Category Archives: Half Marathon

Do you to get fit to run, or run to get fit?

A question i often get asked is how were you able to run a Boston qualifying time in such a short period from beginning to run?

I guess there is no simple answer, but one that may be answered from the title of this blog post.

Whilst my level of fitness has increased during my short period of running in past 20 or so months, my fitness level must of already been at a good level to start from.

What i have used to measure my fitness improvement, are these two below:

  1. My VO2 max measurement
  2. My rest heart rate

My VO2 max has increased, which is one of the benefits of training for marathons and my rest heart rate has greatly reduced.

But both these figures can be improved without the need to run. You can swim, row or cycle. All of which would greatly improve your fitness levels without the impact to your joints caused by running.

As with all training to give you great results, you have to be consistent. Going for one long swim a week is not as beneficial as going 3 or 4 times a week and doing shorter swims. Little and often.

So for me, my running friends, you could say that i got myself fit to run and now i run to get fitter!

Below is my VLOG of Frankfurt Marathon, where i ran my first Boston Marathon qualifier time.

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Positive, humorous and inspires me to run!

Positive, humorous and inspires me to run. Not the kind of words i would associated with myself when i started running, or would of thought anyone would be saying about me!

Having only been running a short while, it still surprises me how much i inspire and motivate so many people from all sorts of backgrounds from around the world.

I often get private messages and some comment on my Social Media posts or YouTube VLOGs, but the other day i saw this on a blog post:

Here’s the link to a great vlog from the run guru, of Sunday’s race, which I’m excited to say I’m featured in!! If you don’t follow him on Instagram or youtube, go and do it now! He’s a really positive person, with a great sense of humor and really inspires me to run!

Unbeknown to me, when i collected my medal at the end of Reading Half Marathon last week, one of my Social media followers was one of the people i hugged and kissed!

Her name is Emma and you can read her full blog post of her experience at Reading Half Marathon “on the other side” here.

As you can imagine, having read her wonderful comments, it made me feel really good inside knowing that i have a daily positive impact in peoples lives.

Keep spreading the Guru love.

Below is the VLOG of the reading half where i fist met Emma, who then blogged about me.

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Reading Half Marathon 2017

On Sunday 19th March 2017, i ran my second Reading Half Marathon. Of all the half marathon races i have raced in, this is one of my favourites.

It’s one of my favourites for many reasons and here are a few reasons, why i love Reading Half marathon:

  1. Very well organised with easy access to and from start and finish with free buses from central Reading
  2. Massive turnout with approx 15,000 runners which makes it a great atmosphere
  3. Fabulous support around the course, which is a great help and motivation to keep us running
  4. Stadium finish at Madejski stadium, which is home of Reading FC and London Irish RFC.
  5. Epic bling and nice goodie bag
  6. Pacers in 5 minute intervals from 1hr 20mins

During this years race, most of my VLOG is interviewing some amazing people all running for different reasons and also one of the pacers organised by the race with the icing on the cake getting to meet Mr Madejski, Reading Lord Mayor and Iwan Thomas.

Hope you enjoy the VLOG below and please like and subscribe if you enjoy, as it means a lot to me. Thank you!

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How to run a sub 90 half marathon

If you have been reading my blogs for  a while, you may recall my last half marathon of the year last year was also my PB at the Keyworth Turkey Trot in December, where i ran as father Christmas and came in with an amazing time of 1:34 ish.

This year, i had my first half marathon at Hampton Court and second one a week later at Thorpe Park, with of which i came in sub 90, which i was soo thrilled about.

Hampton court was my fastest time so far at 1:25:40.

So how did i take off almost 10 minutes in just a couple of months? Will probably have to add some tips in my up coming book, Train Race Pizza.

The three magic ingredients!

See below the two VLOGs i had done for each race and they were both amazing!

 

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Are you up for the challenge? #runwithguru

For those of you who have been following me from the beginning of my running journey will know that when I run, I run for fun.

Also, I had set myself a series of challenges over 5 years to celebrate my 55 years on this earth and that I am happy to be alive.

It’s called #55alive and the challenge is simply to get everyone to be more active.

In just a short period of time, many thousands have already been inspired to be more active, not just physically, but also mentally.

As part of one the challenges I want to run with as many people as possible.

I have already met many of you, ran with many of you and eat with many of you.

In my life so far, i have been fortunate enough to have travelled to over 30 countries around the world and met some amazing people.

I want to combine this years travelling and I want to run with you all, wherever you are in the world!

Who wants to join me on this challenge?

 

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What happens when the PB’s stop?

Personal Best (PB) or Personal Record (PR) is something that i see across social media for many runners. For some, it is all about PB’s.

But what happens when you stop achieving anymore PB’s?

For some people i see posts on social media of great disappointment. Some even stop running.

For me, whilst achieving a new PB is great, its not all about PB’s. I mainly run for fun and it helps me feel good.

Below is my latest VLOG from my first Half Marathon race of 2017, at the original Hampton Court Half Marathon.

Hope you enjoy!

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1st Keyworth Scout Group Turkey Trot Half Marathon

Santa Claus is coming to town!

I think last Sunday i was the happiest runner in the world.

