Blog Archive

2013
Aug
16
Turning your fitness hobby into a career
“After leaving the office, is the first thing you think about hitting the gym? Or ...”
13
How runners can protect their feet
“Runners should avoid giving themselves excuses to miss training – being disciplined and keeping your ...”
06
No more virtual running
“As you know, bursts of motivation come and go for runners, and with every day ...”
Jul
27
Wordpress Security
“If anyone else out there has a Wordpress blog installed on their own domain name ...”
10
The Runner’s Enemy: Achilles Tendinitis
“Even the most experienced runners are victim to injuries, which can strike without warning and ...”
Mar
28
Nike+ FuelBand & Trion:Z Wristband
“Some packages arrived today! The first package to arrive was my new Trion:Z wristband.  If you ...”
20
Getting a little tiresome
“I posted my blog link in one of the Intermittent Fasting (IF) groups on Facebook ...”
Light as a Feather
“I may have mentioned before, but I am a member of a few Intermittent Fasting ...”
13
Actual Virtual Running
“Yes, that's right.  It's not just the name of a fantastic blog or blogger.  Virtual ...”
Forty Percent Fat
“Yeah, that's right.  I'm currently a fatty.  I got some new scales today that tell ...”
09
The Fast Diet Support Group
“If you're taking part in Intermittent Fasting (IF) or The 5:2 Diet and you're on ...”
Feb
23
Five Days In
“It has been five days since I started the fast diet and things are going ...”
18
That was FAST
“After many months of lethargy and being severely overweight I've decided to try something completely ...”
2012
Nov
05
Change
“Fear it? Embrace it? Either way, change is going to happen. However, sometimes you need ...”
Jul
14
Not so virtual
“Well, I have officially completed Week1/Day2 of my fat-butt-to-10k routine.  It's been so long since ...”
Jun
10
Manfluenza
“Ten days in to June and also Juneathon but not much running coming from the ...”
May
26
Je suis le coureur virtuel
“ Things are going well at the moment.  By 'well' I mean that I am still ...”
23
Tips for running in the morning
“Running in the morning can feel like the biggest chore in the world. Particularly if ...”
18
Lull in the Fitness Storm
“Things are going absolutely fantastic with my current fitness drive and I'm really glad to ...”
07
The Battle Continues
“My wife and I recently decided (after a long bout of laziness and eating) that ...”
Jan
02
The "J" Word
“"J" is for jump, juggle, jiggle, juniper, jelly, jack....and Janathon.  If you haven't heard of ...”
2011
Oct
21
Back & Running
“It's been a long time since I've added anything new to this blog of mine ...”
Apr
29
Trion:Z
“I was contacted around the beginning of April and asked if I would like to ...”
Jan
31
In The End
“In the end, I end up writing my last blog post of Janathon whilst on ...”
30
Penultimate Day
“Are we there yet?  Nope.  Are we there yet?  Nope.  Are we there yet?  NOOOOO! ...”
29
Almost There
“Today started with a nice hour long walk to keep up the effort for Janathon. ...”
28
Pizza
“Probably one of the worst things to eat if you're training or trying to lose ...”
27
The Plan
“I'm planning on keeping up the effort and completing some 10k events over the summer. ...”
26
Running Out
“Talk about ticking off the days!  I don't know about anyone else but I'm getting ...”
25
Getting Tired
“I'm feeling very lazy today. So lazy that I can't even be bothered to fire ...”
24
Mile Again
“It's monday and I had to go in to London again this morning.  That means ...”
23
Great Day
“Today's run felt really great and I'm feeling more and more confident in myself and ...”
22
I See The Light
“For anyone taking part in Janathon, you know exactly what I mean.  Here we are ...”
21
TGIF
“A long week of getting stuff sorted out at work done.  Another long week of ...”
20
Awkward
“That's what this is now.  I mean, it's getting difficult to think of anything to ...”
19
Nothing to Report
“Seriously.  Nothing.  I went to the doctor this morning about the pain in my arms/wrists ...”
18
Tunnel Closed
“The past couple of weeks I've been experiencing stiffness and a dull ache in my ...”
