The comeback is on!

Ok guys, so my last post was a couple of weeks ago where I told you that I’d signed up for some races because I needed to get back to being fit and healthy. We’ll it took a little longer to get back to it than anticipated, but the comeback is most definitely now on.

Soon after I wrote that post, I ended up getting some sort of viral thing, which gave me a cold for a few days and then migrated up to my ears where it has been causing me hassle ever since. I spent a couple of days feeling really dizzy and off-balance, and still haven’t quite got back to normal (although it’s a lot better than it was) so I only started my workouts again this week.

I’ve managed to get in 3 gym workouts in this week. I haven’t stated running yet because I’m still feeling a bit dizzy and off-balance. Instead, I’ve been using the bikes and the cross trainer in the gym. Heres how the weeks workouts looked:

Tuesday:

  • 10 minute warm up on the bike (resistance level 3)
  • 20 minutes on the cross trainer (resistance level 3)
  • 10 minute cool down walk on the treadmill (speed 2.7)

Calories burnt: Don’t know – forgot to write it down!

Saturday:

  • 23 minutes on the cross trainer (resistance level 3)
  • 1000m on the rowing machine (resistance level 6)
  • Weight machines (3 sets of 8 reps – between 7.5kg and 15kg depending on the machine)
  • 10 minute cool down on the bike

Calories burnt: 262

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Yet to perfect the art of the gym-selfie!

Sunday:

  • 25 minutes on the cross trainer (resistance level 3)
  • 10 minutes cool down on the bike

Calories burnt: 221

It’s been so nice to get back into working out, and I’m already feeling the beneficial effects. I feel much less lethargic, even though it’s only been a week. Exercise really is good for the mind, body and soul!

I weighed myself when I went back Tuesday and I was 70 kg (11 stone) so I’m aiming to drop a stone although I’m not putting a time scale on it. As long as things are going in the right direction then that’s fine by me.

I’ve also been tracking what I eat via myfitnesspal. Even though I often go over my daily calorie allowance, I feel like the tracking is definitely helping me to curb my snacking, e.g. instead of having 5 biscuits I’m just having one, because I’m more mindful of how many calories each of those biscuits contain. We’ve stocked the fridge and cupboard with lots of healthy and low-calorie snacks, such as feta cheese, blueberries, melon, popcorn, and my absolute favourite at the moment – Jaffa Cake flavoured alpine cereal bars!!!

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These things are the best!

So things are definitely going well. I hope to start a bit of running this week. I’d like to do a couple of short runs to get back into the swing of things. Gideon is still suffering a bit with the shin problem that bothered him at the London Marathon, so we are trying to take it easy and let that heal. Hopefully with a bit of rest from running that will sort itself out, and we’ll be able to get back on it properly. For now, I’m enjoying the cross trainer at the gym!

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I’ve been signing up for things….!

Oh dear….

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Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear…..

That’s right. I’ve thrown my hat in. Maybe 2018 will be my turn to run the London Marathon. Maybe not. We’ll have to wait till October to find out. In any case, I’ve made Gideon promise not to enter the ballot this year so he doesn’t end up stealing my place 😛 Stupid I know as there are probably 150,000 other people who’ll steal it, but I’d be livid if he got to run it again and I didn’t ha!

I enjoyed spectating this year, watching everyone run by from the fastest to the slowest, and at the time it almost put me off a little seeing the pain on a lot of people’s faces. But despite the fact that everyone looks in pain at the time they all rave about it afterwards. No one regrets doing it. Everyone says what a wonderful (though hard) experience it is, and that’s what has made me enter the ballot again. It’s an inspiring kinda race.

Anyway, if one wants to (maybe) run the London Marathon in 2018, then one really should get her butt back into gear and actually bother to do some running in 2017!!! Hence I’ve also signed up for this…

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After having horrible experiences at both the Swansea half marathon and the Swansea 10k, I’ve basically decided that Swansea races are not for me! It’s the out and back nature of them I think, I just don’t like seeing how far I still have to go laid out in-front of me like that. I’d rather the distance was concealed by lots of corners so I can pretend the finish is closer than it actually is. Hence I’ve gone for the Cardiff 10k as my autumn race this year.

And I’ve decided I’d like to get a PB in this race, so I really better get my arse in gear, as I’ve put on about a stone in weight in the last 6 months and I’ve done barely any running past the 5k distance since Christmas.

