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Ran the Gritstone Grind on Sunday. 35 miles of rolling Peak District hills. Was struggling to keep food and drink down so finish time was just over 8 hours. 4th ultra start this year and 4th finish.

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I’m out of the country for a week with no access to my spreadsheet.

updated figures will be consolidated on Monday 16th

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As part of my drive to get fit and healthy following my Afib discovery I'm walking 24 miles today at Edinburgh's Kiltwalk.

Start at 10am, the regret kicked in about 15mins ago...

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On 15/09/2019 at 08:45, Dave T said:

As part of my drive to get fit and healthy following my Afib discovery I'm walking 24 miles today at Edinburgh's Kiltwalk.

Start at 10am, the regret kicked in about 15mins ago...

Can you move today?


With the best, thats a good bit of PR, though I would say the Bedford team, theres, like, you know, 13 blokes who can get together at the weekend to have a game together, which doesnt point to expansion of the game. Point, yeah go on!

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Date Shadow Matt Santos Bedford Roughyed Canabull Niels
09-Aug 88.1 113 141.8 83.46 TBA
16-Aug 88.2 113 141.6 83.91 74
27-Aug 87.9 114 144 80.92 TBA
02-Sep 87.6 TBA 143.7 82.46 74.5
16-Sep 87.9 114 142.8 80.92 TBA
           
loss/gain 0.3 0 -0.9 -1.54 0
K2-18B 351.60 456.00 571.20 323.68 298.00
           
Overall Change -5.6 -2 -13.7 -17.96 1.93

 

Despite my best efforts on holiday I only managed to gain 300g, I feel I've let the team down.

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11 minutes ago, Shadow said:

Despite my best efforts on holiday I only managed to gain 300g, I feel I've let the team down.

I put more on that that just looking at a holiday brochure.  

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With the best, thats a good bit of PR, though I would say the Bedford team, theres, like, you know, 13 blokes who can get together at the weekend to have a game together, which doesnt point to expansion of the game. Point, yeah go on!

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34 minutes ago, Bedford Roughyed said:

Can you move today?

not really mate. I stupidly didn't book the day off work, so moving round at a snails pace when I need to do anything. Some say they haven't noticed a difference.

Must say I really enjoyed the walk, was on my own so just had my earphones on and head down, and did it in 7hrs, versus a par of 8hrs, so was pretty pleased - managed to raise £650 too for a youth charity my Wife setup earlier this year.

A good day all round.

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Did 160 miles running in 7 days, mostly off-road, carrying my stuff in a small backpack. Feel surprisingly OK afterwards, no injuries.

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8 minutes ago, Dave T said:

not really mate. I stupidly didn't book the day off work, so moving round at a snails pace when I need to do anything. Some say they haven't noticed a difference.

Must say I really enjoyed the walk, was on my own so just had my earphones on and head down, and did it in 7hrs, versus a par of 8hrs, so was pretty pleased - managed to raise £650 too for a youth charity my Wife setup earlier this year.

A good day all round.

Thats pretty good going!  Looks like it was mostly on hard ground?  Feet must of taken a beating.  


With the best, thats a good bit of PR, though I would say the Bedford team, theres, like, you know, 13 blokes who can get together at the weekend to have a game together, which doesnt point to expansion of the game. Point, yeah go on!

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13 minutes ago, Bedford Roughyed said:

Thats pretty good going!  Looks like it was mostly on hard ground?  Feet must of taken a beating.  

yeah it was, coastal for large parts so beautiful scenery but on paths, invested in good walking socks and they worked wonders!

I surprised myself that I managed it *relatively* comfortably as there were a lot of people really struggling - but I seemed to get my head in a good place and only stopped for toilets and a sock change. It was the amount of time that was the mental thing for me, and I was pleased with how I handled that. Spotify was my best friend yesterday!

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21 minutes ago, JonM said:

Did 160 miles running in 7 days, mostly off-road, carrying my stuff in a small backpack. Feel surprisingly OK afterwards, no injuries.

Jeez, good effort mate!

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1 hour ago, JonM said:

Did 160 miles running in 7 days, mostly off-road, carrying my stuff in a small backpack. Feel surprisingly OK afterwards, no injuries.

Good work. They'll never catch you now.


Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life. (Terry Pratchett)

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4 hours ago, Shadow said:
Date Shadow Matt Santos Bedford Roughyed Canabull Niels
09-Aug 88.1 113 141.8 83.46 TBA
16-Aug 88.2 113 141.6 83.91 74
27-Aug 87.9 114 144 80.92 TBA
02-Sep 87.6 TBA 143.7 82.46 74.5
16-Sep 87.9 114 142.8 80.92 TBA
           
loss/gain 0.3 0 -0.9 -1.54 0
K2-18B 351.60 456.00 571.20 323.68 298.00
           
Overall Change -5.6 -2 -13.7 -17.96 1.93

 

Despite my best efforts on holiday I only managed to gain 300g, I feel I've let the team down.

Thanks Shadow.

I was 75 at the weekend.

I find I am missing some gym days but only because of work or other commitments. 

However I need to find time.

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7 hours ago, gingerjon said:

Good work. They'll never catch you now.

🙂

In the off-road sections of the route, I didn't see a single person in 7 days. Scotland is surprisingly empty.

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I discovered the yoke carry at my local gym and gave it a go.

The yoke carry/walk has to be one of the most amazing pieces of exercise equipment.

It felt like it worked everything. 

 

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142.6 All a slow struggle at the min.  Need to reset and take back control.  

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With the best, thats a good bit of PR, though I would say the Bedford team, theres, like, you know, 13 blokes who can get together at the weekend to have a game together, which doesnt point to expansion of the game. Point, yeah go on!

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Yesterday, just over eight months after the first run, I went out with Hastings Runners again. This time their more social Friday morning one (I was working from home and could fit it in whilst getting work done either side). 7k covered in an hour with lots of stops and a fair bit of chat. Not what I'm used to but it was fun and I'll be back again.

Parkrun today.

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Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life. (Terry Pratchett)

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New gym routine is really fun so far! I think having a coach has made me buy into the process even more too. Currently my routine is 4 gym sessions, 2 speed and 2 fitness sessions per week, along with rugby once a week too. Rugby coaching has started again these last few weeks though, so thatll typically be 4 days a week. I would do more if I had the time.

Did 5k on the rower in 25 minutes today with it feeling pretty comfortable. Curious to see how much I can improve that in the coming weeks.

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10 hours ago, Saint 1 said:

New gym routine is really fun so far! I think having a coach has made me buy into the process even more too. Currently my routine is 4 gym sessions, 2 speed and 2 fitness sessions per week, along with rugby once a week too. Rugby coaching has started again these last few weeks though, so thatll typically be 4 days a week. I would do more if I had the time.

Did 5k on the rower in 25 minutes today with it feeling pretty comfortable. Curious to see how much I can improve that in the coming weeks.

Based on your fitness, you should be smashing 20 mins.

The 2k is the true test 

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6 hours ago, MattSantos said:

Based on your fitness, you should be smashing 20 mins.

The 2k is the true test 

Yeah that definitely feels feasible! This stage of my off-season is more about building a base for things to come so the intensity is somewhat limited. I've done a 7:30 2k previously, I'm not particularly built for rowing though!

It's a 'rest' day today, went swimmimg for the first time in years! Followed by 2 hours of rugby coaching and some yoga.

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On 22/09/2019 at 22:26, Saint 1 said:

Yeah that definitely feels feasible! This stage of my off-season is more about building a base for things to come so the intensity is somewhat limited. I've done a 7:30 2k previously, I'm not particularly built for rowing though!

It's a 'rest' day today, went swimmimg for the first time in years! Followed by 2 hours of rugby coaching and some yoga.

I’ve a 2k time trial on Thursday. Aim is less than 7 minutes. This has been my goal for years and years but injuries have always thwarted me. My best is 7:00:1

Card game today. 4 suits is either burpees, press ups, squats or lunges per leg. Ace is 15, King 13 and then down to 2. All 52 cards at random in the sun absolutely battered me today. 

 

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3 hours ago, MattSantos said:

I’ve a 2k time trial on Thursday. Aim is less than 7 minutes. This has been my goal for years and years but injuries have always thwarted me. My best is 7:00:1

Card game today. 4 suits is either burpees, press ups, squats or lunges per leg. Ace is 15, King 13 and then down to 2. All 52 cards at random in the sun absolutely battered me today. 

 

7 minutes is impressive!

I've done that card game before, we did it at my u16s rugby team. Jokers and Aces were sprints though! 

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Kiss my face you mothers!

About 15 years ago i wanted to row 2k under 7 minutes  After many many many injuries and time on the erg (including a marathon) and years off i have finally completed my goal. 

6:57.2

Left a little bit in the tank as well which is interesting

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