Getting Ready to Take on the Rotterdam Marathon

Posted on March 26, 2013 at 2:36 pm by admin No Comment

It really has been a while since my last blog, I could bore you all with excuses but the truth of the matter is, life really has been crazy. Nevertheless, here’s a few… My wife is pregnant again, with the due date less than 5 weeks away (26th March), so we have been incredibly busy getting ready for that. Whilst getting ourselves prepared for the new arrival, my little boy Finley, who is now almost 20 months old is constantly up to mischief. Putting lip-balm into my macbook USB socket, squirting shampoo, conditioner, shower gel or all of the three inside my running trainers, as well as feeding whatever food he can get his hands on to, to Millie, the cat next door who is now convinced we are her owners; an extra pair of eyes really are needed in the back of our heads (in truth, he really is the coolest boy any dad could wish for). Then there is work, which has been mental, especially since the London Olympic’s with everyone from children to OAPs wanting to qualify for Rio 2016! On top of these perfectly good excuses, I have decided to race the Rotterdam Marathon. The race date for this is the 14th April, a mere 19 days after the due date of our 2nd baby. The Rotterdam Marathon is Holland’s most established race and one of the fastest marathons in the world, I’m hoping off the back of 19 days of 3 hour sleep intervals with the new arrival, it will go well, the word optimistic comes to mind?! Anyhow enough of me whining..!!

My original plan was to have a bash at the Florence Marathon back in November last year but I fell ill after winning the New Forest Marathon in October (2 hrs 37 mins). The plan at New Forest was to run the race at 6 min miling and use it as a training run, which is exactly what I did, the problem being, I continued on as normal with my training straight after. This included an interval session on the following Tuesday, a tempo run on the Friday, combined with a hard 20 mile effort the following Sunday, it was only a matter of time that I got ill. I didn’t actually give any respect to the New Forest marathon which was over a challenging course. I just assumed that because I didn’t run the effort flat out my body could continue with a normal weeks training straight after. Reflecting back on it, I certainly should have taken a few days off after the race, a week even. Unfortunately for me 2 weeks later I got really run down which eventually developed into a chest infection. I took almost a full month off running and up until recently really struggled to get back into the swing of things. Since then I have been slowly building my training back up with the odd Parkrun here and there to get my legs ticking over, as well as to help with motivation. Finley and I actually won the Nonsuch Parkrun a little while ago. We ran 18.17 and it was without a doubt one of the hardest races I’ve ever done, my arms were absolutely shattered at the end of the race; finding out that our Out N About Nipper which is the ferrari of all buggies, had a flat tyre at the start of the race didn’t help!

The past 3 weeks have been good and I’ve even participated in a few races, including the Wokingham Half Marathon where I finished 4th in 68.52 in horrible weather conditions. I did think during the race I may even sneak into the 67 minute range; maybe had the weather been kinder but hey everyone was in the same boat. Five days later I ran 15.01 for 5km in Northern Ireland, Armagh. This really is a fantastic race which I cannot recommend enough. Real Runners (, have been invited to enter a team over the past 5 years, with our team this year kindly being supported by Sweatshop. They provided Real Runners with kit for all of our athletes. I knew I would struggle over 5km, as I haven’t done anything quick for a while and that’s exactly what happened, nevertheless it was nice to get the legs ticking over a little faster! Our team finished 2nd to USA, a great result for Real Runners and some superb results from our guys (@cluttss, @danstudley, @lukeallen11, @dannyleeds92, @clarkeyadam, you can follow them via twitter).