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2010 in review

January 3, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,900 times in 2010. That’s about 5 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 42 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 95 posts. There were 3 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 68kb.

The busiest day of the year was November 11th with 38 views. The most popular post that day was Microsoft wake up to smell the coffee.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were edgeipk.com, netvibes.com, twitter.com, itdatabase.com, and google.co.uk.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for end user development, cross platform mobile, end-user development, mobile wars, and single user experience.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Microsoft wake up to smell the coffee November 2010

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Mobile Wars 1: Cross Platform Mobile February 2010

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Decoupling the presentation layer January 2010
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Single User Experience April 2010
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Mobile Wars 2: Whats the payback in mobile? March 2010
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Enough of a Digital Britain, its time for a Digital Government!

May 13, 2010

In light of last week’s polling fiasco – with hundreds of furious voters turned away from polling stations, the new Con/Dem Government has got quite a task on its hands to get to the bottom of what happened and how they can avoid it in future.

In the past, the Government has been more than happy to sit back and promote the idea of a “Digital Britain” but what about a “Digital Government”?

Surely with last week’s lost votes in mind, taking technology into its own hands with e-voting is the inevitable next step? With more and more people going online for goods and services, a sizeable proportion of the population would certainly embrace this method and having piloted the world’s first multi-channel online voting system over ten years ago, I can certainly vouch for the fact that technology should not be a barrier to adoption…so what is holding us back?

We can only assume that the reason is cultural – that people enjoy the ritual of physically attending the polling station. There might also be concerns about how robust such a system would be and the potential fall-out if there was any kind of outage on Election Day. However, the technology exists nowadays to build highly scalable and redundant web infrastructure to ensure these kind of high-profile, public-facing sites meet requirements. And from a security perspective an online voting platform is a huge, high-profile target for attack, but provided the right security measures are used, people should not be concerned about the election becoming compromised.

Any form of e-voting must be inclusive – and this means creating a true multi-channel platform. What better way for the new government to embody the openness that it has talked about so much over the last few days than to take this momentous step using open frameworks and tools. What we don’t want is a half-baked system where system compatibility becomes as big a hindrance to voting as the old voting stations running out of ballot papers.

In an era where so many of our activities take place online, and with a country of voters in need of encouragement, the scene is perfectly set for the implementation of e-voting. Not only will it allow the new government to showcase its progressiveness, but it should make life much easier for the Government and the voting public further down the line. Its definitely time for the government to start practising what it preaches when it comes to creating a Digital Britain!


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Marathon Update

February 15, 2009

Race Day

05:00 my alarm goes off. I drink a pint of water and make mayself a big bowl of porridge with a bannana. I do a few stretches, shower and get ready. I do a few more stretches and head out to catch the train at 07:00. Many thanks to my brother for getting up and early and coming to the race with me.

It’s a beautiful day and getting to Greenwich was easy. At the pre-start there’s lots of people in costumes and by far the most credit goes to the people in the rhino suits…they are heavy! Oh, and I’m there with Red Hair !

I meet Chris O’Brien and again am given more words of encouragement. He’s been a real help throughout the training and in the last few days…thanks mate!

My plan is to do as many miles as possible. If I can get to the 13miles and meet my family and Charity, I’ll be happy to quit then. However as I run strangely my calf pain sems to go. But to make sure I stop every two miles and stretch. This really helps and the first half is relatively easy, and I had to stop myself going at the pace I know I can do, so that I don’t cause more injury.

The crowd support all the way round is simply amazing, a truely unforgettable experience ! I would highly recommend this to anyone !

Between 13-20miles my legs start to feel a bit tight, but the run-stretch-walk strategy seems to work well. I this point I feel I easily have the stamina, but do I have the legs?

At 23m my hamstring tightens and I start to get cramp, my quads also start to feel heavey and very tight…I am in pain ;o( If it were not for the crowds, this is where I would have stopped and gone home. With many of them shouting my name (it’s on my t shirt) I manage to walk, stagger and jog up to mile 25.

In the last 1000 meter’s I’ve seen a woman throw up, a man collapse and another lay down in agony. I feel so bad for them, so close. I see my family just before then end and muster up enough strength to run the last 200m. I see another man being helped by St.Johns over the finish line.

Strangley as you get to the end it can be quite emotional, and I feel my chest heaving and eyes swelling almost for a big sob. Just at that point though I hear someone behind sobbing very loudly ! I turn round, it a young lad no more than 20 years old, crying his heart out. I manage not to do the same, but feel empathy for his emotions.

Crossing the line and getting a medal is a blurr……

Final thanks to my loving wife for putting up with the 5:00am starts, the sweaty running gear and my moaning about legs hurting. To my brother for getting me into this and all his advice, Chris O Brien, Chis Millard for their encouragement and support. BUT also to everyone that has donated to this great cause.

If anyone reading this fancies running for a charity I highly recommend action For Children, they’ve been supportive all the way through. The post race shower, massage and meal reception is just awesome….thanks to Ruth and Madeliene at the charity to.

Well that’s it then…………until next year ! (I really want to get 3:45m under my belt ;o).

Night Before The Race

Well my calves really hurt and I’ve given them plenty of stretching, rest, massage, ice/heat. I leave Reading feeling 50:50 about running or not. Thanks to my friend Chris Millard for his concern for me, reminding me that there are other race days and that I should put myself first, he’s also been supportive all the way through….thanks mate !

