Aardmans Kickstarter campaign to bring back Morph was successful. I’m so proud to have contributed in some way to bring back such an icon. I hope the new(er) adventures of Morph are enjoyed but old fans and new ones for many many years.
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One of the things that annoys me slightly when running is what to do with my house key. I am lucky that I only have a single key to carry but I am never happy with the solutions I have for such an important item.
I have pockets in the back of some of my shorts (front of others) but I am worried that the key could work its way out and constantly spend my run patting the pocket to make sure it’s there – possibly getting me some strange looks from onlookers in the process!
I bought a shoe pocket when I first started to run but that lasted all of two runs as I was paranoid it would come off my trainers, it’s now used to store my key in the house with my kit!
I also tried a Y-Fumble arm band which does a fairly good job but it’s uncomfortable and fiddly – I prefer to use it for gels rather than anything else and to be honest its a bit big for a single key.
It’s a very simple concept in that you have a wrist band made of silicon and your key fits into a cap which snaps into place. This ensures that the key is locked in place and is always accessible. It also ensures that you don’t have to worry about loosing it from pockets etc.
I like the idea and the concept so I decided to back the project. It’ll be interesting to see if they get their full backing and I look forward to using it on future runs. If the project comes to fruition I will make sure I write a review
Some eagle eyed readers may have spotted that during training for the Royal Parks Half Marathon I mentioned that I was running in new shoes or different kit but didn’t allude to why?
I can now (finally) let you know that I was writing reviews for The Running Bug.
I was approached a couple months ago by the team at The Running Bug as they had read my blog and my reviews and wondered if I would consider doing something similar for them.
I submitted a sample piece (worried it wouldn’t be good enough) and they signed me up!
So far I have tested a very nice pair of stability trainers (not mentioning which as the review isn’t live yet), some Mizuno Wave Evo Ferus trail running shoes and a rather fab Helly Hansen Pace short sleeved running top (which is now my favourite running top!).
Please do have a read of my reviews and let me know what you think! (Note: I have uploaded the reviews to my section but you can link to the full review on The Running Bug from there).
It would be great if you could also pop by The Running Bug (sign up if you are not already as it’s a great site) and comment/share and like the reviews you find on there. This section has just launched and it would be great to have you guys help to promote this online.
As I said above there is another review of mine due for publication on the site, I will add this to my Review section as soon as it is live.
I have to admit I was very honoured to be asked and thrilled that my blog has acquired me this kind of recognition. :)
Look out for more reviews in the future
Tomorrow all we have to do is get into London, check in, have some dinner and relax ahead of the Royal Parks Half Marathon on Sunday morning.
My sponsorship total is at a generous £1,300 now but there’s still time to help me raise even more for such a worthy cause.
If you could, any amount you could offer would be fantastic. Please use my online sponsorship page to donate.
Thanks to all my new and existing sponsors for your very kind donations and your words of advice and encouragement
That’s it my final training run before Sundays Royal Parks Half Marathon.
The run went well and I tried my damnedest to run slow – I managed to slow down but it was hard. This is now a worry for Sunday as I need to make sure I don’t hit the start at race pace and over do it… I must slow down, I must slow down!
So no more training updates. I am not putting on my shoes or kit again until Sunday…
There’s no going back now!
Please remember I am running in aid of the British Heart Foundation and this is my first ever half marathon. Thanks to all my new sponsors and if you are yet to sponsor me… there is still time! Please visit my online sponsorship page to donate. Thank you.
Captured over the last couple of weeks at Wells next the Sea, Orford and Waddesdon Manor. (I’ve taken a while to get the photos off the camera!)
See more here.
We took a drive up to Suffolk today as the weather was nice and not as humid as it has been recently. Last nights storm seemed to clear the air and there was a definite breeze in the air.
I love Southwold and Dunwich – in fact Dunwich Heath is one of our favourite places.
We had a lovely walk around both Southwold after we stopped for lunch. We then had tea and cake at Dunwich before sitting on the beach and watching the world go by.
Of course we were armed with cameras and you can see my photos here…
Richard captured my latest portrait (above) – I really like it (*updates all online profiles).
Richard woke me up at 6 thinking it was Friday and I was aware I had 8 miles ahead of me and a trip away so decided I would allow myself half an hour mores kip and then get out the door and that’s what I did.
The weather was warm at 16 degrees but nothing like it has been recently.
The challenge with running these distances does not seem to be doing it but actually finding routes! I seem to be in a mental space to just get my trainers on and get on with it and I am amazed and very pleased this is my mind set (I’ll let you know if this is the case when it chucks it down with rain!).
I ran out and started at the wood, completing a circuit before heading onto the Avenue of Remembrance and then all the way to the other side of Colchester where I got as far as the Waitrose which is about 5K from the house. My ad hoc route worked though and I found myself back near the house with the last 2K to go.
I startled quite a few flocks of pigeons this morning in the farmers fields and there were tons of rabbits around. I didn’t have to disturb the cattle today as I decided in order to work on my pace I would stick to roads once I cleared the woods. I did however say good morning to the ladies as I passed.
The Full Potential training suggested 90 minutes at easy pace and the WalkJogRun plan had me running 8 miles. I stuck with WJR as that’s what I have used to date and completed the 8 miles (12.83 Km) and did it a little over the 90 minutes so I am on mark for both plans really.
I am sure there is more fuel in the tank but I guess the trick with the long runs is to just keep going and to pace myself so that I finish the distance rather than run it as if it were a speed test or a race. I have to get this into my head though as seeing a consistent 7:56 on my pace marker is a little annoying.
I know that the speed and mid week work is planned to help sort that out, I just need to be patient. The hot evening or lunch time runs are not conducive to such rapid activity for me but I am sure I will get there.
I will admit I see how fast friends and my Twitterati run and am a little jealous of the speeds they reach. Again I have to remind myself I am undertaking specific training for a half marathon whereas some of them are not.
Despite all this I am pleased that I managed to run this with good effort and managed to keep my pace and the need for a drink etc to a minimum. I had a hearty meal last night and although I was sweating like crazy I didn’t need lots and lots to drink. My handheld water bottle was sufficient today. I do however need to think about what I do as I run further as I will need something else to keep me going.
I was chatting to a guy at the British Heart Foundation day and were discussing the options – that and the advice from the nutritionist are key to success and I have plenty of time to master this.
I am very pleased that I sit here typing this and feel ok – I have stretched and showered and think I feel on good form considering I have run so far today.
This was a good run and I returned at a reasonable time, sadly however we have decided to cancel our trip later today We were planning to attend a jazz picnic at a stately home but the forecast for later is torrential rain and thunder.
As it’s a 3 hour drive and we were staying over night it made sense to cancel up front rather than risk it and it be called off due to the weather
That’s my runs for the week. What are you up to this weekend? Whatever you do have a good one.
If you have not done so already please be so kind as to reward all this effort and sponsor me British Heart Foundation. I will be running ing the Royal Parks Half Marathon in October and all of this effort is to help me run the best race I can whilst raising as much money as I can for such a worthy cause. Thank you.