I've taken a rare but deserved weekend off, trying not to think about the fact running didn't make its way into the last two days. But I've been too busy enjoying good food, drink and company in Edinburgh - where I now want to move to!
I'm actually far less phased by the couple of days break and the fact this is now my second week on the trot I've missed the weekly mileage target, than I thought.
It feels good to take the pressure off and I'll just be rearing to go for the week ahead... because we'll all be back on 0km anyway 🤗
Hope everyone's had a good one!
Naples Half Marathon is in the books! A 3 second PR, 2nd in the Masters division & a $500 prize! Say what?! I’ll take it. Such a fun race...too warm & humid for this Midwesterner right now but it was a blast. I’m going to work my ass off this winter & hopefully get the opportunity to race some colder half marathons this spring😜🤞🏽 Now for some beach time & all the drinks!! 🥂🍹🍾🍺🤘🏽
I didn’t believe it was possible to run sub 32 in my current shape. But I decided to roll the dice and go with it. I kept repeating in my head what if you can. Just tick off one more K at sub 32 pace. One more K. What if you actually can, despite my head telling me I can’t. ‘You ran a flat out parkrun last week in 16:30; what makes you think you can run sub 16 back to back a week later?’ My head had a point but I decided that my legs wouldn’t listen. Keep running fast. You never know what will happen. But I intended on finding out.
As the Kms ticked by I focused on my cadence and forcing my legs to turn over quickly rather than the growing urge to stop or slow. I decided to go ‘hunting’ at 7K and try and pick off some of the boys ahead of me. When 7K actually hit I couldn’t pick up the pace. I was holding on. However I was still catching other runners who were also deep in the head-body race turmoil.
At 9K I caught a local rival. I wanted to beat this guy. He had run a storming 2:26 in Berlin a few months back. He had what I wanted. I huffed and puffed as I tried to latch on to his tail. He starts to shout encouragement to me. I was shocked but it gave me a huge lift.
We turned the penultimate corner together. We started encouraging each other. Shouting and grunting almost like a strange race day like war cry. With the finish in sight we both sprinted hard.
Could I dip under 32? Was it still on? I’d lost track of my pace. No time for shouting now. It was time to go all in. I ran like I was being chased. My form suffered as I cried out for the line.
I finished. Heaved in some air and stopped my @garminuk. 32:00. Had I done it? I started my watch when the gun went but it took me longer than usual to cross the start line as the amazing fast field shot off in front of me. There must be a few seconds there.
I mingle and talk to other racers. It’s great to see so many friends and rivals running so well. @kellogs_ontherun and Harri greet me. Kelly’s face is glowing with pride. I feel amazing that she looks happy. She is the best support and means everything to me.
I find the results screen. 32:01. Oh. A sense of......CONT IN COMMENTS
9065020 January, 2020
I said “YES” to the most beautiful dress today with 3 of my favorite people!!
Can’t believe this is happening 🥰 #wlpbride#isaidyestothedress
On a very fresh and frosty morning 14 Bourton Roadrunners took part in the 26th running of the ever-popular Linda Franks 5 mile memorial race. As usual this event, organised by Cheltenham’s Almost Athletes running club, was the first race in this year’s Gloucestershire AAA road race series, and had been fully subscribed for many weeks.
Carrying on where he left off last season, Bourton’s Darren Long was 8th overall and 3rd MV40 in a personal best (PB) time of 28:23. Niamh Shoemark was the club’s lead-lady and was 2nd LV45 (1st LV50) in 33:06.
New member Maxime Emes had a fine race and was rewarded with a PB of 35:31, followed closely by Susan Hunt in 37:38. The next 3 Bourton finishers came in quick-succession: Steph Holton, 38:06, John Gibson 38:22 and Graham Lane, after having taken an early tumble, 38:57.
Second claim member Linda Edwards had a great run in 40:21 (PB), having worked her way through the field. Michela Sartori also PB'd in 40:31 and Gary Holton, returning after a long injury, followed in 40:41. Liz Hulcup was next for the club in 41:54 and was 1st LV65, closely followed by Gill Carrick in 41:59. Janet Balinski in her first 5 mile race ran 46:48, with Janice Townsend and Annie Oliver both achieving PBs in 47:40 and 47:41 respectively.
Gloucester Half Marathon – 19th January 2020
Meanwhile, Martin Cook elected to incorporate the Gloucester half marathon in his weekly training schedule, in preparation for this year’s London Marathon, rather treating it as a race as he continued to shake-off the remnants of recent seasonal bugs.
Gloucestershire AAA County Awards Evening - 17th January 2020
The annual county awards presentations were held in the Council Chambers at Gloucester Docks on Friday evening. Bourton Roadrunners came away with Darren Long collecting silver for the men’s Open Category and gold for MV45. In the LV55 category Susan Hunt won gold and Niamh Shoemark bronze. Gill Carrick won silver in the LV60 category with Liz Hulcup winning gold for LV65.
