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Day 231: Sub 2hr the target………

Up early, hydration and big bowl of porridge on board and race prep done all before 8.15 so I had to sit and watch Sky Sports News for 45 mins before meeting at John Newtons house for 9 to walk down to the start for half 9, I don’t really get nervous because I am only competing with myself well I say that but old people and large women become my targets on the course!! ( I’m kidding actually I am not!!).

We started and I had decided to run at 9 min miles for the first 6 and see what was left in the tank but as I ran past the back of my house Sharon and Sarah and all the kids were waving banners and cheering loudly which was lovely I must have accelerated and ended up running the first miles in 8:40 I wasn’t feeling too bad at that pace ( although my cyber and occasional face to face bully Phil Rennie told me to “remove the handbrake as I ran past him at the mile marker!! Cheers for coming out buddy and don’t forget you promised to run it next year!!!) so decided to continue at that pace for as long as I could, this ended up being mile 9!! There was great support out on the course and as I approached mile 7 a pick up pulled along side me with the Lane brothers adding some “banter” to the run, I asked Tim if he fancied getting out and joining me but then I remembered he can’t run!! Good banter boys cheers for the support (genuinely!!). I turned into Charney Basset which is the 8 mile mark and there were the Wife and kids with lucozade and gels and huge cheers it is the best feeling knowing you family is on the course, i forgot to thank Poppy so ran backwards for 100 yards waving and bowing her kisses!!!

I turned into mile 9 feeling good but then the wind and a gentle but long uphill section started to take a toll on the legs and my pace dropped to a 9:15 pace which forced me to have a loud word with myself!! I won’t repeat what was said but it seemed to work as I picked my pace back up to sub 9 min miles for the run in!! I hit the Grove railway bridge hard and decided to push the last mile hard, turned the last corner and saw friends and family lining the finish straight so I managed a little sprint stopped the watch 1:56:46 smashed PB by 8 mins and sub 2hr Half in the bag!!

I would like to congratulate Tara, Tina, Emma on their first half marathons amazing achievement and some excellent times. John Newton on smashing his PB again ran the first 7 miles in 7 min per mile pace (proper athlete buddy!!) I had a lovely day with some excellent support from my family and friends Sharon you are ace!!

Miles today: 13.1!!!
Miles completed:772
Miles to go:323
Shoes: Saucony Omni 12

Day 230: Late or Early you decide!!

I finished Fridays run came in and downloaded the run and went straight back out for Saturdays run!! Running on a Saturday morning when people are coming out of the pub is always quite good fun with the looks you get from people!! In my younger days I would be looking at a midget running past at 12.15am like he was bonkers too or I would probably think I was hallucinating!! I was waiting for someone to say where are the other six or hows Snow White but all I got were the you nutter looks!!! Still nice run and now I get 32 hrs before I run again.

Went to bed and took Freddie over to Harwell to play in a friendly match. It wasn’t the teams best performance and it looks like they could do with a rest over Easter and come back refreshed and ready to smash the tournament season!! When I arrived at the ground Gary Rees was there and all he kept on about was Mcdonalds breakfast and this went on for over an hour (I think he may of had a hangover!!!) Although I may have persuaded him to come and watch the half marathon and come to the pub tomorrow!!

Lazy afternoon followed by carb loading for dinner and a supposed early night although I didn’t go to bed until midnight because I am a rebel!!

Miles today:3
Miles completed:759
Miles to go:336
Shoes: Saucony Omni 12

Day 228: Just can’t help myself!!

All a bit of a rush Thursdays as Sharon now swims and I have to coach the under 11’s so I have to try and squeeze a run in before wendyball, I had decided to have a couple of really slow runs running into the weekend as I have a half marathon on Sunday 9.30am start at Grove RFC finish at Grove Green by Churchward close approx 1:59:59 later!!! Then I will go home feed, shower and go to the Bay tree pub for lunch and beers please come along to support and for a few beers afterwards!!! The problem I have at the moment is I have found it more comfortable to run at 8.50-9.00 pace and seem to struggle at a slower pace so I just can’t help running quick (not compared to some athletes John Newton smashing the 7min per mile barrier!!). Compared to the pace I was running 7-8 months ago I feel faster, leaner and actually feel fit.

