The Great South Run and Beyond

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The Great South Run and Beyond

I have been running for a number of years now and this will be the third year in the Great South Run. I am hoping to start to increase the speed of my running as I get fitter and slimmer. My main aim with running is to enjoy it, day in day out and still be enjoying it in another 25 years time.

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A Small Success

A good week last week. Since September I have been trying to swim twice a week, run twice a week and cycle twice a week, well this is the first week I have managed it. All small distances but all six session completed. Mon and Wednesday  - 5K runs Fri...

Plodding on

I have not blogged for three weeks now, mainly because I have just been doing the same each week, two 5K runs, 2 swim session and trying to get out on my bike once a week. As my ankle has not been 100% since I sprained it in June and I decided last wee...

Keeping at it

Last weekend I ran at Park Run, a steady run chatting to friends. I did have to walk twice, but only very short amounts up a hill . This is the first time I have tried 5K since I injured my ankle and it felt fine afterwards. My daughter and I are still...

Mixing it up wth the kids

This week has been varied again. I went to running club on Monday with my daughter and we did some intervals between lampposts, then Tuesday I had a riding lesson, Wednesday was  a different running group with my son and we did intervals again. Then Thu...

A Varied Week

This week has been a pretty good week, with two, 3 mile runs, a short cycle and a swimming session. I have now moved to cleats on my road bike, which has required me to improve my concentration when cycling a lot. The combination of gears, braking, sign...

Keeping busy

I am slowly starting to build up my running, with 2 miles twice a week.  I am trying to cycle as well, but do find it hard to go out on the bike in not so nice weather and for that reason I am considering buying a mountain bike. I am thinking I mght fee...

A good weekend

I was supposed to be away in Wales climbing this weekend but that was cancelled due to weather ( rain). So in the sunny south of England my daughter and I enjoyed an early Saturday morning swim in the sea and then Sunday I went to swimming training foll...

Back to school

The kids are back at school today and it is very quiet here. Having run for 5 mins last week, I tried a run on Monday for 10 mins and it is too much I think, as I now have a sore achilles.  I will go back and start again more gently in a few days. On Su...

It has been a long time

Well I have not been on here for ages, in fact not since I sprained my ankle. I have not been running, but I have been swimming twice a week and I have also started cycling with friends on a Thursday evening. In fact today I have ordered some cleats and...

Some good, some bad

It has been an eventful couple of weeks. Two Sundays ago I did my first Open Water Tri, it was at the Cotswold Waterpark and was very enjoyable. The sun shone and the  lake looked lovely. The bike ride was almost flat and the run was around the lake. Me...

River Swim,

  I have not done a blog for a while now mainly because I have not been doing that much running. On Saturday I enter a local multi-sport event where I did the 5k run and then the 500m river swim. After having such beautiful weather recently Saturday t...

A bit of everything

Well the last 3 weeks have been quiet here. The only running I have done has been at the club on a Monday and I have been swimming each week as well as a couple of session in the lake. I have got out on my bike twice, but only for a short ride and my so...

Marathon Number 3 Done

What a sunny weekend, who would have thought a bank holiday would have weather like that. So how did my weekend go. Saturday we drove down to Sherborne to visit the castle and gardens. The traffic was a little heavy but we got there in the end. We had ...

I am ready

So here we are , now only a few days left until my marathon and of course the weather is heating up.  Looks like Sunday will be sunny, breeze and warm in Dorset. Am I ready, Yes I am, well almost. I still have my bag to pack and a couple of things to b...

Marathon Excitement

Wow I really enjoyed watching the London marathon on TV. It just brings back so many memories and great to see Mo there.  I will enjoy reading everyone’s accounts of their day on here. Even as an elite runner things Mo says just ring true to anyone who...

20 Done

A lovely sunny morning and a 20 mile run completed. It all went pretty well although a bit of a tight calf made the last 4 miles feel a little anxious. The marathon I have entered is described as undulating, previously I have avoided hills for my longer...

Getting there slowly

What a lot of rain. It is so wet here now. Two weeks ago  I tried to go out for a run, put my trainers on and as soon as I started to run I had a sharp pain my ankle. So stopped running. Later in the same evening I walked the dog and tried a few steps o...

Flexibility and ploughing on

What a change from last Monday, it is beautifully sunny here and warm today. Thank you for everyone’s advice last week  regarding the  missed long run. I decided to keep the weekly mileage quite high last week but by doing two medium runs rather than t...

What to do when things do not...

Normally on a Monday I can report my runs for the previous weekand  a long run on Sunday , well this week has not gone to plan. In the week I completed my 3 runs as planned and then Sunday was to be my long run of 18 miles. Saturday night there was slig...

A bit of an adventure

Last week started on Monday with a sort of treasure hunt run with the running club. You had to follow clues and then take a selfie when you found the place the clue led you to, there were 5 to 8 clues to follow.   I was in a team with a friend and her d...

Snow

Yipee we had some snow, the kids got 2 days off school and we made the most of it with some long walks and sledging whenever possible. Knowing the snow was coming I managed a 9k run on Wednesday and then no more until 10 miles yesterday with the dog in...

A Sunny 16 miles

Well who has snow, none here but it is cold and very sunny. Last week my long run was hard work, with a dodgy tummy at half way and ending with a very sore calf and walk back. However the calf has been fine ever since and this Sunday could not have been...

Sunny today

It is a beautiful sunny day here today and not that cold. I have already been out for a walk with the dog and it was lovely. I will go for a short run at lunchtime and will be swimming early tomorrow morning. I completed a 14 mile run last Sunday but w...