An odd week

Well it has been an odd week or two…..  school holidays always make the routine fall apart and add to that being really busy at work and the plan doesn’t go to plan!

I’ve had my first visit to a sports physio – nothing dramatically wrong, but I’ve been experiencing tightness and a bit of soreness in my right leg / calf / ankle / foot, so thought I’d go and get checked out before things got worse.  Pleased to say that the physio was happy with my movement but my hamstrings are very tight.  I’ve got lots of stretches that I need to do several times a day (must start doing them!).Chester Cathedral

I spent most of last week in Chester with my family – first visit to the area and have to say we were very impressed.  We stayed at The Coach House Inn, which was perfect for us – right in the centre, just near the cathedral and the food was excellent (diet starts now!).  The roof tour of the cathedral was worth going on and just walking round the city walls and along the streets with all the old buildings kept us entertained.  We spent a full day at Chester Zoo, not cheap to get in, but worth it I think.  We were there for seven hours, with just a brief stop for lunch and another for ice cream!

The Coach House InnSo now it is Bank Holiday Monday (raining) and I need to get a grip on the running plan !  I’ll be running Tuesday, Thursday, Parkrun on Saturday and may add in another run somewhere else if I can.  Week after will be four runs, including Parkrun – which will be Sewerby Parkrun’s 200th run (and the week after will be my 50th run !

Escrick 10k race report…….

Pleased to say it was a good one!  We were lucky enough to have a glorious sunny day for this race, which had dried out the route pretty well after a lot of rain a few days previously.  The race start and finish is on the village green and even my teenager commented on what a picturesque place it was.  After the usual dash for the loo and sorting out my OH’s number (apparently he was registered as a female on the entry, whoops!) we all congregated ready for the pre race briefing and the start.  This was my first race wearing my Garmin so I had worked out what I needed my average pace to be, however this didn’t go to plan, I went out far too fast (trying to keep up with my other half) then slowed down too much and struggled to get my pace back!

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The route goes out of the village and onto gravel tracks before entering the woodland where you take various turns spending a good couple of miles in the wood before emerging back onto the gravel tracks and heading to the village.  I found the gravel really hard work, but enjoyed the course.

The supporters were fab!  The finish route was lined with people all cheering and clapping and what was nice was that the last finishers got the biggest cheers 🙂  I did this run two years ago, but enjoyed the atmosphere more this time – Why?  I think because I know more runners now, so we met up afterwards for a chat and to cheer in the later finishers.  Just shows that running doesn’t have to be a solitary activity.

The result……..  a PB by a few seconds – 52:00

Phew, what a week it has been!

Well we managed our 10 miles last Wednesday – 10.7 to be exact.  It was slow, but we were comfortable and chatted the whole way round.  Tried wine gums as a mid run boost but although wine gums are yummy it didn’t work – both of us had sticky, horrible mouths, and as we hadn’t taken a drink with us nothing to wash it away with 😦

We’d made the decision to swap our long run from Thursday to Wednesday as I’ve been still feeling the long run in my legs when it comes to parkrun on a Saturday.    I did a steady 5k on Friday morning then went into parkrun feeling fresh.  As usual didn’t know how I was going to run it – didn’t get the best of starts and was held up a bit in the bottleneck at the beginning (the route goes through a gate), but………  I got a PB!!!!  25:07 !  A mention in the run report where I was referred to as an ‘athlete’ (there is a first time for everything!) and the possibility of a sub 25 becoming more realistic.

A couple of pints and a takeaway were the reward 🙂

garminThis week I’ve just done a couple of 5ks – playing with the Garmin that arrived on Monday (am loving being able to analyse my splits !) and trying to save my legs for Escrick 10k on Sunday.  I’m getting a little bit of ache in my right calf, but on the inside – think it might be the tibialis posterior (from googling!), so I’ve been icing after each run and doing specific stretches.

I’ve been reading this week about the girl who has sent an open letter to the guy that heckled her when she was out running.  I think it is so sad that people can’t be more supportive of each other, or at least remember the phrase ‘if you haven’t got anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all’.  I’m lucky that I’ve never really been heckled – the odd horn toot / gesture, but that is about it.  Might have something to do with the fact that I run on country roads and don’t see that many people though!

Which leads on to the question that was asked on running forum a while ago – do you acknowledge other runners / cyclists / walkers when you are out?  I think the answer to this will depend on where you run – in a city, people probably don’t; in the countryside, most people do.  I moved to my current village eighteen months ago and people know me as the ‘one that runs with the two dogs’ and it is a really good way of starting a conversation.

Have you been heckled before?  and do you say hello or wave to others when you are out running?

I’ve ordered it!

So how has the last week gone……..  well after my wet splashy run I had just a short steady run on Wednesday followed by a fab 11.28 mile run on Thursday.  I ran for 8.5 miles with my OH then picked the dogs up and went out for a few more miles – was really pleased that I managed it, and at an OK pace for me, but my hips were sore by the end so I definitely need to work on my endurance and strength training.

Exciting news….!!!!!  I’ve finally ordered a Garmin

I’ve gone for the FR220 – and I’m really looking forward to having a play with it – mainly to be able to monitor my pace, and look at my splits for parkrun to see where I’m losing time.

Today as soon as my OH comes home from work we are heading out to do 10 miles. He has a bit of a mental block about being able to do this distance (he’s done 9.6 miles before) so today is all about building up my strength and building up his confidence.

We’ve also entered the College Canter 7mile race at Bishop Burton College in September – looking forward to this although it will be a challenge!

Today’s run will also take me to just over 500 miles so far this year – this is massive for me, the most I’ve run in a year before now is just under 560 – so it looks like I’m going to be way over that this year!

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Anyone else juggling the summer holidays and children whilst still getting out to run?

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