Run #279 #BoosttheBirch

What a great day today a fab group run with family and friends, Great turnout from the guys at absolute tri and a massive £200 raised and lots of cakes eaten. Below is a photo of a great group of people and here is a link to a short video of the day filmed by Sam Woods, Thanks Sam 🙂



Total completed  2260km

Total remaining 740km

And the total raised so far is £2040.41


Half Ironman prep brick session for #220

Getting ready for the Vitruvian half Ironman at the end of the month and a solid prep brick session in the bag. A 50 mile ride out taking in Oxton bank, Southwell and Rufford Park followed by run #220 a 16km (almost) out and back to Wollaton Park.

Total completed 1807km

Total remaining 1193km

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)  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.

Week one review: This is going to be hard

Wow well that’s the first week done, well 6 days completed. Now the important stuff first

  • 52km completed
  • 2948km remaining
  • £1060 raised so far

I had spent the whole time since deciding to do this challenge dreading the first couple of months. Knowing that over the last couple of years January and February have been horrendous due to snow and ice. I had already mentally prepared myself with possibility of only being able to do the 5km min per day due to this and that I would probably be looking at heading into March maybe even April way behind schedule. Now this may still happen and I for one still expect a cold snap but to be ahead of schedule at the end of the first week and to have raised over £1000 has been a massive boost.

The build-up to the start of this has been far from perfect as I am sure you have read (you better have :-P) I had a Strain/Minor tear of Peroneus Brevis tendon in my foot which meant that pretty much the whole of December was wiped out No running and No Bike booooooo. The problem this caused was two fold not only did it mean I really fell out of the habit of getting out there and sweating, I also went through the temptation riddled Christmas period. People I have known for a while mention that I have lost weight, and I have. I dropped from 13st 2lb’s in 2010 down to 10st 10lb’s for the Outlaw triathlon in July 2012, but since then little by little it has snook back on. I know a lot of this has to do with not doing the level of training I was previously doing prior to the Outlaw and eating crap (Christmas). But to go from 10st 10lb’s to 11st 12lb’s in the space of 6 months is pretty bad. I read a statistic once that said when running the weight put onto your landing foot is tripled and I can honestly say I felt every single additional onze on the 1st January 2013 as I hauled my sorry ass up the hill at Wollaton Park.


That first run though was a great day and really was just what I needed to get me right up for the challenge, but because of that the following days run felt very strange. I am not really sure why as I probably do 90% of my running on my own and I quite enjoy plodding along listening to my music, but I did feel lonely whether it was just missing the banter and back slapping of the day before or just maybe hearing your own thoughts reminding you that this is what you are going to be doing for the next 363 days. I am sure that with time, getting into the right mind set and some banging tunes (feel free to add your favourite tracks to my playlist blog all will be ok. I am also very lucky that I have a long list of eager running buddies lining up to keep me company on those lonely long runs it will be interesting to see how long that list is should the snow start 🙂


As I approached the end of the week I really did start to feel the strain of running everyday. I am used to exercising everyday but usually this is split up between Swimming, Cycling and Running so that I am never overdoing a certain muscle group. But as I hit 3km on run #6 my legs just started screaming “no more we usually have a rest by now what the hell are you doing”. The pain was targeted very acutely on my Tibialis Anterior muscle and more worryingly more prominent on me right leg


Photo curtosy of

(SeeTurkey Trot post ) I managed to grit my teeth and bang in the remaining 4km, and after a nice soak and a good dose of deep heat my legs felt much better and more importantly no real tenderness on the shin bone, phew.

I think this is something I am going to have to get used to I have done an Ironman triathlon and Marathons and the intense training that comes with both, but it is now hitting home that I am really going to be putting my body through the mill with this and there are times where it is going to hurt. I do feel though that as long as I am smart with my distance choices, targeted lower limb strengthening (see lower leg exercises from Steve Lloyd of here ) and my recovery then I should be ok, well thats the plan 🙂

First run of 365 and what a way to start.

