Student dietitian who loves to run 🏃🏼 Training for VLM 2018 🏅 Berlin 2018 🏃🏼 Blog: Hansons Marathon Method Week 8 Recap ⬇
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Okay so this is pretty epic! @ginger_james is running 123 miles from Bournemouth to Plymouth over 6 days! He is looking for as many people to get involved as possible, Forest Gump style! This isn't just random though, he is raising money for @cr_uk and I'm sure you already know the fantastic work they do! I'm planning on running the last leg with James, but you can choose to run as little or as far as you wish. Please share this with all your running pals, because even if you can't make it to run some or donate, someone you know might and every little helps! I haven't ever met James but I think this is an incredible thing he is doing and I'm sure he could use all the support he can get because 20 miles a day over 6 days isn't going to be easy! The routes will be mostly on or next to the road avoiding cross country trails. In addition, there will be checkpoints roughly every 5 miles where runners can stop if they feel they cant go any further. James in the process of arranging for a minibus as a support vehicle which will meet at each checkpoint to provide water and refreshments as well as take people to the end or to the next checkpoint where they can re join the run. Let's support this as much as we can! 🏃🏼
Some very nice and easy recovery miles! . . . 7 on the plan, woke up aching so thought ahh will just do 3, got going and felt good so thought maybe 4, got to 3.5 and thought nah do your 7 you got this, had a toilet break and twisted my foot on a step...started to run and it hurt so called it day and had the boyfriend come and pick me up 😂 foot is fine FYI just twisted it funny and didn't want to make anything worse seeing as my knee is only just getting better! Hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday, running or not 😊🏃🏼✌
Ahhh fresh legs! The rest I gave my legs this week must have been what they wanted! #hansonsmarathonmethod likes you to run your long runs on fatigued legs, but I needed that fresh leg run...it has boosted my confidence, I got a new half marathon PB and completed 15 miles 27 minutes faster than my previous 15 miler back in October! The sunshine on the beach just made it beautiful too...happy Saturday! Don't be afraid to rest if your body is calling out for it...it needs to be part of your programme too 😊🏃🏼☀⛱ PS. Shout out to the sun for shining on my mega vain 😂 I didn't want to tell you guys but it gives me super powers...
YAY for sunshine! The weather yesterday really boosted my mood and positivity! I was so pleased to have run 5 miles, with the last 3 completely no knee niggle feeling and also at a pace which felt easy but wasn't far off my PB for a 10k pace. I'm going to enter a local 10k race and attempt my first sub 55 minutes...I can't believe I am saying that when last October my goal was sub 1 hour! Maybe one day I will be aiming for sub 50 too....gotta love the constant challenges running gives you! I hope everyone has a great weekend, running or not and sunshine or not (but please be sunny 🤞)🏃🏼☀✌
#throwbackthursday to beach running! I will be back here this weekend in the hopes of doing my long run along the beach path...some sea therapy is much needed 👌🏃🏼🌊⛱
Tried a very slow 3 mile run👎 still felt my knee niggle. But Dom got me a rose...to celebrate pancake day of course...what else?! 🥞 Although let's be honest...erryday pancake day in my eyes 💁✌🏃🏼
Sunday Stretch Day. It was supposed to be 6 recovery miles, but the little niggle in my knee decided to come along yesterday towards the end of my run. I am going to take the next couple of days to focus more on strength training and stretching, foam rolling etc. Going to slightly adjust my schedule for the next week or so to make sure I nip this in the bud. 10 weeks until I run #londonmarathon2018 😮🏃🏼 can't wait to meet so many of you!
