Day 85

Run Update: So far this year I’ve ran for 85 days, covered 665.46km, I have 2334.54km still to run, I’ve burnt over 40,000 calories during my runs, I’ve added 8 medals to the collection and broken my half marathon PB, which now stands at 01:22:05. My 10k PB still remains at 38:52, which is proving difficult to beat as the tails of this weekend will highlight.

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So this weekend was a double whammy – driving over 500 miles to Manchester for the Run Expo on Saturday, and then back down to Devon for Exeter’s Age UK 10k was tiring; my mind, body and legs were not really in the right place to give it my all, but I soon warmed up. It was more than worth it. Apologies to all of those at the finish as I threw up immediately after crossing the line, not pleasant, should have probably had less energy gels.

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This was a great event, although not as big as I had anticipated the gear was great, and I managed to bag a few bargains. My new, during race compression sleeves look snazzy and they really work. I ran with them on Sunday and my calf tiredness was substantially reduced. Just need some for my quads now. I also found some great ZipFit deals, with a bag of goodies consisting of energy gels, bottle, protein bars, energy bars, and all sorts of supplement pills. £10 not bad.

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The highlight and the main reason for going along was to listen to Jo Pavey. A fantastic inspiration and an incredible person… to hear her talk about her training routine was eye opening and highlights the differences between casual/fun runners, and the elite – plus she is over 40. I have a lot to live up to.

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I ran this event after a long weekend but finished 30th out of around 900 with a time of 39:41 so not great but I’ll take it. Respect to those finishing in under 34 minutes, incredible. I shall be running this again. If anyone wants a link to the next years event here it is.

http://www.ageuk.org.uk/exeter/age-uk-exeter-10k-race-2015/

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So my next race is the London Hyde Park Run in a couple of weekends time and then the London Marathon. Both in London and will both be great races I’m sure. I’m hoping the atmosphere in London will spur me to run under 3 hours. I’d really like to beat my PB in all distances this year. So just 5K, 10K and the Marathon to work on.

I’m hoping I’ll be able to run 5:57 min miles in the 10k to finish under 37 minutes, but this is a tough ask. I am spending the next week working on my pace and stretching the legs more. That said, I do have a strained/pull hamstring which is giving me grief. Maybe I need to rest for day or two.

Anyone else training for a Marathon – get in touch.

Here are some pics from my run this morning… Bristol is a beautiful place. Spotted the stag at 07:00 in the morning.

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