Will I ever be as fast as normal people?

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Will I ever be as fast as normal people?

     I'm going to do the Shakespeare Marathon in Stratford-on-Avon in April '09 (maybe, but I am not sure yet if I am 'fast' enough for them to let me do the 2nd half). I'm currently down in Australia until March '09 (where I seem to be running even slower than normal). I was always slow, and then in 2005 I had an awful accident, and I'm now 'blind' and disabled. I ran FLM '08 in 6:45.  But there were some people behind me, I wasn't last! I will get faster (I hope!).

 

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New Blog!

I have finished this blog now, and started a new one, 'Getting back into running'. Hopefully I'll see some of you there too!

What a fun morning! :-)

It was the Shakespeare Half this morning. I managed a few sub-11 minute miles, which were going fine, but then at about the 5 or 6 mile point my right foot (which has played me up for a while) started hurting. Amazingly, I noticed (for the first time, a...

Will I?

My BIG aim for tomorrow is to finish in 2h30. Based on the 8 miler I did a few weeks ago, I CAN do that. But will I? The other big thing I want to do is go through the 11.8 mile mark in 2h25 (which would allow me to do the second lap). If I do, I'll aim...

Well, I *thought* that was my...

I did my 3.2 mile route at work again today, which I really enjoyed, and I thought it was my fastest ever time on that route. But then I realised that, according to my Excel file, I did it last month a minute and a half faster (rolls eyes...). But the t...

How the hell did I get there????

At lunchtime I ran up to a friend's house, to collect Tigger for my eldest daughter. She was there for a sleepover on Friday night, and she left her Tigger (and has had difficulty sleeping since!). On the way back, I thought 'This road is longer than I ...

Not my fastest, but I DID enj...

I did my 4.27 mile (hilly) run up into Esher. I did it in 11.4 min/mile. I have gone a minute and a half faster (last month), but hey, I did plenty of runs up there a good 15 minutes slower (but that was nearly 3 years ago, only a couple of months after...

A run,without (much) pain. :-)

I went for a 3.2 mile run by the Thames today(at lunchtime, at work). I wore my old Saucony shoes (the ones that live in the bottom drawer of my filing cabinet, in my office). My foot felt fine while I was running (but is sore now!). So, I really think ...

Choices

I went to the shoe shop at lunchtime, and they gave me a choice between blue Brooks ones, at £110, or pink Asics, at £85. Guess which ones I chose? (Says Pam, sitting here in one of her pink wool jumpers).

Apparently I need MORE new sh...

I went to a physio this morning (but got horribly lost on the way there), and he says my shoes are too narrow (and stiff...). So I need new shoes. Ouch! More money! Tomorrow it's my husband's 40th birthday!

Hmmmmm yet again again (I re-...

I just did my 5.66 mile route (with a couple of miles along the River Thames). I did it a little bit faster than the only other time I did it since I came back, and only a minute slower than my fastest times ever on that route. AND my glasses didn't ste...

This morning I was definite I...

I went for my 6-ish mile run (on Seven Hills Road, so a bit uppy-downy). It was AWFUL, for 3 reasons: My glasses kept steaming up, so I couldn't see a sodding thing. They never used to do this, but they're real pains these days. My foot was hurting aga...

I'm a chicken.

I was planning to run my 4-ish miles up the hill into Esher again, but I was worried about the rain all over my glasses, and the nearby (fast) dual-carriageway. So I chickened out. I did a route I've only done once before. That was back in December '07,...

Well, that race had good bits...

The 8.2 mile Kingston Breakfast Run. I had planned the 2-lap 16 miler, then changed to the single lap 8.2 mile thing. I was doing fine to begin with, but then got DESPERATE to go to the toilet. I jogged uncomfortably for quite a while, and i had to just...

I'm a chicken.

I'm only going to race 8.2 miles tomorrow, not the two-lap 16 miles. I'm a chicken! I suspect I'd run too slow, so they wouldn't let me do the second lap. So stuff it, I won't try. I'm going to aim to go under 11 minutes a mile (which I touched at the l...

Good and bad

Good: I had a busy day, then decided in the evening that, stuff it, I would use my visiting mum as a babysitter and go out for a run. Good: it was my hilly 4.27 mile run to Esher, and I managed a pace of 11.33 min/mile (quite fast for me). Good: I enjoy...

Nervous

I have a 16 mile race on Sunday (two laps from Kingston, over the Thames, past Hampton Court Palace...). It has a time cut-off of 3 1/2 hours, and I'm nervous that I won't be inside their time. I might do it, but I might not. Today's run was the 5.7 run...

:-) :-) :-) (yet again, sorry!)

I did my shorter run today at lunchtime at work (2 1/2 miles). In the changing rooms, I realised I had left my mobile phone in the office, and I worry about being out without it (bearing in mind how useful it was that I had it on me when I had my accid...

I've got a VERY sore bum.

This morning I went for my 11.27 mile run (which I haven't done since about this time last year). I did enjoy it (although it was a bit worrying that John, who only started running in September, said he was pleased that I was keeping him slow. He had an...

'Sprints' (Ha!)

I just went up to the track, and did 'sprints' of 'fast' 400m loops. I was trying to make them fast but hey, this is me! I'm embarrassed to admit that they were 9+ minute miles. Tomorrow I'll be going running with an old friend (who only started runnin...

Not sure whether this should ...

The is for the 4.27 run (up a hill!), that I just did faster than ever before. The is because I now think I could do the full marathon as fast as they need. But I haven't been training for it. I've had the last four weeks with jet-lag, then colds, a...

Yet more :-)'s :-) :-)

I just ran home from work, and I took 6 minutes off my fastest time on that route before  (It's 5.7 miles, and it took me an hour and 10 minutes today). At the weekend I'm seeing an old friend, who has recently become a runner (for FLM). We are going to...

:-) :-) (*again*!)

All my work runs have been slower than those at home - dunno why, as they are mainly alongside the River Thames, so are nice and flat... Today I did a 3.2 mile route, that I'd done my 'fastest' time of at 38.5 minutes. It took me 35.1 minutes. OK, that...

Aaaah, Motherhood :-)

"Happy Mother's Day, Mum. Here's some chocolates. Can we have some? I want one NOW!" Followed by "Why do you want a shower? We want to eat the chocolates NOW!" I have just been for a run. I need a shower! Aaah... Motherhood!   The run I'd been for was t...