Jingle bells, Jingle bells

Ray SieveyWednesday, 28 December, 2011
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way, Christmas this year means a training schedule of threshold running for Ray! Oh jingle bells, jingle... Sorry, I got a bit carried away there. Welcome to my second blog. So this week, my fellow Project 26.2ers and I all started with our official training schedules. No taking it easy for us, Nick & Phoebe mean business. But if we all want to achieve our targets, we need to start as we mean to go on. Now before I go on, the title ‘Project 26.2ers’ is a bit of a mouthful, so I want to give our groups collective names. For the gents I will now refer to us as the ‘Spartans’ (nicked from Keith to be honest, as he used that word when he twittered me). If you have seen the film 300, I think I have a long way to go before I get a physique like the Spartans. For the ladies, I will refer to them as the ‘GIRLS’. I know what you are thinking, “what a rubbish name”. Well GIRLS actually stands for Groovy Inspirational Running Lady Stars, not so rubbish now is it?! So this week’s schedule courtesy of Nick my coach, (Ha can you believe that, ‘my coach’ the closest I have been to being coached is sitting on the back seat of National Express 40 seater). Anyway, the week started off with some cross training at the gym (rowing and cycling) followed by a 60 minute easy run with my running club on Tuesday evening, followed by a warm down with a cheeky Guinness. The club were having a couple of Christmas drinks, so I thought it was rude not to. I had a couple of people come up to me and ask if I was the JoggingHippo? Oh the power of the Tinterweb! Wednesday I was meant to cycle to work, but was bringing my little boy up to London, so didn’t want to battle with the Sarf London traffic with him balanced on the handle bars, I thought about it, but instead settled for a 45 minute ride once I got home. Thursday morning was a 45 minute running session including threshold elements. Friday was a rest day which was perfect timing as Thursday afternoon/evening was my team’s Christmas Do. As I subscribe to Men’s Running, the latest edition was delivered, so I got to see myself and my fellow Spartans in print, what a fine band of men we are! Don’t forget, the magazine will be available in all good newsagents from 29th December. Christmas Eve, I ran in the Bromley Park Run and then found a local hill (well I didn’t find it, I knew it was there) and did some hill runs. I then took a trip to Sevenoaks to visit the Up & Running shop. Alan and Tony were very helpful looking after me and I received some early Christmas prezzies, fully kitted out with Sub4 gear (I am hoping this is a lucky omen for my target time) and a lovely new pair of Saucony running trainers. Christmas Day. This was meant to be a rest day. Nick, if you are reading this, apologies, I promise to listen in the future but there was a Christmas Day Parkrun. I had to join the 124 other hardy souls, as A) I have never gone for a run on Christmas Day before and B) I needed to ‘earn’ the extra calories for the Dinner I was cooking that day. Yes you read that right people, modern man me, cooking the Christmas Roast. My wife and little boy are still alive with no reports of food poisoning, so I will deem that a success. Oh it tasted really good as well. So week one of the official training schedule completed, I have a sneaky suspicion that it is going to get a little bit harder! Merry Christmas The Hippo


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     You are a [b]SPARTAN!![/b]
    You are a [b]SPARTAN!![/b]
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