30th March RRR

A good training session at RRR where we did various laps of the running track.

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27th March Kingston 16 Miles Breakfast Run

Well today was the last race before the Marathon. It was just as well that I had told so many people I was running it as I felt like pulling out after only about 3 hours sleep.

After a fast drive and the obligatory last minute wee, I was lining up  on the start line. Off we went an we got a brisk start. The first KM was 6:04 against my normal of 7:30. I kept up the steady pace and before long I was at the end of the first lap in about 1:35. I was pleased I did each 5 mile section under an hour and the 15 mile mark was passed at 2:58.

The last mile was a bit tricky as my muscles had significantly tighten and I finished in 3:14:18. My Half Marathon Time was 16 secs slower than last weeks PB of 2:31:16.

It’s a great run and I’ll be back. I think carb loading for 3 or 4 days is definitely helping. Today I had a gel at 7 miles and 11 miles, and Lucozade at 6.5 and 13 miles

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25th March Fast Jog

I woke up early and decided on a quick jog to the Black Boy Pub and back. This is a good little 2.5 mile route and I have started to use it as an opportunity to practice my interval training. So I sprint for a bit then slowly jog for a bit, then repeat that all the way round.

A great way to start the day. Kingston 16 mile Breakfast Run Sunday.

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23rd March RRR

After a couple of days recovery after the Reading Half, when my left knee and the bridge of my left foot hurt; it was off to join up as a member of the Reading Roadrunners and training.

I was nice as it was my third week and people were more friendly and I felt I fitted in better.

We did an interval training routine called “Whistling Rufus”. This was good for me and saw us briskly jog around the track in a line and everytime Tom blew the whistle, the person at the back of the pack had to sprint to the front of the pack and then rejoin at the brisk pace.

A good training session.

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Sun 20th – Reading Half Marathon

Well one of the highlights of the year is always the Reading Half Marathon. As a resident of Reading this is great occasion. I deliberated all week as to whether to run this for a personal best and risk injury or just run it for fun and training.

I decided to see how I felt on the day and decide on a strategy from there. Well the morning was frantic as I couldn’t find my charity running shirt and my wife Ailsa wasn’t well enough to drive me to the race.

I ended up driving myself and was left with what turned out to be a good little warm-up run to get to the runners village. I felt good and pretty much decided on a go for it strategy.

It was good in the Runners Village as I was able to link up with my charity Berkshire MS Therapy Centre, and meet the team as well as see my brother Paul who was running for the charity and my sister-in-law Tracy who works for BMSTC.

Onto the race.

After lots of last minute wee’s we were underway. I started fairly fast (for me) and thought I’d try and push myself. It was great as I had my Marathon Charity shirt on complete with Justin written on the front and back in large letters, and hearing the crowds calling out my name certainly spurred me on.

The miles went by quickly and soon I was at 10 miles with 1:56 gone and I got excited as the sub 2:30 my be on. I started to tire a little and the muscles had shortened a bit but I continued to push myself.

As I ran around, the mile posts seemed to be much further than the reading on my GPS Garmin watch, and as my watch read 13.1 miles the time read 2:29:40 however, I still wasn’t inside the Madjeski Stadium where you finish.

I sprinted as fast as my legs would take me but as I crossed the finish line the time read 2:31:16. Disappointment as I didn’t make sub 2:30. but I had in fact beaten my PB by 41 seconds, and it was a thoroughly enjoyable race and experience.

I had a quick stretch out before making a fast drive to Stamford Bridge to see the mighty Chelsea beat Man City 2-0.

Great Day!!!!

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Fri 18th

Another quick black boy run, in interval fashion; fast and slow, fast and slow.

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Thurs 17th

I did a quick 2.5 miles to the black boy pub and back at faster than normal pace.

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Wed 16th RRR

Back to palmer park for some more interval training. It was a good night as I joined Tom’s class.

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Thursday quick 5 miler

After my night at the reading roadrunners I got up early Thursday to put some of what I’d learnt to the test. No drink bottle, and bringing my arms forward instead of across my body. I set off fairly fast for me too, doing the first two km’s in under 7 mins.

It all went well although I couldn’t maintain that speed and I slowed a little to 7 and a half min km’s. I did 5 miles in 59 mins. I’m not sure about the arms but I’ll keep trying.

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RRR – Reading Road Runners 10/3

Last night I went as a guest to the club night of the Reading Road Runners. It was really good. I joined in with Tom’s group. We did a warm up followed by a track session followed by some stretching afterwards.

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