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! 🙂

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

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! 🙂

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

Hello Training My Old Friend!

So, I went back to gym for the first time in 5 weeks yesterday. Almost killed me. I’ve really regressed these last couple of weeks and will have to work really hard to get back into shape before the 10K in July!

I started with some interval training on the treadmill and managed to keep it up for 25mins. Miraculous! I then added a bit of weight training to sort out these flabby arms of mine! All in all, I was absolutely shattered after the workout, but I feel so much better. Now I have to concentrate on keeping it up.

I’m also trying to concentrate more on my diet. I want to eat less carbs – not just at night, but during the day too. More lean protein, veg and fruit. I actually had a pretty good day today – food wise – although, I did have a cheeky bit of chocolate mousse for dessert!

So, I’ve got the iPod on charge and will be off for a run first thing tomorrow morning. It feels so great to be out and about again!

xxx

Run. Run. Run.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’ve decided to run the British 10K in July this year. Kinda exciting! 🙂

I’m a bit scared though, because after recently running the Clapham Common 5km, I’ve discovered that I still have quite a long way to go. I’ve been running regularly on the treadmill at the gym, and I manage to run between 4 – 5km every time I go. But despite this, there is quite a big difference between running on the treadmill and running in the park. So I’m slowly going to have to train myself to get comfortable running both inddors and outdoors before July.

I’ve got a 10 week training programme that a fellow runner has worked out for me and I want to stick to that a closely as possible. Having said that, I will have to listen to my body though and take it one step at a time. In addition to this, I want to make a firm commitment to myself that I’ll go to the gym every other day. I’ll only bend this rule in exceptional circumstances. I think that if I can stick to the above, I’ll be able to manage the 10km just fine.

Speaking of the 10km…….I’m running in aid of Dogs Trust  and would really appreciate any donations to this worthy cause. No donation is too small and every penny really does help. I firmly believe every dog should be a happy dog, so please help me make this happen! You can donate at the below link….

  http://www.justgiving.com/LynneD-DogsTrust

Well, wish me luck for the next 10 weeks of training!

xxx