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.

Liverpool Spring 10K – Race Report

So after the amazing PB that I got on the Liverpool Springs 5K, I knew I wanted to do my best during this 10K, especially as it was my second and there was potential that I could beat my time.

My flatlay was done the night before to make sure I had everything I needed. We normally try and wear the supermanx for all the half’s we do as it’s a consistent outfit, plus it saves up having to come up with something every time, anyhow we decided that we’d wear it for the 10K this time.

We got up early, ordered the taxi and then watched the rain, OMG it was lashing it down. We couldn’t belive it.

We packed our bags and was still waiting for the taxi………………yeahhhhhhhh the taxi, the less we say the better. We ordered a taxi two hours before the event so that we would get their early. Turns out that wasn’t early enough.

We got into our taxi half an hour before the start of which we got to the start with our luggage 5 minutes before it was going to start.

We we going crazy!!!

That photo above is off the queue for bag packing on just one of the trucks, they had three of these.

All I could think about was how time was catching up with us. I decided to check on the other two trucks and noticed one was going quicker so we legged it to that one and dropped our luggage off. While we we’re there one of the guys radio’ed back and said they couldn’t start as there was too many people at bag check.

At that time the “official” start time had come and gone!

After dropping off our luggage we raced to the start line and manoeuvred our way up to my “estimated” time.

How cool is the pacer!!!!? She was amazing and had a little music box with her to keep everything going. I was really interested in how she kept pace with two watches which beeped at her if she went over a pace or below a pace.

The race itself started off great, that first mile I felt great, the second amazing by the third I felt like I could continue at that pace forever, oh how that didn’t last.

On the 4th mile I started to feel tired and was dreaming of doing a slower pace, mile 5 was slightly less speed but this is where my moaning started to get out. I seriously cannot think what came over me but I was not the person anyone would want to run with at all.

On mile 6 I was awful, I was crying constantly because the pace was to much and complaining while telling my sister to F’off because she could run at this pace no bother, which just made me even more mad.

Everything really came to a head when someone who must of been a friend with “field mouse” jeered at us….yeahhhhhhh you should never tell anyone they are doing “shit” while running a race, I subsequently told him to F’off very VERY loudly. To this day I still cannot believe anyone would say that to anyone even if you know them or not.

Well I survived the race! It is very bittersweet for me, I got my PB amazingly. My chip time was 1:09:09 which is a PB off just over 4 minutes. Hands down that is amazing but what I put my sister through and “field mouse” through wasn’t worth that at all, in no shape or form.

I apologised immensely, but that will never be enough.

Thankfully I have learned my lesson a PB isn’t worth that. As soon as I started to show real struggle and not just the going to getting tough I should of backed down. I was going to PB anyway at the rate we were running at the start so if I backed off for the last two miles I would of made it. I think having the stress at the start of the race probably didn’t help but that isn’t any suitable excuse.

Overall both the 5K and the 10K were amazing. I loved both runs and depending on how everything falls I can see myself doing them again, because how could I not, that bling was pure gold lol.

Liverpool Spring 5K – Race Report

Liverpool Springs oh how excited we were for you! We had arrived the day before to our amazing AirBnB which we WILL be staying in again hopefully for next year! Especially if we do the Liverpool Springs again!

The night before I got all my stuff together. I had managed to persuade my sisters once again that we needed to dress up, and especially so as it was the 4th of May, you can kinda guess what theme we went with……….May the 4th be with you lol. I found the t shirt on eBay and new instantly it would go with out Tikiboo pants.

We got to the event kind of early because our Airbnb was literally just around the corner, which turned out great. We got a couple of photo’s taken with the local radio station and a lovely one of us all together.

There wasn’t anything to do at the start point apart from just hover in the sun, though we did pretend to be kids and get glitter put on us.

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Obviously required selfie before we set off!

The course itself was actually really good, all set with Sefton Park which made it great, it also had a couple of hills which I wasn’t prepared for!

I felt the run itself we by very fast, I don’t know why but as soon as I was on that start line I was telling myself that I was going to PB. I tried to talk myself out of it as well this was my first “official” 5K, even though I had done countless 5K’s in training and Park Runs. Even more so because the day after I would be doing my second 10K and wanted a PB. Nothing worked and I ended up just going for it!

I’m still amazed that I PB’ed the course, I cannot even get my head around it. My goal for 2019 was to get my 5K time to below 35 minutes and I smashed that by doing a time of 32.54!!!

I loved this course and would recommend it for anyone.

Leicester Town and Gown 10K – Race Report

So the Leicester Town and Gown 10K, this race was amazing, this is my first OMG I could just kept on going races.

When we booked our holiday and I signed up for the Coventry Half Marathon I wasn’t looking for anything else to do, honest, but this popped up or I searched for something and found it and well I thought what the hell why not right?!

With the number I got given I must of signed up super early. I remember them giving it to me and thinking “I am so glad this isn’t seeded lol!” Also it will probably be my lowest number ever so I’m going to treasure this one.

My training was all aimed for the Coventry Half, now my training plan said I was supposed to do 11 miles on the Sunday I did my 10K race but I thought my pace would be “race” pace if I did the 10K and well it’s good practice. I’m hoping when I do the Coventry Half that this is going to be true!

Oh how I love the pre-race photo’s my other half is really good at taking them and it shows all the nerves and the thoughts prior to the race!
And we’re off!

I started off at a steady pace. I knew I didn’t want to go out fast and thankfully I just let everyone who wanted to run past me. I wasn’t bothered in the slightest (YAY!)
Love how I look like I’m flying here!
I thought this bit was a wee bit weird, we ran around the park then down a hill and around the back and then up a steep hill back. Super glad for those hills though. When I first signed up and looked at the map I thought that it was flat all the way around, how wrong was I and oh how glad, Coventry is hilly so actually training doing some hills was great.
This was taken on the last lap, these two amazing people where who I spent most of my run running with. It was the guys first 10K and he was running with his daughter and her other half. He was doing the race a) because it was for charity and b) his daughter was getting married at the end of the year and he wanted to get fitter. The lady (I’m sure she said her name was Kirsty) was doing the race for fun. We talked a lot about how running makes us sane! Her aim was to do the 10K in less than 1 hour 10 minutes.
I was super confused at this point! The first two laps I knew exactly what lap I was on and for some reason on this lap I was unsure lol! I had to ask loads of people just so I didn’t do an extra lap!
The sprint to the end, As soon as I seen that that time which was going to be a PB for me, I sprinted like a lion was after me!
The obligatory after photo’s!

The medal is just lovely and matches my Leicester Marathon t-shirt. The t-shirt oh the t-shirt it’s lovely but they must of given me a ladies size XL as that orange thing is tight! One day soon I’ll be in it though!

Oh another thing while I remember, I LOVE the fact that all Leicester things seem to be orange. It’s my second favourite colour, just need to find the city which is all green now!

Now remember how I said I thought I was aiming for a PB well for some reason the course was just shy of 6.2 miles, overall I did 6.1 miles in a chip time of 1 hour 9 minutes and 36 seconds! Overall I did it at a pace of 11.35mi which I am still amazed at even after almost a week of letting it sink in!! I ran all of it to, no breaks which for me is amazing. I’ve had trouble lately with not being able to run the whole time and having to have breaks, so to run it all makes me so proud.

So that was the Leicester Town and Gown 10K. I really did love every second, which you can see in the photo’s. I felt amazing doing the hills and I didn’t get as board as I thought I would doing three laps! Would I do it next year if given the chance, hell yes!!!