You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can't know what's coming!

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Liz Laird

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In the words of Jesse Owens:

"I always loved running...it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power.  You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs."

Remember; “Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.”

 

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Out of practice, a schoolgirl...

One thing has been consistent and that is my training has been anything but consistent!  What with the dreaded lurgy (an unspecified or indeterminate illness) and my bike crash (a violent collision, typically of a person and the pavement) training has h...

I think I might need stabilis...

Since Rok the Stones let’s say training has been interesting!  I diversify slightly here but there is a point!  As you may be aware David is a keen cyclist, both road and mountain biking, so in a bid to share each other’s interests I have so far had a g...

Well someone has to be…….

I hadn’t intended to leave it so long between Blogs, my intention was to Blog about how well my training was going and all the positivity that goes with that!  We all know that at times we have to adapt our training plans because ‘life’ gets in the way,...

10 days into 2016 and already...

Well since my last Blog of 2015 we’ve had Christmas, been spoilt with presents, overindulged on food and drink, seen in a New Year; doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun!  This year was my first Christmas at home for about 10 years which was great fun...

Time to take stock of 2015….....

I knew I’d done a fair bit this year but the reality of the number of races I have stood on the start line of, and fortunately finished all of, didn’t register until I went through my diary and wrote them all down.  No wonder my legs are aching as the g...

A wet, muddy & blustery 2015 ...

I might be slightly broken, a tad weary, a touch muscle fatigued and to some extent somewhat mad but I did have one more race left in me for 2015!  I use the term ‘race’ loosely as when I stood on the start line last Sunday ‘racing’ was certainly the la...

Hypochondriac runner will mak...

I have just been told in the office that I’m not really selling this running lark and really I do have to agree that I’m not the best advert as I hobble around the office!  Today I seem to have seized up so I’m okay once I get going it’s just the gettin...

Why make your last marathon o...

One day I might learn to make life easy for myself!  I mean 9 marathons in one year would be enough for most sane people, but then I guess you have to have be missing a few marbles to run 9 marathons in one year!  However in my mind 9 is not really a ‘n...

The Realbuzzers Conquer Snowd...

I have really been struggling to work out how to put last weekend into words.  Such a mixture of emotions, lots of aches, an abundance of highs and some lows to contend with it’s very hard to know where to start, however the one thing that is crystal cl...

Finding your running mojo aga...

Firstly sorry for my lack of Blogging, it’s only been 12 weeks since my last confession!  After Race to the Stones I vowed that my next race would not be until October, and I was true to my word, with the exception of a 2.5km race at Carfest which I did...
I don’t know really where to start, for once in a way I am lost for words.  Is the start last Saturday morning at 8.00am, or in November when I signed up for Race to the Stones non-stop or is the start 2 years ago when the word ‘Ultra’ was mentioned to ...

You’re still my favourite; Gi...

Firstly apologies for my absenteeism from Realbuzz!  Basically we went on holiday for 11 days, sat in our little Turkish world of doing nothing and then tried avoiding returning to the real world!  However I’ve now emerged from my little cocoon in the o...

We came, we saw, we conquered...

8hrs 11mins of running gave me a lot of time to think about how to write this Blog, in fact it gave me a lot of time to ponder about a lot of things!  Two days on, and slightly more coherent and lucid, many of these thoughts make no sense at all now!  I...

Deer, Parakeets and a Marathon!

Another Sunday and marathon number 6 for 2015!  A London marathon but not THE London marathon, in fact an entirely different marathon in comparison as this one was in Richmond Park, there were only 341 runners, the terrain was a mix of tarmac, trail and...

The alternative training plan...

After the Neolithic Marathon I can’t really say I followed the normal approach to post marathon recovery!  However I am sure that you’re probably not too shocked by this! The old adage that you never forget how to ride a bike is very true, even when lik...

From Avebury to....well not S...

Well 3 weeks on from Brighton and it was time to do another race, not that it’s all been Sunday morning lie-ins and feet up on the couch!  We were spectating at the London Marathon, which for anyone who has partaken in this part of the marathon experien...

Brighton; a tale of smiles, l...

It has taken me a few days to reflect on the weekend; was I happy, disappointed or just plain relieved to have finished.  On reflection I am everything but disappointed; how can I be disappointed as at the end of the day I ran a marathon which is always...

Aquathlon! Way out of my com...

The week post Ultra has been interesting shall we say!  On the plus side lots of food and wine consumption but on the less than fun side aching legs, throbbing feet, restless legs and stairs being the ultimate challenge!  Sometimes I just felt like a Da...

In our element….well we were ...

Well there was one way I could take the pressure off of trying to run a PB or GFA at Brighton Marathon, run a 40 mile Ultra race 2 weeks beforehand!   As we stood on the start line in driving rain and 35mph winds I blamed Sarah for telling me how stunni...

In Our Element at The Larmer ...

The first few days last week following our epic 1,836ft of ascent and descent at Leith Hill were quite hard going, even after my eye watering sports massage on Monday!  Of course the Tuesday night effort session had to be 600mtr and 1200mtr reps as well...

The only way was up, and up, ...

So last week was a bit of a pullback week in terms of mileage after 2 massive weeks and I was certainly looking forward to it!  So Monday through to Thursday was much the same as usual, I won’t go into detail, but it included; swimming, efforts, recover...

20 Miles of Beige!

Another week and another heavy training week, usual you may say for me but what did differ last week was that I actually had no race on Sunday!  Yep Sunday came and for the first time since 17 January there was no ridiculous early alarm call to eat porr...

A world record for hailstones...

Last week was certainly yet another busy week but it did start off with a rest day and book club, yep something that doesn’t involve Lycra and activity!  A lovely leisurely evening spent in the pub snug, sitting around the woodburner discussing last mon...

The 4 S's; Swimming, Spinning...

Sorry but this week’s Blog seems to have limited anecdotes or incident plus no mud or photos!  A rare normal training week has occurred, well as close to normalcy as I can get! Monday and the plan was to start swimming again.  I had abandoned all swimmi...