The new Sheffield 10k, 2016

The new Sheffield 10k, 2016

I’ve been 5k training since the Round Sheffield Run back in July as I’ve never managed to beat 20mins. The idea was to train a bit and once I got to the end of the Endomondo training plan do a Rother Valley (reasonably flat) parkrun. Somewhere along the line, I got convinced to sign up for the Sheffield 10k, so tweaked my 5k plan to land on this date, figuring that the speed work on that plan should help with…

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Beastmaker!

Beastmaker!

I bought a beastmaker 1000 over a year ago and never managed to get the DIY know it how to put it up anywhere. It’s surprisingly scary to attempt to fix something to the wall of your old 1930s terraced house and then decide it’s fixed well enough for you to hang your weight on. Plus, power drills are scary 😉 However, being as I was having loads of work done on my house this month, I broke and got…

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Round Sheffield Run

Round Sheffield Run

Wow. What a run. Very muddy following the rainfall yesterday, but a glorious day for it. Well organised, although the signs disappeared on the last 2 sections, and a great day. Paul and I were in a team and aiming to beat his previous time of 1hr 32mins 56secs which was going to be tough as last year he was on form for a marathon run a month later. This time, although I was in ok shape, Paul was recovering…

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Venice Marathon. New PB!

Venice Marathon. New PB!

Holy Crap. Endomondo was predicting 3h:37m:59s which I wasn’t expecting to hit at all, especially with what felt like a really disrupted last month of training. I really had no idea of how to run it, so was really quite nervous. Even worse, my left leg appeared to start going dead on me. I spent a good chunk of Saturday wandering around Venice getting more paranoid about it as I seemed to be constantly on the edge of cramp in…

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2015 so far…

2015 so far…

So, what’s been going on with my climbing and running in 2015? Back Problems I’ve had a back problem bothering me for much of this year so far. After period of being hunched over a laptop for a good while working on photos back in August/September last year, my back had been bothering me, and it all kind of came to a head in Feburary this year. After a consultation with an osteopath, I was advised to lay off the…

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Competing at the CWIF

Competing at the CWIF

After actually getting back into the bouldering again, I got roped into joining a team for the 2015 CWIF! (Climbing Works International Festival!) The CWIF is an annual bouldering tournament which we usually go and watch the finals for, but being as it’s our local bouldering wall… why not. EEP! As the Team was formed of Ed, Kelly, Liz and myself, we decided to call ourselves “2 * (Kelly + 1)”. Yeah, bit geeky… :/ Anyway, how did it go?…

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Year Round Up and Next Year

Year Round Up and Next Year

So, how has 2014 been for my climbing? Mostly pretty lousy to be honest, but if you read my last post, I’ve explained all that! However, on the bright side, I’ve got myself in decent running shape, and I’m ending the year carefully getting back on the Bouldering wagon. So, on the running. For the past few months I’ve attempting to be improving my 5k time, (I.e. I really want a sub 20 min 5k!) and I’ve been following an…

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Sporadic Updates, Sporadic Climbing and shed load of running

Sporadic Updates, Sporadic Climbing and shed load of running

It’s been an awful long time since I’ve updated here. It’s also had been an awful long time since I bouldered! The running kinda took over in 2013, culminating with running and completing the my first Marathon, the first York Marathon. I’d set myself a public goal of under 4hrs 30mins, and a private target of actually breaking 4 hours, and surprisingly I managed it! All the training for that though made a lot of climbing a bit more difficult….

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Another week in Fontainebleau

Another week in Fontainebleau

Today is the last day of another week in Fontainebleau. I’ve come later than usual this year as we are usually here either April/May, or September, but this time we’ve come a little later. I was wondering if this was a bit of a gamble weather-wise, but perhaps you run the rain lottery no matter what time of you come! Still, we’ve been mostly lucky. The weather as been crisp and dry from the Saturday evening we arrived, right through…

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Training!

Training!

I’ve felt like I’ve been stuck at the same bouldering grade for a long time; managing 6a -> 6b+s at the Climbing Works for most of the year after my hand had healed, and I was pretty much at the same last year before I broke my thumb. So I decided I’d get a training session with Dave at the climbing works again, hopefully without breaking my thumb this time. 😉 Dave had me do a couple of climbs to…

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