I get asked this a lot. I have a big mouth and a lot of my friends know that I am running the London Marathon this year, which is a good thing of course. I’m often faced with this question though so let me answer it today. First we can look at my training plan.
As you can see from the above, I run 5 times a week, swim once a week and do nothing on a Friday! Perfect life! It’s not easy but it is rewarding. I haven’t found any distances difficult yet and so far I have found the time to fit everything in. Everyone must know this though. Training comes first. Any other activities are based around this bad boy plan that hal higdon has given me. Following this plan will also give the body that my ego has shown me in my head too!
I know I say that I do nothing on Friday but I actually have sports massages and brain training. I need to be the best I can be on April the 22nd and things like that will help me achieve my goal!
That should give some sort of indication as to how I’m getting on though. Tired, drained, dead, achy - I could go on. I posted in the RDC Youngers blog yesterday as a rallying call to all of my fellow runners that are racing this year. The race is coming regardless, train now and let that race be a celebration of the hours that you’re putting in now. I have that drilled into me.
Training is hard. I’m finding it difficult. I know that the more effort I put into it, the more I’ll get out of it in the long run though.
"Go Hard or Go Home" it is the Run Dem Crew mantra after all…
Orsi is on of my long time friends and a recent convert to the RDC family. Highly skilled on the turntables and with a record collection the size of a small shop I asked her to kick off the six of the best series with her top six jazz selections for the long run. Digest, listen and enjoy
I just finished watching the Olympic Trials for the marathon held down in Houston. Those who will be representing the team, Meb, Hall, Abdirahman, Flanagan, Davila, Goucher, they had amazing races to get them to London for a shot at gold medal immortality.
Rappers when you use the word “nigger” remember that’s one of the last words Stephen Lawrence heard, so don’t tell me it’s a reclaimed word.
I am nobody’s nigger So please, let my ancestors rest in peace Not turn in their graves in Jamaica plantations Or the watery graves of the slave trade Thrown overboard into middle passage Just for insurance claims They were chained up on a boat As many as they could manage and stay afloat Stripped of dignity and all hope Awaiting their masters and European names But the sick and the injured were dead weight to toss And Lloyds of London would cover that cost.
I am nobody’s nigger So you can tell Weezy and Drake That they made a mistake I am nobody’s nigger now So you can tell Kanye and Jigga I am not a nigger… in Paris I’m not a nigger in London I’m not a nigger in New York I’m not a nigger in Kingston I’m not a nigger in Accra Or a nigger with attitude in Compton Cos “I don’t wanna be called yo nigga”
How were you raised on Public Enemy And still became your own worst enemy? You killed Hip Hop and resurrected headless zombies That can’t think for themselves or see where they’re going Or quench the blood lust because there’s no blood flowing In their hearts, just in the streets They don’t give a damn as long as they eating Their hearts ain’t beating, they’re cold as ice (bling) Because they would put money over everything Money over self respect or self esteem Or empowering the youth to follow their dreams Stacking paper cos it’s greater than love it seems Call me “nigger” cos you’re scared of what “brother” means
To know that we share something unspeakable To know that as high as we rise we are not seen as equal To know that racism is institutional thinking And that “nigger” is the last word you heard before a lynching.
Yes Yes Yes the count down has begun as we tick off the days until the return of Run Dem Crew on Tuesday 17th January. I don’t know about you but I’m more than ready and itching to run the roads with you all again. With Berlin Half Marathon on the horizon and London Marathon a few weeks behind it is indeed time to gather our heads together and knuckle down to the challenges ahead.
This has been on my mind a lot lately. I run through the City and notice so many people doing the same thing. It makes me wonder whether more people are running now or am I just noticing them more now because I run? I've been running steadily for more than a year and it just seems like more of us are on the road. I mostly see people out in the morning which makes sense I suppose, I love my bed too much though to run before work.
I know there's a lot of factors to consider, travel prices, the media's focus on celeb bodies, the Olympics and so on. Ideally I would hope that there are more people running in London and that they're making a lifestyle change!
It consisted of some cross training, two 3 mile runs with a 5 mile run inbetween them on Wednesday. A rest on Friday and then a 5 mile pace run on Saturday followed by a gentle 10 miles on New Years Day.