My second 10K under the belt!

Today I ran my second ever British 10K and it was really great!

I woke up this morning praying for cold and rainy weather as I was really worried about how I would hold up in a fox suit. Imagine my relief that it was just that….I showed up for the race in the rain! I think the universe must really like me at the moment.

When I finally joined the runners at the start of the race, I was right towards the end, and you can imagine with 40, 000 odd runners, it took me quite a while to finally cross the start line and begin my run. The first 3km went really well and I ran all the way, but after that, the  fox head started getting really hot, so I walked the next kilometre.

Me right around the 3km mark!

The stretch between Embankment and Blackfriars is really hard for me, so after the 4km mark, I ran some and then walked some. Just before the 7km mark, I thought I’d start running again, but when I did, I started feeling really dizzy, so thought I’d take it easy and I pretty much walked the rest of the way. That fox head was damn hot!

One foxy arse! 😉

Well, I did manage to run the last 400m to the finish line. Crossing it was such a great feeling! Although the first thing I did, was pull off that giant fox head! Also, I managed to complete the run in 1hr23, which I’m super stoked about. Last year, I ran it in 1hr18 – minus a fox suit! So overall, I’m really happy with the result.

Done! With my medal after the race…

One thing I do have to mention though is the atmosphere along the race route. It was absolutely incredible! I had constant screams of support…”Go Foxy!”, “Foxy, you can do it!”, etc. It was great. I even had requests for high fives and had loads of other runners commenting on my costume. The support you get along the way really spurs you on and I can’t emphasise how much it helps.

Proof that it’s actually me in the suit!

All in all, I had such a great day and am definitely thinking of doing it again next year!

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Tomorrow, Tomorrow…

Well, one year on, and once again I’m doing the British 10K.

This year I’m running in aid of the Wildlife Aid Foundation and you can check out my Just Giving page here. It’ll tell you all about my run and why I’ve chosen to support this charity.

Last year I was extremely nervous about running this race, as I’d never done a 10K before and I wasn’t too sure if I’d make it. You can read the post I wrote about my first 10K here, and the post I wrote after completing it here.

I’m not kidding myself, I know I’m not the best athlete in the world. I’m realistic about how fast I can run and what my abilities are. In hindsight, I’m really proud of how far I’ve come. About 1½ years ago I could hardly run for 3 minutes without having to walk. Now I can comfortably run 4 or 5 miles without having to walk. So, logically, I know I’ll have no problem with the race tomorrow.

What am I nervous about? Running in a fox suit. I’ve never run in any type of suit before, so I have no idea how tomorrow’s going to go. My strategy is that I’ll just take it as it comes. I’m just hoping it’s not going to be too hot, otherwise I’ll really suffer. Also, if it gets a bit much, I’ll just walk. I know this sounds like a bit of a “cop-out”, but I’m doing this for charity and at the end of the day, it’s just about finishing. I’m hoping to complete the run in about 1½ hours, but if it takes me a little longer, I’m not going to worry about it too much.

Well, when you’re still cosy and in bed at 9:35am tomorrow morning, please spare a thought for little ole me pounding the streets of London in a fox suit! 🙂

British 10K….Again!

I’ve recently signed up to do the British 10K again this year. It’s on the 8th of July, so I have just under 3 months to train for it. Eeeeek!! I’m determined to be more prepared for it this year, so I’ve really got to get myself in gear…..

I’ve sort of got an exercise plan for the next 8 weeks. Here it is:

 

Mon

Tues

Wed

Thur

Fri

Sat

Sun

Week 1

Rest Day

2 miles easy

30 minstempo

Rest Day

30 mins easy

Rest Day

3 miles

Week 2

Rest Day

2 miles easy

30 mins tempo

Rest Day

30 mins easy

Rest Day

5 miles

Week 3

Rest Day

3 miles easy

30 mins tempo

Rest Day

30 mins easy

Rest Day

6 miles

Week 4

Rest Day

3 miles easy

40 mins tempo

Rest Day

30 mins speed

Rest Day

7 miles

Week 5

Rest Day

2 miles easy

40 mins tempo

Rest Day

30 mins speed

Rest Day

8 miles

Week 6

Rest Day

2 miles easy

50 mins tempo

Rest Day

30 mins speed

Rest Day

8 miles

Week 7

Rest Day

3 miles easy

50 mins tempo

Rest Day

30 mins speed

Rest Day

6 miles

Week 8

Rest Day

3 miles easy

5k race or pace run

Rest Day

3 miles easy

Rest Day

10k RACE

** Tempo Running is a fast, continuous run in the middle of a long/mid distance run. It helps to prepare your body for faster, longer runs as well as adapting your body to deal with lactate levels.

