Very annoyingly I returned from El Medano with a sore achilles so as it was so close to the Cambridge half I decided to rest until the event on Feb 28th.
Due to injury my friend Gina had already decided not to run but after much soul searching I decided to take a risk and run, so Gina decided to come along and cheer me on.
I was very nervous on the morning of the run,wondering if i was doing the right thing but thought if i just took it steady I should be ok. The weather was perfect and the atmosphere amazing.
Due to the huge amount of runners, around 7,000, the start was a slow one , which was not a bad thing. first part of the route took us through Town passing by many of the great city colleges, we then headed out to Grantchester which was more rural. Much to my surprise and delight I spotted people I knew in the crowds of spectators and this gave me a real boost.
There was Four water stations on this run each included a gel option too, so I decided to take a gel at each station and I think this worked really well for me as I never got the usual tired feeling at around the 9/10 mile mark.
By the time I was coming back into town I was happy and relaxed thinking i was going to get my P/B time, I heard Gina cheering me on and I thought I had cracked it but then at mile 11 disaster struck and i felt something “pop” in my lower leg, I stopped for a second thought bugger what shall I do now !! then decided that as i was so close to the finish I should just run/limp to the end.
My time was 2.19 not bad since I had to limp home, it was by far the best running event I have ever done,the bling was awesome, and I don’t regret running it at all.
After visiting the physio I found out I had actually torn my achilles and only now after 12 weeks can I start running again 🙂
Freethorpe 10 was my first event of 2016 and I was using it as a training run for the Cambridge half in February.
As usual I was meeting up with my Norwich running friends which always makes these events great fun,this time Linda was marshalling and Jayne was able to join us too, Was also great to have Geoff along to support us and take photo’s.
The weather was cold and drizzly perfect for running not so nice for marshalling but at least the strong winds had died down.
Gina and I decided to run together, although she is usually a faster runner than me her knee had been playing up and she wanted to take it easy !
I am used to running these events now and don’t get as nervous as I used too although I was slightly worried about this one as I had not been feeling my best, so having Gina to run with was good for me.
The route was more undulating than I am used too but I enjoyed the run and all the marshals did a great job of encouraging us along.
I ran better than I expected too finishing in 1.42 and loved the first bling of 2016.
After the run we enjoyed lunch at the Rampant horse just across the road from the village hall and then had fun trying to get our cars out the car park , a turnip field that had turned to mud after having 700 cars parked on it.
Well 2015 was an amazing year for me I kept myself injury free and I finally ran not one but 3 half marathons
In total I ran just over 500 miles and biked over 4000 miles.
2016 is going to be an interesting year with Matthew joining the army , also I have plenty of events lined up including my first Audax ride.
If all goes to plan the first 3 months I have running events , then biking events through the summer , ending the year with more running events.
I have decided to give up my running club for the summer and go on the SWNC training rides as I really want to try and improve my average speed .
There will also be biking holidays with Geoff in Tenerife and Mallorca then back to the Cotswolds with SWNC in October.
An exciting year ahead … I think 2016 is going to be all about the bike !!!!!
Ely NYE 10k is one of my favourite runs of the year and a fabulous way to end the year.
I have been luckily enough to do this run 3 times, although I was almost tempted by a new NYE 10k at Marham this year and probably will do the Marham one in 2016.
The reason I love this run so much is because I love to hear the Black piper playing his pipes as we run up the hill.
My running friends Gina and Linda joined me and we decided to run this together, no one was after a fast time just an enjoyable chatty run.
This year the weather was very mild, sunny with just a little wind, a perfect running day and by far the best weather in the 3 years I have done this run.
A lovely chatty 10k and the hill was hardly noticed, I would like to think this was because I am fitter but I think the chatting just took my mind off it !!!
I had a lucky number, 287, which is Geoff’s house number and it was nice to have him come along to support us and take photo’s.
Coffee was enjoyed after with even more chatting, what a great way to end the year.
My whole year had been focused on the Peterborough half marathon, it was a very important run for me, after having to pull out last year, due to an achilles injury.
But this one was doomed too !!
