A non-runner friend has decided to try a 1/2 marathon so has signed up for the Brighton 1/2 (Feb 19th 2012). Go him for challenging himself. He’ll find the training hard but has the right mindset towards these things. Am stoked he’s wanting to try. He mentioned that I had inspired him! How awesome is that?! I never thought my own journey to becoming a distance runner would inspire others. Am touched.
I was toying with which 1/2 to run in the spring. So this has sold it. I’ve now signed up to the Brighton 1/2 too. The boyfriend agreed we could postpone our Feb holiday to the summer. This will be the first winter in like 8 years I have not gone snowboarding. No Whistler Blackcomb for me this winter :( But I do think its good I concentrate on the marathon training.
I’m relishing running another 1/2. And am stoked my friend will be running it too :)
Managed to get up early this morning to squeeze in a final session before the big day on sunday - Windsor 1/2 (my first race at this distance). Relieved to have finally shaken the cold and good to be back running.
Almost there at my fundraising target for the Bobby Moore Fund, Cancer Research UK.
Finally taking heed of the sniffling, coughing, aches and am chillaxing in an attempt to finally shift this stoopid cold. Got it last week and had been running as normal with it (just been taking decongestants so I can breath). Was feeling ok running until yesterday’s session. Had to cut the planned 10 miles down to 7. My breathing was getting laboured so decided against pushing myself.
And today I have no energy. The joints hurt a little. My sniffling and light cough is still resident.
Having admitted defeat, I did not run with the club tonight. And don’t plan to run at all this week if I still feel ropey.
Am hoping rest will sort it out and I’ll be 100% for the Windsor 1/2 on sunday. Am over being upset at the timing of this cold. It is what it is. I will just have to do the best I can on Sunday however I feel on the day.
Am thinking of rewarding myself with a new pair of trainers after my 1st 1/2 marathon next weekend. I have run just under 400 miles in the pair I currently have so they’re getting close to retirement anyways.
I’ve noticed Runners Need have a sale on and they have a shop near where I work so should be easy to get a good pair at a good price.
Can anyone advise me on whether I should try a different brand to my current trainers? I currently have a pair of Adistar, Adidas which are great. Only negative is they aren’t as breathable as I’d like. But def comfy and they give me the support I need etc.
Is it better to stick to the brand/shoe you have as you know they’ll be comfy or is worthwhile trying a different brand?
Now I’ve had a couple of hours for the news to sink in that I have a place in next year’s London Marathon, I’ve stopped hyper-ventilating from the news!
I only really applied on the off chance of getting in. The London Marathon places are sooo over-subscribed. There’s even stiff competition for the charity places too. I know people who have tried to get a place for years with no luck. Honestly, I didn’t think I’d get a place the first year I tried.
And what a year to run the London Marathon. London will be hosting the Olympics 3 short months after the London Marathon. I am sure the atmosphere at the London Marathon will be magnified in 2012.
I’ve never run a marathon before. I’ve yet to run my first 1/2 marathon even. However, I know I can do this. I’ll follow a schedule and listen to advice from friends at my running club (Crystal Palace Fun Runners). I’ll fuel myself with a good diet and will try to stay healthy. Slowly and steadily I will build my mileage and endurance.
I have a l-o-n-g autumn, winter, spring ahead of me but I can do this. 7 months and 9 days to go…
Just got in from volunteering at the Adidas Women’s 5K Challenge, Hyde Park.
My first time volunteering for Cancer Research UK. Initially felt a little odd being at an event and not actually running myself but really enjoyed it.
Loved the look of achievement on the ladies faces when they came over to say hello after they’d completed the distance.
Kept thinking that it was kinda like a mirror as I understood exactly what was going on in their heads. All the anxiety leading up to the race (even until the gun goes off) and the pain of the distance with not knowing where you’ll find the energy, strength to go another stride. All that replaced with the achievement of crossing the finishing line. And hopefully its sets something off inside of you so you’ll come back for another race :)
I just couldn’t say well done enough to them all. A fun day for me even though I was not running myself.
My legs are sore today from the mileage I put in last week. Starting to think jumping from my normal 20-25 mile week to a 35 mile week was not so smart.
I usually do an endurance run (10-13 miles) on a sunday. By Tuesday my legs are usually all healed from it. Not today. The post 2 day aches kicked in today and my hamstring feels tight.
I’ve not felt these aches since starting training back in March/April. I’d been so sensible following training schedules and listening to advice from experienced runners - build mileage, endurance, speed over time. A significant increase in too short a period of time can lead to over training and increase the risk of injury.
Well I’m not injured (thankfully) but am sore. The gentle jog I did today stretched everything out so I think that has helped. Don’t think I’ll be at my prime for tomorrow’s time trial at my running club. Thats disappointing. But I will try my best :)
Lesson learnt - slow and steady increase in miles.
Given my first 1/2 marathon is 3 weeks away I thought I’d put some solid miles in this week whilst I still had time to recover if it all went wrong!
Tested the club’s time trial route again yesterday (as I got lost on the route earlier in the week). Almost got lost again but nowhere near as bad as before. Miles = 6.
Today’s run took me to Dulwich Park via the woods, then back to Crystal Palace Park. Almost got lost in the woods (typical me) but made it out. Found lovely Dulwich Park and did some laps of that (1 milers) before heading back to Crystal Palace Park via College Hill. Miles = 13.
Total wkend mileage = 19 miles. Which rounds the week’s mileage to 35 miles.
I have never run so much in a week nor weekend before. My legs still seem to be working now so its all good. Am stoked :)