MTR#35: 10 miles – last long run argh!

2016-05-15 15.02.16Today’s 10-miler was my last long run before the marathon next weekend, aarrrgghhh!!! My legs felt a little bit tired, but I was in a good mood, the weather was perfect and I had some great tunes on my iPod so it was easy to keep going. I particularly enjoyed air-ukeleleing to Noah & the Whale!

If the weather gods could arrange for exactly this weather next week – sunny with a nice cool breeze – I’ll be very happy indeed!2016-05-15 18.41.52

I’ll be doing a few short ones this week and then this time next week I will be a proper marathon runner!! It’ll be tough, for sure, but there’s no doubt in my mind that I will make it – the question is, will my right big toenail?!?!

 

https://www.strava.com/activities/576916468/embed/cdfa8922626a784dfb1cddcb52cf3c92e66b63d8

MTR#33: 6 miles – getting my mojo back!

2016-05-10 20.21.28Tuesday nights are when I normally run with Becky, so off we went tonight, hoping it would shake me out of my rut!

I worked, yay 🙂 In fact, Becky’s knee was starting to twinge, so she decided to call it quits after 5 miles or so, but I carried on for another mile to round it up to 6. I wouldn’t say I exactly *loved* that run, but running with someone else was definitely what I needed to get back on track.

https://www.strava.com/activities/576916436/embed/c1ddd48f87d0a511c9c3159e02871a0b55bb6574

 

MTR#32: 12.7 miles, but ugh.

2016-05-08 19.51.52Well that was officially my worst run ever.

Having not run all week, apart from a quick and reluctant 5km last night, I knew I needed to get my long run in today, but I was SO not up for it! It was supposed to be my first taper run of 14 miles, so I planned a route that would take me to Tom’s cricket club, where I could have a sit down and watch the cricket for a bit before running back.

Well, that was the plan and I more or less made it to the cricket club OK (just a couple of uphill walk-breaks near the end), but after that I totally lost it and ended up taking a shorter route home, and walking a lot more of it than I’d like.

It was really hot today, which didn’t help, and I felt like there was nothing in my legs, but more than that I was just in a really negative mood. I’m not sure why. It was a beautiful day today, so I tried telling myself to enjoy the scenery even when I was walking, but for some reason everything was making me grumpy.

Bah humbug.

https://www.strava.com/activities/576916451/embed/e56f2105ac84547bb89cadb75ac38c7e5c05c169

MTR#31: Lazy 5km

2016-05-07 20.12.52Uh oh, I’ve lost my mojo.

After completing an epic 20 miles last Sunday, I have taken it too easy this week, and fallen off the wagon a bit.

Although hubby and I went for a long and pretty hilly walk on Monday, I haven’t actually run since then, until today. I was going to do about 8 miles today, but I kept putting it off and putting it off…Then, when I eventually did put my running gear on and was just about to head off out the door, I got a call from my brother-in-law asking if I wanted to go for a few drinks to celebrate his girlfriend’s birthday. It was already 8pm by then, so I decided to go for a quick 3 miler and get back in time to join them in the pub before closing time.

Oh well, a short run is better than no run…

https://www.strava.com/activities/576916424/embed/3f8128b2b3748660f8b01b815e990900cb60b4fe

MTR#30: 20 MILES!

2016-05-01 16.14.55Oh. My. God. I just ran for over 3.5 hours without stopping and covered 20 motherflippin miles!

SO TIRED!

I was so nervous about doing this run, my longest training run before tapering for the marathon! I wondered if I would be up to it, considering I have been ill recently, and did over 13 miles just the other day, but er, yes, it seems I was!

One thing that has been rather lacking in my marathon training so far is proper fuel. I still haven’t managed to get to a sports shop to buy some gels, but I figured I would probably need a bit of sugary help today, so I got some fizzy and non-fizzy cola bottle jelly sweets from the convenience shop instead! I ate one sweet every mile, which gave me something to look forward to every 10 minutes or so – in fact I definitely appreciated the mouth-watering qualities of the fizzy ones! I am exhausted now but I never felt like I’d completely hit the wall, and my stomach was fine too, so it must have helped (although the sweets did start getting a bit squidgy towards the end from being in my pocket!).

