Meeting Ultra-Heroes

13/06/2015

Juneathon 2015 – Day 13

  • parkrun volunteer – no actual running, but did have the great pleasure to meet UltraBaby & UltraBoy
  • evening trail run – 5 miles

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Running Companions

11/06/2015

Juneathon 2015 – Day 11

  • 4 mile hilly trail run followed by 4X 20 sec uphill sprints

The deer in Knole Park were my run buddies tonight.

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Mud n Water

02/01/2015

Janathon day 2:

A six mile off road run this morning that was a combination of mud, more mud, ankle-grabbing brambles, and yet more mud. Brilliant!

Took advantage of an offer from Tonbridge swimming pool for a “2-month swim as often as you want” deal. To be cost effective I will need to swim at least 10 times before the 2nd of March. Hopefully that will be good motivation for me to get stuck into my least favourite activity.

For today’s swim I decided to do at least 10 lengths with full recovery between each lap. Not a hard decision, given I didn’t think I could manage a double length without alarming the life guards. After 35 minutes I had 20 lengths completed – I’m guessing any reasonably competent swimmer would have taken 6 or 7 minutes for that. Imagine then my surprise when I logged the swim on the Janathon group & found I was joint top of the leader-board. This may be because only 1 other person had logged a swim AND runningfree rounded up to nearest kilometre.

Probably fair to say that I will never be a good swimmer & I’ll always prefer a run or a ride or a paddle to a swim. But I’m going to crack on to see if I can get to the 400M necessary for a sprint Tri.


Cold and hard

18/01/2013

Most of the UK got a good covering of snow today but in Kent it was just a smattering. Having learnt my lesson yesterday, I made sure to get out while there was daylight. Road running seemed like a non-starter; too much ice on the back roads and pavements. Instead I hit the trails.

In large, the ground was very rutted and frozen hard. I had to go quite carefully to avoid twisting an ankle, even so it was a tough workout for the achiles tendons.

A 4.6 mile loop completed with no mishaps an a couple of stops for photos.


Moving targets

30/12/2012

Like many amateur sports-people, I try to find some time in the last few days of December to think about goals for the year ahead. I’m not a big fan of New Year Resolutions, but I do think it helps the motivation to have a list of targets to focus the training on.

The only organised event I have already entered for 2013 is the Tunbridge Wells half marathon in February. Oh, and I am also signed-up for & looking forward (in a masochistic sort of way) to the Janathon challenge

So far, my “wish list” for the year looks a bit like this:

  • Century Ride – Tonbridge Castle Ride in May might be a good option
  • A 2nd half marathon – much later in the year & hopefully at a more reasonable pace
  • A couple of trail runs – the Brighton Trailblazer this year was good fun. I’d like to do that 1 again + a longer, maybe 20K+, off-road run
  • Take some swimming lessons & complete a sprint-distance Triathlon

I would also like to get back to doing some kayaking, but I don’t think there will be time or budget for that in 2013.

Hopefully I can spread the goals out across the year. That way I will have a significant challenge to aim for every couple of months. Next step then, is to do some Internet surfing to find suitable events & dates.