I’m talking about Marathon training here, not a gaming marathon in my boxers for 4 months which is naturally what we all really want for me, right?
I’m using a training plan that’s created by a chap called Jeff Gaudette, he works with the great guys over at RunKeeper so I trust it. If it all goes tits up, I’m sure I can find him. Last year it was Hal Higdons plan that powered me to 03:47 in London and I want to have similar success in Bournemouth. Similar meaning 03:28.
It’s not going to be easy, not at all. But I will give the next 4 months my absolute best. Marathon training pushes my limits and makes me better. In fact, I’m not even doing the Bournemouth Marathon so I can say that I have ran another Marathon, it’s so that I can say that I have trained for another Marathon. That’s where the medal is earned. That’s where I will become better.
Last year I had the task of running 5 times a week for 4 months, this year it’s much easier, just 4 times a week for me, great! The midweek runs are a lot tougher and require more distance so it should work out the same for me fatigue wise.
I’ve now moved into the Cheelites at Run Dem Crew and taking Wick Runners for longer runs. It’s going to be a long painful journey, as my tweet below shows. But I can’t wait to see what it has in store for me.
Oh sweet lord I just got into bed. This feels amazing. Goodnight friends. See you at 6am
— Nathaniel Cole (@MrFatChance) June 18, 2013
In the last 5 or so weeks I have been in a massive rut. I have ran roughly the same amount of distance every week and not been doing my military training. Living in a cycle easier, I think it’s always easier to sit down rather than get up. Easier to do the same rather than change. That’s fine for some but not me. The problem is that as easy as it is to sit around and be bored it’s really, really hard to drag yourself up. Hard to make that change.
I want to break it though. I am nowhere near my peak. I know that I can run faster, swim stronger and work harder, I just need to make those important steps in the right direction.
I did it before in August of 2010 to be exact which was when I created this blog. I can get out of this cycle. I lost five stone in the process last time. I know that I can do it again and lose more weight, get stronger, get faster and be happier. Lets do this!
As you may or may not know, me and Shameek started our own running crew in Hackney Wick on Wednesdays. RDCY Hackney.
There’s been ups and downs but I know that I want to make it work and continue to see and run with my friends every Wednesday. For the last couple of months I’ve had really bad days on Wednesdays but when the clock strikes 6 it all starts to get better. The anticipation grows and I can’t wait to lace up with my crew.
We’re small, there’s about 6 regulars including myself and Shameek but so much quality there. Lemara and Ounie (above) took to the crew in the best possible way and keep it going now. They’ve never let me down! It’s with people like this that the foundation for an empire are made from.
Charlie Dark, founder of Run Dem Crew often reminisce of the early days of his crew, where him and 6 friends would meet in his kitchen and then run a small loop of Victoria Park. I now know what those memories are like too. I experience it every Wednesday when we’re all chatting pre-run in my living room.
We’re only just getting started, I can’t wait to see what the year has in store for us.
2 races that changed my life.
Well a couple of weekends ago I smashed my 10k PB! I took to the Where’s Wally?! 10k in Victoria Park and came home in a time of 43:30. Shaving about 3 minutes off my old british 10k time. The years only just started but it’s good so far! All whilst dressed like this!