Friday, 2 March 2018

7 months to go to Iceland ✈️

Time is going quick... flights are now booked. One to Iceland and then an internal flight to northern Iceland.
January came and went in the blink of an eye...... so here’s what I’ve been upto in Feb ( apart from having a birthday)

Feb 4th 2018
Cold 14 miler
Bright sunny day, lovely to run in

Felt good

Feb 6th 2018
Quick run by torchlight.

Early morning, legs felt good, so had to go for a run, but early morning meant it was by torchlight.

Food for thought........

Received my first lot of food for Iceland...ultra fuel is a liquid meal and I plan to have them as my lunch, as they are quick and easily digestible. During MDS, I had them as my breakfast.

I’ve gone for vanilla, strawberry and  cereal

At 450 calories, it makes up about a sixth of my planned daily intake.

Feb 10th 2018
13 miler
This was a cold morning but sunny, with abit of ice here and there. The run started well

Going at under 8 minute per mile, felt good until mile 11. One minute I was upright, next I was horizontal after hitting abit of ice at about 8 mph. RESULT............

But on a plus.....still managed 7:52/mile average for 13 miles.

No training on Feb 11th as leg still not dried out

No training on Feb 12th as leg still not dried out


Feb 13th 2018
4 mile try the leg out on a cold morning

Leg ok to run on, although ribs felt sore. But back to running so happy πŸ˜€ 

My Birthday came and went ........being 39 isn’t so bad 😜

Next few runs, speak for themselves


Feb 25th 2018

To get ahead of the Siberian weather that had been forecast for the week ahead, I decided to keep on target and go for a 40 miler. It was still a cold and windy day. I started running just after 6am after waking at 5.15, to have a porridge and a coffee. For those that know the area or have knowledge of my usual routes. I went from Blundeston to Oulton broad to Carlton Colville, then eastwards to Pakefield, north to Corton, Horton, Gorleston, Gt YARMOUTH.. change of direction westerly towards burgh castle, Belton, fritton, Ashby, Somerleyton and then back into Blundeston.
If you are not familiar with the area click Here

I felt comfortable throughout the run and planned to run around 10 minute/ mile for the first 30 miles, and then knowing I would be moving forward with a combination of running and brisk walking, I would then look at upto 12 minute/mile. I fuelled with liquid every 3 miles and replenished my 600ml bottle at 13 miles and at about 26 miles at places that I had bottle dropped the night before. Food wise I had half a chia charge bar at 13 miles, handful of cashew/peanut MandM’s at 18. The other half of chiacharge at 24 miles, then cashew/peanut MandM’s At 30 miles. Finished the run with a third of an SIS energy gel every 3 miles. I felt that worked well and didn’t feel I flagged at any stage.  This was kind of confirmed with a 9:37/mile average for the 40 miles. Really happy with that. It was worth the cold, and getting my face sandblasted down the sea front.

* sorry but the sound quality for the first half of video is poor because of wind *


Didn’t want to let the bad weather stop my training and having driven back from Boston (Lincolnshire) the night before, I knew that roads were quite bad. I had jobs to do in Lowestoft, and felt it would be safer and possibly quicker to run there and back.

Both runs were pretty uneventful really

I have received a couple of donations since last post

Thank you 

Tim Newman and Ian King

If you haven’t donated and would like to
Here’s the link

Till next time πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Happy New Year

Happy new year.....So race year is here, and I’m very excited.

Training is going really well, this month I’ve tried out my sleep system for Iceland, I’ve ran with a 6 kilo back pack and I’ve ran a 35miler. Here’s the details...............


Before I get to that, I will just let you know how I finished 2017.

 I started my Pack running training 0n 17th Dec 2017 with a 5kg Pack- 13miler in icy conditions. Not abad run at 8:51/mile pace.

Last run before Christmas was on the 23rd Dec 2017, and it was a 13.1 miler at 8:20/mile pace

Over indulged Christmas eve and Christmas day, so needed a run out with Paula on Boxing day to blow away the calorie and Alcohol cobwebs.

Easy 6 miler at 10:13/mile pace


With 36 participants, the run went straight down the beach from Southwold pier to Lowestofts Claremont Pier. Conditions were perfect for running in. I ran with Paula at a nice easy pace. Everything was straight forward until the 5mile point, which was a sleuce gate which was open. this meant getting wet and I had to keep hold of Paula, otherwise she would have been swept into the north sea.

