The furthest I have run twice

Ray SieveyMonday, 9 January, 2012
I started the week with a planned 90 minute run, but ended up being on the road for 110 minutes. Doing my training based on time rather than distance is something I am not used to but the bonus was I ran just under 12 miles which is the furthest I have run since 1999! Tuesday was an easy 45 mins on the treadmill. I was meant to do Pilates (no laughing at the back) and some cross training on Wednesday but my usual class had been removed from the timetable at my gym. Cross training for me was cycling. I got home from work and Hurricane Mental was going on outside, after a 15 minute argument with myself on whether I should go out, I donned my lycra (not a pretty site, a Hippo in Lycra) and battled the elements for a 50 min cycle. At one point I had to cycle downhill just to keep moving due to the headwind. During the week, I reached a milestone of 100 followers on Twitter. I was also asked a question via Twitter on just how much as a Hippo do I weigh. Well, when I decided to consciously start my training on 1st August last year I was 17st 3lb. On the 1st Jan this year I was 16st 3lb. Hopefully with the booze ban, healthy eating and my training I will be losing quite a bit more weight. According to those BMI charts I need to lose at least another 2 stone to be in the acceptable weight band. This is not my ultimate aim, but surely the lighter I am the better chance I will have of running a sub4 marathon? I will keep you updated. But to be honest if you want inspiration re weight loss, take a look at fellow Spartan Richard who two years ago was 25 stone! Thursday was a progression run, 3 x 15 minutes segments getting progressively harder, the sweat was pouring off me. Friday was a rest day, so I rested. Saturday was the Project 26.2 Training Day. I think I speak for all of the Spartans & the GIRLS that we learnt absolute bundles from our coaches Nick and Phoebe and Paul our Physio. I could write a couple of pages about the day and I doubt if it would do it justice, so I thought I would limit it to 10 things that I learnt: 1) I AM a performance athlete.2) I am not very flexible (although I kind of knew this already).3) I won’t challenge Richard to a game of Twister because he IS very flexible.4) I am rubbish at the plank.5) I am even more rubbish at one legged squats.6) I need to eat more, a bit like Keith, who didn’t seem to stop eating all day.7) I am part of the 20% of runners that supinate and have a similar foot strike to 80% of elite athletes who supinate, apparently J.8) My running style is potentially suited to minimalist trainers.9) I have found somebody less co-ordinated than me: Justin.10) I can use my little boy as a free weight as part of my training. If it was good enough for a Russian runner (whose name escapes me) who beat Paula Radcliffe, it will be good enough for me.I know I said 10, but I have an 11th and this is a good one. 11) My testicles can tell me if a have tight hip flexors!For Sunday Nick had another 90min easy run planned for me. I recently joined one of my local running clubs ‘Petts Wood Runners’ and they had a group run. So we met at 8:40am at Petts Wood train station (surprisingly), jumped on the train to Sevenoaks and then had a jog back which included some cross-country and a hill or two (the North Downs). A bit longer than 90mins again, and probably not as easy as it should have been. But I enjoyed the run clocking up 13.8 miles and this was the furthest I had run since, er, Monday!? Oh, somebody recognised me in the Supermarket as they said they had seen me in the Men’s Running magazine. I know how David Beckham feels now, I can’t even go to my local supermarket now without being approached! Until next week The Hippo

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  • Posted:
     You are just as famous round our way as Becks is Sir!! If I ever bump in to you in the supermarket I'd be sure to point that out! This is great reading. Now I hear you are on the wagon?? Is this true? Has the London Pride/Stella been put to rest for a while?
     
    You are just as famous round our way as Becks is Sir!! If I ever bump in to you in the supermarket I'd be sure to point that out! This is great reading. Now I hear you are on the wagon?? Is this true? Has the London Pride/Stella been put to rest for a while?
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