Half Marathon #parkrun sandwich done 🏃🏼👌 It rained the entire way and hailed for the last 3 miles but the first 10 I really enjoyed! Although a bit nervous turning up to parkrun alone, of course I was fine and actually got a couple of fast miles in💃(the first mile always takes forever though?!) Well done to everyone who went out and trained today, you're all smashing it 💪 And well done to those resting too...rest days are equally as important and sometimes even harder to do 😂
#fridayfeels . . . Do you feel like the guy at the front today or is the struggle real like me there at the back? . . . Ps. This is from my first ever race...a 10k...be proud of where you started 😙 #happyfriday
RUNNING GUILT! Who else gets this? Usually on a Wednesday, I run to club night and home as well as do my session with them. I use the run there and back as a warm up and cool down. Last night my right quad felt tight and I could feel it pulling as I ran. So I drove to club night, cutting my 10 miles to 6 and knowing it was the right thing to do...because who wants to get injured?! We did a HARD 6 miles, I almost hit another new PB. My quad pain settled after a couple of miles. Even though I know I did the right thing, did a hard session and I'm sure my leg is very grateful, I still feel so guilty for those missed miles! You think by missing a run, you are derailing your goals, which logically is not true for just a few missed miles here and there 😂 But the guilt can feel so real even though you know deep down it's okay....Marathon training is a big step and commitment and becomes a main focus, but it's still so important to listen to our bodies! ANYWAY on another note...I got a new shiny club top which makes me an official Harrier 😉
Keep running, the weekend is just around the corner 😉🏃🏼 #happyhumpday
Had a great Monday yesterday and was so excited I could accept these new PBs! I think a sub 55 is now on the cards! And I finally got sub 27 for 5k...just 😂 This was a speed session, and I had no intentions of getting a PB. I did a mile warm up, then 0.25 hard effort with 0.25 recoveries, I did this for 4 miles then saw I was on track for a 10k PB so thought screw it, run the final mile as fast as you can 😂 This was on very heavy legs, so hoping if I do a 10k on rested legs I can get under that 55 mark. Swipe to see splits...have never had more than two under 9 minute miles consecutively, even in a speed session so I'm feeling chuuuffffed 😁 A lot of this is mind games people. A positive and "I can" attitude can push you more than you realise ✌ Blue sunny skies help too...☀
Running hasn't always been a part of my life. My idea of running in the past was those dreaded, sweaty, smelly treadmill warm ups in the gym...so why would I want to start running as a hobby based on my hatred for that? Well, thanks to extortionate gym memberships in Hong Kong, I decided to give running outside a go. It wasn't love at first sight. It was hard. Humid. I couldn't run very far...running is not easy! But with each run I got better, found more peace as I ran and started to get excited before heading out each day to challenge myself. Passion is pushing yourself to your limits even when no one is watching. Not every run is a good one, and I don't feel excited every day to go (NB cold, damp winter mornings) however, I always feel the same afterwards. Grateful. Grateful to have been able to go outside and run. It's that feeling, and all of you inspirational lot (so thanks 😙) that motivate me on the days I might not feel like training. I am not fast, I am not (yet) a marathoner or ultra marathoner, but I have passion for running and am so thankful I found it. #imoveme #asicsfrontrunner #asicsfrontrunneruk
First Plymouth Brunch Run set up by @nat_thomas_ was great and got me to my total weekly mileage of over 40 miles 😄 poached eggs at the end were 👌👌🥚🥚 will put up weekly update onto blog tonight for those interested in knowing how I'm handling the #hansonsmarathonmethod 🏃🏼Well done to everyone who raced today and those of you who smashed out your long runs...always an inspiration!
Saturday smiles because got my long run done nice and early with @nat_thomas_ 🏃🏼 we did a sandwich #parkrun and clocked up almost 12 miles and my legs didn't fatigue too much so yay! 🤸 Hope everyone's Saturday is going well, see a few of you got some parkrun PBs 💪💪
Jumping into the weekend! Dom and I went for a trail run late this afternoon, to which we got lost and ended up having to hike up a huge hill to make our way to the road and then run back in the dark 😂 always an adventure with that one! Attempting my first parkrun 'sandwhich' tomorrow, got the idea from @martha_runs...so running there and back to clock in my weekend long run! Then attending the first Plymouth brunch run on Sunday set up a by uni friend! What are your weekend plans? Running, resting? Or both? 😄🏃🏼🤸
#throwbackthursday to my first ever race. A 10k in Hong Kong around the hill you see behind me. My bib was on wonky, I was wearing trainers I grabbed in the sale and my watch cost me about £2 from the local markets, it was just a stopwatch. But none of that mattered, you dont need fancy things to run, sure it's nice if you do, but it's just an added luxury. You just need something comfy on your feet and mind of determination. This race had me catch the running bug, as that night I signed up to my first half and then it spiralled from there really! Also this was the same day as a local "Doggy Race"...swipe to see pictures 😂 gotta love Hong Kong 🏃🏼🐶
I have heard a few people these last couple of weeks say "I'm not a real runner" about themselves...I even used to say the same, so are we fake runners? Fraudsters? Is there some sort of test to pass? No...we are are runners. You don't have to go a certain speed or distance, wear certain clothes or even eat certain foods. If you run...you're a runner 🏃🏼 My first blog post was actually on this topic, as at the time I was totally paranoid that because I had started a running blog, people might laugh because I wasn't a "real runner"... And writing it allowed me to accept myself as a runner. So you can go and check it out if you fancy a little Wednesday read 📖 Just remember though, even if today you went for your first run...you're a runner 😉 PS. Sorry for the overload of the word runner 😂😂😂 . . . #imoveme #wednesdaywisdom #asicsfrontrunner #asicsfrontrunneruk
Week 6 #hansonsmarathonmethod recap is now up on the blog - link in bio! I traded yesterday's miles for a nice yoga session which took place in my front room and not at Mt Fuji like pictured from last year 😅😢 I absolutely love to run (didn't you know?) But I still enjoy to move my body in different ways, whether that's through yoga, hiking, cycling, a strength session at the gym or dancing! Random fact...I danced up until the age of 18, with ballet being my favourite, so sometimes I like to relive that 💃 How else do you guys like to move?
