Al Ingham

Wellington Round the Bays 2020

Training Complete

A short 10 minute jaunt after paying a visit to Mitre 10 later, and I've completed my training plan for the 10km run that sets off tomorrow morning. 

Since November 17, I've run a total of 122.98km. 

That's almost 3 marathons across 4 months. 

Part of me can't quite believe it.

The rest of me can. My calves have been sore for a month or so. My mind has become a bit despondant towards exercise of late, and I'm kind of glad that it will be all over after tomorrow.

Of course, I still want to keep some form of exercise up, but what form that takes I'm not sure. 

I've had people ask me this week whether I'm ready for the run on Sunday. Truth be told - I'm not sure. All I know is that I've followed the training plan I set myself to. I've done my best. I've put myself in the best possible position to be able to complete tomorrow's run. 

I guess there's nothing left to do but rest until tomorrow!

Biggest Training Run Yet

It's 8:40 on Sunday morning. This Sunday, I face my biggest challenge yet. 

The training run today is set for 60 minutes. 

One hour.

This is a big deal for me, because this time last year, there was no conceviable way that I would ever get to this point. I'd heard others just popping out for an hour run here and there, but to me, who could only really last 20 minutes at a push, that was crazy. 

Yet now... here I am. About to head out for an hour and run for the entire time. 

I know, looking at the stats on my runs, that this 10km is going to take me longer, probably closer to an hour and a half - but for now, this is a big deal. 

Wish me luck!


Hi all,

A quick update on the training for you.

Unfortunately it's not good news.

On Thursday, in unrelated physical activity (Indoor Cricket) my back gave out and I was rendered cripple for the weekend. This comes at a bad time, with this week's big run being scheduled for Saturday, at the length of 45minutes. 

With my back the way it is, although getting better, it is nowhere near okay. 

Today (Sunday) I will be completing 45 minutes, but will be going for a stroll rather than a walk as I nurse my back to recovery. Better to take things easy rather than push it and make things worse before mid February.

'Til next time!

Woah - We're half way there...

So today marked a pretty big milestone in my training.

Centred around big runs on Sunday, I've been looking forward to this one for a while.

It was a 35 minute run - something which has been more than a little daunting for me in the past.

Setting out was tough work, with my legs still sore from the week that's just been. Eventually they settled into their work though, and I was able to complete the run without stopping. I was able to set myself off at a consistent pace of 7mins per kilometre.

Towards the end, I was becoming more and more aware that I could actually get to a bit of a distance milestone: 5km!

Being that I'm training for a 10km run, it was a pretty substantial milestone to be reaching.

So far, following the plan, I have completed 19 training runs out of the 41 I'm set for. So not half way through the trainings, but I'm half way in distance.

In addition, I've run a total of 46.74km in training - so over a marathon run since mid November!


Longest Run

I'm back! I've still been running my training runs as per the plan, just that I haven't had the time to write about each of them.

Today however, I reached a personal milestone. It really put my struggle in perspective.

Today also marks my longest run to date. Ever. Well... I've been logging my runs in RunKeeper since 2013. So pretty much ever!

I ran for a total of 30 minutes, without stopping (except for stretching the calf out at the 3km mark...)

I ran a total of 4.36km. I'm quite proud.

However, its about perspective. Yes - it's my longest run. But its not even HALF the distance that I need to run in the final race.

Good thing it's a "marathon" not a sprint!

Today marks 9 weeks until the 10km run.


Sunday Run

The rain set in for a good part of the afternoon, but seemed to clear a little after 5:30 which I took the opportunity to sneak my run in. 20minutes non stop jogging.

Vicky came as well, but only walked, as she only runs if she's being chased! The loop around I did was my attempt at trying to find her, before giving up and walking back to the car!

Friday Evening Run

The first of what I suspect will be many EVENING training run. Purely and simply, it was too hot during the day AND I had an after-work function. So it was easier just to run later than I normally do.

Seemed to go okay. Definitely getting easier, but still only running mid 2km in distance - 10km seems a long way off!

Training Run & Weight

So, I've decided to track a few things on my way to the goal.

One of them is the pace I'm running at, and making sure that it is manageable for the long distance run of 10km. 

The second is my weight, which has been increasing over winter (probably keeping me far too warm!)

Today was a 10km run, which will be followed up on Friday, one of the more quicker turn arounds - and of course with Cricket in the middle.

My weight dropped a KG in the first week of training. Today, it's back up that kg as some of the fat turns to muscle, and some of my eating habits catch up with the exercise.

