Rather damp underfoot for run #204

Damn I forgot my wetsuit

Damn I forgot my wetsuit



2 weeks of dry hot weather and boom down comes the rain

Slightly damp under foot 8km’s tonight for run #204

Total completed 1667km

Total remaining 1333km


Game of footy errr or water polo maybe

Game of footy errr or water polo maybe



A right pain in the backside, well the left actually (Week 19 review)

Weekly total 60km

Total completed 1088km

Total remaining 1912km

Total raised £1650

The week started really nicely with an 8km morning run in the sunshine, the perfect way to follow such a great bank holiday weekend. I backed this up with 2 6km runs in prep for my weekly 18km run home

I had woken up on the Friday morning with a dull ache across the base of my back as I had not done anything obvious to have caused an injury I put it down to sleeping funny, so I packed my kit and headed off to work. As the day progressed my back got worse and worse to the point where I had the water bottle off my bike full of hot water and strapped to my back this alongside some stretching in an empty office and a couple of hits of Ibuprofen did help to ease it off and so probably against every single shred of advice out there I headed off on my run home. I made sure that I had cash on me so I could jump on a bus or call a cab home should my back get too bad to run (see not completely stupid). The weirdest thing though as I started the run I grimaced like the way you do when you know that something is going to hurt but you can’t do anything about it, but there was no pain, nothing. As I progressed further and further into the run my back freed up completely and I ran a pretty easy 18km. As soon as I stopped and sat down though the ache came back so I ran a hot bath and soaked until the water cooled hoping that that would be an end to it

sciaticabodyUnfortunately the following morning the pain was still there so I made the decision to drop my runs down to 5km for the next couple and see how my back held up. But yet again as soon as I started running the pain just disappeared and then when I stopped it started to return. Over the next couple of days the pain started to be 90% focused on my left side running from the base of my back through my left buttock and down my leg giving me sharp twinges in my knee and calf and as soon as the pain reached my foot I realized that what I had done was inflame my sciatic nerve. I decided to start on some more focused stretching on that area and run through a course of Ibuprofen in an attempt to help bring the inflammation down. I found a great stretch online which I thought I would share with you as it really has had very quick results for me in easing the pain, so check out the link below:

The one really disappointing thing caused by this back pain was that I was due to go out on a really nice brick session with Karl Glendenning on the Saturday. A 30-40 Miles bike ride up to Southwell taking in Oxton Bank (a real leg burner of a climb) and then a 10km run up to either Mill Lakes or Bestwood park. But due to the fact that I have quite an aggressive setup on my bike meaning the ride had the potential to tear my back to pieces so I had to postpone that for another day 😦  gutted especially as it was set to be the maiden voyage for my new bike (this pic is before being setup btw).

Merida Race Lite 904

Merida Race Lite 904

One thing that I did see in regards to helping my back pain, which came as a massive relief was that one of the best things that I could do was to stay active. So while I was not going to do any long runs (18km/21km) until the pain had gone all together, it looked as though as long as I was running pain free the 6km/8km/10km runs were still ok to do … Phew massive relief. So I cut my Monday run form 18km down to 9km and headed into a new week optimistic that another potential injury banana skin has been successfully avoided and if not Carl Dunstan at A therapy will have to weave his magic and fix me …… Again!!

Oh and before I forget in my race to 275km this month with nachthawk I am sitting at 118km an avg of 9.07km per day putting me a tad ahead of target. If you want to know how Nachthawk is doing, well you will have to check out his blog 😉

Keep healthy and happy guys and speak again next week

The 1000th km week (week 18 review)

Total completed this week 70km

Total completed 1027km

Total remaining 1973km

Total raised £1650

Sorry this is late guys been super busy this week. So here we go, I started week 18 with one thing on my mind and that was to hit 1000km, running-wise nothing else mattered to me apart from that. I had targeted my Friday long run as the one that was going to take me there and so I really just concentrated on coasting to that run,  I even put my swim on the back burner for this week as I just did not want to take any risks. I have still been riding 25miles a day though as I find this really does help stretch out my legs after a run.

So I got to Friday with a couple of 6km and 8km runs, knowing that I only had to pass 14km to hit the 1000 goal and as I was running home on an 18km route I had to do it or sleep under a bush halfway home 🙂 . I got up in the morning feeling fit healthy and ready to go, this is the first run for a while now where I have been itching to get out there, yes I enjoy running but to be honest after 120+ runs on the trot it does sort of lose its shine. This though was different and I pretty much counted down the minutes from lunch until I finished work at 5pm. I got myself ready, stretched out and warmed up then headed off home. It was a great day for a run, dry and warm and as hoped it went 100% according to plan. I paused at 14km the magic 1000km done and took a rather sensible photo.