I was fortunate enough to take part in my first ever Keyworth Turkey Trot, which is a half marathon around the beautiful Nottinghamshire countryside. Little did i know how much i would have as i decided to run the race in full santa outfit. Beard and all!

The course profile is brutal with a 1300 ft ascent, so i had not plans on running my fastest half marathon simply because of the route, never mind being in a full santa outfit.

Barely 1 mile into the race, i could already feel the sweat pouring off me.

The crowd on the route were amazing with all cheering COME ON SANTA!

After getting over the first major hill at mile 3, i was feeling good, so i decided to start pushing the pace and even with all those hills, i managed to run my fastest ever half marathon with a time of 1:34.

Below is the VLOG of the race of which i would highly recommend. Great organisation, super support all around the course, and a great way to get ready for Christmas!

 

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Week Fifteen – Brighton Marathon Training

Following the joy of last weeks new PB for the Reading Half Marathon, with the icing on the cake of coming in a couple of minutes faster than Iwan Thomas, this week was mainly recovering and tapering and getting to meet one of the greatest running legends of my time, Seb Coe!

The Reading Half Marathon really did drain me both physically and mentally and the little voices in my head starting getting louder. Muscles and joints beginning to ache more than normal and the worry of what pace should I start the full marathon at.

Also, my fund raising has dampened my spirits somewhat as I thought running such an extraordinary distance by a newbie in his mid-fifties would inspire people to sponsor me….lets see how things progress, but so far was under £300 of a target of £1,000. You can Sponsor me here Just Giving.

I can’t control the fund raising, but I can control my training and running, so lets keep going!

Thankfully after seeing my Physio and also a great evening organised by Cancer Research UK, the voices are beginning to disappear and I am really believing now that I can do it. I can run a marathon! I will run a marathon!

The evening at Cancer Research, UK offices in London gave me the wonderful opportunity to meet Lord Seb Coe, who is the current President of the IAAF, who gave a packed audience some top tips on how to run a marathon, which you can see in the video below.

Also, Nick Anderson from Running With us, gave some excellent information on what to do a week before the race, on race day and after the race. Invaluable information, that will help us all.

The weeks training consisted of:

Monday: 20 minute rowing followed by 1hr 15 Ashtanga Yoga

Tuesday: 10km 52 minute run at 6am

Wednesday: 20 minute row followed by 45 minute spin class

Thursday: 15km 75 minute run at 6am

Sunday: 15km 78 minute run at 8am

This week may be tapering, but it felt tough possibly because of overdoing it on the previous Sunday and also the lack of sponsorship.

Till next week, hope you enjoy the below video of Lord Seb Coe giving some top tips on How to Run a marathon.

 

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Week Fourteen – Brighton Marathon Training

After last weeks longest training run on Saturday of 35km through the Malvern Hills in gusting wind and rain, it is with great relief that the tapering now begins.

For those who don’t know what tapering is, this is where the length of the training runs start to reduce prior to the main race. there is a science behind why this is done, but that will be for another blog post, or maybe even a YouTube video!

Still in Easter holiday mode, i was still in Ledbury till Tuesday after bank holiday, so my 10km training run was in Ledbury town itself. I wasn’t feeling it at all and felt very slow and cumbersome. I think the long run had really taken it out of me. The pace for the 10km was almost same as pace for 35km on Saturday before. What happened, what went wrong? Nothing. That’s just how it is sometimes. We accept it and move on.

Was it because i also missed my normal yoga class on a Monday evening or trip to my physio?

Wednesday back at work i felt so exhausted, i was advised to rest. So i skipped my usual spin class and rowing session and went home for an early nights sleep.

When i ran my route on Thursday morning, the pace was almost back to race pace and i felt good. Most of time it’s all psychological, not physical.

As i missed yoga on Monday evening i decided to goto Yoga class on Thursday lunchtime.

Sunday saw me do my last race before the BIG one at Brighton. This was the Reading Half Marathon and it was brilliant.

For me it was very hot, but a nice route and i goto meet British Athletics legend Iwan Thomas, which you can see it all on video below….. am soon enjoying the tapering!

 

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Week Ten – Brighton Marathon Training

Only 6 weeks till the big day!

The training is definitely stepping up a gear as the weekly ‘short runs’ of 10k are getting quicker, so i am running further to get the timed runs in and the longer runs are getting longer.

The training days have been pretty much the same as other weeks, which are namely:

Monday – Yoga night, although a slipped in a steady 20 minute rowing beforehand

Tuesday – Morning 10ish km as the mornings are getting lighter

Wednesday – 30 minute hard row, with a new PB of 6,400m

Thurday – Lunchtime run of 10ish km with Matt Richardson

Saturday – 26ish km long run around the Lickey Hills

Whilst the locations may vary week on week, depending where i am, the distances and times i try and keep the same.

This weekend i was with folks for Mothers day on Sunday, hence my long run on Saturday, so i could relax and have a lush lunch at posh restaurant with them.

Some significant happening that make the training more real was the arrivals of the bib numbers for the two half marathons i’m doing as part of my training. The North London and Reading Half marathons. These will be real tests on how my training has gone and to have the free run of closed roads.

Also i got myself a new gadget. The GoPro Hero 4 Session to hopefully record a lot of my training runs and maybe even the marathon itself. What do you think?

Below is the recording from my Tuesday morning training run. Enjoy!

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