This Week In Running #9

The one with the Three Peaks!

This week meant that the time had come for my goal spring event, The Three Peaks race.

full report is on the way so i will just say it was …….Bumpy.

Training was easy this week with only 9 miles run before race day.

On Wed we were very lucky as a club at Radcliffe AC as we got selected for a training evening with Polar and GB Marathon Coach Nick Anderson. Nick owns Runningwithus and is widely regarded as one of britain’s best endurance coaches.

Coach Mike had arranged the session and although i was racing saturday i simply could not give up the opportunity to take part in this session.

After a presentation from Nick and Polar we went out to the track and did 6 x 3 mins rotating between zone 4 and 5 HR zones. I usually hide on the other side of the whistle and it was a bloody tough session but it was great to be hammering myself!

Sat brought the Three peaks and one of the toughest events i have ran,Whernside ascent nearly had me in tears!

Running highlight of the week

Has to be Weds session with Polar,it was a truly amazing opportunity to be coached by the same guy who has worked with Mo Farah,Tracey Barlow and countless other top flight Athletes.

Non Running Highlight of the Week

Friday will take some beating,my wife had bought me an indoor skydiving experience for my birthday back in Feb and i visited iFly in Manchester friday morning.It was simply fantastic i had three ‘jumps’ the last one with a VR headset on which saw me skydive off the coast of Hawaii !

That gift will take some beating Mrs W!



This Week In Running #8

The one where Yuki stole Boston!

What a week! Callum Hawkins detonated at the gold coast and Yuki kawauchi steals the show at Boston. It was a tale of two halves with the gold coast being a scorcher and Callum unfortunately suffering heat stroke and collapsing with 2k to go! If you haven’t seen the footage it was heartbreaking and i hope Callum comes back faster and stronger.

Fast forward 24 hours to Boston and winter had returned with heavy rains and freezing winds Marathon Talk podcast favourite Yuki Kawauchi battled it out in typical vest and short shorts to take his first Boston win,i’ve been a massive fan of Marathon talk for years and it felt like a family member had won!

I’ve had a busy week training wise this week with 6 out of 7 days running.I hadn’t planned it but my coaching session on wednesday was using pairs and with an odd number i had to jump in and actually do some work for a change!

Saturday My wife and i travelled to Blackpool ,you can read all about that HERE.

Sunday was all about dot watching and being glued to the elite Field at London and what a day! Mo surprised me running third and taking the British men’s record and Kipchoge stormed to another victory,can that guy have a bad race??

I had a fair few friends and club mates down in the big smoke and it certainly looked a hot one! Stand out performance for me was my teammate Neal who ran the race of his life coming in sub 2.40 and taking our clubs record!

My running this week will be all about easy runs as its only six days to the three peaks!


Last weeks Training.

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This Week In Running #7

The one with the Tempo session!

This hasn’t been a bad week i have managed an easy run,a speed session and a long run,the building blocks of all good running plans.

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My plan was to get another run in today (Sunday) but i was helping out at my clubs 10k event and simply could not be bothered after a morning of,marshal duties and arguments with horse riders! My local council in there infinite wisdom decided to give a race permit to my club and a horse riding club to run events on almost identical courses at the same time! 300 runners and 40 horses became ‘interesting’ at best.

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Our course takes in some great local trails and if you are around next year come and give it a try!

I’m a firm believer in the next quote and many of my coached runners probably roll their eyes when they hear me say;

‘one bad run doesn’t make you a bad runner no more than one good run makes you a great one’ 

I’m not sure where i first heard it but it stuck and i say it ad Nauseum,but by god did i enjoy Tuesdays session!

I had a crap day at work and couldn’t be bothered training so i popped my hokas on with the intention of doing an easy run and just getting the miles in but once i was out something just clicked and i was ready to go! My first couple of miles started to tick off and each one faster than the previous,being the competitive git i am i decided to see how long i could carry it on……The answer 8 miles in 52.31 and my quickest 8 miles in training ever!

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I arrived back home absolutely exhausted but with that runners high we all chase but don’t always achieve! who would’ve thought hokas could be used for speed work,i may wear them in my next 10k!


The next two weeks i am going to hit a mini taper ready for the three peaks fell race on the 28th April.