17
A Mile & A Zap
“As I was a little pressed for time today I wasn't able to do any ...”
16
It's All Good
“Today was another long run and it felt great.  Honestly, this has been a great ...”
15
Rest Day
“Hello again loyal reader.  You're the only one that keeps coming back and reading this... ...”
14
In The Middle
“Here we are on the 14th of January and just about half way through Janathon. ...”
13
Slendertone System
“I've been asked to review the Slendertone System and I'm happy to report that it ...”
12
Finding My Abs
“A few of us Janathon participants have been contacted by a public relations company asking ...”
11
Janathon The Tyrant
“Run this.  Blog that.  Record this.  Jeez.  Enough already, I'm doing it I'm doing it. ...”
10
No Rest
“Not with Janathon going on.  Today was supposed to be a rest day, so what ...”
09
A Confession
“I'm watching Dancing on Ice.  Right now.  Whilst writing.  And I like it.  For some ...”
08
Alleged Rest Day
“My half marathon training plan calls for Saturdays to be a rest day; however we ...”
07
The Mayor
“I finally did it.  I became the Mayor of my local gym.  I'm not sure ...”
06
Long Way To Go
“Another day of Janathon completed.  The sixth day.  The sixth day out of thirty-one.  Nineteen ...”
05
Staring In To Space
“I was doing my run this morning and the next thing I knew 20 mins ...”
04
The Other Janathon Challenge
“I was driving to work this morning thinking about Janathon and my sore knees and ...”
03
Best Laid Plans
“Some ideas for 2011 - 20 March 2011 - (Sunday) - Reading Half Marathon.  (http://readinghalfmarathon.com) I'm ...”
I Ran a Mile
“Yes I did.  Pretty original heading eh?  Today was supposed to be a rest day ...”
02
Long Run of Pain
“Shin splints.... aren't they just the best thing ever?  Especially when you're attempting to carry ...”
01
In The Beginning
“As this is the first day of the year and the first day of Janathon ...”
2010
Dec
30
Janathon Cometh
“Janathon Heard of it?  If not, check it out here (http://www.janathon.com/) and then come back.  I'll ...”
23
iPhone and the Blog
“Haven't heard from me in a while? Well, not blogging anyway. All this will change ...”
Sep
26
The Thighs Have It
“Okay, okay... let's get it over with... start the public flogging. The heading of this blog ...”
Jul
29
Saharamarathon 2011
“The annual Saharamarathon takes place on 28 February 2011 and is organised by a group of ...”
25
Week 4 Done, 8 to go!
“Another exciting week in the The Virtual Runner's world of marathon training! Three more ...”
18
Week 3 Done, 9 to go!
“It's been a pretty good week as far as the training for the Farnham Pilgrims ...”
11
Week 2 Done, 10 to go!
“Well, normally after a long run with my garmin I would be able to put ...”
05
Running From Stress
“What is Stress? Stress is the body's reaction to a change that requires a physical, mental ...”
04
Week 1 Done, 11 to go!
“First week of the marathon training schedule has been very successful.  Here is a summary:- Tuesday Called ...”
02
Argon Promotions
“Stand out from the crowd We all run marathons and participate in charity runs but ...”
Jun
29
The Forum
“The Virtual Runner Running Forum has now been established!  What forum?  Why, the one I've ...”
26
Running Pace Dilemma
“I've been taking a closer look at the training paces in the marathon training plan ...”
Come on fatty! Get Running!
“As I am currently a 'virtual' runner in every sense of the word I will ...”
22
I'm Sorry. I'm Having an Affair
“I couldn't help myself.  I kept looking at him every chance I got.  I "googled" ...”
14
2nd Time Lucky?
“Well, I think I've narrowed down when and where my next marathon "attempt" will be.  ...”
07
Who you calling chicken?
“Again, I haven't been running very much; which means I am really becoming a "virtual" ...”
04
Fun with Google Search
“Fun for the whole family... What the heck are people looking for?  Obviously the chickens crossing ...”
May
31
2010 Bupa London 10000
“I've successfully completed the Bupa London 10000 again with this year's event being just as ...”
23
Full of Crap
“I didn't do the marathon.  I know, I know... I put in all that training! Everything ...”
