A disappointing result

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So yesterday I completed the Leeds Half Marathon, in a time 3 minutes slower than last year, and I am a bit gutted about this backwards progress. I was hoping to go sub 1:50 and instead ended up with a time of 1:54. That’s a good time, everyone keeps telling me. It’s not that it’s a bad time, I’d have been thrilled with that last year, but this year I wanted to do better. 
I only have myself to blame, I’m well aware that I lost my time in the first half of the race which is largely uphill, as I completely neglected any form of hill training this time around. I got complacent, knowing I had done it last year, and didn’t have the fear of hills I did last time around. That has cost me 63 places – going from 327th female last time to 390th! 

Other causes I suspect include how much hotter it was this year, and the fact that my iPod apparently needs serious recalibration, as it thought I’d run 15 miles. This means I hadn’t been running as far as it told me during training, presumably, so I hadn’t trained for as far. Last year it was almost spot on, so I’m not sure how it has managed this! 
I hope this set back will motivate me to train much harder for the upcoming Yorkshire marathon, and am going to try and put my self-frustration to positive use! 
Anyway it was a nice day after and my friends and family came to support me and take hideous photos, so I shall share those with you all  

      

Race number excitement

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My Leeds half marathon race number is here! YAY. A nice sight to come home to after today’s 10 mile run πŸ™‚ 

It’s green. I have no idea what that means. All that I know is it means training is about to kick it up a notch. I’m slacking a bit in April. Managed 100 miles in March, however between going home for Easter weekend, various birthdays and leaving parties, I’ve had little time to get out and run. I must be the worst person in history for FOMO (fear of missing out), and so turning down fun in favour of training has always been a struggle. Poor excuse I know, but I’m going to compensate for it these last few weeks! 

The race number is here, and it’s time to get serious. The diet has shifted from largely healthy to all the fruit and veg, no more takeaways here. And after my weekend excursion to Warsaw next week alcohol will be banned until that sweet post race pint. Leeds half, I’m coming for you! 

  

February progress

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So I always find February a hard month to train in. Not only is it cold and uninviting outside, but so much always seems to be happening. My birthday alone took out pretty much a week, old friends came to visit and all sorts was going on at work. This Feb, I have managed to clock up 77.3 miles in a total of 11:39 hours, which is miles better (excuse the pun) than last year’s 30.6 miles.

Now here I am just under three months away from the Leeds half marathon, and following my new found love for reading articles on running, and subscribing to Runner’s World, I have decided the key to my success will be to ignore the Nike+ training app I relied on so heavily in the past. Not ignore it entirely, I intend to pay close heed to the weekly km targets. However, I cannot help but think it’s demand for me to run 5-6 times a week is a bit of a big ask. I find I have little time in the evenings when I go for a run after work, and I would have to get up crazy early to run before work (I leave for work at 7.15). Instead, I shall take the more balanced approach of running 3-4 weeks, but covering longer distances on those runs.

I need days off to do things. Today I took a day off, and I have been food shopping, to the bank and to the post office, had time to actually come on here and write a post, AND I am going to cook dinner, make lunch and maybe even make granola bars for lunch box snacks, before meeting my housemate for a midweek drink when she finishes work later. Normally I wouldn’t even be home until half 6/7, have time to cook and shower then have to head out again. I think I’ve been neglecting myself to try and push myself in training. But no more, instead of running 4/5/6/7 miles everyday, I will maybe do an 8, a 6 and a 10 miler in the week, and keep doing my long run on a sunday.

I am enjoying my me time right now so much. I have missed posting, but I have been so busy and constantly too tired to think by the time I get home.

In other running news I got lots of new running gear for my birthday, which was most definitely sponsored by Nike! I absolutely love my new Nike Lunarglide 6 running shoes. They are replacing my old lunar eclipse 2 (which I have kept, don’t want to wear my new ones out!).

I also hit 300K nike fuel, plus I made it into the blue milestone section and I am coming up to my 200th recorded run. Exciting stuff am I right?

Bring on march, and my new training approach!

Cheap Workout Gear

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I really like shopping. I really like running and going to the gym.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE TWO COLLIDE?!

New gym gear. Yay!

Today I went into primark, spontaneously getting off the bus because the workout gear in the window I passed every day looked tempting. So I made the split decision that I needed new stuff to run in for marathon training, because new clothes are a great incentive to go out. Even if it’s just to go to the gym.

And I was rewarded for my split decision. 2 pairs of gym leggings, one pair of shorts, 5 pairs of socks, 2 sports bras and 2 tops. All for Β£28.50. Bargain! I mean I probably can’t afford to spend that much unnecessarily, but it’s not like I won’t use it. And I threw away three old gym tops when I got home. And I find it very hard to part with clothes, even ones I don’t wear/that are beyond being wearable.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my nike running gear. And I know that it’s way better quality than the cheaper stuff. But my two nike sports bras, the ticks are peeling off after 2 years. Not what you want really when you pay Β£20 for each item.

But hey ho. I’m excited to take my new stuff for a spin!

My first marathon

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So I’ve been thinking over the whole triathlon thing over Christmas, and I’ve decided that it is just not financially viable for me right now. Swimming gear and pool access alone will cost Β£50+ and then there’s the bike situation to think about. So for now, I’m sticking to what I know and have decided this year’s challenge will be: MY FIRST MARATHON.

That’s right people, I have just entered the Yorkshire marathon! I am both terrified and excited by this new goal. Such a big deal ahhhh! Twice as far as I have ever attempted to run.

I haven’t really had time to let it sink in yet. But I’ve got my nike+ coach plan ready to go, and as of Monday I am officially marathon training!

Bring it!

January gymers

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It’s that dreaded time of year again for all of us who hold the gym sacred. It’s the time of year when everyone has embraced the ‘New Year, New Me’ mantra and gone and got themselves a shiny new gym membership, or, polished that old one and vowed to actually make use of it. Thus, every evening, the gym is full of those people, who you know the majority of will have forgotten what a cross trainer is in 3 weeks.

I’m not saying people trying to take on a healthier life style is a bad thing, far from it. It’s just the fact that for one month the gym is over crowded. And I don’t like it.

For example, today I was doing my stretches, ab exercises and weights in the studio. I wasn’t in the middle of the room or anything like that, or even in the space usually occupied by the aerobic/Zumba/weird exercise dance classes that go on in the evening. And yet the class was so full that me and about 7-8 others doing similar things were asked to move out the way. We ended up squashed in a row at the side of the studio with barely room to swing our arms around our bodies. Not cool. And I couldn’t help but notice that the class was populated by unfit looking people in non-gym clothing. Which annoyed me. Don’t come and steal the space of the people who put in the effort all year round. Silly gyms and their desire to make money from these poor fools who half heartedly commit to a year contract in hope of forcing themselves to be fit.

To those of you who do stick it out, I salute you, and in a years time you too will have every right to complain about these new short-lived invaders. Happy gyming, and may the odds be ever in your favour when you want to use an unnecessarily busy piece of equipment!

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