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Training Run 60 Well, that run out to Worthing and back (again) went better than expected. My big 22 mile run was meant to be this Sunday, but as I’m working I decided to get in on a mid-week day off. So soon after my 20 miler I thought my tired legs wouldn’t give me the pace I wanted.... but it went great. I was really dehydrated before, so I carried two lots of water with me and dropped a bottle off after 6 miles (as pictured) and picked it up on the way back again. Worked a treat though maybe I should have hidden it better 🤷🏼‍♂️ Really happy with my splits. I was only meant to do 22, but I felt good so pushed for one more. In all honesty I know I could have carried on for the extra 3.2, but I didn’t want to overdo it. The wind has basically gone, so normal service has resumed. It’s got me so excited for the big day @brightonmarathonweekend . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #InstaRunner #ParkRun #Marathoner #Inspiration #Running #Strava #Garmin #Gay #GayRunner #InstaGay #GayFitness #RunningMotivation #FitBit #Runner #MarathonRunner #PoweredByPlants #Fitness #Selfie #BrightonMarathon #GayVegan #BrightonVegan #Vegan #TrainingRun #Run #Freckles #LongRun #AllTheMiles #Effort #BrightonMarathonWeekend #Smile

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Training Run 59 Well, happy that was only 5km. No frills and no thrills trot around the park. Dodging kids, scooters, dogs on extendable leads and parents too consumed by their phones to watch where they’re going . . . . . . . . . . . . . #InstaRunner #ParkRun #Marathoner #Inspiration #Running #Strava #Garmin #Gay #GayRunner #InstaGay #GayFitness #RunningMotivation #FitBit #AsicsFrontRunners #MarathonRunner #AsicsFrontRunners2019 #Fitness #Selfie #BrightonMarathon #GayVegan #BrightonVegan #Vegan #TrainingRun #Run #Freckles #HovePark #ParkLife #Layers #EasyRun #Smile

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Training Run 58 Well that went way better than expected. I was kind of dreading the prospect of 20 miles and woke up REALLY not in the mood, but knowing full well I would get it done regardless. Lots of procrastination later and I was out the door. The 30mph winds had died down to about 15mph (which felt like a gentle breeze) and I was running well. Comfortably got to Worthing Pier and was ready to turn around, see Brighton in the distance and make my way home. Halfway through it started to HAIL (which came out of nowhere), but thankfully the wind was behind me so I didn’t get battered!! My energy started to flag at around mile 15, but that was down to not drinking enough liquid. I only had my 500ml bottle with me, so had to ration it. A caffeine energy gel got me to the finish and I felt great. I’m not sure if I could have done another 6.2 miles.... but race day will give me that extra motivation, I know it!!! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #InstaRunner #ParkRun #Marathoner #Inspiration #Running #Strava #Garmin #Gay #GayRunner #InstaGay #GayFitness #RunningMotivation #FitBit #AsicsFrontRunners #MarathonRunner #AsicsFrontRunners2019 #Fitness #Selfie #BrightonMarathon #GayVegan #BrightonVegan #Vegan #TrainingRun #Run #Freckles #WorthingPier #LongRunSunday #SundayRunday #AlwaysFinishStrong #Smile

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Training Run 57 ParkRun 62 @ 19:27. Well, once again.... that bloody wind 😂 It’s definitely not making things easy!! Also, my official time for @parkrunuk is completely wrong. Not sure what happened. I checked other runners on @strava and their times on the ParkRun website are wrong too!! Such a shame for those who may have got a PB and then realised it’s a false result!! Oh well, it’s only a bit of fun anyway. Carried on for an extra 5km to finish my training run. 20 miles to run in the morning 🏃🏼‍♂️💨💨💨 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #InstaRunner #ParkRun #Marathoner #Inspiration #Running #Strava #Garmin #Gay #GayRunner #InstaGay #GayFitness #RunningMotivation #FitBit #AsicsFrontRunners #MarathonRunner #AsicsFrontRunners2019 #Fitness #Selfie #BrightonMarathon #GayVegan #BrightonVegan #Vegan #TrainingRun #Run #Freckles #Wind #TimingFail #Windswept #AlwaysFinishStrong #Smile