03
Crazy Airplane People
“Before we depart (once again, would-be burglars, we have a house-sitter), I thought I would ...”
02
One More Before
“I've got one more long run of 10 miles which I'll be doing tomorrow.  Then ...”
Entry to 2010 Bupa London 10000
“I've got great news!  Well, for me anyway... I had missed the chance to register for ...”
Apr
21
Coming First in Something
“Okay, it might not be a marathon, 10k or even a 5k but I'm coming ...”
18
20 Miles of Fun
“Okay, today's long run wasn't the greatest.  First, let me just say that I have ...”
11
OMG
“I can't believe I never saw it before!  I've been using my Garmin Forerunner 405 ...”
10
Arthritis Research UK & Phil Packer
“I was recently approached by someone and asked to write on my blog about Phil ...”
07
Julian Smith TV
“I found this guy's stuff by mistake and I just think he's hilarious.  Definitely worth ...”
05
Longest Run Yet
“I'm pretty sure that my run yesterday was the longest one I've ever done.  I ...”
Mar
26
Friends & Family
“Won't be long now (scary) and I'll be in Canada visiting family and attempting my ...”
2010 Reading Half Marathon
“Although I'm not exactly proud of the finish time, I thought I'd post my splits ...”
23
6 Weeks to 100
“I've tried it before and now I'm trying it again... http://thevirtualrunner.org/blog/100-push-ups/ This should be interesting!”
22
DOMS and a Lesson Learned
“Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness is what I've got, and I've got it bad. My third attempt ...”
16
Cross Trainer
“No, this doesn't mean I'm an angry exerciser.  I used the new cross training machine ...”
14
Chunky Virtual Runner dot com?
“Okay, I admit that I haven't been following my training plan very well.  In fact, ...”
03
Redundant
“It's a horrible word meaning "surplus to requirements", and that's what I might be! We had ...”
Feb
28
Puffy Knees
“Another Sunday and another long run.  This one had me cover over 18kms, but at ...”
22
Slow Train to Painville
“Allllllllll aboard! So far so good with the running; and I mean that sincerely.  Especially since ...”
Jan
31
Steady Going
“The running is still going on.  I must say, it was a bit difficult at ...”
20
The Build-Up
“I'm very glad I still have some base fitness from running or else the pain ...”
17
The Long Goodbye
“Happy new year (sorry I'm late)!  It's a new year with new challenges coming in ...”
2009
Nov
16
Diet is Key
“People often start running because they want to lose weight. Running is a great way ...”
15
I'm still a runner
“Really.  I am!  I may not be considered much of a blogger by many, but ...”
Oct
31
Halloween 5 Nite Run
“Tonight was my first 5km event and it took place in the dark!  Very very ...”
29
Last Sunday's Long Run
“Taken me a while to post anything but here it is, last Sunday's run!  This ...”
Patriots vs Buccaneers
“Just a few pics from the game we went to on Sunday, 25 October 2009 ...”
18
Mortimer 10k, Long Run & Puffy Knees
“Nice title eh?  I think one of the hardest things is trying to think of ...”
17
My Santa Suit Arrived Today
“Yes, that's what I said.  My Santa suit for the Thames Hospicecare 5k run on ...”
15
Themed Runs & Reading Roadrunners
“It seems I'm getting into themed runs lately as I'm registered for the Halloween 5 ...”
14
Running Club & New Kayano 15 Shoes
“That's right, I've gone and purchased a nice new pair of running shoes.  The arch ...”
11
Long Run with Garfield the Garmin
“I got to use my Garmin today on my long run around dinton pastures.  It ...”
08
Wednesday Morning Run
“This morning's training session was 400m repeats x 5 with a 200m recovery run in ...”
07
Garmin Forerunner 405 (and other things)
“My wife and daughter are amazing.  They got together and bought me a Garmin Forerunner ...”
04
London Marathon Rejection
“Ah.... rejection comes in many forms in your life.  In this case, it comes bound ...”
Sep
30
Saharamarathon
“I had a very very long "comment" posted on my site today but I didn't ...”
