Conway it is, or actually isnt

Managed a couple of decent ish runs this week, or at least decent to me.


Wednesday, did a 10k on the treadmill at the gym. That was after being blasted for an hour with my trainer on the kettlebells. He told me they’d take a fair bit of gas out of me, so guess you could look at it as a brick session, but without the bike!! Popped a gel before I started just to keep up the energy levels and it seemed to hit about 15 minutes in. Didn’t go particularly quick, just wanted to do the distance and see how I felt doing it. Felt nice and easy, and didn’t get any stiffness the next day either, so all good.


Did another run this morning, just short of 10k. Not quite sure on the speed as my Garmin decided it wasn’t going to find any satellites but it felt a good pace for me, and again, was comfy. Even been for a nice long walk this afternoon with the family and no problems with the legs, so quite happy at that.


If anyone is actually reading this and thinking that its only 10k, I know but I haven’t really run anything like that for a couple of months now so wanted to make sure I was ok doing it. I know that the IMUK is a tad longer but I’ve got another 9 months to get my running back up to scratch. And anyway, I’m more concerned about the bike than the run.


So, having spoken with the Fun Prevention Officer, I have a pass for 3rd November for the Conway Half Marathon. Just before I started typing this, I went onto the site to book my entry, and noticed its now on 24th November. I’m sure that it was on 3rd, so looks like it will be Capesthorne Hall now. Really fancied the Conway one having looked at it, but I just cant do that day so will have to do the other.


Will get my entry in and keep this updated on how I go.

One more this year….

Having entered one or two events over the past few years, I get emails from the organisers pushing their other events.

Was sifting through my mails over the weekend, and came across a couple that caught my eye. After not finishing the South Manchester tri the other week, been looking for something to enter. Not sure why as I’ve never been particularly competitive but just want to get it out of my system. Probably dont want to finish the year on a DNF!! There’s not really that many sprint tri’s now at this time of the year, which was what I was really after. Could have looked at the Duathon at Oulton Park On 6th October but I’ve not quite got the confidence up on my bike yet.

So the two mails I saw were both for half marathons, and both on the first Sunday in November. The first is the Conway half, the other the Cheshire half at Capesthorne Hall. The latter is the replacement for the Tatton half which isn’t running this year, and coincidently, one I did last year. I quite enjoyed the Tatton half last year, although in my eye, the organisation wasn’t great. There were a few things that stuck in my mind, apart from the cold. There was a delayed start, then less than half a mile after the start, we all had to try and fit through a narrow gate which was interesting, then there was almost an obstacle course in the park trying to avoid the cyclists and finally running on very narrow pavements spilling onto the road quite a few times. Might just have been spoilt by the great organisation that is the Wilmslow half marathon but that’s what I thought.

Anyway, fancy doing one of them. Capesthorne Hall is just down the road but the Conway one looks more interesting, and is only about an hours drive away. Might convince the wife to have a family day out in North Wales, bring your mum and dad with you, and I’m just gonna vanish for a couple of hours about midday!! I’ve not done a huge amount of distance running training but I’m fit enough so could probably do it ok. I’m at the gym in the morning so after my session I’ll probably hit the treadmill for an hour or so with some tunes and see how I get on.