Never have a day Zero

Hey, how are you? It’s a troubling time and I hope your ok.

It’s been a while and well in truth I didn’t feel like I was doing anything worthy of putting up here.

Yes I did Disney and oh my it was hard but I feel like I failed it because honestly I didn’t finish the whole thing. If you read anything up on this years Disney (2020) you’ll see that the marathon was cut short due to the temperature, humidity and the late start and whilst it was a manager decision I still feel like it’s a failed attempt. We’re hoping to go back in 2023, which brings me around about what this post is about.

Apart from the odd mile here and there I have not done anything since Disney and if we are honest before that. I’ve let myself go in the worst way and back to my overeating ways which in turn has ballooned my weight up to 20 stone again, I said I’d never be back at this weight but I’m so stressed and scared that I’m just eating my worries away.

None of this is getting me anywhere near any of my goals whether it’s the one to run a marathon, or the one to run an ultra, the ride a century or to ride around the TT course and my ultimate one to do an Ironman before I’m 40.

I kinda need to get my bum back in gear lol, so welcome to m6 new training diary. Everything cancelled at the moment (apart from Disney in September but I doubt we’ll open our border by then), so I’m not aiming for anything, though I’d love to run a 5K or longer for my birthday on the 24th June.

Now as my ultimate goal is an Ironman I’d be discussing with you about all the disciplines but no swimming pools are open and I’m not confident for sea swimming yet, so it’s just running and cycling at the moment.

I’ve been using Zwift for my cycling with our dumb trainer which I’ve been loving even if my coccyx hasn’t.

So this weeks aims are:

Cycling – 50 miles +

Running – a mile a day (I’ll be run/walking but I’ll be happy!)

Diet – drink 2 liters a day and 1800/2000 calories.

I’m also hoping to keep the No Zero Days mentality. My sister was telling me about it and after a good search I found it on reddit and the general pretense is to do one thing to work towards your goal everyday, however simple it is you will be working towards your goal. As my ultimate goal is an Ironman this is the one I’m working towards.

I hope your ready, this shit is about to get real!

2019 a year in review

So while I am trying not to panic over the Dopey and feel very very meh about everything in general. I’ve actually done really well up till the last couple of months and I know it’s because I’m not going out. Heyho here’s to next year!

January

On my sisters 39th we started to really think about whether we could do the Disney Dopey challenge and spent the day making lists, I also started to go to physio as I had bad pain in my hip.

February

In February we did our local Park Run’s 50th run, which was exciting and really cool. I also added more Pokemon onto my sleeve and went to my Lift Like a Girl class regularly.

March

Oh my I loved March not only were we on holiday to the other half’s parents which I love more than anything but it also was the Leicester 10K and the Coventry Half Marathon, whereas my first half was just pure rain this was super hot. You couldnt of got two halfs together which were so opposite. I also somehow managed to get a PB time for the 10K and also for the Half.

April

In April I cycled more than I had done in a while, over 120km to be exact and I loved it! I also managed to hurt my back by lifting way to much weight in LLAG which meant I missed out on the Easter Festival of Running, what I did do was marshall the whole event and cheered on my sister as loud as I could do.

We also scarily booked ourselves onto the Dopey Challenge for January 2020!

May

May was super busy and brought the sister power, not only with the Liverpool Springs but also with the Liverpool Run Rock’n’Roll races and OH MY GOD when I say that I loved both of them so much, I really mean it.

The Liverpool Springs was well managed, the medals were ace and we managed to do it all on a steal. If I had the holidays left I’d be doing it in 2020 and beyond.

Liverpool Run Rock’n’Roll was something else, this was my first major event. I thought there was a lot for the Liverpool Springs 10K but that didn’t prepare me for the Liverpool Run Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon. The expo was amazing and when everyone says the last few miles are killer because it’s along the river and boring as anything especially when you have a headwind, they are not lying. It was a horror!! And I’m doing it again in 2020!!! Cannot f’in wait!!!

We also did the Harbour to Harbour walk which I loved to bits and will hopefully be doing in 2020.

I also got reminded by Facebook that it was three years since I decided to kill my ankle off, and when I was running four races it was a lovely reminder to prove to myself I can do anything I put my mind to.

June

Birthday month June brought the Parish walk and I’m so glad I decided to just go for it. All those times I joined to do it and I never stepped foot on the finish line and to think this year I just did it no questions asked and not only did I do it, I loved it!! I’m going to be joining up again next year and aiming for Peel ekkkk.

June also brought BIKES BIKES BIKES, it was TT week so we spent a couple of days on the mountain watching them go past. I also bought this cute balance bike for our someday, one day child as I just couldn’t pass it up and it’s in great nick. It’s currently a really good ornament in our lounge at the moment lol.

July

July only feels like yesterday, I got out more on the bikes with Michael and braved a lot of trails that I normally wouldn’t of done. We also took a weekend trip away to check out the Kymin, we’d already booked without seeing it (as it fit my criteria) but as soon as we popped up I knew, KNEW it was a place that would have a place in my heart forever.