27
Mortimer 10k
“Sorry I haven't blogged in a while.  I may have lost both my readers now! I've ...”
03
I am not blind
“It's the day after my laser eye surgery and I'm very happy with the results ...”
02
Quarr Cottage & Coastal Visit
“ Some time ago we decided we were going to go away for the August Bank ...”
L-Day
“I was going to do one long post but I thought I would break them ...”
Aug
24
Feeling it again
“I've tracked my virtual run to date (23 Aug 2009) using Google earth and since ...”
16
Break Time
“ I've taken a break from running for four days.  It coincides with my wife's trip ...”
12
Lasers & Blogs
“ For those of you who haven't checked it out, have a look at my personal ...”
07
Cross Canada Run & Stats Update
“ Date Started Running: 10 June 2007 Date finished run across UK: 05 June 2008 Time Taken to finish run ...”
05
Registered for Brighton Marathon
“I made the decision to register for the inaugural Brighton Marathon on Sunday, 18 April ...”
Jul
23
Lasers, Moving, Friends, Excess & Stress
“ I'm really sorry that I haven't written in a while.  Juneathon was going so well ...”
06
New Month & New House
“Hello everyone.  I'm still here, I'm just not able to access the internet properly for ...”
Jun
19
Juneathon – Day 15 - 19 (I'm here)
“Sorry I haven't written anything in a few days but I've been very stressed and ...”
14
Juneathon – Day 13 & 14 (Push, Run, Walk)
“A nice weekend and some more great Juneathon effort put in; even if I do ...”
12
Juneathon – Day 11 & 12 (Back to normal)
“The running continues and it's feeling great!  Yesterday I did 10.86km (6.74 miles) at a ...”
10
Juneathon - Day 10 (Living Away from Family)
“I wasn't going to post anything today; I was just going to save it until ...”
09
Juneathon - Day 9 (It's goooood!)
“"I believe in the runner's high, and I believe that those who are passionate about ...”
08
Juneathon - Day 8 (Rest Day)
“"I always loved running...it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own ...”
07
Juneathon - Day 6 & 7 (Running Again)
“"Now you wouldn't believe me if I told you, but I could run like the ...”
05
Juneathon - Day 5 (Pushing Up)
“As the title suggests, it's day 5 of Juneathon and I'm still doing push-ups and ...”
04
Juneathon - Day 4 (Getting Better)
“I woke up this morning hoping to feel well enough to attempt a slow easy ...”
03
Juneathon - Day 3 (Still Sick)
“I haven't got much to say I'm afraid. No work today and certainly no running ...”
02
Juneathon - Day 2 (A no-starter)
“It was a lovely sunny day today.  I know this because I saw the weather ...”
01
Juneathon - Day 1
“Sorelimbs was wondering how many people would be using the same post title... lots.  I ...”
May
31
London, Tussauds & The Dungeon
“ A quote from my current facebook status:  The London Dungeon is like visiting some really ...”
30
Juneathon III and Birthday
“I've decided to join in on the Juneathon.  From what I can tell, it was ...”
26
2009 Bupa London 10000
“ What a great day out.  My wife and I caught the train from Reading at ...”
24
Pre 2009 Bupa London 10000
“It's a lovely warm sunny sunday and there isn't a cloud in the sky.  My ...”
20
Not running at the moment
“My left ankle still feels odd.  I can't really describe the injury but I'll try!  ...”
17
Woodley 10k and Injury
“I almost didn't run the Woodley 10k today because when we left the house at 10am ...”
15
I ate all the pies
“For those of you outside of the UK, you may want to click here to ...”
11
Running the Rhodes
“I'm back from my honeymoon with my lovely wife and we've been chilling out at ...”
10
Just a blurb
“I will write more tomorrow or something. I just wanted to put up the link ...”
04
Married and Honeymoon
“Here I am on my honeymoon in a computer room writing for all of you.  ...”
Apr
29
10k Runs Planned
“I've been thinking about what runs I'd like to do over the next few months.  ...”
28
Virgin London Marathon Ballot Update
“I'm in the ballot. Late last night the site slowly started to work (I ...”
