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My Hamburg Marathon training plan

This is the kit I wore to run the Edinburgh Marathon in 2011, so I thought it would be appropriate to use it again here. This time I will a fourth if not a fifth Gu packet. I only had three in Edinburgh and by the last 4-5 miles I was relying on the kindness of strangers holding out gummibears and any other sugary items to keep myself going.

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104 miles in January – on my way to the Hamburg Marathon

My January runstreak lasted 17 days before I had to give in to particularly nasty combination of long work days and dangerously slippery walkways around my flat. I managed to pick things up again for a bit while on holiday in Philly (running with Momo is huge fun!) and I felt proud of having cracked the century mark for the first time in my years as a runner.

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#8BitLane and a 9-mile-run along the Thames

Entirely by accident, I came across the 8 Bit Lane that Disney have set up at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane in London to promote their new flick “Wreck-it Ralph” via good old Twitter. And as I’d planned to head out on one of my favourite runs in London – Tower Bridge to home – I thought I’d combine the two.

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Steady 9 miles to hit the quarter century

7°C and foggy drizzle. 9 miles, 1h18m24s, 8m42s/mile – via Strava
After my first British Military Fitness session yesterday this was never going to be a fast run, but I am super chuffed with getting to the 9 mile mark, racking up 25 miles on the Strava Run Base Mile Blast and for keeping the Janathon runstreak going for six days now.

That said, I don’t think I’ll be able to move my arms anytime soon…

My runstreak begins with a Leg o’Mutton

6°C and sunny. 6.2 miles, 52m36s, 8m32s/mile – via Strava

A beautiful, sunny day in London today, perfect conditions to get this runstreak (or Janathon if you prefer) started. An easy 6 miles along the Thames, one of my favourite loops between Hammersmith and Barnes bridges (although more on a slight twist to an old favourite below). Great to see so many other runners out and about at 11am – and why not – it’s been a while since we had a sunny day in London.

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Running 125 miles in January – at least 1 mile a day

For a while now, I’ve been playing with idea of going on a run streak. As it is the time of the year for New Year’s resolutions, I thought the time was right. So come January 1, I will attempt to run at least 1 mile a day, for 31 days. And who knows, I might keep going? After all, there are people out there who have gone for 50 days or 48 years(!).

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My Edinburgh Marathon 2011 sub 4:00 training plan

Week 1 of Marathon training is underway.

I’ve used the Runners World 16 week, 4h Marathon training plan to put the plan below together. I was able to download the entire plan to my Garmin Forerunner 405cx using the target training paces as a guide. So all I need to do to stick to the plan is check what’s on the agenda for the day, pick the training setting on the watch and off I go. The watch will then track my distance, tell me when to switch from slower warm up sessions to speed sessions, and make sure I run in at the proper pace. The beeping noises take a bit to get used to, but after a while you don’t even need to look at the watch anymore.

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3 weeks in and loving it, training for a half marathon and back to photography

The new job with Sainsbury’s is now three weeks old (and I am still loving it!), which also explains the relative quiet here in my personal blog. There are a ton of things that the amazing team in the press office deals with on a day in, day out basis. On top of that, we’ve had the President of South Africa visit our eco store in Greenwich, London; our CEO Justin King ran 32 miles around the UK for Sport Relief, and we’ve opened more than a dozen new stores around the UK.

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