Monthly Archives: March 2014

Gear review : ASICS Gel-FujiElite trail racer

Slurp, squelch, slide…fall. Bugger. It’s muddy out on the trails at the moment and even the hard packed gravel trails have become impassable for my road shoes. Time to get some trail shoes!

ASICS UK came to my rescue and sent me a media sample of the ASICS Gel-FujiElite trail racers to test and review. The FujiElite is a new release and is part of their ‘speed’ range of shoes featuring a racing last. I’ve now done over 100km in them, ranging from 5km races at my local Parkrun to 20+km training runs and have found them to be much more multipurpose than just the ‘racing’ tag-line they are marketed with.


A low drop (6mm) racing shoe for trail, with a host of features made for trail

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Marathon de Paris : R minus 10

And the unorthodox training continues…

But this time in a good way.

It’s 10 days to go to Marathon de Paris and it is ‘metronome week’ for me, but yesterday’s workout was a little different in that it was broken into three parts – football training sandwiched between two marathon-pace efforts.

The first block was 7.5km at marathon pace, however I was speeding (again) in some sections. I need to get that under control by being more focussed on my pace and not accelerating even if the pace feels easy. It’s meant to feel easy in the early stages, so it doesn’t become impossible to keep up in the latter stages!

The second block was football training which started with 2x400m sprints and then drills. I find football training a really good ‘cross train’ for distance running because of the Fartlek nature of the training. The short sprints build power, the turning and changing acceleration builds stability and keeps your ankles and knees strong, and because Aussie Rules is a contact sport there is a large core strength component to it. While the session covered close to 5km, it was over more than an hour so as a ‘run’ it wasn’t too hard.

The third block was the run home from training and again was at marathon pace, with a ‘fast finish’ kilometre before the last mile cool-down. It went a bit awry in kilometre four because of the combination of a steep, long hill and the fatigue from the first two sessions, but after that slow kilometre I was able to get it together for the ‘fast finish’ with a kilometre at something close to 10k pace.

Overall a good, but slightly tiring session. I only have two 5km runs left this week, then a final ‘long run’ on Sunday of about 13km and then it’s The Final Coutdown. Daahhhh, da duh duh duh…dah daahhhh daahhhh…dadadahhh…



Finally something that isn’t about Marathon de Paris!

All I seem to be talking about lately is Marathon de Paris, even I’m getting sick of it. So here’s something else!

I can’t remember if I’ve said this before but I’m taking part in the Around the World Running Blog Relay organised by Kyla over at Early Bird Fitness (you may know her from her old site ‘Motivation’), so with the above runs that makes 24.3km this week so far for #ATWRBR2014 with a current total of 155.1km for March. If you are interested in taking part, drop past her site and follow the link to register. Last week we managed a massive 1397.52km together – read about it here.




I’m also taking part in the Virtual Running UK Blog Hop, organised by Kirsten at Virtual Running. This is a virtual 5k race where you enter a ‘race’ by providing proof (via screen shot or garmin link) of your 5k run, plus the ‘hop’ bit is you post about your previous month’s run on the first Saturday of the next month. I’ve chosen my 5k run for the month already (astute readers may know which one I chose), but I’ll have to wait until the first Saturday of the month to ‘hop’ about it…


That’s it for today. Time to go lace up…


Happy running everyone!


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Marathon de Paris : Two weeks to go

Or; ‘The unorthodox training continues…’

In a recent post I talked about my ‘unorthodox’ training build-up for Marathon de Paris, but that I had managed to find a strong finish to the last week of training before the taper.

Or so I thought. Turns out my cold which stopped me running for the early part of last week decided to rear it’s (very ugly) head on Saturday and Sunday, so I missed my last long 30km run in my schedule.

Yeah, I admit I have a bit of trepidation about missing that run, but I’m sticking to the key rule that is relevant to all runners of all experience – always stick to the plan.

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Sometimes you just need to go for a blast…

I knew this was going to be a fast run even before I put on my shoes. My mind was telling me, my body was telling me, yelling at me – “MUST RUN!”


