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Holiday Training – Running at Sea Level

Posted by Tubby Paul on August 9, 2013

I am just coming to the end of 2 wonderful weeks on the Isle Of Wight, where I have enjoyed a brilliant family holiday with my clan, but most importantly, I have managed to stick to my training programme! 🙂

Okay my diet has not been perfect, but I have not indulged as much as I would have historically, I have been having plenty of fruit and fibre, and little alcohol, so all things taken into consideration I consider I haven’t been too bad on the food front.

As for my training, well I am very proud to say I have stuck to my 12 week training plan to the letter, and have also discovered that I now enjoy a little cross country running, which I hated at school!

I really am proud of myself, mainly because I doubted I would do it, normally a holiday would be just the kind of excuse I would use to skip my training plan, then of course I would take a week or 2 to get back into it, meaning I would have lost 4 weeks of my training, and would be a lot less likely to be ready to run the half marathon I am training for, meaning I would be more likely to fail, and I really do not want to fail! I think the support I have already had on twitter, and the fact that sponsorship money has started coming in would mean I would be letting people down if I fail, also I would be letting myself down, as I am really starting to enjoy my new healthy lifestyle, and sticking to it on my holiday has proven to me (and the family) that it is more than a whim, it truly is a way of life!

Have I missed the booze? Not really, no hangover when you have 4 kids is actually a bonus, and have I missed the huge meals out? If I am honest, no! When I do eat too much now, I am left feeling bloated and horrible, which is not a feeling to enjoy at anytime, let alone while on holiday!

This holiday has taught me a couple of things though, cross country is actually quite fun! Getting off the tarmac and onto the footpaths and tracks around the Isle of Wight have shown me a whole new opportunity to my running, although I will need to invest in a new set of trainers, as my zoots as much as I love them are not up to cross country! Another thing I am loving is ending my evening run on the beach, me doing my best Rocky impression in the surf!


So all in all, my holiday has been brilliant, yes I might avoid the scales for an extra week or so, but I know I am well on track with my training for the Perkins Great Eastern Run in October!

See you in the gym,


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Holiday Training

Posted by Tubby Paul on July 25, 2013

Well as you may or may not be aware, I am now officially in my training phase ready for my first ever half marathon, the Perkins Great Eastern half marathon in Peterborough, (if you can, please follow my just giving link and donate!) but I am very aware that I need to be ready for it! Now while 13.1 miles is not a huge great distance, it is still quite a big first challenge for me, a man who always hated running! 

I have found a training program on line that I am following, I also have an app called Endomondo on my phone which tracks my runs, and using their website I have just planned out my holiday run routes from where we are staying, so there is no messing around, the routes are already stored in my phone with maps and everything!  I really am liking Endomondo, I do plan to write a full review when I get time. I only have the free subscription, however I really am thinking about upgrading!

So my run routes are organised, my x-train days will be spent on the beach, either swimming or shuttles in the sand, and instead of my usual weights program, I will be doing a body weight circuit of press – ups, burpees, squat jumps, crunches, dips and heel taps, so i should be okay there too.

Yes my diet will not be as good as normal, but our eating habits as a family have changed, so yes there will be some treats, it will not be as bad as it used to be!

The only thing I need to remember now is to pack my trainers, and enjoy my holiday, knowing that it wont have hampered my efforts to run the Perkins Great East Run, and hopefully raise lots of money for the Royal Air Force Association!

See you in the gym (or on the beach!)


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