NDW50 Wk 14: Chocolate covered coffee beans to the rescue (wc 13.02.17)

What am I doing?

21 miles, 3:31:36, 10:05 min/mile, 1,880ft elevation gain

Early Saturday morning fuelled with coffee & oatmeal I headed out to explore another section of the North Downs Way. My aim is to have covered as much of the 50 mile route before race day as possible. I hope that a knowledge & understanding of the route will be a massive phycological boost. (Although sometimes I wonder if knowing about the hills in advance really is worth it…)

Simply put, this was one of the most challenging & hardest runs I have ever done.

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Where it all begins…

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NDW50 Wk 12: Mud ‘n’ Hills (wc 30.01.16)

So, so much mud…!

I heart parkrun…

Roundshaw Downs parkrun, 5km, 24:04, first lady, 7:51 min/mile

My next phase of training starts on Monday, I can’t believe I’m six weeks down already as it still doesn’t quite feel real! During the next phase Bea has me focusing quite a lot on heart rate training, this is a way of running pretty new to me but is aimed at getting me running longer with less effort (& I suspect it will tell me I’ve been running too hard & fast so far…!) Continue reading

NDW50 Wk 10: Oh so cold (wc 16.01.17)

A cold sunrise

7.2 miles, 1:00:00, 8:14 min/mile, 190ft elevation gain

I couldn’t make the Striders Wednesday evening run this week, so I did my own 60 minutes group two paced run around the streets of Croydon! And I was pretty much bang on target!

One of the things I like about running with the faster group on a Wednesday is that it pushes me to run outside my natural comfort zone in a way that I don’t when I’m running solo. I know I am capable of the speed but by myself I often struggle to push myself to that slightly faster pace, its very tempting to ease off when it begins to feel a little difficult, running in a group it’s hard to do that.

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NDW50 Wk 9: The tough one’s make you stronger (wc 09.01.17)

Tube strikes don’t stop runners!

7.2 miles, 1:04:54, 8:57 min/mile, 170ft elevation gain

What do you do when there is a tube strike & unusually you need to get to several places in London in one day… If you’re a runner, you run!

Combined my recovery run into a run commute today to save time & run some London based errands. First stop was dropping some camera kit off with a supplier in Vauxhall. That bit I did by bus, didn’t really fancy running with £5,000 kit on my back… Continue reading