Here we go again…

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Me and my brother-in-law Howard completed the Two Castles 10Km run on 12th June

So I haven’t been running much recently, which you might have guessed if you’re a regular reader of this blog! I have no excuses – no injuries, no major life events…I’ve just been quite lazy! After the marathon in May, I suddenly had no reason to get up and go for a run…so I didn’t!

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Post-run on 1st June

I have done a few runs…just not many. Since I last posted in on 28th May, I did a short-ish run with the Run Alcester gang, and then the Two Castles 10km race on the 12th June with my brother-in-law. That went pretty well, despite the fact that I totally wasn’t up for it, and it absolutely hammered it down with rain, but I was pleased with my time of just over 56 minutes – not a 10km PB but it is a course PB by quite a way, and it’s a pretty hilly course too.

But since the 12th June…nothing. And I have continued to eat as if I was still training for a marathon! So when I pulled on my netball kit the other day and found it a bit of a squeeze to fit in my skirt, I realised it was time to get running again!

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Arrow Valley parkrun 16th July

I did my first parkrun in quite a while last Saturday, which – as always – was great fun, and made me regret every time I’ve ever stayed in bed on a Saturday morning! It happened to be Arrow Valley parkrun’s 4th birthday, so as well as a huge field of 395 runners (!!!), many of them in fancy dress (including some bonkers people in onesies on a really hot, muggy day – and one guy dressed as a tree?!?), we ran the usual two-lap course backwards, which made a nice change!

Inspired to start making running a part of my schedule again, I got in touch with Becky, who has been out injured for a while, and we made plans to resurrect our previously-regular Tuesday night runs. So that’s what we did tonight – only we hadn’t bargained on it being the hottest day of the year so far – over 30ºC, even after 7pm, phew!! Still, we did it, a hot and sweaty, no pressure 4 miles, and we’re already talking about entering the Birmingham Half Marathon  and the Tempo 10K Winter Series. We’re back!

Worcester Marathon!

20160522_143726I only bloody went and did it! At last I can call myself a proper marathon runner! Worcester Marathon – conquered!

I was SO nervous and jittery last night as I got all my kit together, although surprisingly I slept fairly well. It helped that because Worcester is only half an hour’s drive away, I didn’t have to get up at stupid o’clock! The alarm went off at a very respectable 7.30am, and after a leisurely porridge breakfast I was off!

What was also rather lovely was the fact that my hubs was able to drive me there and back. He usually works on Sundays, but he’d decided to call off his tour for the day to come and cheer me on, yay! And let me tell you, I was SO glad that he did! It was so nice to see him a couple of times on the route and get a cheeky little kiss as I went past to keep my spirits up 🙂

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Me and hubby at the finish!

I was surprised at how big an event it was! Nearly 1000 runners took part, which made for a brilliant atmosphere – on the first lap at least! There was a half marathon at the same time though, and only 255 of us were mad enough to complete the full marathon, which meant that most of the runners and supporters had gone home by the time I started the second lap! It was a beautiful countryside route though (confusing that the medal has Worcester Cathedral on it, seeing as we didn’t actually go anywhere near the city centre!) but OMG it was hilly!! There were a few quite big lumps, but pretty much all the way round was either slightly up or slightly downhill – it never felt particularly flat! “Undulating”, I think they call it!

I had some running buddies on the first lap – two ladies called Rebecca and Lina from Regency Runners in Leamington who I bumped into on the start line – I’d actually met them before in Stratford when I did my second 401 Challenge “marathon” (in quote marks because I’m not 100% convinced that, as a standalone effort, it really counts as a proper marathon if you stop for lunch halfway round!). Lina was doing the half marathon, so we said goodbye to her at the 11 mile mark, which is where the full marathon runners peeled off to start the second lap-and-a-bit. I stuck with Rebecca at her speedy 10 min/mile pace for most of the first lap, but she pulled away from me at around 13 miles and finished in a brilliant time of 4:26:22! ),

I dropped the pace a little bit and stayed with another girl called Jess who we’d got chatting to early on in the race, but she dropped back even further after a few more miles and I heard on the grapevine that she actually retired with an injury at some point. I hope she’s OK! 😦