Firstly happy new year everyone and I hope you had a fantastic break.

So here we go and what a way to start. About a month ago two friends of mine Matt and James suggested I should have a launch run at Wollaton Hall for the first of my 365 runs. While I thought this was a good idea, I also had in the back of my mind right New Year’s Day equals cold and probably rain or snow and certainly hangovers a plenty, thus probably resulting in only me attending my New Year’s Day big send off. How silly of me to doubt my family, friends and fantastic club members at Absolute Triathlon.

Great support

The plan was to meet at Wollaton Park at 1pm (plenty of time to kill those hangovers) do a leisurely 2 lap run totalling 7 km and then reward ourselves with copious amounts of cake, tea, soup etc., there had even been mention of a generator, oven and sausage rolls….. Yummy. Now in the prep for this we assumed that Wollaton Park would be quite quiet considering the time of year, oh how wrong could we be. I turned into the park at 12:30 expecting it to be dead and it was rammed I don’t think I have ever seen it so busy. In hindsight I am not sure why we assumed it was going to be dead considering it was a bank holiday and the sun was out to really seal our doom. But hey it won’t be that bad I told myself we will just have to run around a few people and tweak the route slightly as I was pretty sure the narrow paths through the Gardens of Wollaton Hall wouldn’t take the massing general public and our band of 25-30 runners.
So we all met up wished each other a happy new year. loaded the boot of John’s car with the contents of what looked like a Women’s Institute afternoon tea party, took the obligatory snap and headed off.

Plenty of after run treats

Now this was set to be a nice gentle jog around the lake and deer park at Wollaton and for the most it was. Yes we were squeezed along paths, tripped up by dog leads and we had a few people get lost (I did provide a map) but it was great fun meeting up with good friends and family having a laugh, enjoying great scenery and the fresh air, that was until we got to me slight route tweak. In fairness to me at such short notice I am not sure how I could have done any different but my tweak took us down a path…… hmmm well mud slide really which I rather enjoyed but I think I may have been in the minority there. Now remember this is a 2 lap run so you can imagine how it was when we hit it for the second time. I am pretty sure some sparkly new Christmas trainers and kit got well and truly christened on that path. But after far too many mince pies, Christmas puddings, beige buffets and Chocolate devoured over the Christmas break creating a nice spare tyre around my waist (I was not alone 😛 ) I was finding this hard work but I slowed my pace and hauled myself up the hill towards the finish were we were greeted with a cheer from our wonderful support and the smell of hot sausage rolls …… Brilliant.

The Hill of Christmas treats

As I received my well-earned kiss and cuddle from my wonderful wife and Son and tucked into a selection of cakes, savoury treats provided by a great great group of people. I looked around and saw all the people that had taken time out of their holidays to come down and support me and Micks fantastic foundation I really did realise how lucky I am to have such a wonderful family and such a fantastic group of friends and that with that kind of support there is no way I can fail in this challenge…. Thank you all x

A top group

A great place to have the First of 365 runs.

So the time draws ever nearer. As mentioned before I am starting my Challenge at Wollaton Hall aka Wayne Manor on the !st of January 2013 at 1 o’clock and you are all welcome.

wayne Manor

So right guys this is the route for the first run of 365. Meeting at the carpark on the right of the Hall up by the yard at 1 o’clock. As mentioned before if we could look at doing the same as we did at this years Dambuster with people bring a selection of cakes etc plus some hot drinks (tea/cofee/soup) and then everyone can put in what cash they want and tuck into a nice bit of cake and a warm drink.

Looking at doing two loops so if you are doing 1 then save some cakes for the rest of us 😀

And I just want to say again how much all your support is appreciated and how bowled over I have been with the messages of luck from you all. Hopefully see loads of you there on the 1st, and have a great Christmas and New Years Eve.