I know I know. No ugly feet pictures. I wanted to check in to see how everyone was doing with their toe yoga? I have continued working on mine but it was mostly sitting down. Sitting I can float my big toe from the small ones. still having a hard time spreading my toes. To my horror, when I am standing, I can not lift the big toe alone on my left, the right is no problem. Your feet are your foundation. Take care of them. #runnersofinstagram#instarunners#yogaforrunners#runner#miler#footinjuries#physicaltherapy#athomeworkout
Strive for progress not perfection. Had a great day back in the gym after two days away on a retreat (hiking replaced the gym). I came home and looked at the rocks Molly and I made at the retreat. Mine says “forgiveness” to remind me of God forgiveness. Molly (2.5 years old) colored hers yellow. I asked her if it was sunshine. She said yes. So I put it beside mine to remind me of the sunshine even on cloudy days, God will send the sun again ❤️ Molly is pretty deep
1121 hours ago
Aquí tenemos las temidas escaleras por todos!!!🏞️🏞️
Uno de los tramos más emblemáticos de la carrera, un tramo de escaleras infinito.😎😎
En la historia del día hacemos una encuesta para ver si adivináis cuántas tiene.
Aunque la sorpresa viene antes de subir las escaleras, muchos ya llevaréis 600m de cuesta😍😍
Un saludito y buen lunes.
Today is Blue Monday 😕, are you feeling the effects of January? I am and I find running really helps me through the tougher times.
I've just posted on my blog. In this post I'm talking about running motivation and how to keep motivated. Running has been a massive part of my life so writing this post really made me reflect on why we run.
Don't make running become a chore, do it because you enjoy it, do it because you can.
Let me know what you think, and what motivates you?
Shattered but longest training run to date with my running buddy! I never follow a training plan... I tend to wing it on the weekly miles as long as I hit the long weekend ones! Another mile on and it was TIRING! Hip feels ok although my knee is starting to niggle now... oh the joys of #maranoia and getting old...oh and being a stone heavier 🙄
5121 hours ago
This really should say “cookies” instead of donuts but I’ll take either one 🍪 🍩
I’m still over here spinning away until I get my MRI on February 29th. I’ve run a few times but my knee still feels a bit off and I want to be 100% sure I’m good to go. I won’t lie, it’s cold and snowy and I don’t mind skipping out on some runs right now 🥶
Side note : I have to wait until the end of February because I just got my permanent eyeliner touched up. And they recommend you be 6 weeks out from any fresh tattoos 🤷🏻♀️ I hate being patient, anyone else?
Nanti Kita Cerita Tentang Tahura Trail Run 2020
19 Januari 2020
It's their day! SO EXCITED.
Awal tahun yang menyenangkan & membanggakan buat kami sekeluarga. Ini pengalaman pertama anak-anak ikutan trail run. Ditanya opininya enakan road atau trail? Trail ceunah.. (welcome to the jungle sis!) 😜
Ga nyangka juga bakal podium 1 karena ga ada persiapan khusus, hanya mereka memang rutin melakukan olahraga cardio lainnya selain lari. Palingan gw becandain, ntar jgn kelambatan ya larinya, malu ntar disusul sm anak umur 8th 😜 #soccermom
6 km diraih dalam waktu 49 menit (kalo ga salah).
Cerita jatuh, kepeleset, lecet dan hampir gagal podium 1 ini ada. Tapi tak apa. Trail run mengajarkan pengalaman baru menyusuri alam buat anak-anak. Berani ambil resiko, tidak mengeluh saat ada masalah, bangkit saat jatuh, fokus pada tujuan, dan secara olah tubuh melatih keseimbangan dan refleks, di satu sisi tetap harus hati-hati tak termakan ambisi.
Podium hanyalah bonus, yg terpenting they enjoy the race.
Bonus lainnya, rekor dapet 7 medali dalam 1 hari 😁
Rekor juga dapet medali podium lari pertama (bukan medali finisher loh, catettt wkwkwk).
Gw sendiri ambil kategori 10k, keputusan yg tepat krn sejak awal tahun demotivasi lari 😜 plus kesibukan di pekerjaan krn butuh sistem baru. Bye target 2 jam, welcome avg hr 170 🙄
Pengalaman pertama pake Hoka Mach 2 buat trail, ternyata enak juga, walau didesain buat road, tak apa asal hati2 pas dpt becek, yg paling enak toe box nya legaaaa, lebih lebar dari tipe Hoka road lainnya, kuku aman 100% terutama saat turunan.
Belasan atau puluhan lagi, hari ini akan jadi salah satu momen indah untuk dikenang. Suatu saat nanti kita cerita lagi tentang masa-masa ini ya.
Trail run never fails us ❤️💛🧡
Yuk kapan-kapan ngetrail lagi.
. @trailruntahura #tahuratrailrun#tahuratrailrun2020#ttr2020#trailrunners#runningkids#runnersofinstagram