We also spent a day (where I got super sun burnt) watching the Plop Enduro. I’m hoping that in 2020 I can support the other half doing a race or two. If not 2020 then it will defiantly be 2021.

August

August was another busy month, we did a charity run with the pups then went away for a splash and dash to Dublin to do the Dublin Run Rock’n’Roll 5k, Half and the mile straight after the half, yes slightly mad. I didn’t get any PB’s but I didn’t go into the races for PB’s, I went into them for the fun! Dublin was just lovely, we all wished we had more time to look around.

There was also more bikes, YAY! We had MGP week over here, so once again we were up the mountain watching the bikes race past!

September

September started off watching more bikes, this time trails riding and falling in love with every single old school bike. We also supported the other half in his cycle around the TT course, which I’m really hoping to do in 2020 with him and maybe just maybe aim for 2 laps, we’ll see how my fitness is at the time.

The Isle of Man tried to do a world record for the most fairies in one place which we helped with (we didn’t get the record), we used the time to get to the place as a training run and I’ve never been beeped so much in my life, then again I don’t think most people expect to see two fairies running along the main roads lol!

We also spent the day watching the Isle of Man Extreme Triathlon. We got up super early to watch the swim event which didn’t happen but watched part of the cycle, the transition and part of the running.

This was also the time of discussions and putting it down properly that we would like to aim for an Ironman for my 40th!

October

Oh October you was filled with highs, I got married ekkk and lows, the Leicester Half was cancelled due to rain. I know we found another race to do and it was worth it, I just wish it was the Half ahhh well next year I’m going bigger and better by doing the full marathon hopefully. Why yes I am mad.

November

Oh my November kicked us in the butt, we did our longest milage so far 16 miles and my sister’s knee went annnnnnd that was the end of our training. We’ve been doing our best to maintain her knee and that’s really all we can do.

We also went to the IOM tri, track group a couple of times to get used to it all.

Oh and I went and did a really big thing, I interviewed for a job which I REALLY wanted and I got it! I am still in shock and just amazed.

December

December was a steady month.

We started going to Yoga for strength then got told they were stopping it in January, so no more of that, though they are changing it for another spin class so I guess that’s a silver lining.

We went to the Berlin Christmas Markets and I started using a GoPro instead of taking a million photo’s so expect something on YouTube maybe, well see.

I personally also found out the harm of not running these past two months in that I had to ask for an extender belt again. I’ve not had to have one of these for a long time and well it sucked, thankfully enough that I’ve got some big aims in 2020 because of it.

Overall 2019 was amazing, I did a lot of running and we went to a lot of places, I’m super excited to see where 2020 is going to take me!

Training Diary – Week 13, Panic stations

So let’s start with this, last Sunday we were supposed to run 20 miles to get back into our training program and well that didn’t work out. At all.

The other half got ill and sadly spent the weekend throwing up so the run just didn’t happen, one way or the other. What did happen was a great weekend of catching up with the NFL and drinking lots of coffee.

Also not working in our favour is that on our last run at mile 15ish Corrines knee went and she was in a lot of pain for the last mile and especially the walk after we finished running, so we decided just to give her knee more time to fix itself.

So my “training” said this week is supposed to go like this;

Week 13 11th – 17th November
Tue/Thur – 4 Mile Run
Saturday – Park Run
Sunday – Lift Like a Girl // 7 Miles

And this is actually what happen!

Monday 11th Nov 19
Yay our normal rest day and I went straight onto a diet. Mostly because I want to make the effort to lose some weight before we go away and mostly because I want to make it easier to run. So this morning I weighed myself in at 261 lbs.

Yeah not my heaviest and not my lightest. I did manage to get into the 240’s prior to Run rock’n’roll Liverpool and that’s where I ran my fastest times, so I’d like to get somewhere near there. Just means I’ve got some work to do!

Tuesday 12th Nov 19

On Tuesday I was supposed to run on the treadmill after work, mainly just to get my runs in. Wellll I was stupid and forgot my running shoes so the other half brought them in and I finished early like I was going to and we did around 5 Miles. It was tough but really good.

Wednesday 13th Nov 19
Yep nothing happened here!

Thursday 14th Nov 19

On Thursday, I was a very brave girl. I cannot remember what I was looking for but I managed to stumble onto the Triathlon Club page on the IOM and they were doing some winter training up on the outdoor track and well I went!

We did a dynamic warm ups, then 5×3 endurance running and then a cool down lap. I loved every minute of it, seriously and will be doing it every week I can! Makes me excited to see where I can progress. Also hopefully I can get to know some of the Tri people and see what they do for training.

Friday 15th Nov 19
Nothing happened lol

Saturday 16th Nov 19
Nothing happened again!

