Monthly Archives: January 2013

It’s only 83 days to go until the London Marathon 2013. My training is now moving up a gear and this week has been a real test of my time management skills. A return to my fun Tuesday yoga class (Iyengar) followed by 5.5 miles on a treadmill (not fun) started things off. Wednesday evening was time for my Serpentine Running Club spin class – full on sweating to some disco beats! Feeling in desperate need for an evening off on Thursday, I convinced myself another yoga class (Iyengar) would help restore and balance me. As usual, it worked a treat and by the time it came to Friday’s lunchtime run (5.5 miles), I felt good and strong.

Saturday was a lovely day off in Bristol. My wife (Juliet) and I walked the hills of the city that will soon be our home.

On Sunday it was time for my long run of the week – 12.1 miles in glorious sunshine. It was so nice to feel the heat of the sun on my face.

Next week will be less yoga but more of those miles…

I’m running the 2013 London Marathon for Mencap. Please have a look at my sponsorship page!


It’s been quite a week! After a cultural Monday night at the opera (Birtwistle’s Minotaur), I tackled this week’s training regime with real enthusiasm, buoyed up with the very kind donations I’ve received for my charity marathon run.

So, my training this week started with a Tuesday lunchtime run in Green Park (5 miles). Wednesday evening’s spin class was very hot but the hilly spin moments seem to be strengthening me. Thursday’s midday run (5 miles) was gloriously sunny and I returned to my desk on a real high. Today’s (Saturday) 11 mile run in snow-covered Hyde Park and Green Park was great fun and extremely invigorating – I felt so lucky to be happy and healthy! My run took in some wonderful snowmen and even the odd snow cat!

My search for inspiration this week lead me to this book, which I’m enjoying and (ever so) slightly obsessed with Robert Glover’s Competitive Runners Handbook.

Next week I return to yoga classes. It’s been a few weeks since my last class and I’ve been missing it. I’m finding the classes give me a great boost and, in addition to the obvious health and fitness benefits, they help keep me motivated and focused. But for now, a relaxing weekend with good friends awaits.

I’m running the London Marathon on 21 April for Mencap which is a very good cause and a charity that has a special personal meaning for me, as I explain on my sponsorship page. If you would like to sponsor me, however small the amount, I’d be enormously grateful. It will help Mencap’s work and help spur me on through the cold, dark weeks of training to come, which is pretty daunting!

Thank you to those who have already sponsored me – I really appreciate it.

So, here goes with my new running blog. It will be an occasional thing and I hope to keep it interesting, although I question how interesting a blog on running can be!

After yesterday evening’s spin class with the Serpentine Running Club, my legs were feeling a little tight. A gentle 4.5 mile run around Green Park this lunchtime livened me up for my afternoon’s work. A definite chill in the air called for 2 layers. I need to buy some more long sleeve running tops and longer socks.

Looking forward to running the Bath Half on 3 March. Rest day tomorrow in preparation for a long run this weekend.