I can hardly believe it's been almost a year since a group of C25Kers went to London to run ten kilometres past amazing architecture and famous sights. I include RealFoodieCLub in this as she provided the most amazing chocolate cake afterwards! In just over 3 weeks time it will be time for the second outing, so whoever is going I hope to see you there. We can take another photo!

I've been keeping up with my regular 5 mile runs three times per week. Sometimes I do 4.5 miles if I'm feeling a bit tired, but you see I've set myself a 2016 target of 1000K and I'm determined to reach it. Having been unemployed since last summer I've been lucky to avoid the dark early mornings and have usually gone out running at the far more civilised hour of between 10-11am. However this is all going to change soon as a new job starts Monday (YES! The phone actually rang and a job came my way after trying for 16 weeks!) so I'll be back to cold dark mornings once again. It's ok though, cos Mrs Dan bought me a head torch for Xmas and I haven't yet had a chance to give it a whirl. At least the juggernauts will be able to see me as I run alongside the A316!

It's gonna be time soon for a new pair of running shoes and I'm minded to keep to the ones I've had most recently - Asics Nimbus. They're a neutral shoe but I've got orthotics that I place inside them to bring me up to a level height as one leg is shorter than the other by about 5mm! I discovered this a couple of years ago after a visit to the podiatrist and she explained to me that the reason I was getting back and shin ache is that I was running lopsided! So after a million pounds podiatrist bill, she provided me with orthotics and told me to buy Asics Nimbus as they are incredible cushion'ish! Is that a word? Don't think it is actually! The shoes I have are around months old now and have done about 900K. I have to say though that they are wearing extremely evenly (having looked at the soles) which is testament to Mrs Podiatrist getting me running "level". I think there's a few miles yet in them though.....

Anyway hope your 2016 running year has got off to a flying start. For those just starting this program - WELL DONE! It's the best decision you've ever made. For the rest of you regular C25Kers, a bit like Bruce Forsyth used to say annoyingly every week on "Strictly".....'KEEEEEEEEP Runnnnnnning'

Yer pal



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22 Replies

  • Hi dan

    Was thinking earlier today I hadn't seen one of your lovely posts for a while and then bam! , there you are! 😊

    Sadly won't be up to London this year , but will await the reports with anticipation! Don't forget another video from you and juicyju - that would be good! 😊glad to hear you're still out there and a new job has arrived for you 😆x

  • Haha! Gonna miss you Aliboo!

  • Aah gonna miss all of you lot too! 😕

    do us proud!😆xxx

  • Nice to hear from you Dan, and congrats on the job!

    Hope you enjoy the winter run!

  • Thanks UR. X

  • Cooeee! Where has that year gone! Its just flown by. I can't wait to do the LWR again and to meet up with a few peeps. And yes that choccy cake was lovely!

    I think I would stick to the same shoe, if it works for you, no point changing it I reckon.

    I got a head torch for Christmas too, my DPT (dog poo torch)! Its brilliant, just the job for running the pavements, but I can't wait to use it for some off roading sometime.

    Hope the new job goes well x :-)

  • Thanks! And see you in central Londinium soon.

  • I so nearly entered the LWR, but hesitated, thinking I wouldn't be ready to run a 10k! Here I am now hitting 8k in my runs (and I know I could plod through a couple more on the occasion!) Wish I had taken advantage of those early bird fees! I did look at the winter run website recently as a work colleague is running, but was put off by the entrance cost plus train fare! So..hope all the c25kers have a fab time and like others, look forward to the report and pictures! Best of luck with the new job too, dan😀!

  • You should've entered! But I know what you mean about cost. Our glorious capital city is ridiculously expensive.

  • Hiya Dan. Nice to hear from you and great news on the job and running front. I will be there on the 31st, cake in hand. This time I will be running. I'm hoping there is not too much of a change In the temperature in The next few weeks. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone again.

  • Hooray! See you soon then!

  • Congrats on the new job! Yay!

    Im gutted i dontlive closer so i could come run with uou all but look forward to that piccy of you all! Xxxx

  • Thanks TJ.

  • OMG- that sounds like great fun. Wish I was at the point whereby I could do that but you never know, perhaps next year. The possibility of chocolate cake at the end as a reward would definitely keep my little feet going. Enjoy it x

  • Lorraine - it's gonna be fun. Make sure you sign up for next year. Do it soon and then you'll have it to look forward to.

  • Looking forward to it. I'm hoping to get there in time - 1st train up to St Pancreas and then jump on the tube.

  • See u there Sharon!

  • Congratulations on the New Job

    Love the keeeeeeeep running - going to use that next time I marshal at parkrun - timekeeping tomorrow -eek

    Don't forget to share the photo

  • I am booked for the LWR, rather dreading it, have slipped behind on my running so might be part run part walk! At least it will be flat and not muddy, with great scenery and atmosphere.

    If there is a meeting point for the group please let me know where and when, it would be great to meet everyone and hopefully all your enthusiasm will be infectious and get me back on track.

  • Don't dread it cos it will be fun. Run / walk is a good plan. I might walk some of it too if I feel like it, as I don;t do this race for a PB - I do it for the craic!!

    Last years meeting point was outside the Churchill War Rooms - around 8.30/8.45 ish.

  • I'll do my best to be there SW trains permitting, is there an 'afterwards' meeting point?

    Did the run last year, my first 10K and, yes it was a lot of fun, but I was fitter and slimmer last year! How much weight can I lose in three weeks?!

  • Good to hear from you again Dan. Congrats on the new job. Looking forward to reading the LWR posts again this year xx

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