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14-Jul-13 British 10k!

In Blog, Personal, Sports on July 14, 2013 at 5:41 pm

So today was probably one of the warmest days of the year and also the date of the British 10k in London.

After many weeks of training and suffering (OK, it’s not been that bad), I felt I was as prepared as well as I could be. Maybe not ideal to be running only 4 days after the JP Morgan challenge, but that’s life.

I had decided from the very start that I just wanted to make it an enjoyable experience; especially as the run the other night was very painful. It all started well with me settling in to a very consistent stride for the first 3k with a water stop complemented by seeing my nearest and dearest (Grainne, Thomas and Georgina).

It was then the hardest part of the course, as the next 5k was run in mainly bright sunshine and one of the warmest days in London this year. Thankfully at 8k (Westminster Bridge), it was nice to see my loved ones yet again and this gave me the encouragement I needed for the last couple of kilometres.

By 9k, my legs were starting to feel a tad heavy, but I was able to pick things up and come in a respectable time of 1 hour and 54 seconds. Just like the last run, 50+ seconds divided me between my target!

It was a great event that was awe inspiring to run considering the range of abilities that ran to support many charities. Hats off to everyone who completed, but especially the SThree team, some of which made this photo shoot at Trafalgar Square with SOS Children’s Villages.

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11-Jul-13 Warm up for 10k…

In Blog, Personal, Sports on July 11, 2013 at 8:06 am

So after several weeks of Park Runs and training, last night I completed the 5.6k JP Morgan Challenge at Battersea Park with a number of my work chums from SThree.

Some would say conditions were ideal, as for the rest of us amateurs, it was extremely warm and therefore a tad draining.

After a couple of pints the previous night to ensure I was fully hydrated, I felt I was feeling in good shape; that was until I started running!

Over the last few weeks, I seem to have been struggling from a stomach pain on and off, and last night, I had to bear the brunt of this for all 3 and half miles, which was not a pleasant experience.

Saying that, I dug deep and completed my run in 30 minutes and 50 seconds meaning I missed my target by 50 seconds!

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Saying that, I have to be pleased with this and hopefully this sets me up well for the British 10k I am completing on Sunday; also with some of my work colleagues. Please feel free to sponsor me at the following link, as raising money for SOS Children’s villages.

Well done to all of our team from SThree who gave up their time to run last night whether that be to get a great time or simply get round; superb effort!

04-Jul-13 Great ball from Bala!

In Blog, Personal, Sports on July 4, 2013 at 11:19 pm

Tonight was football night and another part of my training regime; a very important weekly activity, as I find the stop / start nature of the game, as well as short sharp sprints all help my breathing and general fitness.

Only one goal, as my role was a lot more defensive than usual, but pleased with my own personal contribution, as I ran virtually the length of the pitch to make an incisive pass from Bala (oops Bappa)!

As I write my blog, I can feel some aching joints, but can live with this, as this could be my last stretching workout until the 5k next Wednesday; saying that, I’ve got a charity cricket day on Sunday (four games at 20 over’s each)!

As all the regular bloggers know, its nice to include a image or two, as that always brings your blog to life; unfortunately this is difficult to do on a football pitch, so instead a screen shot of my donation page for the British 10k I am doing next Sunday.

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02-Jul-13 Injury free!

In Blog, Personal, Sports on July 2, 2013 at 8:17 pm

After 9 days of no running due to a stomach problem, it was nice to get out tonight and do some miles.

It’s funny when you go out sometimes and you don’t feel right and tonight was one of those nights! It probably did not help that I did not eat dinner until late and then went running about an or so later at 9 o’clock.

My intention was to try and complete 4-5 miles, but in the end I struggled to make 3.4 miles; to be fair though, I did go off at quite a fast pace, so not completely surprised!

My time in the end was not that bad with the exertions being completed in just over 31 minutes. I was pleased with that considering the route I took entailed a significant big hill near the end.

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With just over a week to go now to the 5km JP Morgan run at Battersea Park, I will say that my confidence is a tad low, but I’m determined to try and pack in a few miles over the next week or so to hopefully give myself a chance of a decent time.

With my commitment now to the British 10km in London only 4 days later (14th July), I’m now unashamedly looking for sponsorship at the following link. Any donations of any size are gratefully accepted!

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