April 2016 recap

I’m always caught between my thesis, writing for pleasure, social media, and writing a blog entry.  Guess what comes last consistently?

So, April.  Let’s see.  I’ve been running 3 times a week and I’ve started going to Pilates again.  I even signed up for a reformer class and that has been going well.

Even more out of character, I joined a run club and I PRed my 5k.

I’m still not sure it’s right for me, to be honest.  I am, by far, the slowest.  I don’t like to be the worst or last at something; probably a character flaw.  I am glad that I tried, and even more that I waited until now to do so.  If I had tried a year and a half ago when I had originally considered it, I probably would have never run again.

This has nothing to do with the club or the people, as they have all been very nice and welcoming.  I just feel very insecure and uncomfortable when I’m so noticeably different.

I didn’t go last week because it was freezing and rain/snowing and I had just gotten my hair done (I know, vanity).  Hopefully this week will be more favourable as I really dislike running in the rain.  I have texture issues and wet socks really squick me out.  Maybe someday I’ll get past that.

I’ve signed up for the Women’s 10K in June and am ready for it!

In thesis news, it’s actually going well, a far cry from where I was a year ago!  My supervisors are pleased, I’m pleased.  I’m getting the support I need.  All I need to do is to stop procrastinating!

I’ve planned out my 41st birthday.  I wasn’t sure anything could top my 40th, but it looks like this birthday is going to be close.  #adorablehusbands #internetBFFs #London #theatre

And last, but most certainly not least, this happened.  It certainly was a great way to end April!

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Ahead for May?  Having the first full draft of my thesis completed (Eeeeek!), attending my first Barre class, and hopefully finding something fun or adventurous to do.


Glasgow Resolution Run 10K recap

I’m a bit sore today, but yesterday’s race went better than I had expected it to!  I PR’ed on both the 5 and 10K, so I’m pretty excited for myself, to be honest.  It was a nice day out, which was a bonus.  No rain and a high of 10C (50F) which was perfect.  The sun was even out right at the start, but it went back behind the clouds after a few minutes.


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I started off pretty quickly, which I always seem to do.  Anxiety and adrenaline, I suppose.  At one point I looked down at my watch and it had me at a 9’45” minute mile; unheard of for me.  Only recently have I started to flirt with mile times in the 11 minute zone, so I was confused/concerned and dialed it back down a notch.

Mile 1 time: 11’03”

I was surprised at the time, but went with it.  I was passing people which I never do, but it was crowded from where I was in the back middle, I would say.  I didn’t want to make it harder on myself and end up back with the walkers.  I felt pretty good; my knee didn’t hurt, so I just kept on.

Mile 2 time: 11’41”

What?  2 miles in a row in the 11 minute range was a first.  I tried to calm down and keep my breathing even.  I felt like it got chilly, and I wished I had remembered to use my inhaler before I left.  Oops.  When I saw the time on my watch and the 5k mile marker, I picked up the pace and landed the 5k in the 36 minutes and change range.  My best 5k was somewhere around 42 minutes the last I checked so I was very excited and pleased.  sub 35 here I come!

Mile 3 time: 12’29”

This was the first lap, and this was where I started to get a bit tired.  I was glad of the water station; I grabbed 2 cups and walked quickly through and started back up.  Of course this was when my knee started aching, and I was mildly annoyed by it.  But I kept on.  I thought about how it was nice out and hummed along to my playlist.  This was when I took my first walking break of about 15 seconds.

Mile 4 time: 12’53”

This was where I slowed down.  I had to stop for almost a minute trying to fix my knee brace; it just made me more irritated.  So I pulled it off and kept on.  I ended up walking for 10-20 seconds a few times, but tried to keep my pace up as much as I could, but I knew my knee was holding me back.  My own fault.  I NEED to remember to stretch more frequently and consistently!

