Countdown to IM Copenhagen

T-8 months Or 34.5 weeks, or 242 days. Whatever way I look at it, I can feel some kind of pressure already building. Every time I'm in the pool, on the bike or out running, I'm envisaging what it's going to be like on the day itself. What challenges will I face? How many walls... Continue Reading →

The road to Ironman has begun

You know that feeling after an achievement that you can tackle any challenge? Well it can lead to decisions which will have a profound impact on your life. And it can start from something really small. A year ago in January we started running at lunch with a few colleagues. 10km killed us. So much... Continue Reading →

Getting closer to the next one

Training has been going OK the past few months. I've done my best to incorporate a swim and a bike ride weekly whilst continuing my running. I'm averaging 30-40kms per week usually so with 10 weeks to go until the Antwerp marathon on 22 April, I need to increase this to about 60km/week minimum. That's the... Continue Reading →

The importance of setting goals

Back in April, two colleagues and I set a goal of running the Amsterdam marathon. 6 months later, all three of us completed the challenge. Any previous training sequence I had begun, had always failed. I either got bored of running or 1 week of inactivity lead to 2, 3, 4,... which meant I always... Continue Reading →

You’ll never forget your first

Pre-race The weather was far better than anyone would have wanted. The forecast was for 22°C and there wasn’t a cloud to be seen. Not the type of weather you would expect on the 15th October in Amsterdam. Although I’d had a decent night sleep, I was up quite early and was a little nervous.... Continue Reading →

The (really) long run

Apart from running a lot, there's not much that can prepare you for a really long run. Running for more than three hours on your own is hard. In the lead up to a marathon, nearly everyone will have a 30km+ run scheduled. This is to test your body and mind to see if you... Continue Reading →

Paris and some long runs

Been a tough week this week. I had to combine the second hardest week of my 5 month training schedule with quite a bit of travel for work. First on Sunday I ran my longest run so far, a 25km run along the Schelde. I am hoping to run my marathon around 5:25-5:30min/km and I... Continue Reading →

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