Thursday, 16 May 2013
'The weather's fine' - Jeff Lynne
Errm, it wasn't sadly for 'The Race to the Stones' media day that I attended in Avebury yesterday (boy we got wet). It was however a really well put together day by 'Threshold Sports' and all sorts of press came to meet Threshold's Co-Founder, James Cracknell OBE, run some of the route and interview yours truly too.
Funny thing was that all of the reporters who ran were extremely good runners and the constant uphill of the course combined with a brisk 8 minute mile pace, made the interviews 'on the run' quite a huff and a puff, well for me anyway as my answers were a lot longer than the questions. It's hard to keep that macho-image of ULTRA-runner/Performance Coach in place, when you are blowing on the hills of the Ridgeway, I can tell you!
The race will be brilliant if the organisation is as good as the media day and it was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed it immensely. I'll keep you posted when the features are in print...
Monday, 13 May 2013
|Shagga - Mark Lewis-Jones|
It's long alright and I've been spreading the Coaching Gospel again today to more of my running congregation including TV&Film Actor - Mark Lewis-Jones. It's not everyday that you get someone who's been in 'The Game of Thrones' (as a character called Shagga) and who can run like the wind too...
He was awesome today in one of my MdS/Ultra-running clinics and showed great speed, strength and determination.... Something you can't act either and you've either got it or you haven't; luckily Mark's got it in spadefuls and MdS&ULTRAs will be a great next challenge for him after his recent marathon successes.
It made me think about my own marathon/ultra journey and how much I've been challenged by some of the mega-distance races I've run... positive stuff indeed and I'll be telling the press all about it at 'The Race to the Stones' media day on Wednesday.
It's all happening!
Saturday, 11 May 2013
'Time is a never ending journey' - Ronnie James Dio
I've had to give it time this week too as plainly I'm knackered still after the Neolithic Marathon of last weekend. I was going to go to the Rhonnda Rollercoaster Marathon today, but with the thought of the course profile (very hilly) combined with torrential rain at 6am this morning gave me no option of turning over and sinking into a deep and extended sleep in the warmth of my bed in Caerdydd.
I didn't stir much when Jenny went to Park Run (it was still tipping it down then) and I only came round when she returned just before 10am.
I really did need that rest and am taking it easy this weekend before getting back into some mileage next week. Maybe it's a sixth sense that's kept me running uninjured for nearly 20 years but sometimes you have to listen to your body and take-a-break.
Thursday, 9 May 2013
Seasons will pass you by - I get UP I get DOWN
It's all been about the legs for the past couple of days I can tell you as from going from no Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) on Sunday, I went to walking like Frankenstein's Monster for most of Monday and Tuesday. It was only an MdS Marathon Training Day, yesterday that got my legs turning over again properly and walking downstairs without that debilitating quad pain that makes it look like you've messed your pants.
I'm not sure the best answer was running another steady 26.2 miles BUT it did the trick and I thoroughly enjoyed my day with MdS#14 hopeful Colin Harper...(this man knows EVERYTHING about GPS btw) and we both enjoyed all the possible weather conditions Cardiff could throw at us during our run out.
The only problem I have encountered from these runs is that some of the skin on my feet is staring to shed and is it's proving a little painful around the toes right now, especially when they get wet. I believe it's a bi-product of the MdS and although the skin didn't blister, it gets damaged and worn out but needs 30 days to be jettisoned by fresh skin underneath which is fresh and more sensitive.
Well that's where my thinking is right now and I'm going to have to moisturise them to help speed up this process - has anyone else had this?
Monday, 6 May 2013
The closer you get to the meaning, the sooner you'll know that you're dreaming - Ronnie James Dio.
All Heaven and No Hell yesterday as I thoroughly enjoyed the Neolithic Marathon that went from Avebury on the trail, to finish at Stonehenge. In its 25th year, it was a great day out for Jenny and myself on one of the best organised Marathons you'll find.
I must say that I have felt a good race brewing and all of the hard training I have been putting on since the MdS really paid off. Being able to run ALL of the race including ALL of the hills (where I overtook loads of people walking) proved a real kick to the downhill sections I raced down and the long undulations across Salisbury Plain.
I managed an average 6.1 mph for the 26.2 miles and even clocked a negative split thanks to some great 80's from Sabbath along the way.
The 4.16 was a lot quicker than I could have ever imagined or predicted, and Jenny's 3:38 suggests an add on of 20-25 mins on a normal marathon time in my estimate and my 3:46 of 1998 shows just how fit I was back then in my sub 3:30 days.
Best bit is that my legs feel great today and I'm ready for more speed and more hills - bring it on.
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Saturday, 4 May 2013
'Imagination could make a man of you' - Belouis Some
It's all in the mind, this running lark you know and if you can only imagine yourself running well and fast it can help no-end with your performances (only 8 seconds outside my parkrun PB now).
This follows a couple of weeks of speed and interval training, and it's starting to happen for me at last and I'm now really looking forward to tomorrow's Neolithic Marathon; which I last ran in 1998 when I'm sure the race was in black and white!
We'll see if the training pays off and I'll be humming 'Stonehenge', (by the almighty Spinal Tap), all the way.
Thursday, 2 May 2013
'Real as any place you've been, get a life with the dreamer's dream' - Peter Gabriel
Well the day of rest didn't last and I felt really good last night and chalked up my second Power Hour of the week, this time lifting the speeds by 0.1kph. Not a quantum leap in the big scheme of things but psychologically it provided a big confidence boost to how my recent training is boosting my running performance.
The best part of the hour was getting into a really good rhythm after 40 minutes and I actually got a little lost in the run and I found myself 5 minutes further on in the session. Now that's a first as like EVERYONE who does this session, I'm a proper clock-watcher. Getting to the end of this hour, felt absolutely brilliant.
And that's why we run isn't it? Running doesn't have to be drudgery...no matter what session you are do.
More tomorrow and thanks to Peter Gabriel and STEAM for providing the music for tonight's run...(shook the Master's hand in 1978 at The Hammersmith Apollo)...