Thunder Run 24 2014 – part 2

Once we got back to Catton Park, the rest of our team had arrived. Phew!

The sub-camp was now full with about 35 LRR members, some of their families and supporters and our team and Rolly and Laura’s children.

We all headed down to the start area for the pre-event briefing at 11am before the announcement was made that it would be held at 11:30am. D’oh!

I forgot to mention in part 1 that on Friday evening there had been a race for children, the Pyjama Dash. A great way to get the children involved and engaged with the event. It would be great to have a few more activities for children such as a bouncy castle.

Before long, we were heading back for the briefing where the organiser, Patrick – who looked about the polar opposite to how you’d expect the organiser of a mass running event to look – gave an emotional thank you to all those taking part.

Prior to this point, we’d decided on the order the team would run in. This had to factor in several things such as ensuring that parents didn’t run one after the other thereby ensuring their children weren’t left unattended at night. I also tried to ensure that Laura, Charlotte and Kelly didn’t run between 2 and 6am and that Rolly didn’t need to run after 7am as he had secret plans to take his family to Alton Towers and wanted to leave by 9am.

Chris was first to run and assembled with the others starting lap 1. These included Kirsty and Tamsyn as well as solo runners Jim and Rob Kelly. We watched as they all headed off and then headed back to camp.

I took the opportunity to have a shower and re-check that I had everything ready for my run. I had several hours to wait as our running order was:


Our running abilities ranged from fast to not quite so fast and we’d estimated that on average it would take 60 minutes to complete a lap given the conditions (sunny and very hot) and the course (challenging in places). If we could maintain that average pace, we should be able to complete 24 laps.

Our camp was at about the 9.5km point in the course; an excellent position to give lots of encouragement to all the LRR and Townhill runners as they got close to the finish. Shortly after, there was a short steep climb before a gradual descent to the finish.

After about 45 minutes Chris passed our position and was looking on great form. Although the position meant that we could walk quickly to the start area for the handover before the previous runner got there, we’d decided that it was better to not risk a runner not being there and leave 15 or so minutes before we expected each runner to arrive. We maintained a sheet of the anticipated lap time per team member and then supplemented this with their actual lap start time, lap finish time and duration. We also amended their estimated time based in their previous lap time and the weather conditions.

It was the responsibility of each runner to ensure that the runner 2 behind them in the rota was ready to get to the start in time. This meant that Chris made sure Kelly was ready, I made sure Ray was ready etc. although this wasn’t really necessary during the day, it was during the night. Some of the other LRR teams had more elaborate schemes which they explained but I still can’t quite understand them. In reality, during the day, an entourage went to great a returning runner. This proved very useful as they often waited to see the runner get to the 9.5km point and were therefore able to let the next runner know that they were due at any moment.

As Rolly, Kelly and Laura completed their first laps, Charlotte went out to run hers. Each team member gave feedback on their run on their return and it became clear that although the climb through the woods was one of the most challenging aspects of the course, the first 5km was the toughest half and if you could get through that, the rest was easier.

A couple of bits of non-running related advice while I remember them. The mobile phone reception at Catton Park is really bad. Not only is mobile Internet via 3G almost available, even being able to send a text message is almost impossible from the camping area. Also, it’s unlikely that your gadgets’ batteries will last the weekend, so it’s worth keeping this in mind and having something to charge them or having a backup. My solution was a Powerpack external USB battery which was about £20 from Amazon and proved invaluable as it charged up several people’s iPhones and Garmins.

After 40 minutes of Charlotte’s lap, I headed down to the start line for my first lap.

I positioned myself in the changeover pen and waited to see Charlotte as she ran down the finish straight. I spotted her and put my arm out to receive the baton and started my lap.

The first 500m or so are on a flat, wide stretch of grass before reaching the ‘nasty’ climb through the woods. I knew that was coming and mentally prepared myself thinking that I’d walk if needed. I didn’t want to burn myself out for the other 9 or so km. As it turned out, I ran the first 1.5km on the flat and as it twisted and turned through the woods. Shortly after, there was another section on grass with an incline and I reduced my pace to get up that.

Out of the shade, it was hot. The sun was beating down hard and I welcomed the shady sections for their coolness.

At about 4km, Jim and I met and we ran and, where necessary, walked for most of the rest of the lap. It was great to have company and chat with Jim who, as I’ve said was going solo and hoping to complete 14 laps. There were quite a few solo runners taking part many of whom were walking a significant portion of each lap to conserve energy for their daunting task ahead.

