Episode 29 – Checking In

Having spent a few more months mostly at home, the duo discuss the virtual event (singular) they’ve partaken in and what new exercise equipment is filling up their spare rooms.

Having spent a few more months mostly at home, the duo discuss the virtual event (singular) they’ve partaken in and what new exercise equipment is filling up their spare rooms.

 

Extrinsic Motivation

Reaching month 3 of lockdown meant that it was 4 months since our last event. The volume of training therefore went down quite steeply as the call to be prepared to run any distance at all for what seemed like a longer and longer time seemed to be near silent. Running events we were psyching ourselves up to for months were postponed indefinitely or cancelled.

It’s at times like these when external (extrinsic) motivations can really help. Groups of friends keeping everyone up with their latest 3-figure distance accomplishments – whether that be over weeks or months.

For June we both signed up to cover distances as part of the Ultra Challenge ‘Boost it for June’ virtual event.

For me this meant having to push a decent distance 5x a week – basically a jolly enhancement to my work-week that necessitated waking up earlier. Still not particularly early mind you – just earlier than rolling out of bed a 5-to-9 to log in.

Having this extra bit of motivation helped me actually get up and get some decent miles in over the month – especially as the event allowed you to log your activity through a Strava group, so knowing the results were being published up there meant there was a step that one felt obliged to log the committed distance.

As it starts to look more likely that we won’t be seeing any in-person events this side of autumn in the UK – perhaps a few more more virtual community events could be the answer to keeping us all logging the higher mileages throughout the summer!

(PS – remember to stay hydrated!)

Getting into Running

As I write this, we in the UK have been ‘social distancing’ under lockdown for about 2 months. Right at the start there were plenty of people using their once-a-day outside allowance to attempt to start running, good on them.

Obviously, being the keen ultra-distance machine that I am, I did not lose pace. I kept doing the high level cardio and long weekend runs and staying in tip-top shape. OK, so I didn’t. For the first month or so, I did pretty much nothing.

Regular listeners may have heard us say on one occasion or other ‘running is terrible’. Honestly, I’m not lying – there are times when it is really dreadfully dull and painful.

Why bother?

This is a question I’ve asked myself often – worrying if it’s simply ego trying to make out I’m better that others. But, honestly it is the sense of exploration, achievement with some camaraderie thrown in for good measure.

But you cannot do that without actually practicing some running.

Get going!

First, decide what you are doing this for. Just exercise? Some form of meditative practice? From experience it helps massively to have a reason to get out there – and make sure it’s specific.

What do you need?

Well, there are plenty of articles out there around shoe choice, etc. But first off… just go out in some vaguely appropriate clothing and, you know, run. Head out, walk around a bit and start to bring up your pace into a jog and then a run but – and this is key – run only about HALF as far as you think you could and HALF as hard you think you can. If you really aren’t in…optimal…shape, let’s say, you’ll notice this immediately – 10 meters too much? Well done, walk it out a bit more and plan to go out again in a couple of day’s time.

Super excited and want more? Great, have a look at training and aspirational event videos on youtube – perhaps even listen to a few of our episodes where we talk about training and recovery. Don’t go crazy and run 2x a day, don’t just buy a whole load of running gear which you may not even use.

After you’ve got into the swing of things, say a couple of runs a week for a month or two, maybe you’ll notice more where you have some discomfort. Great news, now you get to go shopping!

Guide me, oh master!

Head to a running shop and use the knowledge you have gained from your own running practice to help pick out your shoes, with the help of the shoe guru in the shop (perhaps try a couple of places). Skip all the expensive socks and that – just go to Sports Direct/Decathlon/TK Maxx or whatever for anything that isn’t shoes. At this stage, your shoes should be far and away the most expensive kit, by maybe 5-10x the next expensive piece of kit you have. If you have a £8 pair of shorts, maybe you’re spending up-to £80 on some fancy shoes. (I wouldn’t, because I’m too tight).

Note – you may have heard I run in barefoot shoes, because I’m freaking amazing. Honestly, I prefer barefoot running but think it may not be the best place to start – but if you want to try it out, see if you can find a barefoot coach/mentor around you.

Running Friends

You’ll probably want to do this before you complete the shopping phase – but we all know you won’t because we are living in a material world and I am… certain you’ll want to indulge in some consumer therapy.