I’ve finally managed to polish off the easter chocolate today, so the aim is a more healthy diet from now on. Obviously I’m not going to deprive myself of yummy unhealthy things, but I’ll try to keep them to ‘in moderation’ rather than ‘all day every day’. Hopefully the combination of more exercise and a better diet will help me feel less like a slob and improve my running speed (I know it will – it has before).

So consider this my comeback post – it’s time for this potato to get back off the couch!

Tomorrow’s the day! London Marathon 2017!

Hello everyone! It is the evening before the big day, so I thought I would recap the last 2 weeks of the hated taper and some info from the expo!

So anyone who has run a half or a full marathon would have gone through the taper period. This has been the most mentally challenging period so far!  Your mind decides to really play games with you from constant fear of injury, phantom pains and with the reduced mileage, the worry you haven’t done enough.

However I held my nerve (just) and kept to the taper plan, I have tried my best to keep calm (but as Amy will tell you that hasn’t always happened) but it’s here, no turning back now!

This morning we headed out to the excel centre in London to get my bib and chip. It was so great to finally meet the team from Children with Cancer, they have been so supportive and helpful ove the last couple of months and it was great to put faces to names!

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We headed around all the various stalls, with people from various races from around the world trying to tempt me (I must say the Barbados marathon does sound quite appealing). We sat and listened to some seminars to ensure that we were aware of everything tomorrow, including some advice on what to eat and drink and some reassuring words from the one and only Martin Yelling!

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So there’s nothing else I can do now except just try and get a good nights sleep, trust in my training and in my own ability and just remember that the pain, sweat, tears are going to be worth it to help raise funds for my chosen charity; children with Cancer UK. I’m so close to raising a whopping £1,000, so if you would like to help me get there please visit my page : www.virginmoneygiving.com/gidrunslondon

Other than that- just wish me luck!!!

Gideon’s London Marathon 2017 Training recap: Weeks 16, 17 and 18!

Hello All! I hope that you are all doing well and have had a lovely weekend. It’s been a little while since I have blogged due to a manic 3 weeks of holidays/work but I am here now so here’s the recap!

Week 16  – 20th March

So this was our first week of holidays, my TomTom was telling me that we were averaging around 5.5 miles a day walking which is good so here are my stats for the week:

Sunday – 1 mile run around resort in 10 mins & 15 seconds.

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Monday – Walked around the Park (EPCOT)

Tuesday – Birthday!! Today was my birthday so it was filled with many yummy treats but also a lot a lot of walking!!!

Wednesday – 8 mile run. After all the birthday fun and indulgence It was time to get back to business and get a good run in which I did! I ran 8 miles in loops around the beautiful lake at our resort (Caribbean Beach) in a lovely 19 degrees! I managed it in 1 hr 34 mins with a average pace of 11.45 which I was very very happy with.

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Thursday – Bit of Shopping and lots of walking again around parks.

Friday – Lots of walking around the parks.

Saturday – Race Day! As I was going to have to run lots for my marathon training, we decided why not get some bling at the same time. We entered the Winter Park 10k which was a lovely run around the picturesque town of Winter Park but boy oh boy was it warm! It was around 23 degrees by the time I finished at 9 am but I still managed to get around in 1 hr 15 mins.

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Sunday – Another day around the parks and a little bit of swimming.

Week 17 – 27th March 

Monday – Again much of the same lots and lots of walking around the parks.

Tuesday – Today I had planned to do a 12 mile run which I am sorry to say I didn’t complete. Instead, I smashed my longest run to date of 20 miles!!! I decided after reading lots about peoples marathon training that I was going to leave it too late to Taper if I didnt do the long-long run whilst on holiday, so I decided to bite the bullet and go for it.

I set the alarm for 4am (the first hurdle as no one wants to get up at 4am, let alone on their holidays). I got up and had a bagel and then headed out around 5am. It was still dark but already quite warm and humid. The first 2 hours felt good. I managed to get into a comfortable rhythm until the sun fully rose and the temperature soared to 24 degrees and it was hot hot! I managed to get the whole run completed in 4 hrs 31 mins. Even though this is slower than I would of liked, I was pleased with my efforts considering the many influencing factors such as the heat, humidity and a week full of unhealthy eating!

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Wednesday to Friday – Pretty much just spent the days walking around the parks and generally just spent a lot of time on my feet.

Saturday & Sunday – These days were taken up travelling home from the US.

