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West Highland Way 2012.

Posted by Rob Woollen on June 27, 2012 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (8)

The West Highland Way Race is a 95 mile ultra-marathon, running through the Highlands directly from Milngavie (7 miles north of Glasgow) to Fort William at the foot of Ben Nevis. Many consider it an achievement to walk the path in a week, but this race is non-stop with a 36 hour time limit (of course you stop to eat and change clothes). With around 15,000 ft of ascent it is no walk in the park and I ran last year as part of a team with my Tough Guy ( http://www.toughguy.co.uk ) buddy Denzil. ...

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Ironman UK 2010. What went wrong?

Posted by Rob Woollen on August 23, 2010 at 10:18 AM Comments comments (3)

Those of you who know me will be aware that I was hoping to knock an hour or so off last year's Ironman time. Last year I had an injury which prevented me from fulfilling my potential in the marathon so I was ready to get to work this time around.


Unfortunately it was not to be. I was on target to knock an hour off until the 13 mile point in the run. At that stage my legs just gave in and I was forced to drop my pace significantly to the point where I finally came in 10 mins...

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Do you REALLY need to stop? ADIL triathlon 27/06/10

Posted by Rob Woollen on June 29, 2010 at 6:14 AM Comments comments (1)

Wow! This was truly the hardest race I have ever entered. Only half the distance of Ironman, but so much harder!


After a fairly standard 1.9km swim in Ullswater we set off for the 56mile Bike route. Those familiar with the Lake District may know the Kirkstone Pass (including the top bit called - The Struggle. With a top speed of 41.2mph, and a lowest speed of about 4mph, I made it round with an average of just over 16mph.Thanks to all my clients I pushed on to stay on...

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What do you think about when you're racing? Cartmel Trail Race 21/03/10

Posted by Rob Woollen on June 29, 2010 at 6:07 AM Comments comments (0)

Cartmel in the Lake District is a lovely venue for a trail run. This was 17km of fairly challenging terrain - and we got a Sticky Toffee Pudding for our trouble!


The question I decided to answer for you this time around is one that I am often asked. What do you think about when you are running for two hours. I decided to really give that question some thought during the run.


If you have asked me that question before, I have probably said that I use the run ...

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Final Diet Chef summary and overall results

Posted by Rob Woollen on March 13, 2010 at 6:04 AM Comments comments (3)

Please read the results in combination with the comments on Diet Chef below. We did not achieve this simply by following their plan - we had to make significant adjustments. Here is how we stacked up over the 4 weeks.


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Overall weight loss - 7.2lb

Fat loss -4.6lb

Lean tissue loss -2.6lb

Starting BMI -22

Final BMI - 21

Starting body fat - 13.6%

Finish body fat - 11.2%


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Week 4 Results

Posted by Rob Woollen on March 13, 2010 at 5:58 AM Comments comments (0)

Well it is now the end of the trial.


I will give the results in this section - the next post will contain the science, and my final summary of the plan and its merits and issues.


This week I have had a hard week. There was one day when i was at the NEC when I could not stick to the plan. Whe I got to my hotel in Coventry at 9:30pm they had stopped doing food. I went to 3 pubs, but nobody would serve food. In the end I had to eat chips. Having been away from...

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Week 3 Results

Posted by Rob Woollen on March 13, 2010 at 5:51 AM Comments comments (0)

Week 3 results now in.

We have both had a good week. My friend has kicked ass on the exercise front and her new eating plan is not too hard on her. We have both realised that it is quite normal to feel hungry from time to time - we do it whatever eating plan we follow (even no plan!). This is certainly no worse than "normality".


This week I have dropped my weight by 0.8kg (1.8lb) but in fact my body fat has not changed at all. I am not too concerned about this as I am ...

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