By evening Kirti (my wife) and my brother are subjected to constant conversation about should I , shouldn’t I run. Now I start to wonder how embarrassing it would be if I didn’t make the first mile ! They re-assure me, and I go for a walk / jog at 9:30pm to see how I feel. Well my calves are still tight, but I was able to jog. I come back, rub tiger balm into my legs and hope for the best. Thanks to my wife and brother I am now resolute in turning up at least.

Week 16 Monday 20th April
What a rollercoaster this last month has been! The inflamed tendon seemed to be healed over the weekend, so I went out Saturday for a little jog. 6miles in a got a sharp pain from my ankle to calf ! I had to be rescued by my wife and feared the worst. With some ice packs my ankle seemed to be fine on Sunday. Sunday I voluntered to run the line at my son’s football game, nothing strenuous I thought…ping again the sharp pain in ankle/calf….more ICE/Heat pad and massage.

Monday     I saw Physio this monring and have been told strictly no more exercise this week……until Sunday when I’ll be running the marathon! A year ago there was no chance I would have been happy at the mere thought of running 26miles, but today was like winning the lottery…Another bit of good fortune is that my charity have given me 4 grandstand tickets for the race ! at last things are looking up again ;o)

Tuesday: Did about half an hour of various stretches. My calf and legs feel fine. Am in Holland now for 3days.

Wednesday: Did a few stretches in the morning again. My cold and throat infection seemed to have cleared….hooray. However later I get a sharp pain in my calf again ;o(

Thursday: I do some stretches again, and this time my calf really HURTS. I fear the worst, I won’t run ;o( However I still make my way to the marathon expo to pick up my race number. Am due to see Physio again on Friday now.

Week 15 Monday 13th April
I start the week with a heavy cold/sore throat ;o(

Monday      40minutes step machine (max incline), 10k Row, 45minutes

Tuesday     7mile bike ride, I do the “3 hills”, seems much harder on a bike

Wednesday I see doctor and get some antibiotics for a throat infection! She also refers me to Physio for my foot.

Physio says: no running till marathon, except a couple of slow 5k’s. Ok to carry on doing my cardio workouts.

Thursday     10k Row, 45minutes

                   I have a sports massage booked for this evening

Week 14 Monday 06th April
Had a long chat with Chris O’Brien and feel much better now, I think I’ve trained enough to get round. Now need to focus on staying fit, keeping strong a and healthy. Sadly I found found out last week my brother’s injuries mean that he will not be able to run ;o( This highlights the stress training puts on your body, and highlights for me that I am potentially in danger of over training my long runs. I will start my taper from this week.

Well shortly after I wrote the above I was off to the doctor with a sharp pain in left foot and a sore throat. Turns out the pain in my foot is an inflamed tendon and the doctors advice is to rest my foot for 3 weeks! When I told I was doing the marathon he said i could try resting 5 days, and see how I go from there.

Most of the week has therefore been doing salt gargles for my sore throat, drinking plenty of water and orange juice. And I’ve been using ICE on my foot, and applying an anti inflammatory cream.

I will now have to delay my taper to get one long run in next week hopefuly ;o(  I’m just hoping that I will be able to resume my training next week, else I am in danger of not being able to run on the big. Having done a 1000 miles of training this would be a massive disappointment. Fingers crossed everybody !

Week 13 Monday 30th March
Was nice to have a rest week, but this week is back to business as usual and I will end my week with my final really long run before the race day. Sadly I start the week knowing I have to run Race day on my own as my brother has picked up a calf injury and is unlikely to run ;o(

I have some cramp in my left foot since my 25m training run, I will try and get this checked out this week to avoid further injury.

Tuesday:    7miles, 59mins 3 long hill climbs (legs /feet feel great !)

Thursday:   4miles, 43mins jog.

Saturday:  22miles, 3hrs 27mins

                   This was a tough run and I’m notsure I got my hydration right I after 16miles I found the run very hard. I felt a sharp pain in my left calf after 20miles and had to walk the last mile home. Am quite disappointed as I wanted to get another 25m run under my belt.

Week 12 Monday 23rd March
My legs feel fine, although I have a cramp like pain in my toes. So I skip my run this morning to rest my feet some more, and am planning a gentle rest week in preparations for the Reading Half on Sunday. 

Wednesday: 7mile jog, 1hr4m (this is slow)

  1. Thursday:     5miles, 2mile jog, 4×0.4m hill climbs, 40m     Sunday:       13miles 2hrs. This was the Reading Half Marathon which I ran with my cousin Varsha. This was her first race so I kept her company throughout and paced her for a 2hr finish.

Week 11 Monday 16th March
I feel really good about the run at the weekend, although the time indicates that I will finish at just over 4hours. I did plan to go for more, but my legs turned to lead and I struggled even to complete the last mile. The weather is making a massive difference to getting out in the morning, and for a change I am looking foward to my final weeks of training!                                                                                           Monday:   5miles, 45mins gentle jog to loosen up after weekends long run. Tuesday:  6miles, 2mile jog, 6×0.4m hill climbs, 57mins                   Thursday: 6miles, 2mile jog, 7×0.4m hill climbs, 58mins. I’m pleased with this session because I got a whole extra interval in more or less the same time !

Saturday:  25m 3:45 What a beautiful weekend, perfect running conditions, and although the last 4miles were hard I felt really good for having done it! I think it’s the feeling of knowing that completing the course shoudl not be a problem and I can focus on trying to get a time under 4hours. AWESOME…I now need to get my sponsorship up and will continue to focus on strength and inetrval running. I hope to get one more 25m run in before the big day.

