Throw Back Thursday to HM PB

It’s been a particularly long week and while I’ve got a few runs in (some good, some not so good), it’s been difficult to do anything worthy of blog content.

So this week I’m going to settle for a Throw Back Thursday – to RunThrough Victoria Park Half Marathon in March 2018.

Low resolution retro

That race is still my Half Marathon PB – 1:22:48. I haven’t run many pure half marathons in the past year, with the focus on ultras. But now the sub-3 hour marathon training is back on there should be a few speedy half marathons along the way.

The North Downs Way 100 Miles – Coming Up

Here we go again. Tomorrow I’ll be running the Centurion North Downs Way 100. The 100 is a slight misnomer. The course is officially 103 Miles (165.762km!).

In the context of a 100 Mile race, an extra three might not seem like much more. But after 24 hours on your feet with no rest and 3,000 metres of climb, those extra three miles can be the difference between finishing or being cut-off by the time limits.

Checkpoints plotted for my Garmin

This will be my second attempt at a 100 Miler. The first was back at the beginning of May, at the Centurion Thames Path 100. I dropped out at mile 60, not because of any physical issue but because my mind wasn’t in it.

So no excuses this time. The weather is looking to be ideal. Around 23c, overcast and with a sprinkling of rain in the afternoon/evening to take the edge off of things.

Naomi will be meeting me at the 50 mile checkpoint and from then on will be attempting to make it via train to each of the following crew points where possible, with my parents joining at some point in the evening.

There’s a 30 hour cut off for this one, although the aim is to bring it in under 24 hours if possible. Failing that, just finishing will be fine.

I can’t really explain why I feel the need to do this, other than it’s there and waiting to be done. The same as with my sub-3 hour marathon attempts. There’s always something to be aimed for, whether it be further or faster.

I’m on a Podcast!

Oh yes indeed. When Simon Staples and Rob Cowlin asked if I wanted to guest appear on Episode 3 of Band of Runners I could hardly say no.

You can listed or download it directly at bandofrunners.podbean.com, find it on iTunes or have a listen on Spotify! The Spotify stream is embedded in the post below.

We have a chat about everything running, from race histories, favourite races, DNFs and upcoming 100 Mile Ultras. Have a listen!

Cotswolds Way 100km (DNF)

So the Cotswolds Way 100km has come and gone. With heat reaching 39°c it was brutal going and, ultimately, too much.

A DNF at the half way point was the end result. See my recap of the first 50km here!

Cotswold Way 100km 2019 – Here we go!

Here we go again! Tomorrow is the Ultra Challenge Cotswolds Way 100km. I first attempted this race last year and it was my first ever attempt at an ultra marathon. The weather was boiling hot, I wasn’t sufficiently prepared and I dropped out at 94km.

Not this time! I’ve run 24 ultra marathons since then, have plenty of experience of hot weather running (tomorrow is promising to be another scorcher) and I’m much fitter than last year.

I’m dialling down the kit I’m carrying this year. Having never run an ultra marathon before, I turned up at start with a pack stuffed with anything and everything. I now know what I need, what works for me and what’s just unnecessary weight.

I am however carrying poles with me for the first time tomorrow. I’ve not used them in a race before but the course has over 2,500 metres of climb and it will be a good opportunity to test them out in advance of the very hilly Centurion North Downs Way 100 Miles at the beginning of August.

Garmin Forerunner 645 Review

It’s finally here! My first gear review. I’ve worn the Forerunner 645 for over a year now, from 5ks to 100ks so I’ve had plenty of time to put it through its paces. Click the link here or select it from the drop down menu under “Gear Reviews” above to read my thoughts.

My new Forerunner 945 is arriving today, which promises greater battery life, advanced running metrics and on board, full colour maps. I’ll post a review of that once I’ve had the chance to test it thoroughly.