Student dietitian who loves to run 🏃🏼 Training for VLM 2018 🏅 Berlin 2018 🏃🏼 Blog: Hansons Marathon Method Week 8 Recap ⬇
#truthfultuesday Last week left me broken! Doing an 18 and then a 20 miler within 3 days really took a toll on my body! I was also under a lot of stress with current uni deadlines 😖 but I had to fit everything in so I could enjoy my weekend dress shopping which was brilliant and a success 👰🏼 Training for events is not easy and sometimes you can't stick to every little detail on your schedule, and that's okay! Those training sessions last week wiped me out! I had 5 days rest after with a gentle yoga session in between and got back to the plan today with hill reps 🤢 and body pump. I feel refreshed (although still stressed RE uni 😅) and now just need to focus on getting to the start line of my first ultra in 18 days 😬 Pain doesn't always equal gain...listen to your body, rest is also part of the process!
Today I said yes to the dress! 😍👰🏼💍🥂 #bridetobe
#throwbackthursday to Berlin marathon...great race! Didn't actually race it, took it easy making sure my fiance got round in one piece post injury. That wasn't the plan but it was the best decision! I got to really lap up the atmosphere and it was great to stop and chat to others. Plus crossing the line with my 🤵🏼 was incredible! My photo poses still need work though... 😅✌🏼 Who entered the ballot this year?
Feeling pretty pleased because I just ran 20 miles on a wet Wednesday morning...it wasn't fast and it wasn't easy but I honestly couldn't see me completing it when I woke this morning! Today was the only day I could squeeze in a long run alongside getting work done etc so that I can have the whole weekend off with my Mum and sister to go WEDDING DRESS SHOPPING! 👰🏼💍 I'm so excited! Also huge thanks to @nat_thomas_ this morning for joining me for 13 miles, really helped having someone to chat to!
1 day, 2 runs, and this photo is from neither 😂 Today was wet wet wet wet, and after the 10 mile trail race I have to say I did not want to head back out again but @charlotterunsindevon said to me "think how amazing you will feel after" and she's so right! That moment you're done and you realise you've done it, you get a surge of endorphins and feel incredible! I did also feel a little sick and now feel shattered but hey, got my 18 miles in 😅💪🏼🤸🏼♀️🏃🏼♀️
NOVEMBER GOALS...Keep up current training and find more running routes with views like this...officially 1 month until I take on my first ultra at @endurancelife Dorset 🙈 I'm pretty terrified! Do you have any goals to see you through to December?
I'm getting some fabulous prizes donated to the raffle! Swipe to see what's up for grabs so far 😀 To enter it's £1 a ticket. Each £1 donated to my justgiving page equals one ticket. Purchase one ticket, purchase 10....it's completely up to you! All the money goes to Alzheimer's Research UK...a charity extremely close to my fiance and I. I've chosen to run my first Ultra in 5 weeks for them and any amount I raise is hugely appreciated! You don't need to 'like' this picture or follow a hundred brands to enter, you can just click the link in my bio and donate £1 😊 please be sure to leave your name too so I can count your entry! Entries will close November 30th and I will draw the winners early December! 😘
16 coastal miles done today🏃🏼♀️⛰🏖 huge shout out to my fiance @doms_travel today! He picked me up after my run so that I could do more trail than road miles and now is cooking up a nut roast! Absolute babe 👌🏼💕
The excitement for next summer is already setting in 🏃🏼♀️🤸🏼♀️ Who fancies joining me on some the most iconic trails in the UK? The @thresholdsports trail series early bird entries close next Wednesday night (Oct 31st). I'm going to be at @racetothestones @racetotheking and @racetothetower for triple trouble and hope to see some of you there! Who's signed up?! #rttk #rttt #rtts #ad
Dreaming of being out running whilst I sit at my desk writing assignments... #getmeoutside . . Was really looking forward to a solo run tonight, just me and my headphones clearing the head but have had to prioritise uni work. It's not all doom and gloom though as I will be rewarding myself with some pretty trails this weekend!
