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2013 Miles in 2013 – Month 12 Done!

2013 Done! My total mileage for the year was 2,081.5 miles, broken down as follows: 1,000.5 miles of running 1,035.7 miles of cycling 29.3 miles of rowing 4.7 miles on an elliptical trainer 9.0 miles of walking 2.1 miles of swimming It’s not too late to sponsor...

2013 Miles in 2013 – Done!!

OMG! I did it, ahead of schedule too! During the Santa Fun yesterday in Cheltenham’s Pittville Park I finished my 2013 miles in 2013 challenge. Why Was I Doing 2013 Miles in 2013? This year I am trying to complete 2013 miles self-powered miles. It is has been 10...

2013 Miles in 2013 – One More Sleep!

So I checked my progress after this morning’s run and OMG! I’ve only got 1 mile left to on my 2013 miles in 2013 challenge! What better way to finish the miles than in a race, so tomorrow I will be taking part in the Cheltenham Santa Run! Even when the...

2013 Miles in 2013 – Month 11 Done!

This month I’ve completed a whopping 226.4 miles! This is broken down as: 65.3 miles of running 161.1 miles of cycling My total mileage for the year so far is 1,984.5 miles, broken down as follows: 911.5 miles of running 1,027.9 miles of cycling 29.3 miles of...

Digger Hyland – Rest In Peace

I’ve written many times this year about the first person who committed to sponsoring my 2013 mile challenge. That man was my step-dad who sadly passed away on 14 November. Known to many simply as Digger, he was my mums partner for more than 16 years, my kids...

2013 Miles In 2013 – Less Than 50 Miles To Go!

So happy to be ahead of schedule on my 2013 miles in 2013 challenge with just under 50 miles left to go! 2013 Miles in 2013 This year I am trying to complete 2013 miles self-powered miles. It is has been 10 years since my cousin’s son Adam lost his fight with...

Mo Run Cardiff 10k – Done!

Another early Sunday morning alarm to line up and race. This time the race was in Cardiff and involved over 1,000 runners with moustaches (real, fake or painted). The Mo Run Cardiff 10k was a really enjoyable run around Bute Park. I finished in 48 minutes and 10...

2013 Miles In 2013 – 200 Miles To Go!

Oh yes! I am pleased to say that I now have under 200 miles left in order to complete my 2013 miles in 2013 challenge! 2013 Miles in 2013 This year I am trying to complete 2013 miles self-powered miles. It is has been 10 years since my cousin’s son Adam lost his...

2013 Miles in 2013 – Month 10 Done!

This month I’ve completed 149.1 miles, including the Great South Run, this is broken down as: 56.6 miles of running 89.5 miles of cycling 3.0 miles of walking My total mileage for the year so far is 1,773.9 miles, broken down as follows: 846.2 miles of running...

Great South Run 2013 – Done!

So today I finished my second Great South Run and it was a very different experience from last year. My recollection of my 2012 GSR debut is of an easy paced run, in cool weather with a little light rain. A race where the crowd support was simply awesome and where I...

One More Sleep – Great South Run 2013

There is now just one more sleep until I run the 2013 Great South Run. This will be my longest run since last month’s Great North Run and to honest, I’ve not trained as much for this one as I would have liked. Life has been pretty hectic lately and I...

Countdown to Great South Run 2013

There are now just 6 sleeps until the Great South Run 2013. I really enjoyed this race when I ran it last year and can’t wait to do it again. Why Am I Doing 2013 Miles in 2013? This year I am trying to complete 2013 miles self-powered miles. It is has been 10...

New Shoes

With 1745 miles completed on my 2013 mile charity challenge my running shoes are a bit worn out… Time for some new shoes 😉 Why Am I Doing 2013 Miles in 2013? This year I am trying to complete 2013 miles self-powered miles. It is has been 10 years since my...

Updated Race Schedule

Although not technically in the rules for my 2013 miles in 2013 challenge, I am trying to pick up some race bling along the way and hope to average at least one race per month. Regular readers will know that I am currently trying to complete my self imposed challenge...

2013 Miles in 2013 – Rise and Shine

This year I am attempting to complete 2013 self powered miles in a year. Given that less than 4 years ago I would get out of breath running a bath this is no small challenge. Indeed, I only started running in June 2012 and until starting this challenge I suspect I...

2013 Miles in 2013 – Month 9 Done!

This month I’ve completed 170.8 miles, including 2 races, and have now completed almost 80% of the 2013 miles in my 2013 miles in 2013 challenge. So far this year I have completed 11 races including my first FULL MARATHON! My races this year have included...