  Week 10 Monday 9th March
Thank god for the early sunrise, makes getting up at 5:30 a lot easier! Weather in UK is improving too, so looking forward to get back into proper training this week. 

Monday:   7miles, 58mins pacey run (only a minute off my fastest ;o) 

  1. Tuesday:  6.6miles, Jog + 6 x 0.4m hill climbs, 1hour  

Thursday: 6.miles, Jog + 5 x 0.4m hill climbs, 55mins

Saturday: 22miles ! In 3hrs 20mins

Sunday:   3miles cycle ride + I must of done about 1mile of running as I was on duty for linesman for the boys football game ;o) Everything counts

 Week 9 Monday 2nd March
March already ! I can feel some anxiety now, I’ve the Reading half marathon end of the month and London Full Marathon in only 8 weeks ! This is my main training month and I’ve started it in Chicago, where it is -9 degrees ! I’m going to use this week to focus on strength training. 

Monday:       1hour Hill-tervals (treadmill). 5mins steep incline, 2.5mins gentle incline. 

Tuesday: In washington, no training but I must have walked 3-4miles just around the capital seeing the Whitehouse, Capitol Hill,… awesome City ! 

Wednesday: 1hour hill run (treadmill) on an incline of 12%

Thursday:     45min Step Machine on highest resistance, followed by 30mins on Treadmill running at 8mi/hr

 Week 8 Monday 23rd February
I start the week consulting my trusted advisors, Chris O’Brien who has run a few marathons (with surprisingly few long runs in his training, he’s had some good times), Bobby who’se wife to be works with me and has had given me great advice so far and my brother Vim who is fast becoming a fitness bible! The verdict is get better for March so take a rest or go lightly this week ;o(

I now understand how much of a battering my body is taking through my training runs and sleepless nights from jetlag because of my work. So apart from stocking up on vitamins, drinking lots of fluid I think I’ll have to steal sleep and rest where I can.

I’d like to thank Bobby for this quote too…”Pain is just a weakness leaving the body”

Lets hope I can hit the road again soon, although I have another Chicago trip coming at the weekend. 

Tuesday: Not running to I do some stretching, core and strength training

Wednesday: No cough so I try a 7m jog, 1hr 4mins but felt ok

Thursday: Taking it easy, stick to stretching, core and strength training

Saturday: Feel ok so I try a half marathon focusing on technique and pace 9min/miles. I complete 13.2miles in 1hr 55mins. I’m happy with the time given I’ve not been well, but by now I was hoping to be seeing a time around 1hr50m. Sunday: Back to Chicago and looks like I’ll be training in the Gym given forecast is  -5 and some snow and rain during the week.

 Week 7 Monday 16th February
Saturday was tough, but stretching through the weekend helped. As I’m in the UK this week, Ithought I’d make the most of my runs with a Monday start.

Monday 5miles, 48mins. A gentle jog, may not be surprising but my thighs still ache after the long run ;o)
Tuesday 2miles. Started out meaning to do a 7mile run, but errr, well, lets just say I had stomach pains and needed to get back home ;o)

 Wednesday 7miles. 57mins ! Very close to a personal best for this distance….feeling good  ;o)

Friday 1hour 5-a-side football. I know I shouldn’t be playing but I needed to do something different, however I think I probably paid my price the next day !

Saturday 21miles, 3hrs15mins. I didn’t feel too good doing this and at the end of it I certainly didn’t look too good either. Apart from the previous nights football I thought I did everything right so couldn’t understand why I felt so bad after the run until… Sunday I know realise I was coming down with yet another cold ! Today I have the shivers, I feel lethargic, and have a sore throat/runny nose. However surprisingly my legs don’t feel too bad.

 Week 6 Monday 9th February
Having run on the Sunday, my legs are a bit tight and I plan only for a couple of session in the gym this week.  On days off I generally do some “core work”, that is situps, leg raises etc…I switch back to running on a treadmill at the gym in the hotel.
Tuesday 48mins Intervals 2mins 4mph 2mins 8mph
Thursday 60mins intervals 2mins 4mph 2mins 8mph                               
Satrurday 19miles, 2hrs54mins, having got home from Chicago at 10:30 in the morning, I’d already planned a long run with my brother. I’d a bit of a rest, unpacked, changed and around 13:30 went for the run. This was a tough one, even with the carb loading, carg gel, water… But running with my brother really helped me to push on. We did plan 20miles, but I felt 19 was enough and didn’t want to over do it.

 Week 5 Monday 2nd February
Hmmm, now I’m really challenged to stay on plan for training! Today we’ve had the most snow for about 20years. How inconvienient. As I don’t have a gym membership, I have to make do with some cardio on a step machine and rower I have at home.
Monday 40mins Step Machine, easy
Tuesday 40mins Step Machine, harder pace
Wednesday 40mins step, 30mins rower
Friday 40mins Step, 40 mins rower
Saturday I go to a marathon briefing in London, what a great event, so useful, learnt more and invested in two more pairs of trainers.
Sunday 16m jog, 2hrs 23m. I am back in Chicago, landed around 11am, went running around 3pm along the side of Lake Michigan. Great views, great sites, makes the run easier although I think I should have worn some warmer clothes. Nice to be running on the road again ;o)

 Week 4 Monday 26th January
Now I realise this is going to sound like I am a globe trotter, I have to add it is not as glamorise a lifestyle as you would think.
Tuesday/Wednesday I am in Amsterdam where it has snowed, and the hotel had no gym (honest !).
Monday 6.2miles, my 3hills course, in 57mins
Thursday 4.2miles brisk run in 33mins (should have gone to the loo, very hard running when you have to go!)
Saturday 15miles in 2hrs 15mins

