Friday, 28 October 2016

4 weeks on and 4 months to go!

I really can't believe it's been 4 weeks since I did the marathon, the first week was spent hobbling around and wondering whether I was too young for a double hip replacement.

I have been on one run before today and was going to do the first in the Cross Country series but then my son, the germ bomb, exploded and everyone in the household has been full of the lurgy at some stage or another. Of course the men in the house get it worse, it's a proven fact apparently!

The news and media  has been full of inspirational running feats that always make me sit back and think WOW I have nothing to complain about I just need to change my training and get out and work hard.

One challenge you may have seen is Ben's 401 Marathons - http://www.the401challenge.co.uk/ -I can't comprehend how even got his trainers on day after day, absolutely amazing guy.

Another challenge you may not have heard of is Jasmin Paris completing the Bob Graham round in a record breaking 15 hours and 24 minutes, to understand what this fell runner achieved can't be described in a few words, you'll have to make the effort to go and read all about her. http://jasminfellrunner.blogspot.co.uk/2016_05_01_archive.html

Whilst they are show just what us mere humans can do sometimes it's the other end of the scale that really makes you kick yourself into action, seeing my Juniors running in the Cross Country fills me with pride if they can do it then so can I.

The next part of my training needs to crack on now, I need lots of strength training plus a lot of mixed runs to be in any sort of decent shape when I do the Coastal Path in February. 3 Marathons in a row sounds pathetic when you compare it to 401 though. I need to stop procrastinating and no matter what the time, weather, day (I may even run on Xmas Day) or how busy I've been at work I need to do some form of exercise everyday.

There I've said it now, I will keep a log of my progress and by the end of if I will be able to do this

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Tuesday, 4 October 2016

I made it.... eventually

October 1st 2016, the day before the Chester Marathon I was feeling great and relaxed and I was concerned I'm never relaxed before a race so I was wondering what was up. I always get nervous and I just wasn't concerned about the Marathon at all, I was excited and I suppose there was no pressure because it was using it as a training run ready for the big event in February.

October 2nd 2016 - The kids were woken up at 0530, a melee of activity was going on and lights blazing whilst everyone else in the street slept, even the birds were merrily snoring away in their little nests. Breakfast - check, Kit - check, Race number - check, Fuel and water - check, that's it we're ready.

We arrived in Chester as the sun was still rising, it was misty low over the racecourse but as the minutes ticked by it was turning into a beautiful day. I still wasn't feeling nervous until the last half hour, then 2 visits for last minute wees and off to line up.

It all started well, I was running at a comfortable pace and trying not to get excited and stick to my plan even remembering to put into practice what I constantly say to my juniors 'nice and tall', 'use those arms'. The first 13 miles were good, fuelling and water stops perfect, then my hips decided they were having none of it! I've had this problem in the past where I get severe pain in my hips but it's not an injury or additional problem just not strong enough for the exertion. However during training I had no problems at all so I was a bit annoyed to be honest, by mile 20 I was in agony and had to stop at the brilliant St John Ambulance station for some painkillers, unfortunately they didn't touch it and I hobbled the remaining 6 miles to the finish, picking up my husband and kids near the end to take over from a great marshal who chatted to me and kept me going for a bit.

As I reached the finish line, Amelia plodded across with me to cheers from the remaining crowd and got my medal.

So it didn't go according to plan but I now what I need to do when I can start training again, a lot of my routine will be strength and conditioning especially in the hip area and the mileage will drop for a while and include a lot more hill and trail runs to get me fit for February. Oh and I'm doing Cross Country next weekend.

The organisation of the Chester Marathon, the course, the marshals

and volunteers and the crowds were superb. In some of the villages there were young lads playing in their bands out on the street, you've got to love how total strangers can be so supportive and kind.

I'm incredibly proud of myself and I'm looking forward to the next part of training, oh and no blisters - YAY!