A week ago I was running through fields & woodland, up & down hills, across stepping stones & up some steps. Smelling the scent of the wild garlic lining the paths, basking in the late afternoon sunshine.
A week ago I was running 50 miles. Continue reading “NDW50 Wk 27: One Week On”
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”
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)”
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)”
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)”
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)”
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)”