Just been tipped over the £1k mark...... thank you so much to every one of you that have sponsored me on here wish I could thank you all personally.... it means so much.
Had some promising news today that my injury shouldn't stand in my way so I'm good to go again 🤞thank you all every penny counts for this great cause. #UndiesJourney#londonmarathon2018 link in bio
Taking great comfort recently and again tonight in my running to listen to @headspace
So much can be said on how you quantify what your mind contributes? In terms of an overall package, physical, mental, science & data........what is it, what % is my mind?
I am learning to do this better, think better and just relax. I’m always a student, never a master ☝🏼
Thank you to everybody who has donated so far 🙏🏽❤️ When Allan wakes up he will no doubt be thrilled with the incredible generosity everyone has shown. Let’s keep going and smash this for him, just like he’s going to smash this recovery 💪🏽 #woodenspooncharity#londonmarathon2018
This felt good - it's the first time I've really truthfully been able to say that post-injury, as normally my shin, calf or ankle will flare up or be uncomfortable at some point. Whilst I was aware of all those things tonight, they were like a 1 out of 10 on the discomfort scale, versus the 5+ out of 10 they've consistently been. Upping the pace tends to leave me with at least a tweaky ankle, but tonight I spied sub-9 minute mile pace on my watch at one point and it felt bloody amazing being able to run that fast again without feeling that my leg was going to give out 🎉
I had planned to run to and from pilates last night, but just knew my shin didn't quite feel right, and I'm glad I didn't because spending a bit more time looking after it allowed me to do my most confident post-injury run yet 👍🏻 Oddly, I also opted to wear my Athens trainers tonight because they're more comfy than my soon-to-be London trainers - now I'm not superstitious and I have no special things that I do when I run, but whether psychologically they helped too... 🤔
It’s cross train Tuesday time.
I just couldn’t face the elliptical trainer at the gym so I decided to head home and do 30 minutes on the rowing machine. Think I’m still fatigued from Sunday’s half marathon and yesterday’s 5 miler at run club. I was going to just rest but whilst taking the dog out, I had a donation from “Neighbourhood Watch” (I think I know who you are) and that gave me the reminder of why I’m doing all this. Not only to run a marathon but also to raise some money. Thank you! Those who know me, know that if I’m going to do something, I’m going to do it properly. I have to give 100% and have to focus on the end goal - finishing that marathon, making my family proud, raising money and proving to myself that I can do the marathon in a decent time! Endorphins are flowing! Whoop! Thank you neighbour! #marathontraining#londonmarathontraining2018#londonmarathon2018#spiritoflondon#ukrunchat#crosstrain#crosstraining#crosstrainingday#igrunners#runnersofinstagram#runnersofinsta
Long post warning!
I see loads of people showing off some spectacular transformations, and I always wanted to be able to show mine, but I realised how few pictures I had of me when I was in my previous shape!
The picture on the left is from just after my daughter was born, early 2011, having given up smoking and not paid any attention to what I ate, I was probably at my heaviest, around 17.5 stone! I did not even realise at the time how big I had got!
It was at Easter that year when my brother said to me, "you've got pretty fat!" that I realised something had to change!
I started to take care of my diet more, and started doing the only exercise I had ever really been any good at, running! It was so hard when I started, even going half a mile left me out of breath and really struggling, but I was determined to stick to it, I wanted to be in better shape, not just for me, but for my new family as well!
The picture on the right is from last weekend, ready for the grizzly run, some 4 and a bit stone lighter I am by no means a lightweight, but I can run 10k in under 40 minutes, a half marathon in just under 1.26, and have a sub 3.10 marathon under my belt along with countless other races and events! It might not look like much of a change, but I am a world apart from the person I used to be!
If you had told me 8 years ago that I would wake up at 6am to go running in the dark, cold and even snow, and enjoy it, I would have laughed in your face! But here I am, fitter, healthier, and happier with the changes I have made!
Ok so Captain Raynaud's here had to remove her gloves during this evening's run so I officially declare SPRING!
Today is International Day of Happiness ... so naturally I woke up in the worst mood, didn't go for my morning run and grumped all day.
Gave myself a kick up the arse and head outside for a solo session. 1M warm-up, 3 progressive laps of the park, 2M cool down.
Wore the wrong shoes for a speed session but still managed some decent splits and feel a million times better👍🏻
20 miles done, just about still smiling 😬! .
It was cold, windy and snowing by the end of the run but I didnt fall over and I made it in time for parkrun so much improved on last week's effort 😂
Definitely mind over matter today, especially during the 1st hour (that's always the tough bit for me) but once I got into it nothing was going to stop me! Brilliant motivational sign at parkrun today (swipe across) helped me massively to power through those last few miles 'Pain is nothing, compared to what quitting feels like' 💪 #wisewords .