Thursday, 31 October 2013

The Unforgettable Fire - U2

'These city lights, they shine as silver and gold' - Evans, Houston, Clayton & Mullen Jr.

How are you loving the dark nights? I'm not sure if they're right up my street but I'm trying to make the most of them right now. It does put a bit of a dampner on some of our training however and our evening sessions on Leckwith Hill are now firmly on hold and it looks like we will be running under the street lights at Penarth to get our weekly oxygen-deficient-up-hill-fix.

The gym and the treadmill are now going to be my best winter friend as no doubt we are in for a few months of endless rain down here in Caerdydd.

Tomorrow, God willing we are off for a few miles in the sand dunes at Merthyr Mawr as an end of week treat...

More then...

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Welcome to the Machine - The Pink Floyd

'Where have you been? It's alright we know where you've been' - Waters

I haven't been on a treadmill since before the 28 in 28 for Stoptober and didn't I know that during my 45 minute 'refresher' session tonight. My heart rate didn't dip at all during the session and I clocked well over 150bpm which is right up in my high-intensity zone, so hopefully it will help speed up out on the road. Well that's the thinking anyway.

Following a last night return from a very successful talk at 'Run and Become', I thought I was in for a nice quite day of catching up in the office but with Jenny at home with a head of steam up in 'life laundry mode' there wasn't a moment and in the end, so I just surrendered and gave in to a massive clear out of unwanted stuff. It's most liberating I can tell you.

Tomorrow I'm back on the weights and more miles as they make a massive difference to my race times.

Time for a peaceful night in front of the box now...'bout time I had a rest.

More tomorrow... 

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Wishing Well - Black Sabbath

'Time is a never ending journey' - Butler, Dio, Iommi & Ward.

Finally made it back to the gym today and my little arms are killing now from pushing some tiny dumbbells, that I used to warm up with, to an 8 rep max destruction.

I'll be using a pointer and not my arms tonight at my 'Run and Become' talk in London. It sounds like it's a sell out, which makes me feel very proud and I'm looking forward to strutting my stuff later.

Talking of strutting, I did strut after the gym as it happens and banged in another 8+ miles at good pace. The endurance in my legs is definitely getting better and my post race recovery is getting quicker.

Steppingly Step might be a good one on Sunday and it's some time since I did an LDWA so I might see you there.

I'm off to warm up for tonight me me me me - yep warming up just fine... - The UK's Leading ULTRAmarathon Coaches.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Dogs - The Pink Floyd

'You gotta be crazy, you gotta have a real need' - Waters

You had to be crazy to be out running in Cardiff tonight but I did manage 10km in some of the worst conditions I can remember.

However, if I'm lecturing on commitment etc. tomorrow night at Run and Become in London, then what's good for my clients is also good for me.

I actually really enjoyed it and as a recovery run it did the trick just dandy. It if course added to our Chinese Laundry that is a never ending circuit of washing machine and clothes drier for some if the hardiest kit known to runner. Adidas wins by a country mile btw.

Anyway, time to batten down the hatches and enjoy the warmth of a Cardiff Mid-Terraced house.

There's no better place on earth when it's raining Cats and DOGS. - The UK's Leading ULTRAmarathon Coaches.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Wire - U2

'The longest sleep' - Evans & Clayton

The extra hour made a welcome addition to a long night's sleep following yesterday's Beachy Head Marathon. The 218 mile return journey didn't give me too much leg rigamortis and I think the immediate food, stretching and walk following the marathon really helped reduce the terrible DOMS that Abdingdon gave from all those blessed pavements.

With a couple of easier weeks before the Druid Challenge, I'm going to be doing some shorter runs to pick the pace back up again. I did manage a 7.5 min 25th mile yesterday which really pleased me and I still think there's more to come.

I'll be speaking about that at 'Run and Become' on Tuesday night if you are in Victoria...

Before that, it's a celebration post 'Stoptober' Steak dinner tonight so there's a chance to get some good quality protein on-board and a nice romantic dinner with my Jenny.

More tomorrow...

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty

The Awesome Seven Sisters
'You used to say that it was so easy but your tryin' your tryin' now' -Rafferty.

Well I knocked nine minutes off my Beachy Head Marathon PB today and ran my little old legs off to notch up a 4:26 on my tenth outing on the South Downs.

It's all down to the amount of Hills and Endurance running I've been banging in over the past few weeks and there's probably more improvement to come if I can keep to the banned substance diet and maintain the speed work.

