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Run to the hills!

As I’ve taken a last minute place in the Race to the Stones 100km, I needed to fit in a good training run this weekend, plus properly try out my new Inov8 Ultra 290s, as I am now trying to run as much as possible over walking these distances.

I decided to do around 25k from Berwick back to Eastbourne. This route would start off flat, on road towards Alfriston, before following the winding river cuckmere towards the coast, then over the very steep seven sisters hills towards Beachy head and back down into Eastbourne, and the flat of the promenade.

This was one of my longest runs in long time and was very pleased to do the distance in 3 hours 28 minutes.

As I’m more used to walking over the hills in walking boots, the new trainers were great. Still with good padding around the ankle but gave me much better flexibility and more natural feel to move in. I ran on wet grass, slippery mud, gravel, chalk paths, sticky clay and various man-made surfaces and had confident grip on all especially going up or down hill. They have great natural support and cushioning but still allow you to feel the trail. Can’t wait to get out in them more.

Perfect day for a #run on the #hills above #eastbourne #training #ebphoto #igerseastbourne

Perfect day for a #run on the #hills above #eastbourne #training #ebphoto #igerseastbourne

Sometimes the hardest thing about training is hearing the rain and motivating yourself to get out there. Luckily for me today the rain stopped and you always feel better once running. There’s no such thing as a bad run. Did around 6km in 47 minutes which over these hills I’m pretty happy with. In 2 weeks I need to up my game when I take part in Hope24. A 5 mile 24 hour relay event in aid of Hope for Children.

So it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything about my walks. Most have been covering similar ground, but yesterday I got the 5:53 train over to Rye, to try and follow the 30 mile 1066 trail back to Pevensy Castle.

Luckily the rain passed as I got off the train and figured out my bearings to find the start of the trail on the edge of the town. The sun was rising behind me as I started off along the winding path by the edge of the marshes, and it wasn’t long till I was climbing the first hill into Winchelsea.

As I headed off into more wilder countryside and farmland, it was becoming clear that this was a not too often used trail, and I would have to sharpen up my map reading skills. Lots of the signs were faded, and some paths having not been used recently were barely visible. Coming into one field full of horses, with no sign of where the path exited. I skirted round with a constant whinnying over my shoulder. One horse had taken a dislike to me being there, and as I approached a gate, he was suddenly too close and gaining, so I had to dive over the gate. He laughed at me after. Looking around I had found myself on a very overgrown path, but checking the compass I knew I was going in the right direction and with a bit of luck soon found myself back on the trail.

It was certainly hillier than I had expected, and much warmer, luckily seeing the sign for Battle being 2 miles away meant that I could break for lunch at around 16 miles in.

Setting off again the countryside seemed even wilder and remote and had to constantly check for land marks and follow the map. But this soon turned into farmland and the path followed perimeter roads or roads through them, so it was getting tough on the feet as it is never nice walking on Tarmac in walking boots.

I soon realised that I had covered around 23 miles and checking the map estimated that I would still have 10+ miles to go if I stuck strictly to the 1066 trail. I was also nearly out of fluids, so at 25 miles I decided that I had done enough. I didn’t want to break 30 miles this training session and knew there was still a fair amount of road walking till I reached Pevensey levels, which I have already walked before. Still the furthest I have walked solo in unknown territory so very pleased.

#trail #run #ebphoto #igerseastbourne #training #hope24 #eastbourne #sussex #woods

#trail #run #ebphoto #igerseastbourne #training #hope24 #eastbourne #sussex #woods

S,o Tumblr just let me know that this blog is 2 years old today! I’ve been a bit slack with it recently, so thanks to all my followers and I will get back on track.

I’ve recently been getting more into CrossFit but have some exciting treks and challenges planned for 2014. Kicking things off tomorrow with the 21 day sugar detox. Let’s go!!



Kung Fu Body Conditioning

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Panther Hops at 1:17 for those who have asked.

I understand,

Watching this was amazed how many moves have similarities to CrossFit training.


Tomorrow morning this will be happening. “The Don” Gonna try for sub 60 minutes to beat last time, but this is a monster!!

Tomorrow morning this will be happening. “The Don” Gonna try for sub 60 minutes to beat last time, but this is a monster!!


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