photo credit: Nick-K (Nikos Koutoulas)
The concept behind Marcothon was simple : run every day in December for at least 25 minutes or 3 miles.
- 15 days out of 31
- 18 runs in total
- 75.51km or 46.92 miles covered
- 10 hours 30 minutes running time
Officially that is a “fail” but it is my fourth best month in the year for distance and time but by far my best for actual number of runs.
I’m counting it as a HUGE success as it has been the ideal “warm up” for my 2011 running challenge.
photo credit: damianromero
Last Saturday (10th April) saw the the launch of the Strathclyde Park Parkrun.
After recieving so much encouragement from the folks at the Glasgow Parkrun I decided to give something back and volunteer to help. This is a win-win situation as I can run the ~4 miles from home to the park run, help out then run home so I’m doing my good deed for the day AND getting a run in !
Unfortunately on my run home after just 2 miles I got to experience just how bad “shin splints” are!
My other half was working so I had to hobble the last two miles home where the kids were great keeping me supplied with frozen peas.
To try and speed my recovery: 5 weeks until Edinburgh marathon (donate here: http://www.JustGiving.com/26Miles4CHAS) I did not do any running at all.
It’s only a tiny niggle now so I thought I would brave a wee short run: 3 miles, Chatelherault and back. My time was “down” but no new or reoccurrence of any injuries. Despite having wun ~25 miles in my new shoes I have swapped back to my old ones “just in case”, and I’ll stick with them until post Edinburgh.
Hopefully a week of short runs will set me up for a longer run at the weekend then I’ll get back on track.
Great Scottish Run – Half Marathon 13.1 miles – 6th September
Pedal For Scotland – Glasgow To Edinburgh Cycle 50 miles – 13th September
On the 7th September my 17 year old daughter; Emma Berry Goodman died of Motor Neurone Disease.
Previously I had promised her that I would run a marathon before I was 40. I have just under a year to ensure that I do that.
The only experience I have of running was doing a 10k for MND in 2008 so the half marathon is the next logical progression.
Never one to do things by half I have also signed up for a 50mile cycle ride as a “cool down” event after the run.
If you have never heard of Motor Neurone Disease have a look at their website http://www.mndscotland.org.uk/ I would pay particular attention to the video. The film has been given a cert 15 classification. It is a graphic portrait of how many people diagnosed and living with this illness can feel.
In addition to making a donation here, it would be fantastic if you could either join me on either or both events or if you could come along on the day and cheer me on!
Just to show that I have been doing “some” prep work for my up and coming fund-raising events:
Runs : 4
Distance : 8.81 miles
Time : 01:40
Avg Speed : 5.3 mph
Cycles : 4
Distance : 15.82 miles
Time : 02:32
Avg Speed : 6.2 mph
Must Try Harder.
Concerned by the verl low average speed of the cycling !
August WILL be better!
Rather than setting resolutions I set myself goals this year.
The first one of these was:
“Jog For One Mile – No Stopping – No Pain”
Tonight I managed just that.
Next goal, complete the MND Scotland 10K Fun Run.
I completed this last year but there was more walking than jogging, this year WILL be different.
No New Years Resolutions, just a revisiting of the fitness regime I started last year.
It’s late so just a quick update.
I have started week 1 of both One Hundred PushUps and Two Hundred SitUps.
I have also had my first jog in over four months. I went back to my patented “lamp-post method”: jog for one lamp-post, walk for one. I managed to complete a mile in 20 minutes. I have suddenly remembered how much I love being out in the middle of the night. Watching a fox hunt in the field beside the road before I start.
Acording to my training plan here I have just finished my first marathon!
I did it in a time of 5 hours 28 minutes.
OK, in actual fact it took me 41 days, but it is a milestone !
photo credit: Carmelo Aquilina
That is most definitely the furthest and fastest I have ever travelled by foot in the last decade !
OK, it was my slowest speed to date, but I’m not to concerned about speed just now.
My goal is to finish the 10K in 4 weeks time; gulp, I can’t believe it’s so soon !
If I could maintain my current 13minute mile I should come in under 1 hour 20 minutes, lets set that as a goal !
Sarah Goodman, my 13 year old daughter decided to join me on my run tonight.
She did great, she did’nt slow me down any. I am keeping track of my training in a Google spreadsheet here.
We are in training for our upcoming fundraising events.
See the widgets on the right if you would like to donate.