I’ve been fairly quiet on here recently, partially because work has meant I haven’t had as much time as usual to write anything and partially because the number of races I would usually run have been cut short.
I’ve been finding my way back into my speed and training is going well. One marathon in January eased me back into the distance (and I’ll write a recap at some point), followed followed by an attempted second marathon which I had to abandon after 10k. A trapped nerve in my foot made my entire right foot go entirely numb and that plagued me for the next week.
A couple of races were cancelled due to various storms crashing over England and before I knew it I was at the end of February. I have two half marathons and one marathon coming up in March, which takes me up to my wedding and honeymoon at the end of March. When I’m back in April, full on marathon and ultra season begins! Yippee!
In the meantime, I’ve bought myself a pair of customised Nike Infinity Runs and a 360 degree camera for race filming. Above it my first test of both, produced in a hurry so far from perfect. But it was good to be out filming again.
It’s been a particularly long week and while I’ve got a few runs in (some good, some not so good), it’s been difficult to do anything worthy of blog content.
So this week I’m going to settle for a Throw Back Thursday – to RunThrough Victoria Park Half Marathon in March 2018.
That race is still my Half Marathon PB – 1:22:48. I haven’t run many pure half marathons in the past year, with the focus on ultras. But now the sub-3 hour marathon training is back on there should be a few speedy half marathons along the way.
My (very belated) race recap of the One Run to Find Them All ultra marathon is now available here or under the “Race Review” tab at the top of the page. The race rounded out my ultra marathon season and completed my 26 ultra marathons in 52 weeks challenge.
It’s finally here! My first gear review. I’ve worn the Forerunner 645 for over a year now, from 5ks to 100ks so I’ve had plenty of time to put it through its paces. Click the link here or select it from the drop down menu under “Gear Reviews” above to read my thoughts.
My new Forerunner 945 is arriving today, which promises greater battery life, advanced running metrics and on board, full colour maps. I’ll post a review of that once I’ve had the chance to test it thoroughly.
As in the “About me” section, I ran Brighton Marathon in 2014 with absolutely no training. “Run” is probably generous, as it was more of a stagger, hating every single step so much that afterwards I threw my running shoes away and didn’t run a single time for the next three and bit years.
In 2014 I was the largest I’d ever been and my mental health was all over the place. So one weekend in 2017 I bought a pair of running shoes, went out for a run and collapsed in a heap. Then signed myself up for a number of races to make sure that I kept on going out.
The first photo is from one of those early races in 2017. I’d already lost a lot of weight by then and in my head I was at the top of my game, fit and slim (which relatively speaking, I was). Two years later, I know how wrong I was.
When I ran that half marathon in 2017 I don’t think I’d ever even heard of an ultra marathon. I certainly had never contemplated one and would have thought the idea of ever doing so was absurd.
Over the past 12 months I’ve run 24 of them (soon to finish my 26 ultras in 52 weeks), including 10 on 10 consecutive days. Goes to show there’s always something more to aim for.
Running is great for my physical health but essential for my mental wellbeing. I’m incredibly lucky that I found it and that I have those who relentlessly support me in it.