Anyway, yes find some friends who like to run, or groups online or at the pub… you don’t have to do anything as crass as actually run with them, but it helps you get a bit more immersed in the hobby and move you more towards your goal. Enthusiasm breeds progress, and podcasts.

Final thoughts

As we move out of lockdown, there are going to be people who started out with good intentions – taking the once-a-day exercise rules who perhaps gave up once it became hard. There are going to be those who stayed in for most of the lockdown and are perhaps now lower in the fitness spectrum than they were going in. Finally, those who want to use the post-lockdown experience as a time to enjoy the freedom.

Whatever the case, find your adventure and work towards it. Sometimes that means you’ll have to run, so lets get going!

Episode 28 – Daft Watches

Weeks later, the duo are still locked down. Any money saved from not traveling to events is instead just going to funding new gadgetry. This week, Jamie has been looking into watches to replace his trusty Garmin. Discussion on our historic follies in watch utilisation ensue…

Weeks later, the duo are still locked down. Any money saved from not traveling to events is instead just going to funding new gadgetry. This week, Jamie has been looking into watches to replace his trusty Garmin. Discussion on our historic follies in watch utilisation ensue…

Episode 27 – Daft Day Out

Now under lock-down, our duo discuss the last time they were allowed out and demonstrate the levels of cabin fever they are experiencing.

Now under lock-down, our duo discuss the last time they were allowed out and demonstrate the levels of cabin fever they are experiencing.

Mentions:
Daft Day Out Preview – YouTube Link
Daft Day Out 2 Preview – YouTube Link

Episode 26 – Daft Day Out

Having failed to make it to Sussex, the daft duo continue their London Series on a daft day out around the town! Hitting the boroughs of Newham, Hackney, Islington… and a couple more!

Having failed to make it to Sussex, the daft duo continue their London Series on a daft day out around the town! Hitting the boroughs of Newham, Hackney, Islington… and a couple more!

Mentions:
Steyning Stinger – Event Link
Daft Day Out Preview – YouTube Link

Daft Day Out Preview

As part of our continued adventues, we have begun toying more with the whole video idea.

An ‘unedit’ preview of this now be seen on our brand new youtube channel!

Hopefully this provides some amusement. The idea is to maybe make it a bit more polished in future – maybe have some kind of map at least of where we are talking about. For this first video perhaps those more familiar with the little town of London will be able to spot some of your own running haunts!

Episode 25 – Daft Chat 08 Feb 2020

Jamie & Alex maintain a good level of inactivity in February. They catch up on training progress (or lack of it) and recovery with foam rollers, as well as the new tech of as carbon-plate shoes.

Jamie & Alex maintain a good level of inactivity in February. They catch up on training progress (or lack of it) and recovery with foam rollers, as well as the new tech of as carbon-plate shoes.

Episode 24 – Daft Chat 01 Feb 2020

Jamie & Alex catch up on training progress for the Isle of Wight Challenge and running news including the new Ultra Season Pass from Rat Race.

Jamie & Alex catch up on training progress for the Isle of Wight Challenge and running news including the new Ultra Season Pass from Rat Race.

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Events mentioned in this episode:

Cold Christmas 50k – Event Link – 2020 Event Podcast – 2020 Race Report
Isle of Wight Challenge – Event Link
Ultra Tour of Edinburgh – Event Link2019 Event Podcast
The Wall – Event Link
Ultra Tour of Jersey  – Event Link
Canterbury Trails – Event Link
Ultra Tour of Arran – Event Link2019 Event Podcast
Man vs Mountain – Event Link2019 Event Podcast
Fan Dance – Event Link

Other Daft Runners content mentioned in this episode:

Training for the Isle of Wight Ultra Challenge

Product mentioned in this episode (non-affiliated):

Rat Race Ultra Pass
Vivobarefoot Sandals

Episode 23 – Cold Christmas 50k

Deep into January our daft duo attempt to fast forward to Easter by running from Cold Christmas to High Easter – which are places that exist! Find out how they coped with narrative directions in the fields of Hertfordshire and Essex…

Deep into January our daft duo attempt to fast forward to Easter by running from Cold Christmas to High Easter – which are places that exist! Find out how they coped with narrative directions in the fields of Hertfordshire and Essex…

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Events mentioned in this episode:
Cold Christmas 50k – Event Link