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Things really started to get tough at around 16-17 miles. I’m not sure if it was “the wall”, but I definitely found it quite mentally challenging once the field significantly thinned out.  It didn’t help that I had to have a quick, ahem, pitstop at around mile 20 (fortunately there was a portaloo, so I didn’t have to use what my friend Amy calls the “facilitrees”!), and I had a massive battle with myself about whether I was going to let myself walk up a big hill that I knew was coming up. As it turns out, I didn’t walk that one, but I did take a few little walk breaks a bit later on. I’m a bit disappointed about that, but I’m not going to dwell on it. It was my first marathon so it just gives me something to build on next time 😉

The last little bit of the race was really nice as it veered off the road and onto the Worcester canal tow path. As I came into the Sixways Stadium car park towards the finish line, Lina came running alongside me, cheering me on and willing me to sprint the finish – I  may not quite have sprinted but I did pick up the pace and finished the race with a big smile on my face – brilliant! I finished in a time of 4:43:36 – a bit slower than I’d have liked, really, but I really don’t care – I did it!! I had wanted to get under 4.5 hours, but now that I’ve done it and realise just how tough it is to run a marathon, I’ve re-evaluated and really don’t think sub-5 hours is bad at all! Like I said, there will be a next time, so it just gives me a target to aim for! 🙂 2016-05-24 21.43.56

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6.1 mile run: 913.1/1000 = 86.9 miles to go!

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Another medal!

Well I’m not sure *how* I actually did this, given that I ran a marathon distance yesterday, but today I ran in my December event, which was the Raceways Christmas Cracker 10km!

This is a Christmas fancy dress fun run with 10km or 20km options – I’m glad I only signed up for the 10km in the end!

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Howard, Ange, Geordie, me and Tom – ho ho ho 🙂 Photo © Emma Caden

I was pleasantly surprised to find that despite a bit of stiffness in my hips, my legs actually felt pretty good when I woke up this morning. When I ran in the 33-mile Cotswolds Way Challenge I couldn’t walk properly for about 4 days (though admittedly that was MUCH hillier!), so the fact that I could walk downstairs forwards without wincing was a very good sign!

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And they’re off! Photo © Emma Caden

Tom and I both ran this morning, as did my brother-in-law Howard, our friends Geordie and Angela, and Ruth, Helen and Sharon in full Christmas angel fancy dress! Tom and the boys shot off into the distance from the beginning – I ran with Ange for the first few km before she dropped back and I made a new running friend called Sue who kept me going up a couple of tough hills. The angels were a few hundred metres ahead of me all the way until I very nearly caught up with them on the final hill.

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Ruth, Sharon and Helen, aka “Rob’s Angels” Photo © Sharon Hall

In the end I finished in 1:01:16, which I was mighty happy with! I’d predicted a time of around 1:10 or slower.

Now, to reward myself for all my efforts over the last two days, I’m off to Stratford for my netball team’s Christmas meal, followed by a friend’s birthday meal in the evening. Yep, two meals out in one day – I think it’s OK just this once!!

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Home straight! Photo © Emma Caden

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13.3 mile run: 801.4/1000 = 198.6 miles to go!

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As expected, it was a tough one today: four-and-a-bit laps of an uninspiring disused airfield that – if I’m honest – I wasn’t particularly well prepared for having only run one 9-miler in recent weeks. It was made even more mentally challenging by the cold, wind, rain and the fact that I forgot my iPod so didn’t even have any motivational tunes to keep me going!

But still, I did it! I finished in an official chip time of 2:07:08, which is some minutes off my personal best (1:59), but I’ll still take that under the circumstances!

The course was pancake flat, which I thought would make it seem easy(er!?), but I guess I like hills! I felt like I was constantly pushing forwards, like being on a mechanical treadmill; although there was no uphill slog at any point, there was no let-up either. There were also potholes to avoid and some hairpin turns to negotiate.

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R-L: Howard, Rich, me and Ange at the start. Photo © Emma Caden

But I’ll try not to sound too negative –there were some positives! The repetitive course wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be, in fact counting the distance in laps rather than miles-to-go was good for the mind and made it seem shorter. Also, I didn’t know until this morning that my brother-in-law Howard and our friends Angela and Rich were doing the 10km course, so it was lovely to see them at the start, and even lovelier that they all stayed in the cold and wet to cheer me on for an hour after they’d finished! They all got PBs too, which is amazing!

Blog HopI made a running buddy at around the 2-lap mark; a guy from Birmingham whose name I didn’t actually get (I’ll look him up in the results when they’re out!), but it was his first ever half marathon, he hadn’t done any training for it, and he was hoping to finish in under 2 hours. I thought this was maybe a bit ambitious, but he seemed to be keeping up a good pace, so I tried to stick by his side. At first he was the one keeping me going – had I been alone I definitely would have slowed up, so I guess it was good to be challenged! I was also getting very tired by this point, and he kept coming out with motivational quotes and telling me I was doing well so this helped to spur me on.

