Weekly Update: The hard work begins now

Hello all,

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.

MY WEEK

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.

Thursday: Rest

Friday: Rest

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…

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Training Plan: November

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So it’s the last planned month of my training plan. I made and started this back in February this year knowing I had my Disney races ahead of me. Wine & Dine races are this weekend and my plan comes to a close shortly after this.

October has been quite a lazy month to begin with.

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Coming back from Disneyland Paris at the end of September I lacked motivation and didn’t run much for the first couple of weeks. Only a 5k and the Adidas 10k. Then I got some super exciting news, I’ve received a place in the Virgin London Marathon 2018 via St John Ambulance. I work closely with St John ambulance, as I set up training courses with them at work and manage the first aiders, so I have a connection and a good relationship with the charity. They are really important for Health and Safety education within the workplace and in school, and provide support for various events around the country. I’m really proud to be on #TEAMSJA

If you would like to sponsor me you can do so here.

Disney’s Wine & Dine half will hopefully be comfortable, as much as I haven’t put in as much effort in this October, well at least at the beginning. The last couple of weeks a little more effort was made but still not anything near my original training plan.

I’m looking forward to running the 5k with Mum and the Half with Leah. The 10k will be by myself and I hope I bump into loads of cool characters.

Once this weekend is over with I’m going to push myself a little harder as I have booked the Runthrough Victoria Park half marathon on the 2nd December. I’ll be running this alone and I’m hoping to achieve a better half time.

It will then be time to enjoy Christmas and start building up the miles for the London Marathon… So that means a new training plan.

I leave my current job on the 21st of November and start a new job the following week. These two weeks I will still be training for my half on the 2nd December but I’m not sticking to a training plan and just going with the flow.

 

Three Goals for the Month of November:

  1. Enjoy the Wine & Dine weekend
  2. Rest Post Races
  3. Make a new training plan for London marathon 2018

 

 

Notes about this training plan: 

I have used a mixture of advice and detailed training plans from both Bupa and RunDisney (Galloway Training programs) this has helped me to schedule how far to go on my weekend runs to fit around the Challenges for Disney and my own person schedule. 

Following Tips and Tricks from the Galloway training program:

The “Magic Mile” time trial (MM) is a reality check on your goal pace on raceday, and has been the best predictor of finishing under the race time limit.

Weekly Update: Bigger, brighter, better things…

Hi all, 

My weekly updates have gotten a little off schedule. My last update didn’t seem so positive. 

A couple of weeks ago I made the decision to go on medication for severe PMS. This meant taking an SSRI for two weeks prior to my period. I was a little skeptical about this approach, only because I know how draining anti-depressants can be when you first take them, and couldn’t imagine having to go through that once a month. At first I felt a little sick, run down and had a couple of sleepless nights, however a few days in I felt normal again. My skin however broke out, it got me down for a couple of days because this has always been a problem for me and medication always makes it worse. I went online and brought a few products to help calm my skin and soon enough it started looking better. 

I’m not generally in a bad place mentally but my time of the month definitely pushes the more negative buttons so this is just meant to help me manage that. So far so good, today is meant to be Peak PMS, and I’m feel pretty great. I’m anxiety free, and have had a great day. My period is due tomorrow so I hope the my mood stays high. 

Last week I talked about getting in some more runs before going away. On Thursday morning I had an interview near Home so I had a little more time in the morning, I got up and went for a 5k run and then got ready and went to my interview. 


On Sunday I aimed to do 10 miles like I panned last week. I set off later than I would have liked and the streets were pretty busy. One part of my route was blocked off for filming so I adjusted and by the time I got home I was at 9.25 miles. I left it there whilst I was feeling good. I kept a good pace throughout and got a new record on my Garmin. 


This morning (Monday) I woke up early and made my way to work an hour earlier than usual. I finished at lunch and headed to my second interview. Afterwards I can Home, ate lunch and chilled for a bit before popping out for a quick 5k. Smashing yet another new record on my Garmin. My previous 5k record on the Nike app was 26:54 so I wasn’t far off.


I purely put this great run down to my positive mood. I’d just found out that I got the job I had been interviewing for. My Nike 5k record was also due to a positive mood too. So maybe I really need to be pumped up to smash time goals. 


Overall I think I’ve managed to turn my moods around and I’m feeling a lot more positive, I’m looking forward to the bigger, brighter and better things coming my way.

Less than a week until Florida!!

Weekly Update: Quick check in.

Hello All, for anyone that’s interested I thought I’d give a quick update. 

Since Disneyland Paris I’ve really struggled to get into the routine of training for Wine & Dine. I’ve been run down and ill for a lot of the time and just not managed as much training as I would like. I’ve still run on the weekends but haven’t done much else besides the planned 10k’s I’ve done. 

I ran the Brixton 10k on Sunday with Emma and had such fun. I’m glad we had this planned as otherwise I don’t think I would have had the motivation. 


I have one more full weekend at home before going to Florida the following weekend. I’m going to try and get in a longer run, maybe 10 miles but I’m not pushing myself to hard as things haven’t been great. I know I can do the miles, and this will be the holiday of a lifetime so I want to enjoy it as best as possible and not injure or exhaust myself beforehand. Once I’m home from Orlando I plan to get training again as I have a half Marathon on the 2nd December and then I will start my 20 weeks training to the London Marathon. 

Weekly Update: Shoreditch 10k

Hi Everyone,

I really hope you’ve all had a good week.

I haven’t managed much running since being back from Disneyland Paris, with only 5km last Sunday. This week I have been to Aerial Twice, one class and one practice evening and I finally nailed a move I’d been trying to do for weeks, and got time to make up a little routine.

