Archive for March, 2017

Another week has passed and I am now only a few days away from completing my Gym Instructor course. Nerves have really gripped me but revision hasn’t taken up all my time. 

It is also less than 2 weeks to the first Wolf Run of the year and I am really looking forward to having my daughter join me for this one. I hope she knows what she is letting herself in for.

The Sprint Triathlon will be only a few weeks behind that and my swimming still isn’t improving despite a mega coaching session from my cousin on Friday night. Teaching myself to swim and then not doing it for years is going to take a lot to repair.

Saturday saw my 22nd Parkrun. I really do love these events. This week there were 702  runners of all abilities. I got my highest ever position and a new PB to boot of 23:28. I can feel a sub 23 coming. Really can’t believe how far I have come. 

Sunday saw me running with a smaller group when I joined my friend and the group he runs with for a few laps of Draycote Water. He was there training for the London Marathon and did 20 miles. I wasn’t feeling so brave but managed a respectable 9.4 miles in the spring sunshine. I love how my training has led me to reconnect with people and introduced me to even more. There really is a group mentality out there that says if you run you are a runner. No worries about distance or times. You are one of us. 


March Catch Up

Posted: March 22, 2017 in Uncategorized

Firstly, sorry for the lack of posts over the last couple of weeks. Due to a bout of illness and last minute revision training has had to take a back seat. Thankfully now things are getting back to normal. 

As my Gym Instructor course is almost over I can now report I have sat both the Anatomy and Phisiology paper and the Principles of Fitness paper and achieved good results in both. I have also passed my formative practical assesment. This just leaves completing my workbook and my summative practical assesment to go. Nervous is not the word! If all goes to plan I will be fully qualified in less than 2 weeks. 

Fund raising has slowed but I have now raised £340 for Myton Hospice. I had originally pledge to raise £100 so am really pleased but as August is a long way away it would be great to hit £500. Please consider hitting the sponsor me button on the side of the page. 

One thing I have been doing is a regular Wednesday night run with my Gym’s running club. After so long running alone it’s nice to be in a group, chatting as we run.  From now on though it is back to full training. The first Wolf Run of the year is 3 weeks away and the events start coming think and fast from then on.

Hopefully the next post won’t be so long. 


Last Year’s Myton Cycle Challenge

I am now pleased to announce the big news this week that I have chosen which Charity I will be raising funds for this year. After much consideration I have elected to support a local Hospice that provides end of life care to people throughout Coventry and Warwickshire and who’s care has reached out to nearly everyone’s family that I know at some point. In their own words, taken from their page ( “At Myton, we believe that everyone matters for every single moment of their life and that treating patients with dignity and respect is more important than meeting targets. We passionately believe that the final part of someone’s life is as important as the beginning.”

The main thing I will be doing is taking part in the Myton Hospice Cycle Challenge on the 6th of August. This is a ride around the south Warwickshire countryside taking in Villages and hills over a course of 30k, 100k, or 100 miles. I have opted to do the 30k ride with a couple of friends. I completed this ride for the first time ever during last year’s event on-board my trusty Giant Talon mountain bike but this year will be riding my Ammaco road bike. It will be definitely faster down hill but I will miss the low gears on the climbs.

At first I was hoping to reach £100 in sponsorship but this was smashed in just 90 minutes. That’s how worth a cause this is. As a result of this I will keep the funding page going. If you should wish to sponsor me for any sum please do consider helping this Charity as they really are doing superb work. the link to my donation page is

If I can work out how to do it I will be adding a link to the side of the blog.

And so to my training.


Park run 4/3/17

Despite the poor weather and a few real life issues impacting on my training schedule this week it has, on the whole, been quite successful. I have had to find a new swimming venue due to scheduling conflicts meaning the pool was closed to the public at a time when I needed it. This has been resolved as I now have bitten the bullet and joined a local club so I get unlimited use of the pool (also sauna, steam and spa because who says it has to be all hard work) and they also have a running club on a Wednesday night which I shall be looking into.

On Saturday I completed my 21st Parkrun. My times are getting really consistent now and I hit an average pace of 7:43/ mi without feeling like I was pushing too hard. This was my second fastest after last weeks PB and I honestly felt I was taking it easy by comparison. Of course it always helps to be running with friends.

Finishing in 154th and 19th in my age group is a pretty good feeling out of 733 runners.

This morning (Sunday) I had planed of doing a 30+ mile ride but driving rain and bitter winds cut my ride short at just 12 miles. Its all time on the bike so I am not too despondent.

And so on to the coming week. More of the same really with a heavy dose of Study because my exams are fast approaching and if I hope to crack this fitness instructors course I need to balance training and study much better. I know there is a lot still to do but I am more positive than ever that I will get there.


Have a great week!