May to August in review

It’s been a good 3 months since the last time I posted here and in that time running has probably taken a back seat to many other things. I won’t bore you with those things right now but they’ve been really interesting times.

From a running perspective, last time I posted here I talked about the Durrell Challenge and I haven’t really competed in any races since then. A couple of parkruns but not really anything more. Partly this has been down to illness, partly injury, and quite a lot of lack of enthusiasm and focus.

This picture of a beach bar in Reading, complete with sand, swings and a live band, has no relevance to this post but I just like the picture!

Anyway, let’s have a stab at reviewing the last 3 months of running.

One highlight came while the royal wedding was going on during May this year. I decided that the seafront would be really quiet given everybody else would be watching the wedding so it was a good time to chase a Strava segment along there. In the end, the run went really well and I managed to get my fourth fastest half mile run ever.

During early June I was struck down by a cold which took me out of running for about a week and a half. When I got back to running I was struggling for enthusiasm and ended up running a few different trail runs. One around St Catherine’s and Flicquet was a particularly interesting diversion, as was Prospect Park in Reading the following week. Prospect Park is likely to be the venue for my new home parkrun over the next few weeks and months, although for one reason or another (Thai festivals, the circus etc) I haven’t yet managed to make a parkrun there, but I have completed another parkrun in Reading last week around the Thames Valley Park.

Me finishing Reading Parkrun #446 strongly with a smile

I was injured again in July missing another week and a half of action but since then I’ve been able to get a bit more back into running. I think it’s made a difference that we have more firm running plans for the immediate future.

We’ve decided to sign up for the Poppy races in Bexhill-on-Sea once again and this year I plan to chase my half marathon personal best from the Rock and Roll Liverpool Half Marathon last year.

Also during the past few months I decided that next March I would take part in the Fleet Half Marathon rather than the event in Reading. The Reading Half Marathon really didn’t treat us very well last year when they cancelled and while I have no doubt I’ll be back sometime in the future, this year I’m going to turn my attention back to Fleet and see if I can do even better than this year.

We have also been looking at other events and not necessarily just running. At the moment, I am considering whether training for the London Triathlon next August would be a good idea or just plain mad.

In another development which is almost certainly mad, we’ve been looking at the Henley running festival 24-hour race. Having said after the Jersey marathon in 2016 that I wouldn’t take part in another marathon again that was not the London Marathon, I think it’s amazing that we are considering such a long event. Granted I would not be running the whole 24 hours, but even so I can still imagine that at least one – more likely two or more – marathons will be completed in such a long time. We haven’t made a firm decision on that yet but I don’t really need to for quite some time.

The most important future plans focus around next week when we travel to Greece for a week and half of well-earned rest and relaxation – and no doubt some early morning runs as well.