Train The Body, Train The Mind – Reaching Exhaustion The Night Before The Day After 

Tuesday, May 26th

I wake up and do the normal routine of some random exercises.  Then it’s a walk to get shopping, fuel up, rehydrate, and generally get plans for the next day in place.

Then I have some time to spare after doing some publicising stuff and speaking briefly to Vicky at Stroke Association’s Media Team.  So, I go to the gym, heart rate monitor on and on the treadmill.  I up the pace until I get to a comfortable heart rate.   This is how I train.  Not based on pace, which doesn’t really tell me if I’m using sugar or fat.  23 minutes later it’s on the rowing machine with 500m row followed by 5kg medicine ball, single leg squats (5 reps each leg) and repeat 4 times.

Then I have half an hour to refuel again!  Thank goodness for Tailwind.  It doesn’t need digesting to be absorbed so I know after about 10-15 minutes that sugar is in and working its magic.  Then it’s one for crossfit.

1 hour of pull ups, followed by pressups (3 pull ups, quick up and hold, slow down, 3 pressups slow down, hold and quick up), then some wall climbers, followed by a WOD.  5 burpees, 300 row, squaring and then launching a medicine ball at a wall, over box jumps, and then sit ups all until the timer reaches 14 minutes.  After 60 squats and throwing the ball up my legs felt used.  1.5 litres of Tailwind later and the workout is done.  My legs feel used and I have that glorious hazy feeling that accompanies a tiring workout. 

Tomorrow will the real mental challenge.  35 miles of running with the current full LeJog kit. Now I just have to refuel, rehydrate and get myself focused on the end of night camp site, somewhere in the hols surrounding Hathersage in Derbyshire.  As Barefoot Ted said in his brief and to the point message to me earlier today….

“Let the adventure begin” 



What Does Your Training Look Like?

This question is probably asked most of all questions, considering that the main one is “doesn’t it hurt your feet?”

So, what does it look like?  It does alter but here’s a general run through.

4:30am 5 Days A Week – Core and Strength work

  • 20 single leg squats (10 each leg)
  • 10 weighted squats (10kg)
  • Pressups (normal – 40, wide arm – 26, medicine ball – 24, normal – 14, wide – 16) 
  • Swiss ball plank – 1 minute
  • Side plank (feet on Swiss ball) – 1 minute each side
  • Pull-ups – split into sets of 9, 6, 4, 6

Aerobic Base Runs (heart rate at 145bpm) – this is for the next 6 weeks – any high end workouts are hidden in the middle of the the longer runs keeping to about 80/20 ratio.

  • Tuesday – 8 miles
  • Wednesday – 8 miles
  • Thursday – 8 miles
  • Friday – 6 miles 
  • Saturday – 30
  • Sunday – 15 miles

So far I’ve been averaging around 55-65 miles a week with some hill work.  I live in a hilly place so flat runs involve nearly 1000ft of climb.  

Then there’s the form specific work that I do based on analysis of my form by a specialist physio (Nick Allen of Buxton Physiotherapy Centre).  I also wear a 10kg weighted vest at work 3 times a week.  I look an utter fool, but it serves it’s purpose!

Now, I’m getting mentally ready to get a big mileage week in with a practice run of Plan B (35 miles with camping gear) to make the most of my half term. 

I’m sure other people training is far more hardcore and intense, but so far I feel far lighter on my feet and more confident in my body than I have in 37 years of using it.

Have a good weekend.