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Training Run 56 It’s not always lovely runs along the seafront and parks... sometimes it’s runs through the streets or over industrial estates or even ports!! 7 miles of fartlek. Sprints at set distances for a set amount. Felt good to sprint into the wind (good resistance training 😂) and even better with the wind behind giving me that extra umph!! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #InstaRunner #ParkRun #Marathoner #Inspiration #Running #Strava #Garmin #Gay #GayRunner #InstaGay #GayFitness #RunningMotivation #FitBit #AsicsFrontRunners #MarathonRunner #AsicsFrontRunners2019 #Fitness #Selfie #BrightonMarathon #GayVegan #BrightonVegan #Vegan #TrainingRun #Run #Freckles #Fartlek #Industrial #Windswept #BadView #Smile

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Training Run 55 This was a good lesson for allowing your breakfast to go down before running 10 miles!! I felt full and very close to being sick for the first 4 miles... thankfully everything settles down after that, but the slight nausea remained!! As with everything at the moment, the wind was a pain, but I battled on like we are all doing. Now off to work without a spring in my step, wishing I was on the sofa watching films 😂🤷🏼‍♂️😒 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #InstaRunner #ParkRun #Marathoner #Inspiration #Running #Strava #Garmin #Gay #GayRunner #InstaGay #GayFitness #RunningMotivation #FitBit #AsicsFrontRunners #MarathonRunner #AsicsFrontRunners2019 #Fitness #Selfie #BrightonMarathon #GayVegan #BrightonVegan #Vegan #TrainingRun #Run #Freckles #Seafront #HoveSeafront #Windswept #WestPier #Smile

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Training Run 54 A simple 5 mile recovery run. No frills or excitement... just getting those legs moving again and once again battling against the wind. I never tire of running along the seafront....it’s definitely my happy place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #InstaRunner #ParkRun #Marathoner #Inspiration #Running #Strava #Garmin #Gay #GayRunner #InstaGay #GayFitness #RunningMotivation #FitBit #AsicsFrontRunners #MarathonRunner #AsicsFrontRunners2019 #Fitness #Selfie #BrightonMarathon #GayVegan #BrightonVegan #Vegan #TrainingRun #Run #Freckles #Seafront #HoveSeafront #Windswept #HappyPlace #Smile

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Training Run 53 Wow!!!! So that was bloody hard work. I was going to do two laps on a 9 mile circuit, but I decided to battle to 30mph westerly winds for 9.35 miles so I could use it to get me home when I turned around!! It worked!! At some points I felt like I literally wasn’t moving... but I’m pleased with my pace. I wanted to aim for 7:25 min miles overall, but the conditions didn’t allow it!! The caffeine @scienceinsport energy gel clearly kicked in by the last two miles 👍🏽 Hove to Worthing and back again... DONE!! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #InstaRunner #ParkRun #Marathoner #Inspiration #Running #Strava #Garmin #Gay #GayRunner #InstaGay #GayFitness #RunningMotivation #FitBit #AsicsFrontRunners #MarathonRunner #AsicsFrontRunners2019 #Fitness #Selfie #BrightonMarathon #GayVegan #BrightonVegan #Vegan #TrainingRun #Run #Freckles #LongRunSunday #SundayRunday #Wind #Windy #Smile

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Training Run 52 Today didn’t start off as planned. A few red wines last night meant I forgot to set my alarm for ParkRun... so I completely missed it!! Feeling a little disheveled during the morning I waited til the afternoon to get out there. Windy again and so many surfers enjoying the waves. Warm, but breezy. 18 miles in the morning... 😬 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #InstaRunner #ParkRun #Marathoner #Inspiration #Running #Strava #Garmin #Gay #GayRunner #InstaGay #GayFitness #RunningMotivation #FitBit #AsicsFrontRunners #MarathonRunner #AsicsFrontRunners2019 #Fitness #Selfie #BrightonMarathon #GayVegan #BrightonVegan #Vegan #TrainingRun #Run #Freckles #LieIn #MissedAlarm #TooMuchWine #Hangover #Smile

