In support of National Cycle to Work Day I cycled over 4.3 miles in total to get to work and back today.
The journey was a welcome distraction from running as I'm focusing on tapering ready for my half marathon race this Sunday.
Do you ever cycle instead of run?
To read about my training last week visit goo.gl/7cZUVG. •
Photo by @GroundedRunner.
MENTAL PREPARATION FOR DISTANCE RUNNERS
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Learn how it's effective use can help you to improve focus during races, reduce pre race anxiety in the days leading up to a race, and improve your performance on race day.
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I’m a data man, love data and info and always track my runs on my watch. On my last 2 runs I changed and whilst I still tracked my runs I set my watch to be silent and just do its job in the background and not ‘bother’ me during my run. Absolute revelation, the last two runs seemed to just fly by. Might be coincidence but I’m going to keep to running in this ‘stealth’ mode for now and see how things go. #trysomethingnewtoday
Evening Track Session!🏃♀️
Second time at a track, and I love it! With such a focus on the long run during marathon training I find that I lack a bit of motivation with mid-week sessions, but these are where you really build you strength and speed .
Tonight we did a warm-up lap followed by four lots of 5 minutes at 5k PB pace with 60 seconds complete rest in between. 5 minutes is quite a long interval for speed so I had to really pace myself, which I felt I did quite well but actually at the end realised I could have given a little more .
If you’re nervous about trying a track session (I definitely was!!) one of the big things I’ve realised is that super quickly the whole field is spread out and no one can tell if you’re first or last! So it’s actually less daunting than going for a normal run- you can’t get lost, behind, and no one will know if you’re last. Everyone is so inclusive.. why don’t you try something totally new 😊 .
Einen 100 Meilen Lauf läuft man mit dem Kopf. Das habe ich am letzten Wochenende in Berlin selbst erlebt. Noch nie vorher bin ich so lange gelaufen. Ehrlich gesagt weiß ich nicht mal mehr, wann ich das letzte Mal überhaupt so lange wach war (wie man auf dem Bild sieht 😅) Wenn ich schreibe, dass es keine nennenswerten Krisen oder Einbrüche gab, dann stimmt das zwar, aber es bedeutet nicht, dass die ganze Zeit über alles easy und locker war.
Als die Dunkelheit kam, war der Akku meiner Stirnlampe plötzlich leer (vermutlich war die Lampe im Gepäck angegangen),welche jedoch zur Pflichtausrüstung gehört. Abgesehen davon, wäre man ohne Lampe auch niemals heil durch die Nacht gekommen. Hätten mir hier nicht ein paar großartige Leute mit Batterien ausgeholfen, wäre das Rennen für mich beendet gewesen.
Nachdem ich tagsüber weit über 100km gelaufen war, musste ich also den Rest der Strecke in der Nacht bewältigen - wieder eine ganz neue Erfahrung. Spätestens ab hier fängt der Kopf an einem Streiche zu spielen. Irgendwann ist man müde, kaputt und es tut alles weh, daran führt kein Weg vorbei. Aber genau hier muss man sich durchbeißen und daran glauben, dass die Sonne bald wieder aufgeht - auch wenn es noch 6 Stunden dauert. Und damit meine ich nicht nur beim Laufen.
Das ist es, was ich so sehr daran liebe.
Who else is ready for fall?! 🙋♀️⠀
All this hot weather has be dreaming of scarfs, boots, leggings, and pumpkin spice. (Even though it will be a looong time for most of that in AZ😔)⠀
Since this will be Riley’s first full fall, I’m making a list of must do fall activities!⠀
What are some of your favorite fall things to do? Especially with a one year old! 🍂
HONESTY POST👇🏽 If you don’t want to read something that is REAL..keep scrolling & unfollow👋🏽 Mentally the HARDEST miles that I have EVER run💙 Alarm set for an early morning run at 7am - yeah I’m awake but what does that matter? roll around the house til 11am eating nothing but a cremé egg chocolate from a box of heroes for breaki🍳 afterwards I force myself to at least get changed - is that really too much to ask? midday... how did that happen & yes you guessed it, I’m still sat here but now dressed at least looking like I’m ready to go for a run.. 12:30 comes & I thought I was going to have to lock myself out & throw away the key🔑 “20 seconds of courage” - she says.. just go out & bloody get it done! Easier said than done sometimes.. I am rarely open about what goes on up top🧠 but why should I keep it all wrapped up behind closed doors? Last night was one of the toughest nights of my life.. I won’t go into details but “how do you know when you’ve reached THAT point” and “how much is too much”💬 your mind starts thinking irrationally & from that point on it’s a downward spiral of slowly losing control.. you could have EVERYONE around you, telling you “it will get better” but the truth is, you can’t see them or it🤷🏽♀️ I’ve only told a few people the truth about how I feel & their response is USUALLY the standard “you are the happiest person I know” or “you are always happy when I see you”.. It’s so easy to give yourself a front cover to show off the best bits as an attempt to cover up the inside📖 & most of the time, it’s a really believable front cover! The world is not an easy place to live in - now that is a fact. This is not a cry for help at all.. I’m back on the right track but certainly not out of the woods yet🌲 But... if ANYONE is struggling & I mean anyone... past friends, current friends, strangers, your sisters, partners, brothers, son... if you or that person wants a cuppa or anything then please speak out - I am here if anyone wants someone to talk to or even someone just to listen... you are not alone! I AM ALIVE AND THIS IS REAL💙 #MentalHealthMatters#EndTheStigma
I didn't take the trackbangwallop pic this morning (I know, weird, someone *cough @journeyhappyfit cough* finally sorted his own phone out.. 🤣) so here's one of me pulling a silly face and pointing at a thing. The thing is my colouring chart (WHAT?! I'm very mature actually) which shows that I've run 722 miles this year). Planning on smashing 1000 miles by the end of the year for the first time. Oh and @runr_uk had a sale so it would have been rude not to buy this awesome vest. ❤️
I’m not sure the “traditional” blog is quite working, so I’m replicating the blog here (but edited):
Race review – Fred Hughes 10 Mile, St Albans [January 2018]
I’m catching up on some race reviews, specifically those that I think will be of interest…
This is the first race of the year for many runners in Hertfordshire and it’s a demanding 10 mile event after the excesses of Christmas.