The weather has been good and the nights light and it is so less depressing to run in daylight than dark, turgid and cold evenings. Only 137 days left of this challenge you will be glad to hear.

Miles today:3
Miles completed:753
Miles to go:342
Shoes: Saucony Omni 12

Day 227: Keep on running!!

I had decided to have a nice slow 3 miler as part of my preparation for Sundays half marathon, I set off planning 9:30 miles I felt ok and then actually felt good I ran a similar route to yesterday at the start thinking a run up to Denchworth bridge and back would be as John Newton said good mental preparation for the finish but I thought I ran that yesterday so I went into Grove cemetery ran over to a friend of ours mums grave said hello and ran back through the village. The legs felt good so I decided to run out to the volunteer pub and back, I was trucking along nicely at my half marathon pace and passed the 3 mile mark and felt brilliant, I stopped for a chat with Ash Lane as he was coming out of the petrol station and then continued on my merry way. I ran 5 miles at 8.57 which is slightly faster than my intended half marathon pace. A good run!

Miles today:5
Miles completed:750
Miles to go:345
Shoes: Saucony Omni 12

Day 226: Parents Evening!!

I had parents evening for the 2 youngest tonight so left work a little early(not too early!) as I like to leave it tight as timings are never my strong point!! I went home got changed and we arrived just about on time, a good meeting with Freddies teacher and listening to her I feel he may have inherited some of my genes not the naughty ones just the day dreaming ones ie there is always something better going on than what I am currently doing genes!! He is a bright and intelligent boy just like me!! but he tends to dream a little and unless something really grabs his attention he will do just enough, I could do what a lot on facebook tend to do and just report what is said but I am reporting what’s in between the lines!! He will do just fine in my opinion and hopefully unlike yours truly he will use his intelligence and be very successful!! Although I am moderately successful and I am lazy!!

We then went to Poppy’s class to visit her teacher and she is doing very well and she is very attentive and caring I know this because she wrote a note to her teacher saying she so so so so so so so so so so so loves her! Poppy is a very sweet little girl when she wants to be but when she’s in a mood whoa look out!! Proud of the kids today well done.

My run tonight was a quick tempo run which I really enjoyed and at the moment I am surprisingly totally enjoying running, I am injury free and reasonably fit so PB for the half marathon could be a possibility 2:04 is my current and I am aiming for sub 2hr!!

Miles today:3
Miles completed:745
Miles to go:350
Shoes: Saucony Omni 12

Day 213: 10k PB!!!

Tonight I decided that I was going to go for a 10k PB, now this usually involves me thinking about it and then not bothering!! Well I even posted it on Facebook to garner some response, then spent around 55 mins getting ready to run which Sharon regularly reminds me that it takes me hours to get ready I can now confirm that it doesn’t it takes me 55 mins

Set off went hard for a couple of miles and then just carried on and ran fairly consistently after the 1st two!! I unbelievably ran 8:21 on average which was really pleasing and now perhaps my calf is fully fixed.

miles today:6
miles completed:706
Miles to go:389
Shoes: Omni saucony omni 12

Day 212: Under 400 miles to go but still got 153 days to run!

I made a mistake yesterday there was something exciting I went under 400 miles to go, although mileage is irrelevant it is still a good for milestones!! I decided to have a slow run tonight but stay around the 9:15 per mile pace and was actually quite consistent, I am actually really enjoying running again after 2 months of a painful and tight calf muscle, Louise cured this a couple of weeks ago and I am just starting to find my stride again, I still think a sub 2hr for the Vale of Whitehorse half maybe a bit soon but I’ve got a couple of weeks to go so who knows!!

