I ran an actual Marathon yesterday!!

I ran an actual Marathon yesterday!!

So, I only went and did it! I ran a Marathon! 26.2 agonising, exhilarating miles. The last two days have been hard work emotionally too- a rollercoaster of huge overwhelm, a massive sense of pride and accomplishment (and rather achy knees - I'm writing this with an ice pack on each one). YESTERDAY WAS A [...]

Marathon Countdown: Day 6

Marathon Countdown: Day 6

The day is almost here!! This afternoon my running buddy and I will be jumping in her Mini and making our way to Brighton to pick up our race packs. We're staying in a hotel tonight, which means we can be up early and focussed for our big run. It also means we get a [...]

It’s the final countdown: two days and I’ll be at the start line!

It’s the final countdown: two days and I’ll be at the start line!

Three months of training, and we're almost there. I had my last training run with the lovely N last night, so now its prep and packing for the big day. My running buddy and I have opted to stay in Brighton on Saturday night for minimal stress, so the husbands and kids and family supporters [...]

Marathon Training: FINAL Week!

Marathon Training: FINAL Week!

Wow, the last 16 weeks has been a blur of running, running and more running (with a lot of stretching, aches and very tight muscles). I think it's fair to say that the last week has been disastrous. On Tuesday, the class germs finally got the better of me, Friday saw the sick bug arriving [...]

HOW TO HANDLE LONG RUNS

HOW TO HANDLE LONG RUNS

SO, let's start with the good news...we did it! We nailed our long run last week, running a thigh-aching 29 kilometres (that's about 18 miles). I feel like we might be ready for this marathon. My knees ache, my Achilles insists on clicking after every long run and I have a proud collection of beautiful [...]

It’s Bootcamp day (again!)

It’s Bootcamp day (again!)

So, Tuesday rolls round again which can mean only one thing - Bootcamp! Today we mixed it up (actually, Craig forgot the gloves and pads) so we had a bonus circuits session instead. It was really challenging, great fun, and involved quite a lot of running so we burned more calories than usual too. Today [...]

Simple Running Plan

Simple Running Plan

So, I mentioned previously that Tahlia has inspired me to get my running shoes back on. This I have done and it's been far more enjoyable than I thought it would be! Now, hands up here. I'm not a complete novice. I have partially trained for a Marathon and with the help of a local [...]

How to prepare yourself mentally for long runs

How to prepare yourself mentally for long runs

As you know by now, I've signed up for the Brighton Marathon this year. 5 weeks today in fact. 35 days. Eeeek! Enter self doubt and negative thoughts "What was I thinking?". For the last few weeks, my long runs have been on a Sunday afternoon. Kids are chilling out, dinner in the oven. Cue [...]

How to keep your running motivation (aka find your crew)

How to keep your running motivation (aka find your crew)

SO, you may or may not know that I'm training for the Brighton Marathon. An actual marathon. No, seriously. I must be crazy. Let's clear something up first - I am not a runner. I'm not one of those people who wear compression socks and running vests and actually look like a runner (you know, [...]