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#1000in2012
Sunday, January 29th, 2012 | Author:

As you may have heard, I am aiming to run 1000 miles this year. This started as a silly idea but when I mentioned it to other people, they seemed to like it…so now there are a number of people attempting the challenge too.

Throughout the year there will a number of races too including my first-ever half marathon (Brighton – Feb 19th) and the annual Great South Run. I aim to run more races than I did last year and to beat my time where possible. To follow my running, I have setup a Posterous blog here: http://1000in2012.posterous.com/

I thought as I would be running so much, I should try and raise some money too, so once again I will be running for the Banana Army, Leukemia and Lymphoma Research. So if you would like to sponsor me then please click on the link below.

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Jog on…
Friday, October 28th, 2011 | Author:

I’ve posted a few times about my running exploits and I have been getting some fairly good times this year and I’m even starting to enjoy myself. Now as you probably know, I am running in the Great South Run on Sunday and have been asking for sponsorship and some people have been fantastic and donated money (here are some blog posts). Even better, the people that have donated are generally the ‘strangers’ that I know through Twitter which makes me even more appreciative!

Instead of asking for sponsorship for one event, I have covered a number of runs and since setting up the page I have added even more. After the Great South Run this Sunday, I have a 10mile next Sunday and another in 3 weeks. Then there is also a Santa 10k in December plus my first ever half marathons in February and March next year! If that all sounds tiring, donate a few pounds to the worthy cause! I’ll go running so you don’t have to!!

My page can be found here:  http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ianaddison

All money raised will be going to the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research charity, their website is here:http://leukaemialymphomaresearch.org.uk/

If you can spare just a few pound, it would go a long way.

Thank you in advance 🙂

 

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To duck or not to duck?
Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 | Author:

I’m in a bit of a dilemma and would love your help. I have the Great South Run 10 mile race coming up at the end of October. Now, I have been getting some good times in races this year and I am confident of getting a personal best at the event this time around. But, there is also another side of me that thinks I could race it in fancy dress and raise lots more money. I could even carry a bucket to collect coins on the way.

As it’s on Halloween, I was thinking of dressing as Count Duckula which I have dressed as a couple of times for various Halloween nights out in the past.

So what do I do? Personal best or raise more money?

To vote, click here: http://twtpoll.com/2xie2k

 

To sponsor me regardless, click here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ianaddison 

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Run, Ian, Run
Sunday, February 06th, 2011 | Author:

As you may have read here,  I am taking part in a weight loss challenge this year and to be honest, the main challenge is with myself. Trying to stay motivated is always the hardest part!

For the past 2 years I have taken part in the Great South Run, a 10mile run in October around the windy streets of Portsmouth. I intend to take part again this year too. Usually I train a bit, do the race and then snuggle up and hibernate for the winter until around March time. I don’t want to do that this year so I booked myself a place on a 10k run around Chichester. I thought about it worked out that it’s 6.2 miles so thats around 62mins at my pace (ish).

I’ve tried various apps on my phone and none had come close to matching the one I had on my nokia 5800 until now. I love Cardio Trainer. For a number of reasons, but mainly because it helps me to run. It measures my time and distance and allows me to share these via facebook and/or Twitter. It gives me a little medal to show me how many calories I’ve burnt off in the past 7 days. I HATE it when it gets below 500, but boy, that 2,000 medal sitting there at the moment looks damn good. It does miles or kilometres and saves me from working that out. It lets you measure your weight each week and puts it in a graph for you. It can even measure the food you’re eating if you want to and it shows how much red (bad) food you’ve eaten compared to green (good) food. Simple, but it makes me think before I buy a chocolate bar!

The best bit is that this app is free. It does most of that for nothing. I have paid for the app (£6 or so) because it has totally changed my running. I tend to run on the same route most mornings and I can race against previous times and it’ll tell me how i’m doing and if present-me or past-me is winning.I also paid for it because I wanted to support the developer as it obviously wasn’t easy to pack so much stuff in. They offer a 30-day refund too if you’re not happy. Win and indeed win.

Today though, one feature came into it’s own. Like I said, the race was 10k, my mind is in miles. I set the app and turned on the voice settings. A lovely voice then told me my pace every 500m (you choose how often) so I could judge how far ahead/behind of target I was. Within about 3k I realised I might be able to do this race under an hour. So I sped up just a little and the voice confirmed it as I managed 5k in 28mins.

I finished in 59.13 which I am chuffed with, but I truly believe it is down to the Cardio Trainer app.

Here’s the Android link. I hope it helps you too.