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Month: August 2014

Through the fog

Through the fog

Visibility for Tuesday’s run was fine, as fine as it could be for an Autumnal evening anyway.  The ‘fog’ came from the way my head and legs felt.  Although I later discovered that I had ran 3.56 miles (clocked on my Garmin) at an average pace of 9:06 minutes-per-mile, at no point during the run did I feel comfortable. It’s hard to describe exactly how I was feeling but I described it afterwards as ‘like running after 11 miles of…

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A peek at posts to come…

A peek at posts to come…

Whilst this post isn’t a content post in itself, I hope to give you, my readers an idea of the topics I hope to cover in posts to come.   Running doesn’t require much equipment, a part of the appeal you may argue.  The essential item that it does require though, a decent pair of running shoes, requires a wise choice.  As such I will be reviewing a pair of shoes that I am currently using, the Asics Gel Nimbus 14s,…

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Out and back

Out and back

Tonight’s run was simple.  22 minutes out, 22 minutes back, 1 straight road.  On the outward leg we had the pleasure of ascending a hill out of the city centre and into Manchester’s suburbs.  I aimed to maintain a consistent pace in order to finish in 44 minutes. The challenge in the run was getting my pace and effort right, too hard going out and I’d be out of puff coming back, too little effort and I’d coast back to the…

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New distance, new goal

New distance, new goal

We all have them, from ourselves, from others, from algorithms on training websites but I never have found them at all useful.  Of course, predicting your own time is part and parcel of a runner’s race plan but for me personally, at least, I don’t like predictions. In the long term, who could guess how much your 5k time will fall orwhat will happen on your first half marathon so that you run a time you thought nigh on impossible.   Before I…

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When controlled falling goes wrong…

When controlled falling goes wrong…

As you can probably tell by the title of this piece, my last run wasn’t exactly a success. I started off well enough, planning to do anywhere between 3 and 5 miles to bed-in my new Asics Gel Nimbus 14s.  Recently I’ve been in good form when out on the road, my 5k time has tumbled to 24.40, a full minute quicker than my previous 5k personal best, so it wasn’t a surprise when I fell into a comfortable rhythm….

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Why I run…

Why I run…

My first piece was going to focus on my proudest running achievement at Blackpool Half Marathon.  I’ve come to realise, however, that it’s slightly pointless recounting running memories without establishing some sort of common ground with you, my readership. So, why do I, a 20 year old university student whose time would probably be best spent in the gym, instead find myself heading out of the door in pursuit of a run? Like many people, I never really enjoyed nor…

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