London Calling! London Marathon 2014

Since I started running in June 2012 (in fact long before I actually started) I’ve dreamt about running the London marathon. The Clash’s “London Calling” has been on my running playlist since day one, with a hope that I may eventually get the...

2013 Miles In 2013 – 500 Miles To Go!

After tonights run (a nice, easy paced 6.5 miles) I am pleased to say that I now have just under 500 miles left in order to complete my 2013 miles in 2013 challenge. This is a major milestone for me, however, I still need to average approx 5 miles per day, everyday...

Great North Run – 24 Hours Later

So I have to confess, yesterday when I finished the Great North Run I was severely p*ssed off. I don’t know if it was the fact that I had been on target for a great time until the cramp kicked in, the pain of the cramp itself or a combination of the two, but to...

Great North Run – Done!

Yesterday, driving up to Newcastle for the Great North Run the motorway signs said to expect delays and to be honest, with 50,000+ runners that was exactly what I was expecting. With every race I do I always hope for a personal best, but with so many runners I was...

Great North Run – 2 Sleeps To Go!

Have you seen the weather forecast for Sunday? Who in their right mind stands around for an hour or so in heavy rain and gale force winds and then proceeds to spend something approaching another 2 hours running in those same terrible weather conditions? Well,...

Great North Run – 3 Sleeps To Go!

3 sleeps to go, until I run with Mo! Yes, that’s right, this weekend I will be racing with Mo Farah. Clearly, I don’t expect to win, but if I’m lucky I will cross the start line before he is half way through the iconic Great North Run. I’m...

Join The Revolution!

There is a juicing revolution going on, especially since Channel 5 broadcast Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead here in the UK. To give you some idea, John Lewis is reporting an increase in juicer sales of 1,886% on last year! Regular readers of this blog will know that I am...

Apperley Revisited

So this morning was a kind of judgement day for me, as today was the first time in my adult life that I competed in a race I have previously run. There was no hiding on this. No blaming a different course if I was slower. I woke up this morning not quite as...

2013 Miles in 2013 – Month 8 Done!

Does sitting around in fields eating, drinking and listening to bands count as tapering? If so I should be in good for me my next race on Saturday… August has been holiday season for me. Due to a serious amount of time on airplanes travelling to Latin America...

50 Percent Of Kids “Need More Exercise”

Whilst I was never sporty as I kid I was always pretty active. Back when I was a kid the school holidays would often involve us kids jumping on our bikes and disappearing for day, or going up and down the street on our skateboards. I also remember I would often take...

13 Races Later – My First Year As A Runner

Until June 2012 the numbers 3.1, 6.2, 13.1 and 26.2 meant very little to me. Oh how that has changed! Since then I have run races of 3.1 miles (5 km), 6.2 miles (10 km), 13.1 miles (half-marathon) and 26.2 miles (full marathon). There is now just under 2 weeks to go...

Run With An Idea: Do Real Runners Walk?

Time for the latest bi-weekly debate from the Run With An Idea bloggers. Run With An Idea topics so far have been The Olympics One Year On: Did We ‘Inspire A Generation’?, Would You Ever Pay £50 ($75) For A 10k Race? and Juice Cleanses – Healthy or Hype? and you can...

Countdown To The Great North Run

On the weekend I was one of just 379 runners to complete the Isle of Wight half-marathon. My next half-marathon, the Great North Run 2013 will be a very different event as 55,000 people are due to start the race, approx 145 people for each of the finishers on the Isle...

Isle Of Wight Half-Marathon – Done!

Ok, so last week I wrote about how the Isle of Wight half-marathon would be my longest race since I completed the Edinburgh Marathon in May and how I was feeling little bit nervous. This was further compounded by reading in “Keep on Running – The Highs and Lows of a...

Updated Race Schedule

Although not technically in the rules for my 2013 miles in 2013 challenge, I am trying to pick up some race bling along the way and hope to average at least one race per month. Regular readers will know that I am currently trying to complete my self imposed challenge...

Chapter 8 – Timing Is Everything

In my last post, Countdown to the Isle of Wight Half-Marathon, I mentioned about how I am currently reading “Keep on Running – The Highs and Lows of a Marathon Addict” by Phil Hewitt. Little did I know I was about to read about Phil’s...

Countdown To The Isle Of Wight Half-Marathon

There is now just a week until I run the Isle of Wight Half-Marathon. This will be my longest race since I completed the Edinburgh Marathon in May and to be honest I am little bit nervous. “Nervous?” You may ask, as let’s face it I’ve already...

