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A physio’s words of wisdom

I can’t stop thinking about something my physio said to me the other day…

My physio is John Allen, based in Guildford.  An excellent physio and very experienced in dealing with runners, he is one of the physio’s for Team GB and was involved in the Olympics.  I was visiting him with a hip problem which he has thankfully now (pretty much) sorted.  

He was asking me what my next race is…the conversation went a bit like this…

John: So whats your next race?

Matt: I’m doing the Marathon Des Sables in April

John: Oh ok, just a marathon, your hip will be fine for that!

Matt: No it’s a week long race

John: A marathon over a week?

Matt: No, it’s 250km over 7 days, in the desert, in temperatures up to 50 degree’s celsius

**awkward silence**

Matt: So…i’ll probably need to see you again after that!

John: I think you’ll be seeing a LOT of people after that!!!!!!

This is a guy that looks after gold medal winning Olympians!!!  

2 or 3 years ago doing the Marathon Des Sables seemed impossible to me! But sometimes you’ve got to dream about the impossible, and everyday do something to make it seem a little less impossible. 

Nothing is impossible until you try! 

7 weeks to go!

2 or 3 years ago doing the Marathon Des Sables seemed impossible to me! But sometimes you’ve got to dream about the impossible, and everyday do something to make it seem a little less impossible.

Nothing is impossible until you try!

7 weeks to go!

2014 so far…

I have to say…2014 is going pretty well so far!  

Considering i began the year visiting the physio with hip problems, i never imagined that i would get so many miles in the bag by February!

I simply started this year with intentions to really train hard in before February came along, my baby is due any day now so i wanted to feel that i was ready for the MdS (in April) by the end of January, and i think i’ve managed that.  The plan now is to just keep doing as much as possible, maybe do some shorter but more intense sessions, lots of hills, and stay healthy. 

No more long runs, i’ll maybe do a couple of 20 milers, but nothing beyond that.  I feel good and wish i could go to the desert tomorrow, i feel ready.

What surprised me was that i ran just shy of 300 miles in January, this is around 100 miles more than i’ve done in a single month ever before…i didn’t plan to hit 300 miles, so it was an amazing surprise and feeling to see that i’d hit this sort of mileage, without really intending to!

I’m feeling good, just gotta keep ticking over now.   

MdS Rehearsal - Days 4, 5 and 6

I’m almost there, almost completed my MdS rehearsal, and despite craving fresh food all the time, i’ve actually found it relatively easy to be honest!  The odd run has been tough, but on the whole…no problems at all…another huge confidence boost for my MdS preparations.

So Day 4 was my ‘long day’, in the desert we’ll be running 52(ish) miles, for the purpose of my rehearsal, just a small 30 to cover.  This was done as part of my ‘Social Ultra Series' and we had a great, muddy and wet, out and back run along the Downs Link.  Pretty flat but good to get the miles in the legs, and with 5kg on my back too.  Another bonus was that future tent mates Max and James came along so it was a great opportunity to run with them, chat all things MdS and get to know each other a bit better.  Cracking guys, looking forward to spending a week with them in Morocco.

Photos are courtesy of Max.  

My food plan for this long day looked like this:

Day 4

Expedition Foods Oats with Blueberries  813

Complan - Strawberry 250

Meli Honey 25

Clifbar - choc 253

Potato sticks 134.5

Berocca

Jelly beans 92.5

Shotbloks 200

ForGoodnessShake - banana 261.3

ForGoodnessShake - chocolate 261.3

Cola jellies 198

Pepperami 126

Super Noodles - Beef 530

Sweet Chilli Thai Crackers 131.2

Total calories: 3275.8

Day 5 was my rest day…i was going to sack this off for the purpose of the rehearsal but then decided not to.  So a day of sitting around, eating not a lot of yellow food!  Hardest part of this was that i had family round for lunch and had to sit watching them eat a lovely meal as i snacked on potato sticks!  Couldn’t complain, no one but me was forcing me to do this.

On this day i ate:

Day 5 (rest day)

Expedition Foods Porridge with Strawberries 805

Meli Honey 25

Berocca      

Clifbar - choc 253

Potato sticks 134.5    

Complan - Strawberry 250

Pepperami 126

ForGoodnessShakes - banana 261.3        

Expedition Foods - Chicken Korma 807              

Total calories: 2661.8

Day 6 was one i was dreading, back to work, a monday, starting to get sick of the diet and tired legs!  As it turned out, my legs felt ok.  I did 20 miles throughout today, even got some running in on the sand in Hyde Park.  I’ve felt great all day and i’m super happy that by tomorrow lunchtime, i’ll be done…just 13 miles to go…then i get to eat what i want!