Mile 5 time: 13’30”

I knew this was the last mile and that all I had to do was get through it.  I felt like I had run more, and by my watch I was at like 5 miles 30, so I knew it was getting close to the end.  I was excited because I knew how what my old PR was and I knew I was going to beat it (1:28), but by how much was the question.

Once I got up to the last stretch, I gave it everything I had left and just ran as fast as I could.  I was excited and pleased.  For some reason my dream time was 1:18 (not sure why that time was in my mind) but I was so excited when I crossed and that was the time.  So happy new PR for me!  And by 10 minutes!  🙂  (Although technically it would be even greater than that, as my watch showed me having run 6.33 miles.)

Mile 6 time: 12’38”

last bit and change 11’54”

Time on my watch at finish (and on crossing) 1:18:20

After, I collected my goodie bag, downed my water, and went to meet Steph at St. Enoch.  We went for coffee and then headed back home after a stop at Lush for a bath bomb.

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I’m not terribly sore today, although I did pull a muscle in my left glute, but it’s feeling much better today after 2 hot baths, stretching, hot water bottles and plenty of Tiger Balm and a good night’s sleep.  I have a sports massage scheduled for Thursday and I can’t wait.

Tomorrow I plan to go out for a few miles and see how I feel.  Gorgeous weather here right now, so how can I not?

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Total run mileage and steps from yesterday:

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Now I need to decide what I’m going to do next and also make sure I start stretching and foam rolling after every run!

10k training in review

Having so many commitments right now (i.e my thesis) I haven’t had a lot of time to devote to blogging.  I might fling a status on Facebook every now and again and post some photos on Instagram, and I’m certainly still finding plenty of time to whinge on Twitter and participate in Gatiss Wednesday on Tumblr.  But sadly, my blog has taken a back seat.  I’ve a bit of downtime right now, and I thought I’d write up some thoughts about my 10k training, as today was my last training run.

This time around, I was consistent in my training; I didn’t miss any runs.  However, as the runs got a bit longer during the week, I did cut down the length on a few of the Thursday runs, running 4 instead of 5 miles, and I’m fairly sure I didn’t hit the full 7 on Sunday.  Given that I trained for a half-marathon last autumn, I feel pretty confident in any runs up to about 10 miles right now.  I’ve done it before, I know I can do it again.

So, let’s look at some numbers.

I started off with about a 13’49” average pace give or take on 12 January.  (Yes, I’m slow.  A 10 minute mile is me literally sprinting.  Maybe I’ll get faster.  Maybe I won’t.  I can’t make my legs any longer than they are!)  Tuesday, I ran 2.4 miles at a 12’23” average pace.  My outdoor runs are averaging anywhere from 12-13 minute miles, with a few 11 minute miles (!!) (and change) thrown in there for good measure.  Sunday’s long run was at a 13 minute mile average, and that was meant for me to have slowed down!  It’s certainly gotten a lot easier.

I definitely think that consistent training 3 times a week and losing weight has helped a lot.  Probably, the weight more than anything, to be honest.  It’s the best thing I’ve done for my running and for myself.  (Remember, calories in, calories out is what works.  You don’t need fad diets or wraps.  Find your TDEE and eat 500 calories less than that and you will lose weight!  I pretty much eat anything I can get my hands on, as long as I keep under my TDEE.  Some days aren’t perfect because I’m not perfect!  As long as the majority of my days I’m eating under my TDEE, I see results on the scale!)

My 10K PR is 1:37 and I’m very confident that I will be beating that on Sunday.  Considering I ran further than that on Sunday and in less time, it should be a given.  So I am very hopeful to have a new, shiny PR on Sunday.  🙂

The one thing I haven’t been consistent in is stretching or strength training.  I am constantly “forgetting” to stretch after running and I’ve lifted weights a total of once (Monday) this entire year.  So, after this race, I hope to be more consistent in both areas and also want to try to get back to Pilates as well.

