I am 43years old and live in Nottingham UK ,originally from Scotland I moved south for work and liked it so much i stayed met a good woman and set up home here.  I've been running for about 3 years , I started out just running round a local park with some friends and to be honest it was a real struggle for me,I had been weight training at the gym and thought this was fitness, until I tried running. Trying to run a mile without stopping was tough but I stuck at it ,from that we progressed to 3 miles and started adding miles every couple of weeks . We decided to  enter our first half marathon(The Robin Hood Half Marathon UK which we both finished in 2:06:36, we both got personal bests this year 1:42:30) from then the bug just caught , it was a case of how much can we improve on our time?.

 I have been lucky to have a running partner who is willing to be dragged along in my enthusiasm for running , tabbbata sprints , interval training, hill runs are all met with a shrug and lets get it done attitude so big thanks  to Nick Hill.

Earlier this year we both ran out first marathon (finished in 3:58 ), this was probably the best feeling I have had in regards to running  , but I want a little bit more , I want to push myself as hard as I can , so I am entering into my first ultra in june 2014, (68 miles!),  I have already started training for this , after reading the cool impossible I have decided to start the strength training with the slant board ,stability board etc. So from next week its more training and more running , that should keep the beloved happy. 

If anyone has any tips on training for an ultra I'm happy to listen, so wishing everyone a happy 2014.


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Comment by robert gorman on January 3, 2014 at 2:19pm

its still a lot more miles than most people do gary, i like the idea of the programme but at the moment i want to focus on the strength and core training, the only reason being is that I'm already in the middle of a running schedule that i don't want to skip, keep up the good work , be interesting to track your progress .

Comment by Gary Tuck (Tuckiaki Running) on January 2, 2014 at 1:59pm

Hi, as I am following Eric plan from the begin inning, I have reduced my runs so, the past week, I have ran 5 times 4 x 3 milers easy with the dogs and then yesterday a 5 miler again on the flat. With the dogs I have to stop and start to get them over and around obstacles (like people and other dogs!) so it is really an easy run. so, that was 17 miles which is normal for me but I also walk a lot with the dogs, so if I don't run, I walk maybe the same distance. On my days off running i will also walk the dogs. Two of our dogs will keep up, in fact the'll out run me by like 100 miles! One is 7 years old and small but will manage the 3 milers  @ 8 -9 minute mile pace, the other is injured so she's on walk only. 

I don't know if you have seen this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_ZtBdfDN9A 

It's the unboxing of Eric's strength training kit. It's a bit geeky but I wanted learn how to use move.......

Comment by robert gorman on January 2, 2014 at 1:06pm

Hi Gary , Im taking part in  The Wall, its a run from Carlisle to Newcastle about 68 mile, I ve just read a book called Relentless Forward Progress by Bryon Powell and I'm following one of his training programmes, its a steady progression of building mileage up week by week, it was tough at first running 5 days a week , but got used to it now. just had a look at that  the dragons back race ...that looks very tough!! I hope you do get round to doing it ,its a fantastic ambition, Im just waiting to get the slant board etc so i can start the strength training. what kind of mileage are you doing at the moment? and can the dogs keep up!


Comment by Gary Tuck (Tuckiaki Running) on January 2, 2014 at 8:27am

Hi, nice to hear there's someone out there similar to me and my running ability. I ran my first half in 2008 (Cornwall, where I learnt what the word 'undulating' meant!) whist on holiday. I have ran a few other half marathons and the Leicester Marathon in 2011 (4:00:44, stopped for a pee so failed the sub 4 hour haha) and I have been running around the back fields of Loughborough and surrounding areas with my dogs since. I am 40 (just) and my aim is to also run ultra's.....My Major Cool Impossible is:http://www.dragonsbackrace.com it is a long, long, really long way off but it is my ultimate goal. 

My wife run's but is presently sporting an episode of ankylosing spondylitis but she's started with the sugar detox and slant board training (Day #7 today) so all's good. 

Which Ultra are you entering? 


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