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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Mud and then more mud

It is beautifully sunny here today and I am planning a 5k run at lunchtime. Yesterday I ran 6k in the woods with the dog, wow it was muddy and we both required a shower when we got back, the dog in the garden with the hose I went for a little more luxur...

Wet and Windy

Recently ever run seems to have been wet and windy and even the dog is getting down about it. Yesterday was probably the worst and I had to slide the dog across the kitchen floor to get him out of the door for a run. So this week so far has been: Satur...

Enjoyable Sunday Run

Sunday I headed out for a 12 mile run and it went really well. Just me and radio two, I took it steady and just relaxed ad enjoyed the run. Today I am going to give running club a miss. The weather here is dreadful, wet and windy, I also think my legs n...

It has all got as bit busy

A busy start to January with a run at the club on Thursday evening, then swimming training on Friday morning followed by climbing in the evening. Park Run Saturday morning and then a 7 mile run in the woods with the dog on Sunday morning, dropped him ba...

Reviewing 2017

I love a new year, I like the excitement of a new diary , an empty calendar and all the promise and possibilities ahead. 2017 seems a long time ago now and I have moved on to new ideas and plans, but I must make myself stop and take stock of what was a...

Christmas is coming

Christmas is getting close now and I enjoyed a lovely run with the club on Monday evening looking at all the lights on the houses and then ending at the pub for a drink and mince pies.  Such a simple evening but great fun. It was a cold and clear night ...

A wet day today

It is a wet day here today  but  am looking forward to a run at lunchtime. I have been reading other people’s blogs but not necessarily commenting, sorry, it is great to see what people are up to and what plans they have. Before I start marathon traini...

Gentle variation

So this how last week looked. Monday – running club intervals Tuesday- Rest Wednesday -  running with the dog and turbo 10 mins Thursday – short run Friday – swimming session and indoor climbing Saturday –Short turbo session Sunday – short run N...

Cold Outside

It has been a quiet week with not much running going on. Monday I led the running group for the first time on a steady 5K, I think it went ok. Then the rest of the week was swimming, climbing and horse riding, it is nice to have a break from running for...

A hilly half

What lovely weather we have had the last couple of days. Yesterday I ran a trail half marathon, it is very hilly but with great views and one of my favourite races. The weather was very kind with some lovely sunshine. I love the atmosphere you get at th...

A change of scene

A completely different weekend this weekend as we went away to Somerset, somewhere I have never really visited. We walked around Cheddar Gorge enjoying the views and watching people rock climb, which did make me a little envious. ( I really need to impr...

Run Leader

I have now registered on a Run Leader Course with the running club after being asked to help run some sessions while the normal leader is off having a baby. The course is not until February  but I will get involved helping with warm up and cool downs be...

Run Leading and back to swimming

A good week this week. Sunday I went for a 10 mile run with the dog through the woods, it was felt great to be back on the longer runs. Monday I joined the running club for a gently interval session. I have been asked to lead some sessions on a Monday ...

It is time to run now

It has been quite a busy week. Sunday I did a Triathlon and it went really well. The swim felt pretty comfortable, the bike ride was easier than last year as they had made it shorter and the run was the same as always. Overall a good result with a sligh...

A winter Sunday

A good weekend, with a swim on Friday lunchtime, a 16 mile cycle on Saturday and then 10 k run with the dog on Sunday.  The run on Sunday was really enjoyable with Autumn certainly here. We ran half road and then back through the woods and down by the r...

Back to it

Everyone is now back at school and we back in  a more normal routine. I have been skipping my lunch break a lot recently and that was really when I ran, so my new school year resolution is to take at least a half hour break at lunchtime to get outside a...

Cotswolds Sportive

A very early start was required for my first Sportive. 4.30am alarm clock and then we got , me , kids dog and husband and of course bike,  in the car and off we went to the Cotswold. Arriving a little early we stopped in Chipping Norton for a coffee an...

The Aquathon

Well the Aquathlon went great. My first attempt at an Open Water swim in a competition. It was not really much of a completion as it was a Go Tri event so very friendly and relaxed. We all swam out to the start together. I started the swim at the back a...

Another Aquathon

Tonight is my first Aquathon in a lake. I did one last week in a pool, but this is the first time open water. Apparently the lake is pretty warm as the weather has been sunny here so I am not sure if it wetsuit or not. Part of the nerves is to do with w...

Something new

On Tuesday night I did my first Aquathon with Go Tri. It was very good fun, the event was very friendly with just a  small group of us. It was held at a local leisure centre and we had two lanes in the pool to use, followed by a run around some waste gr...

Run, cycle and swim

It has been a few weeks, but my excuse is I have been away on holiday . We had a lovely week in Mallorca with plenty of cycling, running and some sailing. Mallorca is really well set up for cycling and we tried on of the climbs up into the mountains, fi...