And…I’m out!

I’m doing the marathon. I’m not doing the marathon. I’m doing the marathon.  I’m not doing the marathon.  This has been one of the most flip flop decisions of my life and now it’s been taken out of my hands, I’m heartbroken.

I had a cold when I was in Italy 2 weeks ago.  I felt like I was over it when I came back so I did a 19 mile run.  Apparently this just annoyed my cold which came raging back and turned into a fully fledged sinus infection, bringing all its friends – headache, toothache, coughs, rattly chest.

I’ve been living on cold and flu remedies and getting no sleep. I haven’t run for a week and a half so the decision is in.

I’m not running the marathon.

I think a little part of me believed I would all the way through this year’s training programme.  Now I’m definitely not, I’m ticked off.  I’m embarrassed to tell people too, it feels a bit pathetic.

I won’t be blogging next week when I’m away.  When I’m back I need to refocus.  A short term goal to get me to the end of 2014 will have to do 😦

Happy running to you all this week and best of luck to everyone who runs the Yorkshire Marathon on Sunday.  I’ll be with you in spirit (even if I’m still in bed)

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Some success…at last!

After my visit to the sports therapist I felt a bit more confident knowing I’m not completely and permanently broken.  I’ve got some weird ankle moves to do every day to build up strength and reduce clicking, but I’m free to run.

So, last week I did a steady 3 miles…and it felt good.  And then on Saturday, I managed 9.5 miles! It was a good, steady run with no stopping except to cross roads and it felt so nice.  So nice to run, not to be in too much pain, not to feel like I was melting.  There’s been a change in the weather and I can safely say now that sunshine is my kryptonite.

I’m now about 6 miles behind where I’m supposed to be in my training plan, but I’m not too stressed about that.  I know I can do these distances, and I’m starting to feel more confident that my body remembers how as well.  I’m resisting the temptation to head straight back out and run, instead I’ve got 2 weights sessions and 1 yoga session this week before my next long run on Monday where I’ll try to add another 4-5 miles.

My (revised) training plan is now 1 short run or sprint session and 1 long run per week until the marathon.  Everything else will be weights, spin classes and yoga.

Happy running this week and hope you’ve had some good times too 🙂


Race Review – York 10k Sunday 3rd August

If you’ve been following my grumbling on the blog, you’ll know I’ve not really been feeling  the love for running this year.  Long runs have been long slow crumbles into walk/runs and I’ve struggled to stick to my training plan.

So, I approached this year’s York 10k with a pretty bad attitude, but resolved to do my best and see how it went.

One annoyance with the York 10k is that they always have to delay the start for traffic problems.  York isn’t the best place for traffic, but why not provide more information to people about setting off early?  I’m no professional athlete but when I’ve timed my breakfast and wee break for a 9.30am start, it’s irritating to stand around until 10am.

The weather was cooler for the race with good cloud cover, so better conditions for me.  I was running without my trusty Garmin because it was out of juice so I just set off at a comfortable pace and decided to see how it went.

And it went…well!  I ran the whole thing, no stops, not even for water.  I love running through York and going past the Minster is always a buzz.  The strangest part of the route is running over Millennium Bridge which wobbles when there are so many feet pounding across it.  The first year it happened I thought I was going to pass out until I realised it wasn’t me wobbling, it was the world 🙂

And my time? 1.00.32.  Curses!  If I’d have had my Garmin and realised I could have made that extra 32 seconds up and cracked an hour, but it was quite nice just to run with no focus on time. 

So overall a success. I’ve got a physio appointment on Friday to check out the new and interesting lump on my heel, the weathers cooling down and I might actually start to make some training progress.

Happy running this week!


Weeks 4 and 5 Training Report

It’s official, the heatwave is kicking my ass and killing my training.  But it’s lovely and sunny which is nice 🙂

I set off on my runs full of enthusiasm, but within a mile I’m wearing a soaking wet t-shirt and sweating a weird white goo as my sun cream comes off. My legs don’t work and my brain is shouting at them.

What to do? Cross train!  I’ve decided to focus on maintaining my fitness and will have to get some big miles in when the weather cools down a bit.  So, spin classes and cross trainer are the order of the day – I still end up a in a soaking wet t-shirt but at least my sweat looks normal.

We had a long weekend in Llangollen, Wales this weekend and I did manage to do one run.  1 mile of uphill to the fabulous Castell Dinas Bran, at 7am when I was the only person around.  Absolutely magical. 

My stress levels aren’t too high this year as I know I’ve done marathon distance before, but I still need to get some long runs banked before I can feel too confident.

York 10k this weekend, I’m aiming for sub 60 minutes so come on clouds.

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Race Review – Leeds 10k 20th July 2014

The Leeds 10k is an old friend of mine – I’ve done the race on quite a few occasions now and I know the course pretty well.  It’s a fairly flat (and supposedly fast) out and back along Kirkstall Road.

It’s not the most exciting route, but I love watching the people who are ahead of me when I’m running out and those behind me when I’m running back.  It gives me something to focus on and takes my mind off the road.

Last year my time at Leeds was 57.31.  Could I break the magic 60 minutes again this year?  I hoped so, but the weather had other ideas.

We are in a HEATWAVE in the UK at the moment. I’m not complaining, but it’s killing my running 😦

Sunday morning was foggy, but the sort of fog that says “very soon it’s going to be toasty here”.  Sure enough, I was sweating on the start line before we’d even gone anywhere. I tucked my t-shirt up into my sports bra (apologies, those of you who had to watch my belly running) and off we went.

