Week 3 of my Lucozade 12-Week Training Plan was a fairly uneventful affair, so this blog post will probably be a short one. The story of this week (and next) was the continuation of building up base fitness, and just getting used to being on my feet for extended periods of time. As is always the case in the UK, the weather was the most exciting thing I had to contend with, with the first session being a reasonably mild weather run, and things going downhill with the beginning of a cold snap for run 2 and the long slow run (LSR) saw me fighting against driving wind and rain for the most part. Let’s break it down, session by session.Read more
Here’s how Week 2 of my Leeds HM training went. It all started off in the usual way, with me plodding around my usual haunts in Huddersfield. But as I’m on the job-hunt trail at the moment, the end of the week saw me travelling down to beautiful Shropshire, and I couldn’t resist taking my running gear with me, so I could have a nice leg-busting hill session for my Saturday run. As was the case for Week 1, this week involved a nice steady run, and then a speed session mid-week, and finally a longer steady run. With the Bridgnorth hills, that last run wasn’t so “steady” as it turned out!Read more
In my last post in this series I wrote about my plans to train using the Lucozade 12 Week Training Plan for my Leeds Half Marathon this year. I also gave some brief details of my first run on the plan, together with some weight and BMI information. So my plan for this blog is to give a blow-by-blow account of the training schedule and my progress on the path to half marathon, both in terms of my fitness and my body composition. On that basis, it probably makes more sense to do this on a weekly basis rather than a session basis. Here’s Week 1.Read more
Well, it’s that time of year again – actually it’s come late this year! Time to start training for the main race I am concentrating on for 2013, the Leeds Half Marathon. Last year, I had already ran in three 10K races (or if you’re pedantic two 10Ks and a 6-miler) before the Leeds Half came along in May. But this year, I want to concentrate more on the longer distance.
First of all, I need to get back to basics. My last race was the Leeds Abbey Dash back in November last year, and without running, I managed to gain over 14 pounds in weight during the hiatus. This blubbery winter-coat will need to come back off again!Read more
Have you ever been doing something and got so engrossed that you later looked at your watch and wondered where the time had gone? Well, that was me a couple of weeks ago during the Kirkstall Abbey 7 Mile multiterrain race. For me, it was yet another return after some little irritating injuries – tendonitis of the foot, probably due to my running shoes being a bit too small for comfort. I thought I should write up a quick review of this one as it was a fairly tough but also a very fun race to take part in, and my first multiterrain run. Here’s how it all panned out.Read more