London Marathon 2019 Race Recap

London Marathon 2019 Start

I’d been building toward the London marathon for 17 weeks. If truth were told, I probably started before then but got a little more serious before Christmas. I talked about my build up in my post here.

I spend the week before the race with four days in Poland and four in Athens, Greece. The time in Poland allowed gently runs along the beach and a blast around Gdansk parkrun. Continue reading “London Marathon 2019 Race Recap”

The Awesome Running Playlist – Track 25

Track 25 – Falling (Duke Dumont Remix) – HAIM (2013)

I slightly slower tune but still with some beats to keep you rumbling. This track is a remix of the opening tune off Haim’s debut album, Days Are Gone from 2013. I probably came across this tune about a year ago on YouTube as I was randomly searching for music. Continue reading “The Awesome Running Playlist – Track 25”

Fulham and Putney Half Marathon 14th April 2019 – Race Review

Fulham and Putney Half Start

I’m actually going to review this race. I finished in 1:47:31 and 25th in my age category (191st overall). It was tough-ish following a boozy lunch with friends, but as a final long-ish run in a race environment, I was pretty happy with my run. I kept calm, did not go mad. My legs got a little sore, nothing too bad, but I need to focus on nutrition, some short sessions and rest for the next two weeks. Continue reading “Fulham and Putney Half Marathon 14th April 2019 – Race Review”

Should you run a negative split?

London Marathon Mass

I’ve been contemplating how to run the London Marathon in 2 weeks time. In my research, it’s come up a few times that I should run a negative split.

  • A negative split is running the second half of a race faster than the first
  • A positive split is the opposite – a faster first half of a race faster than the second
  • An even split is run both halves at the same pace.

My current plan for the London Marathon is to do 9 min/miles and come in under 4 hours. If I’m honest, I’m probably going to go off a little quicker, bank some minutes and then if I slow down, I’ve hopefully got something in the bag, so to say. Therefore, run a positive split. Continue reading “Should you run a negative split?”

Kingston Spring Raceday Recap/Review – 31st March 2019

Kingston Spring Raceday Start I’ve run the Kingston Breakfast Run as this run was once called once before back in 2010, before my last London Marathon. It has been a mainstay for many years for spring marathon runners as it offers a 16-mile race, 4 weeks before the London Marathon and 2 weeks prior to Brighton. Continue reading “Kingston Spring Raceday Recap/Review – 31st March 2019”

Marathon Training – Weeks 1 to 13

The-Big-Half-Finish

I’ve been meaning to post this for some time. Now there’s only 4 weeks until the London Marathon. I’m following the VLM intermediate plan. It’s the most structured plan I have followed for some time. When I say structured, what I probably mean is, it’s one I’ve followed most rigidly. Continue reading “Marathon Training – Weeks 1 to 13”

Podcasts – Tidy Up Your Life Admin

Podcast

This is going to be a series of posts about tidying up the general clutter in digital life. It’s very much the “One day” category of decluttering. “One day I will look/listen/read this thing” but you never do and it just builds up and up! This second post is about podcasts. Continue reading “Podcasts – Tidy Up Your Life Admin”

The Big Half Race Review and Recap – 10th March 2019

The-Big-Half-Start

This is the second year of the half marathon organised by the organisers of Virgin Money London Marathon, the Prudential RideLondon festival of cycling and Swim Serpentine.

The entry was via ballot and is purposely very timely for the upcoming London Marathon. The general entry fee was £39.00 (£35.00 for members of a British Athletics affiliated running club). Entry fee for runners from the four boroughs the run passes through was £30.

The Build Up

It was a 6 am alarm. Luckily I set two alarms as I fell asleep after the first. Continue reading “The Big Half Race Review and Recap – 10th March 2019”

The Awesome Running Playlist – Track 24

Track 24 – For What You Dream Of – Bedrock (1993)

Dropping back to an all-out dance classic this week. Off one of the best dance complication albums ever and part of the classic Trainspotting soundtrack, is the British electronic music duo (John Digweed and Nick Muir) with their dance floor stomper from the early 90s. Continue reading “The Awesome Running Playlist – Track 24”

Ronhill Mens Infinity Cargo Stretch Running Shorts – Review

Ronhill Cargo ShortsI recently raved about the On Hybrid Running Shorts. I thought I had found salvation – carrying my phone and other bits whilst running. Whilst I solved my problem, I was still not quite happy. The inner shorts were a bit short for me. I always wear tight/compression shorts that come to just above my knee and then loose shorts over the top. The On inner shorts come halfway down my thigh. Also, although I bought an extra-large in the On Hybrids, the inner short is still a bit too small to get over my ass.

I then came across the Ronhill Men’s Infinity Cargo Stretch Running Shorts. Continue reading “Ronhill Mens Infinity Cargo Stretch Running Shorts – Review”