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Training Run 51.... Almost. So, I was meant to go out and do some interval runs today.... but my body said ‘no’!!! After four 9.5 hour days at work (and really not eating much today), my energy and body just wasn’t up to sprints and alike. I wanted to still get a run in, so a reasonable 4 miles was what I managed. Sometimes life just gets in the way and you do what you can!! Spin booked for the morning on my rest day. I’ll get those intervals in some time soon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #InstaRunner #ParkRun #Marathoner #Inspiration #Running #Strava #Garmin #Gay #GayRunner #InstaGay #GayFitness #RunningMotivation #FitBit #AsicsFrontRunners #MarathonRunner #AsicsFrontRunners2019 #Fitness #Selfie #BrightonMarathon #GayVegan #BrightonVegan #Vegan #TrainingRun #Run #Freckles #Failed #MissedOpportunity #KeepOnGoing #StreetLight #Smile

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Training Run 50 Guess which mile I forgot to pause my @garmin whilst I was going for a wee??!!?! 😂 After an ‘Euch. Jesus. Gross’ long day at work I realised I had 9 miles to do on my training plan. I thought I could cut it short and do a 10km, or maybe 7 miles.... but then I realised I’d only be cheating myself and to suck it up and do the 9!! So glad I did. Lovely run. Lovely evening (if not a little too windy). Sleep as hell and ready for bed before I had even started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #InstaRunner #ParkRun #Marathoner #Inspiration #Running #Strava #Garmin #Gay #GayRunner #InstaGay #GayFitness #RunningMotivation #FitBit #AsicsFrontRunners #MarathonRunner #AsicsFrontRunners2019 #Fitness #Selfie #BrightonMarathon #GayVegan #BrightonVegan #Vegan #TrainingRun #Run #Freckles #Windy #HumpDayRun #Recovery #PeeStop #Smile

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Training Run 49 A wonderfully lit evening along Hove Prom after a rubbish day of delayed trains and general annoyance. That was meant to be 5 recovery miles, but the slow battle against the wind for 2.75 miles meant a HUGE tail wind for the way home. My last two miles were 6:46 and 6:24 😬 I’m terrible at this ‘taking it slow’ malarkey 🤷🏼‍♂️ All my f*cking headphones keep breaking too.... so annoying!!! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #InstaRunner #ParkRun #Marathoner #Inspiration #Running #Strava #Garmin #Gay #GayRunner #InstaGay #GayFitness #RunningMotivation #FitBit #AsicsFrontRunners #MarathonRunner #AsicsFrontRunners2019 #Fitness #Selfie #BrightonMarathon #GayVegan #BrightonVegan #Vegan #TrainingRun #Run #Freckles #Windy #BadDay #Recovery #BeautifulEvening #Smile

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Training Run 48 Well, that was less painful than expected. Battling the +20mph winds for the first 8 miles wasn’t the best, but I managed to shield myself from it for the most part. The run back was fun.... took a couple of new routes around Shoreham and Lancing just to mix it up a little. Podcast @myfavoritemurder got me through the 2 hour run!! Glad the rain held off!! As usual... the thought of having to do another 10.2 miles on top of that in a few weeks already has me tired. Happy I kept (just above) my desired marathon pace 💪🏼 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #InstaRunner #ParkRun #Marathoner #Inspiration #Running #Strava #Garmin #Gay #GayRunner #InstaGay #GayFitness #RunningMotivation #FitBit #AsicsFrontRunner #AsicsFrontRunner2019 #MarathonRunner #Fitness #Selfie #BrightonMarathon #GayVegan #BrightonVegan #Vegan #TrainingRun #Run #Freckles #Windy #LongRunSunday #AlwaysFinishStrong #SundayRunday #Smile

