A little while ago I was in Whitby for a weekend. I had to complete 2 runs over a long weekend so got the chance to try out some routes that I have done before, but not for a couple of years!
If you haven’t been to Whitby, you should go! It’s a beautiful seaside town with stunning views even on a grey day. It’s famous for its Abbey and the 199 steps you have to walk up to get there as well as inspiring Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Whenever I visit, I usually fit it around food and find time for fish & chips or some sausage rolls from Botham’s.
The first run I did was a misty morning with the tide in. I wanted to run down along the beach and then back through the town. I forgot how steep the cliffs are! The only people out were dog walkers braving the wind. The summer chalets were all closed up waiting for the better weather and the floods of tourists.
Walking up the cliffs allowed for a breather and once away from the sea breeze I got running again. Through town I went exploring the streets and stumbling across new cafes and shops. It wasn’t the fastest run, but it still classes as miles under my belt.
On Sunday I planned a 16 mile route – at this stage in my training I only had 3 long runs left before the taper begins. North Yorkshire is considerably more hilly than Cambridgeshire and so I only managed 14 miles of it which wasn’t too bad going! Instead of writing about it, I’ll leave you with the photos below.
Spectators along the route.
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I’m still in training for the Virgin Money London Marathon in just over 3 weeks but after two early morning starts for the gym, I didn’t feel up to my 50 min scheduled run this evening.
Instead of lacing up my trainers, I swapped them for my walking boots. Now the evenings are lighter, it feels so much easier to get outdoors in the evening – plus my walking boots haven’t been worn in much yet and really will need to fit like slippers before the summer is out!
I took a route through the fields where birds were singing in the hedgerows and the blossom was out in force. It was peaceful and allowed me time to reflect. Walking back through the village I got some lovely shots of the sunset behind buildings or throwing it’s glowing light on the trees.
I still plan on making up my run tomorrow but my walk tonight really helped me appreciate the beauty Spring brings with it. I’m looking forward to walking the Pennine Way and the amazing views that I should see – weather dependent!
Things I have learnt since embarking on my running plan on 3rd January 2017:
I love the feeling I get when I run, yes, sometimes it is hard work, but the endorphin rush post-run is great. I have the chance to get faster and stronger and I’m going to work my hardest to be in the best shape possible. Alcohol really does make a difference – and not in a good way (sorry for anyone hoping it was the fuel we need for a run!)
Now for some figures:
75 miles covered
771 minutes on my feet (that’s only running, not including any walking!)
5 runs saw me go over the 5 mile mark
3 weeks of 4 sessions, 1 week with 3 sessions
3 hours of pilates
1 photo per day
1 video clip per run
1 indoor treadmill session (didn’t go so well, so outdoor is best)
1 new head torch purchased
1 pair of winter running tights purchased (Ronhill winter leggings)
To commemorate my January training runs, varying in temperature, pace, time of day and distance, I have made a video. I would add it here, but I can’t, so you’ll have to look at my Facebook page.
I know that marathon training takes time and I am prepared for this to take over my life for the next couple of months. Both distance and time on my feet will increase. I hope to bring you a round up at the end of each month.
Please visit myfundraising page and give me some extra motivation for February running!
My husband has recently bought a fish tank. In it, we have 8 small brightly coloured tetras and a Japanese fighting fish that dart around and then without warning slow down or rest on a log. I sometimes feel like one of them, pedalling to get everything achieved and then sitting on the sofa to relax!
They are a welcome pop of colour in the tank and provide a nice distraction after a day sat in front of a computer. I also find that I need some colour to break up the horizon or the monotony that sometimes sets in from pounding the pavements.
Inspired to get off my bum and go for a run, today was my long run day and I wanted to test a new route. It was raining and all together miserable for a 1 and a half hour jog. I kept stopping to check my route which meant that I paid more attention that usual to the countryside around me. Running through fields and along muddy footpaths I found my way into a birch forest. Forest sounds a bit grand, let’s call it a wood. In the wood the leaves had made a carpet underfoot hiding the tree roots and providing a soft landing. I was concentrating on foot placement and didn’t realise where I was until I stumbled across a road which Iwasn’t expecting – I was lost.
What does this have to do with a splash of colour? Well, it turned out I had ended up at a golf course where, despite the cloudy relentless grey sky above me, I saw manicured lawns vibrant and green and umbrellas of every shade moving around the course. This was a nice break from the mud that caked my trainers and had been underfoot for most of the run. The colour didn’t last long as I had to make my way out of the golf course but it gave me a boost.
At home I have some colourful touches, a vase of flowers, a yellow sofa, vibrant elephant ornaments. January can often be so grey with dark evenings and it always cheers me up to see a bit of colour.
I have one more run in January and then onwards to February running and here’s hoping for some bright sunny days.
Running a marathon takes some planning. There are the running sessions to fit in, 4 a week in my case as well as strength training and general life!
I’m not gonna lie, I’ve had to work hard to create my plan and get into my routine and I’m having to be really disciplined. Even on days where it’s been -3 outside, I’ve had to pull on my running gear and get out the door.
How do people stick to their goals? Why do so many New Years resolutions fall by the wayside?
I read somewhere that it takes 6 weeks to get into a habit. I’m currently on week 4 and to make myself stick to my training plan I have made a chart showing each session. I can move these sessions around if necessary but I’ve tried to accommodate weekend plans and other drop in activities. I don’t know about you, but I like to have a reward. If I complete all my sessions in a week I am rewarding myself with a trip to the cinema or a takeaway for dinner or seeing friends! I also seem to be rewarding myself with biscuits at work whenever I can – so I should probably try and break that habit.
This week has been particularly difficult to balance running, the gym and having a life. I’ve been doing long hours in the office but I did get out for a run after my gym session last night. It was the last thing I wanted to do but I forced myself and ran for an hour in the freezing cold. It’s days like this that make me really motivated to get out there are smash it because I want to improve my fitness and more importantly because I want to raise as much money as I can for Alzheimer’s Research UK so that they can invest in finding treatments.
No one said running a marathon is easy (me included) but with a lot of planning and determination, I will get there!