Richard Perry

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Race Report: Cardiff Half Marathon 2017 At the start of this year, Cardiff Half Marathon was going to be a big race for me. I was going to give it everything to try to break 90 minutes. Then I ran Gloucester City Marathon and my motivation seemed to drop off the end of a cliff! I had planned on a bit of a break after the marathon to recover, but then I never seemed to get going again. I only did a couple of long runs and I managed to average 21.35mi per week in the build-up. There is no way that is sufficient to get a sub 90min PB. So I resigned myself to taking it steady and enjoying the event without pushing myself to my limits. Then, along comes the Mic Morris 10k to change my mind. After the performance I was able to put in at that race, I thought it was stupid not to give Cardiff a damn good try!

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Race Report: Mic Morris Torfaen 10k The Mic Morris Torfaen 10k is a fast, downhill road race that starts in Blaenavon and finishes in Pontypool Park. The plan this year was to run the race with Rosie to try to help her get a new PB, and maybe even break the 1 hour mark for the 10k. Unfortunately, the world conspired against us and Rose had to pull out of the race 10 days before. We were both a little disappointed but, looking on the postive side, it gave me the opportunity to see how I would do on a fast, downhill 10k race

  |     |   George, Running
George's First Full Parkrun Last weekend (09/09/2017) it was my birthday and George decided that he wanted to take me running for my birthday. I thought it was a really nice idea, but I wasn't sure he would get all the way around parkrun without getting bored. George, on the other hand, had other ideas. So Saturday morning, we all got up and headed to the Riverfront parkrun in Newport with the idea of running together. I think both Rose and I thought George would get bored and give up half way through so we tried bribery for encouragement :wink:. Whilst we got ourselves lined up at the start, we gave him a sweet to put in his pocket that he could eat at the halfway point.

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Race Report: Rose Inn Relays 2017 It's September again, and that can mean only one thing... it's time for the Rose Inn Relays again :grinning:. I first took part in the Rose Inn Relays in 2014 and absolutely loved it. It's a great team event and it is absolutely brutal. The race is centred at the Rose Inn (_oddly enough_) in Redwick and consists of three laps of 1.91 miles around the village. Over 100 teams take part each year and it is highly competitive. What makes it so brutal is that it is pancake flat and it is near impossible to keep to a sensible pace off the start.

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Race Report: Gloucester City Marathon On 06 August 2017, I managed to finish my second marathon. This time, hopefully, it will not be remeasured and declared short! Earlier this year, when I finally decided on which marathon I wanted to do, I set myself a lofty goal of beating my PB from Manchester. Given Manchester was declared short, equalling my PB would have been enough. Unfortunately, I overdid it early on in the training and injured myself losing a week of training and having to start back gently.

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Race Report: GLCL 2017 Road Race Series Race 5 of 5 - Cwmbran A bit of a different Leisure League race for me tonight. On Sunday I will be running the Gloucester City Marathon so now is not the time to be pushing hard and risking an injury. Instead, my plan for today was to enjoy the event, take it steady and make sure I had 4 races completed in the series. This last race was organised jointly between Fairwater Runners and Griffithstown Harriers and it's probably the second flattest course out of all the different GLCL races (Undy being the flattest with an elevation of 0ft!). Although the route is pleasant and mostly flat, I do find that it is a little on the boring side given there are 2 laps of the riverside path and I run along that section fairly regularly on my long runs.

  |     |   George, Milestones
End of Reception Friday was George's last day in school meaning he has now finished his first year. I'm not entirely sure I will ever get used to the how fast he is growing up, but I am trying to enjoy every minute of it. Over the course of the year, after each holiday, he has gradually got more tired throughout the terms. Now he is desperately in need of some down time, but given he is 5 years old, he has little to no inclination to stop. He is now a bundle of extremely tired energy, bouncing around until he crashes. I think Rosie has her work cut out over the summer!

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Race Report: GLCL 2017 Road Race Series Race 4 of 5 - Pontypool The Pontypool Leisure League race is usually one of my favourites, simply because it's just over a mile from my house :smiley:. It's virtually the same route as the Pontypool Home Run, although given it doesn't need to be 10k, you don't need to run up the hill to finish. As usual, this year I jogged to the start and met up with the guys from club outside the leisure centre. After last years debacle with the start on fountain road, it was good to hear they had decided to revert to a start in the Park.

  |     |   Injury, Running
As many of you know, I’m currently training for the Gloucester City Marathon on 06 August. The training had been going well, until I made a bit of a stupid mistake with it. As any runner knows, it’s important to increase your mileage gradually to help prevent injury and allow your body to adjust to the increased beating it is going to get. Also, in the past, I have tried to keep a good routine of injury prevention based strength work going alongside my main training. I have always stuck to this and, for that reason, I’ve been injury free for about 3 years. Until now of course! I put together a plan for my training based on what I’ve done previously and how my...

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The Parc Penallta Leisure League race is a little more broad in it's definition of a 'road race' in that the bulk of the course is actually off road! The course starts and finishes on tarmac, with a short section in the middle also on tarmac, but the rest of the course is dirt and gravel, although it was more like mud and gravel this year because of the weather. Unusually this year, everyone was huddled inside the Council building out of the rain when I got there.