With the week ending yesterday, I would have run 74 kilometers (46 miles), the most that I’ve ever done in a single week.
Thanks Ryan for reminding me on our run that everyone has their own pace, time and story.
day 17: 19K/day 16: 10K/day 18: 7K
POWER/SHAAM YA ZA EL SAIF/TORN
So I don’t normally post my runs when they are just round housing estates on the pavements but this one I feel pretty relieved about!! Certainly not my quickest or furthest run but I took a bit of a rest after the Isle of Wight then when I planned to start training again I was hit with a pretty horrific stomach bug. Only training I did last week was moving from my bed to the sofa and back 🤢🤢 Anyway, felt good to be back, definitely not anywhere near 100% BUT I did avoid any Paula Radcliffe moments 💩 💩
Also got that burglar look going on 😎😎
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Throwback to London Marathon last year. The hottest London marathon on record but such an amazing experience! Surrounded by people that had travelled from all over the world to compete in the same race. .
The first half of my race I didn’t need my headphones in, the atmosphere was incredible. The streets were rammed with supporters but after careful planning I still managed to spot my parents and boyfriend in the crowd. I’m recommend to anyone running a major event, such as London, is to work out before race day at what points they’re going to stand at. It helped me as it kept me distracted knowing the next point I’d see my friends and family.
Good luck to everyone running London this year. I hope your training is going well 😊 The hours of training are worth it for the end result! Enjoy your training, but enjoy the experience more 🏆
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To try and prevent injuries since starting my marathon training I’ve booked in for a regular sports massage and today was massage day. Eva at @sweat_southsea
gives a brilliant sports massage and loosened up my tight calves with her amazing massage skills. Absolutely recommend her to anyone looking for a good sports massage. My legs are feeling a bit bruised but sooooo much better than they have been feeling. #marathontraining #londonmarathon #prehab #runnersprehab #sportsmassage #ouch #tightcalves
If it was easy then everyone would be doing it right? .
Yesterday was seriously tough and a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. The race start was an uphill followed by 4 miles head on into the wind and rain. For the first time ever in a race I seriously considered a DNF - the only reason I didn’t was the fact I couldn’t bear the thought of walking 4 miles back to the start 😂 .
I perked up at mile 5 when the route turned away from the wind but the respite was short lived as I soon discovered it was mostly uphill to mile 8... but what goes up must come down and the next mile was sweet winding down and around... oh hang on there we are back into the wind again and back up ANOTHER hill. Did I mention that I hate hills?! .
Mile 12 arrived and I started chatting to a lovely lady who had unwittingly paced me the whole way. We traded moans about the wind/hills/rain, shared our hopes that the famous Strathaven Striders lentil soup would be on the post race menu (it was 😍) and together we sped (jogged) our way downhill towards the finish. .
Two pipers greeted us at mile 13 which was an amazing boost and we powered up the final hill towards the finish line. Soaked to the bone but absolutely delighted to smash my first half marathon distance this year... London 2019 I’m coming for you!! .
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and a little throwback to the post #londonmarathon
high! You can tell by how pale I am that I wasn’t well though and 48hrs later I was in hospital with suspected sepsis 😳 I have been chipping away and rebuilding my health and fitness slowly since September (a wee blip over Xmas where I ate terrys choc orange as if Brexit meant I would never taste again!) but generally, I have been getting fitter and stronger. In terms of distance and speed, I am nowhere compared to where I was, but I did a little interval session today and it felt good! I said no marathons this year, and I’m not signing up for anything yet, but if I can get to may injury and illness free, I may sign up for either Loch Ness of York! After payday, I’m going to go nuts on entry central and enter a shed load of races before I lose this confidence in my body 😆 #runnjng #runner #ukrunchat #runningmum #runnjngmummy #injury #rehab #injuryrecovery #runhappy #igrunners #runnersofinstagram #queen #queenteam #strengthtraining #100strong
Daily reminder on the board now!! 😬
After spending the day in London-in and around the marathon route, the nerves are here already! 😬😬
W7D1 Rest day and #medalmonday
from yesterday's #craftyhalf
not surprisingly I'm a little beer'ed out this evening so celebration fizz it is. I would recommend a beer half marathon to anyone who enjoys beer and running. Even if the copius amount of free beer slows you down on the second loop, it's a perfect mixture of trail race, beer festival and pub crawl. Bring on week 7 of training, I think I might be more than a little bit up for it 🍾💪🏃♀️
Training has not been easy lately. Had big issues with trainers. Please make this be 3rd time lucky. Just done a benchmark run and they felt good. 🤞🏻
RACING. WHY DO WE DO IT?
Why? We decide we want to do a race.
We go on the internet, find the race we fancy.
We pay anywhere from £30 right the way through to £200 to run on roads that are for 364.5 other days of the year, absolutely free to run on.
We structure 4 to 6 months of our life to train for it.
We disturb our family life.
We disturb our social life and alienate ourselves from our friends.
We bore the socks off people in work about it.
(not me, I work with runners . . .)
We pivot the decision to do a race on the "bling" (medal) or the goodie bag.
Based on a novel feature of that race . . .
And then, we sit and compare our times against people we don't know, have never met and will never know or meet.
So, why do we do it?
Whats your reason?
I can't imagine a life without competing now.
It's something I love. I love the stampede over a start line.
A neck and neck finish.
An appreciative handshake to the person you've shared the final mile of 26.2 with.
Going in to the shop and picking the next pair of trainers to take you on your journey
(and watching the missus show forced interest!)
Most of all, I love the people I meet, the clients I've helped and the life it has given me.
Racing. Why do we do it?
Hands Down Highlight of My Monday: Meeting Mary at 7am.
Scene: Gym mats. Harriet drenched in sweat, splayed in a compromising stretch post treadmill.
Beautiful running lady approaches...
"Excuse me dear, you're that super fast woman who runs in the @southwarkparkrun
Harriet negotiates composure, but for love nor money could not hide her perspiration and widening grin.
As most people know I will be running the London marathon this year and it’s now only 10 weeks to go!
I will be running for the Institute of Cancer Research and in memory of my dad who passed away at the beginning of last year after his battle with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma, he was just 59 years old. The ICR directly fund and complete the research to hopefully find a cure for this horrible disease.
For more information and if you would like to sponsor me, the link to my JustGiving page is in my bio, every penny counts & will push me to get across that finish line. Also thank you so much to those who have supported me so far! 🏃🏽♀️💕 #LondonMarathon
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