An interesting 13 miles…

So I did my first half marathon distance at the weekend and a couple of important things went wrong early on in the session…

Firstly, my running belt dropped my carb gel which I was intending on testing out (argh) and then my Nike chip decided to give up and tell me that I was running and zero pace…I think not…(double argh) This didn’t help at two miles in but I decided to crack on and see how I got on. On the plus side it was a beautiful day – so sunny and there were plenty of people out running which was great!

In the morning I got up nice and early and fuelled up properly to practise the routine – Every long run, I am noting down what I eat before hand so that I can monitor how my body takes it on. So far I haven’t any disasters…phew! This time I had porridge with grated dark chocolate on top (yum), plenty of water and then some Lucozade to give me a kick just before I left… Even with the minor issues at the beginning, the first ten miles felt really good and breezey… Then I started to run out of energy as the Lucozade was running low…As  was approaching Stockwell, I decided to throw myself into Sweatshop and steal a drink…I was a total sweaty mess by this point…what a lovely surprise for Tim and the gang! After that point and having to pause to get some energy my legs just felt so heavy and it was total mental strength to keep going… I managed it though and even found some kick deep down for Brixton Hill (we have a love hate relationship)… even if people did think I was a bit nuts telling myself to “keep going”… I didn’t care at that stage…

All in all, I learnt a lot from this training session – the importance of regular fuelling and also mental strength when things get tougher… Taken on board and stored for the next big mileage…

Next weekend is Silverstone Half Marathon and I’m heading up with some of my Charity Marathon team – I’m really looking forward to spending some time with them all, donning my vest and getting my race head on…An added bonus for me is that my Mum and Dad are coming to watch me and then take me home for a nice steak…what a treat eh!?

As my Nike chip broke, I don’t have a full breakdown but I ran 13 miles and was on my feet for 1hr 48mins…. this included time to stop for a drink, get lost and have a word with myself…It’s not a time I’m particularly proud of but I think in a race environment I can knock off some serious time… Fingers crossed…

How are all you Marathon runners finding the fuelling while doing long runs? Any good gels? Tips?

Has anyone started a low fibre diet before long runs? I have heard this is a good plan so I’m trying it for the next two days….

I would also like to mention that I am running for the Charity that I work for – It’s called Variety, the Children’s Charity and we fundraise to help improve the lives of young people who are disabled and disadvantaged – I am passionate about what we do as I have seen the difference that can me made first hand and it humbles me every time… If you would like to support the cause, every penny really does count…. My JustGiving page is below along with a short film about a little boy called Sam…. Take 1 minute 48 seconds and see how your donation can change a life….

Thank you xx

http://www.justgiving.com/franklesfirstmarathon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNiBbWgwhbc

Happy running everyone

frankiesaysrun xxx

 

Where has the time gone?

I mean seriously…It feels like only yesterday that I was writing the “14 weeks to go” blog and now suddenly I’ve only got 7 weeks left until tail off….argh!

I’ve been a slack blogger for the past few weeks – but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been running. A lot has been happening since I last posted. My injury seems to be staying away as I have taken on board the exercises, recovery and strength training that was recommended by On Track Sports Therapy. I feel that I’ve learnt a lot about how to look after my little legs so maybe that pesky shin pain was a blessing in disguise. As my house mate is also running the Marathon we have been helping each other out with post run massages which is great for aiding recovery – I’m not sure what the neighbours think of us though as there is a lot of yelping and swearing if either of us is particularly sore (hehe)

The cold snap was not something I enjoyed at all – it just made everything harder, starting with the initial leaving the cosy house phase. I didn’t have to cut back on many runs and I suppose it was a great excuse to indulge in a bubble bath post training – absolute bliss! BUT, I still didn’t enjoy it. I will however have a quick rave about the new Nike top I purchased to keep me warm…It’s fantastic and has the little thumb holes so that my hands are partly covered. Love it love it and highly recommend it http://store.nike.com/gb/en_gb/?l=shop,pdp,ctr-inline/cid-103401/pid-421959/pgid-537397

One of the key points my physio discussed with me was the importance of good recovery and I have to say that the extra time spent soaking my muscles, stretching out and especially massage has really been helping a lot. It sounds so obvious doesn’t it? But when you’re shattered and just want to crash on the sofa, it’s very tempting to think, oh I’ll just leave that for tonight. My test is always the stairs in the morning….If I have looked after myself it doesn’t hurt as much and for now I’m doing ok.

I started my post injury running on grass which has made a huge difference…I focused on keeping up a steady speed and lapping Clapham Common a few times before heading back up the hill. It was a good exercise for me to have to come back in slower as the pace and impact was just too much – I thought I’d get bored of the Common but it’s actually been really nice to run off the pavement and away from the traffic…even if it is only a few metres difference.

I have also invested in new trainers purchased from the wonderful Sweatshop in Clapham. My Nike’s wouldn’t have made it to the Marathon and it was approaching the cut off point for having enough time to wear them in. I went for Adidas Glide’s (pictured above) and so far I really like them. I do love a new pair of shoes and so I was worried I may run into something because I was watching my feet…Obviously the most important thing is that they are comfortable and support my feet properly but boy they are pretty and shiny!! These babies will be running the ACTUAL race with me so we have some serious bonding to do…I felt like Bambi on ice when I first ran in them and *youch* it hurt for the first couple of miles…we’re getting on better now and the test will be the long run this weekend.

Those out there also running the Marathon – are you nervous?confident?indifferent? I am starting to feel the nerves now – I did my revised training programme for the last 7 weeks and I nearly started hyperventilating at the final few weeks of long runs and generally the short amount of time there is until the big day…I feel like I’m still on target but I do have days when I feel totally overwhelmed by it all…no doubt it’s just a phase of the training that I can crack.

I had a fantastic run the other weekend with my friend James who is one of those people who takes on crazy Iron Man and 55 miler style challenges and does them really well (envy). We ran in Richmond in the sun and James challenged me to 5 x 250m intervals in the middle of our training to really help improve my VO2 Max. James is so much faster than me and he also knows how competitive I am so knew that he could push me…wow was it a challenge but it highlighted that it is an area I need to work on. I won’t improve my speed if I simply run long distances and so I’ve built a session a week of intervals into my training programme. It’ a nice way to mix things up too.

So this weekend is half marathon distance for me… I’m excited about it as it’s the start of the real distances kicking in… I’ll be practising my fuelling in particular and testing out the gels I bought…I am hoping that they agree with me.

Distance: 7.37 miles

Time: 55mins 05secs

Pace: 7’28”

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Distance: 7.55 miles

Time: 57mins 11 secs

Pace: 7’34

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Distance: 5.86 miles

Time: 44mins 32secs

Pace: 7’35”

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Distance: 10.23 miles (including intervals)

Time: 1hour 21 mins 01sec

Pace: 7’55”

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Distance: 5.16 miles

Time: 45 mins

Pace: 8’45” (<- tired bunny)

I hope training is going well for those out there taking part in the Marathon or indeed other races!

Is anyone running Silverstone half in March?

frankiesaysrun xxx

I am running in support of Variety, the Children’s Charity who help to improve the lives of children who are disabled and disadvantaged. If you would like to donate to the cause – please click here > http://www.justgiving.com/franklesfirstmarathon Every penny really does help! Thank you xxx