Happy New Year 2019

A happy new year to the readers still following this blog. I’ve been slacking off posting for a while now. Hopefully should rectify that this year.

Will start blogging my attempts at getting back into shape with the intention of retrying going for the Royal Parks Half Marathon.

Current weight, 12st 0lbs.

Marathon Records

How many marathons have you run? Could you do more than one in a year? How about a month? A week? This old article from The Telegraph (and recently showed up on Oddity Central at http://www.odditycentral.com/news/man-runs-370-marathons-in-one-year-proves-nothing-is-impossible.html) shows a guy running *370 marathons in a year.*
The most I’ve seen a woman run was 366, and that was Annette Fredskov (http://blog.endomondo.com/2013/08/09/how-annette-fredskov-ran-366-marathons-in-365-days/)
Source: http://blog.endomondo.com/2013/08/09/how-annette-fredskov-ran-366-marathons-in-365-days/

10 things no one tells women before they run the London Marathon

Source: 10 things no one tells women before they run the London Marathon

Surprisingly a couple of these made me laugh.

#5 you’ll get penis envy. Actually, it’s not a good thing – especially if you forget to wear tight pants. Trying to run around the park with your little friend trying his darnedest to distract you is definitely not fun. Funny, yes. Uncomfortable? Damned so.

#6 you will become a running bore – guilty.

#10 you will want to do another one – yes, but not yet. The atmosphere when I ran the RPHM was electric. I want to experience that again, but not yet.

RPHM Splits

Just posting this here for my reference in future. My time splits during the RPHM. Held a good pace until 13KM

4:57 4’57″/KM
10:29 + 0:35 (-12%) 5’32″/KM
15:54 – 0:07 (2%) 5’25″/KM
21:21 + 0:02 (-1%) 5’27″/KM
26:53 + 0:05 (-2%) 5’32″/KM
32:23 – 0:02 (0%) 5’30″/KM
37:55 + 0:02 (-1%) 5’32″/KM
43:28 + 0:01 (-1%) 5’33″/KM
49:23 + 0:22 (-7%) 5’55″/KM
55:27 + 0:09 (-3%) 6’04″/KM
1:01:05 – 0:26 (7%) 5’38″/KM
1:07:16 + 0:33 (-10%) 6’11″/KM
1:13:43 + 0:16 (-5%) 6’27″/KM
1:20:13 + 0:03 (-1%) 6’30″/KM
1:26:36 – 0:07 (1%) 6’23″/KM
1:32:55 – 0:04 (1%) 6’19″/KM
1:39:20 + 0:06 (-2%) 6’25″/KM
1:45:50 + 0:05 (-2%) 6’30″/KM
1:53:03 + 0:43 (-12%) 7’13″/KM
1:59:59 – 0:17 (3%) 6’56″/KM
2:06:35 – 0:20 (4%) 6’36″/KM

Royal Parks Half Marathon

Royal Parks Half Marathon

The Royal Parks Half Marathon was my first full-blown race, officially-timed, and my first attempt at the 21.1K distance. Never did that distance before, even during my practise runs, and my body is screaming at me not to do it again. But we’ll see.

The race was pretty comfortable for the first 10K, but when I hit 13K, my hip started to hurt and I had to drop down to a walk to recover.

The remaining race was much slower than the first half with my hip and my hamstring (both of them) hurting like hell. Even when I got to towards the finish line, people were walking. One of them had pulled muscle, so I stopped to help him out for a bit. He was concerned about my time, but as long as I finish, I’m happy.

I got over the finish line in 2:03:35 according to Endomondo, and my official time was 2:07:33. Considering this was my first half marathon, and I managed to average 6:00 min/km (I hit 20K at 2:00:00).

It was a painful journey home too. My legs hurt like hell, climbing up or down stairs made the pain spike, but it’s getting easier now.

I don’t think I’ll be running a full marathon any time soon, until I can get the Half Marathon distance down comfortably. It was really hard going at the end:



And plenty of new achievements and awards from Nike+



Just got an email from the RPHM organisers. There’s an app in the Google Play store that allows you to track the runners (including me) during the race, and also provides split times as they run over the timing mats. For runners, it also shows you where you are on the course at that time. Although I wouldn’t recommend it — you need to make sure you’re not running into the barriers :D

Google Play: http://royalparksfoundationemail.org.uk/1L97-3PL8Z-ERXF5H-1SKAD2-1/c.aspx

The incredible story of the Berlin Marathon’s courageous winner

Source: The incredible story of the Berlin Marathon’s courageous winner

Eliud Kipchoge won the Berlin Marathon on Saturday. You probably didn’t know this if you’re American. That’s fine; marathons don’t make for great spectating, and the Boston Marathon is the only race that really becomes part of the national conversation stateside.

But you’re going to want to hear just how Kipchoge won the Berlin Marathon. That’s the real story here, one both inspiring and maddening at the same time.

Eventually both insoles would become so dislodged that Kipchoge was forced to run most of the race with an insole hanging out of each shoe.

Kipchoge’s shoes. Imagine running like this.


But there was no way to stop. Fixing the problem would waste precious time, and the irritation had grown so great there was no guarantee he’d be able to commence running again once he’d stopped.

And the most important line of the article:

“I had pain in my foot, but what could I do?” he told Runner’s World. “I had to finish the race.”

RPHM Training

RPHM Training

健毅 黃 was out running. He tracked 10.24 km in 1h:04m:05s.


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10Ks are going to start being my foundation runs – like 5Ks used to be. Today, I beat my recent 10K record too.

Screenshot from 2015-09-28 19-10-17

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