Thursday, 30 April 2009
Tuesday, 28 April 2009
Sunday, 26 April 2009
Thursday, 23 April 2009
Sunday, 19 April 2009
Saturday, 18 April 2009
Saturday 18th April - 12 x run up the steps. (00:41:23).
Monday, 13 April 2009
Saturday, 11 April 2009
I raised a clenched fist when I got to the hotel in 1 piece and headed straight to the bar for a few litres of water! And then some more!
That brings this week's training in Egypt to a successful close with 50 miles in the bag. That's the mileage I was after and that's what I achieved. I'm very pleased indeed with that. I've learned a lot this week and will be reflecting on it all when I return to the UK next week. There is a lot of research to be done to back it all up and I hope to learn a lot more on the back of this week's experiences in the desert.
Thankfully, next week is a gym week and I will be doing a few classes as well as some strength work on my legs. There is also a tough gym session with Mark Fleming to get through. I'll be having another crack at 75 miles the following week with a variety of speed and distance. If that's successful then the USA 2011 training schedule can be considered as being well on track.
This week has given me a taster of the conditions I'll be experiencing in the early stages of the USA 2011 run in California and Nevada. I've had a bit of a shock, to be honest, at how tough running in the desert is. Now to think that I've got to run 31 miles, day after day is all of a sudden a very sobering thought. I've got a feeling that I'll be returning to the UK with a different attitude to running and moreover the gargantuan task that lies ahead. Goodbye from Egypt!
Friday, 10 April 2009
Thursday, 9 April 2009
The sun was beating furiously down and I was thankful to be caked in factor 50. I wore my usual long sleeve Brooks base layer below my Run Geordie Run T-Shirt. That kit might sound too warm to wear in these conditions but for some reason it is really comfortable. The sweat is immediately transferred to the outer layer and friction is minimised as a result. When Brooks Sports gave me the first batch of kit I didn't think I'd wear the base layer clothing that often. It has served me very well so far in extreme heat as well as extreme cold. I'll be looking into the reasons why it gives such comfort when I return to the UK. I've got a growing list of things that have occured while running over here in Egypt. I've got a lot of questions that need answering from a technical or scientific point of view. The better educated and informed I become over the next couple of years, the better placed I will be to make the correct decisions in the USA in 2011.
The first 3 miles away from the hotel weren't half as bad as I'd feared. It was hot, yes, but my body seemed to cope with that aspect admirably. Still, I wasn't prepared to veer too far away from a 00:09:30 per mile pace. Today was about finding my feet in the hot midday sun, not about taking risks or going too fast.
Tomorrow's midday run is going to be 7 miles long. Despite the forecast saying it's going to get warmer, I'm going to be looking for an average of at least 00:09:00 per mile. This will be my final chance to get some speed in this week. The following day is going to be even warmer at 30 degrees. That's hardly the kind of temperature I want to run 11.5 unassisted miles in. I'll be taking 1.5 litres of water with me on that one!
Wednesday, 8 April 2009
Wednesday 1st April - Spinning. (00:45:00).
Other than my aching quads, tonight's 6 mile run was a formality. I'm getting used to the little out and back route around Nabq Bay and the armed guys at the Police checkpoint no longer stop me and just wave me through. I even got a thumbs up from some of them today which is a lot more encouraging than 2 days ago when they all started shouting at me. They must have thought I was up to no good but as soon as I explained my intentions to the English speaking Policeman everyone calmed down and I was allowed to proceed with my run.
It's another scorcher here today and 6 miles is on the cards at around 17:00 local time. I'm well on target to reach 50 miles but it's time to make things a little trickier after today. For the rest of the week I'll be running when the sun is at it's highest point, at around midday. Let's see if I'm still in a confident mood after that!
That's all for now folks. I'm off to the pool with Katy and Jack. Messing about in the water is a really good way of easing the aches in my leg muscles. Bye for now!