At around 7-8km, there’s another wooded section that’s really challenging as it has lots of twists and turns and tree roots to negotiate. It requires 100% concentration. Looking up and not at your feet is likely to result in a fall, or worse, a twisted ankle. I almost managed one if these by taking a quick glance at my watch. Not a mistake I repeated.

Once we were out of the tricky section, the last couple of km are far easier consisting of a run along a ledge and then a descent into the campsite before a gradual and slight incline past the LRR encampment, the short sharp incline and then the descent to the finish.

As I turned the corner to the finish gantry, I looked out for Aaron and spotted him ahead. I got the baton ready and made a beeline for him. My first lap was over. I’d completed it in 1 hour and 5 minutes. 5 minutes faster than my estimate. As I left the course Chris was on hand to provide water by the cupful. As we got back to camp he provided post-run nutrition. What a legend!! Thanks mate!

Two more laps to go…

Thunder Run 24 2014 – part 1

This weekend, I attended my first Thunder Run 25; a 24 hour endurance running event for solos or teams. The idea is to do as many 10K laps of a cross-country course at Catton Park near Tamworth as possible.

A few friends had been discussing putting together a team before registration for the event opened. As it was our first time at the event, we wanted as big a team as possible. That meant getting together 8 runners. This didn’t prove too difficult and meant that we’d likely have to run 3 laps each non-stop from midday on Saturday for 24 hours.

It was quite lucky that I had been organised and got entry in within minutes of registration and the event filled up within an hour.

As it was several months before the event, we had time to focus on other events before worrying too much about tough cross country in the dark when sleep-deprived and during Thunder!!! (Last year’s event took place during a nasty storm that made parts of the course even more challenging than normal).

On the team we had Charlotte, Laura, Aaron, Rolly, Raymond, Kelly, Chris and myself. To save rushing, Chris and I went up together on Friday morning leaving at about 9am. This was a wise choice as there were several accidents later in the day which led to some very long journeys for others travelling up later in the day.

We arrived at about 12:30pm and spent quite a while trying to find the LRR encampment. At one point we ended up driving up the course towards the start/finish gantry until asked to stop by one of the event crew.

After spotting Pete in an Eastleigh 10K t-shirt, we located the other Lordshillers and spoke with them to establish if there was room to join the camp. Fortunately, there was so we set up our tent, gazebo and ‘pantry’ whilst leaving space for our other team members to set up their tents.

During the afternoon, many of the other LRRs arrived and set up their tents but our team members were stuck in traffic or un-contactable. We were beginning to think that we might have to run the multiple laps between the two of us!

By late afternoon, Chris had showed me all the support devices for various limbs and joints, his stashes of pre- and post- run nutrition and his portable library of running and triathlon- related reading material. As there appeared to be no sign of the others, we went to register and picked up the race packs for the team. As we got back to the camp, there was still no sign of the others. Hmmmm!

By this point, we’d spoken to most of the LRRs, many of whom had been at several of the previous year’s Thunder Runs. Many had offered information on the course, strategy etc etc. I’ll distil this into a couple of points:

- don’t go out too hard.
– the first 2km is the most challenging of the course as it comprises a tough uphill and windy trail section through woods and a section that’s very exposed in the sun
– conserve energy by walking up hills that you can’t see the top of

The first 2km sounded harsh so Chris and I decided to go and check it out. The information wasn’t inaccurate and it was quite a challenge walking up the trail section. I wasn’t looking forward to having to try and run it!


As we got to about the 2km point, I received a text message from Rolly to say that he’d arrived. He and his family had been stuck in traffic and that had meant a very long journey. Once we got back to the camp, we helped set up their tents and let them get settled in.

One negative was that the showers didn’t open until midday on Saturday. This was to conserve water and although I can appreciate the reasons for that, having spent the afternoon setting up tents and walking part of the course, a shower would have been welcomed. I have to say though that the other facilities were great. The toilets were fairly plentiful and clean. The food tent had a fairly good selection of food and beverages. Whilst I remember, another negative was the lack of a Thunder Run buff.


Once it had started to get dark, Laura, Aaron and their two children, Callum and Hannah arrived and pitched their tents. Soon after, and after a long day, we decided to try and get some sleep as we had a fairly early start the following morning as we’d planned to visit the closest parkrun at Conkers which was about 15-20 minutes drive away.

