It’s been pretty busy around here lately and I haven’t had time time (or energy tbh) to blog.  Last week was hectic as I had a job interview that prompted a schedule change and some other things going on as well, such as getting another job interview on the docket for later this week.

Needless to say, it’s been a bit stressful and running has helped deal with some of it, at the very least.

So week 13-

Run 1: 3 miles

Normally, I run 4.5 on Monday, but lack of sleep and anxiety from the job interview had me push out a quick 3 miles when I got home.

 

Run 2: 4 miles

Another night with poor sleep left me with low energy for this run.  That and my legs were aching from Pilates the evening before.

 

Run 3: 5 miles (making up the missing half from the day before)

Mostly, I was thinking about the massage I had booked for later that day!

 

Run 4: 10 miles (the long run of the week)- and the last double digit run until my birthday!

I could say a lot about this run.  How I didn’t feel awake enough for it or a variety of other excuses, but the issue is, for me, is that when things get tough, I stop.  I slow down to a slow walk and contemplate my existence.  It’s tough.  I get so worried about pushing myself that I end up doing the complete opposite.  Running is a very mental thing for me, and it gets frustrating to no end to see people who have run for a fraction of the time I have having amazing times and I’m lucky I can keep above a 13 minute mile on a long run.  It really gets me down.  It’s not a reflection on them, it’s on me.  I am just beyond irritated with myself at this point and I know I need to figure some things out, or accept I will never have the success I want.

And last but not least, my fundraiser is active!

The fundraiser benefits Switchboard, and last year we were able to raise over £3000 for them!  All the details can be found on the tumblr page.

Welcome to week 12!  I’m tired!  😂 After running 12 miles on Saturday, all I have done is eat and try to sleep. Ok, that’s not exactly true, but as a quick summary it works.  I’ve decided to try and blog about the first two runs while they are still fresh in my mind, as last week I really didn’t do them justice.

Run 1: 3 miles on the treadmill

Monday’s run is usually 4.5 miles, but as it was raining quite heavily out, I went to the gym.  They were still doing renovations and painting, and it smelled like paint, so I cut the run short at 3 miles.  It was also quite awkward to be the only one on the open treadmills and to have the gym people cleaning and moving things about and I really felt in the way.  The run was ok, but I know the pace suffered with the smell of paint and all.

Run 2: 4.5 miles

Wednesday runs are always tough.  I take 2 hours of Pilates on Tuesday evenings, so Wednesday morning I’m usually a bit sore based on what we did in class.  There was a lot of hip and glute work last night and I was definitely feeling it this afternoon.  I ran a bit later as I had an appointment earlier in the morning and it was ok.  Not stellar or impressive by any means.

Now that it’s cooler here in Scotland, I need to remember to use my inhaler before my runs which I did today.  I did feel like breathing was a bit better, but it was then sucked away as I ran back directly into a chilly headwind.  😬 I’m also definitely feeling every extra pound I meant to shed by now.  I’ve gotten really, really good at maintaining, but I still have a ways to go, and I know that my running will improve once I do so.  I will probably continue to maintain now that I’m getting close to the end of the training, and after the half, get a more balanced approach between running, lifting, and cutting weight (just in time for the holiday season!- oh wait, that never applies to me unless you count Gingerbread lattes.) 😂

 

Tomorrow I will be running Monday’s speed work session, most likely on the treadmill as it’s supposed to rain all day here.  Hopefully I will be less sore tomorrow!

This week was a quiet and uneventful week for me.  I got all my training runs in and spent a fair amount of time worrying about every niggle I felt throughout the week.  At this point in training I’m bound to have some, I know.  I have stepped up the Epsom salt baths, stretching and foam rolling.

Run 1: 4.5 miles tempo run on the treadmill.

I felt this run went well, and I was happy with it.

 

Run 2: 4.5 miles

Not much to say about this, other than I could have kept a more steady pace.

Run 3: 3 miles

Bleh, too slow.


 

Run 4: 12 miles

12 miles is long.  It’s long enough that I actually ended up in Rutherglen!  That was a bit of a surprise! I was still terribly slow and that is something I definitely need to work on the rest of this month, but I am hopeful that the adrenaline and excitement of the race will help me pick up the pace.  I’d like to have a significant PR this time around.

But 12 miles is long and I think I definitely need to work on pre-long run fuelling as I felt that I could have had more energy overall.

I didn’t have much to say this week, so I didn’t blog about each individual run.  I missed my first training run on Monday as I hadn’t gotten much sleep and then I had my hair and makeup done for graduation pictures and it seemed a waste to take it all off to go for a run.  This bothered me more than I expected it to, and I was pretty annoyed with myself for not just getting up and going out on the run to start with.

Wednesday was a 4.5 mile run which was fine as was Thursday’s 3 miler.