Run With An Idea: Juice Cleanses – Healthy or Hype?

I am really pleased to be part of a group of bloggers having a bi-weekly debate. You can find out more about this project at http://runwithanideadebates.blogspot.co.uk/. Topics so far have been The Olympics One Year On: Did We ‘Inspire A Generation’? and Would You...

Cocoa ‘Might Prevent Memory Decline’

I love chocolate! These days I typically stick to high quality dark chocolate or even better still home-made raw chocolates. Now new research suggests drinking cocoa every day may help older people keep their brains healthy! A study of 60 elderly people with no...

Can You Spare A Few Quid?

You may have noticed that I am currently trying to complete 2013 self powered miles in 2013 in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. It is has been 10 years since my cousin’s son Adam lost his fight with Cystic Fibrosis. Adam was just 18 years old when when he lost his...

Raw Garlic ‘Can Halve The Risk Of Lung Cancer’

Eating raw garlic twice a week can nearly halve the risk of lung cancer, even reducing the danger for smokers, a study has found. Adults regularly consuming raw garlic as part of their diet were 44 per cent less likely to suffer the disease. Even when they allowed for...

2013 Miles in 2013 – Month 7 Done!

Regular readers will know that after completing a year without all alcohol in 2012 for Cancer Research UK and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, my self imposed challenge this year is to complete 2013 self powered miles by the end of 2013. 7 Months Done! So far this year I...

Fennel Could Help Beat PMT

Fennel makes a delicious juicing ingredient (try The Natural Energiser for a good example). Now researchers have claimed fennel could help millions of women beat the monthly misery of pre-menstrual tension. Young women who took drops made from the plant’s seeds felt...

Does exercise make you FAT?

I’ve said lots of times that I believe you cannot outrun your fork. That is, no matter how much you exercise what you put in your body will always have a significant impact on your health (and weight). Now based on an article in the Daily Mail experts say...

Run With An Idea: Would You Ever Pay £50 ($75) For A 10k Race?

Two weeks ago saw the start of a new bi-weekly debate among bloggers where a number of us will post our view on a specific topic. You can find out more about this project at http://runwithanideadebates.blogspot.co.uk/. The first topic was The Olympics One Year On: Did...

Obesity: What Are The Health Risks?

The number of people with obesity in the UK has more than trebled in the last 25 years. Doctors now say that the condition is reaching ‘epidemic’ proportions. What is obesity? A person is considered obese if they are very overweight with a high degree of...

Sponsor My 2013 Miles In 2013 Challenge

You may have noticed that I am currently trying to complete 2013 self powered miles in 2013 in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. It is has been 10 years since my cousin’s son Adam lost his fight with Cystic Fibrosis. Adam was just 18 years old when when he lost...

2013 Miles in 2013 – Races!

Regular readers will know that I am currently trying to complete a self imposed challenge to travel 2013 “self-powered” miles in 2013 in order to try and raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. It is has been 10 years since my cousin’s...

Lettuce – The Original Viagra?

In this current heatwave the UK is enjoying the consumption of salads is almost certainly increasing, but could the humble lettuce be more than just a leafy salad green? According to an article in the Daily Mail lettuce had a racier function in ancient Egypt. A...

Cranberry Juice Really Does Prevent Bladder Infections

Drinking cranberry juice really can cure bladder infections, according to new research and extracts from the fruit could even keep medical devices free of bacteria, say scientists. Thousands of patients develop complications from catheters, thin tubes that deliver...

British 10k London Run – Done!

Since I started running I dreamt about running through the iconic streets of London. Maybe it’s just because of the number of times I’ve watched the London Marathon on TV, but the thought of running through our nations capital past some of the famous...

London Calling: The British 10k London Run

Since I started running I’ve dreamt about running through the iconic streets of London, past some of the famous landmarks. Now there is just one more sleep until this becomes a reality as tomorrow I run my next race, The British 10k London Run. This will be my...

The Olympics One Year On: Did We ‘Inspire A Generation’?

Today see’s the start of something new. A new bi-weekly debate among bloggers where a number of us will post our view on a specific topic. You can find out more about this project at http://runwithanideadebates.blogspot.co.uk/. So, on with the first topic...

One More Sleep – Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

My juice detox. I just realised I never posted the results. I was following Jason Vale’s 7lbs in 7 days, so did I lose 7lbs? No, I lost 12! Anyway, if you want to learn more about the positive effects of juicing I strongly suggest you watch Fat, Sick and Nearly...