Category Archives: Races & Organised Events

Races or Events that we have taken part in, or want to in the future!

Keeping track of our Runs

Until July this year we added each of our runs (estimated) distances & times to our calendar on the kitchen wall. In July we started using the RunKeeper iPhone App to track routes, distances & times, and having kept at it, it now provides us with long-term stats… very cool if you’re a bit of a geek (like Paul), and very useful if you’re interested in seriously improving your running fitness, especially for a specific event or race.

The App itself can map your runs using GPS, or follow a saved route. It will also play any playlist you select, or can give training prompts if you choose to use that feature (we haven’t yet). It’s nice when running a distance to get some feedback regarding distance and pace. Read the rest of this entry »


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Novice Super Sprint Triathlon

Today Paul took part in his first ever Triathlon event! The Naked Strength Novice ‘Super Sprint’ distance Triathlon in Colerne near Bath. The event consists of a 200 meter swim in a pool, a 10 kilometer bike ride on the roads and a 2.5 kilometer run. It was part of an entire ‘Multisport’ weekend arranged by them, with kids races and various distance duathlons and triathlons.

During August I went to our local swimming baths and swam for the first time in many years! The required distance of 200m got the arms pumped and took exactly 4 minutes on two separate occasions. So that’s the suggested wave start time that I put myself into when entering the event.

Also during August we bought new hybrid cycle’s and I completed over 100km of cycling in training for this, and included what is called ‘brick training‘, where you train two separate disciplines in one continuous effort. I actually completed the whole combined distance a couple of times, although the transition times were quite long due to the logistics of completing them all together. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on 22 September, 2012 in Cycling, Races & Organised Events, Recovery, Running, Triathlon


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20km Training Run & one black toenail!

Today we completed our planned 20km training run in preparation for the Bristol Half Marathon at the end of the month.

As seems to be the usual case now, Paul sets the initial pace, with Irina really getting going after 10k or so, and then Irina pulled Paul home kicking a screaming for the last few kilometers!

We completed the run in 1 hour and 53 minutes, with quite a lot of stops for road crossings and with the usual local hills hurting us! This definitely puts us at the pace we want to run the Half Marathon though, so things are going well.

Recovery was aided with our stretching session followed by an ice/cold bath afterwards. We also drank plenty of water and put some salt back into the system as soon as we got home. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on 8 September, 2012 in Injury, Races & Organised Events, Recovery, Running


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Another 16k training run, and our progress

Today we ran another 16km’s in training for the Bristol Half Marathon on 30th September.

Since we last ran this distance in July, Paul has run 82km’s and Irina has run 140km’s. Mostly in daily small loops of our local area, which is a nice round 4km, plus we have run several 8km & 10km distances in August too.

This 16km felt easier for both of us, but more so for Paul who really struggled the last couple of kilometers last month.

We’re learning a lot through all this! Warming up before any run is really helping, especially for those first couple of kilometers. Stretching each morning has been helping alleviate stiffness and leaves us feeling more flexible and is also a good way to wake up. Longer stretching sessions after runs helps speed up recovery. Hydrating well during the day before our runs obviously makes a big difference, as does eating good quality carbs such as wholemeal pasta or sweet potatoes a few hours before the run. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on 1 September, 2012 in Races & Organised Events, Recovery, Running


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The furthest I’ve ever run! Half Marathon Training

Today Irina & I ran 16k as part of boosting our training for the Bristol Half Marathon in September. It’s the furthest either of us have ever run!!

We did it in 1:38:34, which is an average pace of 6 minutes 11 seconds per Kilometer. Irina is much stronger than me over longer distances, and came home feeling great… I on the other hand, was hurting a lot more and slowed over the last 2k and finished 5 mins behind! I was very pleased with it later in the day though, and recovered well.

Over the last couple of months we have upped the frequency & distance of our runs. On average we have been running 4k 2-3 times a week with a longer 6-8k run once a week. The more mileage we cover, the easier it is becoming, and we are also learning more about what to eat the days preceding a longer run, and how to help recovery after. Read the rest of this entry »


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