 Week 3 Monday 19th January
Having started the previous week in earnest, this week I find myself in Chicago on a business trip. The weather here is between -5 and -20 this week, with lots of snow. So all my running has to be in the gym. This isn’t a bad thing, as alternating between surfaces helps build strength and reduce strain from running on concrete all the time. My personal challenge is that I find most gym’s too hot and boring.
Monday 6m easy jog on the treadmill, 1hour
Tuesday 40min interval session, 2mins at 4mph followed by 2mins at 8mph
Wednesday 1hour on step machine
Thursday 40min interval session, 2mins at 4mph followed by 2mins at 8mph
Saturday 13.2m run, 2hrs 11min. I did this run about 3hours after getting off the plane back from Chicago, and ran with my brother Vimal and cousin Varsha. We did this at a fairly gentle pace as Varsha only started training 1 couple of months ago and previously never ran.  I finished with a 100m sprint at full pace….felt really good !

 Week 2 Monday 12th January
Felt much better over the weekend, and got over the guilt of only doing one training run the previous week.
Monday I ran the same 7.2miles in 1hour 1min (I should be doing these in under 1hour, nevertheless progress).
Tuesday Stretching and some weights
Wednesday 6miles hill running, about 3mile warm up, followed by pace runs up 3 different hills, with another 1m warm down. 6miles in total in 56mins
Thursday 5.7miles running 3miles of intervals (fast between 2 lamp posts, and then slow between 2), in 53minutes
Saturday 10miles in 1hour 30mins

 Week 1 Monday 5th January
I was going to start my training the week before but I picked up a cold and chesty cough so the last time I’d done any running was Christmas eve. I was going to follow my male instincts and run off the cold, but a good friend of mine, Chris O’Brien, advised me that it would be a very dangerous thing to do. Then having read a bit I found out that had I run I would have put serious strain on my heart which could cause permanent damage ! So I decided to take bit more of a rest, although my cold was on it’s way out, I waited until it was totally clear.
Thursday I managed a very gentle 7mile run, which took about 1hour 7mins, 10mins slower than my best time.
Again I rested.

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I’ll now be giving regular updates on my running progress on this site so you can see how my training is going. Most training plans start from January, giving runners just under 4months to prepare for the marathon. Apart from the training, new runners like me spend a lot of time researching and learning about running.

I’ve decided to focus my weekday training on intervals, hills and strength, and use weekends for long runs. Necessity will vary my weekdays, but I’ve to plan my long runs, so here is the plan:

April

 26th  Race day

 19th  13m, race pace

 12th  20m, jog

 05th  rest

March

 29th  13m, Reading half

 22nd 14m, race pace

 15th  25m, jog

 08th  20m, race pace

 01st   rest

February

 22nd  25m

 15th  20m

 08th  16m

  1st   14m

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For those of you short on time, here’s the quick run down: I’m doing the 2009 London Marathon on behalf of Action for Children and I need your sponsorship please. If you have ideas about what you’d pay more for (e.g. shaving my head, getting my legs waxed) then tell me how much it would be worth and I will consider all suggestions.

For those of you short on time, here’s the quick run down: I’m doing the 2009 London Marathon on behalf of and I need your sponsorship please. If you have ideas about what you’d pay more for (e.g. shaving my head, getting my legs waxed) then tell me how much it would be worth and I will consider all suggestions.

The longer version…

Many of you have sponsored me in the past, most notably for sleeping on the streets of London, and I thank you again for your past support. The money raised was for NCH (National Childrens Home) – now called Action For Children. This year I decided to step up the game and do a bit more in return for your sponsorship by running the London Marathon for the first time !

So why this charity again? Well it’s simple, I believe children are our future, and that every child deserves to enjoy life and see a bright future. I’m sure everyone reading this page will be able to give this to their children, but there are so many families and children without families in the UK where this is simply not the case. This is where Action For Children steps in, to provide the care and support for the most vulnerable children in our society: children that are disabled, children that live in difficult circumstances, children that can’t live with their birth families or children experiencing severe difficulties in their lives. 

It’s a great charity, doing some amazing things on a daily basis, please be generous in your support. In return I will do my best to complete the marathon which I have already started training for (running 2-4 times a week, between 15-30 miles a week). Currently I’m on target to complete over 1000 miles in training runs by the time of the marathon in April next year.

However, if you like to see me do more, let me know how much it’s worth and I will certainly consider it ;o) For example running in a specific costume, shaving my head or waxing my legs.

Donating through Justgiving is quick, easy and totally secure. It’s also the most efficient way to sponsor me: Action for Children gets your money faster. Please tick the Gift Aid Box, it means the taxman also puts in a contribution as a % of whatever you sponsor me, it cost you no extra.

So please sponsor me now!

 

Race Day

05:00 my alarm goes off. I drink a pint of water and make mayself a big bowl of porridge with a bannana. I do a few stretches, shower and get ready. I do a few more stretches and head out to catch the train at 07:00. Many thanks to my brother for getting up and early and coming to the race with me.

 

 

 

It’s a beautiful day and getting to Greenwich was easy. At the pre-start there’s lots of people in costumes and by far the most credit goes to the people in the rhino suits…they are heavy! Oh, and I’m there with Red Hair !

 

 

 

I meet Chris O’Brien and again am given more words of encouragement. He’s been a real help throughout the training and in the last few days…thanks mate!

