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NDW50 Wk 26: The North Downs Way 50, 13th May 2017

51 miles, 11:21:02, 13:21 min/mile, 5,600 ft elevation gain

Nine months after I entered on a bit of a whim, six months after I started training & we are finally here. Race Day.

I am nervous, so nervous. I have butterflies in my tummy. I am scared. I repeat to myself a phrase a friend said to me. It becomes my race mantra.

The body achieves what the mind believes. Continue reading “NDW50 Wk 26: The North Downs Way 50, 13th May 2017”

NDW50 Wk 25: NDW50 T-5 Days (wc 01.05.17)

As I write this post it is five days until race day. FIVE DAYS! How the f**k did that happen?

My training is effectively done. I can do no more A few easy miles over the next few days to keep the legs moving & the mind happy but the main priority for the coming week is rest & recovery & preparing myself physically & mentally to run 50 miles next weekend.

It only seems a few weeks since I signed up for the race, since I started my training & now here we are.

How do I feel? Continue reading “NDW50 Wk 25: NDW50 T-5 Days (wc 01.05.17)”

NDW50 Wk 24: The finish line is in sight (wc 24.04.17)

Like most things following a bank holiday I’m running late, but that’s ok because my runs are a day late too so this week’s post is a little off kilter with an extra day thrown in!

Banstead Woods parkrun: running in the bluebells

5km, 23:39, 7:44 min/mile, 141ft elevation gain

I still don’t quite believe it when I run a 23:39 5km, especially when I feel as if I could have run harder. It was May last year that I first dipped under 24 minutes with 23:51 on the flattest, smoothest road parkrun I could find & here I am now running faster on a much harder course. It just shows how much my running has improved over the past 12 months.

Continue reading “NDW50 Wk 24: The finish line is in sight (wc 24.04.17)”

NDW50 Wk 23: Zero (wc 17.04.17)

0 miles, 0:00:00, 0:00 min/mile, 0ft elevation gain

This will be a short post. Three weeks out from race day & zero miles this week.

After the disaster (okay, maybe a little exaggeration) of Cannock Chase last week I decided that if I am to make the start line fit I needed to rest the sore foot / tendonitis / whatever it may be. Continue reading “NDW50 Wk 23: Zero (wc 17.04.17)”

NDW50 Wk 22: Bad training runs happen to stop bad race days (wc 10.04.17)

After the high of Brighton…

13 miles, 2:05:50, 9:41 min/mile, 1000ft elevation gain

I shared my NDW50 adventures on Instagram this week & then promptly had the worst run of the training cycle which made me wish I had kept quiet & I could just ignore the whole thing.
Continue reading “NDW50 Wk 22: Bad training runs happen to stop bad race days (wc 10.04.17)”

NDW50 Wk 21: Brighton Marathon (wc 03.04.17)

Brand shiny new marathon PB!

26.2 miles, 3:53:55, 8:55 min/mile, 561ft elevation gain

This was my fourth time running Brighton Marathon. My fastest time being 4 hours & NINE seconds at my first attempt in 2013. Me & Brighton had serious issues. I was desperate to go sub-4hr but it had beaten me on three previous occasions.
Continue reading “NDW50 Wk 21: Brighton Marathon (wc 03.04.17)”