dame [TDC753]

Got around to seeing the Kelly Holmes prog on TV.  Have to say it was very disappointing. Hardly even mentioned marathon running until 21 minutes in, out of 29 minutes, and then extremely cursory. I hope she raises shed loads of dosh for charity as aimed, but for someone that has been such a high level athlete and who claims to know the importance of “sport should be about creating role models”, the admission that she only decided to do and start training for the London Marathon in January of this year does her no favours and sets a very bad example for other less capable runners. Epidurals to ease inflamed hips?? Yes, that’s within the reach of most runners.


Today only time for a short jog home after work. Tomorrow I have to start bashing out the miles again though.

TDC 753 days 8249 miles


sneezy [TDC744]

A light recovery day of 8 miles jogging to/from evening Goodgym volunteering. Of course I would be stretched to run anything at pace, but after a couple of 20+ mile days sometimes I get worried that I don’t feel more tired? Shouldn’t question it or grumble I guess. A good sign that my legs are getting stronger hopefully? Bloody sneezy again all day today though. Bah!


Friday will mark 100 days to go till the 50 marathons start!

TDC 744 days 8161 miles


One of those awful days when Garmin takes hours to upload from the watch. Seems so random. Lovely weather though. Looks set to remain this way for the rest of the week, so some good running ahead.


9 miles this lunchtime and another couple in the evening going to/from and with Run England group and a jog doing some GoodGym work for an evening 8 miles total.

TDC 739 days 8087 miles

100 up [TDC733]

Apparently the bare foot / minimalist running shoe market is now worth $1.7 billion annually! Given all the debate about cushioned vs minimalist running shoes it is nice to find something I have long suspected [with caveats of course].

The “one best way” isn’t about footwear. It’s about form. Learn to run gently, and you can wear anything. Fail to do so, and no shoe — or lack of shoe — will make a difference.

Words from Mr Born to Run himself, Christopher McDougall; supposedly an advocate of bare foot running [2009 anyway]. Good that the ‘truth’ outs above commercial  expedience every now and then.

The hundred up is a very old technique that encourages runners to find their ‘one best way’. Can’t hurt giving it a try. After all, most sports [from martial arts to racket sports] require countless hours of form practice so why should running be any different?

Today just an early 6 miler.

TDC 733 days 8011 miles

fit [TDC655]


Almost every day there seems to be some ‘scare’ story in the papers and science seems to often contradict itself from one breath to the next. Some ‘facts’ however always seem to be rather common sense whatever the sociopolitical reasons that certain groups twist things to suit their aims/beliefs/lifestyles.

Surprised today, when I shouldn’t have been, to find out that the figure we usually assume [3,500 calories = 1lb fat] is incorrect. Or rather it is too generous an estimate. I have long known the other estimate we use 1 mile walked/run = 100 calories is also pretty inaccurate. The ‘rule’ used from this inaccuracy means that 35 miles run = 1lb fat lost [assuming the loss is only fat of course, which it never will be].

The most extremis figures I have found for the two facts is 1lb fat is 3,800 calories and 1 mile covered can be as low as 65 calories. Meaning that 35 miles could becomes 58 miles! Then there is that other great estimation of 2,500 calories a day for a man to maintain his weight [has always seemed too generous in today’s desk job world]. Between all these estimates lies my great little or no weight loss conundrum.

This evening then a gentle 2 mile jog to Run England group and then a walk home after.

TDC 655 days 7300 miles

goodgym [TDC308]

My first goodgym in Newham this morning. Nice relaxing jog with some gardening thrown in. Hilarious to end up on the next street to where I live doing community work.

gg 241


5 miles covered with the  cool down. It felt a little strange to spend a Saturday morning not at parkrun. Legs tired but feeling good. Next block of training starts tomorrow.

TDC 308 days 2729 miles
RTR70 275/3360 [5]