Archive for March, 2014

The Charnwood Marathon- Event Report

Charnwood MarathonThe Charnwood Marathon is a fairly local challenge event for me, and as it runs through some of the most scenic areas of the Charnwood Hills area in Leicestershire and I missed it last year I thought I’d pay it a wee visit. I have done this event a few times before but- whew- it kicked my ass a bit today…

The Charnwood Marathon used to start and finish at Quorn Village Hall, but for the past couple of years it has moved to Rawlins School just up the road. It was good to see Ross and his canine walking companion, Kyla, and we walked together- I usually end up doing these events on my own so it does make a difference having someone to chat to.

It was a lovely sunny spring day, and after being started by the bell ringing town crier we headed out over the fields to the villages of Woodhouse and Woodhouse Eves. I was expecting it to be muddy but thankfully it seemed to have dried out a little.

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Businessman on Start Line of Running TractOne of the questions I am asked quite a lot is ‘how do you find the time to train?’ This is always going to be a problem for us endurance types, as whereas the casual jogger can get by on a couple of short 5k runs a week, the kind of events we do tend to demand that we run or walk for hours and hours in preparation.

In fact it can put some people off endurance events altogether, but that’s a real shame. Look- I get it. Just when do you find the time to train when you have a full time job, a couple of kids and a spouse who doesn’t share your endurance interests and demands that you spend time with them (I mean, just how unreasonable can you get!?)

I understand. Ok I may not have the spouse and kids, but I have the full time job plus two very demanding and attention seeking kitties.

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Just about recovered…

I think I am just about recovered from my failed attempt at the Millennium Ultra. I think I picked up some kind of a virus last week as I felt headachey, achey and really really tired, unless it was just the after effects of the event and my general unfitness and rubbishness.

Ah well. Onwards and upwards as they say… Been getting back on the horse this week with a little running, a walk in the lovely evening sunshine tonight and a gym session planned for tomorrow.

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Event Report- The Millennium Way Ultra

Millennium UltraI have been delaying my write up of the Millennium Way Ultra. This has been because I don’t really know what to say or how I feel about it.

Don’t get me wrong- it was a great event, with the great organisation and friendliness that is typical of a Beyond Marathon event. It’s just that I… well I… kind of… erm…

Oh ok. I DNF’d. Yep- I didn’t finish. I dropped out.

DNF. Those three letters every endurance athlete dreads but which all must face, probably several times, over the course of their running and walking careers. And I faced them today.

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