Run #243 Run leg of the Vitruvian

Vitruvian Medal

Vitruvian Medal


The Vitruvian half Ironman done and a nice handy 21km’s in the bag

Total completed 1967km

Total remaining 1033km


From Pink to Green (Week 20 review)

Weekly Total 59km

Total completed 1147km

Total remaining 1853km

Total raised £1650

Sorry guys have been so busy this week, cannot believe it is Thursday already. Right so what happened last week.

Thankfully the issues I had the previous week with my sciatic nerve have finally gone, the combination of some great stretches and a course of Ibuprofen did the trick so massive phew. So with my back issues behind me (pardon the pun) I pressed on with getting some more km’s under my belt, with the intention to once again log a long run on the Friday. This Friday run has become very important in keeping me in touch with my target pace, and in fact this week would take me just ahead of where I need to be. This weeks run though was critical as I knew that a long run next Friday would be a non starter as I was flying out Friday morning to Dublin on a 3 day stag do, so runs while there are going to be interesting and 5km’s.

But anyway back to this week, I had an extra little spring in my step for Wednesdays run not only had my back problems cleared 100% but my eagerly awaited Paul Smith Giro d’Italia Maglia Rosa had been delivered that morning and I had been sent a photo by Tash that had teased me all day.

Paul Smith box

Paul Smith box

So when the clock ticked over to 5pm that was me off straight into my runners and gone. I polished off the 8km run home via highfields park and claimed my prize, and an 8km run home is far easier than having to lead the GC at the Giro or even do a stage (see below)

Giro d'Italia Stage 19 Profile

Giro d’Italia Stage 19 Profile

So Fridays run was completed a nice 21km in a very unspectacular 1:58:14 with no real issues at all. It was not until I headed out on my subsequent recovery runs on Saturday and Sunday that I realised that I had probably burnt a few to many matches over the past couple of weeks. I think with having my focus diverted slightly to this 275km monthly challenge with Nachthawk I had pushed a little too hard. I had already banked 180km so far in the month, at an average of 9km’s per day and it was starting to take its toll. I decided that for the following weeks runs I would back it off a little and drop down to 6km and 8km max runs and try and get some gas back into the tank.



So next weeks runs are likely to be on the shorter side but with a 3 day stag weekend in Dublin I am pretty sure there are going to be some interesting runs and stories to follow so tune in next week.

Week 9 review The Tortoise and the Hare rant

Total completed 514km

Total remaining 2486km

Total raised £1335

A week of milestones this week, firstly the end of my second month, and a month were I managed to hit 254km at an average of over 9km per day, this was not only a massive boost to moral but it also helped me to pull back the deficit I had built up over a very hard January. Add to this the edition of a 21km long run once a week which has really given me a solid platform to start and edge ahead of my target pace taking the pressure off my midweek runs. Week 9 also saw me getting past the 500km mark, bang on schedule which was such a great feeling and a distance that felt a million miles away during January. The rest of the week has gone without any major problems and as always I have had great support from people all over the world (quite scary really) but I would just like to make a special mention about a top guy Dan Wymer who is doing a plank a day in support of my challenge. He has already hit a mightily impressive 3min 30 seconds and done 63 planks. You can check him out on twitter at  and on his blog at  Big thanks Dan

Now I have noticed a few things while out running this week and I am going to take this opportunity to have a bit of a moan. Now before you read any further I just want to make if perfectly clear that I am not a bike or a running snob and I don’t for one second think I am a great runner (far from it) and I am not a super quick cyclist I hold my own in both areas but that is about it. But there are things that have happened for a while during my commute on the bike and now with my running that I just want to share with you all.

Right I hope you are sitting comfortably its time to vent my frustration

Photo Courtosy of Digitaldreamsintl

Photo Courtosy of Digitaldreamsintl

Let’s just call this little rant “The tortoise and the hare”. This is something I have come across a lot while on the bike and something that really does get on my nerves. You can be happily coasting along in no particular rush, just enjoying being out on the bike when you suddenly hear huffing and puffing and panting coming up behind you and no I don’t mean the big bad wolf or someone practicing for a late night telephone call, but someone going as fast as they can possible go with the sole purpose of overtaking. Now I know I am a target for this as I am on a road bike, I shave my legs and I wear full a lycra cycling kit, but please if you are going to go past me (and that’s fine when I am not racing) at least maintain your speed, don’t go past give me a look to say YES !!! I overtook you in all your fancy kit etc. (like I care) and then because you have emptied your tank doing it slow down to a crawl, it is not only really annoying but bloody dangerous. So as happens nearly every time because I am holding a nice steady pace I coast past them, only for them to do the exact same thing 1 mile later when they hit a downhill section grrrrrrrrr. Are you not allowed to have a nice relaxing ride if you wear lycra without idiots thinking they are on a stage of the tour de France?

