Mike Runs

Running for The UK Sepsis Trust

Friday 5th July started as a perfectly normal day. After a day in the office I headed home to meet my wife and kids on their way home from cricket practise. It was a lovely sunny day and everything seemed fine. My wife had had a couple of missed calls...

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Race Day. Well…….

So as I sit here writing this, I should have been on my way to Old Trafford. I’d have been picking up my race number, dropping my bag and then been ready to run my first ever marathon. The weather looks good and the crowds would have probably been huge....

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Marathon Training – Week 13 – Time to hit pause

I’d played over what would happen if my races were cancelled numerous times. So when they were, I was surprised to find my overarching feeling was relief. After a couple of weeks of fearing the worst, finally at just gone 5PM, on Friday 13th of all days, the confirmation came....

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Marathon Training – Week 12

This has probably been one of the hardest weeks of training so far. Not necessarily because of the actual training. More that as the coronavirus issue gets bigger and bigger, so do my fears the races will not go ahead. It’s hard to see them going ahead with marathons in...

Marathon Training – Week 11

I don’t know if it is the fact I’m now on the home straight, or that I was back at work this week. However, the week has flown by and suddenly we’re down to just 5 weeks until the first Marathon. I won’t lie, I am starting to feel a...

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Marathon Training – Week 10

Double figures! I saw the below meme this week and it summed up in a way how this week felt on the training cycle. Hitting double figures makes it seem that I’m almost there, despite only just being over halfway. That said, it was another week closer to the races...

Marathon Training – Week 9

After hitting half way last week, it’s now into the home straight. However, I know from the past, this can start to be the hardest section. The energy levels start to drop and there is still a long way to go. After a slightly disappointing training week, it was time...

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Marathon Training – Week 8 – Halfway There

In the words of Bon Jovi, “whoa we’re halfway there”! In some ways it doesn’t seem very long at all since I started this 16wk training plan. However, 8 weeks down and I am halfway to Manchester (and then London). After a new longest (again!) last Sunday, Monday was a...

Marathon Training – Week 7

Running further than I had done before last week meant I really felt now I was really in marathon training mode. Given the miles already logged this seems a bit silly, but I could have been training for another half. However, with less than 10wks to go now, everything is...

Marathon Training – Week 6

After 5 weeks of training already, week 6 of the training plan contained a personal milestone. The furthest I had ever previously run was a half marathon (or technically just over at the St Aidans Trail Half last year). However, with this weeks long run sat at 14 miles, I’d...

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Marathon Training – Week 5

So after last week’s mini wobble, this week called for me to really get back on the training horse and try where I could to stick to my plan. Usually Mondays would be a rest day but I was eager to make up my missed session from before. This was...