The Big One

I realise that it’s again been a long time since my last post… Obviously I’ve been much too busy doing lots and lots of running (not!). It’s safe to say that the training plan I sensibly printed out and stuck on to my wardrobe all those weeks ago when I first started training, has not been followed. To be honest though, I don’t think a training plan is essential when training for a half marathon. Although they provide a useful guide for what stage you should be at in your training each week, they can also cause you to give up if you feel like you’ve strayed too far from the plan which is definitely not what they are designed for!

So, rather than sticking to my original plan, I have instead been carrying out a few shorter 7k runs every week with the intention of doing at least one longer run each week (although this ‘longer run’ has become something of a rarity…). I’ve got to the point now where I actually quite enjoy my 7k runs and find them relatively painless to complete. I do however, still find it extremely difficult to force myself out the door for a ‘long run’… Today, however, I finally succeeded…

With a little gentle persuasion from my Dad and a supportive sister volunteering to join me for the first few miles (I’m back in Devon at the moment hence the handy family members), I managed to run just over 11 miles (17.7k) in an hour and 40 minutes. I’m not going to pretend it was in any way easy, in fact I think I have may have gone slightly mad at several points throughout… But, despite this, I am extremely pleased to have completed the distance as I was beginning to doubt the fact that I would survive running 13 miles. I’m still pretty nervous about the actual event but today’s run has definitely encouraged me to keep at it. And, with only a few weeks to go now, it’ll all be over before I know it… no offence to running but I can’t wait!!

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A Sunny Sunday

Sunday Breakfast

I must confess that I have been slightly neglecting my half marathon training (and blogging about it) recently. I’ve still been heading out for a few runs each week, however, due to a number of bits and bobs going on in my life at the moment, running has often been put on the back burner. It is now 7 weeks until race day so I am feeling the pressure a little, but am confident that come the 21st September I’ll be back on form and ready to run.

After heading out for a very hot and stuffy 6.5k run yesterday, I decided to give myself a day off today. I kicked off the day with a delicious and healthy breakfast of wheatbix, oats, yogurt and berries, before heading out to Wanstead Park in order to relax with a copy of Vogue in the summer sun…perfect! I had intended to venture over to Hampstead Heath, one of my favourite London spots, however, public transport was not on my side today and unwilling to take the overcrowded bus replacement service, I decided to settle for somewhere a little more local instead.

Not that I’m complaining… Wanstead Park is a lovely spot and it’s hard to believe you’re still in London when you’re sitting surrounded by the sound of crickets chirping as opposed to the tooting of car horns. One of the best things about London is that despite it being a massive city, there are endless green spaces to choose from if you need to escape for a while. I definitely plan to explore as many of these as possible before the summer is over and with the speed this year seems to have gone at so far, I’d better get a move on!

Vogue in the Park

Wanstead Park, London

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