Week 18 – 3rd April 

This week hasn’t exactly gone how I would of liked, I am currently in my taper stage before the marathon and had wanted to get 3 runs in this week however my body decided that this wasn’t going to be case. I came straight back from holiday into starting a new job which involves quiet a long commute. This, mixed with jet lag and the continued recovery from my 20 miler meant I have quickly come down with a scratchy throat and head cold.

I know it’s not helpful to taper to much and not do any running, but I felt like I really needed to listen to my body this week so I only managed one speed mile which was 1.03 miles in 9 mins 23 seconds. I am feeling a lot better today and have planned out my runs for the next two weeks until race day, so as not to let this low level week affect me to much.

I am now only 2 weeks out from the biggest hardest most nerve wrecking thing I have ever attempted. I’m doing this for an amazing charity – Children with Cancer UK, and if you would like too it would be amazing if you could sponsor me: www.virginmoneygiving.com/gidrunslondon

Also if you are praying type please pray for no injuries or further illness – the maranoia is setting in! 🙂

Gideon’s London Marathon 2017 training recap: Weeks 13 and 14.

I’m getting really bad at remembering to blog every week! Call it runners brain! So here we have another 2 week recap but with some exciting developments 🙂

Week 13 – W/C 20th Feb 

You may remember from my last recap, I attempted, but failed to get to 17 miles due to a niggle with my knee (caused by an altercation with a dog and an extendable lead), so this week was centred around trying to tackle that distance again and actually get there this time!

Monday & Tuesday – Rest Days:

I decided to give my knee more time to rest and re-coup from its ordeal with the dog and the extendable lead!

Wednesday – D.Day: 17 mile attempt:

I had planned to do my run on Thursday but with the pending arrival of Storm Dorris I thought it best to get it all done before the worst of the weather (wind) hit. Despite this I was still running in torrential rain and 25-30 mph winds, but I went…I saw… and I conquered my longest run to date!!

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It felt great to get the miles under the belt and my body felt ok considering the horrific weather. I think I have started to nail my nutrition regime too.

Thursday – Rest Day 

Friday – Gym:

  • Warm-Up – Walking at 3.8mph pace @ 3% gradient – 10 mins
  • Bike 5.48 miles
  • 3 x 16 Leg Press@ 30 kg
  • 3 x 10 Chest Press @ 22.5 kgs
  • Cool Down – Walking at 3.8mph pace @ 3% gradient – 10 mins

Saturday + Sunday:

We spent the weekend away at Amy’s Parents, so I wont lie, we were very lazy and maybe ate too much.

Week 14 – W/C 27th Feb 

Monday – Gym: 

  • 10 min warm up – bike
  • Cross – trainer

Unfortunately I had been on the cross trainer for no more than 3 mins when the fire alarm went off in the gym and we all had to evacuate. Workout abandoned.

Tuesday – Rest Day:

Wednesday – Gym:

  • Warm up – 10 mins on treadmill @ 3% gradient at 3.5 mph pace
  • 2.02 mile run – 21.46 with average pace of 10.46 per mile
  • Cool-Down – 10 mins on Treadmill @ 3% gradient at 3.5 mph pace

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Thursday – Run:

Ran 1 mile in 10 mins 21 seconds.

Friday – Gym:

  • 4.10 miles on bike – 15 mins
  • 1.41 miles on Treadmill @ 7.5% gradient at 3.6mph pace
  • 2 mile cooldown on bike

Saturday – Rest Day 

Sunday – St David’s Day 10k: 

So today marked the first “race” of the year –  the St Davids Day 10k in Bute park in Cardiff. Both myself and Amy ran the 5k last year in prep for our half marathon, but this year I decided to run the 10k whereas Amy decided to repeat the 5k (full race recap of this from Amy to follow).

It was a very windy day, with some considerable showers around. Luckily the sun came out during the 10k and it didn’t rain at all, although the wind was still very strong in places. I really struggled going into this run as I wanted to race and get the best time possible but I needed to remember to treat this run as just another training run for London with the aim of not injuring myself by pushing to hard.

Well I completed it and it was actually very good. Time-wise it wasn’t my best 10k (1 hour 10 mins 41 seconds – so not terrible either), but at the same time I managed to keep my split and pace on point for where I wanted to be so it was encouraging for me if not fast!

 

 

This week I will be looking to push up to 20 miles for my long run and try to dedicate my other runs to improving my strength and pace. I have run’s of 20 miles and 23 miles planned before the marathon, however we are off to Florida in 2 weeks so I want to get this 20 miler in before we go and then get the 23 miler in as soon as we get back and just try to  consistently in Florida in between.

