NEW BLOG POST: In a happy place…

I seem to have found a very good balance since Swansea Half Marathon and learning from its silver linings.  Yesterday I decided to go walking with my family rather than an LSR (I’d normally be gone for 2+ hours with Gav at home left holding the baby so to speak) and enjoy the views in the beautiful  county of Gloucestershire, my adopted home!

The weather was simply glorious, we were originally going to go swimming (and it took me an hour of hunting down my cossie at home), but sacked it off for the walk instead. It was the best choice, a beautiful sunny Sunday to enjoy outside… what more could you ask for!  As a runner I want to get into walking/hiking more, I think its so important to value this part of the overall training.

Recovery from the Half Marathon was a complete week of rest, no training whatsoever! A rest and reassess was well deserved and welcomed.  Only downside is that it has delayed me in my quest in the 1000 miles a year challenge, but I am not going to stress about it, I can make it up!

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Crickley Hills… beautiful

I’ve been glugging my green boost powder drink too to boost my greens and goodness and build me back up again (I’m completely bone-achingly lethargic after a big run).  So far so good, I feeling much more energetic and sleeping very well, last night I had 8 glorious hours sleep.  I have the coconut powder and beetroot powder options too.

The coconut powder water is much more palatable than the beetroot one, but I am finding each day its getting easier to take.  I saw these powders in Holland and Barrett on special so thought I would try them out, although I am a big believer in getting nutrients from real food, I just wanted to take these to see if they made a difference.

It was a pleasure to pop down to the Cirencester Race for Life to grab the ever awe-inspiring Shona Darley to say hi and a quick selfie. Shona is featured in the August Women’s Running Magazine, please go check her article out.  Her story is amazing, and she goes on to inspire so many others too.   I was especially touched that my Dad’s name was recognised… he is a cancer fighter… thank you that meant the world to me.

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Funny who you bump into in Ciren Park…

Today was my first run since Swansea and I wanted to clock in 3 miles, to start me off again, which I did.  It was quite warm and muggy but I feel good for stretching my legs and getting back into running – leaving it any longer than a week of recovery starts off the cabin fever loonies. Going to treadmill it tomorrow while using the Run Social app – it’s so addictive! I’d highly recommend this app to anyone.  It’s so fun! We were joking in the running group that its easy to just jump on the app for fun even when you’re not even running!

Hope you’re all running well and enjoying the summer races…

Take care all, BB xx

 

 

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NEW BLOG POST: Relief….

Good afternoon all, its the start of a new week and… for once… I am feeling quite good about all things running! Especially the upcoming Swansea half… which is at the end of June and only 5 weeks away!  Seriously where is this year going?!

After my last post where I admitted I had to shelve the Gloucester marathon till next year I decided to brush myself down and concentrate on what I could do…which is on my ‘halfs’ and other races which I had planned and to do a good job of them.  So that means a sharper eye on training.

Firstly I have purchased a hydration bag to accompany me on my post-6 mile runs.  Its SO GOOD!  It was only a cheapo, but sits really well in between my shoulders, feels comfy.  I was originally going to get a Camelbak one, but opted for a Kalenji one due to purse-strings issues, however I am so pleased with this, I can see me using it for a very long time.  I am not a believer in having to buy the best stuff, some of my running jackets have lasted me forever whereas my more expensive items have not fared so well.  This hydration bag has helped me with my leaking water bottles (which have all been thrown) and its great to run hands-free so to speak. I can tuck my keys in as well as an energy gel.

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My training plan ahead of Swansea is to do a 3, 6 and 9 mile (or longer LSR) run per week and take it from there.  Just praying to Mr Tumble that Mia doesn’t get any more nursery bugs from now and then to keep me to this plan.  The 9 miler I did Saturday was excellent, a new route seems to have given me a new mindset, just shows changing a few things here and there can make all the difference.

