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My first “ice bath”

Apparently they are good for you (according to some coaches/runners) apparently they reduce your immune system (according to others) and apparently David likes to torture me.  Whichever you choose to believe, I was greeted on my arrival home from my longest ever training run on Tuesday with a bath of cold water. Nice. I have to say, my legs were much better afterwards even though I only managed 5 minutes in it, I think it’s meant to be minimum 10

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Sydney (St. Peters) parkrun – 11 February 2012

G’Day! This week Sharon and I found ourselves far far away on the other side of the world for the 8am Saturday morning start of the St. Peters parkrun held in Sydney Park, in a lovely city called Sydney, in Australia! As we approached the end of an amazing long holiday we found ourselves at the start courtesy of our friend with a car, fellow triathlete, occasional parkrunner and now Sydney local Grant. It was an early start for us

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Christchurch Saturday Runners

Saturday mornings pretty much mean one thing in the Rowe household – parkrun.  Free 5k timed runs in parks all around the UK (and now well beyond).  Well, we’re currently in New Zealand and there’s no parkrun here (yet – it is coming though…). Whilst we’ve been here we’ve managed to take in a 5k fun run/race and I (David) did a little ironman distance triathlon two weeks ago.  As we’re preparing to leave the south island and are in

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Challenge Wanaka 2012 – Race Day

The short report… I did an ironman distance triathlon called Challenge Wanaka in New Zealand.  It was an amazing race.  It was hard work.  I think I did pretty well.  The end. The long report… Before I get on with it I wrote a number of posts in the week leading up to the race which may (or may not) be of interest. Race start was set for 6:30am and as we like to be well prepared in advance the

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Challenge Wanaka 2012 Race Week – Friday

Friday morning and I had a good nights sleep – which is perfect as it’s very rare to get a good sleep the night before the race – especially when the alarm is going to wake us up at 3:30am! We took the campervan straight down to the beach this morning. Sharon had her breakfast whilst I sorted out getting myself ready for a swim. Conditions were marginally better than on Thursday. It was still quite rough but the wind

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Challenge Wanaka 2012 Race Week – Monday – The 5k Fun Run…

So… after months and months of saving, planning and a rather long flight from London to New Zealand (where we didn’t really get any jet-lag!!) Sharon and I have been doing lots and lots of travelling in our campervan and sightseeing. During our first week here we visited places including Mount Cook, Queenstown (including the awesome Shotover Jet boat ride), Doubtful Sound (lovely overnight cruise), Milford Sound and after temperatures ranging from absolutely freezing cold (full winter gear on) we’re

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Bedford Harriers Half Marathon 2011 (Sharon)

Dear Reader, let me set the scene.  After “discovering” running and losing weight back in 2007, I have had a couple of years unable to run for one reason and another, which I won’t bore you with.  Back in April, I was trying to decide whether or not to take up my deferred London Marathon place from this year and run in 2012.  I was 4 stone overweight.  So, I joined Weight Watchers and started to run a bit more. 

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Frimley Lodge parkrun – 15 October 2011

So, off we set on a parkrun away day…David and Danny decided that we would head into Surrey to go to Frimley Lodge parkrun – now the “home” run of our first parkrun 250 club member, Darren. It was cold, so long legs were the order of the day, there then ensued a whole “long sleeved top under 100 club top” debate…I took mine off in the end. Such decisions…good job I had had my rice pudding for breakfast. More

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