Newport Marathon has offered a virtual race to complete by end of April and over a number of days, or in October.

We are now in lock down and as i’m in the social shielding group not even able to go out, the Virtual option is a no no, and as i’m not sure even when I will be able to get out it could be 6 months not sure if October is even feasible.  While regular short exercise improves immune system, long distance decreases it so don’t really want to  over do it.

So at the moment my exercise is Joe Wick school PE , lots thought since aimed at primary school children it would be easy.. nope I found muscles in my legs that I’ve not used for a long time! I’ve also done some other Utube videos, a Tai Chi, A yoga, A Zumba and a 30 min fast walk.  I found the wi step hiding so being doing some up down steps while watching TV, just got to remember to change my leading leg.  I tried fast walk around my postage stamp of a garden and after 30 mins I hit a mile, hopefully I did more and just not enough room to record the GPS.


How quickly life changes

8 days ago I had  run 22 miles ready for the Newport marathon, now the marathon is cancelled as are most other events, likely that Race to the Stones will be as well, not sure where to go with my training at present.. we will see… keep safe everyone

jeff galloway

Only 1 more long run to go before the marathon!

22 miles today, my legs didn’t want to go any further.   I planned my route on strava, it’s a bit fiddly getting it onto my watch.  Plan the route, then export GPX, save file to my google drive, then go to phone app for Suunto, find file in drive and download and send to watch!

They were tempting danish pastries bought yesterday so I had one of those for breakfast, followed by orange juice with some added iron and a vitamin B tablet.  Planned to go 15:15 today with jeffing.


Mile 2 I nearly tripped over a rabbit it must have been ill being in the middle of the road. Then I got to to the spot where the road is sometimes flooded, yes it was flooded, normally it is just over ankle deep so off I go, it starts getting deeper and deeper and it’s over my knees.  Then as i’m wading through I notice a delivery van attempt to enter the lane, I’m glad he stopped otherwise I would have been drenched head to toe if he tried to go past. So it was quite squelchy  for the next few miles and my leggins had dried out by mile 13


Most of my route is rural so didn’t see many people out and about, and a bit hiller than I planned.

Tried some different food today, 4 scoops of tailwind as normal, banana baby food and some boiled potatoes with a sprinkling of salt, which went down a treat.

Cut the run short since my legs  and feet hurt but son and husband met me at mile 20 and I kept Jeffing all the way to mile 22, so no long walks.


Home and time to refuel, start with my tailwind rebuild, with almond milk.  Then topped up with some cheese on toast.

Bath time and weleda arnica bath milk and magnesium salts, then a relax in bed, though not so relaxing because Lexi though she would use me as a scratching post.






jeff galloway

Stormy weather is still here!!

Had enough of the wet weather now, there’s not any routes to escape running through puddles!

Low milage this week to recover from my long run last week.  Ran around the outside of the track while my son trained. Faster than normal since I had others to run with.  Friday was the Severn Bridge night run, a local group Rogeruns do some fab night runs, I’ve only done the bridge runs, since think I’m too slow for the others but can imagine as soon as my son is 15 I will be taking him to the trail ones.

While the weather was not as atrocious as 2018 when I did it, it was pretty bad, wind hit you on the side in both directions, and you got drenched whenever a lorry passed! My waterproofs – Ron Hill Jacket and Salomon bottoms kept me dry though, ever if I was a bit too warm.



jeff galloway · Race to the stones

Stormy Weather

So we’ve had storm Ciara followed by Storm Dennis,  but I’ve managed to get in a 20 mile and 23 mile long run in the last 3 weeks, unfortunately my shorter runs seem to be lacking.

My 20 mile run was planned to try and avoid any potential tree branches coming my way,  also a stop at the wetlands for a coffee top up that was much appreciated since by mile 8 I wanted to go home, but a coffee and cake stop had me going faster the 2nd half.

My 23 mile route was planned in the hope I would avoid the flooding (nope wet socks by mile 2.5) , also miles 3- 13 I had a head wind, overall there was very little tail wind.  I also managed to not be able to find my gymboss, so I ended up counting 15:15 not something I would recommend.   I was out for 5.5 hours , quite tough on my own  so mentally it was tough, with the added blisters from wet socks.

Lots more chatter on the facebook boards now as the event gets closer.  The ‘extras’  are now bookable, so I’ve decided to get the shuttle from the finish to the start.  I’ve booked the 6am shuttle, so I hope this will get me to the start on time, it’s hard to judge since I don’t know my start time yet, but I’m thinking I will be one of the later starters.  Though the 6am shuttle will mean I need to leave home just after 4.30am.. Yikes.

I’m reading lots of blogs that others have written to gain advice, most of the blogs are from the straight throughers, I’ve found one of the two day but she went home for the night so comfy bed, but did mention that the others mentioned how little sleep they got camping.. hmmm perhaps I should have just gone the straight through.






jeff galloway

‘Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go’

Well its 2 weeks into the new year and  now I’m panicking, I’m behind schedule, I should be running 13 miles by now but still only up to 6.  I had the lovely virus that’s going around and stopped me running for 2 weeks.  I have managed fast dog walks and last night was my first run since the 29th December, I had already entered so not an easy choice the Bath Skyline 10k  a 10k trail night run.  It was a 2 lap course so I had said if I finished lap one before 50 minutes, I would do lap 2!  Lap 1 in just over 45 minutes so 2 laps it was.  It was a mixture of gravel tracks, open fields, pavement, rocky forest paths, narrow tracks and very muddy paths.  The first lap I didn’t Jeff, but used the rest at the bottleneck points to rest, second lap I did 120 second run and 20 second rest. I managed to keep my shoes on the first time when I hit the muddy trail, 2nd time I took a slight detour left of the track.  My main difficulty was my eye sight despite a head and chest torch since I was on my own in many places with no one to follow I couldn’t see the track easily.


Time is flying past

The last few weeks while I’ve managed dog walks, I don’t seem to have any time for running, so its week 11 of my training plan. I’ve only managed 10 runs in the first 10 weeks of my training, I should be up to 13 miles now, but not ran more than 10k.  Time for some serious me time to catch up, though not sure where I will fit that in!

Previous years I’ve also done a spin class per week but due to work, I’ve cancelled the Gym, so have to find an alternative cross training class do to Jeff says Aqua Running so may try that in our local pool.

I’m going to concentrate on the Marathon first of all, with some runs back to back to  practice running on tired legs and then some trail runs, I think I will leave the decision to which shoes trail or road for the Ultra until nearer the time, reviews of the race say if its been dry take road since you will need the cushioning, I see some people take both but they  either run in lightweight compact shoes/ or have a crew so can take both.