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Paul Ran Paris, Paul Ran London & Tons Of Bling To Show For It

  April was a pretty busy running month for me, lots of miles/kilometres and a good bit of bling too. First and foremost was the Marathon de Paris at the beginning of the month, so I'll start with a word on that. This was my second time running the Marathon de Paris and this one was far more successful than my first attempt. In 2015 I suffered...
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The Journey to Malaga continued.. (1000 Miles in 2018)

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A quick update on how I'm progressing with my 1000 mile challenge plus a summary of what I've been up to in February & March. February 73 miles / 465'000 steps - Total to date 175 miles from Crawley - Virtual Destination Belgium. Just looking back at the challenges I have taken part in February the list is long.. 5K Pursuit Challenge 13.1m Purs...
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Runner's lost mojo

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  In March, I was suffering from 'Runner's lost mojo.' I asked a number of people how I could go about getting it back. The general consensus was: Get out there and run more! So, in April, I set myself a personal target of running 75 miles throughout the month. This would be the most I've ever run in a month but I was determined to achieve it....
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New Set. New Goals

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April is a month of transition for me. It is the month where I have completed the Fairy Tale Series medals and the same month where I have started the Marathon Monopoly Medals. This is a change of going from 5K runs to earn my medal to 26.2mile runs to guarantee that bling! A 5K run, once a month in return for a medal is more than in my comfort zon...
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Fairytale Part 4 of 4

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  I've completed the set. Woo hoo J And what a great set they are too. Over the last four months I've ran with a goal Now that I've finished I feel superb Collecting these medals helps to keep my motivation up as Everyone knows some runs feel so tough Understanding your body becomes a key skill Pushing yourself when you know you can handle it ...
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MedalMad at the London Marathon Expo 2018

Last week the team travelled to the big city. Not to find pavements of gold but to find MedalMadders who had taken on the biggest race in the world.  We were there for four days, and we met many people with so many different stories. We really appreciated everyone that came to our stand. Particularly those that were nearly out the door, but ca...
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"Run Forest Run", 10K Challenge

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What an Iconic film! When I first saw this challenge come up, it just had to be done. Until I started running, my life was certainly like a box of chocolates. I was very occupied with chocolate; boxes of; bars of, actually - whatever I could get my hands on, several times a day! It became a problem but then I discovered 'moderation' through getting...
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London Marathon

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On Sunday I got the train to London to go and watch my friend Kath taking part in the Virgin London Marathon (her first one.) I travelled up to London with our other friend Caroline; we arrived at London Waterloo slightly later than expected after 2 trains, a technical fault and a replacement bus service. We're were just in time to see the fir...
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Joining a new group…

  Argh, it's scary, will I be fast enough? Will I end up at the back looking like I am dying? Will I slow everyone down? Will they all look like super fit athletes? Will they be nice or judgy? All of these questions and many more went through my head last Tuesday as I drove to my first session with Hucclecote Harriers. I am planning to Jeff Gl...
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Marathon Training

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  Hiya all, On the 2 nd April 2018 we started our marathon training in earnest. Now don't get me wrong we have had to spend the last few months getting back up to 10km runs and we are going to do that this weekend. It has been hard, much harder than I remember it being last year. Perhaps it's because I was half marathon ready before I thought ...
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Valentines 14K

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  Valentines 14K So during February, of course we had Valentines Day plus it was the wife's Birthday.Some of you may have seen the blog she (Melissa) wrote for the 'Hey you guys' challenge. If so, you'll know that we were in Valencia for a few days and managed to fit in quite a lot of running while celebrating at the same time - jogging around...
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Once Upon a Run 5km

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I am buzzing to receive this medal through the post as I'm a huge Disney fan, I always have been and I always will be. This medal is the fourth Disney medal in a series of four from Medal Mad UK and the other three have been amazing so I know this one will be too. My running motivation had taken a bit of a downwards turn in March but I decided that...
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Run, Forrest, Run

  Forrest Gump is known as many things, one of them for being an ultra marathoner. I'd signed up for the Run, Forest, Run 10km medal but due to my lost mojo recently it wasn't my greatest triumph!  I've been doing a bit of background reading about the Forrest Gump film and found this fascinating article about whether his run, that took 3 ...
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Running is like a box of chocolates

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I'm pretty confident in thinking that any runner will agree that there are a range of run types. Some are amazing, others are awful from start to finish. You get your PB runs and then the ones where you question why you even run at all. We run in the glorious sunshine and the horrific wind and rain. The snow, the dark, the sun, up hills, through fi...
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"A goal without a plan is just a wish"

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Recently, I've been having a wobble with regards to my running. When I'm out there doing it, I still love it, but I've been lacking the motivation to get out there in the first place. Throughout March, my longest run has been 5km which is very unlike me not to run further, and I've been taking plenty of walk breaks which is also unlike me on shorte...
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Fairy tale series; Part 3 of 4

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  Whilst running for my 3rd of the Fairy Tale Series medals, I spent the 5K thinking about why I run. Here are 14 of the reasons that went through my head: Because I've got all the gear!Eating guilt free after a long run.Food - oh wait, I've already covered that one!One run can change a bad day to a good one.Races - practice makes me better at...
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Look like a beauty run like a beast challenge

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This was the 2 nd of the Medalmad Fairytale series. The previous was the Mirror Mirror challenge and both were 5K. If you've seen any of my previous blogs you'll know that for me.. Parkrun and fancy dress go hand in hand. So why not dress as the hulk as part of the Tilgate Parkrun Superhero event to mark our 300th Parkrun. It was amazing running al...
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Running Buddies

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  Hi All, This post I am going to write about running buddies..more specifically my two year old running buddy. I started running when my little boy was six months old and he came with me every week to running club. He even got good at wiggling his feet when we were warming up. When he was a dink he used to sleep about ten minutes into the run...
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Before Midnight: A Modern Fairytale.

Enter your text here ... Once upon a time there was a girl named Runderella who just loved to run. She wanted to complete a Medal Mad virtual challenge and earn a medal called 'Before Midnight.' Alas, she was unable to, as her trainers were old and worn; they kept threatening to injure her each each time she wore them out on a run. Whatever would s...
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​Heyyou guys…. Cheers!

So Craig has already asked our horse Hercules to write a Medalmad guest blog, so it's only fair that his wife gets to do one now. I'm Melissa, 'trouble and strife' of Craig - your usual blogger.The first reason I wanted to write this blog was firstly because Craig bought me the 'Hey you Guys' 10K Medalmad Challenge for my Birthday, and the second r...
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