Click here for video........look out for sleuce gate

Jan 3rd 2018

Blowy 3 mile run 7:45/mile

Jan 7th 2018

Windy 30 miler with company 9:54/mile
With a North Easterly wind, I decided to run my trusted marathon route anti clockwise, so that the wind would be behind me on the long Yarmouth river section. I was joined by Aaron, Gary and Darren for a 6am start from Blundeston village hall. No rain was forecast but 5 minutes into the run, the rain started, luckily it didn't last for long and the rest of the run stayed dry. I don't normally run in a group and it was quite a nice change, however I did feel that my pace was being dictated by others at times but also I kept running at stages that I might of walked, if I was on my own. Definitely good to do every now and then. all in all a good run. The only real notable event was that I found a mobile phone on Southtown road, which I later reunited with its owner.

Jan 9th 2018

Bit of a recovery run after weekend long run, and was planning at going 9 maybe 10 minute miling but felt good and I ended up going quicker.

Jan 12th 2018

Continuing with the weekly half marathons but managing to keep a good pace. Uneventful run really.

As well as running,I’ve also been using TrainerRoad. This is a training system for cyclists. It is used on an indoor trainer or turbo trainer. I have my Time trial bike set up on my Tacx Vortex and use trainerroad on my laptop. I’m hoping it will improve my endurance but also stop the running from getting boring and monotonous. Will keep you updated.
Here’s a quick vid on what a cyclist thought of it.

Jan 16th 2018

My short runs are getting quicker, so I am continuing to do them at a faster pace, as I’m not getting any injuries and are really boosting my confidence 

Weather reports this week were saying that we were going to have a cold snap and temperatures could be down in the minuses. I thought this would be a good opportunity to test my sleep system out. So I pitched a tent in the back garden and prepared for a night in the cold.

Here’s a quick reminder of the kit in addition to my sleeping bag that I plan to use

So clothed in just thermal leggings and thermal long sleeved tshirt (no socks), I settled down to sleep. The temperatures were around 2 degrees when I went to sleep but dropped to about minus 2 during the night. I woke at about 2am abit cold and I feel it was probably coming through the sleep mat. That said, I put on a thin fleece and was fine again. I was awoken by a local cockerel at about 4am, and I couldn’t get back to sleep and decided that I would go out earlier on a planned run. Getting out of my lovely warm sleep system was not a nice experience, so I feel the testing went well and will be fine for Iceland. If I was to make an additional change, it maybe be a survival blanket added to the top of sleep mat to reflect heat back into me.

Jan 19th 2018

After a night under canvas , I went out at 5.30 for a 13.1miler on a frosty morning. Carrying a 6 kg backpack in just over 2 hours

Weighed myself on Jan 20th 2018 and I was 77.1kg

Jan 23rd 2018
Felt good today and did a really quick ( for me) 10k today
42:52, which is 7:08/mile

Same day

On 24th Jan 2018, I was given the opportunity to use Myzone. This is a training system that measures your heart rate during training. There a 6 training zones. 
Here are my zones

MYZONE is a new innovative heart rate based system that uses wireless and cloud technology to accurately and conveniently monitor physical activity. It monitors heart rate, calories and time exercising that converts into MYZONE Effort Points (MEPs), with a focus on rewarding effort rather than fitness.

My monthly goal has been set at 2000 meps per month.
This was my first workout using Myzone 
403 Meps

Jan 28th 2018

On this 35 miler, I decided not to run with a bladder bag, but a waist pack instead. I did this because I thought I would replicate what would happen for London to Brighton. There will be Checkpoints at about 12 miles, so a 600ml bottle would be enough. I went out the night before and bottle dropped about 12 miles apart. It was a dry day and I managed to do it under 10 minute/ mile average. However the price was that at about 24 miles , my hamstrings and hip flexor were suffering abit. My nutrition for the run was good and didn’t seem to drop in energy. I used sis fluid powder, a chia charge bar and 200g of mixed cashew nuts and peanut Mand M’s

I’ve been abit lacks up to now with fundraising. So we are in race year now so please help get me to my target

Here’s the link

Be safe.......till next timeπŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹

Saturday, 16 December 2017

9 Months to Iceland.

Wow, where has this year gone. last posted in May, and I am finally back on track for the 2 big events next year. Last time I blogged, I decided to stop and reset. This involved me getting to the root problem to why I was getting injured all the time apart from the constant running. I went to see a local physio and friend Kerstin Langer. After her assessment, my issue seemed that I was running with my toes up, which in turn was making my ankle unstable. The rehab included doming my foot, towel dragging with my toes, and balancing on a piece of foam whilst curling toes down and lifting heel. These exercises strengthened my foot and ankle.
Next part of the plan, was to start early to avoid having to catch up on mileage later on, As the mileages started growing, I had a moment where I decided to take the advice that I give to people and listen to my body. I cant run long runs, week after week. So recovery time became my friend. This also has meant that so far, the long runs haven't been met with dread, in fact the opposite has been the case. Instead of constantly running, I've been on my turbo trainer in the garage. So far so good.
Well I have just under 9 months to go until the Fire and Ice Ultra, so this is my plan for the next 6 months. My Long run is up to 26.2 miles on a course that was a mixture of road and Boggy cross country and that felt comfortable in a time of 4 hrs. so carrying on with my recovery/low run mileage  weeks, plan to add 4 or 5 miles every month up to 50 miles, which should be by the end of April 2018. This gives me an easy 4 weeks before London to Brighton. The lower mileage weeks will include a half marathon. So this will give me the opportunity to run with weight, which I will increase over time. I've estimated that my bag weight for Iceland will probably be close to 12KG. Ive based this on the fact that my bag weight for MDS was around 10kg, but I am going to need more clothes for Iceland.