So, good luck to me on Sunday!  🙂

2 years

I can’t believe it has been 2 years.  Just as there are still days I pick up my phone to call mom, there just as many as I sit down to write you an email, dad.

If I could e-mail you, one of the first things I’d tell you is about my Paul.   You’d probably reply with a tasteless joke; the same joke you’ve made for years.  Only now it’s true.  I’d still laugh, because it was an old, long running joke between us for decades.

If I could e-mail you, I’d tell you about how I’m behind in my work.  Or maybe I wouldn’t.  If you were still here, maybe I’d have gotten my act together quicker.  We’ll never know.

If I could e-mail you, I’d want to know how you felt about the Patriots this season.  I wish they won for you again.

If I could e-mail you, I’d want to know what you think of the X-Files.  I know you would have loved that it was back.  Episode 4 was hard to watch.  If you were here, it wouldn’t have been.

If I could e-mail you, we’d probably talk about how Twin Peaks is coming back too.  You’d have gotten down the Twin Peaks mug and the Laura Palmer diary (wrapped in plastic!) and had a good cup of coffee.

If I could e-mail you, I would tell you that I love you.

For now, I will sit down and watch some Blake’s 7 and think of you.

Whole 30 (round 2): The first 2 weeks

It’s been 2 weeks since I started my second Whole 30.  The Whole 30 police haven’t shown up to chastise me for calorie counting, weighing my food and body, or anything else that I’ve done to deviate from the plan fully.  For me, it’s not about the plan per se, but about resetting my body, cravings and so on and so forth.  I could just call it clean eating, but Whole 30 does pretty much give a better idea/picture.

I do have to say when I’ve explained this to people as of late, I’ve been getting a lot of odd looks.  Granted, I know it’s not an easy thing to undertake.  Of course that didn’t keep me from feeling smug on 1 January when I felt pretty awesome and most people were struggling with hangovers.  I didn’t drink or do anything on NYE b/c I’m a very pathetic and lame person with hardly any friends, so . . . but that’s another story for another day.

The food hasn’t been an issue.  In fact, I’ve been able to go for longer with less food than I had pervious.  Perhaps the additional fat intake is keeping me full.  Perhaps I’ve finally come to a realisation in terms of satiety.  I don’t know.

Meals have typically been the following:  Breakfast:  bacon, eggs, tomato and peppers.  Lunch: salad with tuna or chicken if I’m hungry, coffee or tea if I’m not.  Dinner: chicken and veggies, chicken and salad, chicken, veggies and potatoes or some combination wherein.  (I don’t eat red meat or pork other than bacon, so I basically eat chicken and turkey.)  If I’ve needed a snack (like on a higher cardio day) I’ll eat some almonds or cherries.   Given that my breakfast time is eaten at lunch time for most people, it’s no wonder I’ve not needed an actual lunch.  I also must thank Stephanie for once again being my chef, since my ability to cook eggs is still appalling.  I can at least manage chicken in the oven and the salads.



I’ve not really had any cravings (except for cheese, as our fridge is filled with it).  I’ve not had any dreams about bread this time around, which is good.

Physically I feel fine.  Sadly, my headaches have not improved, but the achiness that had plagued my hamstring since the half-marathon has receded.  I’m still just as tired, and if anything, my sleep has declined, especially this week.

I’m hopeful that the next 2 weeks pass just as easily and quickly.  I’m looking forward to sweet potato soup tomorrow.  🙂

2015 in review

This year has been filled with the lowest of lows, and highest of highs; a mixed bag if you will.  It was a horrible year for blogging, and I am hoping I can be more consistent in 2016.


January 2015

January started off horrible.  I was ill, I had no money, I felt hopeless.  Nothing was going right and my future here was in jeopardy.  I was injured and I couldn’t run to alleviate the stress.  Finally, everything got resolved (at least financially) and that made a huge difference.

February 2015

In February I did my first Whole 30.  That is pretty much all I can say about February.

