Category Archives: 40 Before 40 – Sport

I’ve got to run faster!

This is part of my 40 Before 40 Challenge.


I enjoy running and setting PB’s so this was always going to be on my list. It’s hard to know where to set my targets though. This is what I’ve come up with at the moment:

Distance Target Current PB
1k 3 minutes 3:17
5k / Parkrun 19 minutes 20:02
10k 40 minutes 42:01
Half-marathon 1 hour 35 minutes 1:45:01
Marathon 4 hours 4:38:23

I’ve been running more this year than ever before, but mostly shorter distances including a few parkruns. I’ve recently entered my first proper event since 2012: the Royal Parks Half-Marathon on Sunday 8th October 2017. I don’t expect to get close to my target time, but there will be plenty more opportunities where I can put in a bit more long-distance training.

I’m representing Camfed in that event and I’ve decided (possibly foolishly) to extend my fundraising beyond the half-marathon, by saying that I’ll run 1km for every £1 donated! That should keep me busy through the winter! You can keep an eye on my progress by looking at my Strava profile.

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100 press-ups

This is part of my 40 Before 40 Challenge.


The best thing about press-ups is that you can do them anywhere, which means there are no excuses for not sticking to your plan. It’s also a basic exercise that works a wide variety of muscle groups in the upper body, back and core.

One hundred is a classic target for press-ups, but it will be a big challenge for me – I haven’t trained for this or pushed myself to the limit before, but I think I did about 40 (in a minute) during my 2012 Tough Mudder training. There are lots of training plans, but this looks like the one for me: One Hundred Pushups.