My food today has been as follows:

Day 6

Complan 250

Clifbar - choc 253

Berocca

Potato sticks 134.5

Jelly beans 92.5

Meli Honey 25

Clifbar - choc 253

Cola jellies 198

ForGoodnessShake - banana 261.3

Mr Porkys 215

Super Noodles - bacon 530

Sweet Chilli Thai Crackers 131.2

Pepperami 126

Total calories: 2469.5

I’ve been so strict with this test, it’s been quite a challenge in itself, not really the running, or the food i’ve been living on, but the temptation to eat and drink other things.  But i’ve done it, i’ve not even succumbed to having some squash or a coke.  Not one single chocolate or unaccounted for crisp!  I even got offered food on the 30 mile run and said no.  I’m actually really impressed and proud of myself.

So tomorrow the rehearsal will be over, was it worth it?  YES, i NEEDED to know how i’d react to this diet, and that it would give me enough to get me through the desert.  I now know that it should do the job, which is one less thing to worry about.  

If you have the time, and you are running the MdS, i’d definately recommend giving it a go.  

MdS Rehearsal - Days 2 and 3

So days 2 and 3 of my MdS rehearsal are now DONE!

I have to say that i’m getting used to the minimal food and the past couple of days have been better than day one, when I was practically starving!  I’ve quickly learnt how to manage my food intake so that i don’t get too hungry.  

Thankfully, thats the first few days in the office out the way.  I feel that tomorrow will be easier as I will be running all day, I have 30 miles in the schedule which will take place as part of the ultra series that I set up called the ‘Social Ultra Series’.  I lose my appetite slightly when running hence why it should be easier, fingers crossed.  I’m looking forward to a good day of running with good company, including some of my MdS tent mates.   

Hopefully it doesn’t rain tomorrow, i’ve run ALOT in the rain in the past few days, it’s getting depressing, this morning’s 8 mile run before I got my train was particularly tough, wind, rain, darkness, floods…the lot!  

The running has actually been ok, i’m slow in the mornings but thats understandable after getting up at 5:30am.  I’m averaging around 8:40min/miles in total across the whole day at the moment, so not bad at all.  Also for the past couple of days i’ve kinda miscalculated my milage, ended up doing an extra mile both days…oh well, all good training.  

Also bumped into fellow MdS’er Felix today on my lunchtime run with my buddy from work, David.  Annoyingly he caught me just as we were casually standing around looking at some war ships on the Thames!  Kinda ruined my ‘hard trainer’ rep!!!

Finally I should probably post what i’ve been eating for the running geeks. My menu has been as follows:

Day 2

Expedition Foods Oats with Blueberries  813

Meli Honey 25

Jelly beans 92.5

Berocca

Clifbar - choc 253

Shotbloks 200

ForGoodnessShake - banana 261.3

Potato sticks 134.5

Super Noodles - beef 530

Pepperami 126

Mr Porkys 215 2650.3

Total calories: 2650

and…

Day 3

Complan - Strawberry 250

Poptarts - chocolate 396

Berocca      

Potato sticks 134.5

Clifbar - choc 253

Shotbloks 200

Pepperami 126

ForGoodnessShake - chocolate 266.5    

Mr Porkys 215        

Expedition Foods - Beef and Potato hotpot 805

Total calories: 2646

Thanks for reading…will update again after tomorrow’s ‘long day’.

MdS Rehearsal - Day 1

Today was the first day of my MdS ‘rehearsal’ and i’m about to tuck into a freeze dried meal of Sweet and Sour with Rice…no prawn crackers for me today though! :(

Todays plan was to cover 15 miles.  On most these days, because of work and life getting in the way, the mileage is split over the day, with me running when i can.  Today it meant getting up early and doing 10 odd miles with pack before getting to work, then the remaining 5 split between running from a meeting in Baker Street to Waterloo, then Guildford station to home.  

The main part of this ‘experiment’ is the food intake.  There main problem i have is that i don’t really have a lunch when in the desert, i have breakfast, then snacks for running and recovery, then a bigger meal in the evening.  This doesn’t really work in an office environment, when you are offered coffee and chocolate every 5 minutes.  Also i had a lunch to go to today, luckily with a load of vegetarians, so i didn’t want their food…too much, as i sat there with my water.  I’m taking this seriously, so not even allowing myself coke or similar, none of that in the desert!