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Us waving to Howard’s girlfriend Emma from the start line! Photo © Emma Caden

At the start of lap 4 my buddy slowed up to grab some water while I pressed on, but he soon caught me up again. However, I could tell that for all his earlier motivational quotes and bravado about having done no training, he was now the one suffering.

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And they’re off! There’s me in the yellow top to the right; Howard’s waving on the left. Photo © Emma Caden

Meanwhile, I’d had an energy gel (thank you organisers!) and although I was still tired, I managed to keep up the faster pace we’d set. I lost him right near the end and he eventually finished about a minute behind me. Still, I am very grateful to him for keeping me going during the hardest bit of the run! Imagine what he could have done if he’d trained!?

Oh, and today’s run takes me across another milestone – I now have less than 200 miles of the 1000 mile challenge left to run!!! Yippeee!!!

I will be putting another £10 in my fundraising pot, and if you have any spare change and would like to do the same, you can do so here: https://www.justgiving.com/LisarunningforCALM.

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6.2 mile run: 701.1/1000 = 298.9 miles to go!

New race bling!

New race bling!

Well I’m not sure where it came from, but I got a new 10km PB today! 😀

After moaning the other day about how slow I seem to be at the moment, and wondering if I would even finish today’s Alcester 10km race in less than an hour, somehow I managed to pull a new personal best out of the bag – in my home town, no less! Yippee!

At the start

At the start

The Alcester 10km is a new race in the Midlands running events calendar, and after today I’m sure it will become an annual fixture. Very well organised, and there was a fantastic atmosphere on the high street where the race started and finished – the bunting was up, a live band was playing, and lots of supporters came out to cheer us on. Alcester dun arf love a community event!

Post-race refreshment! (It was alcohol-free - well, it was only 11am!)

Post-race refreshment courtesy of The Turks Head! (It was Erdinger alcohol-free – well, it was only 11am!)

The route is one I have run many times, and I’m not sure if this helped or hindered my mindset. I ran hard, and didn’t really start to enjoy it until I was well clear of the hill I knew was coming at around the 4 mile mark! I didn’t really intend to go so quickly, but once I’d got through the bottleneck at the race start, I found myself going quite hard yet feeling quite comfortable, so I decided to just stick at it for as long as I could. To my surprise, I found that I barely slowed down at all on the hill, flew down the other side and was soon on the lovely downhill stretch back towards the high street where I crossed the line in an official chip time of 53:57 – a PB by 4 seconds! Hurrah!

In terms of my 1000 mile challenge, I didn’t end up going to parkrun yesterday so I’m a bit short on miles this week. Regardless, this 10km has taken me over another 100 mile milestone, so time to put another £10 in the fundraising pot for CALM. It’s so nice to see that total miles-to-go at less than 300 now!!

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17 mile run: 677.4/1000 = 322.6 miles to go!

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I’m going by my Garmin not the certificate. It was 17 miles actually!!

Good afternoon VRUK blog hoppers, and anyone else who happens to read this! A bonus event for me today! I’ve had the Alcester 10km (next week) booked in as my October event for ages, but a couple of days ago, on a whim, I decided to sign up for the Heart of England Marathon short course as well. After having moaned for ages about how much I hate off-road running, I think something must have changed in me after I did the Cotswolds Way Challenge a few weeks ago – now I seem to love it!!

Blog HopThere were two routes to this event: a full 26.2 mile trail marathon, or the ‘short’ course of ‘only’ 15.5 miles. I must admit I was tempted by the full marathon (I got a crazy idea in my head the other day that maybe I’d like to try and join the 100 Marathon Club…!), but I’m playing a netball match and umpiring another one tomorrow morning so didn’t want to ruin myself for that. Although, the short course wasn’t even that short – by my Garmin I did just over 17 miles!

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Looking pretty pleased with myself about 10 miles in!

The route was really pretty and very varied. There were short on-road sections, including a bit of hilly ol’ Spernall Lane, which I know very well as it’s on my half marathon training route – hubby popped by to cheer me on at that point so that was a boost (my quickest mile, actually!)! Most of the route followed public footpaths on either the Arden Way or the Heart of England Way, through fields, woods and along farm tracks.

