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A half marathon is 13.1 miles or 21km for those of your who are metrically minded.

Except it’s not really.

August MilesAt 43 years old you can’t really just rock up at the start line and expect to survive that length of run.  So you train.  You run 4 times a week for months.  You start off at where you are and you do more and more miles.

For me the start was a slow 5k.  You add some distance to one run each week and this becomes your long, slow run.  Next comes a short recovery run which is more of a really slow jog to get your muscles working after the long, slow run.  The other two runs are where the speed comes.  A quick 5k, a tempo run for 8k or maybe a run that you up the pace a couple of times.

Pretty soon the miles are starting to rack up.

I’ve spent 8 hours running this month and have covered nearly 80km (50 miles).  There are still two weeks of the month left!

Why am I telling you this?

Well, because when you sponsor someone to run a 13.1 mile race you’re actually sponsoring them to actually run close to 200 miles.

Every mile adds up and every mile counts.

Just like the sponsorship you’ve been so generous to donate.

So far I’ve raised £460.

That’s amazing.  A massive thanks to all of you for your support and generosity.  It’s always exciting when my phone makes the ‘Just Giving’ ping noise meaning that someone else has just donated.  You have been so generous.

I was leading worship at Carluke URC on Sunday and mentioned that I was running.  The people there sponsored me £117.  That kind of support is really overwhelming.  You are all part of the team…

we are macmillan

So, what will Macmillan do with your money?

  • £1,020 could pay for a Macmillan nurse for a week, helping people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support.
  • £537 could pay for a Macmillan social worker or family support worker for a week. They work with community and social services agencies to help people manage the social and practical problems of living with cancer.
  • £390 could cover the costs for a person to attend a small physical activity scheme in a rural area for a year.
  • Between £200,000 and £600,000 could pay for a new chemotherapy suite in a local hospital.
  • Between £3 million and £7 million could pay for a new oncology and outpatient unit in a hospital.

You can help by visiting my Stewart’s Just Giving page or by texting STEW68 £5 (or any amount) to 70070.

So, thank you.  Thank you so much for your support.  It means the world to me to be able to help a charity that gave so much help and support to my mum and to my dad.

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So, it’s been a while since I’ve blogged about running, and in particular my half marathon run with my brother-in-law, Scott, in October.  To be honest, our training hasn’t been going well, between writing essays, work and Scott moving house it’s all a bit frantic.  But we’re committed and tomorrow I will run.  Promise.

Why is this so important to us?

Well, in just 14 weeks we’re running the Great Scottish Run in Glasgow in memory of my mum, Annis, and we would dearly like you to help us raise £2,000 to help a brilliant organisation who helped her over the last 16 years of her life, macmillan cancer care.

We know that £2,000 is a lot of money and that you are all skint, but it’s been a cracking day and I’m sure you’re sitting somewhere nice with a nice cold beer or a tasty ice cream.

How about, instead of having another one, you donate £3 to macmillan instead?  You donate £3 and tomorrow I’ll run 3 miles.  Deal?

Just text STEW68 £3 to 70070 or visit our justgiving site and donate there.

We and the thousands of people who are living with cancer and it’s effects would really appreciate it.


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My half marathon training began in earnest today.  I’m using the Adidas miCoach app on my iPhone and today was run 1 of 103 before the Half Marathon in September.

I’m going to post about my runs once a week because I know some of you couldn’t care less.  I do know that you care about why I’m doing it and I’d be very grateful if you could support Christian Aid by sponsoring my run.  Just click the JustGiving button on the right.  I’ll write more about Christian Aid soon so you can find out just what they do and how they work with partners throughout the world to try to end poverty.

Yesterday I had to do an ‘assessment run’.  Basically the GPS measures your pace.  The app tells you to run at 40% effort for 2 minutes, then up it to 50%, 60%, 70% then 90% for 90seconds before slowing (rapidly) to a walk.

The graph is supposed to go up in steps.  I found judging the effort really hard.  I knew what 90% was… a full out sprint, but what on earth does 60% effort feel like?

Anyway, the line goes up, mostly, and the app decided that I was quicker than it first predicted and reset the zones accordingly.

So, today I had my first run proper.

As you can see, I was supposed to run for 5 minutes at the blue zone pace then up it to green for 10 minutes then back to blue for the last 5 minutes.

The big dips are roads but as you can see I was really struggling to get up into the green zone and stay there.  My pace seems to be very erratic, possibly because the zones were too high.

The green zone pace is 5.18m/km – 4.34 m/km and I should be able to talk in sentences without having to take a breath during a sentence.  Well, I couldn’t and so by the time I got to the end of the green zone section I was knackered.

I’ve now adjusted the Zones down a notch.  Tomorrow is a ‘steady state threshold run’ which involves runing in the yellow zone (faster than green) for a bit!  Yellow is supposed to be a pace I could maintain for an hour if ‘motivated’.  Well, in these settings a man with a gun couldn’t motivate me to run that fast!

I also bought some new gear yesterday.  New Balance is this week’s running apparel supplier of choice, mostly because JJB Sports have a sale on.  I picked up 2 NB Tempo t shirts (one black, one blue) and a pair of black NB shorts.  I also got a blue Nike miler long-sleeve top because I live in Scotland and it ain’t summer yet!

The shorts have an ICE (in case of emergency) tag inside a pocket.  It’s a nice feature but a little alarming!

Anyway, my legs are starting to stiffen up so tomorrow’s run should be interesting!  I’ll let you know how I get on next week, or if you can’t wait that long follow me on Twitter for regular updates.

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