My legs are far less hurty than last week and thanks to Sports Massage Guru Lynn Rees for all the hard massage (yes it does hurt like heck but it's good for you) as it's worked a treat this week.

It's the Indian F1 Grand Prix tomorrow and my eyelids are drooping in anticipation of an afternoon asleep on the settee.

More then... - The UK's Leading ULTRAmarathon Coaches.

Friday, 25 October 2013

Love Cats - The Cure

'We slip through the streets while everyone sleeps' - Smith

For those reading my blog yesterday, the running club was a cure! (See what I did with the song title today: blinking genius). Anyway, it really got me up on my toes and got my legs turning over a lot faster than they would if I were out on my own and 7.2 miles at tempo blew away any last aches and pains and pitched me with some faster runners to keep up with. Nice...

It means that I can go into tomorrow's Beachy Head Marathon, my 10th outing around Eastbourne, feeling confident of a decentish time.

Hopefully I will still think that on the long drag from the last CP to the finish.

I think it's our favourite marathon of all but I've promised Jenny we can do Snowdon which is stupidly on the same day as Beachy Head next year. It will give Snowdon a chance to catch up as it's 9-8 times I've done each and Beachy's ahead right now.

I hope your weekend goes well and run hard! - The UK's Leading ULTRAmarathon Coaches.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

In the air tonight - Phil Collins

'But the pain still grows, it's no stranger to you or me' - Phil Collins

My oh my it's been busy... The Guardian, Men's Fitness, Outdoor Fitness, Running Fitness, Daily Express and even The Star... you name it and I think I've spoken to them today or been in it recently. Can't be bad eh, and even though it's mostly the same 'Rory Transformation Story' it doesn't matter as it still helps people see that there's a way out of their current lifestyle into a new and much healthier way of living.

I'm currently thinking of getting this process down on paper soon and writing about this change in behaviour which I truly believe anyone can adopt. I know it works from the success stories I see in my clients.

I'll be seeking out some volunteers in the next few weeks to undergo a similar change and if you are interested in my Change Process and I HAVEN'T trained you or a friend you might want to help in the past. Please let me know. You don't have to be a top athlete or even a runner.

Now there's an offer...

Anyway, less of that and I'm off to change for a run out with Les Croupiers Running Club tonight...on THESE quads! It's kill or I'm in need of speed.

Let's see if I can walk straight tomorrow.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Relax - FG2H

Luckily, I've found my quads again! They disappeared from my legs on Sunday at around midday but have luckily come back to me just now...three days after the Abingdon Marathon. I must have given them an almighty smashing during the race and hopefully they will be back to full working order by Saturday's Beachy Head.

You might ask why on earth do you put yourself thru all this every week and all I can say is that it's totally WORTH it as it's just an awesome thing to be able to go and do all these mega-distance races and experiences.

I think that life would be VERY dull if all there was to look forward to is an expanding waistline, receding hair and endless reruns of Top Gear.

People do though and luckily I'm able to coach people away from being ordinary and make them extra-ordinary.

I did this again for Allan and Gareth today on one of my MdS Training and Gym Days. Both are great athletes and I believe both will be even BETTER athletes now they know how to get the best out themselves.

Are YOU getting the best out of YOU... I'm sure I can make YOU better :-) 
The UK's Leading ULTRAmarathon Coaches

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

The Way of the World - Wishbone Ash

'Takes so long, flying high, I just love the way of the world' - Wisefield

It was back to earth with a bang today and even getting down the stairs proved to be a bit of it's own marathon if I'm being honest. I can't remember my quads being as painful as they were this morning, I even put some pervy full length quad guards on to relieve the pain.

I did venture out for a slow recovery run which started out at a ridiculously slow 13 minute mile pace but got easier and quicker by the time I finished a very simple 4.3 mile loop from home.

It did help and hopefully I won't be needing an industrial crane to lower me into the bath and a Stannah to get me down the stairs. I've got The Beachy Head Marathon on Saturday to get repaired for and I'm going to be taking it easy for the rest of the week.

It's amazing how 26 miles can really break you and 784 can't...

More tomorrow.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Reeling in the Years - Steely Dan

'Your everlasting summer, you can see it fading fast' - Becker & Fagan

It's amazing what you can do, if you put your mind and body into something. And we've just had one of those weekends where things went to plan and Jenny and I achieved some landmark personal goals along the way.