Some of the paths were very uneven so I didn’t dare run on those for fear of twisting an ankle (even walking was a challenge!), and there were a few uphill climbs that I walked up, but apart from that and slowing down for the odd stile or gate, I’m pleased to say I managed to run most of it! I averaged just over 11.5 minute miles, which I don’t think is too bad at all really, considering I would have thought that ‘quick’ once upon a time! I definitely slowed up a bit towards the end though – it got a bit hillier, and perhaps I shouldn’t have turned down the bacon sandwich on offer at Checkpoint 2! (You may think I’m mad for doing that…but the truth is I just don’t fancy eating much during a run, plus bread doesn’t agree with my stomach when I’m running. The less said about that the better!)

Trifle!

Trifle!

Overall, I (mostly) ran 17 miles in 3 hours 40 minutes, which I’m really pretty pleased with! There were no medals at the finish, only certificates, but we did get a meal of veggie lasagne and garlic bread followed by trifle, and for everyone who took part, a tree will be planted in the Heart of England Forest. Lovely! 🙂

33.1 mile run/walk: 632.8/1000 = 367.2 miles to go!

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WOOP WOOP!!! SO HAPPY!

So you know last week when I asked the question, “Should I count my ultra-marathon miles towards my 1000 mile challenge, knowing that I’m not going to run it all”? Sod it, I’m bloody well counting them!!

I am an ULTRA-RUNNER!!!!!!

Yesterday I took part in Day 2 of the XNRG Cotswolds Way Challenge. The full event, which my friend Chris completed, is a 57-mile ultra marathon trail run spread over two days. Having never run further than a half marathon before, and not being the biggest fan of off-road running (until now!!!) I didn’t think it would be wise to attempt both days, but each day could be booked individually, so me, Tom, and Chris’ girlfriend Amy all did Day 2. It should have only been about 31.5 miles, but I took a couple of, erm, unintentional detours, shall we say!

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At the start! Photo by Amy Wagner

I’d been really nervous about this event for a little while – 30+ miles is a scary distance for someone who has never run more than 13.1, let alone being off road and VERY hilly! But I read a blog post yesterday in which the author described her first ultra marathon as “a 50k buffet with a bit of jogging in between”, which put a rather more positive spin on it! So, despite the early start – the alarm went off at 5.20am for a quick bowl of porridge I wasn’t hungry for – I was a ball of excited energy, which didn’t leave me all day!

We arrived in Bishop’s Cleeve just before 6.30am and met up with Chris and Amy at the start point, Cleeve Sports Centre. After pinning on our race numbers and grabbing a quick final drink, it was soon time for the briefing, and then, at 7am, the start! Chris waved us off at the start line – he went in the hardcore group starting an hour later.

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A quick photo stop 🙂

And then we were off! Leaving the sports centre, we followed a short bit of road before turning onto the Cotswolds Way footpath, which we followed all the way until a few miles before the end. It’s all kind of blurred together in my mind a bit now, but the route was absolutely stunning with breathtaking views, lovely forest trails and a mixture of terrains to keep it interesting. It was incredibly hilly, but you don’t get to see amazing views like the one in the photo without a bit of a hill climb! I didn’t run the whole way of course, but I did run as much of it as I could, and was pleased with how much I managed! I finished the course in a time of 8 hours 45 minutes and 26 seconds, which I didn’t think was too bad at all really!

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Loved the motivational quotes along the route!

What really made the event special was the support of all the other runners/walkers and the organisers. Everyone was so friendly, welcoming and encouraging – it was like being part of a crazy little family! The helpers at each of the four checkpoints clapped and cheered as you arrived, topped up your water bottles for you, provided plenty of food and drink to keep you going, and sent you off with a cheer (and in some cases a hug!) towards the next phase. Likewise, all the other runners were happy and smiley, congratulated you and wished you well for the rest of the run. It was absolutely brilliant. The most amazing thing is – and I promise this is not just the runner’s high talking – I literally enjoyed every single minute of the event. There just wasn’t a time when I ever thought “I’m not enjoying this” or “I can’t do this”!

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I got a certificate for completing my first ever ultra-marathon!

Tom sprained his ankle a couple of weeks ago, and although it now feels fine, he decided to walk the whole way instead of attempting any running. Still, he finished only half an hour after me – he’s like a flippin’ mountain goat, my hubby! Chris crossed the line a few minutes after Tom, which is bloody brilliant seeing as he started an hour later than us AND had run 27 miles the day before!! My friend Charis, who I used to work with and now lives in Stroud, came to see us at the finish line, which was lovely, and she bought us a very well-received pint in the pub as we waited for Amy to finish (we sat in the beer garden right at the end of the route so we could see her coming).

