This Blog started out as a record of my efforts to compete in the Gt Eastern Half Marathon 2006. Since then I entered but had to withdraw from Flora London Marathon 2008 due to injury. After having to take months off to recover I am now ready and willing to become a runner again!

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Corby 5 Road Race

Laura, Sheila and myself decided that we must have been having an adrenaline rush when we had arranged to run the Corby 5!

The weather forecast was not good - dark clouds threatened and we wondered what we were letting ourselves in for! However, we needn't have worried, the sky cleared and the sun peeped through. It was warm enough to wear shorts and vest.

The scenery on the way to East Carlton was terrific - we passed through some lovely quaint villages and the landscape was breath-taking. I didn't know that there were so many BIG hills within an hour's drive of Peterborough!

The race start was at East Carlton Countryside Park which is
situated on the edge of the beautiful Welland Valley. The park offers splendid views over the Welland Valley, and is a haven for wildlife, with its variety of habitats. The open parkland has a children's play area, a picnic area, a garden for the visually impaired, and an Alpine garden.

There are three nature trails around the park, which pass through woods and meadows, and by the water gardens and ponds. Britain's largest Boled Lime Tree can be found in the park.

Contained within a former coach house is the Heritage Centre, containing a permanent exhibition covering the history of steelmaking in Corby, craft workshops, and a cafe which provides hot and cold snacks throughout the year.

When we arrived we tried not to feel intimidated by all the other runners there - they seemed to be very keen and looked so very fit. We registered and collected our numbers and set off for the start. Laura's dad was also running and we met Matt and Hailey from our running club at the start line, as well.

The gun went and that was the last we saw of Laura's dad, Sheila, Matt and Hailey until the finish. Laura and I set off at a more comfortable pace and managed to keep it going, even up and down the hills. The hills were very hard work and took their toll on the legs but the views more than made up for it - it really was one of the loveliest runs I have done. A superb hilly 5 mile race, one I will definitely be marking it down in my calender for next year!

Time: 48:56
Distance 5 miles

Monday, May 28, 2007

Monday morning recovery run

As was to be expected, I was fairly stiff and aching over the weekened after my looong Saturday morning run!

I had arranged with Sheila and Laura that if I was around I would meet up with them on Monday morning to run a short 45 minute recovery run.

I set the alarm and on waking looked out the window to check on the weather; not too wet and windy so, as agreed, met up with them. We ran around the lake at Ferry Meadows and went up into the woods and then made our way back. It was a good morning, my legs felt quite heavy but not too bad. There were one or two little hills and I could really feel it there but knowing it was only going to be about 45 minutes was enough to keep me going.

We ran along and made arrangements for our next run - Wednesday - Corby 5. We know this to be a very hilly race. Now, I'm not good on hills - so, I'm going to treat this as a training run and just be happy to finish it!

Time: 46:28
Distance: 4-5 miles

Saturday morning long run

Laura and Sheila had planned to run the Brandon Half Marathon this weekend but, somehow, their entries to the race never got through. By the time they realised this, the race was full! So, not wanting their training efforts to be wasted, they decided to run their very own half marathon!

I decided to tag along and do part of the run with them and also Marianne and Lisa wanted to give it a go aswell, so a grey, drab and drizzly (my perfect running conditions!) Saturday morning saw the five of us, up and out the door at 8.00 am.

We decided on a route which would give plenty of opportunity to break off when either one of us felt we had had enough. It was part of my 8 mile run that I ran last year when training for the Great Eastern Half Marathon, with an extra bit in the middle.

I started off feeling comfortable, my legs felt strong and breathing was good. It was a comfortable pace being able to chat as we went along. Not long into the run the rain stopped but the weather remained perfect for running.

After about an hour Marianne and Lisa split off and headed back but as I still felt ok I decided to hang on in there and see how much further I could go. At about 1:15 my legs started to feel a bit tired - I hadn't run this far since last year and I could definitely start to feel it.

