Opted for @readingparkrun in the end - 2 muddy laps are always better than 3 dry with soccer moms and kiddies getting under your feet.
Undecided. Do I do 2 muddy laps @readingparkrun or 3 drier laps @woodleyparkrun? Will sleep on it. Would love to be @deltaparkrun tho.
Look what the Fedex man delivered yesterday all the way from America...
Lets hope we have a nice mild winter as I'm eager to get in a fair few miles in these bad boys before my "for press" pair of Shamma Sandals. I'm eager to see how the two compare.
To me, golf is that activity that ruins a nice walk. Come to think of it, if I'm going to be walking on those lovely grassy fairways, I'd rather be running on them, barefoot.
Well, imagine my surprise when I discovered speed golf. It's golf in which the objective is to finish as quickly as possible with the fewest number of strokes. Each round takes about an hour to an hour-and-a-half instead of who knows how long. You could probably cover 3-4 rounds of speed golf and get in a good long interval/fartlek session in the time it takes to do one round of normal golf. Best thing of all, it's mostly on lovely plush grass so you could do it entirely barefoot too.
I might have a reason to learn to play golf now. Anyone up for a few rounds of barefoot speed golf on a fresh spring morning?
I know it's still in beta, but the Strava "My Routes" is frustratingly useless. I think it's trying to be too clever for its own good.
Glad I left it a little too late to go for my run: it's just started chucking it down outside. Will wait for it to pass.
South Africa has lost a famous marathoner I've never heard of...
(11-Nov) – Ferdinand Andries (“Ferdie”) Le Grange, who died on 29 October at the age of 65, was South Africa’s greatest marathon runner of the post-war era until the advent of Josiah Thugwane. Unlike Thugwane, Le Grange never had the opportunity to compete at the Olympic Games because of the international sports boycott against his country, but he was the first athlete to run a sub-2:20:00 marathon on the continent of Africa and set six South African marathon records – the only runner in history to do so more than twice.
— South Africa Loses Famous Marathoner - Competitor Running
I'd never heard of this chap until this article and I'm very surprised and a bit disappointed. Yes, he retired (at the age of 25) from competitive running before I was born but his records and performances are pretty impressive even by today's standards. That said, I grew up in the "Bruce Fordyce gives Comrades another good hiding" era, so maybe that explains why he hasn't shown up on my radar until now.
Earlier this year I took my first stab at a sub-3 hour marathon at the Milton Keynes marathon and completely misjudged things and in retrospect probably my abilities at the time, and completely blew it. On Sunday I took another stab at that elusive sub-3 marathon mark in my third ever marathon, the Abingdon Marathon, and smashed it out of the ballpark.
Following my disappointing run at the Milton Keynes marathon I decided I was going to create a properly structured training programme that would guide me to a great marathon time. After a little bit of research and reading I stumbled upon Marathoning The Hansons' Way. Intrigued by this approach and the relative simplicity (compared to The Daniels Runner Formula), I purchased their book - Hansons Marathon Method - in Kindle format, read it, and devised my four month training programme. This ended up being a great programme which I'll cover that in another post.