A marked man

A marked man

Now as I said I have had to deal with this for some time now on the bike and I have gotten pretty used to it (still really annoys me though) but I was really surprised when it happened to me the other day while I was running.  I was happily plodding along on one of my recovery runs (so super slow 10 -11 min mile pace) When I spotted a chap probably about 500m ahead of me, over the next couple of mins I caught him up and went past smiled wished him a good morning and continued on my run. No more than 30 seconds later whoosh he decided that he had some points to score and roared past me, and yep you guessed it no more than 50meters further ahead he couldn’t breathe anymore so he had to stop and walk, so with no change in pace I plodded past him and yep 5 mins later I could hear his thuds and panting drawing ever closer and I just shook my head as he went past me again, this time with not quite the same vigor as before but yep you guessed it about 50 meters up ahead he had to stop again this time to do his laces while sounding like he was about to die hmmmmmm, and no this guy was not interval training because there had been no change in pace the whole time I had been following him. Thankfully I was near the end of my run so turned off before the whole cycle started again, I don’t think my chuckle muscles could have taken another direct hit. As I stretched out I watched him settle down into a nice sensible pace and continue his run, well that is until he finds his next victim Mwhahahaha

Now I suppose I should take it as a compliment that people think that by cycling or running past me they are, I don’t know what they think they are doing, winning something? Point scoring? or just saying hey I don’t need fancy kit to be as fast as you (and you don’t I am not that fast). The problem is that I don’t care I am out riding my Bike and running for fun, because I enjoy it and it keeps me fit and healthy and allows me to have that naughty extra piece cake.  Yes when I am racing I hate being overtaken and I will chase a spec in the distance down if it kills me. But when I am out enjoying a nice run or ride, that is exactly what I am doing relaxing, having fun, enjoying myself. So if it is you that feels the need to do this then please stop it and just enjoy your running and Riding. Yes you are right you don’t need fancy kit to run or a fancy bike to go for a ride, so just enjoy being outside and getting fit and if you can’t then please go and race/point score with someone else.


The Muppets

The Muppets

Rant over and breathe………………

So week 10 beckons and I am really looking forward to it, as I have the Clough and Taylor Peoples 10km race which is at Donnington park race circuit (how cool is that), it is going to be so hard not to make racing car/bike noises as I go round the circuit lol. Speak next week and remember just enjoy whatever exercise you are doing isn’t that why the majority of us do it anyway?

Return to the scene of the crime (Week 8 review)

 Total completed 440km

Total remaining 2560km

Total Raised £1305

So today was the big 50 and time for a bit of reflection. It does seem very strange to look back and think that I have now run for 50 days straight, and while there have been days were I have been very low due to fatigue and minor injury, my body is still not telling me that I have run 50 days straight and 400+ km . I just think to myself wow isn’t the body an amazing piece of kit, I have gone from hobbling through 5km, to back to back double digit runs and half marathon distance runs without too much negative impact. Yes I am running at a pretty slow pace, most 5km runs are completed in around the half hour mark when my pb is 19:02 and the single half marathon distance I have completed was in 2:17:19 compared to my pb of 1:47:50. I have found it hard to reign myself in especially as I have started to feel stronger but I just have to keep telling myself it doesn’t matter how fast or how slow I run this 3000km, it is going to take 365days so there is no point in going for pb’s and burning out, or worse.

Run #51 was a regulation 8km run but took me to 400km completed, another great milestone as every 100km passed is. I followed this with a couple of easier runs both in distance and pace with the knowledge that I was doing my long run not on Friday evening this time but a 15km group run on Saturday with the great guys of Absolute Triathlon Club. I have been really looking forward to this as not only is it great to meet up with all the familiar faces but also some of the new guys that have joined for their first tastes of Triathlon. The run as mentioned at the end of my last weekly review was along the River Trent and around the regatta lake at Holme Pierrepont. This is a great flat run but a course I have not revisited since the Outlaw Triathlon last year. Back then this course nearly broke me, well the course didn’t a nutrition plan, that due to a broken bike computer descended into guess what mile I’m on, nearly broke me but that’s a story for another day. Either way lapping that regatta lake did not bring back happy memories (finishing it did).

The dreaded regatta lake

The dreaded regatta lake

Tash had decided to come along with Harrsion for a walk along the run route and we headed off. We got to the meeting point a great pub called the Poppy and Pint and met up with a few of the people who had braved the weather to come and run with me. It had been forecast to snow that day and yes there was a little flurry of snow in the air from time to time but it was in fact a perfect day for a run, a slight breeze, broken sunshine and about 3c …….. Nice.

Karen Green Foundation

Karen Green Foundation

So I said my goodbyes and we headed out towards Holme Pierrepont and as expected I got caught up in the whole thing and shot off with the pack at about 8min pace far far too quick. So I slammed the brakes on and settled into a nice easy pace with a couple of friends and enjoyed the scenery, weather and company. As we approached the regatta lake I readied myself for the wind that usually hits you like a wall on the back straight but it was nowhere to be seen or is that felt (not sure you decide)…. Phew, I pounded out two laps of the lake with Nick, Dennis, Matt and Ali and then headed back to the Poppy and Pint to meet up with Tash, Harrsion and the others, feeling surprisingly fresh but more than ready for a well-earned pint.

While there I met up with Jayne from the Karen Green Foundation who took the above shot and filmed a short interview which I have posted below.

I finished the week off with a couple of nice recovery runs and if all goes well, next week should be the week were I edge ahead of my target pace …… Fingers crossed.