Langsett Trail 10k 2017

Langsett Trail 10k 2017

Oooh, another trail run! While trying to stick to my training plan for the Sheffield Half coming up in April, I’m constantly being tempted into races. I’m not quite sure who put me on to The Langsett Trail runs (might have been Lindsey) but being as this one was just up the road, I really couldn’t resist. There was an option of a 10k, or 13 mile route and I opted for the 10k.  I’m not really sure why I…

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Saucony Stride Lab

Saucony Stride Lab

My local running shop, Up and Running are hosting the Saucony Stride Lab this week and offering free analysis slots, so I jumped at the chance to get a review of my running form.  You can see more details of the Stride Lab on their website, but this is it in a nutshell: An innovative gait assessment system providing an in depth analysis of a runners unique stride characteristics. The high level of feedback provided to runners can improve running advice…

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February 2017 Round Up

February 2017 Round Up

2017 definitely has started rolling now, with the weeks picking up speed as they go past.    It’s been a pretty good month from a training point of view, right up to the last week. Running Plenty of running happening this month in line with my training plan, right up to the last week.  After a final ‘easy’ 15k run on the 24th, which for the last few k felt very hard indeed (despite being being quite low on the HR…

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New Parkrun 5k PB

New Parkrun 5k PB

20:29! Pretty happy with this! It was Hillsborough Parkrun’s 4th birthday, and as a result we ran it backwards. I figured this was a good opportunity to push my PB a bit, as with the reverse direction, the main downhill section is a lot longer (and consequently, the uphill steeper and shorter!) so in theory pushing hard on that long down hill should buy me seconds as long as I can push though the hill pain! And I did. Phew….

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January 2017 Round Up

January 2017 Round Up

31st of January 2017, what have I been up to? Running! Firstly, running! Lots of running! I joined the “You Vs the Year 2017” challenge which challenges you to run 1017km over the year and the #run1000miles 2017 Trail Mag challenge. I did the YVTY challenge last year and managed it, so now of the same! Last year it was tracked in Endomondo, but it appears to have moved to MapMyRun this time (which is annoying because I don’t really…

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2017 12k Resolution Trail Run

2017 12k Resolution Trail Run

First race of the year done!  Even though I’m supposed to be training for the Sheffield half right now, I couldn’t resist signing up for this one.  The Resolution Run is a 12k or 6k run around Rother Valley Country Park, a 30 minute drive away.  It would have been rude not to! I signed up for the 12k, a race distance I’ve never done before, so I was a little confused about how to run it, especially based on feeling…

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Signed up for a year…

Signed up for a year…

My 12 sessions for the price of 10 at The Climbing Works ended last week so I had the dilemma of what to do about paying for it! I’ve been trying to save money recently, and it really made sense to consider my options. It’s £7.50 a session, 75 for 12 sessions (£6.25 each) or a whopping great £360 for the year. Urk. So, £360 for the year means 48 sessions… which is less than one session a week for…

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End of 2016, looking forward to 2017..

End of 2016, looking forward to 2017..

So, the end of the year is here. What have I achieved? Good and Bad Lots of training for improving my 5k time to beat 20min 5k, which then I didn’t actually really try in the end Another fabulous Embrace Sports running holiday A brand new 10k PB thanks to the 5k training Trying out the Round Sheffield Run for the first time which turned out to be bloody brilliant fun Picking up some sort of lingering ankle injury from…

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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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