Sunday, September 10, 2006

I did it!!

I really did it! Forgot to look at what time I ran it in, but Rich thinks it was 2 hours 43. Will find out for sure tomorrow when the times are announced.

I wasn't last so I'm more than happy about that!

It was hard work, my legs are killing me and I'm sure it will take all week before I can walk down a set of stairs again, but had a great time and so pleased I did it!

The crowd were fantastic. It was great to see Mum and Grandad cheering me on at 5 miles, and then Rich, Daisy, Jack and Alfie were at 8 and 9 miles. Daisy had made a fantastic banner saying "Our Mum is a Yummy Mummy"!!

I managed to get off to a really good start even with a killer hill at only 2 miles! From there on I felt really comfortable. I realised I could walk up the steep hills as quickly as most people were running so on three or four occasions I walked. The hardest part was between 10 - 12 miles. That was because I missed the 11 mile marker, so thought the mile was really taking me a long time! It was a real boost though when I realised I was at 12 miles - only 1.1 miles to go! The last half mile the crowds were great and all the runners were encouraging each other on. Just at the last bend I saw Kathy (work colleague) who really cheered me on, then I could see Rich and Alfie, then I saw Mum and Grandad. Next thing I knew I was over the finish line! I was so elated to have done it! I felt like a proper runner when I got my silver blanket to wrap round me!

Would I do it again? Well never say never.................

Right now though, I'm going to enjoy a few day off and enjoy my long weekend in Spain next week!

Until next time!

K xxxx

Sunday, September 03, 2006

The final week

Well yesterday I was really sore after the run on Friday. My legs ached and my left knee hurt, but I did plenty of stretches and foam rolling and that helped loads.

Today I did a run up to the gym from home - just over 2 miles. Thats it now, no more running until the event. A gentle swim or gym workout maybe.

So a week of rest and eating well in front of me!

Until next time
K xx

Friday, September 01, 2006

9 1/2 miles - 1 hour 55 mins

Todays run - my longest so far! 9 1/2 miles in 1 hr 55mins.

I've still got an extra 4 miles to run on the day - gulp! Not sure how much I had left in the tank! Aerobically I felt fine, but my legs had about had it. Fingers crossed I can dig that little bit extra on race day.

Got a boost when a man walking his dog asked me if it was the marathon this weekend. I told him no, the 10th Sept and he wished me good luck! I must at least look the part if nothing else!

Anyway, will report back later to let you know if I can still walk!

Until next time
K xxx

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Only ten days to go............

......until the big day.

I hate running!!! I don't enjoy anything about it at all. I had hoped that my increased fitness levels would change my mind, and yes I'm fitter and yes I can run a lot further, but I still really hate running! After the half marathon I am sure I will never ever run again!

I'm really worried about the run now. It still seems so far but I know I'm capable of doing it and I'm hoping that like everyone tells me, I'll get pulled along with the crowd.

I've made a play list up for my mp3 player of tracks that I really love so I hope that will keep me going!

I'm so grateful to everyone who has sponsored me. To be honest, I'm sure I would have given up had it not been for the fact I know I would be letting so many people down - me included! Knowing all the money is going to such a great charity helps to keep me focused as well.

Wish me luck!

Hope to see you there!

until next time
K xxxx

Friday, August 04, 2006

Too many squats!

I've been doing lots of toning exercises this week - including lots of squats. Ouch, my butt is really feeling them this morning!!!

training going really well still :)

Until next time

K xx

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Its all going so well!

After weeks of struggling, it all now seems to be coming together!

Yesterday I did my first outside run in weeks, and I ran 7.6 miles (12.24km) in 1 hr 35mins. I was totally thrilled with that. The furthest I've run before has been 1 hr 10mins on the treadmill, and probably no more than 5 miles (8km).

After the run I felt suddenly really nauseous, and shivery, and felt like that until I managed to eat some toast. I think maybe I need to make sure I have something more filling than a salad before I attempt the next long run!

Anyway this morning I feel fine. I did lots of stretches and foam rolling last night, and although I'm a little stiff this morning, nothing too bad.

For the first time I really believe I can do this!!

Until next time

K xx

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Difficult few weeks

I thought running was simple. You put one foot in front of the other, only a bit quicker than when you walk - easy! Man has run forever, so why have I had so many problems?

Firstly I've had a really painful and sore knee. This has turned out to be because my IT band has been over tight. I never knew I had an IT band until now!

"The iliotibial (IT) band is a tough group of fibers that run along the outside of the thigh. The gluteal muscles and the tensor fascia lata muscle attach to the top, and the lower part attaches to the tibia, just below the knee. It functions primarily as a stabilizer during running and can become irritated from overuse. Runners will usually describe pain on the outside part of the knee or lower thigh, often worsened by going up or down stairs, or getting out of a car. "

So, I've been to see a physio terrorist. No, thats not a typo - you should try it! Treatment involves deep tissue massage, leaving me feeling like I've been kicked by a horse for the next couple of days, and with the bruises I get from it, I look like it too!

Thankfully the terror treatment does seem to have worked. I've also been taught how to foam roll, which stretches and massages this area so I seem to be keeping on top of that.

It also seems I "had the wrong trainers". Do you remember I said I went to buy some proper trainers? Well it seems I was sold something totally inappropriate, and its highly probable that they have added to my IT problems. So I went to see a specialist fitter, who was fantastic, so I know all about my feet, the way I run and the support I need in a trainer. Since I've had my new trainers, running has certainly been a lot more comfortable.

And then there is the running itself. I was just running for as long and fast as I could hoping that each time that might be a little longer or a little faster. Turns out I was getting my heart rate too high, and what I should be doing is running really slowly with a low heart rate, and then I will be able to run for weeks on end!

The big run is less than 7 weeks away now. I haven't managed to run a half the distance yet which is a bit worrying and because of my injury I've not run outside for ages either. I'm really going to have to push it now............!!!

Until next time
K xx