So, it begins.
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.
— Nathaniel Cole (@MrFatChance) June 18, 2013
Pics from track on Thursday. The stopwatch on my G-shock hasn’t been touched since I ran the London marathon last year but I had to erase it before the session! Boo!
We did 8 x 400’s at a steady pace. I experimented going around the third bend, it was so tough but I’m alive!
Times: 1:25, 1:24, 1;25, 1:24, 1:23, 1:23, 1:16, 1:15.
Have a great Saturday people :)
I Love Wednesdays
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.
Being Sick (a year old intro)
(image credited to the NHS)
I really don’t like being sick. I have this perfect vision of myself (if I don’t believe this rubbish, then who the hell will?!) but when I’m sick that confidence takes a knock. I feel weak and a lesser version of myself, I bloody hate it.
^ I typed that up some time last year, in December I think but I never actually posted it. I guess the sickness just passed but I kept it in my drafts, just in case. Well now I have a reason to use it again. Last weekend I came down with Conjunctivitis (or Pink Eye). No I do not know how I got it. I went to the pharmacy and got some eye drops to cure me and stuck to the dosage. Then I got Laryngitis (there’s a pattern here somewhere). I’m not sick with both and trying to recover.
I’m highly contagious so can’t be around anyone, although my Girlfriend seems to be immune to all of this (for now) and haven’t really found the strength to run. This means I haven’t been able to go to work, see my friends, celebrate their birthdays or see my crew. It’s dark, dark days! I’ll get better though, I know I will. Whilst I’ve got all this time at home I’ve been catching up on a lot of tasks I had to do, writing up versions of my CV and Portfolio so all is not lost!
When I recover though, I’m hitting the road.
A Weightless Weekend
You’ll understand the title at the end, it was just a regular 2 day weekend. You know? A weekend…but I did get up to 3 different activities from Saturday to Monday and it felt like a fitness treat!
I kicked off Saturday with an unexpected 11 mile run with Toby, Steve and more crew. We met at 1948 and were testing out a possible new RDC route to the lovely heights of Primrose Hill. We were expecting the run to roughly be 7 miles. Now i’m not blaming anyone but lets say that for one reason or another, we had ran 6 miles by the time we got to the top of the mount!
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