On the weekend I made the mistake of having one too many drinks on saturday night, with a 10k race the following day.

On Sunday I ran/walked the Adidas City Runs Shoreditch 10k. I’m not a massive fan of Shoreditch, it’s not a place I hang out often at all. Despite being painfully hungover and feeling pretty rough from a bad week generally I soldiered on. I started with Emma & Leah but stopped to walk a couple of times. I love running with other people but I don’t want to feel like a burden so I don’t mind them running on. I eventually caught up with Leah again and we finish together at 1:10:17, definitely not my best time.

Understandably I was hungover this day, however this race was still terrible for me. It was all a big marketing scheme for Adidas, there weren’t any bibs, just numbers printed on t-shirts. There was no individuality, no fun race costumes, personal messages or names on an array on race tops. No this was just a sea of blue top, on a boring route, with too many Hazards and poor marshaling. The medal was better than expected, but still not good in comparison to my Disney bling. I won’t be eagerly signing up for the next one that’s for sure.

 

After the run we went over to Royal Parks and met some other runners smashing the course over there – I’m a little bit jealous of their race. As much as don’t like the medal for Royal Parks the route for this is FANTASTIC. Check out my post from last year.

Mentally this hasn’t been a great week for me, I spent Sunday evening resting, relaxing and eating lots of food and thinking about what I want to get out of this hobby in the future.

I’ve been saying for a while that I want to run for time again. I’ve spent a while running with others, and as much as love running with other people and the running community, I seemed to have lost myself and my goals in the meantime. I’m planning on doing another half marathon before the year is out but unless someone can pace me I will be doing it alone. I want to push myself and see what I can do before the year is out.

My 2017 goals still stand, and I have plenty of time to complete them still. I just have to focus on my own goals for a bit a try not to loose myself in what’s going on with other people. I can still do this and support my friends but selfishly I have to put me first for a while.

taaah

Training Plan: October

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It’s October, which means it’s almost time to go to Disney World. I’m so excited, I’ve been waiting for so many month now. 

Last month I did over 60miles, I’m still getting used to tracking on my Garmin but I love it. I did some great runs with friend at Runthrough and did my races at Disneyland Paris.

This past week, having just come back from Disneyland Paris I’ve been exhausted. I’ve done double aerial this week and a quick 5k.

Happy Saturday 😊 • I haven't been feeling too great in myself this past week, the Disney comedown has been tough amongst many other problems life has thrown my way. But rather that sit at home and mope around about my problems I came to one of my favourite places in london @flyingfantastic and did a hoop class. • As many of you might know I do slings on Tuesday's regularly but previous to that I have done trapeze, hoop, Spanish web, silks, acro and contortion. I love doing slings regularly at the moment, I love the little group of us that go and the teachers are amazing but every now and then I like to do a different class. I've done about three hoop classes since I stopped doing it regularly over a year ago and it was nice to still feel confident on it see that my strength is growing. There were moves I could never do before but since doing slings I'm able to do such much easier… I'm happy with my progress even if it it slow progress. 👍🏼 • Also shout out to my Disney Wife @leahcurrie for providing me with a new snazzy tshirt to wear and show off out half marathon efforts from the past weekend. 😘

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I haven’t really been sticking to my training plans recently, I try my best to do the long mileage but haven’t got any structure with my weekday runs.
This month I have a couple of 10k’s so I’m going to aim for time in at least one of them. I fly to Florida on the 29th so I need to take care of myself until then. I’m having a bit of a rough time at the moment, my mental health has taken some knocks so I’m going to work hard on sorting that out.

Three Goals for the Month of October :

1. Get a new PB for a 10k.

2. Sign up for some races over the winter months.

3. Take care of my mental health more.

Notes about this training plan: 

I have used a mixture of advice and detailed training plans from both Bupa and RunDisney (Galloway Training programs) this has helped me to schedule how far to go on my weekend runs to fit around the Challenges for Disney and my own person schedule. 

Following Tips and Tricks from the Galloway training program:

The “Magic Mile” time trial (MM) is a reality check on your goal pace on raceday, and has been the best predictor of finishing under the race time limit.

Weekly Update: Lazy week.

Hello, this is a delayed weekly Update because if I’m honest I have been the laziest person around this past week.

I’ve been in a mental health slump and physically had no motivation to get out and go. I’ve binged eaten so much and feel like total crap for it… and to top it all off I have a cold, three days before my next race. Help.

I honestly haven’t done much the past week. I went to aerial last Tuesday and Runthrough’s chase the sun on Wednesday. That is all the exercise I have done. I don’t feel bad for not having done anything but I don’t feel like I’m best prepared for my upcoming races anymore.

On Tuesday I went to my usual aerial clas which I love. My teacher is very supportive but it’s not the same when I haven’t got Krissi and Laura with me. They are supportive, motivational and make the class a hell of a lot more fun!

On Wednesday I was having what can only be described as the worst day, without going into too much detail my mental health hasn’t been the best, I know why and I’m trying to deal with it the best I know how.  Everything just got on top of me this day/week, regardless I made my way to chase the sun for Lizzie’s birthday run. It was a big turn out and lots of fun, it definitely brightened up my day. I ran with Leah & Jo and did a great 5km.

On Sunday I went along to the London Duathlon to cheer on Daz, who was running/cycling the ultra route. He absolutely smashed it. I was amazed at his strength and determination even though he was injured half way through. He smashed some pb’s and finished strong and I had a great time cheering!

It’s not been a great week for me personally but I’ve been able to support other people which has helped keep my mind off other things and inspired me to push myself a little more. I’m going to try and get in a short run before my weekend at Disney.