Mutterings of a Fool

Man, Dad, Runner, Chief dog walker

The running dad – The big challenge 2013

The plan was always that 2012 would be the year I got back running properly after hurting my back and then 2013 would be an opportunity to target a race on my bucket list.

Well best laid plans and all that, 2012 turned out to be a lot tougher with my back still causing problems until the middle of the year and then with Henry being born it was tough to get out running regularly. However from mid August I did start to make progress and now as the year closes feel strong, toned and best of all pain free in my back.

Having completed my first trail race in a long time in November my little brother and I have started making plans for 2013. He’s also interested in taking on some new challenges and as a decent runner is the ideal partner to run with. Besides these things are always more fun when you have someone to share the experience with aren’t they?

Our target race for 2013 and what we will be building up to for most of the year is the Scotland coast to coast, a 102 mile race from Nairn beach to Glencoe. It involves cycling on road and off road, some kayaking and running a marathon over a few stages part of which goes up Ben Nevis. It is a race I’ve wanted to do for a while but have never either been healthy enough or had the time to train. I’m hoping 2013 is the year to change that.

I know many people won’t understand but sitting here writing this I’m getting excited at the thought of attempting this race, of pushing myself and seeing what I can do. It’ll be the toughest thing I’ve ever done by a long shot, but I’m motivated and I know that I need a race to target to keep me going each week.

To give you a bit more of a taste for the race I’ve included a video below which is well worth a watch. Perhaps it might even tempt you to sign up?!

Scotland Coast to Coast – Rat Race Event from on Vimeo.

So that’s the big challenge for the year, between now and then we plan to do a few more trail races and in particular the Endurance life series on the coastal paths. These races are great because they are tough, but done in stunning scenery which does help numb the pain a little bit. So far we’ve only done 10k’s but plan to up that to a half marathon at some point between now and September.

There you have my running plans for 2013, anyone else have a challenge planned big or small?


  1. 102 miles?! I’ve been considering running to the shops & back!

  2. You are, without a doubt, mental. However I’ve seen that race and it looks spectacular.

  3. Mad! Utterly mad! There’s a fine line between madness and genius and you, sir, are on the wrong side of it! That being said, I wish you the very best with your training and you can count me in for sponsorship as and when.

    • oh it’s all for ‘fun’ you know, no sponsorship needed although I wonder if I can persuade some friendly PR’s to help with some kit….

  4. Jesus, I have ran a couple of marathons and halfway through training I think oh maybe I could go further and then I come to my senses…… huge good luck to you

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