I really want to stick to this routine. It seems simple enough and I can plan it around my work schedule. Perhaps you guys have further advice or training tips to add? I’d love to hear from you all!

The other thing I’ll have to prepare for, is that I’ll be running the 10K in a fox suit. I’m raising money for The Wildlife Aid Foundation, so really wanted to make an impression. I won’t be wearing a mascot suit or anything like that, but it will definitely be some kind of suit. I also want to be prepared for running with some extra weight. Have any of you tried this before?

Well, here’s a look at my Just Giving page if you want some more info on my run….

https://www.justgiving.com/see-foxy-run

Well, now the training starts! Here’s a picture of me after I finished the race last year….

At the end of my first ever 10K in 2011......

I really want to do you all & myself proud, so I’m going to give it my all!

xxx

** Exercise plan courtesy of therunningbug.co.uk

A proverbial spanner in the works!

A week ago Sunday, I went for my usual 5K run. It was a lovely Sunday morning and my iPod was churning out some great running songs. When I started my run, I did feel some tenderness in my left shin, but didn’t think too much of it and I decided to just keep running and hope that I could “run it off”. Because I’ve always struggled with shin splints, I make sure I also stretch properly as I believe this aids shin splints, so I’m not skimping in that department. At the end of my run, I immediately iced my shins and took some anti-inflammatories as I usually do. The problem is, it doesn’t seem like your average shin splints. I have an actual bump on my left shin which is a little worrying!

I saw no improvement and it kept getting worse a couple of days later. I could hardly walk down stairs! So, I’ve been resting my little legs for the last week. It’s so frustrating because I was really getting into a running “groove” and was doing really well. This is such a set back! So, I decided to pop into my local running shop for some friendly advice. I spoke to one of the sport science students who informed me that it might be a stress fracture. Eeeek!! He advised me to go and see my GP to get a more in-depth look at what’s going on. So, I’ve got an appointment tomorrow morning. I really hope it’s not bad news. I was so enjoying my running routine….  😦

What sucks the most, is the fact that I couldn’t participate in the Adidas Women’s 5K on Sunday. I’m gutted! My legs were simply too sore to run 5km’s. I’m a little worried about my Tree-Athlon for this coming Saturday. I think if it’s the worse case scenario: I’ll just have to walk it. At the end of the day, it’s about completing the race and everything goes towards charity.

Hopefully this is just a minor set-back and I’ll be back to my training schedule sooner rather than later.

Well, I’m off to see the doctor tomorrow so fingers crossed and I’ll let you all know how it went.

xxx

Race for Life 2011…a great day out & all for a great cause!

Yesterday, my friend Elizma and I took part in the Cancer Research Race for Life 5K in Hyde Park, London. What a fantastic day! I would recommend this race to anyone, and not just because all the money raised goes towards Cancer Research (which is really important), but also because all the supporters and race stewards were amazing and really encouraging on the day. The atmosphere was just fantastic and I loved every minute of this race!

This is what 15, 000 women dressed in pink looks like!

 
Elizma and I showed up early and started dressing in our finest “pink-ery” along with about 15, 000 other women. It really was an incredible sight….a sea of pink! There was also loads of entertainment before the start of the race and we had a great warm up routine. So, finally we were all ready and warmed up for the start!
 

Elizma & I at the start of the race!

 

Even adorable dogs supported the cause!

 

At the start!

The start of the race was pretty intense, mainly just because of the amount of people, but after a while it started thinning out a bit and the two of could really start “power walking”. The walk itself was really beautiful and scenic, and even took us around parts of Hyde Park that I’d never seen before, so that was really fun. However, the heavens decided to open and we got absolutely drenched a few times. At least it wasn’t cold, so despite us being wet, we still enjoyed it. I was actually quite glad that it was such a cool day, as it made it a bit easier.
 

Rainclouds in the background!

 
I was also really happy with our finishing time. We walked the 5K in 53mins, which really isn’t bad. My legs were getting a little bit sore towards the end, but we powered through and finished with a good time. All the supporters and staff at the end of the race were incredible and the whole event was all really well organised.
 
With our medals at the finish line!

I know I’ve already said this, but I will definitely be doing this race again next year. It was just so much fun! And next time, Elizma and I are aiming to join the “joggers” section and improve on this year’s time.

