23 October 2020

Training Stateside

July 15, 2011

I have now arrived safe and sound in America after a comfortable ten hour flight with a welcomed business class upgrade (my head-phone socket did not work). After landing in Los Angeles I made my way down to San Diego, the birth place of California, located just metres away from the Mexican border.

I did my first session along the island of Coronado which included a steady 40 minute run with a set of eight 20 metre sprints at the end just to really wake up my muscles after the flight. The stunning route made my first run very easy, passing Coronado Beach, the second nicest beach in America, as well as the infamous Hotel del Coronado where the Marilyn Monroe film ‘Some Like It Hot’ was filmed.

I was also further motivated after receiving my new t-shirt that I shall now be wearing for all the remaining challenges:

Training in San Diego

Training in San Diego

I am still following Sportsister’s half marathon training programme, however also adding in extra sprints at the end of the sessions. This is because after the half marathon I shall be heading straight into pre-season training with my hockey club and need to keep up my speed endurance as well as my aerobic endurance. This should also really help with the tougher parts of the half marathon, especially as the San Francisco one includes a lot of hills.

Next stop…Los Angeles and the Grand Canyon!

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Follow me as I attempt to take on a different challenge every month for the next year from cycling, running, swimming to dancing, abseiling challenges….with as much variety as possible! I’m taking part in these challenges in the memory of my father who inspired and made me the sport fanatic I am; and raising money for The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association in his honour. Follow my journey through the highs and lows of my training, reviews of the events I partake in, and be part of what I am sure will prove to be a tough, yet exciting and fulfilling year!


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