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Training Run 47 ParkRun 61 and only 7 seconds off a new PB!!! I did NOT expect such a good time this morning!! I think it was partly due to having a few friends running too and the fact there was a 19:00 pacer (which never really happens). I kept the pacer in sight, but never thought I’d catch him. Only over took in the last 0.1 so he was definitely faster than 19:00 (which was a bonus). That new PB is in sight!! Well done to @laurabenad on her first ParkRun too Oh, and carried on for another 2.9 to complete today’s training run 🏃🏾‍♂️ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #InstaRunner #ParkRun #Marathoner #Inspiration #Running #RunHappy #Strava #Garmin #Gay #GayRunner #InstaGay #GayFitness #RunningMotivation #FitBit #Asics #MarathonRunner #WorkOut #Fitness #Selfie #BrightonMarathon #Vegan #TrainingRun #Run #Freckles #Wet #Windy #Friends #AlwaysFinishStrong #HovePromParkRun #Smile

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Training Run 46 BLOODY HILL SPRINTS!!! I hate them... I try to embrace it and love the challenge, but I just don’t enjoy them!! Glad I’ve still got it done!! It’s only 12 mins of pain 🤷🏼‍♂️ Managed to avoid the rain too 👌🏽 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #InstaRunner #ParkRun #Marathoner #Inspiration #Running #RunHappy #Strava #Garmin #Gay #GayRunner #InstaGay #GayFitness #RunningMotivation #FitBit #Asics #MarathonRunner #WorkOut #Fitness #Selfie #BrightonMarathon #Vegan #TrainingRun #Run #Freckles #Hills #HillSprints #Sprints #SunshineAfterTheRain #IHateHills #Smile

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Training Run 45 8 easy miles. Once again just ran without looking at my Garmin... just free and easy. In my new Asics, which isn’t great for an 8 mile run, but the need wearing in quickly. It’s amazing how a new pair of trainers can make you run so much better!! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #InstaRunner #ParkRun #Marathoner #Inspiration #Running #RunHappy #Strava #Garmin #Gay #GayRunner #InstaGay #GayFitness #RunningMotivation #FitBit #Asics #MarathonRunner #WorkOut #Fitness #Selfie #BrightonMarathon #Vegan #TrainingRun #Run #Freckles #Hayfever #NewTrainers #AsicsKayano #Seaside #Kayano #RunningShoes

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Training Run 44 .... And Medal Monday!!! A quick 5 miles along the seafront, treading along much the same route as yesterday’s half marathon, in the glorious sunshine and thinking ‘I’m so glad it wasn’t this hot yesterday!!’ The @brightonhalfmarathon medal is pretty cool, the same as past years with a colour change and a few tweaks here and there... it looks all the better knowing it’s a PB medal 🏅 Still on a high from yesterday’s performance. I really didn’t think I had that pace in me. Makes me excited for the big day at @brightonmarathonweekend in April!! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #InstaRunner #ParkRun #Marathoner #Inspiration #Running #RunHappy #Strava #Garmin #Gay #GayRunner #InstaGay #GayFitness #RunningMotivation #FitBit #Asics #MarathonRunner #WorkOut #Fitness #Selfie #BrightonMarathon #Vegan #TrainingRun #Run #Freckles #Hayfever #RecoveryRun #MedalMonday #Seaside #HalfMarathon #BrightonHalfMarathon

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Training Run 43 A new half marathon PB at @brightonhalfmarathon!!! I honestly thought I had NO CHANCE of a PB going into this race. I thought ‘I’ll try my hardest and be ready to be disappointed’, so I’m incredibly happy to have beaten last years time.... even if it was only by 14 seconds!!! I’m loving the pained expression on the sprint finish 😂 Amazing crowds as always, way hotter than I was expecting and a great cheering squad in the form of my Dad @shrimpersno1. Lovely to see so many familiar faces out there (especially a very enthusiastic @sallymorgandesign). Time for a beer and some sunshine!!! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #InstaRunner #ParkRun #Marathoner #Inspiration #Running #RunHappy #Strava #Garmin #Gay #GayRunner #InstaGay #GayFitness #RunningMotivation #FitBit #Asics #MarathonRunner #WorkOut #Fitness #Selfie #BrightonMarathon #Vegan #TrainingRun #Run #Freckles #Hayfever #NewPB #RaceDay #PersonalBest #HalfMarathon #BrightonHalfMarathon

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