It wasn’t the greatest night’s sleep due to some almighty snoring coming from a nearby tent which lasted for most of the night. The rest of the camp was silent in comparison. I’m 99% sure the nasal flatulation came from a fellow LRR member and I have my suspicions as to who it was. I’m not sure if anyone else had to ensure the noise but I pity anyone sharing a tent with the culprit!!

On Saturday morning, several of us made the journey to Conkers. We had a few issues finding the location as the sat nav wasn’t as accurate as we’d hoped. The car park was a short walk from the start area and when we arrived it was clear that a good number of TR24 participants had decided to get a warmup parkrun in before the real challenge of the weekend.

Having listened to the briefing and spotted Kerri, a fellow parkrun Ambassador, we started to make our way to the start area. On our way, it sounded like there was a noisy dog kennels on route. However, the barking turned out to be over-enthusiastic dogs who were due to be running with their owners.

As we had some serious miles to run over the weekend, most of us took it easy over the 5km course. The course itself in an out and back lollipop shape which is a little undulating. The paths are wide and there’s little opportunity for 2 way traffic. I ran with Emily, Stuart and Rikki and we stopped for some selfies along the way.

Having reached the finish, congregated with the other LRRs, we decided to head back to Catton Park to relax for a while before the start of Thunder Run 24 2014!

70.3 Tri week 7 – quack, back oops!

Having been in Malta last week, my training went a little off the rails. However, I did manage a couple of 5-6km runs and some swimming (ocean and pool) so it wasn’t a complete wash out.

On my return to the UK in the very early hours of Friday, I decided that family time would be the main goal for Friday and Saturday and that I’d try to get out on my bike on Sunday so I’d have a reasonable ride under my belt.

In fact, in Saturday, we went up to Airkix in Basingstoke where Daniel and I had 2 x 2 minute flights. I definitely felt more stable and think that if I go again in the next 3 weeks that I’ll maybe be able to progress to turns.

On Sunday, with Denise and the boys out for the afternoon, I was able to plan a ride of about 28km. First of all, I was Run Directing at Southampton Junior parkrun. Another excellent event.

After a trip to Sprinkles for coffee with Chris Stocks, I headed home, got some chores done and then got ready for my ride.

The weather was good as I left and I decided to try a new route, heading out to Botley and then Titchfield. I ended up to my surprise in Whiteley. I’d only ever been there via the motorway so finding another route was quite interesting… to me at least!

Having cycled home (I don’t recall the route I used!), I got some more chores done and then took the boys to their swimming lessons where Daniel demonstrated some great bilateral breathing. Jealous!

On Monday, I was planning to do a treadmill run (1 hour) but as the weather was good, I chose to go out instead and enjoy the sunshine and heat. It was lovely and definitely a good choice.

It was the STC swim session in the evening and as I watched the previous session, it looked like a challenging one. The session consisted of:

200m warmup (f/c)
200m pull
15 x 100m f/c off of 2:10

I was doing pretty well for the first 8 or 9 of the 100m sets until the cramp set in. It started in my toes and then worked its way up my legs until I was unable to bend them or keep my feet from acting like anchors. I opted to use a pull buoy for the last few sets and know I dropped about 150m from the set. It wouldn’t have been fair on the others in the lane to have kept them waiting.

It would appear that I wasn’t the only one suffering from cramp as Pete in my lane and Steve from the previous session were suffering too.

In the cool down, I used the pull buoy while doing breaststroke in the hope that’d help. In fact, it meant my posture wasn’t right and my back started to get achy.

Having cooled down, at the end of the session, I walked scarecrow-like to the changing room. As I started to get ready to leave the muscles in the left side of my back spasmed/twinged and I sat down in agony. Getting up was them a challenge as was bending down to pick things up. Having praised myself recent on how injury-free I’d been, a bad back looked like it was going to screw up my training plans…

… And so it has. I’ve spent the last 2 days struggling to walk, lay down, sit down, get up, stand up straight. You get the idea. I’ve missed 2 rides and the Wednesday morning STX swim and it looks like it’ll be a fee more days until I can consider running, cycling or swimming. The good news is that I’ve got a sports massage with Tiff tomorrow evening where I hope to get some relief from the pain.