I am a bit shocked that in a world where we seem to be able to do most things that we can find a very large aircraft!! The conspirasy theorists have gone mad and I am loving some of the things people are saying (although at the same time appalled that the families are being rather messed about by the Malay authorities!!) one example is that it is similar to the TV series Lost where a plane crashed on an island populated by polar bears and a smoke monster…. it is also the programmes 10th anniversary this year spooky.

Anyway good run tonight!

Miles today:3
Miles completed:694
Miles to go:395
Shoes: Saucony Omni 12

Day 211: Deeply uninteresting!

Today was as dull as dishwater, not entertaining in fact I can’t think of an exciting or amusing thing that happened! Still I went for a run and quite enjoyed it!! Also my shortest blog ever!

Miles today:3
Miles completed:697
Miles to go:398
Shoes: Saucony Omni 12

Day 210: Sunday run with the family!!

Its Sunday and the sun has set on one of the best six nations that I can remember, fair play to Ireland and Brian O’Driscoll a legend in the game and a fantastic ambassador for rubgy. I woke this morning a little jaded but not too bad having been to the club to watch the Ireland v France game and ended with another impromptu curry with Lee and Claire again!! Sammy had wendyball this morning and another important game in our league challenge we currently lie in second place in the league unbeaten having played 2 won 1 drawn 1 so it was important to keep our momentum and win.

The boys have become a really tight unit with each player knowing his job and the game plan, they have improved massively and when at the top of their game are unstoppable we have since before Chrismas played 5 won 3 drawn 1 and lost 1 and that was in the cup against a team in the league above who we should of beaten!! Who would have thought that after the winter league when we played 5 lost 4 and drew 1!!!

The game kicked off and Quarry ran the ball from deep and should have scored when no Grove player thought it important to make a tackle!! A bit of loud and firm encouragement from me made it clear that wasn’t acceptable!! We then took control of the game and scored a couple of quick goals Owen Maynard and Jack Blake scoring (you are going to have to forgive me I can’t remember all the scorers as it was last week!!) The boys then kept on attacking causing massive panic in Quarry defence with Jamie Dawson in particular all over everything, When Quarry did break the superbly efficient Ben Hadley tidied up and sent the midfield on there way again, Sam North scoring(thats my boy!!) and Jack getting another ( I think!!), Quarry managed to score a lucky goal from the very good number 7 they had.

The second half I told the boys the job wasn’t done and that they had to go out and play like they were behind, they didn’t and within a minute Quarry no7 had set up another goal and it was 4-2 and Grove started to look a little shaky and Quarry were playing some nice wendyball but very good defending from the back 3 of Dylan, Ben and Luke kept the game in check, a couple of substitutions and we managed to regain control and Rueben scored shortly after we notched another (told you I’d forgot!!) to end the game with another 6-2 win!! Good work boys!

I decided to go for a run and Sharon suggested that they all go for a bike ride with me while I run, now the last time I did this I spent more time waiting for Poppy than running!! I was informed that Poppy had worked hard on her cycling technique and was determined to keep up “I’ll be ok Daddy don’t worry!!” So we set out and true to her word her little legs were a blur and she kept up for the 1st mile and a half and then we had to stop for road crossings, this time it was Sharon who was struggling “I feel sick, my legs ache!!” but she manned up and we had a lovely afternoon in the sun. Home for tea and some well earned cider!!

Miles today :3
Miles completed:674
Miles to go:401
Shoes: Saucony Omni 12

Day 208: I am far from ok!!

I really really hurt today after all my years in sport I really should have known that its 2 days after that the pain kicks in!! Legs, shoulders, neck and my right nipple!! I have just seized up, age does catch up with you!! I was dreading running today as I was struggling to walk!! I hobbled about site today avoiding ladders and stairs but managed to get through like the hero I am (man up etc etc!!) I managed to run but was unable to accelerate at all!!

We had a nice evening and all had dinner together and then watched the TV and drank a few ciders!!

Miles today:3
Miles completed:688
miles to go:407
Shoes: Saucony Omni 12