve not learnt it on the day of the exam, you’re hardly going to learn it in the last few hours before you pick up a pen.

At just after 6am, I went out for my run, heading down into grimey, industrial West Croydon and scaring a couple of blokes I passed on their way to work (“bloody hell, where did he come from”).

While showering, I caught a glimpse of myself side on in the mirror and cursed for the 1,00oth time that I did not start my fitness kick five, 10 or 15 years ago. Despite all the running, cycling and gym work, there’s still that last bit of tummy fat that I find impossible to shift.

I was working at The Express today on the travel desk and had booked my test for 9am, the earliest slot possible, and had hoped when booking that I would be quick enough to get in, get out and get to work for just after 10am.

A 35 minute, 7.5mile cycle later and I was sitting my first test bar driving since the distant days of Uni, almost 20 years ago.

I’d half expected other people sitting to be yoof but there seemed an even spread, though I was the only one with grey hairs doing an exam (they have different courses all sitting in the same room being examined at the same time). I think some of them must have wondered who the old bloke in the cycling gear with the salt-and-pepper beard was but I did get talking to one lad a little closer to my age before the exam started. He was doing his last module and had only high praise for the course so, hopefully, the fees have not gone to waste.

Thumbing your nose: the answer is saddle

I ended up finishing early – it took me about 30 minutes to go through the 50 multiple choice questions  and re-read them twice and I think I did okay. There were a couple of questions I was kicking myself over, I’m finding characterising some of the joint movements a bit complicated but feel this will right itself when I can see what the difference is between some of them when I start my practical sessions tomorrow.

Oh, and for the life of me,  I could not remember whether the thumb is a saddle joint or a condyloid joint and I spent ages umming and ahing and changing my mind before finally getting it wrong!

Anyway, I think  (I hope) I did enough to pass…

The Express is a long day on Fridays. Press day for both papers and we spend hours checking and re-checking facts and re-writing little bits to get things just right. It’s interesting work and I’d rather us get it right than not of course, but it does mean we don’t tend to leave the office until almost 8pm and then I had another 7.5 mile cycle home….

In the midst of all this, I forgot to mention I went out at lunchtime and bought a new pair of Brookes Adrenaline GTS 10 stabilising trainers. Readers who’ve been coming for a while will remember that before the Brighton Marathon, changing to these trainers saved me from a really bad bout of shin splints. Sadly I’ve passed 500 miles in them now and the wear makes them less effective at supporting my ankle when I run… they are the fourth pair of trainers I’ve been through since I started the challenge…

Anyway, must go… I’ve reading to do before the practical course over the weekend and I can hardly keep my eyes open.

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Miles today: 5
Target: 858
Miles to date: 1,128.61

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Off to run in America

Ash cloud permitting, I’m jetting off to Orlando this morning on a press trip to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Virgin Holidays – Sir Richard Branson is also going to be on the plane and so I’m hoping to get his thoughts on running given they’ve started sponsoring the London Marathon and he ran it last month.

Given I’m going away, I gave my Brooks Adrenaline trainers a rest today as I didn’t want to pack them while still damp so I reverted to my old Asics GT2150s that had been giving me a bit of gyp. As it was just a three miler locally, I wasn’t too worried about them bringing the old shin splints back…

See you tomorrow, from the other side of the Atlantic…

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Miles today: 3
Target: 723
Miles to date: 959.07

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Missing the seventh month anniversary

I’ve been so pre-occupied with the Brighton Marathon over the last week that the seven month anniversary of the three mile a day challenge totally passed me by! (It was on Tuesday)

I’ve been shifting at The Express today with a bit of a late finish so it’s too late now but I’ll do a bit of a round up of the seven months on tomorrow’s post.

I have uploaded the Brighton finish to YouTube though for anyone who wants to watch it.

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Miles today: 3
Target: 648
Miles to date: 862.52

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