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Tom Roper
Seaford, Sussex
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Until the end of this week, I was not looking forward to the Seaford half. I felt unprepared, acutely aware that I was not running the miles an off-road half-marathon requires. This week's three runs, each different, changed my perspective.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at Tom Roper's Running Training
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This week’s running consisted of leading the second week of the Seaford Striders Couch to 5k group on Wednesday, where we took advantage of the lighter evening to run down to the golf course, and along, to run on grass.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2017 at Tom Roper's Running Training
There’s a great deal of guff talked about leadership these days. It’s an epidemic. Even a shift supervisor in a fast-food restaurant these days is a leader, it seems. Whether or not one subscribes to the modern cult of leadership,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2017 at Tom Roper's Weblog
Next Wednesday I coach the first session of a new venture for my running club, Seaford Striders, a couch to 5k group. Based on the NHS Choices programme, I’ll lead a group through nine weeks of runs, increasing until we... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2017 at Tom Roper's Running Training
Having spent the weekend preparing and marshalling so that others might run, it seemed only right that on a beautiful March day I should run myself. As I did, I tried to absorb the experiences of the 2017 Moyleman. From... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Tom Roper's Running Training
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A short plod this evening, in dreary mizzle. There’ll be little time for running this weekend. Tonight the organisers will soothe our nerves with the finest thrash-skiffle know to humanity, offered by the Curst Sons; tomorrow we mark the course.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at Tom Roper's Running Training
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Back to this race, after nine years away. When I entered, rashly, I imagined an early spring day on Brighton seafront, soft sunshine, a light breeze at most. What did I find? Cold fog at the start, a chilly wind,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2017 at Tom Roper's Running Training
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There is but one week to go before the Brighton Half. In a week’s time I will be relaxing with my first alcohol for four weeks, while those around me top up my glass and feed me the choicest and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2017 at Tom Roper's Running Training
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This was a good week; using up some annual leave, I had four days at home, allowing two five mile runs, and two swims, rather than the customary one. The first five miler, over Seaford Head, took place in mild... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at Tom Roper's Running Training
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Eleven miles today, the longest distance I’ll run in training. It was hard work, grey skies, a cold northerly, and I plodded to Newhaven and back, running up the hill to St Michael’s. I couldn’t see a way in, but... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at Tom Roper's Running Training
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I ran for the first time today in my Stroke Association vest: eight miles around Seaford, in a cool wind, but nowhere near as cold as it has been. I was pleased, as I had no knee pain, and I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2017 at Tom Roper's Running Training
There was not much training this week, a family visit preventing anything but a short outing on Sunday. When I did finally run, I found it hard after a week’s lay-off, and it was only towards the end of a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2017 at Tom Roper's Running Training
Week ten being at an end, that means there are six weeks to go. This week wasn’t a hard week, only three runs, two short ones round Seaford and today’s cross-country event at Ashdown Forest. A.A. Milne lived at Cotchford... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2017 at Tom Roper's Running Training
A much better week, thanks to a bank holiday on Monday, so I could fit in an extra run, the Peacehaven Resolution Run, a dry-run for a Peacehaven #parkrun, which is in development. It was cold, and the north wind... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2017 at Tom Roper's Running Training
Week eight of sixteen weeks means I’m half-way through. Broadly speaking, I’m pleased with the way things have gone. I need to start covering longer distances, but I’ve wisely taken it easy with the knee. From now on, Sunday long... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2017 at Tom Roper's Running Training
That was the last run of 2016, a short jog on the foggy seafront. I ran 690 miles in the year. That’s further than I’ve run in any year since 2012, when I ran 691 miles. In the intervening years... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at Tom Roper's Running Training
I have completed seven weeks out of sixteen of half-marathon training, and festivities meant that this week’s mileage was low, and consisted of only two runs, a Striders run on Wednesday, refreshed by satsumas served by the club captain on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2016 at Tom Roper's Running Training
This week has been better. My knee still hurts, but is stronger. I ran three times: on Wednesday, with the Striders, though I ran on my own for a short 3 miler on Friday evening, again a short outing in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2016 at Tom Roper's Running Training
This week I went back to running on Wednesday, having had ten days off running. I took it easy, with a mile and a half on Wednesday morning, two miles on Friday morning, and a bit over four miles today.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2016 at Tom Roper's Running Training
Week four of training has been quiet, too damned quiet, Carruthers, becaase my knee osteoarthritis has flared up. I think this is a consequence of overdoing it at Crowborough. The next day it was swollen and painful, with lots of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2016 at Tom Roper's Running Training
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This was a better week; though I had to miss my Tuesday swim, I managed three runs, with some reasonable distances. It would be good to get a fourth in, but hard to find the time. Wednesday was a Striders... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2016 at Tom Roper's Running Training
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A light week, perforce. I couldn’t run with the Striders on Wednesday, being on my way back from London, and today’s Brooks Brighton 10k was cancelled, thanks to Storm Angus. No matter, I managed a swim on Monday, an evening... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2016 at Tom Roper's Running Training
The first week of training for the Brighton half marathon is over, and there are fifteen more to go. This week comprised some speed work with the Striders on Seaford seafront, an early morning run on Friday, and today the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2016 at Tom Roper's Running Training
When trying to work out my target time for the Brighton half next February, I looked back to the half-marathons of my past. They show a decline, I’m sorry to say, but in 2004 I was a sprightly 49 year... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at Tom Roper's Running Training
Training started on Monday for the 2017 Brighton Half Marathon. I’m running to support the Stroke Association. I haven’t run a race for a charity for at least ten years, not since the 2005 London Marathon, which I ran for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at Tom Roper's Running Training