Fran Nearly Killed Me

thrusterSo I'm not really running at the moment. Whilst in San Francisco in the last week of January I woke up one morning with a slightly tender right ankle. Being the silly arse that I am, I went for a run in the glorious sunshine. A gentle 2km warm up seemed to loosen things up and I broke into my planned 800m intervals with 600m recovery along the Embarcadero. This was a great workout, except for the recovery runs... my right ankle really wasn't too happy with those.

Well, to cut a long story short, I've not really gone much further than about 5km since as my right ankle keeps flaring up. I suspect it's peroneal tendonitis but I've not gone to the doctors yet. I'll give it a few more weeks before seeking expert advice.

Anyway, in order to stop myself becoming a great big fat lazy oaf and to try and keep some sort of semblance of fitness (and sanity) in the slight hope I might actually get to run enough to actually finish the Shakespeare Marathon at the end of April I've been cycling, swimming and going to the gym with the gym part being the most boring.

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2013 in Summary

I'm only a month and a half late with this, but as they say, "better late than never" :-)

So how was 2013 for me in terms of running? Absolutely bloody brilliant in the end.


I started the year off a little slowly. The weather wasn't very good and I wasn't particularly motivated after working the Christmas period having gotten back from visiting family in South Africa. What training I was doing was mostly the MAF approach with one session of Yasso 800s a week thrown in... the idea was to try and get a bit more speed in my legs in preparation for my first marathon in nearly 10 years. This served me well, or so I thought. Blowing up spectacularly in the Milton Keynes marathon proved there was no way I was going to get under three hours on MAF alone... I needed more tough workouts that would teach me to run quicker and longer on tired legs. So I did a bit of research and discovered the Hanson Marathon Method

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First run of 2014... Done!!

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.

Speed Golf: I Might Need To Learn To Play Golf Now (2 Comments)

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.