In other news, after over a year of weekly Run Camp sessions I’ve decided that in order to fit my triathlon training in that I’ll have to, very reluctantly, miss the next 3 months of Run Camp sessions. I simply can’t find enough mornings and lunchtimes to fit long rides and runs in especially as the my increase in duration. I’ll really miss the banter of the fellow Run Campers and am looking forward to rejoining the sessions in mid September. Until then, and once my training gets back on schedule, my focus is on nailing my half distance triathlon plan.

Hope to have some more positive news in my next post.

Meet a triathlete friend – Gary Painting

I’ve not really had time to post much in the last 10 days so am going to post my next ‘meet a triathlete friend’.

Many of you will know Gary Painting as the Event Director of Southampton parkrun. However, Gary is also a triathlete! I’ve known Gary for several year’s now since meeting at parkrun.

Here’s some info on his life as a triathlete so far…

What do you do when you’re not competing or training?
Well unfortunately I have to work (which really interrupts my training!) but far more interesting is that I’m lucky enough to be the Event Director of Southampton parkrun, it keeps me pretty busy but I take great pride in being a part of such a great event that brings so many people together. I can also be found playing darts, playing guitar or singing along to Meat Loaf.
How long have you been a triathlete?
I guess since I got into the pool of my first Tri at last years May Day Tri (not really having a clue what I was doing at that point). Thoroughly enjoyed it and opened my eyes as to how different a challenge it was to just running.
What got you hooked on triathlons?
That has to be watching the 2012 Olympic men’s race, was the first time I’d actually watched a triathlon. Just looked like so much fun and felt like something I had to try, then after that first event I was totally hooked.
Who are your triathlon inspirations?
Liz Carter, I’ve only met her a few times but she always seems to be having the most amazing time!
What have you been particularly proud of achieving in triathlon?
I feel I’m only just getting started in triathlon so nothing too major yet but was really chuffed with completing my first Olympic distance with the run split not being far off my 10K PB.
What does your typical training week consist of?
I’m really bad at making a plan and sticking to it, I just try to do a lot and work on my weaknesses. I cycle to work and back every day, do a turbo session and a long ride every week, swim a couple of lunchtimes and run when my hip co-operates. (I have bursitis in my hip at the moment so my running has pretty much ground to a halt, which is really annoying as I mainly run to stay sane).
What’s your favourite triathlon discipline and why?
That has be the run. I’ve been running for 5 years or so it’s by far my strongest discipline, (so I’m glad it comes at the end!) I’m not a great runner but do ok, so it’s nice to chase some people down who have overtaken me on the bike!
What’s your least favourite triathlon discipline and why?
I guess that would have it be the swim, I really enjoy swimming but it’s that threat of drowning, being set upon by sea creatures or taking a kick to the face that gets me nervous more than the bike and run. These are all the stupid things that are going through my head whilst on the outside trying to keep a smooth and relaxed stroke!
What triathlon targets do you have in your sights?
I’m doing Challenge Weymouth half iron distance in September, that will do for now. I will have to do a full ironman in the next few years though… half anything just isn’t job done!
What’s your favourite triathlon event (e.g. sprint, Olympic, Half or Full)?
Having only done a few sprints and one Olympic distance I’d have to say Olympic. I’m hoping come September I’ll be able to say half!
What’s your favourite triathlon event so far?
Has to be the mass race in Hyde Park last year as part of the ITU grand final. It was my first Olympic distance so was a big deal at the time, running on the famous blue carpet was pretty cool and the fact I won my place there through parkrun made it even better!
If you could share one triathlon tip or secret to success, what would it be?
Do loads of brick sessions! Running off the bike was the biggest thing for me to get used to, and of course make sure you find a way to enjoy it.
What’s your favourite triathlon related gadget, piece of equipment or web site?
I haven’t gone crazy on gadgets just yet, not as much as I’d like too anyway. At the moment it has it be my aero bars, makes me feel like a pro.
What’s your next triathlon and what are your goals for that event?
Next up is Worthing Olympic distance next Sunday (6th July). Target is to survive my first sea swim, get through the run without annoying my hip too much, and beat last years time from Hyde Park.

Meet a triathlete friend – Paul Thomas

It’s a rest day today and that means that other than the blog post I wrote at silly o’clock this morning, I’m taking it easy. However, it gives me an opportunity to post another ‘meet a triathlete friend‘ post. This one’s about a fellow Southampton Tri Club member, Paul Thomas.

I see Paul weekly at the Monday evening STC swim (he’s a much faster swimmer than me!) and more recently also at the Wednesday morning pre-dawn swim session. Paul is also competing in the Challenge Weymouth Half Distance Triathlon in September.

