Lands End to John O’Groats – A Hobbits Journey, Part 2.

Day 8: Tintern Abbey to Hereford

This morning I got up ridiculously early. It was my naïve idea to pinch an extra few miles today by sleeping a bit less; a plan I would soon learn that does NOT work.

That morning’s run was amazing! Plodding up all of the country roads, plus there was more or less zero traffic to worry about.

Lands End to John O’Groats – A Hobbits Journey, Part 1.

There may not have been as many dragons, trolls or Nazgul to contend with on this journey. There were however a great many castles, misty mountains to pass through and I swear a couple of wizards I met on route. All in all, pretty similar to my last trip out; getting shut of that pesky ring.

Lands End to John O’Groats – A Hobbits Journey

Montage

After a grueling 27 days with no rest, I finally made it back to the comfort of my own home. I’m sat here now, relaxed in my living room writing this with no immediate agenda to get back up again. It’s nice.

This is just a quick overview of my experience out there; what I’m describing as an odd combination of Forest Gump and a hobbits journey.

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Where is Frodo now?

SO FAR……SO GOOD

This map shows Dan’s progress up to day 14 (21st March 2014) of his Lands End to John O’Groats Challenge: He is estimated to have already run over 500 miles and the chart below shows roughly where those miles were covered:

map miles

This shows us that he has passed the halfway mark and let’s hope he can keep his spirits up and face the rest of the challenge with the grit, determination and humour that he has shown thus far.

Don’t forget to visit http://my.sportrelief.com/sponsor/danmayers to donate to Sport Relief and reward Dan’s colossal effort (if you haven’t already). Your support is appreciated.

Training for my 1,000 mile run from Lands End to John O’ Groats

UK

So if anyone is not aware (if not,  I’m clearly not rabbiting on about it enough), next month I’m planning on running that thing that cyclists do; transporting myself from one end of the country to the other, via my legs, on their own. Here is a bit of a lowdown of how I’ve trained for it.

Go on then, run.

Go on then, run.

The first thing I thought about, was that I need to be able to be able to run for ages and not be broken after it. So all through autumn, I really upped the mileage. On occasion I would break 50 miles in one day.

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Commencing Resistance Training…

I purchased this the other day, in preparation for this little run from Lands End to John O’ Groats I have planned for Sport Relief.

Backpack I'll be using for LEJOG run.

Backpack I’ll be using for LEJOG run.

I’d say I’m ready for the distances I need to cover; I’ve done enough marathons, ultras and hills I’d need to feel confident of that side of things.

Next up, I should probably get conditioning myself for the resistance of running with a massive backpack on my back.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be slowly increasing the weight and the distance, in the hope that things will start to get a little easier when it comes to March..

Country to Capital Ultra

First competition of 2014, and it was a good one! This was an unmarked, 45 mile course; taking you from Wendover, to Little Venice in London.

Shoulder of Mutton pub for the start.

Shoulder of Mutton pub for the start.

The timing of this race could not have been better, as it allowed for a festive and moderately intoxicated Christmas; then back to business in the New Year. I tend to NEED these events up there in the horizon, to act as beacons to a constant reminder not to slip into past lifestyle habits again. I think last Christmas continued until end of February… This gave me a good, solid week of detox and heavy training, to get myself back into fitness in time.