Friday, 27 February 2015

Injury Woes!

So a self imposed running ban this week as I'm sadly injured. After running 38 miles in three days, with a 8m high intensity tempo run two days later, I could feel I may have pushed it a little too much. Sadly my next steady run confirmed this and It became clear that I had developed shin splints in my left leg.

Nearly a week on and my leg is no longer painful to the touch but is still very achey in the morning.  I'm hoping that after another couple of days rest I will be able to get out for some steady 4-5 mile runs next week. Although I find myself now 69 miles behind in my 2015, I'm pleased I've has the discipline to stop running and recover, and have hopefully stopped any longer term injury from occurring.

Fundraising has continued to grow with my current total now standing at £1139.80 in support of Hospice UK.

You can help me reach my £2015 target by sponsoring me at

Thursday, 19 February 2015

250-254 miles sponsored by Mary W

A very steady miles tonight as I'm becoming increasingly worried about the pain in my left leg.  Think I need to stop any kind of intensive work until I see an improvement.

Thanks to Mary for her support of this run for Hospice UK.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

242 - 250 miles Sponsored by Mary W


That's the equivalent of running from Sheffield to Dover (next stop France!)

Really please to have hit the 250 mark with an 8 mile tempo run.  I used the 1st and final miles as a warm-up and cool-down, with the 6 in the middle run at target half marathon pace (6:50/mi).  I felt really strong throughout the 6 miles, the fastest paced run so far this year, and am hoping that this speed will stand me in good stead as I aim for a new 5k PB at Rother Valley ParkRun this Saturday.

Thanks to Mary W for her kind sponsorship of this run, in support of Hospice UK.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

224 - 242 (Sponsored by Les & Rachel, April and Mary W)

My longest run since last summer; 18 miles which was mostly laps of the flat Rother Valley Country Park Lake.  Another outing for the head torch with me feeling like James Bond as I darted in the pitch black through the woods on my way home!  Although tired, my legs felt strong the whole way round and am really pleased to be running this kind of distance so far out from the marathon.

Thanks to Les & Rachel, April and Mary W for their kind sponsorship of this run for Hospice UK.

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Saturday, 14 February 2015

214 - 224 miles (Sponsored by Les & Rachel)

Another steady 10 miles today, a few little twinges but seemed to ease the further into the run I got.

Thanks to Les & Rachel for their generous sponsorship of this run in aid of Hospice UK.

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Friday, 13 February 2015

204 - 214 miles (Sponsored by Matt L and Les & Rachel

A really busy week which has meant that my first run hasn't been until Friday, leaving me 38 miles to cover in 3 days!  Kept things steady for this early morning (5:30am) 10 miler. All good and it's more mile in the bag.

Thanks to Matt and Les & Rachel for their kind sponsorship of these miles.

On the fundraising front I was thrilled to learning that the raffle and refreshments money from my school show raised a massive £326 and have moved me over £1000 for Hospice UK.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

187 - 204 miles Sponsored by Matt L

An early start this morning for a 17 miles long run. Really please to have passed the 200 miles mark for the year; although I'm still technically 11 miles short of my target.

Thanks to Matt for kindly sponsoring this run in support of Hospice UK

Saturday, 7 February 2015

182.2 - 187 miles Sponsored by Matt L

A slow and steady 4.8 miles recovery run tonight, trying to shake off a few little niggles before my long 17 miler in the morning.

Thanks to Matt L for his kind sponsorship of this run in support of Hospice UK.

Friday, 6 February 2015

174.2 - 182.2 miles Sponsored by the Barrios Family and Matt L

A pre school show, 8 mile steady run along Sheffield's canal paths; perfect running - no hills!

Thanks to the Barrios family and Matt L for sponsoring this run in support of Hospice UK.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

168.7 - 174.2 miles Sponsored by The Barrios Family

A 5.5 miles tempo run this morning with 5 miles 30 seconds (ish!) faster than marathon pace. Hard work but another one that I felt my fitness improving.

Thanks to the Barrios family for the generous sponsorship of this run in aid of Hospice UK.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

158.7 - 168.7 miles Sponsored by The Statons and Maradona Barrios!

10 miles tonight with the middle 8 miles at my target marathon pace of 7:30/mile. Although it is by no means easy at this pace, it is certainly easier than a few weeks ago. Although I'm not wearing a heart rate monitor for my runs at the moment, my breathing and heart rate remained fairly relaxed throughout the run and has got me starting to think that a 3hr15min might just be acheivable.

Thanks to the amazing Statons and Maradona (AKA The Barrios family) for their kind sponsorship of this run in aid of Hospice UK.

Fundraising has now reached £721.80, and particular thanks goes to the members of Bramley Brass who's members were so generous at the weekend.

A reminder that you can sponsor a mile and have your name on the Mile Sponsor's Roll of Honour by donating at

Sunday, 1 February 2015

142.7 - 158.7 miles Sponsored by The Statons

An early start this morning after a long week of Panto and lots of late nights.  A 16 mile round trip to Sheffield and back and a test of two possible routes for me to run into work at some point this week.  I managed to keep the running fairly relaxed and at my planned steady pace.  Did feel too bad at all by the end of the run, definitely feeling the benefit of the increased distance of the challenge.