The detritus of a Button Monkey

17 Jan

Riverbank Rollick

Today was the Riverbank Rollick, a muddy 9 miles of cross country fun.  After my recent running problems, was worried that I couldn’t finish.

Was expecting more mud but the conditions were challenging enough! The road sections were a welcome relief from the mud. Slightly disappointed in the weather as the section on the banks of the Severn would have been breathtaking.

The finish in the river was nice as it cleaned off so much mud from my shoes but did mean my shoe laces were very wet when I tried to take them off!.

Overall, very good race and great marshalling. Personal circumstances meant that I spent most of the race worrying about my legs and never got to enjoy the race fully. Maybe next year will be better….

UPDATE: Youtube video of finish

16 Jan

Big parkrun day

My local parkrun celebrated their 100th parkrun today. So glad to be part of such a good thing. 
Ran the 5km in a suit as it was a black tie/tiara themed day. Leg felt fine so it’s onwards to the Riverbank Rollick tomorrow. 9 miles of cold cross country…..

13 Jan

Running Journal

I have normally recorded my runs on Strava. For christmas, I got a book to write them down.

The book has pages for each day of the year and space to record two runs per day. At the moment, I am finding the lack of space slightly restrictive but it is good tool to try and make sure I run everyday. Even though the space for each run is quite small, still proving a challenege to write something down at the time of the run rather than several hours.days later!!!!

12 Jan

Little bit here, little bit there

In order to try and push myself further this year, I am trying to run a little bit each day. Might be problematic to do this with some work commitments, but with a little careful planning, should be okay. If I remain injury free…

12 Jan

Getting worried…..

Went for another little run last night. Left calf became really tight. Didn’t want to risk an injury by carrying on, so I walked for a bit, ran for bit all the way home. I wanted to make sure my body was fine for a 10km on Sunday.

I open my emails this morning and it isn’t a 10km, it’s a cross country 9 miler. Getting worried that my body in its current state won’t last that far. Going to stop running for a few days, see how I feel on Saturday Parkrun and make the call then.

Fingers crossed….

11 Jan

Christmas presents

I got quite a few running presents in my stocking for Christmas so I will write up the occasional review as and when I get to fully test them out.

10 Jan

Little leg stretcher….

Went for a little jog tonight. Have been slightly worried about my legs as I have had discomfort in both legs. Am running pain free now but not niggle free, though it has been getting better each day.

I have a small route I have been running recently and tonight I added a hill loop onto it. Not running fast yet so thought hills would be a test.

10 Jan

Green Man Ultra

My objective for 2016 is to complete a marathon. This is part of my longer plan to do Green Man. It looks like doing sections of Green Man will form part of my training for marathons and as a diversion from road running.

Not sure when I will take part, it depends on how well my marathon running goes this year.

I will post updates as and when I manage to complete various sections. My friends in my running club seem to be having a great time doing recce runs each weekend.

10 Jan

Quick update…

Have completed my first half marathon. Have also finished my second!. So 2015 finished with my objective achieved. Now to move onto my 2016 objectives, finish a marathon…

11 Sep

Home stretch…

Getting close to my first half marathon. Tried the get a decent run in last Sunday and again failed. Confidence for this weekend was low. Club night on Thursday was looking like a chance for redemption. But would it fit in with tapering? Discussed the proposed plan for the run with two guys from the club and they suggested come and just take it easy. So I came and had a gentle plod. Really glad I went as it gave me a real confidence boost for Sunday. Going to do a really Parkrun and then all of my preparation is down.

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