We kept the pace going and we were already on our way back. The miles slipped by and before I knew it we had been running for 1:45. I had packed a sports bag with my swimming kit and change of clothing and my husband had taken it with him when he went to the gym, so at the nature reserve bridge I left Sheila and Laura and carried on up to the gym. There is a bit of a hill on this last stretch and my legs were so very heavy at this point. I pushed on knowing that I only had a couple of hundred metres left and arrived at the gym tired but completely elated! I couldn't believe it - I had just run over 11 miles!

Distance: 11.5 miles
Time: 2:00:52

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Tuesday evening

I went along to the jogging club on Tuesday evening, not quite sure how my legs would feel after Sunday's run.

I needn't have worried - they felt fine.

I started off at the back of the pack but soon got into my stride and pulled away with Matt. We kept a good pace going, even though it was still a very warm and muggy evening.

We ran a route over to Alwalton meadow, to the railway line and back through FM and up Cherry Orton hill back to the sports centre.

It was great, my legs felt really strong. Can't understand it because I was sure they would feel a bit heavy. Never mind, not going to complain, lol.

I checked my time for when I last ran this run with Ann, and I did it 4 minutes faster this time! Good to see some improvement. I put it down as 6 miles last time, but after running it today, I felt I was running as fast as or nearly as fast as Sunday's 10K pace, so I'm guessing it's a bit more than 6 miles.

Time: 1:03:24
Distance: 6+

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Deeping 10K

Yes, a 10 k race!!

Not at all sure I was ready for a 10K race, I decided to approach it as my usual weekend training run. Rhona wasn't able to come running on Saturday morning due to her participating in the Moonwalk on Saturday night, Well Done Rhona!

So, Sunday morning saw me, Sheila, Laura and Mandy runnning in the Deeping 10K.

Well, whatever happened to the weather! If you have been following me in my quest for mid-life fitness, you will know that I like nothing more than a cool, drizzly weatherfront! Oh no, not today. The "good" weather decided to return - the sun was out with a vengeance.

Great if I had a BBQ to look forward to, but a 10K race?

So, we set off. Didn't see Sheila again until the end! Mandy and Laura were with me for the first 1K. I ran with Ron, good ol' Ron. We had a nice comfortable pace, all looking good. We started off steady, catching and overtaking when we could. At about 4K Ron's shins started playing up. I felt ok and he encouraged me to go on, keeping the pace steady.

I could see Mandy and Laura ahead of me. I kept the same distance between us for the next couple of K's. I could see Mandy pulling ahead of Laura.

I thought I could catch Laura by 8K. At 8K I was just a little behind. I put in a bit of an effort and caught her at 9K. Stayed with her a bit but she was looking to beat her previous 10K time and put in a spurt for the last 1/2 K. I wasn't going to go with her - I had promised myself to not do anything silly - I wanted to fnish this run with a bit extra left and not completely knackered!

I came in just 30 seconds or so behind her. I was pleased with my run. I was able to carry on this afternoon with my usual routine rather than being completely zonked out, which is how I usually feel after a race!

Time: 57:02
Distance: 10K (6 miles)


When I went to bed last night, I was very surprised to see I had caught the sun! I knew it was hot, but not that hot!

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Thursday evening was a "Club Pub Run".

To explain: Our club hosted the event. A few years ago, a member of the club organised the event. Unfortunately he died and not long after his wife died aswell. Our Club Chairman was a very good friend and has continued honouring his friend, by continuing to organise the run each year.

A few local clubs are invited to join in and we all start off at the designated spot, obviously just a few yards away from the pub, "The Plough". The course is 6 miles, across beautiful scenic countryside with lots of local wildlife. It's not a race as such, just something a run to enjoy.

Afterwards, we all have a meal and a raffle is held. Each club has brought along some gifts for the raffle. At the end of the evening, each club's name is put into the hat and the winning club decides which charity the money goes to which was raised by the raffle - just over £100.

BTW: I didn't actually run the 6 miles - What the Heck, I wasn't going to sit there all evening red faced (which is what I usually look like after running 6 miles) so myself and a couple of others, just ran a couple of miles out and then turned back again.