Another purchase (which should have been next month but I couldn’t help myself) was a pair of running shoes.  My Asics GT-2000 3 Lites have been good and I only bought them in Jan, but, I think are a little too narrow for my feet.  Especially my right foot as the bunion joint has been painful on long runs 😦 So – after a few other runners have recommended them, I treated myself to some Mizuno Wave Inspire 11’s… they arrive on May 31st so have a little longer to wait for them. Agh…. taps fingers…. can’t wait to see how they feel – but from what I have heard they suit a wider foot and also feel very light.  As for my Asics – well I am going to still use them for my strength training workouts, so they won’t go to waste.

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So at this moment I am feeling really good, training is manageable and on plan, other things in my life seem to be falling into a good place too… I am also looking forward to seeing some friends from my running group in Swansea too.  Will be amazing to meet some folks who I have been talking to for so long in the flesh!

Other races booked are; July: Bath Two Tunnels 10k and August: Cheddar Gorge 10k. Eep!

Take care and hope all is well.

BBxx

These are my own personal views of my running journey….

NEW BLOG POST: Getting real and a little bit creative!

I came to the mahoosive decision yesterday that I would defer the Gloucester marathon to next year.  When I booked it a whole year year ago, I thought that would be ample training time to achieve this huge goal… and now with it only 3 months away it really is impossible, I have to accept the realities and limitations as a runner at the moment.  I very much believe in respecting the miles and I can’t do a half-hearted pitiful attempt, its just not me.  At best I am half marathon ready rather than full marathon.  That’s the real deal.

This decision has greatly upset me, when I told my runner friends yesterday I had tears in my eyes and felt pretty rubbish about it, its the sensible choice, for me, its just not right, at this time.  I know its right as much as I hate the decision.  May be its the Leo in me, or may be my old Nan who was a determined bugger too,  admitting I can’t do something is nothing other than a massive blow in the guts.

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What I will concentrate on are my half marathons and actually achieve the full distance completely running them.  I am also going to go for the New York marathon ballot for next year – so we will see!  If that’s my first marathon then that will be really well worth waiting for.

On another more positive note, I now have a YouTube channel! Some of my runner friends have uploaded their running video histories, please go check it out and let me know what you think?  I aim to film a few of my runs here in the Cotswolds to share.  I love editing movies so hopefully you will enjoy them.

Hope everyone’s running is going well and speak to you soon, BB xx

 

 

NEW BLOG POST: Speccing out the G

As I’ve banged on about it enough, I am running my first marathon in Gloucester in August of this year.  Plus, I have also downloaded a good training plan for Bath Half which takes me up to March 13.  The LSR’s within this plan are perfect for me to start practicing the route and so it doesn’t all become so overwhelming/new on the day.

This weekend, I am tentatively looking at a 6 miler, so will run 3 miles from Gloucester park up to the cathedral, past Kingsholm stadium and back again, hoping that I can retrace the marathon route exactly – at the moment I do not think any of the running apps can tell you where to go… other than google maps?  Will tweet my query to the running community and see what comes back!

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Training plan to Bath…

So if this is a success, then I will continue on throughout the year, making frequent trips to Gloucester to ran more parts of the route, now I have a car and mobile *i.e. not relying on one freaking bus in the morning, then I can get to these parts of the routes and practice.  By August I should know it well, and know what to expect! gulp…. the thought of the marathon at this moment doesn’t fill me with dread, however what I will be thinking a few more months down the line is another thing!

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Beautiful Gloucester cathedral

Yesterday, I had a blast on the treadmill – decided that my interval runs are much easier on this in terms of managing the sprints and everything else, although its so BORING, even with a cut off of Norman Reedus in front of me it still doesn’t cut the mustard.  So, just half hour and no more, I can get some decent sprints and training in that time.

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What every woman is chasing….

My head cold and ear aches are finally shifting so I am going to take a run out today- looking at 4 miles, so lets see!

Hope you are all staying warm on your runs and doing well. BBxx