Firstly I’d like the apologise for the lack of updates since Disney World. I had been working on a blog post about the holiday itself but life got in the way. I was ill on my return and since haven’t managed much running, therefore nothing to update.
Well this week has been a bit different… sort of a fresh new start. I started my new job this week, it’s been overwhelming and really hard work BUT I can already see what a better environment for me it will be.
One of my goals for November was to rest up after the Disney races which I did and another way to create a London Marathon training plan that suits me. Which I can happily say I’ve done. I’ve taken advice from many people and plans and come up with a plan. I think the mistake I’ve made in previous plans is putting all my plans up at the beginning of month and I feel like I haven’t stuck to them and the pressure of sticking to it and being held accountable by it being out there was too much. This time I’ve got a week by week plan, I’ll try to do weekly updates when I can but I won’t be putting my plans up online prior to running them.
This week I did a little practise run in the first half of my week. I’m aiming to do a Monday-Wednesday-Friday-Sunday running schedule so I tried my best with my new job to make that work this week. I’ve had lots of aerial practise this week and also did a half marathon on Sunday. If you read back on my new year post you’d remember I set myself a goal of achieving a PB. Unfortunately I haven’t achieved this so far this year and had put a lot of pressure on myself to fulfil my goal in this race even though I wasn’t prepared.
Monday morning: 5km (3.1 miles)
I started my new job on Monday, so to relieve a little tension I went for a quick 5k before work. I ran what I call my “Home 5k” which is running from my house to Herne hill station and back again. Traffic is usually good this route so I don’t have to pause too many times and usually can get this done pretty speedy.
Tuesday: Aerial class
We are rehearsing for a show and I was very tired today so My Aerial efforts weren’t fantastic.
Wednesday morning: 5km (3.1 miles)
I did another 5k this morning but headed towards to river instead.
Saturday: Runthrough’s Victoria Park half marathon
I am really pleased to tell you I COMPLETED MY GOAL and smashed a new PB. The course was 6.5laps of Victoria Park, a lot of runner friends were there running the 10k/5k but I was alone running the half today. I listened to musical songs whilst I plodded round. I didn’t look at my watch till mile 3 when I realised I was going way faster than my required pace… considering I haven’t trained much for this race and have spent the last couple of month running Disney, I was surprised I had it in me. He pace get comfortable so I continued on, naturally as the miles went on my pace slowed a little. Once my friends had finished their race, they checked in on me. The lovely Becca called me to find out where I was and joined me for the last lap and half, she kept me going and left me to run through the finish line as strong and powerful as I could. By lap 5 my hip were so tight, something I really need to work on in London Marathon training, however they only got tight in the last couple of miles as opposed to Manchester where they got tight a little earlier on.
I had the greatest group of friends cheering me on at the end and it really boosted me. Sometimes I still do feel a little bit on the outside when I meet Instagram friends at these events but it was good to feel loved and supported today!
My official time was 2:07:09. More than 6 mins off my previous PB from Royal Parks Half over a year ago.
Today proved to me that I could consider time as well as having fun with friends.
I spent Saturday afternoon practising for our aerial show which is on the 10th. Despite the race in the morning I still had some energy left after a burger and milkshake with fellow runners.
I spent the evenings relaxing with a lush bubble bath and a well deserved glass (bottle) of prosecco.
Sunday: Afternoon Aerial rehearsals
I spent Sunday afternoon rehearsing for my aerial show once again.
This has been a super busy week with the start of my new job! But I feel great for being busy and productive.
I hope to keep these updates going whilst training for the London Marathon. My training plan starts now so watch this space…