It was a lovely evening, a group of people coming together through their love of running.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Tuesday evening

Got drenched again last night!

Good news is that my trainers seemed to be okay. No blisters or bruised toes.

We ran the Frostbite route which is 5 miles. I ran with Ron again, and we had a good pace going. Not too pushy but enough to make me feel like I had worked!

Distance: 5 miles
Time: 52:00

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Saturday morning

Someone please remind me not to have wine on the night before a run!

I woke up with the feeling of having one glass too many the night before.....

Still, it was a nice morning, no rain, and Rhona and I ran the same run as last week. It was a good run, we caught up on our news and the run seemed to go by pretty quickly. My legs felt good. I see we did practically the same time as last week. Very consistent, lol.

I went into town in the afternoon and bought a new pair of running shoes, something I had been promising myself for ages. I didn't splash out, just bought a basic pair. Hopefully, at my ability, they will serve me well.

Time: 5 ?
Distance: 52:47

Friday, May 11, 2007

Thursday Evening

Another run with the running club. Not such a good run tonight - the weather wasn't so good, not that it bothered me. I don't mind the rain, I'd rather it was raining than the sun out, if truth be told. No, it was more the legs, the poor ol' legs.....

I don't know, for some reason, they just didn't want to play. It was really hard going, especially the first couple of miles. My hamstrings felt really tight and my legs were heavy.

I stopped and stretched a bit, and I guess they felt a bit better after that. The rain was coming down a bit harder and I felt like cutting it short and heading back, but after another mile I started to loosen up a bit.

I hung on in there and managed to do the full course: 1 mile out to the business park, 4 laps round it (one mile each lap) and then a mile back to the start.

The group this evening was a bit segmented, I eventually ended up running with Ron. It was a nice, easy pace and a comfortable run, eventually!

Distance: a short 6 - (we took a bit of a shortcut back)
Time: 61:29

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Tuesday evening

Last night I nearly got carried away, nearly, but got drawn back in by Ron, our club chairman.

We started out from the club and split into our little groups. I hung back from my former running friends and ran with Ann again. Just behind us were a group of 3, Ron included. After a mile or so, Ann wanted to drop back but as I felt ok, I decided to go on.

I hadn't gone very far when Ron called me back. I thought he had something to say, but when he joined me, he reminded me that I had said I was pushing myself too much, too soon. Aaahh, those words of wisdom.

I duly hung back and ran the rest of the run with this small group.

It was a good decision - I really, really enjoyed the run. The weather was perfect, the company great and the scenery beautiful - and - it wasn't a struggle, it was a joy to be out running. Cheers Ron!

Distance: 6 miles
Time: 61:48

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Saturday morning

A bit dull this morning - no sign of the sun yet. But, for me, great running weather.

Met with Rhona at 8.00 am and we ran along the path by the train track taking us into Castor Heights and then along the road into the back of Ferry Meadows. We then carried on round the lake and through the nature reserve.

Great weather for running and a chance for us to catch up on our news!

Distance: 5?
Time: 52:30

Thursday morning

Considering I had run a long run on Tuesday evening, I wasn't aching too much on Wednesday.

I got up early on Thursday and went to the gym. The weather wasn't too great so I decided to go on the Treadmill, also I was a bit short on time.

So, I did 25 minutes on the treadmill and then 10-15 minutes swimming.

Tuesday evening

Last Friday I had been discharged from the Hospital so it was with confidence that I returned to the Running Club on Tuesday evening. It was a beautiful evening, the sun was out and there was a cool gentle breeze.

On this return, I was determined not to get carried away and run with my usual group of runners. I hung back at the start and let them get ahead. I was then able to go at my own pace and another runner called Ann joined me. We stuck together for the duration of the run. It was a comfortable pace for most of the way, but a lot longer than I had been running for a while. Towards the end I was finding it a struggle, but we stuck in there and kept it going.

It was a lovely run, going down to the River and across the meadows. We then ran towards Castor but cut off the road and went down the track by the railway line. We then ran around the small lake and then on back to the start.

Distance: 6 miles
Time: 1:07