Who says running is not a team sport?! I only discovered my love for running about 18 months ago, and because I found it quite late on, I didn't have any other running buddies and a lot of my current friends thought I was a bit mad...and probably still do 😂 still, they're my mates and always will be. But it meant that running was a solitary thing for me, which don't get me wrong, sometimes I love a good run alone. However...it can get a little lonely and when training...monotonous. Trying a running club was a huge step out of my comfort zone, was I fast enough, good enough...would my "form" be judged...all these things crossed my mind. Yet, I loved it from the get go and I officially joined my local Harriers this week. Everyone is SO welcoming and so encouraging, and running with others is great. This week I ran with the Harriers, I ran with Dom, a friend from uni joined me on 2 runs and another friend joined me at 7am in the rain on Saturday to do 10 miles! It helps so much having someone to chat to, the miles tick by, you encourage eachother, the good runs become better and the hard runs easier! Take that step, ask someone to join you for a jog or try a session at your local run club...or try your first @parkrunuk next weekend! I promise, runners are friends you haven't met yet! 📷 by @doms_travel at #plymouth10k
Marathon training is not glamorous 😂 Saturday long run ✅ part of the #hansonsmarathonmethod theory is that by running your long run on tired legs, you try to replicate the last miles of a marathon...my legs were so tired and heavy this morning, it was 7am and pouring it down yet I knew I had to get it done...Huge thanks to @nat_thomas_ for keeping me company and let's be honest...keeping me going for this long run! Ended up clocking 10 miles, slow and steady but feeling good now! 🏃🏼👌
Celebrating the end of January exams with a 7 miler to #mountbatten with @berryjooce and @doms_travel 🏃🏼😎🙌🏼
FRIDAY FEELING! I'm not quite there yet...I have a biochemistry exam to get through this morning and then I'm going to have the most Fridayist feeling EVER! Also #flashbackfriday to Nicaragua...all the gear and no idea etc etc! 🙈🏃🏼🌊
Back to club runs! Plymouth Harriers here I come...think people will be able to see me? 😂 aiming for 8ish miles tonight...warm up there, 5ish miles with club and then run home to cool down. Let's do this 🤸
WHY I STARTED RUNNING? I actually took up running in Hong Kong as a way to get fit as gyms were mega 💰💰💰 I could barely run between lamp posts without a break so I signed myself up to a local 10k (which was 80% up hill) as a way to keep me motivated. 14 minute miles became 11 minute miles, and were still a huge challenge. The day before the 10k race I was so excited, telling everyone about it, when someone asked "Oh wow you're running a marathon?" I said no...so they said "Oh a half" and I awkwardly laughed and told them it was a 10k...but was trying to justify myself by saying it was hilly...and they laughed as though a 10k was barely a challenge or a race so why on earth was I making a big deal out of it. Well...I actually thank this person now because it made me even more determined. Any distance can be a challenge or a race, don't let anyone tell you different. I ran a time of 1:10 that day...and was really proud and that afternoon signed up to a half marathon. 11 minute miles have now come down to under 9, I have my first full marathon this April and my second will be September. I guess you could say running gets addictive...😂 and you know what....10k is one of my favourite distances! Whether you're training to run your first ever mile without stopping, a 5k, 10k, ultra marathon...keep at it. We all make our own challenges, and you should always be proud for even attempting them. I started running for the challenge and I still enjoy challenging myself, but I also now run because it gives that sense of 'calm' that allows me to zone out for that little bit of time, just being in the moment. #mondaymotivation #mondaymantra
"Marathon training isn't just about getting your body fitter and stronger to run 26.2 miles, it is also about training the mind. Learning to push through, teaching your mind to be strong and telling yourself that you ARE capable and CAN get to the finish" - week 5 recap of my #hansonsmarathonmethod training is now live on the blog! Link in bio 🤸🏃🏼
Smiling because I had a huge burrito on the way and a Hendrick's in hand 🌯🍸 the company was pretty good too 😉 @doms_travel
4 mile run to celebrate meeting this one 3 years ago today! I only went and got a new mile PB again didn't I too 😄😄 Swipe right to see some #flashbackfriday photos from when we first met to now! Off out for dinner tonight and am gonna allow myself a cheeky beverage 🥂🏃🏼 @doms_travel
#throwbackthursday to crossing the finish line at the #plymouth10k with a new PB! 🤙 my hands do such funny things towards the end of a race 😂 Who else here is struggling with these early morning runs? I know I am. It helps to visualize why you're doing it...I actually picture myself crossing the finish line of London 😂 I also lay my kit out the night before, make sure I get an early night and just remember that feeling once I'm out there. Another put off can be safety though, I know I sometimes don't feel 100% comfortable at 6am when there is no one out on the roads. I stick to lit paths, and roads where there are more likely to be more people/cars but will try not to run the same route every morning at the same times. I also where high vis/reflectives and don't use headphones is the dark. I'm writing all these tips I use, however sometimes you might just have to listen to your body and push your run until later. That's me today. Got up super early...and my body just said no. Felt bloated, heavy, headache, so I went back to bed, feel better now and will run tonight! Almost the weekend now guys 😄🏃🏼
It was pretty cool being able to wake up and have this to hike on our front door step! On rainy, cold days like today I can't help but reminisce! However, Devon has some pretty amazing hikes on offer too that Dom and I are yet to suss out...