 

 

 

My plan is to do as many miles as possible. If I can get to the 13miles and meet my family and Charity, I’ll be happy to quit then. However as I run strangely my calf pain sems to go. But to make sure I stop every two miles and stretch. This really helps and the first half is relatively easy, and I had to stop myself going at the pace I know I can do, so that I don’t cause more injury.

 

 

 

The crowd support all the way round is simply amazing, a truely unforgettable experience ! I would highly recommend this to anyone !

 

Between 13-20miles my legs start to feel a bit tight, but the run-stretch-walk strategy seems to work well. I this point I feel I easily have the stamina, but do I have the legs?

 

 

 

At 23m my hamstring tightens and I start to get cramp, my quads also start to feel heavey and very tight…I am in pain ;o( If it were not for the crowds, this is where I would have stopped and gone home. With many of them shouting my name (it’s on my t shirt) I manage to walk, stagger and jog up to mile 25.

 

In the last 1000 meter’s I’ve seen a woman throw up, a man collapse and another lay down in agony. I feel so bad for them, so close. I see my family just before then end and muster up enough strength to run the last 200m. I see another man being helped by St.Johns over the finish line.

 

 

 

Strangley as you get to the end it can be quite emotional, and I feel my chest heaving and eyes swelling almost for a big sob. Just at that point though I hear someone behind sobbing very loudly ! I turn round, it a young lad no more than 20 years old, crying his heart out. I manage not to do the same, but feel empathy for his emotions.

 

 

 

Crossing the line and getting a medal is a blurr……

 

 

 

Final thanks to my loving wife for putting up with the 5:00am starts, the sweaty running gear and my moaning about legs hurting. To my brother for getting me into this and all his advice, Chris O Brien, Chis Millard for their encouragement and support. BUT also to everyone that has donated to this great cause.

 

 

If anyone reading this fancies running for a charity I highly recommend action For Children, they’ve been supportive all the way through. The post race shower, massage and meal reception is just awesome….thanks to Ruth and Madeliene at the charity to.

 

 

Well that’s it then…………until next year ! (I really want to get 3:45m under my belt ;o).

 

 

 

 

Night Before The Race

Well my calves really hurt and I’ve given them plenty of stretching, rest, massage, ice/heat. I leave Reading feeling 50:50 about running or not. Thanks to my friend Chris Millard for his concern for me, reminding me that there are other race days and that I should put myself first, he’s also been supportive all the way through….thanks mate !

 

By evening Kirti (my wife) and my brother are subjected to constant conversation about should I , shouldn’t I run. Now I start to wonder how embarrassing it would be if I didn’t make the first mile ! They re-assure me, and I go for a walk / jog at 9:30pm to see how I feel. Well my calves are still tight, but I was able to jog. I come back, rub tiger balm into my legs and hope for the best. Thanks to my wife and brother I am now resolute in turning up at least.

 

Week 16 Monday 20th April
 

Week 15 Monday 13th April
I start the week with a heavy cold/sore throat ;o(

Monday      40minutes step machine (max incline), 10k Row, 45minutes

Tuesday     7mile bike ride, I do the “3 hills”, seems much harder on a bike

Wednesday I see doctor and get some antibiotics for a throat infection! She also refers me to Physio for my foot.

Physio says: no running till marathon, except a couple of slow 5k’s. Ok to carry on doing my cardio workouts.

Thursday     10k Row, 45minutes

                   I have a sports massage booked for this evening

 

 

 

 

 

Week 14 Monday 06th April
Had a long chat with Chris O’Brien and feel much better now, I think I’ve trained enough to get round. Now need to focus on staying fit, keeping strong a and healthy. Sadly I found found out last week my brother’s injuries mean that he will not be able to run ;o( This highlights the stress training puts on your body, and highlights for me that I am potentially in danger of over training my long runs. I will start my taper from this week.
 

 

 

 

 

Week 13 Monday 30th March
Was nice to have a rest week, but this week is back to business as usual and I will end my week with my final really long run before the race day. Sadly I start the week knowing I have to run Race day on my own as my brother has picked up a calf injury and is unlikely to run ;o(

 

I have some cramp in my left foot since my 25m training run, I will try and get this checked out this week to avoid further injury.

 

Tuesday:    7miles, 59mins 3 long hill climbs (legs /feet feel great !)

Thursday:   4miles, 43mins jog.

Saturday:  22miles, 3hrs 27mins

                   This was a tough run and I’m notsure I got my hydration right I after 16miles I found the run very hard. I felt a sharp pain in my left calf after 20miles and had to walk the last mile home. Am quite disappointed as I wanted to get another 25m run under my belt.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 12 Monday 23rd March
My legs feel fine, although I have a cramp like pain in my toes. So I skip my run this morning to rest my feet some more, and am planning a gentle rest week in preparations for the Reading Half on Sunday. 

Wednesday: 7mile jog, 1hr4m (this is slow)

Thursday:     5miles, 2mile jog, 4×0.4m hill climbs, 40m     Sunday:       13miles 2hrs. This was the Reading Half Marathon which I ran with my cousin Varsha. This was her first race so I kept her company throughout and paced her for a 2hr finish.

 

Week 11 Monday 16th March
I feel really good about the run at the weekend, although the time indicates that I will finish at just over 4hours. I did plan to go for more, but my legs turned to lead and I struggled even to complete the last mile. The weather is making a massive difference to getting out in the morning, and for a change I am looking foward to my final weeks of training!                                                                                           Monday:   5miles, 45mins gentle jog to loosen up after weekends long run. Tuesday:  6miles, 2mile jog, 6×0.4m hill climbs, 57mins                   Thursday: 6miles, 2mile jog, 7×0.4m hill climbs, 58mins. I’m pleased with this session because I got a whole extra interval in more or less the same time !

