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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!

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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!

23-Jun-13 Leading the field!

In Blog, Personal, Sports on June 23, 2013 at 11:08 am

Yesterday I completed my 5th Park Run, as part of my ongoing training regime. It was my third weekend on the trot at my local Nonsuch Park event and the second week on the bounce that I have completed a personal best.

Although its an early start on a Saturday, which is never easy after a working week, it’s a great opportunity to get up with some like minded runners and participate in what is such a well organised event. I always feel so much better for doing it!

With my target of 30 minutes in mind for the JP Morgan Chase Challenge, I was well on target yesterday completing my 5km run in 26 minutes and 19 seconds finishing in 140th place.

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Leading the field. If only!

When I started running the park runs in December, I had no idea that I would be running 5km in this time. I now have a target of trying to get my time below 25 minutes. This might be quite a tall order!

15-Jun-13 Personal best!

In Blog, Personal, Sports on June 15, 2013 at 10:06 am

The last few days have been extremely draining with football on Thursday, a gig at a local pub last night and today’s park run! I’m looking forward to putting my feet up tomorrow for Father’s Day!

Thursday was tiring, as we played for just over 90 minutes without a break! It did not help that I played in midfield for most of this time, so by the time I got home, I was fit to drop.

Last night, we went to our local pub, The Station, with some friends to watch a band called Soul Rites. They were extremely good and it was certainly a lively evening down there with their mix of soulsy and bluesy numbers. Even they have a blog on WordPress, so here’s a quick plug for their blog, as they were very good. Soul Rites Blog.

And so to today’s Nonsuch Park Run 5km. After 90 minutes of football on Thursday and several beers last night, my expectations were low. In fact, I thought I would be happy to just get around alive. The good news is that I surpassed all my expectations and actually did a personal best of 27 mins and 10 seconds finishing 188 out of 330.

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To get anywhere near my JP Morgan run target of around 30 mins for 3.5 miles, I am going to need to get my personal best down to below 26 mins, so still a bit to go. Now for some rest….

08-Jun-13 Big sprint finish!

In Blog, Personal, Sports on June 8, 2013 at 12:48 pm

So today, I did my first 5km park run since December. The next step of my training regime to build up my stamina for the JP Morgan chase in July.

With the continued good weather we are experiencing at the moment, it was great to get up and about for the 9am run at Nonsuch Park, which was a lot busier than the previous runs I have done in the winter months.

Today was all about a steady pace and I was keen to ensure that I did not push myself too hard, like the last time I ran, when I did a personal best.

After a steady start, I started upping the speed, and as can be seen from my Nikeplus graph below, I kept stepping up the speed throughout my run, which I was really pleased with.

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By the way. I did run 5km. My device needs collaborating, hence 5.4km on this!

I even had breathe for a big sprint finish. Well almost (I could not catch a little boy in the last 10 yard dash)!

I’m pleased to say that my official time, according to the park run organisers was 28 mins and 23 seconds (25 seconds slower than my personal best) finishing in 213 place out of 335. Pleased with that considering my first proper week of training is completed.

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