Not done a running update on here for a while so here goes. Having skipped a year last year I’m now training for another go at the London Marathon on April 17th 2011. Here’s some info:
I keep a spreadhseet of my training, I’m that sad. This year I’m trying to be a bit stricter with myself and commit to run 6 days a week. The plan is as follows:
- Mondays – 10 miles race pace
- Tuesday – easy run from work (about 8 miles)
- Wednesday – easy run to work
- Thursday – hills or speed training
- Friday – rest
- Saturday – long run, sometimes with a Parkrun in the middle of it
- Sundays – slow 4 – 6 miles
Overall this will take me to about 50-60 miles a week maximum once I’m at full stretch with the long runs. The run to/from work is going well. I found where the showers are at work and have a locker so can sneak in lunchtime runs if I want.
I don’t want your money. Really, no thanks. You gave before and were generous, let’s skip a year. However, my Brother-in-law Steve is looking for donations for a very worthy cause so if you were thinking of sponsoring me then please put the money his way instead – tell him Dave sent you.
Other than the spreadsheet, I track my runs via a GPS enabled watch (Garmin Forerunner 405) which then feeds a twitter account @daveharteruns. A link to the data gets tweeted every time I upload a run or you can subscribe to an RSS feed of the runs.
As usual I shall be eating more chips.
I’ve been a bit hampered by an aching buttock/hip for about 18 months so it was with some relief that just before Christmas I finally had a name put to it. According to my physio I have Piriformis Syndrome. To alleviate it I do some focused stretching and at the distances I’m running right now it’s an annoying niggle and no more. When I get into the 20 mile long runs that may not be the case; we’ll see.
Other running blogs I’m reading at the moment.
- Karen Strunks is building up her distance and messing about with GPS on the way, worth a read – http://abitmoreofkaren.blogspot.com/
- Paul Bradley at the Birmingham Mail writes a very useful and insightful blog about his running – http://blogs.birminghammail.net/roadrunner/
- Current student at Birmingham City University, Iban Gonzalez, is training for the Edinburgh half marathon in May – http://halfmarathonrunner.posterous.com/
- Former student, Leland Strott is using running to regain her fitness – http://strottiesays.com/
- Hilary Carden is training for the Brighton Marathon – http://kissweetheart.wordpress.com/