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Following a long lay off after brain surgery, I need to start running again, with no races entered and 6 young children,...
Following a long lay off after brain surgery, I need to start running again, with no races entered and 6 young children, motivation is needed to keep getting me out there!
I have set myself the modest target of just 500miles for the year, I would also like to hit the average of the 10miles in each week if I can. I am an oxymoron in that despite running the London Marathon I am lazy! I struggled to be motivated to train properly and have never actually hit my 'modest' target of 500miles since I started running in 2010.
So, here I am. Trying to find my feet again (literally, piled on the pounds!!) going for my first ever year long challenge and hoping to stick with it all the way to completion
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  •   Annalouise reacted to this post about 1 day ago
    bit of a hump week really. nothing really happening. I headed out for a run on Tuesday, just a short 3, but I ended up stretching it out a bit and have discovered a nice little 5 mile route. Wednesday I headed out and did the same run again, coincidentally at the exact same pace! I should have gone further really, but wasn't really feeling it before the run and my legs felt heavy and tired in the first mile, so I wasn't going to push myself on any further than planned. Couldn't get out Thursday at all so planned a 7-10mile for today, but one thing after another cropped up and I just didn't get out at all. Next week is school half term, so although I will get in 10miles with Kieran so he can do his Strength of the Wolf challenge, there will be no long runs at all
    Kind of gutting at the timing as I've noted i'm up to 457miles for the year. I wanted to run 500, so with just 43 left, I would have liked to smash some miles in the next two weeks and try to finish before Nov. but that's not going to happen now.
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  •   MedalMadUK reacted to this post about 3 days ago
    Firstly, I received my London Marathon ballot result magazine on Monday. A no, unfortunately. I didn’t expect to get in (apparently almost half a million applications!!) but I was really hopeful, so I was genuinely gutted. I wanted to run the race to challenge my previous times, obviously. But more than that, I wanted that extra motivator to get me out the door. I have been going regularly, going long and maintained my running mojo despite not having it to aim for, but I think that just because my previous times I didn’t have that opportunity for day time running that I’m now doing, for me, marathon training is hi vis kit, gloves, scarf etc as it’s cold weather and late at night or very early morning. I am posting better numbers with this day time running, but would have no ‘excuse’ to get out at night time without the marathon to aim for. As I say, I’m doing more now, but as it’s different, it seems I’m missing some of it out.

    I headed out on Tuesday for my first run in my reject training top (much better than getting yet another jacket!) I intended to run 5 miles as a loosener ahead of a 13 planned for Wednesday, but things went a little awry. I was off in my own little world, as I often am whilst running, and turned down Allenby Road toward home when I had intended to run all the way along to the end of Margate Road and around the old flour mill. I realised as I was around halfway down the road that I had gone the wrong way. By that point, I couldn’t actually be bothered to turn around and go back. Something about literally turning and running away from your house that makes it so much harder!! I managed to loop it a little to round up to 3.5miles


    My planned 13 went well and truly out of the window though. I met up with my friend James for a couple of beers on Tuesday night. Ended up getting more than a little jolly and was proper feeling that on Wednesday!! I actually had a banging headache right into the night and struggled to do any work on Wednesday. There was no way I was lacing up and heading out!

    Thursday was a busy day with appointments so I cheekily called in sick for work, which I laid the foundations for on Weds as I wasn’t sure I would make it through the day!! Kim and I went for a breakfast then a couple of shops before we had the fun of parent’s evening x5 followed by a secondary school tour for Ethan and Blake.

    I was feeling really drained and tired by the end of Thursday, so decided I was going to call in sick again on Friday and just attack next week with a fresh start. I considered heading out for a run if I wasn’t too lethargic. Friday came and I wasn’t really up for it, but decided I was going anyway. I could go longer than normal as the kids were at school and I didn’t have to get back for work. It would be a shame to waste the opportunity. So, I headed out with the plan to follow my usual long route down Chiltern, onto the seafront and back up past the Granville cinema. I wanted to keep going through to Broadstairs and if possible further along the seafront if I could. As I got into King George VI park, I was at around 4-5miles but felt good. No tiredness or struggles so I was def pushing through and around Broadstairs seafront. I didn’t want to run up through the high street though, so was heading past that and into unfamiliar territory. I just kept going using my invisible compass and gut feeling following random roads and surprisingly my pisspoor sense of direction obviously got messed up as I came out in a road I actually anticipated! I followed that round to the Broadway crossroads, then along past the secondary school we had been to the previous night, along to Pysons road and then the familiar run home along Margate Road and looping Westwood cross. I got home to 11.2miles and somehow managed to do so under 9min average pace despite some late struggles (hey, that’s my longest run in a long time!!)

