Race Day Mistakes

From my experience of racing (i.e. running and obstacle races) I have noted a number of mistakes.  Because I am not perfect, I have even done a few myself:

Drinking the night before


This might seem an obvious mistake, but at nearly every obstacle race I have seen someone do this. Continue reading “Race Day Mistakes”


10 miles into the longest run…

The Spartan Beast was a huge achievement in many ways – it was the longest distance I have run and the longest period of time that I have had my fitness tested over.

How did I get through this?

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The Spartan Manchester Double

As part of my race calendar I set myself the challenge of running the Spartan Trifecta this year.


This means that I am required to run:

  • The Spartan Sprint (Approx 6km)
  • The Spartan Super (Approx 12km)
  • The Spartan Beast (Approx 20km)

The Sprint and Super Races Continue reading “The Spartan Manchester Double”


Sketch Dashboard: Race Schedule 2015

Thanks to @tisquirrel whose sketch noting work inspired me to display my training ambitions and race schedule for 2015 in this fun way.


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Hey ho, let’s go… insane at Badass Mudder

Hey ho, let’s go… insane at Badass Mudder:  On a very hot, humid Saturday morning my friend Tom and I took part in the Badass Mudder obstacle race at the River Lune, Lancaster.

We crashed over at friends, so had a pleasant 30 minutes drive through the country.  When we saw the Badass sign with an arrow we knew we had taken the right road.  It was £3 to park, but no one was collecting so we got a freebie.

badasssign2 Continue reading “Hey ho, let’s go… insane at Badass Mudder”


The Perfect Time…

In my quest to dominate the Spartan race, I have been working on my running time.

I decided to compete in a 10k the week before Spartan – the purpose to soak up a competitive atmosphere and address any gear issues.

I was running that distance round 46 – 48 minutes, but had not timed myself for a while.  I decided to set myself the target of 41 minutes and to be honest I thought I may have been setting myself up for disappointment.

I prefer 5k distance, it is easier to fit around other commitments. Due to seeking a perfect body at the gym, I don’t always have the energy to run. Continue reading “The Perfect Time…”


Don’t quit

I was running the Spartan race, doing a sprint distance course.  This is about four mile, which is not a difficult feat when running on pavements.  However this was an obstacle race, so I had mud, water, hills and urm… obstacles.


The obstacles were not a major problem.

Neither was the mud or the water, despite the fact I face plante directly into a puddle of water due to misjudging the deepness, I had chosen to sprint through. Continue reading “Don’t quit”