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Running: Virgin London Marathon Lives: Bromley, Kent Aged: 36 Charity: MS Trust Follow Ray on Twitter: @JoggingHippo Ray's story: This will be Ray’s third marathon, his last effort coming in New York back in 1999.  'I first ran away from my mum aged two when I was on holiday at Camber Sands, legging it down the promenade. I have run on and off (more off than on) most of my life. I have only really started running in earnest again since August this year, taking part in parkrun and I have also completed a few 10Ks. I am not the fastest of runners. I did both my previous marathons in around 4:20.  Now I am older and wiser, and despite probably being less fit, I want to prove to myself that with the right prep, I can break four hours. 'My father was a keen marathon runner before being struck down by MS over 10 years ago. He completed the London Marathon three times, along with New York and other marathons. He is now virtually wheelchair bound. So by challenging myself, I want to also raise funds for the MS Trust to help others who suffer from the disease and hopefully in the process make the old man proud!'

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The positives Monday, 30 April, 2012 Time to sound like a winning Oscar speech. Firstly I want to say thank you to everybody involved in Project 26.2... Read more >
The VLM lowdown Thursday, 26 April, 2012 So first and foremost, I am disappointed to say that I did not achieve a sub four marathon, if I had typed this on Sunday I may have used the word gutted or devastated, but I have had a bit of time to reflect... Read more >
Why am I doing this? Tuesday, 17 April, 2012 For those that have been reading my blogs, you will know by now that they are usually light hearted and some bits completely irrelevant to running. This blog is still going to be irrelevant to running (kind of) and a bit more serious... Read more >
The 10 Musketeers Tuesday, 10 April, 2012 A bit of a shorter blog this week. Not much running to write about. This week was my first week of tapering, which I am kind of thankful for, mainly because I have been ill for most of the week and have only managed a couple of runs... Read more >
 A lesson learned Tuesday, 3 April, 2012 This is my last long run week before my taper begins and in all honesty, I am looking forward to the taper. I have felt slightly jaded this week... Read more >
 Cats, pigs, hippos and badgers Tuesday, 27 March, 2012 It’s been a strange week this week, from a running perspective anyway. After my 20 miler on Sunday, I went out for a gentle two-mile run Monday evening just to loosen me up and to continue loosening up my recently purchased Mizuno Enigma trainers. I had to pay for these ones, but still got a discount from Up & Running! Read more >
 Getting into Top Gear Monday, 19 March, 2012 For me, this week was the defining week in my training. After achieving my PB at Silverstone last Sunday, legs felt fine on the Monday, but come Tuesday I was having serious concerns about a tightness and pain in my left hamstring... Read more >
 Secrets and bees Monday, 12 March, 2012 Monday this week, for the first time I felt a little jaded. I think this was down to a combination of a few things... Read more >
 Chalk and cheese Monday, 5 March, 2012 Last week Barcelona, this week Eastbourne! Now, these two places have quite a bit in common, they are both on the coast, they both have the letters a, b, e, n & o in their name and er, I’ll come back to the rest... Read more >
Tengo de sobrepeso Monday, 27 February, 2012 For the linguists amongst you, you will know that the title of this week’s blog translates to ‘I am overweight’ well I think it does? The reason for Spanish, well I ran the Barcelona Half Marathon on Sunday, more on that later. A strange title you may think, but I am happy to say that I am overweight... Read more >
Putting the miles in Monday, 20 February, 2012 This week has been my first real disrupted week when it comes to keeping to my schedule from Nick. After the Sidcup10 last week, my legs felt heavy and achy on Monday and Tuesday... Read more > 
Dictionary definitions and monkey baths Monday, 13 February, 2012 Hello again. Before I continue with this week, I did mention in my blog two weeks ago that I would mention last week about the effects of the ice bath. But as I forgot, I will now mention them this week... Read more > 
The numbers game Monday, 6 February, 2012 This week my Sub4 running gear has a very apt name! Monday I started off in the warmth of the gym doing my (now weekly) yoga class and once again I had to look on in awe at the strength and agility of not only the instructor but also some of the other people in the class. I am comforted to know that as long as I keep up my weekly yoga, in 12 years’ time I might be half as good as them... Read more > 
A week of firsts Tuesday, 31 January, 2012 The first of my firsts this week was yoga. I had booked on a lunchtime session on Monday and didn’t know what quite to expect. First and foremost it is bloody hard. I learnt the Cobra, the Downward Dog, Cat stretch, 1st, 2nd & Humble Warrior, well when I say I learnt, I heard the words and then I just looked on with a wry smile on my face as the majority of the class got into these positions with ease whilst I struggled to get even 10% of the way... Read more > 
Stretch, run and sing, in that order! Monday, 23 January, 2012 Hello again, these weeks are flying by. When I say that the London Marathon is 3 months away, that sounds quite a long time, but when I think of it in weeks and it is only 13 weeks away... Read more > 
Putting it all into practice Wednesday, 18 January, 2012 Hello all, bit of a long blog this week and for me quite a serious one. I am sure you have gathered from mine and the other Spartans and GIRLS’ blogs, last Saturday’s training day was very enlightening and I am sure that I speak for the others that we are all now doing a lot more than just ‘running’... Read more > 
The furthest I have run twice Monday, 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! Read more > 
Training for two? Monday, 2 January, 2012 Happy New Year everybody. So here it is 2012, a great sporting year. The Olympics, The Euro Football Championships and the year that the Spartans and the GIRLS will be running their selected 26.2 miles! Read more > 
Jingle bells Wednesday, 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. Read more > 
The wallowing hippo Monday, 19 December, 2011 Hello. Let me introduce myself. I am Ray AKA the @JoggingHippo. Why the hippo? Well, a long time ago I was playing in a Sunday morning football game in monsoon conditions. After going in for a sliding tackle, it was commented that I looked like a wallowing hippo. The rest as they say is history. Why jogging? Er, surely I don’t need to explain that... Read more > 

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