Having a ‘bad’ run day and getting over it!

So I finally reached that point in my programme today where I was scheduled to run 7 miles and had that ‘bad’ run. I’d done a 7 miler before it appeared on my schedule, and so thought that today it would be a breeze as I’d done it before.

I had a bad feeling before I got out of bed that this run was not going to be a good one.  We can all be reluctant to get out of bed to go running sometimes, but there was a serious reluctance today, my body was complaining at me telling me to go to bed, not just my mind; that always tells me to go back to bed on a Saturday morning.

I got started on my run, and I felt awful the entire time I was running. I tried slowing my pace right down so that it was just faster than walking, and still felt terrible. My GPS app, which tells me the fastest mile during my run on the day showed 10:38. I could only manage 3 miles before abandoning it.

Bad run days are something every runner reports as happening to them, and I didn’t expect to be excluded from this, but I never realised before quite how disheartening it is. So I did some research on the subject, and how to avoid such days occurring frequently.

So as not to leave this post on a downer though, I have managed to clock 46 miles on my GPS app, Samsung Hope Relay, which is £46 for charity and ended the day with a nice big steak.

Mmm, steak…

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Mini Race Day – Race for Life, Aintree – Week 4

Aloha!

Despite the absolutely miserable weather in the UK on Friday, I did my best run yet. I got through seven miles, and it was done easily. I felt like I could have ran for MUCH longer, but I know at what time the hot water in the tank goes cold so compromised my run for a hot shower. I normally don’t enjoy running in the rain and was tempted to bin it for the day, but I’m incredibly happy I made the choice to man up and go. Armed with my rain jacket I managed to complete 11km (because it sounds better than 7 miles 🙂 ).

So I did Race for Life today, a 5km charity event in the UK that raises money for cancer research. It was not on my schedule because I was taking someone else’s place who couldn’t do it. I think it went well, I raised around £20 for charity on short notice and managed a 28:04, so three miles in that time is something I’m happy with!

Incidentally, if you want to sponsor me a pound, text ‘LIKE69 £1’ to 70070 or visit here http://www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/sponsormybreasts . Muchas love.

So to recap, I’ve completed my training plan for another week which really does make me think I may well be able to keep it up. Signing off.

How to cure a hangover – week 3 – with #hotpants

Had an awful Monday, and by that I mean had an amazing weekend. Managed to get through a bottle and a half of wine (alone) and lost £25 at a casino (overly confident about my blackjack skills while drunk).

So after feeling awful on Monday morning, I felt a run was in order. Initially I wanted to cover 5 miles, but only got to mile 4 before thinking, ‘yep, I might actually die here,’ reversing and running back home. On the other hand, it did seem to get rid of my hangover following my shower. So it seems through sheer dumb luck, I have found the cure for a hangover.

To run or eat bacon, hmm…

Also, I’ve so far managed to raise £18 for charity using the Samsung Hope Relay. Still losing out to the guy who’s on £600   from Peterbrorough (damn you!).

I’ve also managed to complete my two week challenge. This challenge technically was finished on Friday, but I forgot to take my measurements. Anyhow, here they are:

 

Waist: 28″

Top of leg: 22 3/4 ”

Hips: 38″

 

Success! Maybe I’ve not yet lost the 2 jeans sizes that people are able to and have done, but every inch lost is an inch I will never see again! Thank you Zaggora!

I’ll be continuing to wear them during my runs of course,  I’m hoping to get it down to a size 8 before August, and then I can finally show of my legs without feeling ridiculously self concious!

That’s all from me for now, me out.

Get hot, get slim, go RUNNING – with @Zaggora HotPants! – Day 7

Raindrops are falling on my head… continually.

Ran my furthest distance today. I was spurned on by this new app called the Samsung Hope Relay. For every mile I ran with my GPS phone, £1 was donated to charity. How lovely is that! You take a picture of your face and stick it on top of a little running cartoon. I was only going to aim for 3.5, but thought, ‘may as well get it up to £4’. Ended up getting lost because one of the paths led into a housing estate and had to ask for directions. Took off my HotPants at the end, soaked through. Awesome!

Leg warmers will be back soon!

Would also like to thank those beautiful ladies at Zaggora, as my Viva’s have arrived! I came back in after my run to find they had arrived. So excited, planning on getting a good picture when the sun comes out. They’re very snug fitting, so I’m hoping for even more fat burn!

WOOOO!

Planning on  doing a Jillian Michaels DVD tomorrow, need to give these new HotPants their first run. So excited!

Also planning on hitting the Southport food festival tomorrow, can’t wait for that either; a chocolate festival, real ale festival and a bake off. I’ll certainly be gaining back those calories I burnt off!

Get hot, get slim, go RUNNING – with @Zaggora HotPants! – Day 6

Finally got into the city centre today, spent an hour looking in Marks and Sparks for a dress with zero success. Walked out the store with a pack of Percy Pigs and some teacakes. Three cheers for Cherry Bakewells!

What, they’re only …200 calories EACH!

Had a lovely scheduled rest day today, only bit of light yoga in my HotPants, still managed to break into a light sweat though, keeping the burning going! Hopefully it will counter that bakewell.  Debated whether to go for a bike ride, but by the time I got back home it was bucketing it down (as per usual up North).

I did have a look briefly at possible races in the area. There is the BUPA Great Manchester run, which is a 10k in May next year, but I wanted something sooner and will be doing the Liverpool Half Marathon next March if I can get the time off and get down to Liverpool. This whole goal thing seems far more real now!

EDIT: Just found this now, please check out the Samsung Hope Relay at http://www.samsung.com/uk/london2012/samsung-hope-relay/. For every one mile that is recorded by the GPS app on your phone, £1 will be donated to charity!