Going back to BMF – now Be Military Fit (BeMF)

bushy park 

Late last year British Military Fitness (BMF) was rebranded to Be Military Fit (BeMF). The Bushy Park BMF regulars and I thought nothing of it. Some new vans, some new bibs. Nothing’s going to change and we’ll all carry on as normal. Continue reading “Going back to BMF – now Be Military Fit (BeMF)”

The Awesome Running Playlist – Track 27

Track 27 – Only Human – KH (aka Four Tet)

Again, I’m not entirely sure how I can across this track, but it was only a few months ago. Most probably YouTube. This is under Four Tet’s pseudonym, KH. Four Tet is an English musician and prominent remixer, who recently wowed people at Alexandra Palace, London with his gig and light show. Continue reading “The Awesome Running Playlist – Track 27”

The Big Cycling Trip – Get workin’

60 mile bike ride

My friends and I have planned and booked a trip to the French Alps. Well, they did really, I had little input into planning and booking rather that just saying I wanted to go. It will consist of 3 days of cycling up and down big and famous French Alpine passes. Quite an endeavour.

On Monday this arrives on the WhatsApp group

“Having been out with most of you over the past 3 weeks I think we’ve got some work to do. As Nick pointed out Day 2 of our ride is 120km and nearly 4000m of climbing. As it stands I think 3 of us will be able to cope with it”.

Ouch! Continue reading “The Big Cycling Trip – Get workin’”

The Awesome Running Playlist – Track 26

Track 26 – Mo Money Mo Problems – The Notorious B.I.G. featuring Puff Daddy, Kelly Price and Mase (1997)

This is one of my all-time favourite tunes and an excellent party track. The upbeat-ness of the tune makes it a great running track. Much of this is down to the genius of the Chic duo Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers and their hook written for the Diana Ross classic “I’m Coming Out”. Continue reading “The Awesome Running Playlist – Track 26”

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”