27
Virgin London Marathon Site Update
“The time is now 18:18 GMT and the site still isn't working. Earlier today they ...”
Virgin London Marathon Ballot
“Shield your eyes if you don't like swearing... The Virgin London Marathon ballot system this year ...”
26
London Marathon
“The Flora London Marathon was today and I watched the start whilst running on the ...”
22
Rob is back
“I can't believe it.  After months of being completely out of touch, my mate Robby ...”
19
Sunny day, running and trains
“Good day today.  Started off with a long run this morning for 14.61km (9.07 miles) ...”
15
Running on Holiday
“I've been on mapmyrun.com having a look at possible places to run whilst we are ...”
12
Running Again
“The cold is gone and I'm back to running.  I'm so glad.  I was feeling really ...”
05
Congestion & Coughing
“That's what's going on with me at the moment. On Friday morning I managed to get ...”
02
Running Logs
“I plugged my Nike+ in to the bottom of my iPod so I could get ...”
2009 RHM Finisher Certificate
“With a bit of editing, I've added my own pics to the finisher's certificate... ”
01
Chillin Maxin Relaxin
“It's not a pain relief medication, it's what I've been doing since the Reading Half Marathon. ...”
Mar
31
What you get for Kayanos
“I paid £115 for the Asics Kayano running shoes that I returned to the Sweatshop ...”
29
Further update
“I just checked the chip time results (they put them up fast!) and my watch ...”
2009 Reading Half Marathon
“Half marathon was today and it went very well. Me, my fiance, my son and my ...”
28
Phase One - Completed
“Me and my son hopped on the train this morning and went in to Reading ...”
26
180 degrees on the Asics
“Perhaps it is a sign?  I'm not supposed to own Asics trainers.  Maybe they aren't ...”
24
Countdown to the Half
“This morning's run (on the treadmill) was 8.45km (5.25 miles) at a 05:19 min/km (08:34 ...”
22
Mothers Day and the See Food Diet
“A great day today if you include excessive eating within the definition of "great".  Jeez, ...”
19
Something's Afoot
“I ran in my new Asics this morning and managed 10.38km (6.45 miles) at a ...”
17
Emperor's New Shoes
“This morning's run started off okay but the top of my right foot was hurting ...”
16
Asics Kayano
“Once again it is time for another pair of running shoes to lay down the ...”
15
Bug Eater
“Today's long run was harder than the last couple of done.  I realised I forgot ...”
14
Running Shoes
“My run yesterday was 10.56km (6.56 miles) at a pace of 05:41 min/km (09:09 min/mile). Rest ...”
12
Tempo Encore and a bit of History
“My tempo run went so well on Tuesday that I thought I'd do another one ...”
10
Hit the Tempo
“This morning's run went well and I managed an hour at a 05:26 min/km (08:44 ...”
09
Day of Rest
“That's today for me. Legs feel good after yesterday's long run around Dinton Pastures and I'm ...”
08
Long Run & iPod Issues
“Long run went okay this morning and I covered 20.09km (12.48 miles) at a 05:37 ...”
Good morning!
“It's 06:24am and I'm dressed to go running, I've had my porridge and I've checked ...”
07
Wellness Reigns
“I'm happy to report that I ran yesterday morning (Friday) and did 10.57km (6.56 miles) ...”
05
...and the swearing continues.
“If you're wondering about the title of this post then clearly you haven't read my ...”
04
Cold is a four letter word
“I gave in. I was up most of last night because I was unable to ...”
03
Points of (Un)Interest
“ I'm now concious again after a short nap. I am healthy and well (postitive mental attitude). I'm ...”
Day off
“I've got the day off work today and I've spent a nice morning with my ...”
02
The congestion settles in
“It seems this cold is trying it's best to hold on and the congestion in ...”
01
19k and a cold
“First thing first.  Yesterday I began the next phase of the 100 push ups training ...”
Feb
26
Semi-conscious and KFC
“Where do I begin? I went to running club yesterday with my mate Tony after I ...”
24
Still doing push ups
“This morning was an easy run for about 10.35km at an easy pace.  Still feeling ...”
23
Migration
“Further to my last very short post, I have decided to move my blog to ...”
