16/10/2022 OXFORD HALF (my 1st half)
So, with all the training put in place over the last year, having gone very well, (sorry to my running wife who I think I broke). Things were looking very very good. My PT and her partner gave up there day off to travel with me (never too sure what my diabetes is going to do). up and out at the crack of dawn, to oxford. Now i love oxford, always have just can't afford to live there. I have to say that the park and ride was cheap, that's parking and bus fare. the race village is sort of, well, it's not near the start or finish, but it was ok as race villages go. Apart from they went all vegan no meat thingy day, we got going about 10 mins before the paperwork said we would. I had a goal, beat 3.30.00 that's the cut off, and I knew from my training this was possible, however I'd only got up to 11.5miles in training.
I was at the back at the start, I was in last pen of runners to be let loose on the course.
And I could see from mile 1, I was at the back (nothing new), so time to focus on the few runners Infront of me and hunt them one after one, at two miles i was at 2s, well ahead of time. My PT was at mile two and I apologised for going off too fast, but i was keeping up with everyone, or being left behind one of the two. and from then on, i overtook the odd one or two runners, took on water at every station, even at the energy station, at 9 miles i phoned my pt and said i was at 9 miles at 2h15mins and was on track for a 3h15 finish, mile ten came and my PT was at the side of the road, loads of encouragement came and was needed, and then it fell apart, which it shouldn't have, but did. We moved from lovely flat tarmac to a gravel pathway, with no supporters, a severe last of signage and direction, but on we plodded, but with a lack of encouragement, the dreaded jeffing came out, however I could see what i thought was the finish, a big steel gantry emblazoned with OXFORD HALF, but I was moving away from it. Then i knew where i was, i was back in starting pen, what the chuff is going on here???. then it got a bit more difficult, the marshals were opening up the course to the general public. ducking and diving and trying to move forward, elt like i should have been in the boxing ring, but the Marshalls were great "RUNNING COMING THROUGH, MOVE OUT THE WAY and STOP!!! THERE A RUNNER COMING PAST" really helped, left and right turns through back roads, watch beeped 13miles looked up sign for 13 miles was about 300 meters ahead, still i plodded on, i wasn't going to walk over the finish line and i didn't 3h27m53s My 1st and last half DONE
14/8/2022 TIMS TADLEY 10K. Good and Bad, Bad, heat (ruddy hot, and 10.15 start), Good, 12min mile, Bad Back of pack, Good, shaded route in place's and nice breeze in other's, Bad, One hill they said, ONE HILL!!!!!!!!!!!!! (lying bleeps), Good, Back runners, TOP BLOKES, Bad, Came in Last, Good Got a goody bag for coming in last. Its one of those courses you want to run just to say you have, but also one of those runs you NEVER want to again, still good training for my half in october and only a bit over my estimated finish time.
END JUNE start JULY, the Half marathon is getting real, Charity vest arrived and PT says "I want you to run this", so I've a LSR (long slow run) and a short one every week. the longs get longer and the short get shorter, and earlier, i was out a 6am the other day to get 8 mile in before the heat came.
late June GOODWOOD again, god I love this course, its flat, well as flat as you can hope, the tarmac is so nice and smooth wasn't a PB but wasn't going for a PB, this will sound weird, was going for consistency, trying to get my pace under control.
June 2022, ENDURE 24 Wasing park, it says its brutal, walked the route Friday eve, nice warn, bit of a breeze, great weather for camping, Friday eve they announce the BAR has been drunk DRY, who would have thought this would happen at a place sponsored by HIENEKIN ????, Saturday, decided not to start at the 12 noon start and be mobbed, so left it a bit later to run, I had a idea in my head and went for it, TWO laps, TEN ish miles THREE Hours, so happy, but the event needed a bit more, if you had forgotten anything running related, you was knackered, No where on site to buy anything, but it was the great start for my HALF MARATHON TRAINING.
24/4/2022 This is a bit of a monthly update and not a general race update
Today 24/4/22 was Southampton 5kand with this was new addition to the t shirts, my wife was wearing her new shirt " the determined bastards wife" and i was wearing my "determined bastard"
chuffing cold to start chuffing hot to finish my 5k was a bit short according to my watch 4.98k but with a time of 40.23 Very very happy, Was great to meet up with Waterside runners and Mark Mathias, who dragged my fatbastard backside across the line at mo run last year,
now last week (16/4/22) I did my local park run and smashed out a great time of 40.38 ( my new park run PB) i was sat on cloud nine,
now the week before (10/4/22) was the big Brighton 10 K, ohh my goodness, it all fell apart, Water bladder mouldy (Bin and buy new £30.00), left a base layer at home, couldn't find running hat ( popped to race village and buy new 58.00), morning of the race, had a time in mind, to be honest its been in place for 2 years MUST BEAT ONE HOUR THIRTY MINS, smashed it 1hr26min04sec smashing 6mins off my previous 10k time.
6/3/22 got a lovely email asking WHERE CAN I GET A SHIRT? well that's a good question.
1st shirts are not given out willy nilly, you need a very good reason to be able to get one, all shirts are black Apart from 1(Jacqui's). Read below. 2nd they cost about £30.00 posted.
so i've been quiet on here as i have had a slight hic up with my diabetes, but we are back and ready to start smashing it again, im back in the GYM, back with my PT and back running, (in-between Working full time and being a Operations Supervisor at my local Covid Vaccination Centre) its all go here you know.