I'm not doing this to lose weight as such, and I know if that was a goal I'd have to sort out my diet, but I figure I can track it and see what this training does for it.

Latest Training Run

My second Sunday run went well - a 15 minute session non-stop jogging where I have to be careful not to wear myself out early on!

As I found out in the session's split timings, I actually got faster over the time! 

Who'd know!

Ten Min Jog - Pre Cricket Workout

So those of you who know me well know that I play for a social Indoor Cricket team. It has become a massive part of my well-being plan, to the point where I prioritise it over just about every other part of my life.

Today however, my training plan also said I had to do a 10 minute run - something that I'd shyed away from doing in the past, to keep myself rested before the game of cricket.

So, seeing as it's currently only grading games for the season ahead, I decided I'd see how I go with a ten minute run before the game. I note that there are several runs I have to do on Thursday's, so we will see how it goes!

It was also my first run in my NEW "I'm Sweating it for Mental Health" purple run shirt!

Second Training Run

The first 'back to back' training session. Not really an issue - the hardest part was jogging at a 'slow slow slow' pace (according to the training plan). But I can see why that was the case, as it wasn't about distance, but about pacing yourself after running yesterday as well, so that these can be combined for longer running later on.

First Training Run

According to the plan, today is the first training run for me.

It was a 15minute jog, focussed on jogging for the entire time, which I achieved. Relatively pleased with the result. Nice and easy start. 


Training Plan

Having never run 10km in one shot before, I figured I'm going to need to do a bit of work to get there.

Thankfully, the Mental Health Foundation have a training programme set up for the Auckland Marathon event. 

So, I've gone through and colour coded the runs depending on the pace for each one, and will keep track of my progress throughout. I've taken the race day and worked backwards. Luckily, timing wise I've only really missed one week of training, though I was already running for the last couple of weeks. 

I'm not saying it's the ultimate guide, but its what I'm prepared to use for this event and hopefully it goes well!

Three hours in...


I'm blown away. It turns out I know some incredibly generous people!

Thanks to all who have given so far. I don't even care how much, every little bit helps! I am amazed at people's generosity.

I've reached my target in only three hours.

So.... Time to set a secondary goal...

I'm thinking $1000. 

A hundred dollars for each kilometre. 


Thank you!

Team Mental Health Foundation

In 2012 I took myself to the GP with heavy signs of depression. 

Seven years later, and I'm still battling it, though in a much better place, and more able to deal with it. The hurt is still real, but it's less intense and I have strategies (and medication) that help me manage it better. Things like not working all the time (I'm a teacher so that's nearly impossible), doing things I love (building electric guitars and being creative), and keeping active (playing Indoor cricket each week) are all part of this.

At the start of 2019 I began running more intently as a focused attempt to get healthier, inside and out.

When I saw the T-Shirt "I'm Sweating for Mental Health" promotion, I knew I had to get one.

So here I am... raising awareness firstly, and then raising money secondly, to get myself a T-shirt and participate in my first ever Wellington Round the Bays.

Let it be known... I have NEVER run 10km at once before. I think I've maybe done it in a very good week of running when I was on term break once...

So this is going to be a challenge!


Your donation will help the Mental Health Foundation to provide people with free information, resources and campaigns covering the A-Z of mental health and wellbeing topics. It will also help them advocate for helpful and hopeful policies and services for people living with mental illness.

I am aiming to raise $200 and get a t-shirt, but ultimately if you want to get me past the $10k mark, that'd be great as well! It's only $1000 for each Km I'm running.

Please show your support and donate to my page!

Thank you to our supporters


Al Ingham



What you’re doing is fantastic! Grit through it... we know you can!


Bridget Ingham

All the best for Sunday! You can do it!!






Awhina Waimotu


Gareth Wood

Good on you Al!




Stu And Nicola

Good on ya bro!!


Bron Poad

Go well mate. Proud of you Bron xx


Tina Banks ;)

So freakin proud!! Well done!


The Barclay Family


The Jacques Crew

This is an awesome thing to be doing. Go you!!


Mum And Dad

Good on you Al - one step at a time. You can do it.


Emma Goodwin

Such a awesome cause! You can do it!


Russell Browning

You’d better run fast because I have a dog. The dog isn’t vicious or anything, she just likes running


Jennifer Adams

I believe in you Al. And I am very proud of you.


Louise Flanagan

Run like you are being chased!



Fantastic, Al! Great project and purpose. Aim high - I’m sure you can raise more than a sweat!


Cherie Tinetti

Proud of ya! Good luck 😊


Stephanie Hall