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!

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! 🙂

A Breather.

I know I haven’t written a post in a long time, I just didn’t know that it’s been a month. Honestly, that’s pretty shameful. I could tell you that it’s because I’ve just been way too busy, and that wouldn’t entirely be a lie. But after a bit of thinking, the truth is, I just needed a bit of a breather. I know that sounds really insensitive, and perhaps it is, but have you never wanted to just leave real life behind for a few hours and not have to worry about all the issues in everyday life? In no way do I mean that I wanted a break specifically from my blog, I just wanted a bit of a break from every day life.

I don’t want this to sound depressing, because it really isn’t, but every now and then you just have to take time out for yourself and to recharge the batteries. I think I’ve been doing just that lately. Things have been a bit stress free for the last while which I’ve really enjoyed, but Greg and I have recently found out that we have to move house which is always super stressful. Weirdly enough, we found a place within 2 weeks and will be moving in in August. Change is always good, so we’re quite excited about this, and for the first time in a while, I think the Universe actually likes me and good things are happening!

Also, creeping up on me is the British 10K run, which is this Sunday! Fingers crossed for cool weather, as I’ll be running in this hot number:

My Awesome Fox Suit!

Well, this is me, back on the grid. I hope you’re all still reading, and remember that every now and then, every one needs a little time out.

Every now and then, every one needs just a little breather.

xxx

 

 

Double Figures Baby!

I know I haven’t written a post in quite some time, and I do apologise for that. However, I do have really exciting news to share with you all today….

As you may know, I’ve been training for my 10K that I’m running on the 8th of July. The training is going well. I ran 6.5km yesterday which I’m really chuffed about. I’m aiming to run 10kms at least once or twice before my race, so I’m training hard.

Well, having said that, I’ve only really gotten back into my training for the last 2 weeks. As I stated in one of my previous posts, I knew I’d find it hard to stick to my strict “regime” once he got back from his holiday. And it was really hard. I floundered a few times….I mean, how can a true South African turn down a braai?! (That’s a BBQ to all the Non-South Africans reading this…heheheee!) Bottom line is I kinda messed around for 2 weeks after Greg got back, but now I’m back into the swing of things!

Okay, so back to the good news…..today being the 1st of the month is weigh in day. Eeeek!!! I was a little nervous about it, because I spent the first half of the month pigging out, so I thought that I’d ruined everything. I gingerly stepped on the scale this morning and to my surprise, I’ve lost weight! It wasn’t as much as I was hoping to lose – only 0.9kg or 2 pounds if you calculate things that way. It doesn’t sound that great, does it? But here’s the great news…That’s a total of 10kgs I’ve lost to date (or 1.6 stone)!!

I’ve always said that I’d be over the moon when I finally got to losing double figures and now the day is here. I know it sounds a little cheesy, but this is the encouragement I’ve needed for a while and now there’s no stopping me! I know it shouldn’t but when you hit the double figures, a little switch goes off in the brain and your goal seems more achievable.

So I’ll be a little slimmer and trimmer in time for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations this weekend……Yay! 🙂

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

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

 

 

So, tomorrow’s the big day!

It’s finally arrived. The race I’ve been most nervous about. Tomorrow is the British 10K.

I think I’m prepared for it. I’ve done my training, and although I’m yet to run a full 10km, I’ve done 7km in training before. So what’s an extra 3, right? Well, that’s what my logic is telling me at the moment. The nerves are starting to kick in a little and I’m sure that I’ll have all kinds of butterflies in my stomach, come tomorrow morning. But maybe that’s a good thing….more adrenaline to get me through it.

I’m taking it easy today. I’ve been resting my legs a lot and making sure that I’m drinking loads of water. My shins have been a bit of a worry this week, so I hope tomorrow won’t be too hard on my legs. I’m going to eat a simple meal tonight – a little protein, some carbs and teeny bit of veg. Tomorrow morning I’ll have a bowl of oats, with chopped banana and a teaspoon of peanut butter for energy. That should keep me energised for the race.

My strategy for tomorrow? Well, I’m hoping to finish in 1hr20 – 1hr30, so if I run for 8mins and walk for 2mins I just have to repeat that 9 times and I’m done. I want to aim for smaller/shorter goals which are more achievable than thinking of the bigger picture. I know myself, and when I start thinking about how far I still have to go, I start losing focus and my pace and frame of mind suffers. I definitely don’t want that tomorrow.

A friend gave me good advice. She said not to think of it as a race. Essentially I’m not racing anyone, and that I should just crank up the music on my iPod and enjoy the atmosphere. I’m running for Dogs Trust, and all I want to do is finish in a respectable time. That can’t be too hard, right? I know I can do this.

Well, please think of me at 9:35am tomorrow morning. I’m going to need all the positive vibes I can get! 🙂