22
The blog has moved
“This is just a short note to state the obvious (to those who actually look ...”
Another day and another long run
“Nice relaxing day today. Quick trip to the supermarket this morning with my fiance and ...”
21
Run Weight Push
“Yesterday was my easy run and it was easy, however I was hurting as a ...”
19
OMFG
“Day one of my second week doing the training for 100 push ups. It's not ...”
18
I went to running club
“Today, after many Wednesdays of not going, I managed to face the inclimate weather with ...”
17
Damn
“ Today was my third day of the 100 push up challenge training regime. It was ...”
15
Burning Nipples of Death
“Now occassionally I suffer from runner's nipple (chaffing of the nipple caused by clothes whilst ...”
14
Valentines & Push Ups
“As you all know, today is valentines day and people usually express their their feelings ...”
13
The day after and dot com
“It's the day after I started doing the 100 push ups mission/task and I'm not ...”
12
One Hundred Push Ups
“I have been reading a few different running blogs lately and I came across one ...”
11
I lied and they lied
“I lied. I didn't go to running club this evening.They lied. The BBC ...”
Word Pressed!
“Last night I had the bright witty idea that I would use Wordpress to publish ...”
09
I just keep running
“Yesterday my long run was up to 17km (10.56 miles) and I have about 7 ...”
04
Happenings & Training
“Training is going well and my Sunday runs are increasing in mileage. The quality ...”
Jan
22
Track Session
“Two posts in about a week?! Something must be wrong.I went to my local ...”
20
Running Clubbed
“I went back to my local running club last week on Wednesday night for the ...”
09
Happy Virtual 2009
“ I'm in pain...With the new year I've begun to focus on my next goal, ...”
2008
Dec
26
Tis the season
“Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone out there.Firstly I'd just like to complain ...”
Nov
30
A lot has happened...
“Of course it has! I haven't written anything in ages.I could go on about ...”
14
Super Six
“Runnersworld.co.uk had a competition which offered a prize for 6 individuals which would provide the ...”
08
Catchup
“It's been an eventful November to say the least! Here is just an overview of ...”
Oct
31
Adidas Supernova Sequence
“I did say that I would go in to the shoe shop expecting to buy ...”
29
The Runner's New Shoes
“Once upon a time...I've got a day off work on Friday and I've decided I'm ...”
28
Water Bottle Cancer
“I was sent an email at work today (along with everyone else) which told how ...”
27
I'm covering ground!
“59 days to Christmas! Isn't it exciting?! I'm aware that Christmas is/was originally a religious ...”
21
Change is Good
“Today's run was easy and simple, because I let it be that way. I ...”
19
In the Long Run
“Today I started to increase my Sunday runs again. I covered just over 12km in ...”
17
The Running Continues
“I found out what my chip time was for the Princes Trust 10k. It was ...”
12
Undulating v Hills
“According to Dictionary.com "undulating" is defined as "to have a wavy form or surface". Clearly ...”
11
Additional thought(s)
“I was just thinking way ahead to 2010 (I'm optimistic) and the full marathon I'd ...”
Pre-Princes Trust 10k
“I'm wondering what route the 10k will take through Legoland tomorrow...Will we be running by ...”
09
SANTA RUN
“I've just found a run/event that looks really really promising. In fact, I liked the ...”
MSG & Me
“Yesterday we decided we would have takeaway for dinner because we had my daughter and ...”
06
Monday
“That's right, everyone's favourite day of the week. Honestly, I don't mind Mondays at all ...”
05
Moving the blog
“I decided to move my blog to blogger.com because the features are far more superior ...”
04
See ya New Brunswick!!
“I've updated my site properly today and according to Google Earth I am past Woodstock, ...”
Sep
26
Guilty!!
“I hereby sentence you to being un-motivated and less energetic!I'm appealing the courts' decision. As ...”
08
Back at it!
“Well, after exactly two weeks of illness, eating and sitting on my ass; I'm back ...”
Aug
31
No Running!
“Well, it's been a while since I ran with any regularity! I'm starting to feel ...”
26
My First Entry
“I have no idea why I'm attempting to write anything. Writing has never actually been ...”