I’ve struggled to find a picture of Paul without him holding a beer… ;-) Let’s get straight on with the Q&A!

What do you do when you’re not competing or training?

When I’m not competing I am either working, sleeping or playing with my two children. Life is busy!!

How long have you been a triathlete?

I have only been doing triathlon for 18 months and got hooked from the 1st event.

What got you hooked on triathlons?

I did a sprint distance with new work colleagues at Eton Dorney. I swore I would never do it again all the way round but as soon as I crossed the line I knew I would do another just to see how much time I could take off.

Who are your triathlon inspirations?

Inspirational figures have to include Rick and Dick Hoyt who, despite massive obstacles to overcome, they competed in the world champs in Hawaii several times with a smile on their face the whole way.

What have you been particularly proud of achieving in triathlon?

My proudest moment came in my first event this year where I smashed my sprint pb by a huge margin at Eton Dorney. 1:11:52 I think. Despite an average swim and a stitch on the run I felt like I had a good bike leg and avoided jelly legs.

What does your typical training week consist of?

Training is now ramping up significantly as a result of working towards half iron distance in September. I am starting to swim 2.5 hrs a week, 2hrs running, 2.5hrs cycling. Some would argue not enough but I still need to enjoy life!!!

What’s your favourite triathlon discipline and why?

I change my mind every time about my favourite discipline. I like all of the them. However, because I have been plagued with calf injuries all year, when I can run, I really enjoy and appreciate it.

What’s your least favourite triathlon discipline and why?

I’m becoming less happy about the swim part after getting a full on kick to the face in my last event which almost ended my race.

What triathlon targets do you have in your sights?

Triathlon target for me this year is to complete Challenge Weymouth Half Distance. My only other challenge this year was to finish in the top half of every event I do. So far I have achieved top third so I am ahead of target.

What’s your favourite triathlon event (e.g. sprint, Olympic, Half or Full)?

My favourite event is probably Olympic purely because you feel more in a rhythm and less rushed than you do in a sprint.

What’s your favourite triathlon event so far?

My favourite event so far was Eton Dorney Evening Sprint. Probably because of my finishing time and the awesome conditions

If you could share one triathlon tip or secret to success, what would it be?

I think I am still too new to this sport to give any tips. One thing I did pick up from someone was to wear two swim hats when the water is cold. It did make a difference.

What’s your favourite triathlon related gadget, piece of equipment or web site? 

Favourite gadget is just my simple little bike computer. I think I bought it for £20 but it is invaluable to me on the bike leg as I know what pace to hold comfortable. It keeps me pushing without killing myself.

What’s your next triathlon and what are your goals for that event?

Next triathlon is the local Eastleigh Open Water Triathlon event. My goal is to go sub 1:10 as the swim is shorter (unless they measure it wrong again!!). Hopefully that would be enough to give me a top 30 place ish

Another great triathlon story from Paul. I have a few more in the wings and will post them soon. If you’re a triathlete friend and I’ve not asked you to participate yet, don’t worry! Your time will come!!

Tri 70.3 week 5 – long ride and a lazy evening

After Wednesday morning’s early start, the last thing I needed was another 4:40am alarm call. However, my dedication (obsession) meant that’s exactly what I had in mind.

Of course, I awoke before the alarm… at 3:15am and then couldn’t get back to sleep.

With a 2 hour 45 minute long ride to do, I had little choice (yes, yes, I know had the choice to stay in bed but that would have made for a slightly duller blog post) but to get out of bed at 4:40 and head down for breakfast. I’d wisely prepared everything I needed the evening before so had a quick breakfast and got dressed in my cycling shorts, shoes and short-sleeved high-viz cycling top and arm warmers.

I have recently purchased a Headlux light to put on my helmet and along with my waist lights was flashing like Christmas lights as I left the house at 5:10am. My plan was to do 4 laps of my normal 45 minute route through West End, Hedge End, Botley, Fair Oak then home.

The weather was good although I did wish I’d had an extra layer at first.

On my first lap, there was little traffic on the road which was handy given the number of roadworks between home and Botley.

I completed the first lap in just over 42 minutes which meant if I could maintain the same pace, I’d take 168 minutes to complete all 4 laps. That would mean I’d get home at, or close to 8am which is roughly the time I get home from Run Camp. Perfect.