 

Saturday:  25m 4hrs Well just under 4hrs ;o) What a beautiful weekend, perfect running conditions, and although the last 4miles were hard I felt really good for having done it! I think it’s the feeling of knowing that completing the course shoudl not be a problem and I can focus on trying to get a time under 4hours. AWESOME…I now need to get my sponsorship up and will continue to focus on strength and inetrval running. I hope to get one more 25m run in before the big day.

  

 

 

Week 10 Monday 9th March
Thank god for the early sunrise, makes getting up at 5:30 a lot easier! Weather in UK is improving too, so looking forward to get back into proper training this week. 

Monday:   7miles, 58mins pacey run (only a minute off my fastest ;o) 

Tuesday:  6.6miles, Jog + 6 x 0.4m hill climbs, 1hour  

Thursday: 6.miles, Jog + 5 x 0.4m hill climbs, 55mins

Saturday: 22miles ! In 3hrs 20mins

Sunday:   3miles cycle ride + I must of done about 1mile of running as I was on duty for linesman for the boys football game ;o) Everything counts

 

 

   

Week 9 Monday 2nd March
March already ! I can feel some anxiety now, I’ve the Reading half marathon end of the month and London Full Marathon in only 8 weeks ! This is my main training month and I’ve started it in Chicago, where it is -9 degrees ! I’m going to use this week to focus on strength training. 

Monday:       1hour Hill-tervals (treadmill). 5mins steep incline, 2.5mins gentle incline. 

Tuesday: In washington, no training but I must have walked 3-4miles just around the capital seeing the Whitehouse, Capitol Hill,… awesome City ! 

Wednesday: 1hour hill run (treadmill) on an incline of 12%

Thursday:     45min Step Machine on highest resistance, followed by 30mins on Treadmill running at 8mi/hr

 

 

   

Week 8 Monday 23rd February
I start the week consulting my trusted advisors, Chris O’Brien who has run a few marathons (with surprisingly few long runs in his training, he’s had some good times), Bobby who’se wife to be works with me and has had given me great advice so far and my brother Vim who is fast becoming a fitness bible! The verdict is get better for March so take a rest or go lightly this week ;o(

I now understand how much of a battering my body is taking through my training runs and sleepless nights from jetlag because of my work. So apart from stocking up on vitamins, drinking lots of fluid I think I’ll have to steal sleep and rest where I can.

I’d like to thank Bobby for this quote too…”Pain is just a weakness leaving the body”

Lets hope I can hit the road again soon, although I have another Chicago trip coming at the weekend. 

Tuesday: Not running to I do some stretching, core and strength training

Wednesday: No cough so I try a 7m jog, 1hr 4mins but felt ok

Thursday: Taking it easy, stick to stretching, core and strength training

Saturday: Feel ok so I try a half marathon focusing on technique and pace 9min/miles. I complete 13.2miles in 1hr 55mins. I’m happy with the time given I’ve not been well, but by now I was hoping to be seeing a time around 1hr50m. Sunday: Back to Chicago and looks like I’ll be training in the Gym given forecast is  -5 and some snow and rain during the week.

 

 

  

Week 7 Monday 16th February
Saturday was tough, but stretching through the weekend helped. As I’m in the UK this week, Ithought I’d make the most of my runs with a Monday start.

Monday 5miles, 48mins. A gentle jog, may not be surprising but my thighs still ache after the long run ;o)
Tuesday 2miles. Started out meaning to do a 7mile run, but errr, well, lets just say I had stomach pains and needed to get back home ;o)

 Wednesday 7miles. 57mins ! Very close to a personal best for this distance….feeling good  ;o)

Friday 1hour 5-a-side football. I know I shouldn’t be playing but I needed to do something different, however I think I probably paid my price the next day !

Saturday 21miles, 3hrs15mins. I didn’t feel too good doing this and at the end of it I certainly didn’t look too good either. Apart from the previous nights football I thought I did everything right so couldn’t understand why I felt so bad after the run until… Sunday I know realise I was coming down with yet another cold ! Today I have the shivers, I feel lethargic, and have a sore throat/runny nose. However surprisingly my legs don’t feel too bad.

 

 

   

Week 6 Monday 9th February
Having run on the Sunday, my legs are a bit tight and I plan only for a couple of session in the gym this week.  On days off I generally do some “core work”, that is situps, leg raises etc…I switch back to running on a treadmill at the gym in the hotel.
Tuesday 48mins Intervals 2mins 4mph 2mins 8mph
Thursday 60mins intervals 2mins 4mph 2mins 8mph                               
Satrurday 19miles, 2hrs54mins, having got home from Chicago at 10:30 in the morning, I’d already planned a long run with my brother. I’d a bit of a rest, unpacked, changed and around 13:30 went for the run. This was a tough one, even with the carb loading, carg gel, water… But running with my brother really helped me to push on. We did plan 20miles, but I felt 19 was enough and didn’t want to over do it.