I was due to meet two people at the start, but both chickened out having seen the weather forecast. They were very wise!
Not only was the temperature 1° but it was also snowing, sleeting and raining, seemingly at the same time. Add to that patches of ice on the course and you’ve got more than just a country lanes race.
The start is south of St Albans city centre and none of the roads are closed and although the beginning is crowded and uphill, it soon thins out. The route was changed from last year and is an odd twisting figure of 8 around country lanes after a mile or so. Despite the roads being open, it wasn’t a problem and the volunteers cheers lifted us.
I remember two things clearly:
1. The cold – I’m pretty sure my gloves froze.
2. The hills – It’s up and down for the whole route. Who’d have thought there was so many hills in this part of the world!?
The lack of training after Christmas, the freezing wet day and the terrain made for a slower race than last year and I must admit that it didn’t feel like much fun at the time. Of course I will be back next year!
If you want a well organised race that isn’t a half to start the year that will push you hard, this is the one for you.
My time: 1:21
Start/finish location: 6/10
Pre race info: 8/10
Race goodie bag: 4/10
T-shirt: 5/10 .————————————————————————————————————————————————
Loving this look...I mean should I....🤔 What am I not loving? Not running and blogging about it on my running blog...I know I know, the irony isn’t lost on me. It’s where I am at right now so please bare with me as I try to push through this terrible time in my life. Your respect and love is appreciated. *Link in bio*
Really excited to now own a @blingthingltd medal hanger to hold all my running medals.
My racing journey began in the summer of 2011, and it's amazing to see all my achievements in one place.
20 races and 15 medals so far in my running career. Read my complete running CV at groundedrunner.com/running-cv. •
Photo by @GroundedRunner.
BOOM! it's the return of motivational owl, my chalky friend! MO was feeling spectacularly positive today, so we thought we'd go for it on the goals front. Sub 4:30, is going to happen this time. Boom boom and BOOM! 💥💥💥
23 Stunden, 40 Minuten und 49 Sekunden.
So lange habe ich gebraucht, um die 100 Meilen des #mauerweglauf2018 hinter mich zu bringen. Ich hatte einen wunderbaren Tag ohne nennenswerte Krisen oder Einbrüche und bin einfach nur dankbar. Dankbar, dass ich solche Abenteuer erleben darf und dankbar für den unbeschreiblich tollen Support durch meine Freundin und alle anderen, die mitgefiebert haben.
Da ich unter 24 Stunden geblieben bin, habe ich neben der Finisher Medaille auch die heiß begehrte 100 Meilen Gürtelschnalle bekommen ☺️ Weitere Bilder findet ihr in der Story 👊
Is it just me that always either looks angry or in a lot of pain in race photos? 🤦🏻♂️🏃🏻 After the regret of starting at the back, I did actually enjoy the race, it’s very flat so if you want a PB get involved next year 👍🏼
Ive put a few more words pictures and a bit of structure to a report about my Ridgeway run from Didcot to Ashbury yesterday. Not a massive repot but some nice pictures! Enjoy.
NYC Marathon Training Day 60: I felt myself running a bit faster today because I was so happy about the interviews we got done yesterday at Play NYC. Over 3 hours of footage done with @nycgeeksociety. Feeling incredible. 12M done #nycrunning#runlikehellgate#runningblog#nycmarathon
A pretty hard 10 miles today, feeling a lot better about the half marathon in October though! Stopped at mile 9 to order a dominoes to the house and they met me at the front door... what a beautiful sight that was 😂😂😂 #10miles
I’m not sure the “traditional” blog is quite working, I will replicate the blog here (edited): ————————————————————————————————————————————————
I’m back and with a specific purpose: to document my running and share some views and experiences with the world.
After a few false starts, I started running in 2011 but class the true beginning of my path to running fitness as the 24th of August 2013. That’s the first Parkrun I attended and since then, I have run over 200 at 32 locations. Parkrun provides me with a specific target each week and encourages me to get up on a Saturday morning and achieve something.
Since that date, I’ve run 5k, 10k, 10 mile and half marathons. In 2017, I ran 6 half marathons and will do a similar number in 2018. It’s a challenging distance and I have been content with the training (despite a few injuries) and the variety of the events. -
Whenever anyone asked if I had, or intended to, run a marathon, my stock answer was always that the training regime put me off, which was the truth. However, a touch (well, quite a punch) of midlife crisis inner-speak got me thinking and I contemplating running a marathon next year.
This year I have some specific aims:
Run at least 1300k
Run 6-7 half marathons
Run in as many Parkruns as possible
Volunteer at Parkruns
Find unusual races
I’ll post an update on what I have achieved so far in 2018 very soon.
And as for a training plan, when that’s not really existed – more on that too in another blogpost. ————————————————————————————————————————————————