And… He’s off!

Hi guys, Sam here with an update on the progress so far!

Well, it’s official! (… Sort of) more of an estimate based on Facebook updates; but the event has started! Our hobbit friend set off from Land’s End at approximately midday on Saturday 08/03/14, which of course marks the beginning of what is sure to be the longest journey since a few years back when he left the Shire to destroy the One Ring in the fires of Mt Doom.

… And so, it begins.

Good evening folks! Sam here, another of the Mayers siblings.

First of all, I’ll start by saying – it is time! (I’ve always wanted to say that) – But anyway! To business! Frodo Dan’s long anticipated Land’s End to John O’Groats 1,000 mile run for Sport Relief is about to begin and I appear to have been given a seat of power in relation to the on-going administration of this blog while our intrepid runner is somewhat computer-less for the coming weeks.

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

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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.

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.

New Trainers?

Brand new!

Brand new!

This is a story of how I bought some new trainers. I got some Adidas Duramo TR 5’s on sale, as I was on a bit of a tight budget. I’ll start by doing a bit of a review of the shoes: They’re alright; they are breathable, reasonably lightweight, they feel comfortable and for the money, excellent value. Now that’s out of the way, what was I talking about? Oh yeah…

New, ish...

New, ish…

As a runner and trail runner; I’m talking about that little window you get between having brand new trainers, to them just being… Your trainers. Usually this is about 15 minutes; 20 if you’re careful.

2013 in Review…

Or a “running” commentary *snigger*

2013 has been quite a significant year for me. Most notably as it was this year that I finally decided to make a proper go at this “running” thing; as in actually start “entering” some events, instead of just running 100’s of miles all around the Peak District with nothing to show for it.

Let’s see, how can I sum the year up? …. 10 marathons, 2 ultras, a couple of 10k’s and a half marathon. That’s about the size of it.

Stratford Marathon Weekend

Who says that trail running is a summer only sport? I can’t think of a better way to ease into the Christmas period than entering a double marathon weekend and apparently, there are plenty of people who agree with me.

I’ve only considered myself to have been running properly from this year (2013), as in entering regular events, but such is the community at these trail events, you start recognising people very quickly and making new mates with every one of them.

This was definitely no exception, with unbelievable hospitality and welcoming from the race organisers at Broadmeadow Runs, and surrounded by a wealth of people that run marathons for fun.

My Precarious Relationship with Alcohol over the Years

Fun times at Bradford University.

Fun times at Bradford University.

A glass of wine every day is meant to be good for you; that’s what medical experts agree isn’t it? But how big is this glass? Can I use a MASSIVE glass? And can I have BEER instead of wine? And instead of having that same massive glass all evening, can I separate it out into 9 or 10 different receptacle containers (let’s call them pints), to be consumed at my own convenience over the evening? It all sounds quite silly, but this is exactly the kind of thing that my brain is very good at doing; giving me arguments, ludicrous or pertinent, to have a drink too many. All the time.