 

 

   

Week 5 Monday 2nd February
Hmmm, now I’m really challenged to stay on plan for training! Today we’ve had the most snow for about 20years. How inconvienient. As I don’t have a gym membership, I have to make do with some cardio on a step machine and rower I have at home.
Monday 40mins Step Machine, easy
Tuesday 40mins Step Machine, harder pace
Wednesday 40mins step, 30mins rower
Friday 40mins Step, 40 mins rower
Saturday I go to a marathon briefing in London, what a great event, so useful, learnt more and invested in two more pairs of trainers.
Sunday 16m jog, 2hrs 23m. I am back in Chicago, landed around 11am, went running around 3pm along the side of Lake Michigan. Great views, great sites, makes the run easier although I think I should have worn some warmer clothes. Nice to be running on the road again ;o)

 

 

    

Week 4 Monday 26th January
Now I realise this is going to sound like I am a globe trotter, I have to add it is not as glamorise a lifestyle as you would think.
Tuesday/Wednesday I am in Amsterdam where it has snowed, and the hotel had no gym (honest !).
Monday 6.2miles, my 3hills course, in 57mins
Thursday 4.2miles brisk run in 33mins (should have gone to the loo, very hard running when you have to go!)
Saturday 15miles in 2hrs 15mins

 

 

   

Week 3 Monday 19th January
Having started the previous week in earnest, this week I find myself in Chicago on a business trip. The weather here is between -5 and -20 this week, with lots of snow. So all my running has to be in the gym. This isn’t a bad thing, as alternating between surfaces helps build strength and reduce strain from running on concrete all the time. My personal challenge is that I find most gym’s too hot and boring.
Monday 6m easy jog on the treadmill, 1hour
Tuesday 40min interval session, 2mins at 4mph followed by 2mins at 8mph
Wednesday 1hour on step machine
Thursday 40min interval session, 2mins at 4mph followed by 2mins at 8mph
Saturday 13.2m run, 2hrs 11min. I did this run about 3hours after getting off the plane back from Chicago, and ran with my brother Vimal and cousin Varsha. We did this at a fairly gentle pace as Varsha only started training 1 couple of months ago and previously never ran.  I finished with a 100m sprint at full pace….felt really good !

 

 

    

Week 2 Monday 12th January
Felt much better over the weekend, and got over the guilt of only doing one training run the previous week.
Monday I ran the same 7.2miles in 1hour 1min (I should be doing these in under 1hour, nevertheless progress).
Tuesday Stretching and some weights
Wednesday 6miles hill running, about 3mile warm up, followed by pace runs up 3 different hills, with another 1m warm down. 6miles in total in 56mins
Thursday 5.7miles running 3miles of intervals (fast between 2 lamp posts, and then slow between 2), in 53minutes
Saturday 10miles in 1hour 30mins

 

 

    

Week 1 Monday 5th January
I was going to start my training the week before but I picked up a cold and chesty cough so the last time I’d done any running was Christmas eve. I was going to follow my male instincts and run off the cold, but a good friend of mine, Chris O’Brien, advised me that it would be a very dangerous thing to do. Then having read a bit I found out that had I run I would have put serious strain on my heart which could cause permanent damage ! So I decided to take bit more of a rest, although my cold was on it’s way out, I waited until it was totally clear.
Thursday I managed a very gentle 7mile run, which took about 1hour 7mins, 10mins slower than my best time.
Again I rested.

 

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I’ll now be giving regular updates on my running progress on this site so you can see how my training is going. Most training plans start from January, giving runners just under 4months to prepare for the marathon. Apart from the training, new runners like me spend a lot of time researching and learning about running.

I’ve decided to focus my weekday training on intervals, hills and strength, and use weekends for long runs. Necessity will vary my weekdays, but I’ve to plan my long runs, so here is the plan:

April

 26th  Race day

 19th  13m, race pace

 12th  20m, jog

 05th  rest

March

 29th  13m, Reading half

 22nd 14m, race pace

 15th  25m, jog

 08th  20m, race pace

 01st   rest

February

 22nd  25m

 15th  20m

 08th  16m

  1st   14m

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Well shortly after I wrote the above I was off to the doctor with a sharp pain in left foot and a sore throat. Turns out the pain in my foot is an inflamed tendon and the doctors advice is to rest my foot for 3 weeks! When I told I was doing the marathon he said i could try resting 5 days, and see how I go from there.

Most of the week has therefore been doing salt gargles for my sore throat, drinking plenty of water and orange juice. And I’ve been using ICE on my foot, and applying an anti inflammatory cream.

 

I will now have to delay my taper to get one long run in next week hopefuly ;o(  I’m just hoping that I will be able to resume my training next week, else I am in danger of not being able to run on the big. Having done a 1000 miles of training this would be a massive disappointment. Fingers crossed everybody !

What a rollercoaster this last month has been! The inflamed tendon seemed to be healed over the weekend, so I went out Saturday for a little jog. 6miles in a got a sharp pain from my ankle to calf ! I had to be rescued by my wife and feared the worst. With some ice packs my ankle seemed to be fine on Sunday. Sunday I voluntered to run the line at my son’s football game, nothing strenuous I thought…ping again the sharp pain in ankle/calf….more ICE/Heat pad and massage.

 

 

Monday     I saw Physio this monring and have been told strictly no more exercise this week……until Sunday when I’ll be running the marathon! A year ago there was no chance I would have been happy at the mere thought of running 26miles, but today was like winning the lottery…Another bit of good fortune is that my charity have given me 4 grandstand tickets for the race ! at last things are looking up again ;o)

 

Tuesday: Did about half an hour of various stretches. My calf and legs feel fine. Am in Holland now for 3days.