Somehow and somewhere I picked up a heel injury,maybe it was while walking up Snowdon, which had involved some scrambling.
I was so worried that it may be Plantar fasciitis that I decided to go to the local sports injury clinic and see Ian Brown. Thankfully he was almost 95% certain that I had just aggravated a nerve in the side of my heel , this put my mind at rest but it still needed resting.
Then Geoff decided not to come and support me as he wanted to go swimming in Dunwich with his friends,and although I encouraged him to go I was actually devastated as this run for some reason was really important to me and I wanted him there.
So after 3 weeks of no running and with my head not really in the right place I arranged a lift with 2 other ladies from my Ladybird running club and thought I can do this !!!
And I did but………
I can honestly say it was one of the hardest things I have ever made myself do, I hurt everywhere apart from where I expected to hurt … my heel !! and my heart rate was far higher than normal which meant i had to run/walk a few miles in the middle which I was not happy about.
I managed to finish in 2 hours 36 but did not enjoy one second of it and hated the route which just seemed to go through housing estate after housing estate and for the first time in many many years my legs ached so much I could hardly walk for a week 🙁
Now the question is ………will I do it again next year !!
Back to September 6th , this run was not one I had planned to do, Peterborough was always going to be my first Half marathon but with some encouragement from my friends I decided to do Wissey and just treat it as a training run for Peterborough.
I also thought it would be nice to support my local running club, Ryston Runners who organise it.
Needless to say when race day arrived I was very nervous, but I knew many of the other runners and they were all full of encouragement , which soon put me at ease.
This was a beautiful rural route ran on a perfect sunny day, I put myself under no pressure just wanting to do the distance and I can honestly say I enjoyed every step !!
I carried my own drink and did not stop at any of the water stations and I think this works well for me, I also took a gel at around mile 8/9 which seemed to give me a burst of energy towards the end when I needed it.
Much to my amazement I finished in 2 hours 14 ,much quicker than the 2 hours 30 I had predicted and I still had a smile on my face 🙂
A great first half marathon .
It has been a busy 3 months or so and I have a lot to catch up with so let’s go back to August bank holiday weekend and the Run Norwich 10k.
This was the first ever Run Norwich 10k event and I quickly signed up for it, then realised that they expected you to go and collect your race pack, which could have caused me and many other runners problems, but after a few e-mails I think they realised their mistake and agreed to post out my Race pack.
The weather was perfect on race day and I was looking forward to meeting up with my Norwich running friends Gina and Linda, as usual I had not looked at the route, so it was not until we were getting ready to start that I realised there must be a “Hill” as that is all everyone was talking about !! Gina said “it’s only a pimple don’t worry” so I didn’t !!!
Well it was a great run and I enjoyed the route with the pimple !! it was very well organised and well supported, anyone put off doing it as it was the first event certainly missed out on a great run.
Our day was not over though as we then went out for lunch with Gina and her lovely family where the fun and laughter continued.
BTW the date for this run in 2016 is August the 7th
The Coltishall Mike Groves 10 mile road race is my highlight of 2015 so far !!
A distance I thought I would never achieve after my 3rd achilles injury.
I was very nervous and very excited about this event, it was a small race field something I am not used too, most of my races have entries into the 1000’s this one was just into the 100’s
Meeting up with Gina and Linda calmed my nerves a little as it was so lovely to see them and have a good chat before the start.
The weather was perfect for running although the thunder storms from the night before had flooded some of the roads, which would mean wet feet and some plonker had stolen the water for the water stations, but luckily I had my own drink to carry.
I started off a little too quick but soon settled into a nice pace, with so many faster runners than me I was away from the main crowd of runners making It feel just like another training run.
The marshalls at all the junctions and turns were really encouraging and very friendly, soon I totally relaxed and just enjoyed the route, which was an out and back one, close to the start we went down a hill so I knew at around mile 9 there would be an uphill stretch.
I loved this run for many reasons and finished in 1 hr 40, 5 mins faster than I had expected so was very pleased with myself 🙂
Great coffee and cake supplied by the Coltishall Ladies was enjoyed after the run, before Gina Geoff and I went for lunch at the Bike themed Olive Branch Cafe.