I’m running the London Marathon in April for Children with Cancer UK. If you would like to sponsor me you can visit my sponsorship page here. Thank you.  

 

Gideon’s London Marathon 2017 training recap: Week 10.

Hello All! I hope that you have all had a nice week, here is my re-cap of week 10 of my London Marathon training, sorry it’s a couple of days late!

Week 10 – W/C 30th January 

Monday – Gym

  • 10 min warm-up on bike
  • Treadmill – 18mins – 1.41miles
  • Fast mile on the cross trainer – 8.43mins
  • Leg press- 3 sets of 16 @ 30kgs
  • Shoulder Press – 3 sets of 16 @ 25kgs
  • 10 min cool-down on bike

Tuesday – Run 

Good run today, 2.12 miles which took 23.01 mins with an average pace of 10.50 min per mile.

Wednesday – Rest day

Thursday – Long Run!

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Kit for my long run prepped and ready to go (with a cheeky chocolate milk for after).

Today I conquered my longest run to date, 14 miles and it wasn’t a pretty one! The weather here in Swansea was absolutely horrible, 30 mph winds, rain, cold but even though this wasn’t my best or fastest run it was still my longest and I am super proud!

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Longest run ever!!!

Friday – Rest Day 

Saturday – Meet the Experts!

So as you all know as I don’t shut up about it, I am running the London Marathon in April for an amazing charity called Children With Cancer UK. On Saturday I was in London for the London Marathon “Meet the Experts day” where the London Marathon team put on seminars to help you prep for the big day covering multiple aspects such as fundraising, training and nutrition. I will recap the day in more detail in a separate post, but it was a great event and I also got to meet some of the charity representatives from Children with Cancer UK who gave me helpful tips and info to help with my fundraising. I have a virgin money giving page, which you can access here if you would like to sponsor me. We are also planning on doing a car boot sale to raise some extra funds, and a competition where you can guess my finish time and win a prize!

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Sunday – Lazy Day

As we were in London we took the opportunity to spend some time with Amy’s Aunt and Uncle, enjoying good food and of course watching Wales in the Six Nations.

A quieter week is on the cards this week, with a very-short long run of only 4 miles to help me recover adequately for next weeks 17 miler! I’ll be supplementing my running this week with some time in the gym to build some extra strength.

I’m running the London Marathon in April for Children with Cancer UK. If you would like to sponsor me you can visit my sponsorship page here. Just £10 helps fund tissue research to help fund treatments for childhood cancer. Thank you. 

 

 

Gideon’s London Marathon training recap: weeks 8 and 9.

Hello All, I hope that this finds you all well. I must say the last 2 weeks have definitely not gone to plan. My lovely wife came down with the Flu and thought it would be really nice to share it with me which knocked me for six!! So here is a brief recap of the last 2 weeks.

Week 8 – W/C 16th Jan 

Monday – Rest day (or the beginning of the end!!)

Tuesday – Gym – Not feeling great, so thought I would sweat it out to feel better (Oh how wrong I could be)

  • Warm up on bike – 10mins
  • 20mins on Crosstrainer – level 7 maintaining a 7.2MPH pace
  • 1800 meters on rower – Highest level
  • 3 sets of 10 – Leg extensions @ 20kgs
  • 3 sets of 16 – Leg Press @ 30kgs
  • 3 sets of 10 – Shoulder Press @ 20kgs
  • Cool-Down on bike 10mins

Wednesday – Sunday – Unfortunately this was the end of any movement as I came down with the Flu which had me bed bound and really not moving at all.

Week 9 – W/C 23rd Jan 

Monday – Tuesday – Still feeling under the weather so these were both rest days for me.

Wednesday – Feeling a bit better today so I went to the gym just to ease myself back in

  • 10mins warm-up on bike
  • 1.25miles on treadmill – Brisk walk 21mins 57secs @ 8.5% gradient – 3.6MPH
  • 10mins cool-down on bike

Thursday – Rest day

Friday – Back out on the road! Managed to do 5.5 mile run today, average pace of 11.51 so not too bad considering how the last 2 weeks had been.

So not really the greatest two weeks of training. I was feeling a bit deflated about it but got my mojo back after watching some videos from last years London marathon…So bring it on!!!

This week I shall be attempting 14 miles – my longest run EVER! Wish me luck!

I’m running the London Marathon in April for Children with Cancer UK. If you would like to sponsor me you can visit my sponsorship page here. Just £10 helps fund tissue research to help with finding treatments for childhood cancer. Thank you.