We’d decided to stay the night in Stroud to spend time with Chris and Amy before they headed back to London, so Charis kindly drove us to the pub/B&B we’d booked. We passed a very lovely evening drinking a few more beers and – since the pub kitchen was closed on Sunday evenings – eating the biggest and quite possibly best take-away pizza ever, completely guilt free: Fat Toni of Stroud, you rock!

Finally, that’s another 100 mile barrier broken on my 1000 mile challenge (smashed I think you could say, actually!), so I’ll be putting another £10 in my fundraising pot at https://www.justgiving.com/LisarunningforCALM. When I can walk properly again (ow, my quads!!), I will be resuming the challenge in earnest – and I don’t think I have any excuses not to book a road marathon now!! 😀

6.1 mile run: 574/1000 = 426 miles to go!

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I think every run should finish with a plum…

So today I ran in my August race, which was the brilliantly well organised (and brilliantly named!) Pershore Plum Plodders 10km!

This is the first year that the PPPs had ever held this event, and I’m certain it will be back again next year as it was fab! The route was lovely and flat, going over mixed terrain including roads, fields, footpaths, canal tow paths and gravel tracks. The marshalls were absolutely BRILLIANT and there was a really lovely atmosphere. I seemed to stick quite close to a Plum Plodder called Colin all the way around, who is a bit of a local legend it seems as he got so many cheers and shout-outs that I started to wish my name was Colin! A chap called Steve was also really encouraging, high-fiving everyone all the way round and yelling “Up the Plums!”

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…and a hot dog!

To top it all off, we all got a nice bit of purple race bling, a plum (them Pershorites dun arf love a plum…) and a free hot dog courtesy of the local butchers who sponsored the event.

Annoyingly I forgot my Garmin (grrr) so had to carry my phone in my pocket to use the Strava GPS app but it seems to have worked OK. My official time is pending but using the stopwatch on my normal watch it recorded a time of 56:45 which I’m very pleased with as it’s the first time I’ve gone under an hour for a little while!

Arrow Valley parkrunners on tour (Photo by Katie Earles)

Arrow Valley parkrunners on tour (Photo by Katie Earles)

Yay! Happy post-race vibes to you all 🙂

[Update: my official chip time was 56:43, yayy 🙂 I was 44th female and finished in 128th place in a field of 221 runners]

6.1 mile run: 503.8/1000 = 496.2 miles to go!

2015-07-12 10.06.38I’m over the halfway hump!!!

I went down to Kent this weekend, the county of my birth, to run in the Maidstone 10km Cancer Research UK Race for Life. My mum *was* going to do the 5km version, but she didn’t do any training so didn’t sign up…! Never mind, she still came to watch me 🙂

Now, I can be quite cynical about “Things for Women”, so apologies for the following rant… While I am absolutely supportive of any initiative that empowers women, encourages healthy activity and gets them participating in sports, I don’t respond very well to these “Come on girls! You can do it!” sort of things. In fact, I find them quite patronising. I know, I know, a lot of women respond really positively to things like Race for Life, and the This Girl Can campaign, and that is good and I should be positive about them myself, but I just can’t help but let things like that grate on me…

For starters, I hate that “Things for Women” (or rather “Girls” as we are known in lady-land) are usually pink. I’m especially annoyed at my Garmin watch, which is apparently a ‘women’s’ version of the Forerunner 110. It is in NO WAY any different from the ‘men’s’ version of the Forerunner 110 – it’s the same size, same weight, has the same strap length, does exactly the same things as the black/red or grey/red ‘men’s’ version!!! But, it has a pink stripe on it so it’s ‘For Women’. I really wanted the grey/red one, but for some reason the pink/grey one cheaper. Probably because women don’t earn as much money as men. Ugh.

Anyway…Race for Life did not get off to a good start with me. They sent me some hideous transfer tattoos in the post that I was supposed to wear during the race, with awful things like pink hearts and “PINK ARMY” written all over them. (I didn’t put them on.) Then on the day of the race I arrived at the ‘warm up’ – an embarrassingly cringeworthy, half-arsed aerobics-off-of-the-80s routine set to the tune of embarrassingly cringeworthy songs like “I Will Survive” and “It’s Raining Men” (the GERI HALLIWELL version, ffs!). There I was surrounded by women covered head to toe in pink, while Heart FM tried to get everyone yelling “Hell hath no fury like a woman in pink!” Jesus wept.

