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.

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!

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.

Running Transformations

As in the “About me” section, I ran Brighton Marathon in 2014 with absolutely no training. “Run” is probably generous, as it was more of a stagger, hating every single step so much that afterwards I threw my running shoes away and didn’t run a single time for the next three and bit years.

In 2014 I was the largest I’d ever been and my mental health was all over the place. So one weekend in 2017 I bought a pair of running shoes, went out for a run and collapsed in a heap. Then signed myself up for a number of races to make sure that I kept on going out.

2017 to 2019

The first photo is from one of those early races in 2017. I’d already lost a lot of weight by then and in my head I was at the top of my game, fit and slim (which relatively speaking, I was). Two years later, I know how wrong I was.

When I ran that half marathon in 2017 I don’t think I’d ever even heard of an ultra marathon. I certainly had never contemplated one and would have thought the idea of ever doing so was absurd.

Over the past 12 months I’ve run 24 of them (soon to finish my 26 ultras in 52 weeks), including 10 on 10 consecutive days. Goes to show there’s always something more to aim for.

Running is great for my physical health but essential for my mental wellbeing. I’m incredibly lucky that I found it and that I have those who relentlessly support me in it.

Holiday Running on the Jurassic Coast

I’m on holiday! Which is just an excuse to run in different scenery – in this case the Jurassic Coast.

The scenery here is stunning. It’s really made we want to run the Ultra Challenge Jurassic Coast 100km next year.

It’s also given me a chance to do some extra testing of my Salomon Sense Ride 2s – still trying to decide between those and my Nike Terra Kiger 4s for the Cotswolds Way 100km in a couple of weeks.