Come Snow or Shine

Mike's Progress
Hi everyone! Happy New Year and hope you are all still sticking to those resolutions?! January has been a good month for me on the training front – I’ve started my early morning routine which is the preparation proper for Endure24 in June. This involves getting up at 5:15 every work day and rotating between a 10k and a 5k with weights each day and using the weekend as rest days. I’ve also...

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New Year Goals

Mike's Progress
Happy 2017 everyone! So, I made it through Christmas and am now 3.3kg heavier than 1 month ago. I suspect that the damage from my excessive chocolate/turkey/whisky/beer diet would’ve actually been considerably worse had I not managed to get so many runs in! To add some context – I work in the events industry and in the 2 weeks running up to Christmas I was at about 8 Christmas parties of varying...

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Post-Holiday Run

Charlotte's Progress
OK so I found out over the last week that even if you go on holiday for a short time, if you don't run then it is going to take time to get back up to the pace you were at. The reason that this surprised me is because it wasn't exactly a lazy trip. We walked over 50 miles during our time away and yet it still didn't help. I get back after 7 days away from running, count that, seven days! Only to...

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Cold & Old

Mike's Progress
So in my last blog I had loads of plans about where I'd be by the end of November and it's safe to say that I've achieved none of them! But it's OK - this always happens to me - I've never yet had a training plan that goes according to the plan! My view is that keeping going in these tough months is what builds the resilience you need for distance running, after all a mile is still a mile however slow...

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Winter is coming!

Charlotte's Progress
With the winter nights drawing in very quickly, my motivation really does start to dwindle and today I realised one of the possible reasons why. It doesn't matter how far or how fast I run the winter seems to be out to get me! No joke, the better I get the colder the weather gets and it honestly feels like there is a little weather man somewhere laughing at me! But I have come up with a solution,...

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The Power of a Good Outfit

Charlotte's Progress
One thing I will say about clothes is that they can have a lot of power. I know for a fact that this isn’t just a female thing after watching my husband preening in the mirror about how good he looks now that he is running and in all his new running gear. That being said, what you wear can have a massive impact on your attitude to the run and the way in which you run. For me it started with...

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Treadmills Aren’t So Bad

Darren's Progress
If there is one question that (in my limited experience) divides runners into two camps, it's this: Do you prefer to run indoors or outdoors? Anyone I've asked has usually given a strong response in favour of one over the other - I don't recall one reply being ambivalent or saying both are fine. Perhaps this is an opinion that gets formed after some time and experience in running, and becomes cemented...

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The Story So Far

Charlotte's Progress
I am not a runner. At least that is what I told myself for a very long time. I was never the kid at school enjoying running or exercise. In fact on one occasion I actively avoided cross country for three years. I just wasn’t that kid. Even into adulthood I wasn’t really an exercise person, it took some serious encouraging from my ex-partner to convince me whilst at university to start cycling...

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Ramping Up

Mike's Progress
OK, since my last blog I've been steadily stepping up the distance and have managed four 10ks, multiple 30 min runs and one 10 miler plus I'm managing to average 3 runs a week. Well that was up until this week where a combination of a work trip to Vegas and man flu have restricted me to just one wobbly treadmill run. Running on a treadmill in Vegas is hugely intimidating - surrounded by the perfectly...

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I ran a 10k… and it nearly killed me

Darren's Progress
Getting started is tough. In my first blog post I made the decision to run - no matter how hard it was going to be. I'm overweight, unfit, and quite lacking in time, but I need to do this. For my health, for my mental wellbeing, for having an extra 20 years of life (with chronic knee pain, I'm sure!). When I first started this challenge, the best I'd ever done was a 5k solid, and that was in perfect...

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A Polar Bear’s Dream

Mike's Progress
So in my last blog I hit my target of 4 miles in 30 mins (inc a 3 min walk), and so this month has all been about getting outside on the roads again or adding a bit more distance. The weather has turned a little which is great news for those of us with pasty white skin that like to run longer distances. As I'm stepping up training now I thought I should really replace my shoes. My Saucony Rides...

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Cracked it!

Mike's Progress
Challenge completed! 4 miles in 29m and 58 seconds with a 3 minute walk at start. So my last few blogs have all been about stagnant and sometimes backwards progress but this one is much better! Although not all plain sailing! I was supposed to go for a long run on Thursday with a friend but he had to cancel so I went back to my treadmill challenge. Now I've entered for endure24, time to get back...

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I am Unfit

Darren's Progress
They say confession is good for the soul, so here goes. I am unfit, and I've been this way since I could remember my body. I was always big - a product of 'feeder' grandparents who always offered me food, and a lack of interest in physical activity when I was younger. In school, my P.E. classes were something to avoid, not embrace. The only sport I ever enjoyed was badminton, but that was only ever...

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The Fat Running Giraffe

Mike's Progress
So still going on my 30 minute challenge and it's been a tough few weeks. Trying to get up at 5:15 and smash out a sprint before work with a 7 week old baby is proving to be tougher than I thought! (For those that don't know the challenge is 4 miles in 30 mins with a 3 minute walk at the start.) As you can see from the times below I've only managed one 30 run over 3.5 miles in the last month but I...

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Failure is fun!

Mike's Progress
Guest Post by Mike S Hi everyone, so I'm still going with my 4 mile challenge (4 miles, 30 mins including 3 mins of walking.) I'm going to be completely honest and say things have gone backwards but I do have some good excuses! By last time I'd gotten up to 3.92 and looked like it was any day now that if get to the target. Then life got in the way and along came the latest addition to our family...

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Project ‘Leg-it’

Mike's Progress
Guest Post by Mike S I'm expecting a new son this year (we already have a 3 year old daughter) so I've decided to put my long distance training on hold as I simply don't have the time needed to go for the long training runs. So I ate a lot of chocolate, drank a lot of beer and got pretty fat for a while. Then, after a few unsubtle hints from the wife I decided to set myself a new challenge (the aforementioned...

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