I repeated the same route for my next lap but on the 3rd and 4th, the traffic was getting heavier and the traffic lights were against me so I amended the route slightly but cutting out the far corner in Botley High Street so that I could still arrive home on time.

On the last lap, it was light enough for me to turn off all reachable lights to save battery power.

I completed my last lap at 8am and span up Arun Road to reach home at 8:03am. Not bad going.

I enjoyed the ride even though it was laps. The route has a few undulations in it and it’s good to know that none of the inclines are too serious. There are also a few ways to add or take off distance.

All-in-all, I cycled 42 miles. Certainly didn’t break any land-speed records but, then, that wasn’t the purpose of the session.

I was planning to compete in the Eastleigh Aquathlon in the evening but a combination of feeling shattered, tired and achy legs and a downpour shortly before led to me choosing to miss it and have a relaxing evening instead. I shall make sure I attend the next one!

As if having an evening off isn’t enough to show a temporary lack of commitment, I also bailed on an early morning long run with Neil from STC on Friday morning. However, I’ve done about 7 hours of training this week so far and do still plan to do the 90 minute run over the next few days which is exactly on plan.

I am wondering how I’m going to be able to fit 4 – 4 hour cycle rides into the coming weeks without impacting weekends and have a couple of options I’m exploring mentally. As mentioned before, the cycle rides are my biggest training challenge time wise. But, it’s the discipline where I should be able to make the most improvement so I need to find the time. I did google whether splitting long rides into 2 shorter rides would be an option and the response was that the effect wouldn’t provide optimal training but I may consider it. I know I can fairly easily do a morning ride of 3 – 3 1/4 hours so with an hour at lunchtime, that would almost give me the duration I need during the peak of my plan. Alternatively, if I have the availability, I may have to forego parkrun on a Saturday and do a long ride on a Saturday.

To avoid family impact, I may need to think about missing the next 12 week block of Run Camp which would be a shame as I really enjoy these sessions. But I need to weigh up the time it takes, the benefit it gives to my half Iron distance training (it’s not a session that’s called for on my plan), the social aspect of the session, the additional morning session it’d give for more-specific training and the cost.
If I do decide to not participate in the next 12 week set, I’d plan to rejoin in late September. That’s another decision to make.

Have got a really hectic few days ahead with a family day out on Saturday, Race Directing the Lordshill 10K on Sunday, a 90 minute run and preparing for next week’s trip. I’m really not sure how I’m going to fit it all in to be honest.

Tri 70.3 week 5 – a quick mid-week update

Having posted two ‘meet a triathlon friend’ posts (with Neil and Ian), I could have probably got away without another post today but have a spare 15 minutes while waiting for Daniel to finish his diving lesson so thought I’d work on a mid-week update.

In reality, I’m struggling to remember what day of the week it is so have had to re-check my blog posts to find out.

So… yesterday I had the usual Tuesday session of a 45 minute cycle + 15 minute run. I used my usual route and have little more to say really. I thought I’d cycled faster than my Garmin shoes (wishful thinking) but did manage to hit a red light at every set of traffic lights between home and Botley so I’ll blame that.

The good news is whatever Tobie at Bike Guy did to my bike last week has worked. No more tapping noise. Hooray!!

As usual the brick session run wasn’t quite as soon after the cycle ride as it should have been or I’d have liked but I did it so I’ll get over it.

Today I had the usual early start with the STC swim session. I shared the lane with Sonia, Jon and Paul and felt as if I did pretty well keeping on Sonia’s toes (or as close as is socially swim-acceptable). The session didn’t feel quite as tough as some of the recent ones which was welcome. As usual, with a session with so many sets, I can’t really recall what we did and my Garmin stats give little more away. I know that we did 300m of kick drills that my Garmin didn’t record though.

That was it for the day. 5 sessions completed so far this week.

I’ve got 3 more early morning sessions. Normally I’d be going to the track for Run Camp but Coach Ant is away so I’ve amended my plan and scheduled in a 2:45 cycle ride. The plan is to get out early and home by 8am. Wish me luck with that!! I’d normally have a lie in until 7am on a Friday but have plans for a 90 minute run to Shirley and back with the aim of getting home by 7:30am. I don’t mind the early starts. In fact, without them, I’d not be able to do anywhere near as much training but I always wake up at least an hour before my alarm so when it’s set for 4:40am, I’m awake shortly after 3am. ARGHHHH!!!