It started with a long Saturday at this year's Marathon des Sables Expo in London where we met, encouraged and lectured this year's intake of Competitors. As it's my 'Mastermind Specialist Subject' and I love public speaking, it was right up my street as they say and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole day. 

Hopefully those we met did too. 

Judging by the amount of calls for MdS Coaching today, I must have obviously struck a few chords... and of course I'll be doing my best to get ALL of them to the finish line in one piece.

As for the Abingdon Marathon, well we both had a great race on what I would describe as more of a Pavement Marathon rather a Road Race. Since last running the race in 2001, the course has far more twists and turns and isn't the flat out fast 26.2 miler it used to be IMO. However Jenny Clocked a new Pb of 3:03:03 and I did a 14 year marathon best of 3:37:46. My quickest since I was 37 and best this century. I'm really pleased and obviously losing 7kgs and 784 miles of LSD during Stoptober has made me very marathon-fit.

My aim now is to stay in top-condition for another road race in November - watch this space.

More tomorrow...

Friday, 18 October 2013

Are you ready? - Richard Ashcroft

Mr MdS - Patrick Bauer
'Are you ready, ohh are you ready' - Ashcroft

I've done all my packing for the weekend as I have the 'Marathon des Sables Expo' tomorrow followed by the Abingdon Marathon. Neither are new to me as I was at the Expo last year and thoroughly enjoyed speaking to the MdS Wannabes and I've done Abingdon four times before, the last time being in 2001 a whopping 12 years ago.

I always say that 'Preparation Pays Dividends' and I've also got my 45 minute talk all carefully rehearsed ready to give this year's MdS Wannabes a real insight into what they have let themselves in for next April.

Hopefully, I won't scare the pants off them that much BUT it will provide them with a great spring-board to really get their TRAINING underway.

Not only will my old friend Patrick Bauer, the MdS Race Director, be at the Expo (I always love a bit of 'Franglais' with him) but I'll also get the opportunity to catch up with lots of other old MdS friends and have the opportunity to meet lots of new ones too.

Nice eh?

If you are racing on Sunday - I hope you are really committed and smash out a good time.

More post Marathon...

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Pull up to the Bumper - Grace Jones

What do you do when you have a fast road-marathon to bust out on Sunday? - Well you TAPER and REST of course.

My training has now gone from full speed ahead to a miserable slow as she goes... It really is a pain in the butt as my legs are itching to run and the 2.2 miles I allowed myself isn't simply enough of a run to make it feel worthwhile getting my trainers on if I'm being honest.

It's the right course of action and exactly the correct way of preparing for what most people would find a massive challenge and achievement. For me it will be most interesting how I get on so soon after my 28x28 and being a massive 7kgs lighter than earlier on in the year.

The MdS Expo will hopefully make the usual long Saturday prelude whizz by and I'm really looking forward to seeing if I can beat my Wolverhampton result of 3:42.

I'll keep you posted and what are you up to this weekend and how hard are you going to try? - The UK's Leading ULTRAmarathon Coaches.
Location: Long Eaton

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Salt 'n' Pepa - Push It

'Better make it fast' - Azor & Davies

Well, it's been a busy old day of MdS Coaching for me but the most rewarding part of my day was hill training tonight with MdS 2014 hopeful and Cardiff Runner, Sarah Morris.

Don't get me wrong, training a super-lady like Sarah is a real pleasure but the best thing is, that she's about the same speed as I am and that makes the training far more specific and adds some competition to running a hill session with her.

It turned out to be my fastest hills session EVER and I can really feel the benefit now of tapering down after all those miles out on the road. I'm going to make the most of these hills sessions with her whilst I can as it won't be long until Sarah is beating me to the top. 

It's all about pushing oneself...

Since June, I've knocked up to 15 seconds on average off each of my 8 hill-climbs and I'm now feeling stronger and a lot, lot faster.

More tomorrow and well done tonight, Sarah...

Monday, 14 October 2013

Double Vision - Foreigner

'I live all my years in a minute'.

All this running takes me back you know, and in a week where I am preparing my presentation for at this year's Marathon des Sables Expo, I'm thinking more and more on how I can encourage all those people I meet to go that extra mile and make a good job of spending their hard earned cash on the Sahara Experience.

Surely there's nothing worse than not preparing for something that's cost you an arm and a leg and then not enjoying the ride. Is there?