This picture pretty much sums up the first 2 months of 2015.


March 2015

March can be summed up by this picture.


I saw Ian Hallard in Lovesong of the Electric Bear (twice!).  This play literally saved my life in so many ways.


April 2015

Despite the brief reprieve of March, I struggled through the rest of the spring.  I struggled academically and emotionally.  I cried a lot.  I ran a lot too, but finally, I was very, very lucky and once again I managed to survive.

May 2015

In May I was lucky enough to have got into the ballot to see the Vote!  Which meant this happened!

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June 2015

In June, we celebrated a year of having Bailey!

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July 2015

In July, Steph and I went to London.  We visited the Doctor Who store, I saw Robert Sean Leonard in To Kill a Mockingbird, and I took a walk past the Diogenes.


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August 2015

The beginning of August was pretty awesome; guess where I was?

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The rest of the month was spent working on three chapters that needed to be completed by September.

September 2015

In September I got the all clear to continue on working on my thesis.  It was such a relief to not have to worry about my status here anymore.

I also went to see the premiere of Doctor Who Season 9!


October 2015

October was a huge month.  Not only did I run a half-marathon, but I went to London (again!) and had Mark Gatiss wish me a happy 40th birthday.  Pretty much perfection right there.  Definitely the moment of the year!

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Me and Steph moments after the birthday wishes!

Me and Steph moments after the birthday wishes!

Hamlet wasn’t half bad either!

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November 2015

The majority of November was spent working on my thesis and struggling mentally.  I took an overnight trip to see Lovesong of the Electric Bear in its West End debut, but the remainder of the month was spent close to home.

December 2015

I’ve really struggled this month both mentally and pain wise with NDPH.  It’s been really, really hard.  Steph and I went to London; it was for her birthday as she wanted to do the Harry Potter studio tour all done up for Christmas.  It was gorgeous!

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Overall, it was a pretty good year (at times).  I didn’t really get into a lot of the things that went on this year, and this isn’t the place for it.  Perhaps, soon, I will discuss it publicly.  A lot of it was mental for me.  Some of it was physical.  I lost some friends and made some new.  Things weren’t easy with academics and I have a lot of work to do over the next few months.  Hopefully I will come out of this with my PhD!  🙂

So many things are ahead in 2016.  Finishing up this thesis, finding a job, and figuring out the rest of my life.  Pretty scary stuff!  Hopefully, I’m ready for it.



#40thbirthdaytheatrepalooza part 2- Hamlet

After we pet the kitties, we walked to the St. Paul’s area for lunch at Hush Brasserie.  I had a wine spritzer and a chicken Caesar salad, and Steph and I shared truffle fries with parmesan.

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Afterwards, I took a few pictures before we headed back to the hotel so I could get ready for Hamlet.

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Once I got to the Barbican, I got myself a water, a snack, and a program and sat down to people watch.  I missed breaking my drink tradition before the play but I was still worried with the random allergic reactions and the fact that I knew there was a long way to go before the interval, and booze wouldn’t help that.  I made sure to take a dorky pre-theatre selfie.

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Once we were allowed in the theatre, I went in and sat down.  I had been third row for Much Ado About Nothing, and maybe 8th row for To Kill A Mockingbird.  However, tonight, second row here felt, very, very close.  This was really emphasised once the screen went up and I could see the stage.  I was astonished.  It was the most elaborate stage I have ever seen.  I had a hard time taking it all in *and* watching Benedict, so I had to stop watching him and take a moment to take in everything I could.  Unfortunately from my seat, I couldn’t see the entire stage, especially the centre and where it went all the way back.  Luckily, this didn’t take away from the absolute brilliance of the performance.  I was completely transfixed and couldn’t believe how much time had passed once it was time for the interval.  I really hope that I get to see it in the encore performance in the cinema so I can get a different perspective.

