Monthly Archives: August 2019

I Ran My 150th Mile for 2019!

On Sunday I ran my 150th mile for 2019. I know lots of people will have surpassed this total months ago but I’m still super proud.

150 miles is from where I live on the South Coast to beyond Calais in France. 150 miles is from where I live on the South Coast to Nottingham in the Midlands. It’s the same as a 3 hour car drive!

I didn’t expect to complete my 150th mile on the treadmill though! But Sunday morning was windy still, with the aftermath of the storm, as well as rainy! I just wasn’t feeling it and was debating doing nothing at all, but that’s not what I wanted so the treadmill it was!

I knew I needed 2 miles in the bank to reach my 150th mile so that’s what I did. I ran the whole thing too and it was absolutely fine! Hurrah.

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A Hardcore parkrun

Saturday’s parkrun was pretty wild. My weather app told me the wind speed was 45mph, but later on the news I heard the gusts had been 60mph.

Walking down to parkrun was strange. It was so windy, yet it was a warm wind. I’d expected it to be colder. As soon as I turned on to the street that takes you to the seafront, I was almost blown away! The wind was strong!

I’d decided it was time to move on from the 1 minute run/walking which I’ve done the last two weeks at parkrun and I thought I’d give 2 minutes running and 1 minute walking a whirl. I was run/walking on my own but it never feels like you’re on your own at parkrun as you’re surrounded by others and their conversations.

To be honest the run/walking was absolutely fine and there’s really nothing to report on that front. However, the wind made it really difficult. Although running along the coast you’re always exposed, there are some points where you’re more exposed and I could feel my legs being blown sideways from under me! Very disorientating!

All the way along I could see there was sea foam blowing off the sea. Nothing prepared me for when a big clump of it hit me in the face! It was icy cold and of course, very salty! The spray off the sea was continuous and quite refreshing as it was actually really warm!

I was definitely glad to be finished by the end as it’d felt like running whilst pushing a brick wall at some points. I was really surprised to finish in under 40 minutes! I’d kept the 40 minute pacer in sight but she was quite a way ahead of me and I finished after her so presumed I’d have finished over 40 minutes.

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parkrun and Flat Hunting

Saturday was of course parkrun day! I’ve still not been running much so decided to join the run/walk pacer again. My mum was down this weekend so I went and met her and she volunteered as a marshal.

When she went to her marshalling spot Maria and I decided to run together with the run/walk pacer so we could have a bit of a catch up. However, as we ran, we soon lost the run/walk pacer. It’s so crowded now at my local parkrun that as we over took people walking, as the other runners were passing the pacer couldn’t get by so we ended up really separated from her and the other people run/walking so we decided to keep on going and I’d keep an eye on my watch. This kind of worked! We were too busy chatting and kept going over the 1 minute!

It was very humid and hot again and despite there being a breeze I was soon too hot for this to make any sort of difference. In the final mile I was sweltering and it wasn’t my legs making me slow down, it was the fact I was so damn hot and sweating profusely! Although I really felt like I was slowing down with each mile, I actually ran progressively faster with each mile, which was a nice surprise.

My splits were: Mile 1: 14:03 Mile 2: 13:25 Mile 3: 13:21

 

Afterwards we went and had a quick shower and then went to view some flats with my Mum as she’s moving down here (Southampton) She’s sold her house in Sheffield now so the pressure is on to find somewhere here.

It wasn’t that successful unfortunately. The first flat we had to move youths off the doorstep to get in to the block of flats and then the resident was in bed. She’d forgotten there was a viewing and the flat was VERY untidy! The 2nd flat had previously been owned by a smoker and my word! The smell was eyewatering. The 3rd flat actually made me a bit sad. The owner didn’t have a sofa or TV. Apparently she was a student and worked so just used the flat as a base. The bed was also an airbed on pallets. However, she did work at Sprinkles so her life isn’t all bad! And the 4th flat, well, my mum refused to even stop the car as the area looked so bad!

So for now, the search continues!

Have you seen some sights whilst house/flat hunting?

Is your local parkrun crowded?

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Anyone Seen My Mojo?

I’ve lost my mojo. Seriously lost it. I’m blaming the heat. I know I’ve banged on about this before but I struggle in the heat just living, never mind exercising.

So, I bought myself a little treat. Some people buy a new gym outfit or a new pair of trainers. I opted for the slightly cheaper option of a new Davina DVD!

I bought one of her old DVD’s but it’s one I don’t already have and it’s one with Jackie and Mark (who I prefer on her DVDs)

I gave it a go this morning and you know what, it really worked! Granted this was made possible by having not one, but two fans blowing at me the whole time! But I feel good, I feel energised and I’ve burnt over 500 calories before 8am!

It’s reminded me how good exercise makes me feel even if I don’t feel like doing it. I just need to keep it up now. Fingers crossed for me!

Obligatory post exercise selfie

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