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: 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.

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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.



Weekly update: Goals, Goals, Goals.

Hello Everyone 😊

It’s been my first full week using my Garmin… verdict is: I LOVE IT. It’s taking time to get used to but I get to add new records for myself. I had an issue with my Nike App where the achivments weren’t accurate and updating my PB’s. So I’m starting fresh. I’ll list my new times to beat at the bottom of this post.

I’ve racked up a few runs this week, I’ve used this week as a practise for Disneyland Paris. I know I won’t get my best times in Disney because it’s going to be fun and magically and it’s not about time for me. So this was a good practise and a push to see what I can do. Previously I had run 12.5 miles so I knew I had it in me to do the half distance.

On Tuesday I went to Aerial, it was really good and I worked hard. I finally managed to brave the wraps enough to get into a triple drop I’ve always wanted to do, only once I got up there had a panic attack and walked it back down. I tried again, I sat for a good couple of minutes wrapped at the top, having another panic attack. This time I sat there and breathed it out until I felt a bit better… then I went for it. I am so proud of myself! I can’t wait to try it again!

So I get a lot of comments on my aerial videos, and a lot of people saying that wouldn't be able to do it if they tried etc… so here is a realistic video. . . . Video 1 – me having a minor panic attack for the second time before trying a drop I've been wanting to do for ages. I'm not particularly scared to throw myself into drops but I just panicked and I felt like I couldn't breathe and I was going to pass out. This happened on the try before and I walked it out. I have an amazing teacher who is very supportive and encouraging and stuck with me while I had a moment. . . . Video 2 – moments later I mustered up the courage and I did it. It's not perfect BUT I FUCKING DID IT. I've finally built myself up enough to get into this move let alone drop and I've only bloody gone and done it after all that. This is the reason I started doing aerial 4 years ago and this is the reason I still do it. Because when you feel like you can't your body shows you that you can!

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On Wednesday I packed my stuff and went to work hoping to run home, where I had packed quickly I had forgotten my bottoms and ended up walking home. I pushed myself to get dressed and go out for a quick 5k. It was a a really good run and a really good time.


I rested on Thursday ready for an intense weekend. I planned to do my 5k, 10k, and Half on the consecutive days.

On Friday I got up early and ran 5k before work, my stomach wasn’t feeling too good so I took it slower than Wednesday but it was still a good time, and a very good time for the upcoming race.

On Saturday morning I met up with Emma & Leah to run the 10k at Clapham Common. Emma had in mind she would like to get as close to 1hr20mins as possible and we were there to support this. We were very luckily joined by the delightful Lizzie and Martin. Who stayed with us the whole run. Martin set the pace up front with Leah whilst Emma and I stuck behind. Lizzie being her awesome self, floated between each of us and motivated and supported amazingly. She is such an amazing person and so very wise, I love spending time with her and always feel like I’ve learnt something when I’m with her. She went on later that day to absolutely smash her long run!

Emma absolutely smashed her goal and finished in 1:15:27!


Me & Leah grabbed breakfast afterwards at Gails (might be a tradition starting).

On Sunday morning my aim was to wake up at 5:30am but I was lazy and got up a little later, by the time I got dressed I left my house at 6:30am for my Long run. My training plan said to do 14 miles. My goal was to get to a half marathon at least and then walk the rest. THIS RUN WAS HARD. Miles 4-7 were a struggle so I refuelled for a bit and then continued on. My pace picked itself back up and I got to Vauxhall at 13.1 miles. My old record was 2:13:34 for a half marathon (at a race though) and today I managed a running time of 2:08:16. I am so pleased with myself. Had it been a better day there would have been less stopping and starting but I think I did well considering body wise this wasn’t the best day for me.

 

 

I stopped my watch after the half and started it again whilst I walked/crawled home. I was greeted with a cup of tea and then I stretched and jumped into a hot bath.


This week has been exhausting but great, I’m so glad I managed to do these practise runs and stuck to my plan!


So my current new records look like this. I’m looking forward to pushing myself in the future to beat these!

Hope everyone has had a great week! Well done to all those who have raced this week and those who smashed their runs too.

Weekly Update: Unproductive

With the bank holiday throwing me off my routine, and life getting in the way this hasn’t been a productive week so I’ll keep this short. 

On Tuesday I went to aerial, it was good to have our regular teacher back and the class died down abit and isn’t so busy so we had plenty of time on the slings and also got to play around in a net as well.


I didn’t run all week because I couldn’t be bothered quite frankly and know I will regret it but I can’t change that now. 

I brought a Garmin forerunner 235 on a bank holiday weekend deal and wanted to test it out this weekend.


I met up with Emma & Leah for a nice little run around Wimbledon common on Saturday morning. As next week is Emma’s first 10k race in a long time, me and Leah are supporting her through it. I like running with other people even if it’s at their pace, and despite this not being the fastest run it was definitely fun. Emma showed great strength to go on when she didn’t really want to keep moving. She kept saying let’s get to this many Km’s and then walk, but kept going till about 8-9km before walking. We had brunch after at Gails which was delicious.


I’ve spent a lot of this past week and a bit doing as a 26 year old should do and socialising a bit. I love being at home and lazing around but often feel I should make more effort to go out. Safe to say this week I’ve done a lot of that. I’ve drank ALOT this week more than I usually do and feel like rubbish for doing so. I have another friends party next weekend which I will have a couple of drinks at but apart from the one occasion I’m going to cut it back (as I did same time last year). August-September is always a heavy month of things going on for me, so I always feel rubbish going into the beginning of September feeling like my body is mostly made up of alcohol. I do not need it to have a good time, and I mainly drink to not feel socially akward and to feel more confident I guess. I do not feel like I’m contributing to my goal of “being a better version of myself” if I am drinking all the time. Also I hate hangovers and I don’t like having next day anxiety over what I do when I’m drinking, it sucks, even if I haven’t done anything too crazy. I always feel like I’ve done something bad. Anyways…