    Hopefully I can sneak in a 5k with Kieran over the weekend as he has tailed off again. But my year to date on Strava is now showing as 444miles. So, SO close to that 500! I just want to get out there and smash out a whole bunch of runs and get it done!!
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  •   MedalMadUK commented on this post about 1 week ago
    A fairly productive week this week. Hit 3 runs, 7miles Tuesday, 3.2 on Thursday and then ran just under 6 today with an old buddy I’ve not seen for years but found on Strava posting similar times and distances to me (I checked and we have even covered the same distance for the year, I’m at 429miles, he’s on 423. Nice to have a run buddy, but I forgot how hard it is to talk when you’re running! We covered the 5.9 at 8:16 per mile average, but I was chatty and found it tough going because of that!!
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  •   MedalMadUK commented on this post about 3 weeks ago
    I went out for a 5k run on Tuesday morning, just as a loosener ahead of a 7 or 8 mile run planned for Wednesday. When I checked Strava, it showed me as completing 390 miles for the year. So standard my Wednesday run got upgraded to a 10mile! Boom. 400 for the year! And I didn’t actually find it difficult at all. I adjusted my route to take a new section in, enjoyable run, especially with the 400 total as a virtual ‘finishers medal’ 👍👍
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  •   JRoehl commented on this post about 1 month ago
    After a whole bunch of what I can only describe as naff and disappointing weeks, I have managed to get to the end of this week happy with my efforts! I have run every day this week, logging 5miles at 8.10 per mile average which is pretty fast for me over that kind of distance (generally at about 8.30 after 4miles), a second 1 mile with my wife on Tuesday followed by a 5k with Kieran in the evening to get his next infinity stone for his gauntlet challenge. Wednesday I hit a 7mile that was meant to be an 8-9 but I was struggling so had to bail out a little early. Yesterday I ran just over 3.5miles just to see if I could after Wednesday's difficulties. Kieran wants another 5k today and tomorrow so that he can get his next infinity stone and is determined to finish by September. If he sticks with that determination and we do run tonight and tomorrow, then I will feel obliged to go for even a 1mile run on Sunday to complete a full week of running which in my 9 years of running I have actually never achieved (I have 6 kids, the opportunity to stick with a run streak isn't there as my plans change constantly!) 20.1miles so far. literally just over a Marathon distance for the week if we do those 2 5ks (which if we do, i'll have to make that Sunday run a little longer than 1 to round it up to 30 - be rude not to!!)
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  •   MedalMadUK commented on this post about 1 month ago
    Got in a run on Monday, then followed this up with a 1 mile run with my wife Thursday (her first ever run!) which I followed immediately after with a 5k on my own. Not a massive week miles wise, but I’ve been doing school runs every day for their first week back at school, but won’t be doing so next week, so hope to get out and stretch my legs for a couple of longer runs. My run on Monday finished off my 225km run the board and my son submitted his evidence of 20k towards his infinity gauntlet. Both our medals and his first infinity stone arrived this week. Happy Verlanders!
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  •   MedalMadUK reacted to this post about 1 month ago
    Managed to squeeze in a 6mile run in the heat yesterday and trying my luck for signing up to a half marathon for next weekend, although it’s the last weekend before the kids go back to school, so not overly confident of getting the green light on that one! I like the easy pace of life when the kids are off, but likewise looking forward to having that free time when they are at school to start logging some proper miles again. Seriously dropped off in the past few weeks. Although I have also convinced my wife that running is better than a gym membership (that she hardly makes use of) so she says she is going to come running with me once or twice a week once the kids go back now that my youngest will be at nursery every morning too 👍
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  •   MedalMadUK reacted to this post about 2 months ago
    Not great still, but managed to get back out there at least. I really enjoy running with my son, but being 8, it kind of limits how far I can go!
    This week, I ran to the local cinema to pick up tickets for Angry Birds 2 (pretty good actually, if you haven't seen it!) which I managed to stretch out to 2.5miles. I then headed out again a couple of days later and ran 6miles, somehow managing to hit my normal pacing, despite not running more than 4 miles in over a month and feeling like I was really struggling.
    I am hopeful of getting out again for another 2 miles at some point today with my son. not exactly flying feet, but I am eeking my way forwards!
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  •   MedalMadUK commented on this post about 2 months ago
    A further unproductive week this week. Just really struggling to get out during these school holidays. Day time is almost impossible, night time is just as hard due to the kids staying up later and me being shattered by then too. really am letting things slip. need to buck my ideas up, to get my Run the Board medal I need to run around 40miles this month. Been out for two 2 mile runs with Kieran this week and hoping to do the same with him again today, but it's not cutting it. need to get myself out there for a longer run. grrr… so frustrating!!