Up to 5k…not bad.  Post 5k…are these my legs??  I just couldn’t make my feet work!  I switched to 3 minutes running, 1 minute walking and then to 1 minute running, 1 minute walking.  The last mile was rubbish and I just wanted it all to be over.  It’s always nerve racking seeing other people collapsed by the roadside, particularly the man wearing the same running outfit as the husband.  Best wishes to you all, I hope you’re all okay.

Scores on the doors? 1.05.37.  Not good, but not terrible either.  York 10k is in 2 weeks so I have chance to redeem myself.

Even the husband was 6 minutes slower than last year – and he’s not impressed.

Route – 8/10

Goody bag – 8/10 – loved the Kitkat Chunky

Congratulations to our friend Richard who was completing an Ironman while we were complaining about the 10k.  Nice work!


Week 3 Training Report – York Marathon 2014

I felt like I started to hit my groove a little bit this week. The long run side still needs some work but I’m starting to get back into a routine with training and getting used to the idea of regular runs.

This year the husband is also training for the York Marathon. We don’t run together as he’s a lot faster than me, but it’s nice we’re going on the same journey. He keeps coming back from training and saying “you know those runs where you just feel amazing!?” …erm no… “you know when you’re just running and you feel like you can go forever!?” …also no! Some of us are born to run, and some of us have to work hard at it.

Here’s how week 3 looked:

  • Monday – personal training session doing weights
  • Tuesday – run 4 miles
  • Wednesday – sprints – 200m sprint with 2 minute recovery x 5
  • Thursday – yoga session – learning that I’m as stiff as a board
  • Friday – rest
  • Saturday – rest
  • Sunday – training plan says 8 miles, I managed 6. In my defense, it was super hot and I crumbled on the route

Overall not too bad and week 4 is going okay so far. If I can get a good long run under my belt I’ll start to feel almost confident.

Leeds 10k is on July 20th so I’ll file my race report soon. Last year I did 57.31 so there’s my time to beat.

Enjoy your training this week!


Week 20 Training

4 weeks to go!  On Sunday the husband took me out and we drove as much of the route of the Yorkshire Marathon as we could.  It looks like there are a few surprises to watch out for, including a hill at 11 miles and the start and finish both being uphill – very cruel!

Much of the route is down country roads so I’m not sure how much of it will be accessible to spectators, but it looks very pretty.  Driving it gave me butterflies, and a renewed interest in my training 🙂

Here’s how week 20 looked:

  • Monday: should have jogged 45 minutes, but rested as I was still sulking after the Great North Run
  • Tuesday: jog 20 – 10 minutes to the gym, 1 hour weights (legs), 10 minutes home
  • Wednesday: jog 15, run 25, jog 25
  • Thursday: jog 20 – 10 minutes to yoga, 1 hour 30 mins yoga, 10 minutes home
  • Friday: jog 20 – 10 minutes to the gym, 1 hour weights (chest), 10 minutes home
  • Saturday: sprint 30 seconds, jog 3 minutes x 6
  • Sunday: 10 miles fartlek

I didn’t feel like I’d done much running this week, but I feel good about my focus for the rest of the training period – lots of sprints and fartleks with a few long runs to get my confidence up.

I did my sprints on the racecourse on Saturday and got there at the same time as the Park Run – it was nice to be clapped as I crossed their finish line, even though I wasn’t one of them.

Happy training this week!


Week 8 Training

16 weeks to go! I can’t believe how time is flying, let’s hope I can fly on the day too.  This was another good week, the miles went up but I ran well and felt good.

Here’s how week 8 looked:

  • Monday: jog 20 – 10 minutes to the gym, 1 hour weights (legs), 10 minutes home
  • Tuesday: 60 second sprint, 3 minutes jog x 6
  • Wednesday: 60 minutes running
  • Thursday: 75 minutes running
  • Friday: jog 20 – 10 minutes to the gym, 1 hour weights (back), 10 minutes home
  • Saturday: rest, beer, curry 🙂
  • Sunday: 95 minutes running

Wednesday I ran with a friend in Rothwell, which included a pretty large hill.  York is great for training, but it’s very flat and hill training is important for strength and stamina.  I didn’t stop, but I did slow a little as we climbed.

Thursday was meant to be 75 minutes of fartlek but I misread my training plan, it was a solid 10 minute mile performance though so I was happy with that.

And Sunday…that’s the longest I’ve run without stopping to walk!  I was so happy, it was a great run and 11 miles next Sunday won’t feel like such a huge increase because it’s only 1.5 miles further.   The husband came with me and paced me, which helped me to keep going.

I was worried on Sunday because I’d stayed at a friends the night before and had curry and beer.  I’m going to write a post later this week on self-sabotage, it’s something I’m very prone to do.


Week 4 Training

So a month has gone already!  The marathon is going to be here before I know it.

This was a good training week, pretty consistent and the weather is improving so my thermals might finally be ready to go to the bottom of the pile.  Here’s what I did this week.

Week 4:

  • Monday: 30 minutes run with 3x 60 second bursts of maximum effort
  • Tuesday: jog 20 – 1o minutes to the gym, 1 hour weights (lower body), 10 minutes home
  • Wednesday: jog 45
  • Thursday: replaced the scheduled jog 10 run 35 with a spin class
  • Friday: jog 20 – 10 minutes to the gym, 1 hour weights (upper body), 10 minutes home
  • Saturday: rest yippee!
  • Sunday: run 60

I was very ready for my rest day this week.  Wednesday I took a trip to my lovely friend Vicki’s in Rothwell and ran with her.  She runs slightly faster than me and lives in an area with hills so I’ll definitely be doing that more often (and she made me a lovely dinner afterwards).

On Sunday the husband ran with me – again he’s slightly faster, and it helps knowing he won’t stop even if I’m tempted to.