Vote for me ... please? I promise I'll make an Andy Murray-style video

I've been shortlisted in the Blog category of The Running Awards. This is pretty exciting and I would love it if you would vote for me.

Go to : The Running Awards site and chose "Community"->"Blog"->"Bland on the Run"

Voting closes on 20th March. If you voted before, do it again because it's reset after shortlisting. 

Thankyou! If I win I promise to do a cheesy remote acceptance video, as I'll be in Boston(baby) when the actual ceremony takes place.

Interesting things - Laura Muir, Tokyo Marathon, Lily Partridge, TransGranCanaria

I thought I might try a sporadically regular post of things that I've found interesting to read, see, hear.

1. Laura Muir continues to be awesome (read Sean Ingle's report here)

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4min 2.39s worth of awesome infact. That's how long it took her to run 1500m in the European Indoor Championships and broke the standing record in the process. If you get chance, watch the race. First she kicks from the back of the pack to the front, then she holds off an attempt from Konstanze Klosterhalfen (Germany) with another change of gear. I love the 'Laura Look' she gets. In every race there seems to be a point where something clicks in her mind and you can see the grit and determination lock-in. 

2. Tokyo Marathon happened
Sarah Hall(US), ex-track runner and wife of Ryan Hall (U.S marathoner turned Cross Fit-Crazy) beat the 2:30 barrier, coming 6th. Oh, and Wilson Kipsang ran sub 2:04:00 for the fourth time ever to win it and wore the swanky new Adidas Sub-Two shoe (see below).

Also, Kate Carter and Susie Chan appear to have had the most fun ever, Marcus hung on through adversity and battled through ITB issues, and Joni Moni smashed the three hours. Loads of other fab instagram-running friends ran it too. My feed was awash with cool Japanese-ness.

3. Lily Partridge(UK) made a storming marathon debut in Seville, and could still do better.
Fourth place in 2:32:10. Read more at Athletics Weekly 

4. The ARCollective basically took over TransGranCanaria.
Covering all the races : 30k, 42k, 82k, 125k and the inaugural TGC360, the team ran, hiked and partied their way through TGC with amazing shows of guts and grit. Every person I've spoken said it was harder than they ever imagined, but that they found the experience lifechanging. Whether it was a first trail marathon, an 8th place, or toughing it out big time, they did the gang  proud and gave those of us back home major FOMO.

Training log: 27th Feb - 5th March

Training log: 27th Feb - 5th March

A headache for most of the week which I only finally shook after the long run on Saturday. Threshold session was hard work, managed to squat more than ever before and had a realtively successful marathon pace sesssion. Oh, and the sun came out! Full details, click below

 

 

 

More miles (the things I love about bigger mileage weeks)

I was running home from TrackTuesday just now and pondering things, as you do. I was thinking about how my left foot ached and how weirdly I quite liked the sensation because it signalled that my mileage was increasing. It reminded me of something I noticed when I had the 3 weeks off after Florence Marathon before Christmas. For the first few days I would get up to go to the loo in the night and feel like something was weird. Then I realised it was because my feet didn't ache slightly. Normally, for some reason I notice it in the middle of the night and because I wasn't running I didn't have that sensation...and I kind of missed it. Anyway, as I was pottering home tonight it got me thinking about all the things I love about racking up the miles. It's easy at this point in the run up to spring marathons for people to start dreading their long runs, so here are some of the things I love about higher mileage weeks. NOTE: I realise that these might not be  a) advisable or b) entirely normal

 

1. At the start of a training block I usually feel like I can't run more than 30mins without getting tired and now I'm hunting out ways to sneak in extra miles.

2. I got from dreading the alarm clock to gradually wondering if I can just put it a bit earlier to get just a bit more in

3. The feeling of rolling a golf ball under my feet becomes the best thing ever

4. I've got the perfect excuse to totally avoid public transport

5. Somehow I don't care if its raining or cold I don't care any more

6. Mr B give the best foot rubs

7. Round numbers on the Garmin are deeply satisfying

8. Each week I feel like I couldn't possibly do more and then somehow it just happens

9. I can finally get through all the podcasts I've subscribed to

10. The feeling of sitting down at the end of a really meaty long run is bliss

11. The feeling of starting of sleep and grumpy and finishing energised and wishing I could do more

12. The overwhelming urge to sleep (in a good way - I don't normally get that feeling because I have a desk job)

13. Sunrise, dusk, cold, rain, snow, hail... all of the elements

14. Hours without looking at a screen

15. Being completely aware of which muscles I've used...because they tell me!

and more.