• Holidays and Training Plans

    No post last week, mainly due to me being away and not really fancying writing. On top of that, there wasn’t much running to talk about – certainly nothing out of the ordinary. So once again, there’s two weeks of running to talk about.

    First though, where did we go away? Actually, not very far from home. Anna and I like to do short hotel breaks in the UK (usually sourced from a discount website like Secret Escapes), and we usually focus on the quality of the hotel, as opposed to finding somewhere exotic to go to. So we ended up going to the lovely Essebourne Manor. The food and room were both excellent, and it made for a really great few days away. We hit up the local sites: we went to Newbury a couple of times, tried out a few local pubs, and went to the...

    Tags: running  training report  parkrun  holiday  long run 

  • Building up the Miles

    I didn’t do a weekly training report post last week, mainly because I spent didn’t do any vaguely interesting running last week, and also because I was quite hungover on Sunday after spending Saturday in London watching rugby for a friend’s birthday.

    So I’m going to talk about two weeks worth of running this week instead of just the one, although most of the focus will be on the second of the two weeks.

    All this means that I get to punctuate my musings with two poorly-formatted tables instead of just one!

    Week 1


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  • New Shoes - Brooks Launch 2

    I’m a bit of a materialist, and doing lots of running is a great excuse for some materialism, because I get to buy and destroy lots of pairs of shoes!

    I’ve been running on the same pair of shoes for a while now, the Brooks Ghost 8, and I really like them. They provide lots of support and comfort, so they’re perfect for bashing out the miles. We’re a bit of a Brooks household actually – Anna has a couple of pairs of Adrenalines on rotation and gets on well with those.

    However, after doing some reading online and chatting to people at my running club, I decided to get a second pair of shoes. I wanted some lighter ones for running shorter races and intervals in (the Ghosts are quite heavy due to all the support). I read around a bit, not being able to decide, and after...

    Tags: running  shoes  brooks  brooks launch 2  review 

  • Parkrun Tourism

    This week was one of travelling and celebration, and I didn’t get a huge amount of quality running done, so only a short post this week.

    The first portion of the week was filled with slow running, as I was still suffering slightly from the previous week’s long run. I tried to put some miles in at tempo pace, but it wasn’t really happening. I also gave interval training a miss on Thursday to further my recovery.

    Day Distance (miles) Pace (mins/mile) Notes
    Mon 5.8 8:45 with Andover AC
    Tue Rest    
    Wed Rest (Badminton)    
    Thu 3.6 8:19  
    Fri 2.9 8:50  
    Sat 3.1 6:46 Barry Island parkrun
    Sun 5.6 8:16  

    Total: 21.9 miles, 3 hours 1 minute

    On the weekend...

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