However. However. With all my smirking and cynicism, I wasn’t expecting to find myself in tears at the start of the race. Despite all the pink tutus and cowboy hats and squealing girly girls, I’d forgotten the reason the Race for Life exists – to raise money and awareness for Cancer Research UK – a charity very close to my heart, and which I already regularly support. Before the Race got going, a couple of women were invited onto the stage to share their stories. One had run in the Race for Life several times before, but was unable to participate this year because she’d recently been diagnosed with breast cancer and had just had surgery. I blubbed, and felt very humbled all of a sudden.

Anyway, the race itself was hard! I haven’t run much lately as you know, because of my dodgy knee, and it did start hurting about a third of the way round which didn’t help – neither did the evil hills or the off-road sections! Ouch! I don’t mind admitting I did a bit of walking…even so, I finished in 1 hour 39 seconds so that’s not too bad at all really.

So, I’m finally over the 500 mile mark in my 1000 mile challenge!! I will donate another £10 to the other charity that’s close to my heart, CALM, and if you’d like to too, here’s the all-important link: https://www.justgiving.com/LisarunningforCALM

Juneathon Day 14: 6.3 mile run: 475.9/1000 = 524.1 miles to go!

My new bling!

My new bling!

Today I conquered not one but two castles! The Two Castles 10km run to be precise!

This is a brilliant point-to-point 10km run that starts at Warwick Castle and finishes at Kenilworth Castle. It’s the third time I’ve run it – in 2012 (my first ever race!) I finished in a time of 1:05:40, then in 2013 I posted a slightly slower time of 1:06:03. I did enter it last year but had to pull out because I was injured – boo! This year I smashed it by finishing (by my watch) in 56:56! It’s not a 10km PB for me – that was 54:01 on the pancake flat Leicester’s Big 10K last month – but given this is a pretty “undulating” (aka HILLY!) route, I’m mighty happy with that!

2015-06-14 08.28.57The race starts at the awesome Warwick Castle – there is a brilliant atmosphere in the warm-up area and I love the juxtaposition of being surrounded both by ancient buildings and swarms of people in brightly coloured lycra! The cobbled path down to the start goes under an arch with a portcullis, and then once you’re past the start line the route wends its way through the historic town of Warwick and out in to the countryside, with more than a few rolling hills! It then winds through the village of Leek Wootton before entering the residential area of Kenilworth, where crowds in their hundreds are waiting to feed you jelly babies and cheer you along to the finish line in the lovely grounds of the ruins of Kenilworth Castle. Brilliant!

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One of the more unique race starts I reckon! Fortunately no boiling oil raining down on us castle conquerors today 🙂

I did this race entirely on my own this time, which was a novelty! It’s a very popular race, and places usually sell out within hours of going on sale so all my other running buddies either didn’t get in or were doing races elsewhere – Ruth and Abi are doing a Wolf Run today, for example. Tom is working today, and my usual running partner-in-crime Becky is resting before her half-ironman next weekend – fair enough!! I did bump into a few fellow Arrow Valley parkrunners at the start though, which was really nice 🙂

2015-06-14 08.22.30I have to mention this lovely chap I met on the bus back to Warwick called Arthur. He’s in his 70s (but really didn’t look it!!) and runs with Kenilworth Runners. He just loves to run and stay active, and leads a running group on a Wednesday morning called ‘Arthur’s Allsorts’, which was set up for people – mostly parents with kids at playschool – who might not be able to join in the club’s evening run sessions – such an inspiration. I hope I’m still running in my 70s!! He was telling me he has run many, many races including lots of half marathons and one 20-miler, but hasn’t (yet) done a full marathon. He entered one in Berlin a few years ago but had to pull out when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Happily he’s now fighting fit again – but this has got me thinking even more about doing a marathon. I’ve downloaded a training plan so I’m going to start doing it next week and see how it goes….! Robin Hood Marathon in September…?!?!? Eeek!!

Anyway, that’s my event for June ticked off the list and I’m almost half way through my 1000 mile challenge!! I haven’t actually got anything booked in for July yet but I think I’m going to pop down to my mum’s in Kent next month and do the 10km Race for Life in Maidstone as my mum is doing the 5km one!

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