College Canter Race Report

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So this week I’ve run Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat & Sunday.  Saturday I volunteered at my local parkrun as tailrunner.  It is the second time I’ve done this and I really enjoy it.  As a friend said ‘it is running and chatting, my two favourite pastimes!’

Parkrun is a really friendly way to get into running with others, so do give it a try if you have one near you.

College Canter 2015

Sunday saw me take part in the Bishop Burton College Canter, organised by Beverley AC.  This is a 7 mile route described on their website as ‘gently undulating’ which follows the horse gallops on the Bishop Burton college campus.

It was a very foggy morning which maybe worked in our favour as we couldn’t see what was coming!  The course consisted of two laps of a loop about 2.5 miles, and then you head off in another direction to loop around the other way and to the finish.  There were about 100 runners, and it is very much a club race – but I didn’t feel out of place being there not as a club member.  Now the first mile and a half is up and down some pretty steep hills, and this has to be repeated for the second lap too – but the thing that tired you out the most was the long grass.  At least by the second lap that was getting well trodden down!  The photo shows the last bit of the first lap where you got a little bit of a breather on a track – on the second lap you turned off before this so stayed on the grass.

I did enjoy this run, but think I’d need to do some more hill and off road training to make it more enjoyable if I was going to do it again.  I finished in 1:05:20 – a time I was very pleased with.

The best bit?  Two bottles of beer and a piece of homemade flapjack that were our reward for completing!

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My 50th parkrun, new shoes & earphones!

On Saturday I ran my 50th parkrun – all 50 of them have been at Sewerby (nr Bridlington, East Yorks50thparkrunhire).  I started in 2012 with six runs, just four in 2013, but then in October 2014 I decided to go back and stick to it.  I’m so pleased that I did – not only has my running improved, but I’ve met some really nice people in the process.  We seem to find people in general are quick to criticise whatever we are doing – but parkrun has been a refreshing change with others supporting and encouraging your efforts.

My step daughter surprised me with a card on Saturday morning of moments from parkrun 🙂

A great start to a gorgeous sunny day on the coast.

Brooks RavennaSaturday afternoon involved a visit to our nearest Sweatshop for some new running shoes.  I was lucky enough to have been awarded Sewerby parkrun’s monthly prize, so off I went with my voucher.   I had my gait checked again to make sure that I was looking at the right kind of shoes and then asked for them to bring me whatever they would recommend.  After trying on (several times!) about half a dozen pairs I settled on a pair of Brooks Ravenna.  So here they are looking lovely and shiny and new (it won’t last long!) – excuse the puppy paw trying to get in on the picture!  I’ve done a short easy run this morning – just over 3 miles to try to break them in a little.  They do feel different to my old Asics, but felt good.  My legs are a bit achy so I really need to be good with the foam roller and stretching this week to ease those aches away.

yurbuds

I recently bought a new pair of earphones for running, I don’t always listen to music, but like to have the option particularly when running on my own.  I’ve used some cheap ebay ones for the last few years that have the over the ear hooks – at about £4 a pair it didn’t matter that they didn’t last long!  But, fed up with them not fitting quite right, I decided to treat myself to a pair of Yurbuds.  I know I have little ears so specifically found the ones designed for women.

Am very pleased to report back that I love them!  They came with two different sizes of ear bit – the smaller is fine for me.  Put them in (once you get the hang of how they go in it is easy), and they don’t move at all.  I’ve done a few runs in them now and I am very happy with how they perform.  The sound quality is good and you still have some ambient noise so you can hear what is going on around you.

Done, but not enjoyed!

Well that run goes down as one done, but not enjoyed!

We went out last night to do the long run of the week, my OH and I – three miles with the dogs and then dropped them off and drove a couple of minutes down the road to do a loop of just over 8 miles.  My OH’s knee was bothering him, meaning that we went at a very steady pace and even then he had to stop and walk a few times.  It was getting pretty dark by the end of the run – definitely can tell the change in the nights now – we both had bright t-shirts on, but I think it is time to dig out the lights and reflective gear for early morning and evening runs.

We called in at the pub whose car park we had used for a quick drink before going home – so I just had a small lime and lemonade.  Drove home, rang for child to come home and then it started……   I just felt so sick.  I’ve occasionally had a little bit of nausea after a particularly hard run, but normally that is sorted with a drink and a bit to eat, but I just couldn’t shake it last night.  Conclusion was losing that lime and lemonade down the loo!  I actually felt much better once I’d been sick and emptied my stomach, but couldn’t face anything apart from a little bit of dry bread to eat until this morning.

As a result I’m feeling particularly drained today – I’ve had a good breakfast and lunch, but am struggling to concentrate at work and just want to curl up and go to sleep!

So, in the future, I really do need to make sure I’ve cooled down properly before I try to drink (or eat) as my body obviously doesn’t like it.  Also, I don’t really like evening running much at all – far prefer to be out first thing in the morning therefore I’ll try and schedule my long runs for the morning from now on.

Looking at my training diary, I did a 10 mile run on Sunday, so just three days prior to this long run – although I didn’t find the run itself hard last night, I do think that that isn’t enough time between long runs.  I had also run 11 days out of 13, so maybe this is my body’s way of saying I need to look after it more.  Must try and plan the diary better!

I’m having a rest day today, might have a short run tomorrow depending on how I feel, then parkrun Saturday (my 50th Parkrun!), Sunday is going to be a rest day too.

Head is all over the place!

Had a good run this morning, just over 6 miles at a fairly steady pace, but each mile quicker than the last one.  Really need to get stuck into the half marathon training now, but not sure when I’m fitting my long run in this week.  Back at work after a couple of weeks off, and also accompanying my dad to hospital for results of a scan (fingers, toes, everything else crossed that the treatment has worked); child finally goes back to school on Wednesday so hopefully we’ll be back in the swing of things soon.

Last week I had a real confidence booster of a run – I ran a section of the half marathon I’ve entered in October.  It is quite hilly and as I live in an area with no hills, I was getting very worried about how I’d cope with them.  9 hilly miles later, I was feeling much happier!

I’m not sure why, but I’m feeling just generally unsettled at the moment – don’t know if it is work, the health issues in the family or just the normal end of summer blues.  Hopefully things will sort themselves out soon, but I’m going to try and find the time to have a think about what I want to focus on in the next year or so.

How do you find your focus?