N°83 | Good hot days
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Why the hell did I wear a long sleeve jersey?! I forgot how running in the sun felt and wore the same outfit as in January... Hot days are back ☀
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My 20km race is in two weeks and I will focus on running until the d-day. Plus, I’ll be taking holidays in South of France and Cyprus so I’ll be far away from my beloved bike and swimming pool. A good occasion to prepare for this race perfectly 🏃🏻♂
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I’ve been running a little bit less than last year since I started training for triathlon. I am interested to see if this will affect my performance in a positive or negative way 🤔
Coach Tom is back from Boston and slinging high fives for lunch tomorrow. You in? We are. Let's run team, book your tread now!
2 149 minutes ago
Ultra Tour of Arran - Day 2 - Part 2
Yvonne's response was blunt and clear, a simple "Yes you can." and she then proceeded to basically dress me, putting my jacket on for me and slipping it up as my fingers were that cold I couldn't do it. She gave me some handwarmers to put into my gloves (lifesaving) and told me to eat something to get my energy back up, something I was serious lacking at this point.
There I was, stood at the top of one of the most beautiful places I've ever been, trying to eat this Clif Bar, questioning my life choices and wondering whether I had it in me to carry on. At that moment in time I didn't feel like I had, I was spent and ready to hand my tracker back in at the first pit stop. But the flapjack seemed to do the trick, I perked up a little and was feeling okay again, so I ploughed on.
We descended back down, into the valley and out into Lochranza, where we arrived at pit stop 1. We were quite worried about making the cut off for this, but luckily they had extended it due to the conditions up top, but was told the next one wouldn't be, so we had to get a move on. We refuelled nicely and I was feeling a lot better in myself so decided I was going to keep going, no way was I quitting now after coming this far. We left pit stop 1 with about 2 hours 45 minutes to cover 8.5 miles and make it to the next pit stop in time. It was at this point I noticed how sore my right achilies was, I'd noticed it was sore at the start after day 1, but it was now becoming painful. I think the Speedcross trainers I was wearing don't really agree with me and were digging into the side of my achilies, it was agony.
For some reason I had it in my head that these next 8.5 miles were going to be quite flat, I was wrong. The first mile or so was but after that we were following the coastline, climbing over rocks and at some points trying to work out even which way to go. It seemed never ending, constantly scrambling over these rocks with the wind battering us. I'd say this went on for the next 6 miles and I was questioning when we were going to get back onto some sort of trail/road.
Day 44-lent run streak 🏃♀️ 3 mile morning run and a 9 mile ride 🚴♀️ I can't get enough of this sunny weather, the gorse smells so strongly of coconut 🥥 and there are spring flowers coming up everywhere 🌞😍🌼🌻
#tbt To Palm Sunday - The beginning of Holy Week ✝️ Remember your WHY? Finish line feels - Yes, I did it! Now time for Mass 🕊 Alleluia, how the people cheer and palm leaves rustle as the King draws near 🍃 May the spirit of this Holy occasion make your heart bloom with joy and happiness today and always 💜 #livethislent#blessed
3 1116 minutes ago
Hoch die Hände 🙌🏻....verlängertes Wochenende 🎉 ich wünsche euch schöne Osterfeiertage. Ich habe bereits mit einem kleinen 7km Ründchen das Wochenende eingeleitet 😅
Hier auch mal mein #throwbackthursday 😜
2 1819 minutes ago
Finally got @deena8050 s book today 😍. It's out in paperback. I can't wait to start reading it 😊
🌈 “Look for something positive in each day, even if you have to look a little harder” [Inspirational Quotes Magazine]
I woke up and feel a bit sniffly - and my chest is super tight, tell tale signs of being run down and dare I say it *knock on wood* [no wood around so taps on own’s head] a sign of a cold coming .... 🦠
So how to search for the the positive side ➡️➡️➡️
See below for my rationale. 💭 I need to rest - hard. Maybe skip the 5 miles Friday with the threshold block [after all it’s a higher threshold than I’m used to, this would require moderate - high Heart Rate ❣️ not good for fighting germs and sickness 🙅🏼♀️ Maybe I’ll go to Pilates later - May do me some good, I’ll see how the day goes. Not sure Sunday’s Run is a good idea either - 10 miles, yes it’s a slow paced, low HR run. But rest is best right now. Yes it’s frustrating - I wanted to trial some new kit before London [yes I’ve left it very late]. But if I rest I can stretch and roll more - I’ll have more time, ✅ I can get done all my life admin I’ve neglected to do since I never have time between work & training. ✅ Oh I can watch that programme the other half told me to watch.. rest is best, 📺 ✅ Must fight off whatever this is / may or may not be. Self care. That means I’ll get to London strong and not on tail end of a fully blown cold. Oh I can work out Logistics for London... ✅ Oh and my legs will thank me for the much needed rest, I was already sceptical of how hard I was pushing myself and feeling I needed to taper more. ✅If I rest now I should be okay next week then to do shake outs which will be important for London. Which I am still going to be going to... Yes - rest & self care, most important right now. And everything will be A OK👌🏻 💜 💭
So my positive I looked harder for is that: yess I Am still so grateful and thankful I got a ballot entry in the London Marathon. And grateful beyond words I’ll be there on the 28.04.19 Thank you thank you! ♥️
Ultra Tour of Arran - Day 2 - Part 1
Oh man, I always knew today was going to be tough, but nothing could of prepared me for how hard it was going to actually be.
