Expect nothing

This is a slight departure from my usual running type posts. I’ve been meaning to start writing the odd post on blogging in general and well, I just haven’t got round to it. You know how it is, life, running and not running due to injury get in the way!

I was on twitter the other day and saw a link to an excellent post with the title, Write with purpose, expect nothing by mjcarty. I was intrigued and read the post, it summed up my thoughts on blogging exactly.

I remember when I first started this blog I never imagined that anyone would read it, I thought it would be a good way of recording my progress, for me to read. And don’t get me wrong, that’s exactly what happened for a few months. Never let anyone tell you otherwise. This quote from the mjcarty post sums it up nicely:

“That’s the beauty of starting a blog. See, while I assume no one reads my work, I can promise you no one will read yours. Not for a while, anyway, especially if you don’t promote it.”

Anyway, getting back to the post by mjcarty, he talks about how starting a blog is a great way to say whatever you want, however you want to say it.

From my own experience I’d say, if you are new to blogging don’t stress about how many views, followers or comments you get, just concentrate on blogging for yourself.

Don’t take my word for it, go and have a read of Write with purpose, expect nothing.


Nakd bars review

photo 1Review time again and I’ve been really lucky this time. The folks at nakd bars got in touch to see if I would review their snack bars, I didn’t need asking twice! I’d heard a lot about nakd bars but had never tried them before so it was a nice surprise when a mixed box of them arrived at my door. I was amazed at the variety of flavours: Continue reading

I am back, promise

It has been ages since I last posted, so let me explain.

You might remember that I injured my calf in the Manchester 10K I did in May. Well, what a nightmare its been since then. Although I didn’t go to see a physiotherapist, I did see a sports therapist who thought I’d injured my Soleus muscle. Whatever it was, its been a pain, literally and metaphorically.

The day after the race, I attempted to go to work with the aid of a crutch, I made it as far as the 15 minute walk away and had to get the train home. I couldn’t weight bear on my leg and it was very painful, even touching it was not recommended. So after resting up for a full day I did make it to work the following day, with the aid of a crutch and walking very slowly.  I won’t bore you with all the details but that’s pretty much how its been until the last couple of weeks.

10 days ago I started the Kinetic Revolution 30 day challenge, after Julie at A Running Battle recommended it to me. Its a daily series of exercises to help strengthen your legs. Up to now it seems to be working, fingers crossed! Once I’ve finished it I’ll write up a proper post about it.

Going forward, I’m back online properly after buying some new kit yesterday. With the best will in the world blogging on an iPhone isn’t possible, for me anyway.

I’ve got a few reviews coming over the next few weeks and another competition for some great prizes. You might also get to read about my first runs since May! Wish me luck :)


The Great Manchester 10k 2014

I did it, I completed the Great Manchester 10k today.

photo (15)Like I said yesterday, I’ve been doing a lot of foam rolling and icing on my ankle and shin for the last couple of days so I was a bit nervous this morning. Once I got to Manchester I was ok though, it was a agreat atmosphere and, it was hot today which is unusual for the north of England. Being the sensible guy I am (sometimes) I took some factor 30 sunscreen and smothered myself in it before the start. Not a nice mental picture I know, but it did the job.

After the warm-up we all shuffled to the start line, the atmosphere was great with all the people lining the streets shouting your name. The start gun went off and we started, there was the usual rush as some runners sprinted and weaved their way through the mass of people.

Within the first mile what struck me was the sound of thousand’s of running shoes hitting the ground and the sound of panting from some people. I looked at my watch and I was slightly faster than I wanted, 9:33. I decided to settle into this and see how it went.

It was hot, but not unbearable by any stretch. I reached the 5k mark at about 29 minutes which I was pretty pleased with. I thought about my shin and ankle, everything seemed ok, so far.

The next couple of miles went past with no bother, although by the end of mile 5, I did start to feel some pain in the top of my foot which radiated up my shin. At around mile 6, the pain had got worse and was affecting my gait slightly.

With the finish line in sight I managed a sprint (AKA, a slightly faster hobble) and crossed the line in 59:35, beating my previous PB by 13 minutes. I was pleased but looked a pathetic site limping along to collect my medal.

Walking very slowly to the train station was painful, but I managed it. Once I got home I’ve been icing and massaging my leg, it feels slightly better. Time will tell!

A 10k tomorrow

It’s been a while since I last posted, I’ve  been taking a deliberate break from blogging and I think it’s been good for me. I felt like I was getting a bit stale in my posts. Running this blog and working on a large website at  work was getting too much, work pays the bills so I had a rest.

My main news is that I’m running the Great Manchester 10k tomorrow (Sunday) and I can’t wait. It was a last minute entry, but I’ve had it mind for a few months now. Training was going well so I thought why not?

The only I issue I had was earlier this week when I found a pain in the side of my shin/calf, purely by accident. I’ve had no pain running but I had a lot of pain on Friday from my ankle on the same side. So for the last 2 days I’ve been taking Ibuprofen, foam rolling and icing. I think its ok and hope it holds up on the day.

My aim for the race is to get around in one piece and beat my 2012 time of 1:12:02.

Wish me luck!