My next big race is Brighton 10K in April, wifey will be running in her " The Bastard's wife" shirt and me in "The Determined Bastard" shirt. keep a eye out, and cheer me on!!!
ohh my god, in simple terms, oh dear, next year i will run this as a 5k again, 10k was ok (who am i kidding) they was taking the course down before id even finished, not impressed!!!!!!!!!!
26/9/21, well normally I start with a race report, but not today. Today I bumped into a lovely lady Jacqueline, who it appeared I had met way back, about 2 years ish, when FBR was started. we were both doing the Mo run in Southampton 2019 and egged each other on, while explaining what fatbastardrunning was all about, she was down for the 1/2 marathon today, we found each other on Facebook and connected, what can I say about her, 1st Girl, I'm impressed, (i will leave that there) 2nd you are now an official Fatbastardrunning Honorary member (the 1st and only) 3rd, it will be my honour to run with you for a race (maybe Mo Run Southampton?), 4th keep going darling, your a smashing inspiration.
now the race report, short and sweet,, met inspirational lady, weather dry, start, fast, then wet, then dry, then finished, Cheered Jacqueline on, (I would have so much have loved to run support with you for another lap all three of us would).
Endure 24 Wasing Park (Henley Temple island meadows), well this was a good one, arrived Friday, set up camp, and walked the 5mile route, ok it went well, Saturday, right ready for this, We had a team of 5, Doris, Diddy, Bully, Helen and FBR, 1st 5 mile run went well 1hr.14mins, I had wanted to do a sub 1h.15m and i did, the second run wasn't as good, I was blowing out my back side and did a 1h.30min which in the grand scheme of things wasn't bad, bearing in mind I had walked 5mile the day before, but I suffered really badly for this, and it resulted in a flare up, which lasted nearly 4 weeks, this sun 5th sept Southampton 10k.
03/07/21, so another couple of weeks passed, sorry for not updating last week (due to family commitments), so last week, I did a 5k run/walk/Jeff thingy (introduction) with a new member to the local running group I'm a founding member (this was founded from being in lockdown and is taking off at a rate of knots) #GoRogue we can be found on Facebook and are my local town based (Basingstoke) we were photo graphed for our local 5k (Croudace festival 5 run) and also at our 1st birthday (in the Basingstoke Gazette). So this morning, I took one of our newbies our for her official 1st group 5K race (#notparkrun), it was a jeffing run with an agreed of 4 mins walk and 4 mins run, (smartphone app) and I have to say she did fantastic, we covered the 5K in 44m33s which for a first time 5k was very good and she was awarded her first virtual medal, we will be doing this 4 and 4 for a few more weeks and once she is happy to change these times we will go to 5 and 3 and see how that goes, Ohh and its THREE WEEKS until Endure 24 2021 BRING IT ON..
20/6/21, So another race day Upper Heyford RAF base 5K this time again solo,
so last week hot hot hot, this week wet, wet, wet and a bit of wind.
Never run this course before and was told its the flattest course you will ever run (NOPE).
nice early drive up the A34, found the place quite easy, registered, number tagged on shirt, then came the debates, neck buff or no neck buff? i had already decided on shorts and picked a suitable Go Rogue / FATBASTARD RUNNING shirt, ummm running jacket or not, ended up with with buff and jacket, buff was a mistake, jackets easy run with it open. Managed to start right near the front for a change, and social distancing starts was well sorted, surprised they send 5K/10K and Half runners off all at the same time.
Sat at start, having stretched and bouncing to keep warm, and we are off, 1K yep Flat 6.41 ok a bit fast, 2nd K slow it down a bit, but still flat 7.28 (doing good here) 3rd K still flat 7.37 (ohh who put a out and back in half way round??) 4th K started flat, ended up at end with start of a gradient 7.41 with a very short bit of walking (blowing out of my backside) 5th K ohh look finish line, I can see it but it looks closer than 1k remaining, Ohh another out and back to finish line again with another short walk, and pour on what little bit of power I have got left ( NOT MUCH) inspect watch. Time looks good, and here comes the doubts, will it be a PB?, it wants to be a PB!!, what if its not a PB??, FUCK IT ,JUST RUN, watch beeps 5K, YESS DONE IT. but the finish line is another 9 seconds away, keep going, holy shite look at that new 5K RACE PB 37m.25s. (previous 5K PB 37.46).
12/6/21 RACEDAY Dorney Lake 10K 10.45am start time (Flying Solo)
OH MY GOD< TALK ABOUT HOT HOT HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!, so up early, camel pack loaded with isotonic orange, mini soreen loafs, and glucose shots, nice new white running hat, and the standard running box of recovery items, and we are off, all went well until I hit the M4 ( Sodding road works and average speed checks, thank god for cruise control) anyway, knowing the half marathon runners are being set off in two different waves I wanted to get there early as in previous events I have parked a long distance away from the start. Then the heat came, and very little breeze ( makes a change the last time I was here it was wet and windy), Like everyone I had a finish time in my head, in theory 1h20m. The start went well, through the timing gates and off up the side of the lakes, 1k,2k, lovely breeze on face, 3k, by this time I'm coming back down the far side, holy hell, NO BREEZE, NO SHADE, but time was still good 4k falling apart, back to jeffing, 5k ahh the water table, 6k, time check 1h02m, great on Target 7k ohh hell backdown far side again, here comes the jeffing again, and it all fell apart, on a plus note other runners were also jeffing, down side i came last out of the 10k runners, PLUS note new fastest PB,
NOTE Too hot, wrong time of day and the race needed another water point
Me and my mate TERRY
DORNEY LAKE BOAT HOUSE