What A Year

I think it’s safe to say that 2013 was insane. 11 running events done, met some amazing people though RunDemCrew and got a chance to visiting some of the places on my Bucket list. A win all round I think.

My highlight has to be visiting Copenhagen, such an amazing city and the experience of doing the Copenhagen Half Marathon with RunDemCrew and all the other international crews is one I’ll cherish for a long time.

But now 2014 is almost here, it’s time to look ahead. I’m planning to not do as many events this year, and concentrate on some big events.

Currently planned are:
– Richmond Half Marathon (23 March)…in preparation for..
– Paris Full Marathon (6 April)…*gulp*
– Rat Race Dirty Weekend (10-11 May)…loved it last year.
– Bupa 10k (25 May)…of course

I’ve also put my name on the ballot for the New York Marathon (2 November), If I don’t get it I’m looking at the Istanbul Marathon (17 November) to round off the year and cross another city off my bucket list. I might also look at another half marathon of the second half of the year, maybe Man Vs Mountain (http://www.ratracemanvsmountain.com)..a gallivant around Snowdonia would be rather cool.

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Mission Accomplished

Mad May was awesome fun, doing three things I wouldn’t have dreamt of doing a year ago…Going to Berlin to complete an event (an event that was longer than a half marathon…a year ago I couldn’t imagine doing another 10k), completing an assault course run (the world’s largest), and finally revisiting the one that started it all – the Bupa 10k.

The month has definitely been draining, preparing for each event without much down-time in between, the final bruises and cuts from the Dirty Weekend have only now finally faded. But it was worth it.

I did the month to show to myself that I can survive outside my comfort zone and to help raise some money for Save The Children. If you haven’t already sponsored me, please visit http://virginmoneygiving.com/martynthomassci and throw a few pennies my way. Thanks

Bupa 10k – The Home Coming

My very first running event was the Bupa 10k 2012, back then the thought of doing 10k still seemed impossible and the race itself was a serious struggle – almost giving in at 7km. It was a hot difficult race, but I managed to get over the line in 1 hour 9 minutes.

One year on and I’m back standing at the start line and it feels like coming home in a way. It was definitely a warm run, not as hot as last year but still sunny enough to give me some sun burn, and despite the nice route, which snakes past many of London’s landmarks – it’s riddled will bottle necks – which meant that it was difficult to get a good stride on. Despite the warm weather I tried to gun for a sub 50min, sadly the weather slowed me down a little but I got round in 52.10, which I’m more than happy with.

It’s great to see what I’ve achieved in a year, the run felt like it flew by, and because of the heat and traffic jam of runners preventing me from picking up any real pace I felt like I cruised my way round, even laughing to myself as I remembered how I felt at the 7km point last year. It has made me think about what I could achieve if I improved my training – so in June, the real fun is going to begin.

If you are looking for your first 10k event you can’t got wrong with the Bupa 10k, it’s so well organised and mostly flawless – the only thing letting them down is the bottlenecks, but they could resolve that by spacing out the waves of runners a little more.

I’ve already signed up for 2014’s race, lets see if I can improve more before then.

Edit: I forgot to mention seeing Mo Farah glide past us at our 3k, his 7k mark. The guy is amazing to watch, making it look so easy as he completed the course in 29.13 – Legend

Mad May Cometh

May is going to be a mad month for me, I’m doing 3 events in aid of Save The Children. I’ve got a horrible habit where I’m game for a challenge and tend to jump in feet first without thinking things through. Next month is a perfect example, 3 big challenges in one month, I’m doing:

  • A 25k (15 mile) run around Berlin, It’ll be my first time in Germany and I’m really excited to be exploring Berlin. I’ve not ran more than 21k (half marathon) before, so 25km is going to be interesting (I need to learn the german for ‘Which way to the hospital?’, just in case)
  • The weekend after Berlin I’m doing Rat Race’s Dirty Weekend. Dirty Weekend is an attempt to create the world’s largest assault course, it’s 20 miles long with 200 obstacles – including the world’s largest monkey bars (210m long), world’s largest cargo net crawl and many other pain-inducing obstacles. Their website has loads of youtube videos of some of the challenges ahead, each one makes me weep a little. It’s been billed as the equivalent of 2 Tough Mudders back to back. I feel wholly unprepared, I lack any form of upper body strength (serves me right for not training).  In the words of one of my very supportive ‘friends’ “You’re going to die a wet and muddy death out there Mart” – eek!
  • At the end of the month (providing I survive the Dirty Weekend) I’ll be running the Bupa 10k. Last year’s Bupa 10k was my first ever serious running event, It’s going to be fantastic to tackle it again this year – hopefully it won’t be as hot as 2012’s

I’ll of course blog about my progress and bruises – Just so you lot can laugh at my expense. If you want to help soften the pain and make it all seem worthwhile, please sponsor me at http://virginmoneygiving.com/martynthomassci

Well it’s happened…

I’ve signed up to 2 half marathons for 2013, both in March. The Silverstone and Reading half marathons are joining the Bupa London 10k as my 2013 events…and I can’t wait.

I’m hoping to get a ballot place for Great North Run (which I watch every year on TV) and Royal Parks Half (which I did this year and loved). Also the 24hr Thunder Run looks interesting….but we’ll see.

My aim for 2013 is to complete a 10k in sub 50min (my PB is 51:54) and a half marathon in sub 1hr 50 min (my PB is 02:06:48), and if i can “comfortably” do halfs in 01:45 ish i’d consider a marathon in 2014…but that’s too far away to consider. 

To help me reach my goals i’ve discovered My Asics, which looks like a great training planner…it even explains what the f*#k interval training is all about which is great, as i haven’t a clue. And according to the plan I could complete the Silverstone Half Marathon (my first run of 2013) in 01:49:50…which is a surprise. Asics, I accept your challenge….well I better get started.