And so it begins !

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Joanne Gwynn

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And so it begins !

It all started a few years back when myself and a friend decided it would be a good thing to do ! I entered via the ballot and she got a golden bond place through a charity, needless to say that I didn't get a place but as I had already done a vast amount of the training decided to go ahead and run Edinborough instead. Someone COULD have pointed out to me at the time just how many hills this place has and the fact that the course would be going up every single one of them, without seemingly having the 'down' side of any !!!

Anyway, I have entered the ballot ever since although the actual running bit has peetered off, and finally got a place last year, no more fleeces and jackets for me ! After all that I decided to defer my place and so the very 1st VLM will be my official return to this running malarky

I have decided that my main running partner will be the dog, 3yr Dobe with pins of steel who'll be able to spur me on through the bad times. I have even decided to start Cani x with him, (running with your dog attached to you via a belt via which they effectively pull you ) His Kit (harness / lines etc) arrived today so I think I am officially out of reasons not to finally start my VLM preps. Time to dig out the trainers, dust off the running vests and firmly (but slowly, dog allowing) put running shoe clad foot to tarmac / grass and towpath dirt

Nicky, this ones for you x

 

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A new start ?

Well. I have still not managed a run yet since marathon day, I was going to go out at the weekend but the weather was rubbish, it's nice to have a choice again, if only for a little while  also my leg has been playing up again so I thought I would give ...

WOW ...

What a day !! Despite our train up to town being delayed and not being able to get on the first train to Blackheath that came along, the journey was good and very nerve wracking ! My run was great, really enjoyed it, had to walka few times for about 30 ...

Decisions, decisions...

I know, it's been a while since I last posted but felt that I was in danger of becoming a serial whinger so decided better not blog at all  Things have definately been a rollacoaster thats for sure. Training on, off, on off, ... leg fine, not fine, seri...

I'm back... ish :-)

Been absent for a while, just not really had the heart to come on here and hear how well everyone is getting on - the occasional bout of self pity is good .. isn't it ? OK so maybe I've had by fair share of that already, time to get move on :-) So.... m...

And the verdict is

Well, he's not sure, so has given me some strong anit inflams and a ticket for an X-ray. So, feeling some what relieved, I decided I would give the tablets a go (busy day at work so not sure if I can excape for 100 hours to sit and wait for an X-ray. We...

Twidling my thumbs..

is mainly what I have been doing for the last 7 days ! Have not run since last monday when I did my rubbish recovery run and came down with a horrible cold. My right leg has not been itself for some time, and I am starting to worry that it might be some...

If it's not one thing..

it's another ! Hardly slept last night due to my lousy cold, sore throat, headache, I feel like an advert for Lemsip Max :-( So, no running for me today or maybe even the next few days, fingers crossed it's not a lingering one ... feel like there is alw...

Why is it ..

10 miles, not a huge issue, with the exception of the last mile and yet a 3 mile recovry run, pure HELL !!! Ok, so I have finally sucumbed to the sniffling snotty people that have surounded me at work for the last 3 weeks, although this mainly surfaced ...

Shin city..

I'm stating to get used to the fact that one day they are fine and the next they hurt like hell ! Had Thursday and Friday off as they were pretty painful, then Saturday, well they were still there and I was heading South to go wedding dress shopping wit...

And the winner is...

The bad, lazy Jo !!! So, rest day it is !. Shins very, very slightly grumbly, so good news there after 6 miles last night AND a little bit of fast work, knee, fine, calves / hips, coming out in sympahy with the shins, so slightly ruffled that they had t...

Another run in the bag

Not quite as draining as the one before and despite trying to convince myself that I should have a day off I went on my scheduled interval 75mins. The two Run sessions I substitued with fast / recover for the alloted time and treated the rest as an LSR....

Just not happening :-(

Well, they say that life is a rollercoaster (don't they ?) and this marathon training certainly is. After a good tempo session on Monday, last night was supposed to be a straight 45m jog. So after putting the horses to bed I went home and got changed, w...

fingers crossed..

everything is looking good - sshhhhh :-) So felt fine after Friday's little trot around, had Sat off and hit the tow path on Sunday for my LSR, felt good, OH was there to meet me near the end and I swapped the dog for a bottle of lucazade liquid energy ...

Mornings ?

So, I have rested the shins for two days with plenty of RICE and decided that I would have a 30 min trot round this morning as am busy this evening and definately will not have time for a run and the rthought of 3 days off just makes me want to rock gen...

Feeling grumpy...

Just a 30 min planned for last night (it's a step back week) not a bad run in itself but right shin was very painful once I stopped :-( Had a shower and massaged in some cool gel and it eased off a bit. 45 planned for tonight - think I'll just see how i...

Sunday, Sunday..

Well after having 3 days of rest I am very pleased to anounce that the shin splints have gone !! Yippee !! Thanks to everyone for their advice :-) So Yesterday I decided to have a semi LSR, ran for an hour round the lake, nice and leisurely and then fin...

Shin Splints ..

so had a rest day yesterday in the hope that by not agrivating them further they will sod off and I can get back to my training, can still feel them slightly today, hmmm, so should I just take an easy round the block so I've 'done something' or continue...

Better !

Yay ! Lots more energy last night and 60 mins was bagged. Great news considering the previous night, still not on track pace wise (I just love my Garmin !) but not too far off and I'm sure a few speed work sessions will help to improve that - that's not...

Tired legs ...

last night, not sure why but it was hard work. Still, my new friend spurred me on - it's only been a day but I think I am in love ! Successfully 'synched' my data afterwards too  -assignment ? pah !who wants to spend the night doing one of those when yo...

Wooohooo !

Sooo excited ! treated myself to a Garmin yesterday and it arrived today ! It's on charge so me and my new friend can go out for a run together later  Just have to finish work and put the horses to bed first !

Long time no blog !

Firstly an apology for the lack of blogs, where does time go ???? Must try harder ! So just a quick update - nice run yesterday, 7 miles, not the fastest pace but a solid builing block on which to improve ! How you are all doing better and staying away ...

Wednesday run

Wednesday, decided not to increase the distance as have been doing this quite a lot, so did the same as Tuesday at a relaxed and comfortable pace but seemed to get home at least 5 mins earlier - Result ! or so I thought ! .. despite not conciously incre...

Cold AND Dark !

I know we are all in the same boat but it doesn't make it any better Finding time to update my blog is probably the hardest part actually, so a quick update whilst I am still on lunch  The training has been going pretty well, initially there were a few...

Little Acorns ...

Went for a 'little jog with the dog' on Saturday, just a nice an easy 15 mins to get back in the swing of things. His Canix kit arrived last week so I was keen to try it out. We went to the local fields, I harnessed him up and off we went ! Initially he...