London Marathon 2014 Training: The Journey Begins – Week One

My journey actually began last year when I decided to start sorting out my in-balanced knees, which have always kept me from running more than a few miles before having to take some time off.  I sorted out some physio and mostly kept to the regular stretching, yoga and strengthening of my knees, legs and core.  I did fall off the wagon a number of months later though and sadly then didn’t manage to make it to the St Albans half marathon I’d signed up for.

Fast forward a year and I’m back.  Why? My wonderful wife signed me up for the 2014 London Marathon, the same race that she actually wanted to do and I would be there to support her in doing. I got in and she didn’t, it sucks, but due to her re-occurring Asthma and recently mended ex broken foot, it’s not a bad thing.  She will be back stronger than ever, but for now, she is my motivation for doing this.

I’ve been slowly building my fitness up over the summer months and my knees are less fragile than they were a year ago.  I’ve been doing some gentle running up to this week, but last Tuesday was the first day of my 17 week virgin money beginner london marathon plan.

End of Week One of my 2014 Londo Marathon Training

Shattered but relieved to get to the end of week one intact.

Tuesday 17th Dec consisted of:

  • 10min Walk
  • 20min Easy Run
  • 5min Walk

3.67 miles felt ok for the 1st day.  I’m aiming to finish the 16.2 miles of the london marathon in under 4 hours, so that’s just less than 7 miles per hour, so all good.

Thursday 19th Dec consisted of:

  • 10min Walk
  • 30min Easy Run
  • 5min Walk

3.68miles but in the gym as I’ve been pretty rough of late, so I opted for not going for a rainy run in the cold.

Friday 20th Dec I headed to the gym for a stretching, core and weights work out which felt good, it’s essential that I get these sessions in to ensure that my knees stay as they are and improve as once the miles clock up I’ll soon start to feel the strain.

Sunday 22nd Dec I did my first weekend run to see where I’d got to, it consisted of some hills, riverside running and was pretty nasty due to my cough, which is thankfully starting to go.

  • 5min Walk
  • 30min Long Run
  • 10min Easy Run
  • 5min Walk

Does anyone know what how the Long Run differs from the Easy Run? Longer Strides? I managed to cover 6.12 miles in the 55mins. Tough but enjoyable.

For anyone that is interested, the gear I’m using is:

Ok that’s it for now, catch you all in a weeks time. Keep on Running!

By randomandymiles Posted in Fitness

The 7k Great Gorilla Run in London – My Challenge, the necessary speedy recovery and THAT embarrassing video.

After a decision at the back end of 2011 to lose some weight, get fit and fast, I found out that actually I quite liked this whole running and cycling stuff far more than previously thought. So I thought I’d do some more of it…

Turns out that really going for it and losing a stone and a half in 6 months can take a bit too much off from areas where the extra weight had been supporting the knees.  Just after I signed up to run the 7k Great Gorilla Run and the 5k Zombie Evacuation.   Great!!

One physio session later and I know that I have a muscle imbalance around my knees which will need some fairly constant special exercises over the next few months.  It’s working, but it’s taking some time and the occasional let down of a session can be annoying.  So….now that’s working, on with the running and the charity fundraising.

So what’s the 7k Great Gorilla Run?

London’s best all-costume charity fun run – 100’s of people, all dressed as gorillas and going ape for a day on 22nd September 2012.  Since the first Great Gorilla Run in 2003, thousands of people have donned their gorilla suits and run, jogged or walked the 7km City and Bank side fun run route.   Take in sights such as Tower Bridge, The River Thames and The Tate Modern.

What’s the Charity?

Now in it’s 20th year, The Gorilla Organization works internationally to save the world’s last remaining gorillas in the wild from extinction by funding grass-roots projects run by local African partners aimed at tackling the very real threats to the gorillas’ long term survival.

The Sponsorship Raising Video

On the hottest day of the year so far, I along with my colleague Michael Breeze, as part of our Interactive Ideas Gorilla Marketing Team met up in a local kids playground and park in Ware, Hertfordshire so I could film and put together a video to help raise the minimum £400 needed for the charity…..and here it is.

Please do watch, laugh and then please donate anything you can to our sponsorship page:


Ok so most people start a new years resolution in January, I decided to kick mine off just before Christmas, but seeing mine was healthy eating, drinking less and exercising more, I wanted to get off to a bit of head start rather than pile on the extra weight over Christmas and have more to work off.

I have been a member of Nuffield Health Centre in Hertford since September 2011 but not really gone more than a couple of times a week, and due to a pretty heavy work commitment which usually goes on until 6:30-7 most nights I prefer to start at 6:30am and be on my way to work for 7:45 which usually gives me about 45 mins in there, 15mins over the recommended daily amount, perfect!

Since mid December I’ve upped my routine to 5/6 days a week with my fiance (increased status of greatness since New Years, high fives all round). I feel better than ever before, plus five-a-side football with work once a week and I have just put myself forward for both a 22 mile river boat race in September and a charity boxing match in May so I feel this is all going well. (I’ve never boxed before so expecting to be knocked out in the first round but at least I’ll be even healthier after the 20 weeks of training I’ll get as part of that on top of my current training.

Last night I had my Health MOT which included blood tests for all the I’ll open up the stats for all to see at this stage and give you all the low down in 3 months time at my next Health check.

Height: 181cm (5ft 11 inches)

Weight: 81kg (12 stone 11 pounds)

BMI: 24.7 I fall into the low end of the healthy weight, close to the border of slightly overweight category.

Systolic Blood Pressure: 128 mmHg – Centre of a normal level

Diastolic Blood Pressure: 74 mmHg – Bottom end of a good level

Aerobic Fitness V02: Max 49ml/kg/min – Top end of good level

Resting Heart Rate: 65bpm – Centre of normal level

Total Cholesterol: 4.44 mmol/L A good level

Blood Glucose: 4.6 mmol/L – A good level

Overall Health Score: 80

So basically I’m doing ok and 80 puts me into the category of the top 20% of the UK population of men aged between 30 and 39. If i get to 86 in 3 months I reach the top 10% so that is my aim, to get as close to that as possible.

On the subject I thought I’d open this up for a Poll.

My 2012 Health and Fitness Resolution