After, I did go out for stage door, but I didn’t have any expectations (especially considering when I got there before the performance, people were already queuing up).  I did see Benedict as he signed for people across from us, but I was more shocked at some of the behaviours of the fans, to be honest.  I’m not going to talk about that here, but let’s just say I was not impressed by how some people were acting.

By that point, Steph had come to meet me and we walked back to the hotel.  She had gone to Whole Foods and got me sandwich fixings, which I hungrily ate as I checked my messages.  She got me this as part of my birthday present (so I had something to open).

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Friday was our last day in London.  I didn’t have any specific desires or plans, so we left our bags at the hotel and just walked around the Southbank area after getting another coffee at the Coffeeworks project.

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For lunch we went to Wahaca for fish tacos.  I had been craving them for days and I could have eaten twice the amount I had!

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After, we walked around a bit, poked a bit into Borough Market and then headed to Hummingbird Bakery for a birthday cupcake.

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My cupcake was delicious!  I wish I had taken a second one to bring home!

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After we went to pick up our bags before heading to Euston and the train home.

So, that’s it.  I wish the trip could have been a bit longer, so I could have done some things/seen some sights I have yet to see, but hopefully there will be time for that in the future.  I was so glad to have been able to spend my birthday this way.

#40thbirthdaytheatrepalooza: Or My 40th birthday in London (part 1)


No much to say about the train ride down.  It was a train.  I listened to Blake’s 7 Audiobooks and tried to doze.

We arrived in London mid afternoon on Tuesday.  We checked in and I unpacked, so my clothes wouldn’t be wrinkled.  And because we are grown adult women:

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I was still pretty sore from the half-marathon, so I knew I didn’t want to go galavanting about the city (until the following day).  We had an idea where we wanted to go to dinner, so we headed back out only to find the restaurant in question had a queue a mile long.  So we backtracked a bit and ended up at Brewhouse & Kitchen in Islington.  (If you know me, you know I was giggling.  I honestly, and I do mean this, had no idea that the hotel I booked was so close to Islington.  I really, truly didn’t.  I wanted to stay close to the Barbican, and that was really all I was thinking at the time I made the booking.  Nothing else.  I swear on Bailey’s life.)

It had all the main things we needed; a chicken sandwich for me and beer for Steph.  I had the fried chicken sandwich, chips, and a huge salad.

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After we ate, we did a bit of shopping/browsing and then headed back to the hotel.  The hotel had a pool/hot tub and we wanted the chance to relax.  I was still exhausted from the half and getting up early, so I was glad to spend the rest of the night soaking and relaxing.


Wednesday, we started the day with coffee at the Coffeeworks Project.  I had a latte and Steph had a flat white and a sandwich.  I couldn’t make a decision and ended up going to Tortilla after for chicken tacos.

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Steph’s flat white

Afterwards, we headed to the Royal Exchange, where I went to Tiffany & Co to buy my 40th birthday present.   You’ll see it in my selfies from the next 2 days.  Then we headed into Soho/Covent Garden and wandered a bit.  Steph bought some tea and then we went to Amorino for gelato.  Mmmmm gelato.

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We stopped for a drink at the Department of Coffee and Social Affairs.  I wasn’t in a coffee mood, so I had a ginger beer.

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It was then time for my blowout.  In an attempt (that failed) to have something go right for something, I thought it would be nice to have my hair done.  It looked great immediately after the blowout, but wind and moving about flattened it by the time I needed it to look good.  Oh well, lesson learned.  It was nice to get pampered anyways.

From there, we went to dinner.  We went to Homeslice for some pizza.   And then it was time to head over to Southbank, but there was enough time for some selfies first.

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We headed over to the National Theatre and I got myself a gin and tonic, per usual.  And then things got a bit weird.

