Imagine you’re watching an old time movie. The protagonist is spotlit, looking off into the distance. The camera slowly zooms in on them, a harp plays a subtle glissando up and down (or is it a portamento? – nvm, it’s not important) and a wavy screen wipe transports the actor back to an earlier time….. … Continue reading Week 22 – Wendy ran a marathon
Fifteen weeks ago, getting to this stage seemed impossible. I mean who was I kidding? Completing one, never mind two 20 mile runs? Ludicrous! But here I am, at the start of Week 16 and officially ‘tapering’. So. The training plan has done the job for me physically. I’m tired, drained in fact. I shuffle … Continue reading Week 15 – The beginning of the end
Will I make it to the finish line? Will I get injured again? What if a family member becomes ill? What if my dog is sick? What if I GET ILL? Can you run with Coronavirus? If they cancel flights, is there a boat to mainland Europe? Will COVID-19 sweep Europe and cause all marathons … Continue reading Week 14 – Maranoia
Technically, I’ve only a few more weeks of ‘proper’ training left to go. Weeks 17 and 18 don’t have anything greater than an 8 mile run (well, apart from the 26 miler at the end of week 18!) This week was one of those weeks where everything went really, really well. Which is great, because … Continue reading Week 13 – Milestone
Waaahooo! Back running! Training Schedule – Week 12 Mon – 5 miles easy Tues – Rest Wed – 8 miles marathon pace Thurs – 5 miles easy Fri – Rest Sat – 13 Miles Long Slow Sun – Rest I started the week super cautiously. It was a bit like that feeling you have after lying … Continue reading Week 12 – If the shoe fits….
I wasn’t going to bother with a post for this disastrous week, but I’ve had time to reflect and actually, it’s probably not so bad to blog about the experience. Also, if you have been following the blog (thanks!) you deserve to read about the week I had to stop running altogether! This was the … Continue reading Week 11 – Injury corner
This week was pretty tense. It started off well enough and it ended well. But somewhere in between, I convinced myself that I may have picked up a serious-ish injury. Bloody Google! Training Schedule – Week 10 Mon – 4 miles easy Tues – Rest Wed – 8 miles marathon pace Thurs – 4 miles … Continue reading Week 10 – Rest and be thankful
It’s halfway to Marathon day! It’s about to get much tougher. I had a easy-ish week, but it’s been an emotional rollercoaster…. Training Schedule – Week 9 Mon – 4 miles easy Tues – Rest Wed – 7 miles easy Thurs – 4 miles easy Fri – Rest Sat – Rest Sun – Half Marathon I … Continue reading Week 9 – Highs and lows
Primary 6 school report card – ‘Well she’s certainly tenacious’. I didn’t know what that meant when I was what, 10? I thought I was in trouble. Determination and a bit of stubborness was required this week. Being face-slapped by freezing headwinds on Wednesday would test even the hardiest of souls. Thankfully, I had Emily … Continue reading Week 8 – Pushing the envelope
OK, that’s a bit dramatic. My first ‘longest ever’ run was this week, by about 1/4 of a mile. Nonetheless, it’s a psychological and physical milestone, and I was a bit anxious if I’m honest. I remember reaching the end of my last longest run (Glen Clova Half Marathon in Nov) and thinking there was … Continue reading Week 7 – Uncharted territory
It was actually this time last year that I started running. My Facebook memories said so…. 2nd Jan 2019 : First run of 2019 done. I’m not gonna lie, the thought of me running for a full 5 minutes (week 4/Couch to 5K) was, well, a little ridiculous. A lifelong exercise avoider – it came … Continue reading Week 6 – New Year, new me…nah, just the same me.
Bet you’re sick of Christmas now. It’s Hogmanay Eve and I’m over it. It always struck me as something peculiar to Western culture that the build up to Christmas is frequently more satisfying than the actual event and the days that follow. Or perhaps I am just stuck in a post-Christmas haze of temporal confusion … Continue reading Week 5 – The Christmas Edition
Ahh, Comfortably Numb. Classic. Week 4 has been pretty good. Culminating in a really positive long run on Saturday, the training plan does appear to be working. It’s Christmas Eve Eve at time of writing and I’ve just a few things to wrap, an ambitious vegetarian-friendly pie to bake (my entire family are carnivores, looking … Continue reading Week 4 – I do believe it’s working, good.
….are words I’d never imagine saying. But I did. I was actually thinking I’d written down the plan wrong. I hadn’t. Week 3 is a sort of a recovery week. The mileage is pulled back at little, to prepare me for the next couple of weeks of increases. Actually, I couldn’t have timed it better. … Continue reading Week 3 – Only 17 miles?!
Yes. I meant trails. I’ve spent a fair bit of this week running on them. Tribulations is a bit strong, but my runs have been tough. Also, I really like running off road. It’s just, well, more interesting. Most of you reading this who are local to Montrose will recognise this epic view. If you … Continue reading Week 2 – Trails and tribulations
Thinking of a title for my blog took approximately 0.3 seconds. Admittedly, I’d just watched the far more interesting Brittany Runs a Marathon a few nights ago, so it’s a shameless mix of blatant plagiarism and bandwagon-jumping. I’m not much of a jumper, but I do run…. …and I have signed up for my first … Continue reading Week 1 – Training Begins
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