It's all about investment you see... Time, Energy and Emotion plus financial hardship along the way for most of the people that I encounter.

Don't get me wrong, I'm as guilty as anyone else in that department but not now I've got all those miles in my legs and all that extra body weight off my ageing body, I going to give it my best...

I'll be concentrating a lot on this topic in my blogs too this week and I did some double training today which I really enjoyed. Not a lot but just a couple of miles am/pm but the difference in pace between the two was remarkable and I'm sure I can train harder this way.

Maybe I can break that 3:30 marathon barrier again? Who knows eh? - The UK's Leading ULTRAmarathon Coaches.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Catherine of Aragon - Rick Wakeman

They don't make 'em like this anymore...
I'm sure the Chika-Wacka Pomp Rock King, Rick Wakeman and his ridiculously ELP styled Six Wives of Henry the VIIIth is helping me thru the next part of my #Stoptober PTRD recovery. If you've never encountered the album, it was recorded in 1972 and I bought it over 30 years ago myself, have a listen on You Tube and you'll see what I mean.

I played the above track to Jenny, who just laughed of course as it sounds SO dated but for me it sounds very familiar and reminds me so much of my time on the road over the last month where I listened to so many songs by Wakeman's main band YES.

Music is VERY important to me and maybe these tunes provide a 'Comfort-Blanket' I can use when I'm being psychologically tested, as I am right now. I must admit that whilst finding my feet and returning to normal, it's helping me no end.

It's hard to explain how I feel a week on from all that running but if you've done something similar yourself, you'll understand its hard to put into words...maybe Tom Fitzsimons could also explain...

It did help that I had one of my MdS Training Days yesterday and I could deliver all my top-tips and advice to MdS hopefuls, Ben Bradshaw, Paul Fenton and Bruce Ironsmith... they were real fun to teach I really enjoyed my day and we ran a very solid 26.2 around Cardiff and Penarth in five hours dead. It felt really comfortable and it's remarkable how well I feel physically after so many recent marathons.

I'm sure being 7kgs lighter is having a massive effect on my lengths of endurance and confidence and it will be interesting to see how much race pace and how long it lasts at next weekend's Abingdon Marathon.

Today is going to be a Super-Sunday I'm going to have a lovely day off... I might be playing a bit more Rick or I might try a bit of ELP's Trilogy, now there's an Album! - The UK's Leading ULTRAmarathon Coaches.

Friday, 11 October 2013

Time - The Pink Floyd

'And you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it's sinking racing around to come up behind you again.' 

Gilmour, Mason, Waters & Wright

Did you notice how cold it was this morning? It was a bit chilly-willy in Cardiff this morning I can tell you as Autumn golden gowns are clear for all to see in the parks around where we live in Canton. Yes it won't be long till Christmas at this rate!

I'm still running everyday to stop the gremlins enter my post Stoptober fuddled brain and luckily I have three people coming for MdS Training and a 26.2 miler tomorrow to keep my adrenalin and endorphins happy.

Running's a place that feels natural and comfortable. It helps me through a busy and sometimes complicated life and I'm just loving my time out running on the roads right now. I last felt like this back in 2004 if I'm being honest and it's something I've really missed.

Let's hope it continues well past the Abingdon and Beach Head Marathons later this month as I'd love to put in a couple of good times...

Right, it's off to find my slippers and get the Central Heating up to steam as I haven't got much fat left to keep me warm.

More tomorrow...

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Nothing Else Matters - Metallica

'Every day for us something new, open mind for a different view' - James Hetfield & Lars Ulrich

Like the song says, every day brings us something new and I believe it did again for me today as I now start to think about the run up to the Abingdon Marathon on Sunday 20th October.

After 28 days of LSD (long - slow - distance) and three recovery runs so far this week, it was time to up the tempo today and get my legs turning over quicker and start running up on my toes. Not an easy task when you've been whacking in hundreds of 11 minute miles and you are in need of turning up your cadence to 11...

It certainly elevates your heart-rate and I spent 14 of the 36 minutes in 
High-Intensity, 7 at Race-Pace and the rest at Tempo which made a huge difference to the normal active recovery my HRM normally says.

It felt good anyway and the best part is that I just loved being out running and thoroughly enjoyed it - which is why we do it???

More tomorrow...

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Rush - Marathon

Elvetham Hotel

'More than high performance, more than just a spark,
More than just the bottom line, or a lucky shot in the dark,
In the long run'...