Still not entirely sure where I’m going to find the oomph to keep going another 6 miles…but I’ve been saying that throughout this training and I seem to keep adding the miles on…what’s another 6!?

All together now….TAPER!!!! 😀

MTR#28: 5.9 miles with Run Alcester

2016-04-27 19.34.05Given that, over the last two nights, I’ve played and umpired netball matches in torrential rain, gale force winds and hail storms, tonight’s gloriously sunny evening run with the Run Alcester lot was a refreshing change! Still a bit of a nip in the air, but I soon warmed up tonight’s average pace of 9:05 minute miles over nearly 6 miles! Speedy Gonzalez!

My chest still isn’t 100% back to normal after my recent flu, but I’m definitely feeling much, much better – no excuses not to get back on the marathon training wagon properly now!

Oh, and I got a CR on Strava for the first time in absolutely ages today! Yay!

https://www.strava.com/activities/558508990/embed/25ae293b070d5f0d1bbe370b5ceac2e04a0a60b1

MTR#26: 15 miles

2016-04-15 18.39.56I tried really hard to excuse myself from running today as I’m a bit ill, but Tom made me go :-/ Although the glands under my armpits are a bit sore and swollen (which I’m sure you really wanted to know!) and I have a bit of a sniffle, I don’t feel that bad really and it’s certainly not on my chest (yet…) so I’m glad he convinced me to go in the end. Plus we’re going on a little mini-holiday tomorrow so I’ll be having 4 days off – needed to get my long run in, especially as I have missed one training run this week (naughty naughty!)!

Happily my long run this week was a bit of a step-back, so I *only* had to do 15 miles. I took it pretty slowly and dare say I rather enjoyed it, although I am really achy now! I think that might be more to do with the flu I’m fighting than the running, but it probably didn’t help that today’s route was rather hilly!

https://www.strava.com/activities/546274730/embed/41f54ea40b977b1f1e9fb54d7f09bd3f51b61b2c

MTR#25: 6.5 miles with Run Alcester

2016-04-13 21.05.09It may or may not be anything to do with the two pints of cider that I consumed post-run this evening, but today has been one of those days where I am so happy and thankful to be a runner!!

After the ludicrous vote by Stoke Gifford parish council in Bristol to impose a charge on Little Stoke parkrun for using a public park – the first case of its kind in the world – there was a lot of negativity on social media last night. I was barely able to sleep after writing my own massive rant about the stupidity and short-sightedness of the decision, and thousands of other passionate parkrunners also took to Facebook, Twitter, blogs, online petitions, emails and even the national news to air their outrage.

Some people have been spamming the parish councillors’ email addresses with angry emails, and many others have been talking about staging a protest parkrun involving thousands of people descending on Little Stoke this Saturday. I even considered that this might be something I’d like to do, if I wasn’t going away this weekend.

Parkrun UK has formally expressed its disappointment and announced that the council’s decision will be appealed. In the meantime, and in the event that the decision is not overturned, Little Stoke’s event directors are standing true to the spirit of parkrun by announcing that they will not bend to the council’s ridiculous charge, but will find an alternative venue that will keep parkrun “free forever”.

Tweets and shares quickly did the rounds to discourage angry parkrunners from staging any kind of vigilante protest run, and later an official email from parkrun UK was circulated to quiet everyone down, urging the parkrun community to “remain calm and measured in our actions” while the organisation deals with the fiasco via “the proper channels”. I dare say that there will be more than the average number of runners at Little Stoke this weekend, since Stoke Gifford parish council have so “graciously” given until the end of May to reach a resolution (i.e. if you won’t pay to use the park yourself, apply for a grant and get someone else to pay on your behalf), but I suppose this just goes to show how passionate people feel about parkrun, and the the threat that Stoke Gifford’s decision might pose to their own events around the country, and the world. It really is very humbling and I am so proud to be a part of the parkrun family!

Anyway, I had a fabulous run in the sun this evening with the guys from Run Alcester. The pace was pretty quick for me tonight – averaging 9:38 minute miles! – and we finished up in the pub. Which brings this blog post full-circle. Mmm cider…

https://www.strava.com/activities/544575832/embed/6bb292e1a66280d5a0eed05764d867442cb70d97