Today was a very slow, very humid 10 miles that was fraught with technological issues.  My Fitbit kept either pausing itself or wasn’t un-pausing after I had stopped at traffic lights. And then Runkeeper paused and wouldn’t un-pause.  🙄  I have no idea what was going on, but finally I was done and back home.

I’ve certainly had better runs, but given that it was over 80% humidity while I was out there, I was ok with how it went apart from how slow I was.  I just couldn’t maintain a steady pace and I’m not sure if it was the humidity or I was just tired.  Hopefully, next week will be better for all of my runs!

 

 

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As part of running the Royal Parks Half Marathon, once again I will be fundraising for Switchboard LGBT.  To donate, please visit my fundraising page!  (Hopefully I can fix the pictures this week!)

Oh my Rassilon am I tired!  I am a bit behind in blogging this week because I’ve just been so damned tired.  There was a third run this week and it was uneventful and I just wasn’t in the mood to write about a very predictable 3 mile run.

Yesterday’s 4th run of the week was also a race and a deviation from my schedule.  To be honest, I probably needed the break from the extra mileage (although at the end of the day I had racked up over 14 miles so it really wasn’t restful!) 😂

Ok the race recap.  OUTRun is in its third year here in Glasgow and this is my second year running it.  It’s a 5 mile race and is part of Glasgow Pride weekend here in Glasgow. 🌈

I was a bit anxious all week watching the forecast as it looked as if it were to be sunny at first and then really, really rainy!  I was really lucky and it didn’t rain until I was on my way home.  I got up yesterday morning, ate a donut and had some coffee.  I got ready and headed out to Kelvingrove Park.

After I arrived and picked up my bib, I stood around and waited for the warmups. This was the point that I could have used a friend to talk to. I also had to figure out what I was going to do with my jacket. It wasn’t raining and I knew I’d not want to have it around my waist especially if it did rain. It folds up into a pouch, so I folded it up and then stuck it under a large shrubbery and made note where I put it. It’s pretty old and it would be no big loss if it had walked away. (It was still there when I was done!)

I was anxious about the weather as it looked like it was going to rain at this point, but it remained just cloudy as we went off to the start line. Finally we began and I know I must have started off fast as the first km came in at 6 minutes and something. (Runkeeper tells me my time in km and my watch in miles so I have both.)  The first mile was fine, no real hills, just a slight one toward the end.

The second mile started off fine, but by close to halfway there was a diversion off the regular path b/c of the rain that had fallen previous. So we are running on gravel rocks which is probably on of the more uncomfortable things I’ve run on. I had to slow down b/c I’m clumsy and I didn’t want to trip. It was hell on my hamstrings and hips. Once this ended we were at the halfway point and got water. I had to slow down so I could drink some as my first mouthful while running went down my top. 🙄

This part of the course is way into the park and is quiet and peaceful, mind the other 400 runners. 😂 It’s nice and pretty and will be even nicer in the fall. I might have to do a few runs in the park come October.

Then we finally got to the turnaround point and began to retrace our steps. Of course this meant the gravel bit again. On the left hand side at least it was slightly more packed down so it was a choice between mud and gravel and gravel.

I was tired at this point. I really was. I’ve not been sleeping well and I think this was a huge impact on how I felt.  Around this time I hit 12,000 steps as my Fitbit alerted me to this fact. It sprinkled a bit at this point, but nowhere near actual rain

And then it was mile 4 up a fucking hill. Not even a small hill, like a hill I feel like you need poles to propel you up. I had forgotten about this hill from last year. It’s horrid and I had to walk it b/c I think I would have been slower had I needed to run! This was .20 miles long and once we got back on flat ground I felt like I was running very fast as there was some descent down the other side (not as steep) but it seemed faster. I was very aware of this and I had to intentionally slow down so 1. I didn’t slip on the pavement and 2. didn’t hurt myself as I’ve done that on these stupid hills in Kelvingrove before.

At least I knew I was so close to the end. I tried to keep up a faster pace but I was really done (I blame the hill). I was so glad to finish and was really confused as there were so many people waiting around at the end. I then realised that was the queue to get your time, so I joined it to print out my slip.

I knew going in to this race that the PR potential was about 99.5%.  I was correct and PR’d my time by over 6 minutes from last year!

Can you tell where the hill was? LOL!

 

It didn’t start raining until I was on my way home, so that made the run even better, on top of the PR!

On to week 10!

Overall distance for week 9: 17.1

Overall distance for week 8: 19.21

Overall distance for week 7: 22.14

Overall distance for week 6: 20.18

Overall distance for week 5: 18.12

Overall distance for week 4: 17.05

Overall distance for week 3: 18.15

Overall distance for week 2: 14.08

Overall distance for week 1: 12.70