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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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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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