Quality over quantity! My training has changed a lot since Berlin. I'm running less, but doing lots more cross training and strength training and it's helping me run more efficiently. Time trial 5k at club tonight and this happened! Although the course measured a little over so my chip time came in slower but I'm feeling chuffed to see it finally dip under 26! Want to find a local 5k now to test myself 😅 @nat_thomas_ was first female too so huge kudos! Thanks to those Harriers who marshaled tonight 😘
So much fun doing the Castle to Hell challenge today along the coast path...nicely rounded up my yearly mileage to my 2018 goal too of 1000 miles! I know monthly, yearly or any mileage doesn't mean anything to a lot of people, and that's fine! But this is a goal I set myself for the year, a goal that really challenged me and I honestly thought would take me up to December 31st to complete. I'm not someone who has always ran, this has been my first proper year giving the running malarkey a go. If it wasn't for my 2 marathon training blocks I'm not sure I would have had the motivation to keep it up...so here I am, 10 weeks until 2019 and I've hit my goal. Have I loved every mile? No. There have been some really tough ones in there, some with tears and pain. But mostly they have been amazing, and I don't regret a single one!
I won't sugar coat it...that was tough 😅 I was flying in the first half as was all down hill...but then you have to climb back up and to be honest, my legs are exhausted! Such a lovely relaxed race though. Stopped at the water stations for a few minutes for chats and snacks, had cuddles with this stunning pooch and there were only about 20 odd competitors! Beautiful route too 👌🏼 So nice to use it as a training run and not stress about what's happening on my watch 🏃🏼♀️ #firstandlastrunning #plymtrailhalfmarathon
"When you feel like quitting think about why you started"... I'm finding these dark mornings tough, but I know once I'm out there I will feel a million times better! Almost the weekend guys 🏃🏼♀️
Running by the water, getting wet and muddy and feeling free...sometimes this is just what I need to feel grounded and restored! Exercise doesn't have to be dull...head to your favourite outdoor space and walk, hike, run, spin around...move in whichever way brings you joy! Staying safe out there with @myrunangel 💫🏃🏼♀️⛰ #runsafe #runloud #ad
At least I've learnt to smile when there is a camera around...🏃🏼♀️ #transformationtuesday A lot of new people I meet think I have always ran and loved it...but that couldn't be further from the truth! I only started 2 years ago, the picture on the left is me on my very first 10k race which I thought would just be it...but it sparked something inside of me! Progression isn't always linear...and it also isn't just about numbers. Sure my speed has dropped, but the real difference I see here is just someone with more fire and more determination. If it wasn't for that first 10k race I honestly don't think I would have had the courage or belief in myself to come back to university and start a new career path. I have a lot to thank running for, and it's not just for PBs and keeping fit. 🏃🏼♀️🌟
"The fears we don't face become our limits"...Here I am running the South West coastal path in the pouring rain with burning glutes and hammies, training for my biggest challenge to date. The @endurancelife Coastal Series Dorset...ULTRA! Yes you read that right, I will be tackling my first ultra this December on the tough hills of the Jurassic Coast. I had been keeping this on the down low, even though I have been signed up for quite a while now I was too nervous about people judging my abilities...and to be honest had even doubted myself. But now I'm a couple of weeks into the training, I already feel stronger and have reminded myself that if I stop doubting myself and work hard, I can make it happen. I'm treating the distance and hills with respect, which means I have been pushing myself through the limits in my training. I do not want to enter this race unprepared! I suck at hills...and the elevation on this event is not to be sniffed at so getting my leg and glute muscles strong is a MUST. So I'm not just running, I'm doing plenty of strength and conditioning and mobility bits. Anyway...I have decided to share this news and thought I would also use the opportunity to raise some money for charity. I will be raising money for Alzheimer’s Research UK...link in bio and details on my story. Here's to training and getting hill strong! 💪🏼🏃🏼♀️⛰ #suunto9 #builttolast
Running releases more than just sweat...for me it releases a lot of my stress and worries (all of which are uni related right now 😖) and of course the much loved endorphins 👌🏼 So I'm really looking forward to getting some training miles in this weekend 🏃🏼♀️⛰ What are your weekend plans? The wind is mad here so I'm praying it calms down a little!