Today's start was an hour earlier, 07:30 with a 07:15 race brief. We had already been warned by Rat Race the night before as to how cold it was going to be at the summits and along the ridges (wind chill of -8 🥶), so I took no chances with kit, bas layer, full leg cover, the kitchen sink, everything! Once again I hardly ate anything (stupid nerves and body) and I'd made it down to the start for about 07:00. When I got to the start I noticed that the amount of people was considerably less that yesterday, a lot of people had dropped out of day 2. I found @yvonneuk88, we had already agreed the night before we were going to try and do this day together, to support each other as it was going to be a proper shift. 07:30 ticked by and off we went, ready for the pain ahead of us. .
The first few miles ticked by nicely, making our way out of Brodick towards Goat Fell, the first mile was along a beach which instantly started sapping the energy out of my legs, so I just took it steady and easy. 2.5 miles in and we arrived into 'the valley' and I was taken aback by the surroundings, it was simply stunning, mountains for as far as the eye can see with one path just snaking its way through. It was quite warm on ground level so we stopped for a second to take some layers off.
5 miles in and everything was going well, I was feeling decent and enjoying myself, that was until I spotted where we were heading, our first summit and it was damn high. It felt like we were climbing forever, just a constant vertical onslaught with no sign of ever getting to the top. At this point I was quite jealous of everyone with poles, they seemed to be powering up, where as I looked like some kind of elephant dragging my sorry ass along. I think it took me 30 minutes to do miles 5-6, but eventually we made it to the top. I wasn't in a great way, I couldn't feel my fingers, they were numb through and that sensation was also making me feel sick. It was at this point I turned to Yvonne and said "I can't do this, I'm done."
“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” 💙
Still on recovery mode so 5k round the village with Jaz before work it was.
I thought I’d really miss the structure of the plan when I stopped marathon training but for now I’m really enjoying these chilled out runs & the Easter holidays, everything is so relaxed! Love it 🥰 .
Aaaaaand tomorrow I hit the trails for the clubs Good Friday run with my sis, can’t blinking wait & glorious sunshine forecasted all weekend as well, what a winner 🙌🏻 What’s everyone else up to for the four day weekend ? 🐣🐥🐤🥚🍫🥂🌭🍔🥩🍗🧁🍫🍫🍫🍫🍫 #running#run#5k#motherrunner
2 11628 minutes ago
Oh hey guys👋 I'm still here! I fell off my posting game since my half this Saturday (thanks for all the love from that BTW) but I've still been on my grind and following with all of you awesome folks too (especially all you incredible Boston marathoners💙💛). Legs were pretty sore from Saturday early this week but I felt great today. Oh and full disclosure here, this run was totally done on the gym treadmill, I did not feel like running in the almost 90° temps🔥 Now that all my Spring races/events are complete, I'm looking forward to switching gears to focus more on speed and spending more time in the weight room🏋️♀️ Be on the look out for more workouts/exercise vidoes coming soon😉💪
A jamais gravé 🤩
Je n'y arrive plus... je commence à marcher et je me souviens avoir vu sur ma montre que ma fille ainée et @2infinity_1love m'ont envoyées un message. Je regarde mon tel et je vois un gros ❤ envoyé par ma chérie... je regarde le message de ma fille : " bonne chance papa pour ton marathon je crois en toi je t'aime fort" .
L'émotion est trop forte je craque, je pleure 😢 mais ces messages changent tout : je peux pas lâcher, pas maintenant, pas après tout ce que j ai pu vivre, tout ce que j'ai (on a) pu faire pour pouvoir se donner les chances de finir ce marathon. ▫️ Je ne sais pas comment mais je repars en trottinant, je cale mon allure sur du 7'30/km... je ne pense qu'à finir pour mes 4 femmes. Les derniers km passent malgré tout, me voilà à 1km de l'arrivée, les gens crient mon nom, dernier virage et j'entre sur ce tapis rouge. ▫️
Tant bien que mal je redresse la tête pour chercher @2infinity_1love et babygirl... d'un coup les voilà a coté de moi sur ce tapis, elle me crie plein de choses mais mon cerveau ne retiens pas tout j'entend "tu l'as fait ... je suis trop fière de toi ... je t'aime... vas y file t'es marathonien" et la petite voix a coté qui crie "paaapppaaaaaa" ▫️
Je passe la ligne et là c'est inexplicable il faut vraiment le vivre pour le comprendre, aucun mot n'est assez fort ou assez précis pour décrire toutes les émotions qui me traverse. Je vois une barrière, je pose la tête dessus et je reste la, le regard vide et rempli de larmes à essayer de réaliser ce que je viens, nous venons, de faire. Car oui je ne suis pas seul dans cette histoire car sans ma chérie et mes filles jamais je n'y serai arrivé. Je vous aime ❤
On me passe la médaille autour du cou, ça y est me voilà... MARATHONIEN 😍
#tbt ... This is one of my favorite race photos from the Scranton Half this past month. I’m in the final .10 stretch and waving to my kids here! I was so happy to see them, and this little boost got me through the finish line. I asked Kallen a few days later what he thought when he saw mommy running her race. His reply? “YOU LOOKED HAPPY!” Wow. Four year olds say it like it is. And for him to see my happiness for this sport, even while I was hurting badly by this point, made it all worthwhile. I always want my kids to know that I run for the joy of it. Medals, paces, PRs are just icing on the cake. And I want them to find the joy in the activities they pursue too. 💗
No running here until next week so I’m living vicariously through all of you! 🏃🏻♀️😍 #throwback#halfmarathon