What a great day!!
 
XXX
 
 
 
 
 

British 10K…..Done!

I DID IT!! I frikkin did it! This was my first ever 10K and I finished it in a good time. I was aiming for 1hr20 and I actually finished in 1hr18……I almost couldn’t believe it when I crossed the finish line, but I did it.

The start was a little overwhelming as there were almost 50, 000 runners taking part. I couldn’t believe the amount of people running on the day. It took me almost 7mins just to get across the starting line after the gun went and I heard it took others almost 20mins! Well, the first 2.5km went really well and I think I actually ran the first 3km which I was really happy with.

British 10K runners along Embankment

However, when I hit the long stretch between Embankment and St. Paul’s, I really hit a wall. I think it was mainly between 4km-7km and I had to walk a lot. I found it really hard to keep running, but I set myself those small targets I told you all about in my previous post, and it really worked. I just kept on concentrating on running 7 or 8mins at a time and stuck to it. Eventually I got myself into a rhythm and tried to distract myself from the distances and how far I still had to go. 10km is really far! 😉

That's me in the yellow and black top!

My boyfriend was there to cheer for me on the day and I actually saw him in the crowds! He managed to get the above pic of me in action…not my best photo, but it’s proof I did it.

My other problem was about halfway through I started getting a huge blister on my right foot. It was really painful when I ran, but I just tried to force myself not to think about it and I had to run on the side of my foot for a few stretches. At least my shins held up on the day and I didn’t have any problems with that, which I was really worried about.

There were almost 50,000 runners!

The best feeling came around the 8K mark when I realised how close I was to the finish. I had my iPod blaring and all the spectators were cheering us on, which really helped with the last push. Seeing the finish was the most amazing feeling, and it really spurs you on to finish strong. I had a little energy left, so I ran most of the last kilometre. Looking at my watch as I crossed the finish line was an incredible feeling! I couldn’t believe that I actually did it! I had run 10km.

It was a really great race and definitely something I’d like to do every year. Perhaps aim to improve my time each year I run it….The spectators were fantastic and most of the runners were running for charities, so I never felt like I was racing anyone and I could just run at my own pace. The organisers and my fellow runners were all really positive and we all encouraged each other.

YAY!! My first 10K......Done.

In closing, I am really proud of myself and I don’t care who knows it. I went into this race really scared and nervous, but I conquered my fears and I did what I set out to do. I might be attributing a bit too much to finishing this race, but it’s really given me confidence. I can do something that I really set my mind to. I might not have been the fastest person on the day, but I finished it and I wasn’t stone last.

It makes me think……what else am I capable of doing?

xxx

 

 

Second race of the year…..done!

Today I completed my second Innovation Sports Clapham Common 5K, and I did alright.

Arriving at the pagoda in Clapham Common. Runners starting to arrive.

Runners heading over to the Registration area.

It was quite a hot day, so I made sure I had loads of water before the start of the race. I met a friend of mine there and we did the run together. Although, he’s a lot fitter than I am, so he ran a much better time than I did. It was a good race though! I finished in 37mins.

Me. Looking fresh faced before the start of the race.

My Race Number.

Well, I stuck to all the points I wanted to from my previous post, and I think it really helped. In the end, I managed to shave 2mins off my previous time and I’m really happy with that. However, there’s something that keeps bugging me….

I know I can run 5K in 33mins. I’ve done it before. Although, truth be told, my average time for running a 5K is 35mins, and I can run it comfortably. Yet, come race day and I really struggle. Today was really hard for me, and here’s my theory why…

  1. The terrain was different from the route I normally do in the park. There were loads more uphills and downhills which could’ve slowed me down a bit.
  2. I think the simple fact that I’m actually participating in a race is quite intimidating to me and it might throw me off a bit.
  3. When I go for a run in the park, I’m not worrying or thinking about my pace. I just run whichever route I take a fancy to and end up finishing in a really good time. But when I run a race, I have to run in certain demarcated areas and routes, and I think this might mess with my head a little bit.
  4. Today, I ran with my Nike Ipod which keeps track of my pace, distance and time. It turns out the race course is actually 5.5K and not 5K as stated. So I did run an extra half kilometre, which means my finishing time is not too bad.

Well, all in all, I’m pleased with my run today. I achieved what I set out to, which was to beat my previous time for this race. I can only get better! So, I’ll leave you all with a shocker of a picture of me after the race! 😉

Finished & with a medal in hand!

XXX