Sunday 17th Nov 19

Oh Sunday, how I wish you went a lot better. Turns out my sisters knee is fecked, I’m hoping it’s just an IT band thing and that with some physio she can get it fixed but I am freaking out around about now. We managed 10 miles before it gave in, 10 when it was supposed to be 20. I think if we managed 13 we might have been OK but only the world knows. We’ve now got 7 weeks left to make this worthwhile and I’m going to try everything I can do to make this happen.

Overall I can see that I need to do more on the days when I’m not doing anything even if it means I go back to the gym which is what I’m wanting to do, I also really want to go back to Lift Like a Girl as I miss it but with the long runs it’s sometimes really hard to do both.

Also I’ve started thinking about what I want next year to look like. I haven’t got long till the year creeps up on me and I really really want to have goals and aims to work towards other than my racing!

Anyhow here’s to next week and hopefully Corrine seeing a Physio!

I just signed up for an Ultra

Now every year I go away in March and October to the other half parents for two weeks, mainly to recharge more than anything.

Since I took up running thought, I have tried my best to find races at the same time so that I could recharge while also doing what I loved, running. Turns out there seems to be no races in March next year, or if there are I just cannot find them.

Ok tell a lie could do the Draycote 10K again but it would only be to beat my time and not for the medal as I have a sneaky suspicion that the medal is the same as the one I already have sadly, and well it wasn’t filling me with the excitement I normally get with a running race.

I did find another race though, the Swan Challenge and boy howdy, yeahhhhh I have ummed and arrhhed about this one.

So the idea is you have 6 hours to complete as many laps of the 3.2miles route. It’s a challenge against yourself. You can do one lap for a 5K, two for 10K, four for a half or 8 for a marathon.

Me I’m going to stupidly aim for 10, or more. Gotta put the or more in there because I will be doing everything in my power to get the more in lol.

It took me a long while to sign up because well I just didn’t think I could do it and well I still don’t think I can but I’m certain with some training (actual training) I’ll be able to do something amazing and well if not, it’s a challenge against myself noone else so it’s going to be exciting to see what I can do.

Draycote Water 10K – Race Report

I’ll start this one off with this is the first race I did in my married name! One day after we got married, I’m always grateful for the other half for putting up with me and my races! Now back onto the race report!

Now you probably already realised that the Leicester Half Marathon was cancelled due to flooding, which must of been drastic as last year the weather was horrendous and the race still went ahead.

I personally feel that they made the right decision if they felt that it wasn’t passable, as it was my sister had booked the weekend off and travelled all the way over from the Isle of Man just to race it with me. So I felt doubly bad with it not going ahead. We spent the day together which was lovely looking around the museum but it wasn’t what we originally wanted to do and well the weather was perfect so it made it feel even more of a meh day!

I already knew that my sister was going to be back for our wedding and was going to be here for a few extra days so I started to look for races within Leicester that were easy to get to and would add something good to our race portfolio.

The Draycote 10K seemed to do this, it was sold as “Warwickshire’s best kept secret for road runners, Draycote Water offers smooth, flat road with stunning reservoir and countryside views.”

I woke up on the 13th to the rain, a LOT of rain, oh dear. Now I knew it was supposed to be raining but I wasn’t expecting Leicester 2018 half marathon rain!

Travelling up to Draycote was actually more easier than I expected and only took us 45 minutes from Leicester, I was more surprised at how many people were in the car park as by now the rain was lashing it down! I meet up with my sister who had travelled up from the campsite in Wales and we got our race numbers (turns out now I’m a Porter I get a lower number than my sister!) and went for shelter till the race started.

The race started a couple of minutes early and we ran along side the water till it meet up with the main road then ran back around on the main road.

The two photo’s above were taken at the 2km point, the other half told us I had to check my watch when we past the 2km sign which we did. I was rather puzzled by this and once we had finished I asked the other half why we did this and he said that it was what all the fast racers were doing!! They must of been checking that they were on the pace they required!

I was already knackered by this point and could defiantly feel it in my chest, so I was just aiming to a) run it all as I have a problem with doing this during my training and b) just to do a time I would be happy with 1h 15 – 1h 20 was what I wanted. Not as quick as my PB but still at a pace I was happy with.

One day I’ll take a good finishing photo! My problem is that I’m already so knackered that when I’m sprinting it really is the last of my energy. Can’t quite help but make the pained faces, ah well at least I’m not fake in my emotions. As you can see I finished prior to my target which makes me very happy! My fastest 10K was 1h 9 so the fact I managed to do this one in 1h 14 makes me super super happy!

The course itself was very up and down with some of the hills being quite sharp, which was actually quite good for us this time around, only because I felt so bad with my chest that if it was just a flat run I’d probably given up way before the end. Only because the hills added a bit of variety.

I’m also really glad that it was only one lap too, God only knows what I would of done if it was more. You can also see how much I started to tire throughout the race as my pace was 11ish then went down to 12 and a half ish.

Randomly I normally run race starts at 10 something so I must of been feeling the chest straight from the start.

It turns out Draycote Water do these 10K’s almost every month so when I’m back in March I think if I don’t find anything else to do I would be tempted as even though I was knackered I did enjoy the run!