Getting passed that 1 hour run

Ealing Half Start 2016

Sometimes it depends on what your first race was. Then there’s a blocker and you can’t move up a distance.

If your training for a 10km you realise you have to run for about an hour and that’s about as far as you go in your training.  Following the race, you still never get past that hour mark.

We can get stuck at the distances that are well known to us and we feel comfortable at. Just like life. Stepping up into the new position at work. Taking on a little more can be daunting, so we stay where we’re comfortable. Continue reading “Getting passed that 1 hour run”

Running – Get out the door!

In a recent post, I stated that one of my goals this year is to run more races.

It’s the start of the year and the likelihood is that you’ve set some running goals. It maybe to do your first 5km, achieve a Boston Marathon qualifying time or even complete an ultramarathon. It could just be to be out the door more often. Continue reading “Running – Get out the door!”

Race Plans for 2017 – Lace ’em up!

As Blue Monday rolls past, you may be thinking of signing up for a race to kick start your training and banish the January blues.

In my New Year post, I mentioned that in 2017 I want to take part in more races. I love the community atmosphere of races. The feeling that we’re all in it together. That 1000s of people get up early on a Sunday morning to test and challenge themselves. Here’s a list or races that I’ve booked or I’m planning on doing this year.

Dash for Splash 10km – Wimbledon Common – 26/02/17

Wimbledon Common

This is very local to me and Wimbledon Common is one of my favourite places so running this is a no brainer. Continue reading “Race Plans for 2017 – Lace ’em up!”

Part-Year Review. Part New Year 2017 Re-Up

New Year

It’s the New Year and that can only mean one thing. Resolutions!

There’s a lot said about resolutions. Some of it negative. They’re pointless. A huge percentage of people give them up within 2 weeks, so what’s the point in trying. Why wait until 1st January to start something that you really want to do and will make you happier or healthier.

I agree with the last point. What’s the point in waiting? But if there were to be some arbitrary date to get started then 1st January is as good as any. If it gets you up and provides some motivation. Why not!

I’ve been working on putting things in place to improve myself and my health throughout in 2016. Some have had success, some have come, gone and come back again and some never really got started. They’re more general things I wanted to do during 2016 and some were not particularly specific. Which could have been one of my issues.

RUNNING

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The Andy Files – How to exercise more!

Andy and Iain a long time ago

I wrote this post a few months ago, but it seems like a good time to post it, seeing as it’s the New Year.

I recently shared my blog with my brother and he set me the challenge of how I can to help him with simple fitness and eating habits with the aim of losing one stone. If you have missed the previous 3 posts of The Andy Files you can find them here and here and here.

As I have previously mentioned, Andy works long hours, has a lengthy commute and has 2 children. Time is his big problem. He has since moved back to Dubai, but everything still stands.

In my previous post, I wrote about how to improve your diet. In this one, I’m writing about how you can exercise more.

I think there can be a million studies done, but the consensus will always be – to lose weight, you need to put a little less in and burn a few more calories through exercise. You can try and cheat and hack your way to do it, but to be successful your very likely going to have to do these two things.

Here are some ideas on how to exercise more with time constraints – Continue reading “The Andy Files – How to exercise more!”

Can I go back to the gym?

 Gym

I mentioned in my recent post about Yoga that I recently had a free 14-day pass to a David Lloyd gym.

I’ve taken every opportunity to use it as much as I can and do things I’ve not done before. I’ve done fancy spinning with an immersive screen, hot yoga, normal yoga and pilates.

This place is nice. It has 8 indoor tennis courts, outdoor courts, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, Pilates studio, Yoga studio, steam room, sauna, immersive spinning studio, café (with beer) and all the other gym stuff. It’s clean and generally pretty swanky. This obviously comes at a price. A fairly hefty monthly price. Continue reading “Can I go back to the gym?”

A Male Perspective on Yoga

Yoga MenOver the past 2 weeks, I’ve had a free 14-day pass to David Lloyd Gyms. Wanting to take as much advantage as possible, I’ve tried  as many new activities as possible. One of these was hot yoga! Following my session, I mentioned to friends that I’d been to yoga and there were a few raised eyebrows and jokes about “how I’d changed”. They were obviously joking because I am such a rough tough fella!

But there are some misconceptions about yoga –

  1. It’s for girls!
  2. It’s easy and not real exercise!

Continue reading “A Male Perspective on Yoga”

Get back into cycling – On yer bike!

Me, Geoff and Nesh on Bikes

A few weekends ago I headed out for my first “proper” road cycling ride with two friends of mine. One of them has been riding for a couple of years and the other for about a year. It is a fairly irregular trip out on a Saturday or Sunday morning for around 2-3 hours.

I’ve been cycling to work on and off for 6 years and have been saying I will upgrade my hybrid to a road bike one day. That day finally came a few weeks ago when I got a nice deal on a Cannondale CAAD8 road bike.

Cycling has boomed over the last few years. Continue reading “Get back into cycling – On yer bike!”

British Military Fitness (BMF) – What’s it like?

Bushy Park BMF

I regularly mention my British Military Fitness (BMF) sessions in my posts. I’ve been going to BMF for over 5 years now and keep going back for more.

As I have admitted in the About me post, I used to be 12kgs heavier, and 4 inches larger in the waist.  I ran intermittently, but this wasn’t doing anything to control my weight and get me fit. My flatmate and my best friend used to go regularly to the gym together, but I never really got on with the gym. I always found myself watching the clock, or doing just enough exercise to feel like I’d justified the visit. Continue reading “British Military Fitness (BMF) – What’s it like?”

The Streets of London – VLM 2017 Results

2008 London Marathon

The 2017 London Marathon ballot results were out last week.

I won’t build the tension. I didn’t get a place (the sixth time in a row). Actually, I don’t know anyone who got a place (in real life or online life). Maybe the people who are in, keep it quiet as there are so many peeved off people grumping about the ballot system.

The email arrived (I am yet to find my magazine) and I was not too crushed; I knew the chances of a place were slim. (1 in 16 I believe).

2017 VLM Email
My “You’re not in” email

I have also had the privilege of running the London Marathon twice (one back in 2008 via the NSPCC and then 2010 via the ballot), so I can’t be too down about it.  Continue reading “The Streets of London – VLM 2017 Results”