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For the duration of this trip, I kept having allergic reactions.  I have NO idea what caused them; I didn’t eat anything I hadn’t eaten before.  So of course, right before it was time to be seated I was as red as a lobster.  My face was numb and my neck was swollen.  I was completely panicking.  I did ask for assistance, which I normally wouldn’t have done but I didn’t have any antihistamines on me.  Of course, they didn’t either, but I was more worried about missing the play (of course I was).

Three Days in The Country was absolutely fantastic.  Granted, it’s the second time I’ve seen it, but it was just as hilarious as the first time.  Actually no.  It was even funnier the second time.  Mark Gatiss absolutely killed the proposal scene again, crawling about the stage like a crab as he tried to unsuccessfully get to his feet; at one point he looked how I am certain I had looked the week before in Pilates class.  And once again, John Simm played the unrequited lover with the utmost brilliance.

And I bet you can all guess what happened next?  🙂

I’m really, really very lucky.  There was a lot of waiting as Mark didn’t come out for almost an hour.  When he saw us all waiting, he did a doubletake and then pretended to go back inside, but he came out and was once again so generous with his time.  I was third to speak to him and Steph piped up, telling him it was my birthday.  He wished me a happy birthday and then asked me how old I was.  He must have thought that was the wrong thing to ask, because he was like you don’t have to say, and then asked me to whisper it in his ear.  (OMG!)  He had to bend down so I could (Of course; if there is a next time, I need to wear heels!)  I told him and we had a giggle, and he signed my copy of the Vesuvius Club and took a picture with me.  He wished me a happy birthday again, and I thanked him again, and Steph and I headed off/got out of the way, so that the others who were waiting could have their turns.

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Of course I was totally giddy afterwards as we headed back to get the Tube to the hotel.  We stopped to take a selfie and some other pictures.

My Gwen Cooper tooth gap is getting pretty serious here.

My Gwen Cooper tooth gap is getting pretty serious here.

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I was still pretty giddy when I got up, and excited for Hamlet.  We went to Friends of Ours for breakfast.  I had scrambled eggs, toast, and a cold brew coffee with cream.

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We wandered around a bit before our next appointment, which was an hour to spend at London Cat Village, petting cats!  It was a fun hour and a completely different way to spend part of my birthday.  I think many of them were tired when we got there, and they didn’t all want to play, especially this one, who slept nearly the entire time!

Sleepy kitty

Sleepy kitty

A very soft cat

A very soft cat

So cute!

So cute!

I was going to try to cram the rest of the trip into this post, but it’s gotten pretty long.  Part 2 will feature Hamlet and fish tacos.

Great Scottish Run Half-Marathon recap

Last Sunday I ran my first half-marathon.  It was the hardest physical thing I have done thus far in my life.

The week prior to the half, I was fighting a cold and an achy knee.  I was pretty sore from the previous Sunday’s 10 miler, so I took Tuesday off.  Wednesday, I went to Pilates, which while relaxing, made my knee ache even worse.  Thursday, I ran a quick mile, but I didn’t want to push it with my knee.  I spent the rest of the week stretching, icing and applying heat, resting, and eating all the carbs.

Sunday, I woke relatively well rested.  I was still hesitant about running, but I had more than 12 weeks of training under my belt, and I knew I would regret it if I didn’t go out and do it.  So I got up and got dressed.  I ate a bagel and drank some orange juice and headed into George Square.  I stopped and grabbed a flat white; I knew I needed the caffeine.

When I got into George Square itself, the elite men were warming up and people were walking around, getting water and stretching.  As I went off to find some safety pins, they announced people should get to their wave areas, so I headed over to the pink wave where I proceeded to stand in the queue for the porta-loos for 40 minutes or so.  I listened to the chatter around me and was amused by this:

When it was finally time to start, I was nervous and excited, and as usual I started off way to fast up the hill.  I noticed my pace and breathing were too much at this juncture, so I backed off on my pace.  I kept up my previous plan of fuelling with a clif shot block every mile and drinking water when I needed.  I know that this might seem a bit much to some people with the shot blocks, but I know that from previous experience without proper fuel, I get pretty lightheaded and woozy easily.  So it worked for me in my longer runs, so I kept to it for the half.