 

Wednesday: Did a few stretches in the morning again. My cold and throat infection seemed to have cleared….hooray. However later I get a sharp pain in my calf again ;o(

 

Thursday: I do some stretches again, and this time my calf really HURTS. I fear the worst, I won’t run ;o( However I still make my way to the marathon expo to pick up my race number. Am due to see Physio again on Friday now.

 

 

 

 

For those of you short on time, here’s the quick run down: I’m doing the 2009 London Marathon on behalf of Action for Children and I need your sponsorship please. If you have ideas about what you’d pay more for (e.g. shaving my head, getting my legs waxed) then tell me how much it would be worth and I will consider all suggestions.

For those of you short on time, here’s the quick run down: I’m doing the 2009 London Marathon on behalf of and I need your sponsorship please. If you have ideas about what you’d pay more for (e.g. shaving my head, getting my legs waxed) then tell me how much it would be worth and I will consider all suggestions.

The longer version…

Many of you have sponsored me in the past, most notably for sleeping on the streets of London, and I thank you again for your past support. The money raised was for NCH (National Childrens Home) – now called Action For Children. This year I decided to step up the game and do a bit more in return for your sponsorship by running the London Marathon for the first time !

So why this charity again? Well it’s simple, I believe children are our future, and that every child deserves to enjoy life and see a bright future. I’m sure everyone reading this page will be able to give this to their children, but there are so many families and children without families in the UK where this is simply not the case. This is where Action For Children steps in, to provide the care and support for the most vulnerable children in our society: children that are disabled, children that live in difficult circumstances, children that can’t live with their birth families or children experiencing severe difficulties in their lives. 

It’s a great charity, doing some amazing things on a daily basis, please be generous in your support. In return I will do my best to complete the marathon which I have already started training for (running 2-4 times a week, between 15-30 miles a week). Currently I’m on target to complete over 1000 miles in training runs by the time of the marathon in April next year.

However, if you like to see me do more, let me know how much it’s worth and I will certainly consider it ;o) For example running in a specific costume, shaving my head or waxing my legs.

Donating through Justgiving is quick, easy and totally secure. It’s also the most efficient way to sponsor me: Action for Children gets your money faster. Please tick the Gift Aid Box, it means the taxman also puts in a contribution as a % of whatever you sponsor me, it cost you no extra.

So please sponsor me now!

Dharmesh is running the London Marathon – 26 April 2009

November 15, 2008

Many of you have sponsored me in the past, most notably for sleeping on the streets of London, and I thank you again for your past support. The money raised was for NCH (National Childrens Home) – now called Action For Children – http://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/. This year I decided to step up the game and do a bit more in return for your sponsorship by running the London Marathon for the first time !

So why this charity again? Well it’s simple, I believe children are our future, and that every child deserves to enjoy life and see a bright future. I’m sure everyone reading this page will be able to give this to their children, but there are so many families and children without families in the UK where this is simply not the case. This is where Action For Children steps in, to provide the care and support for the most vulnerable children in our society: children that are disabled, children that live in difficult circumstances, children that can’t live with their birth families or children experiencing severe difficulties in their lives. 

It’s a great charity, doing some amazing things on a daily basis, please be generous in your support. In return I will do my best to complete the marathon which I have already started training for (running 2-4 times a week, between 15-30 miles a week). Currently I’m on target to complete over 1000 miles in training runs by the time of the marathon in April next year.

However, if you like to see me do more, let me know how much it’s worth and I will certainly consider it ;o) For example running in a specific costume, shaving my head or waxing my legs.

Donating through Justgiving is quick, easy and totally secure. It’s also the most efficient way to sponsor me: Action for Children gets your money faster. Please tick the Gift Aid Box, it means the taxman also puts in a contribution as a % of whatever you sponsor me, it cost you no extra.

So please sponsor me now at:

www.justgiving.com\dharmeshmistry

Dharmesh Mistry, CTO/COO – edge IPK

July 8, 2008

 

We’re witnessing technology’s coming of age: from the era of business automation to the era of business agility’

Dharmesh is co-founder and Chief Technology and Operations Officer for edge IPK. At edge IPK Dharmesh leads product development and professional services. He champions thought leadership about the presentation layer (user interface) within SOA. This blog focuses on key areas of his thought leadership. 

Since 1996 Dharmesh has successfully pioneered some of the earliest online financial services solutions in the UK, including Multi-Channel Internet banking for The Co-operative Bank (internet, PDA and Kiosk) and Woolwich Open Plan Services (Internet, Call Centre and Mobile) plus Internet insurance sales for Eagle Star Direct.  At the same time, Dharmesh’s team has re-written the online rulebook in terms of achievable delivery times and pioneering solutions.

 

Dharmesh started his career at LloydsTSB and moved onto NatWest, developing leading edge IT solutions and providing business consulting.  He soon gained a reputation as a visionary, promoting radical ideas for how the banks could use technology to create new business models.  He promoted the idea of franchising (retail brands offering core banking services) many years ahead of its eventual adoption as a commonplace banking strategy as well as pioneering the concept of Single Customer View for LloydsTSB almost 20 years ago.

 

At LloydsTSB, Dharmesh worked with senior management on a business re-engineering project delivering solutions to provide significant business benefit. He then developed workflow expertise with specialist software vendor Centrefile. Dharmesh moved into NatWest Bank where he defined the technology strategy for NatWest’s Card Services.

 

Most recently Dharmesh has been involved in the global deployment of edgeConnect, edgeIPK’s flagship product, for ABN Amro. He is also working closely with Manchester Business School on End User Development and is a key company spokesman on the IT Skills Shortage issue being addressed by the UK Government.

 


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