Detraining

Having hit December we have run into a lot of birthdays and Christmas celebrations (Yay!), spawning additional chores to get the house in order and purchase the necessary goods to have said celebrations. Of course, things have to be re-arranged to accommodate all this and one of the hardest things to be hit has been training (yay… oh, boo?)! Only a week into December and my watch had already determined my fate – I was ‘detraining’ and fit for nothing but being a potato sack leaning upon the bar of life. For most runners this would be a problem – however on the daft running ethos, this is par for the course. Pass the choccies!

Unfortunately, the course over the next year involves a 100+km event which I failed to complete last time I attempted it. Then again, perhaps I was training too much back then – who can tell with these things! Sure, I’ll take another glass of prosecco!

Not that I have been as poor at maintaining activity as my watch would have one believe: I have been to the gym at a reduced rate – and running has been pretty much absent from my schedule over December. Perhaps pull ups and a handful of squats will be enough – especially given the extra kilos of turkey I have loaded myself with. Maybe this is actually the way one should perform bodyweight exercising – I mean if you are pushing less weight that’s kinda cheating.

Over the next week or two, Jamie and I, through the drunken stupor that is the Christmas break will be looking through the other adventures for next year. I suppose we will have to run more to get past the 100km+ event(s?), but I think our training is going great for the next round of Craft Halfs and Beer Lovers Marathons… maybe too great…

Whilst we mull over this situation, enjoying well-mulled wine, I hope everyone reading this has had a good 2019 and wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – see you in 2020!

Episode 17 – Vanguard Way Marathon & 13 The Hard Way

What happens when you randomly join an unknown marathon on-the-day? And how many times can you run up and down the same hill before you realise the right way to run up it? Alex and Jamie attempt to answer these questions in the latest episode following our running adventures…

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Events mentioned in this episode:

Vanguard Way Marathon – Event Link
13 The Hard Way – Event Link
Man vs Lakes – Event Link
Man vs Mountain – Event Link

Upping the Daft Ante

Looking back to last year, various points this year, and now, even, I recall stating quite clearly that I would no longer be attempting anything longer than a marathon. Yet I have just finished trying to work out when I need to pack up my bag with the essential kit listed in the pre-race e-mail for the 50-kilometre Ultra Tour of Edinburgh. If this was the be-all and end all then one may conclude that I was just trying to make the best use of the Rat Race Events Season ticket we purchased for 2019 – after all, wasn’t that why we did the 60-mile Ultra Tour of Arran? Actually, I think that was Jamie’s daft idea… But, no, the 50k event coming up this weekend is in-fact not the daftest thing about this week.

The daftest thing I’ve done this week was enter the doubly-long Isle of Wight Challenge. Again.

Having somehow concluded that my withdrawal from the event in 2017 somewhere around the 80-kilometer mark meant there was ‘unfinished business’ I have gone all Rocky 2 on the situation and re-entered the 2019 bout.

Having now read the synopsis of Rocky 2 (as I’ve not seen it in a very long time) I realise that I am actually being Apollo Creed. Creed is the one that feels like the ‘business is unfinished’ and begging for the rematch that – spoiler alert – doesn’t end well for him. Aww nuts.

Anyway – so whilst this race is only 10km more than the event completed earlier this year on Arran it is a 1-day event rather than 2. Perhaps this time I should pay more attention to those 100km training guides I found before… or just stick to spin classes and pull-ups.

Episode 16 – Man vs Lakes

Another man vs challenge. Will the dubious duo make it through 28 miles and 4200 feet of ascent? In this podcast, hear what happens when it’s raining sideways in the Lake District and there ain’t no chunky soup to save you.

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Events mentioned in this episode:

Man vs Coast – Event Link
Man vs Lakes – Event Link
Man vs Mountain – Event Link

Episode 15 – Man vs Coast

A highlight of the year so far, this race pitted the Daftrunners against one of their greatest challenges…nature. Specifically the Cornish Coast. Could Alex avoid chafing? Could Jamie finally start actually running? All these secrets lie hidden within the play button…

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Events mentioned in this episode:

Beer Lovers’ Marathon – Event Link
Man vs Coast – Event Link
Man vs Lakes – Event Link
Man vs Mountain – Event Link

Still Running, Daftly

Don’t worry: we’ve not abandoned the podcast! Nor have we given up on running to spend most of the time at the pub (not that we haven’t been putting the hours in there, too).

Over the last month or so we have conquered (well, survived) two of the three Man vs events – Coast and Lakes. In preparation for the third, and final event in the series – Man vs. Mountain – we have daftly ended up running the Vanguard Way marathon and the always challenging 13 The Hard Way. That constitutes an additional marathon we entered last minute that we vastly underestimate and a half-marathon that feels harder than some marathons!

Suffice to say we are well behind on our recording schedule. This has mostly been down to enjoying the summer – bbqs, cricket and beer – but rest assured we will catch up on episodes soon, Gareth!

Episode 14 – Beer Lover’s Marathon

Having completed one of our most anticipated races of the year, the Beer Lover’s Marathon in Liège, Belgium, Jamie and Alex reflect on an event that lived up to the hype. (Note: Please excuse some poor audio quality in this episode).

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Events mentioned in this episode:

Beer Lovers’ Marathon – Event Link
Street Child Craft Half – Event Link
Bacchus Marathon – Event Link