As the miles passed, I knew that I wasn’t going to make my A time, but I felt pretty good about hitting my B target.  I also wished that I had done some more hill runs instead of focusing on time/distance.  Something to remember if I plan to do this run again; the hills.  Something I also noticed?  How much running on the motorway/roads hurts.  I’m used to running the Clyde River path, or through Kelvingrove Park, where the paths are smooth.  The roads themselves had a different texture and my toes ached from it.

Once I got to the 10k point in Bellahouston Park, I was tired, but ok.  I was glad for the Lucozade station as well!  The sugar boost helped me along the next few miles, and I was able to keep a steadyish pace, despite my wonky knee.  Yes, my knee pretty much hated me by mile 5, but I kept on.

I was so overwhelmed with all of the cheering and encouragement by those spectating and those who were cheering for charities.  I now knew why our names were printed on our bibs; it was so overwhelming to have people call out my name and wish me luck.  I was moved to tears more than once by the kind words of people.

Once I hit Pollock Park, I knew that I was more than halfway done, and despite my knee, I was still overall feeling ok.  I continued my fuelling strategy and walked to stretch out my knee when I needed to; making sure to not keep the walking breaks more than 2 minutes.

Now back in the Southside, I was starting to recognise my surroundings and once I saw the Finneston Crane, I knew I was close.  I was also approaching the area where I did my training runs and felt confident about finishing strong.  I had a second Lucozade and the additional sugar gave me a boost.  Once I could see Glasgow Green ahead, I picked up my speed as much as I could, and when I could finally see the timer, I saw I was very close to my B time.  I somehow managed to come up with a spurt of energy and ran as fast as I could across that finish line!

I was very emotional when I finally crossed.  I hugged a woman who I had befriended on the way, who had also crossed right behind me.  We were both soon to turn 40 and it was really great to have someone else there who was experiencing the same thing I was.

I got my “goodie” bag and walked around a few minutes trying to organise my thoughts.  And take a selfie.

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I made it home and collapsed into the bath.

My legs were pretty sore until Tuesday night.  I’m not sure walking around London is the best post half recovery, but it worked for me.



Half-marathon training week 9 and some news

I’ll start with the news.  I had my second annual review to discuss the progress I needed to make this summer.  I am pleased to say that I met the goals that I worked very hard to attain this summer and I am able to continue on.  This means I can finally look past my birthday in terms of things that I want to do, places I want to go, concerts I want to see, etc.  I have a lot of work to do, but I hope that I can meet the goals that I have and earn this PhD.


As far as half-marathon training, this was week 9.  I hadn’t written about the training before now, because honestly, I didn’t think I would get this far.  In fact, I haven’t even registered for the run.  I’m still that hesitant.

This week’s training was fine.  I had to cut a mile off my Tuesday run, because of my deadline, but the other two runs were fine.  I even was able to make it to Pilates on Wednesday, which was much needed.

Most of my issues are mental at this point.  It’s so hard to look at my times and see how far behind I am other runners my age.  I’m literally taking twice as long to complete runs as most other people and it’s so hard.  I know I’ve done this to myself, and I know it won’t change overnight, but I am very disappointed in myself, that I couldn’t follow through with the goals I set for myself that I hoped to achieve by my 40th birthday.  I’ll still be about 40 pounds more than I wanted for that, and it’s very discouraging.  No wonder I’m so slow!

It honestly makes me wonder if I should even bother doing the run.  I’m going to take a ridiculously long time and it’s going to be hard.  I keep saying after every long run, if it goes ok that I’ll register.  And I still haven’t the courage.  Next Sunday’s run is 9 miles, my longest run ever and it’s a bit daunting to be honest.

Hopefully by then I will have made a decision.


Here’s a picture of Bailey from earlier today.