Anyways, i was pretty hungry until i tucked into a Clifbar but on the whole, feel ok.  I’m sure this dinner will sort me out too.  

Here is what i’ve had to eat today, exactly what i plan to eat on day 1 for real.

Day 1

Complan - Strawberry 250

Poptarts - chocolate 396

Meli Honey 25

Clifbar - choc 253

Berocca  

Jelly babies 82.5

Shotbloks 200    

ForGoodnessShake - chocolate 266.5

Potato sticks 134.5 Pepperami 126        

Expedition Foods - Sweet and Sour Chicken 808

Mr Porkys 215      

Total Calories: 2756.5

Tomorrow i have another 15 miles, but no lunch out so hopefully i can get some miles in at lunch and avoid everyone eating nice food!

This is ALL the food I have to eat for 7 days of running, starting tomorrow! Gonna get hungry! I currently weigh 62.85kg.  Be interesting to see what I weigh in a weeks time!

This is ALL the food I have to eat for 7 days of running, starting tomorrow! Gonna get hungry! I currently weigh 62.85kg. Be interesting to see what I weigh in a weeks time!

MdS rehearsal

Tomorrow I’m going to be starting my Marathon Des Sables (MdS) dress rehearsal. My plan is to run approx 2/3rds of the actual daily distance over 7 days.

Perhaps most importantly I’ll be eating exactly what I plan to eat in the desert, this is basically an experiment to see how I cope on 2500(ish) calories a day of freeze dried food and snacks.

I’ve spent hours planning my food for the MdS so it will be interesting to see how I cope with what I’ve decided on, but more importantly I’ve got plenty of time to make changes before the big race if I need to.

I’ll try and blog throughout the week how things are going, and I’ll explain what I’m eating and my running distances. For more regular damning updates, follow me on twitter: @running_bucky

It’s going to be interesting, and tiring, very tiring!

Music review of 2013

So…something a bit different from running!

For the past years of my life i’ve normally been involved in some sort of music website and/or blog which always meant i would be asked to submit my top albums of the year etc…as it happens, i’m not involved in anything like this at the moment but i thought i would do one anyways…so here are my top albums of 2013, in no particular order, except for the standout winner!

I’ll keep this pretty short so as not to bore everyone….

Palms - S/T

Cracking atmospheric rock from one a side project of my heroes, Chino Moreno (Deftones).

Mallory Knox - Signals

Nice British rock band in the vein of Young Guns who i’ve watched progress from their early days, they released a killer debut.

Scholars - Always Lead, Never Follow

An album i actually didn’t like for a long time after getting it, then it suddenly clicked, and i couldn’t stop listening.

Letlive - The Blackest Beautiful

This band almost get close to Glassjaw for innovative hardcore, not quite, but this was a bloody good effort.

Front Porch Step - Aware

Lovely acoustic emo that i’ve only just discovered.

Real Friends - Put Yourself Back Together

Forget The Wonder Years, this was the best pop punk release in 2013!

Tonight Alive - the Other Side

Nice commercial punk rock from Australia, it’s the album old fans of Paramore wish they had released this year!

Glasvegas - Later, When the TV Turns to Static

Back on form after a disappointing 2nd album, this is the best thing Glasvegas have ever done by a mile.

Arcane Roots - Blood and Chemistry

Local lads to me, i put them on when i was doing shows and they supported the old band i used to manage…always impressed me and this album just blew my mind, still does…so so good!  Best album release of 2013 by miles in my opinion.

4,500 miles is a long way!

So this lunchtime I’ve just hit a bit of a running milestone…

In 2008 I entered the Berlin Marathon, this marked a time when I first started to record my running activity.  Looking back it’s quite amusing, I was pretty slow, and I’ve literally only just realised that I didn’t really train enough for that marathon!  Anyhow, I obviously got the running bug and just 5 years later, I’ve hit 4,500 miles logged!

That’s the equivalent of running from London to Mumbai in India, or Havana in Cuba! 

This is mental and I’ve shocked myself to be fair.  Not only is that a long way, but it equates to over 670 hours of my life!  My average speed over this time is 8:59 min/miles! 

Here’s to the next 4,500 miles!