Lifeson, Lee & Peart

Well it's been a great day for me as I've been speaking at a Staff Conference for the Telecommunications Company, Centrix. I'm doing more and more speaking engagements and it gets easier and better the more you do - just like anything I suppose but I'm really starting to love this part of my work and today was a great experience for me - as well as the Centrix Guys I hope.

It was a very early start, I know that and following my presentation, I did have a good 90 minutes sleep in the car at the Reading Services on the M4. Talk about luxury, it was just a great experience and I loved sleeping with the warm autumn sun on my face.

Later on in Cardiff, I clocked in another 7 miler and it felt a nice easy run and allowed me another opportunity for reflection on my #Stoptober Challenge and time to think about what's next on my horizon.

It's very exciting... 

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Keep on Running - Spencer Davis Group

'Keep on runnin', Keep on hidin'
One fine day I'm gonna be the one, to make you understand'

It's funny eh, run 784 miles in 28 days and all you want to do is to keep on running! In fact it feels like I have to keep on as I believe that I need to de-train from my 'Stoptober Road Trip'. I didn't on previous mega-day marathons and suffered both mentally and physically from the sudden lack of endorphin agitation and lack of direction caused by PTRD (Post Traumatic Race Disorder).

Therefore I'm still at it...I did a 5 miler yesterday and 6.5 miles today, just as recovery runs and I thoroughly enjoyed them too. Not only as they felt very easy but also they were such SHORT runs.

It's amazing how your horizons can change in just 28 days and how you can become pretty invincible and extremely fit. I'm looking forward to maintaining this level of fitness and I want to enjoy the next few weeks of running as I've got Abingdon and Beachy Head Marathons to go and have a good go at.

Luckily I have a speaking engagement to attend tomorrow at Centrix to go and spread my good news and keep my feet firmly on the ground- I've been given an hour...

How I am I going to fit it all in!

More tomorrow...

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Stoptober Day 28 - Cardiff - Level 42 - It's Over

1.49.07 - 784 miles and SO pleased
'I can feel the tears, running through the years' - King, Badarou & Gould

I thought a lot today about something TV's Helen Skelton said when I coached her a few years ago... She said...

'If you're told you can't do something, get your head down, get on with it and you never know, you might just do it'.

And how right she is as I finished off the last 13.1 miles of my 28 mile Ultra-marathons in 28 days for my #Stoptober Challenge in the Cardiff Half Marathon today.

Before the Challenge, I had wondered whether I would be running, walking or crawling over the start line and my original plan was to run as much of the 28 stages as possible. However, during the last 4 weeks I've run every single step, withstood torrential rain and some hot autumn days, tackled endless hills and visited some of the greatest landscapes and cities in the UK.

What a dream of a Mega-day Ultra this has been for me... I've just LOVED it...

Today's Half Marathon was the icing on the cake and I clocked a great time of 1:49:07... this was after getting up at 3:30am to get 15 miles in before I started the race. 

The race itself went SO quickly and it's where the last 28 days of emotion hit me. Before I knew it I was a mile out from the finish shedding a few tears and thinking about what I've been able to achieve. Hopefully I have been able to encourage thousands of people to quit smoking and shown people what you can do if you give yourself a challenge.

I've already been asked if I'm glad it's over - I'm not as I could easily carry on (as long as there's a constant Strawberry Milkshake supply)! I'm in good shape without injuries or blisters and still feel very energized and determined. 

However, what I would say is that without the support of my partner Jenny, it would be very difficult - she's been awesome. I must also thank Chris Mounsey-Thear at Freud Communications for his vision and enthusiasm for the whole run and Public Health England and the Welsh Government for allowing me to be the figurehead of their 2013 Stoptober Campaign. 

If you've been there for me, and you know who you are, I thank you for your support, love and friendship as it really matters when you do this type of extreme running event. 

Would I do it again, what do you think? Just watch this space!

More tomorrow...

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Stoptober Day 27 - Cardiff - Shut your Eyes - Snow Patrol

Caerphilly Mountain
'Just close your eyes until you can imagine this place, yeah, our secret space at will' - Lightbody, Wilson, Simpson, Connolly, Quinn & Quinn

As I get to the end of my #Stoptober Challenge, I am already starting to mourn it's passing and starting to struggle with Post Traumatic Race Disorder I believe. As the great Snow Patrol lyric above says it's a very secret space when I'm out on the run all day and it's a state where time stands still and I can live for a few hours in a very special bubble in which I can explore the world around me and the world inside my head.

