Little Runner Gal

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The Ups & Downs (literally & metaphorically)!

on January 5, 2014

As is the case for many, this week marked the start of my London Marathon training plan. Daunted by the amount of miles (and fundraising) I need to cram in, I had a little meltdown on January 1st…which not only started the year off in a not so ideal way, but also meant I’d already failed my CHILL OUT resolution!! Oh well, onward and upward.

So after my injury and freak out, I had a word with myself and got out and did a few miles, then got back to club running on the 2nd (how I’ve missed club running, so much more than I realised) back to ParkRun (ditto for ParkRun) and then for my first long run (not missed those quite so much!).

My shorter runs and club run have been good. Pace is pretty consistent and I’ve been working on my cadence after devouring The Art of Running Faster (Goater, J. & Melvin, D.). ParkRun was a mudfest but I put in so much effort. I came away a bit deflated with 25:15, a minute more than my PB (24:09) but really I was lucky just to be upright at the end of it, so again, I needed to look at the bigger picture a bit, getting a PB on a sludgy boggy course was probably not the best goal I set myself that day.
Because I knew I had club 10k today (Sunday) my marathon training long run was to be after ParkRun…not my brightest move. I was under fuelled, under rested and consequently under performing. I got in 11 miles, a couple less than I wanted, had to stop 4 times and was shaking by the time I got home. I ‘gifted’ myself the last 1/2 mile back as a walk! It wasn’t even a really bad time, but I wasn’t happy. This time last year I never thought I could run a marathon, then I did it. And now I was pretty sure I could do it and even aim for a decent time, but this run made me think even a half was a bit of an ask!

So I woke today looking forward to the club 10k handicap run, but wasn’t expecting great things. 14 miles the day before and a couple of disappointments…I was just going to enjoy this. A bright, crisp morning, I was wrapped up warm. Our usual route was flooded so an alternative 10k had been created for us. I set off at a good pace and managed to keep it up for the first 3k, then the hills set in…but I found myself ploughing up them with pace hardly dropping. The course was mildly undulating with a steady hill towards the end, but my pace seemed consistent. I tried not to look at my Garmin too much but towards the end I thought ‘I’m definitely on for a PB here…maybe 52 mins’. Then up the last hill and down the final road my legs were burning and my lungs screaming and I did my normal sprint finish (the only explanation for this is chemical as I don’t know where it comes from) and stopped my Garmin at 49:08!! Not wanting to celebrate too soon and pretty sure of a technology malfunction, I kept quiet. “Better than I thought” was my answer to the How did you do’s from my fellow club members as I cheered them in. Nervously awaiting results when I got home, I received a message informing me I’d run 10k in 49:07!! Over 5 mins off my previous PB and SUB-50 PEOPLE!!!

I don’t think I’ll stop smiling (or being amazed!) for a long while!

Oh, and that’s one of my new year goals achieved within 5 days….new goal setting in progress!!

And in other news…

I’ve seen a lot of talk about people keeping a running diary, so I decided to do the same. Just a little notebook that I fill in after ever run with all the normal (time, distance, pace, HR etc) but also a paragraph on how I felt during the run and after the run. Also documenting my fuel (food, gels etc) and my stretching, rolling and warming up. It seems to be going well (5 days in) and I hope to learn what does and doesn’t work for me from it.


Also my warming up, stretching and Tiger Tailing is going really well. I really think it’s helping. Definitely a resolution I’m sticking to.

Hope you’ve had a good weekend and if you’re training for events then let me know how it’s going. I’m feeling the ups and down of this right now!





6 responses to “The Ups & Downs (literally & metaphorically)!

  1. That’s what I call smashing a PB!! Great job in just 5 days 🙂
    What next??!!

  2. Amazing, well done on your PB and don’t worry about the disappointments the day before – as you say a muddy, boggy course is not good for a PB and then trying to cram a long run in after isn’t always the best thing.

    I’m also making a point to warm up properly and stretch/foam roll/use tiger tail etc. to try and keep my legs happy this year!

  3. Mary says:

    Oh wow! 5 min PB? That’s fab! Big well done, especially on tired legs! Running still amazes me… Everything has to be spot on for it to come together. But then again, PBs can also come after hangovers or after running 14 miles the day before! 🙂

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