Good news, the legs still work

Good news, the legs still work

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Adidas Thunder Run: Re-Run

In two days time I’m having me some more of this.

The Adidas Thunder Run is a 24-hour relay race (some people do it solo), covering as many 10km cross country loops as your team can muster. Last year we ran through intense heat, hailstorms, rain, mud, darkness and even, very aptly, thunder.

It’s a brilliant weekend. A festival for running and a serious challenge. Can’t wait to get back out there at 4am.

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To Run or Not to Run…

It’s been five days since I crossed the Race to the Stones 100km finish line and I’ve quite rightly been resting ahead of Saturday’s 24 hour relay the Adidas Thunder Run.

But about now I’m thinking I should venture out and see if I can still put one foot in front of the other.

There’s no muscles soreness anymore. Calves are a little tight but I’m rolling them to within an inch of their life.

Maybe just one tiny wafer thin mile…

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Anonymous
So I know it's a topic NO ONE wants to talk about, but increasing mileage makes my stomach turn into serious bubble guts about 5-7 miles In and continue the next day. Any suggestions to keep my GI tract a little less intense? Thanks for your blog! I learn lots of good tips and pointers as a very novice runner 😃
Kieran

Hmmm, when you say bubble guts are we talking windypops or Paula Radcliffe-ing?

I’ve never had big issues with either really. Well, I’ve certainly had wind but I figure it’s the runners behind who suffer that not me. There’s no room for politeness when you’re hard into mile seven as far as I’m concerned.

What are you eating before you head out as this will have a big effect too? As will your overall diet.

Also do you do your do before you start running? I tend to opt for some kind of coffee enema to try and clear the path before I run.

I’m not sure that really answers your question or helps. But I wish you (and your guts) all the best of luck.

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fitsical replied to your post: What Are Your Best Active City Apps?

You’ve probably heard of this but the geo-caching app is awesome for cities and towns. It turns a city or urban landscape into a treasure map. You have to use the app to find treasure all over the city! I love this app!

That’s a great shout. Thanks.

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What Are Your Best Active City Apps?

I’m on the hunt for the best active city apps in the US for a piece I’m writing.

I’m after apps that can turn the urban into adventure, inspire people to get out and make more of their city. Something like the Salomon City Trail apps

Anyone got any killer apps they use and would recommend? 

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Race to the Stones 100km Playlist

Thought I’d posted this playlist already but apparently it didn’t make it onto Tumblr.

This was what I would have been listening to on Saturday had I not been suffering so much even music was irritating me.

More running playlists and running music.

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For my 36k this weekend, I'm hoping it doesn't hit 100 degrees until after I finish. I was thrilled it was 66-70 at 6am for my weekend runs. We had a massive cold front come in. Highs only in the mid-80s. The race I'm looking at is called 24 the Hard Way in Oklahoma in October. It's my birthday weekend and I can't see another way to celebrate. The summer I spent in England I learned what you mean. I wore a fleece the whole summer. But the one day it hit the 80s. Oh my. Pandemonium.
Kieran

100 degrees is crazy. Although Saturday was only 64 degrees the humidity makes it a whole lot worse. Your sweat doesn’t evaporate so your self cooling system malfunctions. But still, the temps you’re talking about are extreme. Best of luck with it!

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Father and Son at 40km
Another shot from the Race to the Stones 100km on Saturday. This time running with my dad into one of the aid stations. Special moment.

Father and Son at 40km

Another shot from the Race to the Stones 100km on Saturday. This time running with my dad into one of the aid stations. Special moment.

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Congrats on the 100k. I'm looking in to an endurance timed race. I plan to finish a minimum of 100k but I'd like to get over 100 miles. Will say, I'm jealous of the temp. You say hot and I say lovely! And the pictures look so pretty. Great scenery (at least compared to Texas).
Kieran

We Brits love to moan about the weather! What kind of suffering does Texas throw at you? Does it make my 64F look like a jog in a supermarket chilled goods aisle? What race are you thinking of?

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A Big Thanks…

To everyone who sent me messages of support and encouragement and congratulations over the weekend.

When the going got tough out there on the hills of a very hot England, these notes really helped to make sure I kept putting one foot in front of the other.

To quote my dad who was at 50km, having this kind of support means “Quitting is not an option.”

So thanks very much and I hope I can return the favour next time you’re heading out to put yourself on the line.

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robert-cal replied to your post “You ran 75 miles in one day??”

Next challenge?

Well, right now I’m feeling a bit beaten up physically and, for the first time, mentally. There were times on Saturday that I seriously questioned my running. That said, I’ve got a thing called the Thunder Run this Saturday.

I did it last year, it’s a 24-hour relay race. So that’s next.

Then back to the Berlin Marathon in September and hopefully New York in November.

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Anonymous
Do you have any like 8tracks or soundcloud (publicly accessible) playlists you're willing to share??? Surely I'm not the only one who constantly needs new running tunes...
Kieran

I use Spotify and you can see some of my running playlists here.

Please don’t judge me!

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Anonymous
You ran 75 miles in one day??
Kieran

Not quite. Almost 66 miles. Not sure how people go on to do 100 miles in some ultras.

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