“Quote Unquote”

So I am currently sat at my desk doing some work for the London Marathon and it has included looking up quotes to use on correspondence… I thought I would share some of my faves….

These may get stuck up around the house too…

“Run hard, be strong, think big!” – Percy Cerutty

“I’ve learned that finishing a marathon isn’t just an athletic achievement. It’s a state of mind; a state of mind that says anything is possible.” – John Hanc

“I tell our runners to divide the race into thirds. Run the first part with your head, the middle part with your personality, and the last part with your heart.” – Mike Fanelli

“There will be days you don’t think you can run a marathon. There will be a lifetime of knowing you have.” – Unknown

“There is a moment in every race. A moment where you can either quit, fold, or say to yourself, ‘I can do this.” – Gatorade Ad
“The marathon. How an average runner becomes more than average.”  – New Balance
What inspires you? Do you have a favourite quote?
Please share if you would like to….
Happy Running everyone – I’m running with Sweatshop Running Club tonight for my steady run and getting to try on new winter running gear…the cold has well and truely set in…
frankiesaysrun xxx
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Something for your Christmas list…please Santa…I have been a good girl!!

Right you beautiful runners – here’s a fancy new piece of lustworthy equipment that has just arrived at Sweatshop – Running Club Sam is very excited about it and when you purchase the watch you also get £100 worth of vouchers to spend at the shop – great investment-licious!!

Have a read – I know I want one and will be writing to Santa….I’ve been a good girl this year so fingers crossed.

It is launched on Saturday morning so get yourselves down to the shop and buy buy buy 🙂

frankiesaysrun xxx

Accidental Mileage…

So, finally I am at a computer with the internet and can tell you all about my run on Monday.  After recovering from strength training on Saturday and also the horrid virus, I decided I should knuckle down and get some miles under my belt. My intention was to do 7.8 miles – roughly a 10% increase on last time. Smoothie intake done, new Skins leggings on (ooft they’re tight but Emma says my bum looks good so happy faces all round) and off we go…. Em and I set off together and headed for the Common to do laps – a bit of a boring decision but my imagination wasn’t stretching much further on a Monday evening.

I felt really good running – no stitches, breathing settled in nicely and it felt really buzzy in Clapham…lots of runners! However, half way around my first lap of the Common my Nike+ Trainers tells me I am half way… Either I am running at lightening speed or I have set my monitor to KM not miles (duh). I don’t like stopping when I have found my pace but I re-set it to miles and kept going… Em and I were doing opposite laps so we were waving at each other on our way round…awww!

During this run, I was trying to focus on my posture and core after chatting about it with Amy at On Track Sports Therapy. When I found myself slumping I tried to engage my core and stay more upright. It felt a bit bizarre at first but I’m sure as I practise it more will benefit my running.

Nearing the end of the run I could feel the impact of a longer distance on my shins and calves – they were pretty sore and I knew that the stretching out and foam roller would be a painful session. Our neighbours must wonder what we’re doing with all the screeching and yelping coming from our living room. I’m really hoping that with proper recovery, my shins won’t be too much of an issue – it’s becoming clear that I am going to have to keep an eye on them and make sure I focus on them especially as mileage increases. Massage and ice have been recommended before so I will take that on board.

By the time I’d finished my run and made it up the hill to home, I knew I’d done further than 7.8 miles, I could feel I had – After adding up the accidental miles it turns out I’d run 9.7 miles – slightly more than intended but at least I know I can do it… On to a painful recovery session but it was very much needed… Even the tennis ball came into use… youch!!

Distance: 9.7 miles

Time: 1hr 9mins 24 secs

Pace: 7″11

Weather: Dry and cold

Music: Running playlist – loved a bit of Incubus to get me up the last hill…. Oh and Beyonce’s Run the World is most definitely a tune for the difficult miles – Who run the world? GIRLS!

NB: I invested in some Skins running leggings from Sweatshop last weekend – not only are they fiiiiiiiit they were so comfortable to run in – I can fully recommend them and they will keep my little legs warm during the winter months and cool during the warmer times. Worthwhile investment fo’shizzle 🙂

Happy Running everyone – stay safe in the increasingly cold weather. If any of Team Variety are reading this, I hope your training is going well….It’s been really lovely to chat to you this week… Keep up the amazing work!!

frankiesaysrun xxx

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