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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Round and round and round

Hmmm. I thought I'd already posted this, but I can't seem to find it. I just ran to Hyde Park (the smal Perth one, not the big London one!), and ran round and round. A lap of the lake is about half a mile (although it's impossible to measure the wriggle...

I AM going to try for it!

I just did 11 hot, hilly miles at only a little over the pace I need to do the first 11.85 miles at Shakespeare (12.5 minute miles, and I need 12.25). So I will aim for it! Gosh I'm knackered (and hot!) now. Right then. I need a shower, then a walk dow...

Still not sure...

Hmmm... I ran 5.5 miles this morning. It was everso-slightly the fastesyt time I've done that route (by a few seconds, so not much!). But the time was 12.35 min/miles, when I need 12.25 over the first 11 miles. Now I'm having a thorough dither. I don't ...

:-( Oh dear (yet again!)

I did a 2 1/2 mile run this morming, but it was slower than a lot of other runs on that route, and anyway, it is below the 12.25 minute cut off pace that I need for the marathon (12.4).

Only just under the cut-off...

Only just under the cut-off... but it was under the cut-off. I was running with my friend again. I was really struggling to keep up sometimes. That was 2.5 miles, and I definitely don't feel like I could do another 9 miles at that pace. (But Stratford ...

That was fun!

Well, maybe 'fun' isn't the right word... I did a few laps of the lake in 'Hyde Park' (which is a little bit smaller than the Hyde Park I remember from London!). I was managing them in under 11 minute miles. Yes, slow for 'normal' people, but fast for m...

Should I ask for sponsorship?...

I just had a real dither, wondering whether (if I run the marathon, of course!) I should raise sponsorship again. Last year I raised >£4000 for Headway, the Brain Injury charity. (I got a brain injury in 2005, so I'm now 'blind' and 'disabled' (and l...

Phew! I'm knackered!

Gosh, I'm tired! And it's only half ten in the morning. I just ran a bit less than 9 miles. The time was almost the same as I did for that route a few weeks ago (but my ****ing watch did tha same failure to stop thing again, while I hung around drinking...

:-) :-) :-)

I just did 7.15 miles, and I was just over 12 minutes/mile. That definitely looks like I can do the marathon. (Plus I stopped briefly for a drink and to get a new tissue, and then when I went to re-start my watch i realised it hadn't stopped! Ooops! So...

Hic!

I apologise. I didn't run today (blush!). Instead I enjoyed my Christmas present of a cruise up the river with a couple of stops at vineyards to drink Ozzie wine. So there is a point to Australia!

Not sure if that made me happ...

I went for an early-morning run this morning, with my Ozzie friend. It's short (2 1/2 miles), and hilly. I did it as fast as I have done before, and I had to wait a few times, because she was walking. But when she was running, I found it hard to keep up...

Should I be pleased with myself?

I just did 5.5 (hilly!) miles. I need to go at 12.25 min/mile, and today was 12.4 (though it was my fastest time on that route yet). I don't know whether I should be happy or not. Hmmm.....

Maybe I won't give up...

Phew! It's hot here, even at 7 in the evening! Well, after my 'That was awful! I will never run again!" episode this morning, I decided to go out for a run this evening (hence the hotness). It was 4 miles, and it was the same speed as yesterday's run (j...

I think I have to give up run...

Yesterday I was so happy. Today I am so sad. I think I have to give up running. Can't talk about it. Sorry.

Ooh, now I'm having a dither!

I just went for a short 2.5 mile run, thinking that I was just going to do the half-marathn in April. But it was the fastest I've ever done that route. Slow by normal people's standards, but fast by mine (less than 12 minutes/mile). If I could run the f...

:-( No longer aiming for a ma...

I did a 5-ish miler this morning, which I thought was fast. Then I realised it was slower (I'd got the distance wrong). And then my husband noticed that my 'fast' sub-10 minute/milers back home are actually shorter than I thought, and therefore slower. ...

:-) :-)

I'm a bit happy I just did a (hot! But hey, this is Oz!) 5 mile run that was the fastest run I've managed down here in Oz (other than the one race I've done!). It's slow by normal people's standards (11.5 min/miles), but that's fast for me (down here. ...

Another awful run

Another horrific run (though, thanfully, for very different reasons!). I got horribly horribly lost! I was running up a hill I've often run down, and I missed the major turn I normally take. I got very confused, and started walking, then I gave up and w...

Nothing intersting

I just did a 2.5 miler again, and it was the slowest I've done that route yet. Plus it was raining. Plus people had those s*dding reticulation things on, to spray their lawn with water and spray anyone who wants to walk (or run!) on the path. Why do the...

Not sure if anyone will look ...

I've just replaced my photo with a graph that shows how my times have been heading down (Y axis = pace, x axis =date). There is a sudden jump upwards, as I came down here to Oz. I don't know why on Earth that happened! Then the same trend as before cont...

I give up :-(

I can't run 'fast' enough to do the marathon next year. :-( Why am I even slower here than I am at home?

Argh! I could do a marathon i...

I did my 5.5 mile route today. Looking at the pace (13.09 minutes/mile), I would do the Shakespeare Marathon in 5.7 hours. Except they say I've got to run faster, so I get through 11.84 miles in 2h25. So I seriously don't think they'll let me run the 2n...