The 1000km of 365days3000km

The 1000km of 365days3000km

I then headed off to finish the final 4 km. When I got home I was greeted by Tash with a chilled bottle of Bubbly and a chocolate cake does it get much better than that?? Top tip though don’t rehydrate on Presecco you get rather drunk rather quickly, the cake certainly helped balance it out though 🙂

1000km, cake and bubbly oh yeah

1000km, cake and bubbly oh yeah

To follow I dropped in a couple of short 6km runs to get some strength back into the legs, with the intention of putting in another long run on the Monday. Slight change of plan though as we had a bank holiday here in the UK so my usual route home was a non-starter. Instead we spent a lovely day at Wollaton park (scene of run #1) https://365days3000km.wordpress.com/2013/01/02/first-run-of-365-and-what-a-way-to-start/  having a picnic and walk around the lake on a beautifully sunny day.

Lovely Picnic with tash and Harrsion

Lovely Picnic with Tash and Harrsion

As it had been pretty toastie during the day I decided to leave it until late in the afternoon and take a sunset run up to Mill Lakes, and what a great decision that was. The weather was perfect, not a breath of wind and the temperature had dropped enough so that it was a really comfortable run, and as a cherry on top of a fab day I had a great sunset as I circled the lake midway through my run.

Sun setting on Mill lakes

Sun setting on Mill lakes

As a little side note nachthawk (a fellow runner based in Germany) and I have agreed on a little challenge – to run 275km this month. This hopefully will push me on to be ahead of my required daily average by the end of the month. Click on the previous link to check out how he is getting on. So that’s me for another week better get out there for a run.

Hunting down 1000km with Team GB’s Mr G (Week 16 review)

Total completed 895km

Total remaining 2105km

Total Raised £1550

Well here I am in week 16 and hunting down 1000km, and with the end of the First quarter bearing down on me I have felt a little more pressure then usual to get myself back on track and either hit or get damn close to hitting that 1000km by the end of April. As it stands this will take a daily average of about 10km, so not impossible but I am not going to be too down on myself if I hit it a run or two after schedule. This though was the week were I planned to get some serious distance in. I am feeling pretty fit at the mo, the calf and ankle issues of last week are long gone and with the optimistic forecast weatherwise I am ready to take full advantage and hit it hard.

Highfields lake

Highfields lake

So start off as you mean to go on with a nice early morning 10km followed by a 6km recovery prep run with a view to adding my long run home back into the mix on the Friday, a nice 18km run which I can easily increase to a HM 21km if feeling fresh.The run went well but I took it at a very steady pace 9:46 min/mi / 6:04 min/km http://connect.garmin.com/activity/300196306 not only as I wanted to get this run in and by injury free and fresh for the remainder of the weekend, but I also had one eye on Saturdays run which was a 10km run up to Mill Lakes with Karl Glendenning a newly qualified member of the GB AG Triathlon Team, you can check out Karl’s journey to team GB qualification here at Turkey-here-I-come . So I got the run done, and I resisted the temptation to extend to the 21km and shut it down at 18km very happy that I finished injury free and with what felt like plenty of miles left in the tank hurray.

Saturday morning and I had to be up nice and early as Harrison had his swimming lesson booked in for midday and I had to take a morning ride up to Langdale Lightweights and meet up with Mick Green and Jayne Lloyd from The Karen Green Foundation, to not only pick up my Karen Green kit but also to record an update on how I am progressing with the challenge, which I shall post when it is finished being edited ( I think there were about 4 takes so the bloopers should be quite funny)

Karl Glenndening, Team GB Triathlete and Top Guy

Karl Glenndening, Team GB Triathlete and Top Guy

So kit collected and Harrison dunked in the pool, doing his first moving underwater release (I think it was more scary for me than him lol) I got myself ready for my 10km run up to Mill Lakes. My legs felt surprisingly fresh as we headed out on Run #110 on what turned out to be a really enjoyable 10km with Karl. Not that I should be surprised as he is a top top guy and as mentioned in Karls blog we basically discussed in what differing ways we are both falling to pieces and put the world to rights while running in the sunshine, does it get much better than that ?? I followed Saturdays great run out with a nice and steady recovery run bringing my week total to a pretty healthy 64km.

I finished off the week with a really nice chat with Nat Lucas from http://www.runningfreemag.co.uk/ who very kindly will be publishing the story of what I am doing, why I am doing it and helping me to promote the http://www.karengreenfoundation.com/  its due to be published in June. So I shall post it on here when it is out.

So then thats about it I am really happy with what I have done this week (64km)I am still feeling strong and fit so hopefully will smash it next week, have a coached swim session on Wednesday though must remember to eat this time lol. https://365days3000km.wordpress.com/2013/04/03/week-13-review/

Well that’s me thanks for checking my blog out and see you all soon.