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  •   MedalMadUK reacted to this post about 2 months ago
    managed to squeeze a single run in this week. only 3.2miles, but despite not running for over 2 weeks, I somehow managed to retain my usual pacing. This was also my first ever run outside of my 30's as I started running in October of 2009 after discovering I had a place in the 2010 London Marathon (I know, most people run THEN apply for a big race, but hey, I like to be different!) I had just turned 30 in that July. fast forward to my run this week and that was 2 weeks after my 40th birthday.
    running in your 40's isn't different from running in your 30's. So I reckon I will do some more of it!
    better had, I still have ~190miles to go to reach my 500miles for the year and also ~40miles for my run the board challenge which needs to be done by the end of this month
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  •   MedalMadUK reacted to this post about 2 months ago
    No run again this week. Just haven’t had the chance to get out there. Sounds like a lame excuse, but the only chance I got was Thursday. I was going to hit the coastline for 30mins whilst my car air-con was being re-gassed but on the day, my wife said it’s too hot it will be dangerous to run. I was going to anyway, but she got quite angry with me about my insistence, so I walked the road of the married man and just did as I was told. Good job too, I took a walk whilst waiting and was sweating within minutes. Thursday was a stupidly hot day! That new air con was good on the way home mind you! Onwards and upwards, got some making up to do now!
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  •   MedalMadUK commented on this post about 3 months ago
    So, I didn’t post last week, so I thought with the retrospective look on it, if give it a bit more detail. Apologies for the long diatribe, I have actually gone into too much detail, feel free to scroll on by..!
    I had a hard fought three miles on Monday, which I had hoped to follow up with a 5 on Tuesday, but the opportunity to get out on the tarmac just wasn't there.
    I wanted to get in that 5 as the week represented an end of an era (no, although my 40th birthday on the Sunday I don’t mean my thirties!)
    For the past couple of years, Kim has taken Iris to the school toddler group on a Wednesday in term time. Practically every week, with only a few that they have missed. For the last year to 18mths I have used that time to go out for a run wherever possible. As they are gone for around 2hrs, I have made Wednesday mornings my long run time (don't do long run Sunday..!) with the school year finishing the following week, this was the last session of toddler group and Iris won't be going back again as she will start nursery in September. I realise that means she is out for 3hrs every morning, but it isn't a specific day that I have locked in to do that longer run on, so won't be as affective at getting me out of the door.
    As this was my last long run Wednesday, I wanted to go a bit longer. I'd love to have done the run I wanted a couple of months back when I ran to my old work and back, clocking 10miles. I wanted to extend that out, running the perimeter of the site to push that out to 12/13miles (at which point I would have detoured a little en route home to make it up to 13.1 - standard!!). Unfortunately I never got around to doing that run, with the week at CubJam, then our holiday, my regular running got interrupted and I scaled back when I got back into it, not really building back up to the bigger distances as yet. BUT, this was my very last toddler group run. I hadn't got out on the Tuesday, hadn't run anything more than 5 or 6 miles for a long time and I wasn't feeling too great either, BUT I was going out and going long(ish) I wanted to run at least 8 if not 10 miles.
    I headed down towards the seafront for a coastal trot. I was feeling really rough and was struggling early on, but I had to push on. My headphones started beeping at me too, so I had a feeling this was going to be a hard run! I followed my usual path around the Ramsgate coastline and although when I got to the cinema I really REALLY wanted to turn down my usual road and head home that way, but I wanted to go longer so I pressed on for my originally planned route through King George VI park to Dumpton. As I headed through the park, at around the 4.5mile mark, my headphones died. 😧
    I hate running without music and still had over 30mins worth of running to do
    I had to keep on keeping on, so I pressed on forward and stuck to my plan. I headed back the same route as my run a couple of weeks back with some double backing on myself to boost the mileage. Although this time I stretched it out more, looping out and around the local shopping centre then home. I actually hit the 10mile mark when I was a few doors away from my house, so it turned out pretty well in the end!
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  •   MedalMadUK commented on this post about 3 months ago
    No runs at all this week. Unfortunately life just got in the way. I was busy all day on Monday, had my twins’ 10th birthday Tuesday and then took weds and thurs off work as I had loads to do, so had no time Friday as I was playing catch up at work. So, I’m still yet to post my first run in my 40’s after my Birthday last Sunday. I did run 13 miles the week before, but didn’t post about it as I had a spa day, drinks, dinner out on Friday last week as my birthday treat. I’ll write that up separately now...
