This weekend has been another amazing adventure, and something of a novelty for me. I took part (along with colleagues from the shop) in the ‘12 labours of Hercules‘, an event organised by Beyond Marathon. From a central location (the magnificent Losehill Hall), competitors tackled 12 ‘out and back’ legs of a 78 mile ultra distance race. Every time we left the venue, we had to reach a different destination – ranging in distance between 0.5 and 6miles away. The return journeys therefore ranged from 1 to 12 miles respectively. Stu and Debs joined me from the Store, while … Continue reading
So you buy yourself a nice new shinny GPS watch and heart rate monitor. OK, so the GPS is useful as you can see how far and fast you have run. The next day you go out and try to better it. Then you look at the heart rate graph, your max, average and lows. But what the heck does that lot mean? Before long its all about the speed the route and distance. And isn’t GPS so helpful for all your training? Heart rate becomes confined to the bottom draw, oh yes its a syndrome you know, ‘Bottom Draw … Continue reading
Progress this week, as I raced 10k for the first time in perhaps over a year, maybe even longer. The result was a little bitter sweet. I’ve trained and trained this year, already having achieved a PB in the Sheffield Half Marathon back in May, but definitely with my sights on successful completion or improvement during the Ultra Distances I have lined up. So far so good, when up pops Andy Hough (my brother) with a last minute invitation to enter a race called the Barlow 10k. I grew up near Barlow, visited friends after school, so I was … Continue reading
Disclaimer: This piece has been put together by Adela Carter. All scientific merit, substance or credibility is purely coincidental. No Houghboy brain cells were harmed during the writing of this blog: What type of runner am I? It’s probably worth noting that the answer to this question – in part depends on your reason for running. • If you are looking to improve your times in races – you have a performance goal. • If you use running as part of your training for another sport – you have a fitness goal. • If you are running as a … Continue reading
Hello peeps. Just had the time of my life out in the hills this weekend, running with my new Ultimate Direction, Scott Jurek pack. Basically a fitted pack with front mounted bottles, much like the Salomon SLAB packs, but where they come with bladders – the Ultimate Direction come with bottles. I favour bottles, so woo hoo. I can still bladder it up if so desired, there are ports for the hose to emerge and fasten at the front. Freedom of choice ‘n’ all that. I’ve finally been for a run in the Scott Jurek (ordered months ago, but … Continue reading
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