John G.

John G.

Kenzai Marathon | Graduating (Member)
Kenzai Marathon
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Program progress:
injury update
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I have not trained for two weeks but I am feeling good now. I walked / ran with our dog last night. I am going to chance a few handy Km’s this evening and see how I go!

I still have an MRI on Thursday night so will do that also.

Hope you are all well, sorry that I have been off the blogs but I’ve been down in the dumps with the lack of exercise

John


RAK half Marathon
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I really enjoyed this race. My second ever half marathon race. I was concerned over a calf tweak but although I felt it after 10 km I was fine running and no issues with it post race.

Well played by fellow Kenzai Marathoners Lode and Lombard for great runs after a week off in the snow! Awesome both of you!

I recorded a PB also at 1:46:31. My heart rate climbed as the heat came up over the last 30 mins which is a concern for Madrid on April 26.

All told I am happy with the race and now to buckle up and head for the longer distance!


I got into the truck and drove to a motorway bridge as per Lode’s recommendation and did the 8 km hill work. Worked a great Lode so thank you!

I did feel a little tight just below my left calf but not too serious. It felt worse as the morning progressed however and I worry about being ready for RAK race on Friday morning.

It’s not too bad now and I will rest now until the race. I’m fairly confident that it will be ok.

Hope you are all well,

John


21.1 Km baby!
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Felt strong for this run this morning. I had a gel at 45 mins and 1:30 and boy did I not like the taste or texture but they worked. I walked strategically for about 30 seconds on three occasions and that also worked well.

Feeling good about the RAK half marathon next weekend!

This morning was my second half marathon distance run and I knocked 10 mins off my previous time but there were no hills like the first one. RAK is also flat so coming in at this time would be cool.

Hope you are all well,

John


19 Km long run
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We were camping in the desert last night so not fantastic preparation for today’s long run. I ran this evening as the sun set so not too hot. I had many demons in my head telling me I am made to complete 19 km after a night camping but I am glad I battled through.

I ran much faster that I had wanted to again but it just seems to be a good pace for me to get into a rhythm but I clearly could not keep that up for 42 km.

As I did my stretches I realized that my nipples were sore. Need to get something on to prevent that going forward.

Also I did not have proper fuel with me. I hand carried a banana and scoffed most of that on the hour mark.

Hope you are all well!

John


11 Km in the sun
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Went for the 11 KM cut back run in the midday sun today. Early feb in Abu Dhabi so around 25 degrees but ver sunny. I took the pace down from last weeks long run but I was roasted out there! Makes me a little nervous about the Late April Madrid marathon. Hopefully it will be a cloudy day.

The RAK half in 3 weeks will be a could test in the heat.

Anybody else’s sides hurt after those O Up exercises?

Hope you are all well,

John


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Completed the 16 km this morning and find I am comfortable running at around the 5:10 pace for now. That brought the 16 km in around 1:22 which is considerably faster than the last time I completed 16 km.

Anyway it felt really good and the weather was fantastic this morning with a slight chill in the air. My legs were a little wobbly for a while afterwards but I’ve been pretty chuffed for the remainder of the day until just now when I had a wisdom tooth removed! They said no exercise for 48 hours! I’m sure I could do the light session tomorrow evening.

Hope you are all well,

John


An amount of partying to be done during my favorite weekend in the UAE. Missed yesterday’s workout but just finished today’s. 10 second rest during the V Sits was torture


10 Km road race
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Brought in the 10km race under 50 mins so really happy considering it was still fairly hot here in Dubai.

Went out and celebrated with Roscha for dinner and drinks with friends as our indulgence. Dinner was still healthy choices but the red wine and jagermeister shots were not!


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So I am hoping to do a half marathon in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE in Feb and a sprint Triathlon in March (1st time).

For that reason and to give the calf a rest I have been cycling and keeping the running going during this program.

I have not run so much since doing a half in Ireland in the summer. I swapped out the skipping last night for 10 k on a treadmill and I ran strong. I think the skipping and strength work on my legs is helping enormously. I will not claim it as a new PB as it was on a treadmill but it is my fastest 10k. I set the incline to 0.5 to make it more like a road run.

Hope you are all well

John


Continue to pick up niggles from the skipping so Kim recommended METH! Movement, elevation , traction and heat and it’s worked a treat.

I am cycling and running in place of the skipping. Last night I did the strength work on machines a in the gym and I welcomed the break from the bands to be honest.

The workouts are ramping up now.

Hope you are all well

John


Yesterday I had 18 mins of strong skipping stopping only 4 or 5 times in all. Today I tweaked something below my calf after 9 mins.

Afterwards I substituted squats for the sneakers and did the remainder of the exercises. I went swimming in the sea to make up for the cardio.

Apart from the tweaks here and there I am feeling fit and strong on this KB 2!


apple and eggs
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Roscha (wife) turned apple and egg whites into this dish that tasted like a desert and felt like cheating. Amazing


feeling good
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Did the band work yesterday morning and cycled at the track last night. Delighted to report that I managed the full 18 mins skips this morning. I stop ever minute for a few seconds to shake out the calf’s.

I have a two day conference in Dubai today and tomorrow and was planning to stay over but decided this morning that I would come home to ABu DHabi. That choice will keep me honest for the most part!

I am loving the breakfasts and before you say it Kim I did not eat the second egg!

Hope you are all well

John


So evening meal has morphed into egg whites and milk. I remember that from a long time ago on KB 1 as a time when contrary to expectations I did not loose weight. Last night I had the thought that maybe I am in tolerant to the milk? I plan to swap it up with yogurt this evening.

On a positive note I am back on the rope and managed 12 mins last night before feeling a twinge. I will hit the bike this evening for 25 km.

Hope you are all having fun,

John


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