    But, onwards and upwards. Need to pull my finger out and post some runs. School broken up for summer now, so daytime running is gonna be much harder for me.. wish me luck!!
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  •   MedalMadUK reacted to this post about 3 months ago
    A stressed out week with kids not getting the teachers we wanted for next year and problems with work meaning I was working until 11pm more than once this week took away all of my drive to get out there. I did manage to squeeze in 2 runs. Tuesday night and Thursday morning (I decided to claw back some of those extra hours and take a super long lunch break!) 5 miles in each. so at least hit my 10mile target for the week. I finished up on 8.08 per mile average pace on Tuesday and 8.30 per mile on Thursday. (it was hotter then, like - seriously hotter! and I wasn't as frustrated and angry on Thursday!) onwards and upwards, need to squeeze in a few more miles before next Sunday whilst I am still in my 30's!
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  •   MedalMike reacted to this post about 3 months ago
    Nothing exciting this week. I managed 3 runs, totalling just over 10miles, the hottest was actually the 3 mile 9pm run. I followed that with a 6mile coastal trot the following day and then a quick out and back run on Friday to buy tickets for Toy Story 4 for tomorrow. Can’t wait!!
    Currently sitting somewhere around 275miles for the year, so on target for my 500
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  •   MedalMike reacted to this post about 4 months ago
    Didn't manage too much. Was off camping last week with 700 cub scouts, so was drained all weekend devoid of any energy or enthusiasm. Monday I was back to work and had over 300 emails to deal with, which took me 2 days to action. I managed to get out for a 5 mile run on Wednesday, my first run in 2 weeks, which coincidentally was Global Running Day. Didn't manage to get out again, but hoping for a short run with Kieran tomorrow or Sunday before we head to Butlins for a week on Monday morning. Then I really do need to crack on as I've signed up to the run the board 225km challenge. Darn you MedalMad, you have me hooked on your challenges and fantastic bling! hahaha. Have to check out what others are available once I've finished this one (and buy a new Medal Hanger if I am going to keep getting these large medals!!)
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  •   MedalMadUK reacted to this post about 4 months ago
    Nothing major to cheer about this week. Kieran hasn't been feeling to great for the father and son run, so have been flying solo. only managed to get out for two runs this week, although, I did post 5.15miles on Tuesday at 8:28 per mile pace and followed that with an 8.19mile run on Wednesday at exactly the same pace.
    Off camping with cub scouts from all across the UK from tomorrow until next Friday, so wont have anything to post next week, but back on it the following week before another break from running when I am at Butlins with the family for the week.
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  •   MedalMadUK reacted to this post about 5 months ago
      Reposted from Rafiki_Runner
    Snuck out of work on Tuesday for a cheeky 3.5 miles and then managed 8.1 on Wednesday morning despite being woken up at 5am. I didn't manage to get out at all on Friday as I was woken at 3am that day, so called into work sick to just have a chill...
    Snuck out of work on Tuesday for a cheeky 3.5 miles and then managed 8.1 on Wednesday morning despite being woken up at 5am. I didn't manage to get out at all on Friday as I was woken at 3am that day, so called into work sick to just have a chill out day. Took Kieran out for a 1 mile run on Saturday morning, just to ease him back in as he hasn't run for almost 3 weeks. He wanted to go further, until we got to about half a mile and he was struggling. I told him, I know what I'm doing son. you haven't run for a while, so first 1 or 2 runs you will find harder than they should be, but the fitness comes back even quicker than it dips. With this in mind, I'm aiming for a 2 tomorrow night then get him back on the 5ks.
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  •   MedalMadUK commented on this post about 5 months ago
    Snuck out of work on Tuesday for a cheeky 3.5 miles and then managed 8.1 on Wednesday morning despite being woken up at 5am. I didn't manage to get out at all on Friday as I was woken at 3am that day, so called into work sick to just have a chill out day. Took Kieran out for a 1 mile run on Saturday morning, just to ease him back in as he hasn't run for almost 3 weeks. He wanted to go further, until we got to about half a mile and he was struggling. I told him, I know what I'm doing son. you haven't run for a while, so first 1 or 2 runs you will find harder than they should be, but the fitness comes back even quicker than it dips. With this in mind, I'm aiming for a 2 tomorrow night then get him back on the 5ks.
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  •   MedalMadUK reacted to this post about 5 months ago
    11.5 miles this week. it's been a bit of a slow week without much opportunity to get out. it has also been raining. a lot. which has a somewhat negative impact on the enthusiasm and drive to get out there! 4 miles this morning, a 4.2 in torrential rain on Wednesday and a 3.2 on Tuesday
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