I'm not sure which is more scary, I know the world outside is a vast expanse of countryside, fields, town and people...I've seen a lot of it in the past 27 days. I've also become very comfortable in my own company and I've enjoyed time thinking about a multitude of life events and listened hour upon hour of 70's and 80's progressive rock, which has also helped me thru the 756 miles so far.

I've been very comfortable in the company of my partner Jenny, she's been a saint and we've been living so closely this past month and we've got an even better understanding of what makes us both payment it's my turn to support her now, which of course I will do gladly. Few people have that relationship with their partner so I feel very lucky indeed to have her.

I'm lucky too that so much effort has been put into me running the 28 x 28 by other people and I hope to finish with a flourish tomorrow with a final 13.1 miles at the Cardiff Half-Marathon tomorrow...shame I have to get up at 5am to run 14.9 miles first but hey ho, that's the Challenge.

Time for some R&R now with our friends Ade and Sam Caroen and more tomorrow from the finish.

See you then... 

Friday, 4 October 2013

Stoptober Day 26 - Newport - U2 - Last night on Earth

Half 'n Half
'The less you know the more you believe' - Bono & The Edge

Well it's nearly finished, and there's just two days to go and 56 miles to run on my #Stoptober Challenge on 2013. I'm starting to feel sad that it's coming to an end and running into Cardiff tonight, underlined that fact all too well.

I made sure that going into Wales was fun and of course we did it on the Old Severn Bridge...from there it was on to Chepstow, Newport and a long run along the A48 into the City limits. It was a good route and an A2B always helps as you know by now.

My usual way of running the 28 miles in 7 mile blocks worked it's usual treat again and the last 7 miles absolutely flew by and I was finished before I knew it, under 6 hours which was good after 26 days on the road.

Tomorrow's start is very early as I'm on BBC Wales at 7.35am - they did ask me if I wanted a car to pick me up to get me to the studio which was nice of them but I just said that I'd run there instead and not to worry...well its only a couple of miles and I need to warm up for Park Run at 9am! 

The poor lady at BBC thought I was crackers...enough said...

I am looking forward to the weekend and we have family and friends Ade and Sam Caroen coming to stay as we are all running the Cardiff Half to finish off my #Stoptober 28 in 28.

It's going to be emotional...

More tomorrow.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Stoptober Day 25 - April - Thomas Newman

£80,000 plate on a pick-up truck worth £80
Yes I know its #Stoptober October but this April track played on my mp3 today around the half way point of my 28 miles and it comes from the amazing film Revolutionary Road, that I love.

Jenny would say that the film is a bit of a wrist slasher, like another Thomas Newman Sound-tracked film, Road to Perdition; but if you find April on YouTube please plug in your headphones and just LISTEN to the music, and think.

Ok - you are now where I was at 14 miles today on the side of the A4 just running along without a care in the world doing what I love doing and being the person I want to be.

You had to be there but everything became super-clear to me and I reached a state of mind where suddenly everything slotted into place and a sort of mental eclipse happened. It was totally amazing and I'm not too sure how to explain it...maybe it's the 25 days of running, maybe it was just after another can of Coke or maybe my endorphins were working overtime...but I feel GREAT and most happy right now.

Lets hope it continues as I run further along the road tomorrow towards God's Country. - The UK's Leading ULTRAmarathon Coaches.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Stoptober Day 24 - We are family - Sister Sledge

My Little Sister Jo
Well following a busy media day yesterday, I thought today was going to be a tough day after yesterday's #Stoptobe launch, but it wasn't at all... in fact I've had a great day if running with Ben Atkin, who flew in from Majorca just to come and bash some miles out with me. What an awesome gesture...
Ben Atkin

It was a good day for it too as after a few drops of early rain it was warm and sunny all the way to Newbury and Thatcham from my old friend Reading with the A4 being the route of choice for the day.

The real bonus is that my little Sister lives on my route home, so I am currently enjoying a hot bubble bath before lashings of a Chilli supper - yes Thatcham is 'Coleman Heaven' tonight and I might be putting some of those 5kgs back on with a hefty supper...

I'm back on the road again tomorrow for my 25th straight day of running so more then...and watch out I come. - The UK's Leading ULTRAmarathon Coaches.