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Paris Marathon Training : and some new recovery snacks

It’s three weeks until Paris and yesterday I completed my longest run of this build up, a 27km TLT (Threshold-Long-Threashold) session. The session went like this:
– Dynamic warmup: squats, walking lunges, leg swings, sideways leg swings, hip-openers, glute-activators followed by 1km slow run.
Threshold : Three repeats of 3.2km run to HR at Zone 4.5-5.0 pace, followed by 3 minute walk break.
Long : 13km ‘LSD’ run to HR at Zone 3.8-4.2 pace, followed by 3 minute walk break.
Threshold : 3.2km run to HR at Zone 4.5-5.0 pace.
– Cool-down : 0.5km slow jog, 800m walk.

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An early morning run surprise

Finally, my first early run without my headlamp. It feels like ages since I’ve run in the morning without my headlamp, but with the arrival of Spring the mornings are getting lighter, and I was treated to an awesome sunrise during my run.

This run was a 10km ‘no-plan’ run. This week was scheduled to be easy after Sundays half marathon, so I just took the run as it came, starting off slowly and weaving through Hampstead Heath enjoying the sunrise.

I noticed on the turn for home that my heart rate was lower than usual and that I could push a bit more than expecting. A lot more, even. Enough that I now have a new fastest km and fastest mile record in my Garmin.

All I can assume is that the half marathon race boosted my fitness and the good rest this week has meant my body could take advantage and just go faster. Certainly it’s unusual for me to set a new km record as part of a 10k run rather than in, say, a 1km repeats session. Or maybe I’ve been under achieving in my repeat sessions…

Whatever the reason, it seems my speeds are increasing at the moment from what they were a year ago. I thank the extra hill work and speedwork I’ve done in the last four months at the suggestion of my running rehabilitation trainer.

I feel stronger when running, and my fitness seems improved, both good things with a marathon due in under five weeks. However, I do need to watch my hip and hamstring which are bit niggly following the silverstone half, and make sure I keep improving without overtraining. It’s only three and a bit weeks of hard training left before I start the taper. Gulp…

This weekend I’m off to Bordeaux with my Aussie rules footy team to play in a pre-season round-robin event against Bordeaux and Toulouse. I’m taking my trainers so I can go for a run around the old town on Sunday morning, but that will all depend on how I pull up after the games on Saturday. It’s the first of the season so I may just resemble someone who slept in a washing machine and be so bruised and sore as to be unable to run. In which case I will have to sample to the local wine, which I’m given to understand is rather good…

Happy running everyone!


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Running Amnesia

As runners we suffer from some form of pain related amnesia. I’m sure of it. I mean, it seems like just two minutes after we finish a race we’re already thinking about ‘what next?’.

True to form, I ran Silverstone on Sunday and by today I had forgotten about any pain I had in the race and went ahead and enrolled in the Thames Path 50km event for September. It’s part of a 100km ultra, but I’m not up for that distance yet. Instead I signed up to one of the 50km sections. To be precise, the second 50km leg. The one that takes place at night.

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Around the World Running Bloggers

Hi everyone!
Just thought I would re-blog this awesome challenge that I’m participating in. Organised by Kylabee at Motivation it’s an around the world relay where runners who blog or bloggers who run join up and see how many miles we can cover in March and April.
As it’s only just started Kylabee is still taking entries, just fill in the entry form and you’re in. Hoping we can get some more people running, especially from the Southern Hemisphere!

Happy running everyone!


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Adidas Silverstone Half Marathon Race Recap

It was a bracing day to be running in Northamptonshire. Ominous grey clouds built as myself and running buddy Ryan drove up the M1 towards Silverstone racecourse, the little hire car being rocked by gusts of wind. The weather forecast was also getting worse by the hour, predicting rain and strong winds for the race. Upon arrival at the racecourse the wind chill was extreme, so we kept on all our layers and decided to change at the last minute to avoid turning into icicles before the race started. We also realised we needed to visit the Adidas expo shop. Me to get a running cap, my running buddy to get a running belt to hold his phone – both items having been forgotten from the race packing…


As we’d arrived over an hour before the start we had time to continue our pre-race fuelling, get a coffee and for me to endure an almost interminable wait for a stall in the toilets. It turned out that the long queue was caused by lots of people using the stalls as changing rooms instead of braving the elements outside. ‘Tut, tut’ say I. Everyone else was braving the elements and changing outside. “You are going to race in it. Better get used to it.” is my motto. Read the rest of this entry

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