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!

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!

Training Diary – Only the World Knows

Ok soooooo I’ve not been putting anything up because well I lost motivation somewhere and haven’t really got it back, as it is I’m suffering with what must be a chest infection.

Oh the joys of winter!

Well Disney is not far away at all and well I’m shit scared I’m not going to be able to run it ekkkk, so I’d better buck my ideas up! So I bring you the first week in my training diary, which I will be keeping (promise!) So if you remember my previous blog post where I said what I was going to aim for well I’m still aiming for that, kinda.

Tuesday

Tuesday was the first of my short runs of which I only managed 3.5 miles and well I do feel like my chest gave up. I stopped half way and sent my other half a text saying how hard the run was and that I was going back, yep that’s never happened before! Today was also the day my mum got to open the post to see if I got into the London Marathon, spoiler alert, I didn’t! Ahhhh well there will always be next year, hopefully!

Saturday

So I didn’t run again all week, my chest has been suffering and as I’m on holiday all I’ve been doing is having a lemsip and taking cough syrup. Really hoping that I can sort this cold out! Kinda typical, think I got one the same time last year as well!

Also I got married woooop, not your normal wedding but perfect for us.

Sunday

Sunday my sister travelled up from Wales to meet me so that we could run the Draycote 10K, we we’re both still very much feeling meh after Leicester being cancelled. I’m still undecided on whether I’m going to run the virtual run or not, I feel a wee bit strange about getting a medal for running it even though I’m not if you get what I mean….. Anyhow we still wanted a run and well I still wanted to wear my t-shirt otherwise it would of been a waste so we found the Draycote 10K to run. I’ll do a separate race report on it later.

This week hasn’t been perfect with regards to training I do understand that, but I’ve tried my best, I’m hoping to get out more next week and only time will tell. When I’m back home I will be doing a better plan of action and I will also be on a diet. I defiantly know they don’t need each other but I’ve managed to put on a wee bit of weight and I think it might be one of the reasons I’m running so badly. I also know that I feel better running when my diet is healthier.

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.