Since having my bike fall on black ice I have been unable to do much running, so training for my half marathon has not gone as planned.
I have kept my legs turning with an occasional couple of miles and Parkrun but then I decided if I had any chance of running the valentines 10k and half marathon I needed to give my back a proper rest and hope my legs would just remember how to run.
I also booked in for some treatment with Jane at Free your Body Therapy.
The first test for my back came on the 18th of February when in perfect weather conditions, I met up with my Norwich running friends for the Valentines 10k, we decided to run together take it steady and have a chatty enjoyable run and that is just what we did.
I was happy with the results, my time was 1.05 and my back just ached slightly.
We then went and enjoyed a Delicious Sunday lunch at The Marlingford Bell where many other exciting adventures were discussed.
Apart from Parkrun, I have now had another 2 weeks rest and a few more treatments from Jane, tomorrow she is taping me up and I hope I will be able to get around the Cambridge Half Marathon….. legs, back and weather allowing !!!
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.
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
I love bank holidays especially now I fill them with fun events with friends.This May day weekend was no exception.
My friend Gina came over to stay for a few days and the fun started with the GEAR 10k
This year was the 10th Anniversary and the 4th year I would be running it, along with many other Lynnsport Ladybirds and Ryston Runners in fact it was a total sell out with over 1500 runners. Even the predicted bad weather could not stop the excitement building!
By the time we had walked into town the predicted wet weather had arrived, I have never seen so many umbrellas at a running event, the atmosphere was amazing though and not even the pouring rain was going to spoil the day.
Finally it was time to gather in the starting pens, so off with the jackets and away with the umbrellas amongst much talk about how mad we all must be! then horror as 10.45 came and went with no starting gun, the roads were now becoming quite flooded and we were all eager to be on our way then 10 mins later looking like drowned rats we were off…..
A nice flat course meant many of my friends, including Gina were hoping for P/B times, as usual I just wanted to get round in under an hour and even though I achieved this with a time of 58.08 I was alittle disappointed as I felt I could have done better. My big mistake was running in my glasses because after 10 mins in the pouring rain I could hardly see a thing and had to carry my glasses the whole way round 🙁
Even in such bad weather conditions Gina and many of the Ladybirds got the P/B times they wanted and none of this would have been possible without the fantastic marshals who braved the weather too and of course Geoff who was there to cheer us on and take photo’s 🙂
Needless to say the sun came out at the end and we were rewarded well for braving the weather with a totally fab medal and another fun day spent with friends 🙂
I entered this run because I wanted something fun to do over the Easter break. My friends Gina and Jayne also entered it so I knew it would be a fab day out
Then I panicked because it had a HILL in it and I usually avoid these when running but I was determined so I started doing some training runs at Sandringham where there is a hill.
It was an early start for us on race day because we had to travel from Cambridge to Norwich for a 9am start. I was feeling nervous about the hill everyone was talking about but my nerves soon turned to excitement once we met up with Gina, Jayne and all their lovely friendly running friends.
Much to my amazement I really enjoyed this run ,the route was scenic and varied, starting along Whitlingham broads then the long drawn out hill not once but twice and a lovely down hill stretch too.
My finishing time was 58.58,as usual I was very pleased with myself especially because of the hill which I found a challenge but secretly enjoyed.The goodie bag was excellent and included a cream egg and a fabulous medal.
The day was not over for us though as Gina Jayne Geoff and I then went out for a lovely lunch with lots of chat and laughter, a great recipe for the Best Easter ever 🙂
When I arrived home still full of enthusiasm and excitement I signed up for the Mike Groves 10 miler in June!!!
which I am sure will be another fab day 🙂
After enjoying running the Lincoln 10k last year I decided to enter it again this year.
This would be my first real running event since my achilles injury.
What I didn’t expect was a stinking head cold on the day or Geoff to be home to drive me there cheer me on and take photo’s 🙂
Once again it was a fabulous day with well over 6000 runners, many I knew from the Ryston Runners and 5 other Ladybirds. too.
The route was well supported , we had perfect weather conditions and some how I managed to get a P/B time of 56.14
Unfortunately I had told Geoff to expect me to finish in around an hour so he missed me at the finish line!
A Great start to this years running events 🙂
After my disappointment of not being able to do the Peterborough half marathon in October due to an achilles injury, I hoped i would be fit enough to do the Ely News Years Eve 10km
Once I was able too, around the beginning of December,I started back at parkrun taking it nice and easy, my achilles still ached but I could manage the 5km.
Christmas Day I was up nice and early to go to Ferry Meadows Christmas day parkrun, over 300 other runners turned up too, a great way to start Christmas day and a really nice running route,lovely that Geoff came along to support and take photos too.
I decided not to run again then till New years Eve to give my achilles time to rest.
Then on a cold Icy morning I met my friend Gina in Little Downham where Geoff surprised us both by turning up unexpected 🙂
Although Gina is a much faster runner than me she decided she wanted to run with me to make sure I was ok and much to my delight after not running that distance since September I managed it in just over an hour.
A fun way to end the year with a great friend for company too 🙂
That evening Geoff and I went out for a lovely dinner at d’Arry’s my surf and turf, steak and lobster was to die for and a perfect way to see the new year in 🙂