Commitment

This has been an interesting year.  You may remember that last year I promised Mr P that I wouldn’t train for a marathon this year.  Then Mr P left me, and that was difficult.  And I’ll be honest, I did consider registering for a marathon to console myself, but then I thought perhaps the rest…

Oh, hi!

I know.  I know I don’t update this place enough, and I’m a rubbish blogger, these days.  If it helps, you should see my other blog…. No, really. Look, I basically do three things in my life.  I work, I run and I sew.  I write blogs about the latter two, and I’d write one…

Nearly there…

Two sleeps.  Or two not-a-lot-of-sleeps.  We’re heading down to Greenwich tomorrow to pick up my race number and spend the night pretty much as close as we can to the start line. I am nervous.  Actually, probably more nervous than I was before Brighton.  I know I’m hurt, and I don’t know how it’s going…

Nose dive…

Having forgotten that I’d entered the ballot for the Great North Run, I was really happy to learn I’d got a place.  This weekend, we happened to be in Newcastle, so it seemed an ideal opportunity to recce the route and even have a little practice.  I had a 50 minute long slow run in…

Long time coming…

On Sunday, it’ll be 8 weeks till the marathon and one week until Warwick Half.  This is my ‘de-load’ week.  I’m scaling back the amount of running this week, to allow my legs to rest and consolidate all they’ve learnt over the past few weeks. Last week, I was mostly in Lincoln.  Which meant I…

Fundraiser – want to come?

I’m writing a blog today because my muscles – specifically my gluteus maximus muscles – are super DOMS-y from Becky’s new weights routine, and consequently I’m no good for much else but sitting down.  Tuesdays are now more varieties of squat than I even knew existed – including some olympic lifting that involves me *stamping*…

Old Dog…

Seems you *can* teach an old dog new tricks, and this weekend I’ve done me some learning. Having smashed my Thursday fast short run, Becky and I took a look at my data.  Specifically, I wanted to know why I’ve found it so hard to run any distance lately.  We looked at heart rate and…

NAILED IT!

Today I set out for my fast 6km Thursday run.  You remember me whingeing last week about how “fast” and “8km” were mutually incompatible ideas?  Well I discussed it with Becky, and she agreed that perhaps we should start the build-up at 6km.  So this week, my first official marathon training week, was a fast…

New Year’s Difficulty

New Year’s Eve is a difficult time for me.  I have PTSD, which is related to an old relationship and NYE.  Each passing year, I think it will be easier.  But each year it serves simply as a trapdoor through time and the evening passes in a haze of flashbacks, panic attacks, breathing exercises and…

Frosty. Sparkling.

I’ve been mixing it up a little, the last few days.  I was supposed to run intervals on boxing day, and do a long walk on my birthday.  But rich food, good company and late nights conspired to make me good for not much on boxing day, so I ran birthday intervals, instead.  Today was…

Early morning Christmas weights

So the dog is ready to be roasted by an open fire… and this morning, I got up early and went to the gym.  As usual.  Christmas Schmistmas! This morning’s session marked the end of my pre-training strength training.  Starting tomorrow, I am officially marathon training.  I’m taking a very different approach this time, though….