Talking of clothes and kit, I've gone for another choice of Shoe and waterproof jacket and trousers. The shoes offer a Gore-Tex lining, which I figure may help. I had to change my waterproofs as the Montane set didn't meet the minimum requirements for Iceland.

Inov-8 Trail Talon 275 GTX
Run with comfort and protection on hard-packed trails with this men's trail running shoe. The TRAIL TALON 275 offers the ultimate balance of speed and cushioning. Debris-free trail running with integrated gusset tongue as well as gaiter options (gaiter sold separately). Perfect for long miles on hard-packed trails, the TRAIL TALON 275 delivers the perfect fit and unrivalled comfort with next generation ADAPTERFIT technology. A two-piece Powerflow midsole delivers optimum levels of shock absorption and energy return.

Fit Scale 4
Drop 8mm
Footbed 6mm Foam
Lug Depth 4mm
Midsole Stack Heel 25.5mm / Forefoot 17.5mm
Shank DFBοΎ™
Product Weight
275g / 9.7oz
For long miles on hard-packed trails


Not sure whether to bring a wind or rain coat? Don't worry - just bring the UD Ultra Jacket. It's waterproof and as light as most windbreakers. Designed with input from ultrarunner Anton Krupicka, this waterproof-breathable ultra running jacket has flip mitts, fully taped seam, underarm vents, hood ventilation, internal storage pocket and 3x bungee hood adjustments.

"Designed with input from ultrarunner Anton Krupicka, the waterproof-breathable Ultra is intended to get you through the most challenging conditions. It weighs less than six ounces and has smart features like flip-on mitts and vented pits and hood."
Outside Online

"Part of UD’s first line of jackets, the waterproof, breathable Ultra Jacket was tested in both rain showers and shower stalls. Keeps you dry as dirt. Packs into its own internal pocket."
Runners World

- Full zip front
- Waterproof/Breathability - Over 22,000mm/Over 22,000g/m2 24hrs
- Exceeds the Breathability and Waterproof standard required by the Ultra Tour du Mont Blanc
- Fastbreath Ultra™ - waterproof/breathable fabric
- Fully-taped seams
- Stuffs into chest pocket
- Internal chest pocket holds and protects iPhone 6 and features a headphone port
- Underarm vents provide ventilation and cooling while wearing a hydration vest
- Ergonomic shoulder construction enhances range of motion
- Self-bound seams provide superior durability
- Patent-Pending TunnelEffect™ hood channel for airflow and moisture management
- Patent-Pending FlipMitts™ - self storing mitts provide waterproof warmth

5.9 oz / 167 g

48gsm 20D HexNylon Fastbreath Ultra™ Fabric

Men's Ultimate Direction Waterproof Trousers : ULTRA PANT V2

Don't worry - you don't have to choose between windproof or waterproof trousers - with the Men's UD ULTRA PANT V2 you get both.

This waterproof-breathable men's ultra running trouser exceeds the breathability and waterproof standards required by the Ultra Tour du Mont Blanch. The UD Ultra Pant V2 has an elasticated waistband with draw-cord, an internal storage pocket, long zipped fully-taped leg openings for easy on/off and stretch fabric. Men's Ultra Jacket V2 jacket also available.

- Fully taped seams
- Side long zipped leg openings
- Waterproof/Breathability - 33,000 mm water entry pressure and 29,000 moisture vapor transmission rate
- Exceeds the Breathability and Waterproof standard required by the UTMB
- Fastbreath Ultra™ - waterproof/breathable fabric
- Internal pocket

3.5 oz / 100 g

10D High-strength Nylon 2.5L Waterproof-Breathable

                    I would like to say Thank You to
        who gave me 10% discount on the waterproofs
        Please press this link to take you to their page


So time to get back to fundraising too..........we are currently at 10% of our £5000 target at £452

if you want to donate please press the link below

Thanks in Advance
Sit back and watch what I've been upto

 Have a Great Christmas
New year