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…

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 8

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By the seaside… it’s still raining!

God bless the UK weather. It’s nothing if not predictable. Armed with raincoats and various umbrellas today (which we weren’t entirely sure were not broken) we hit the Southport Food Festival. Let it never be said that the weather dampens our spirits!

Beautiful, beautiful ribs…

Had a little self restraint, only bought about 4 chutneys, 3 Jams, 4 Pie and half a kilo of cashew nuts in various flavours. Not much at all!

Chilli and Cheese Cashews, nom nom nom!

Also got around to doing a trial run in my new Viva’s. Did a round of Jillian Micahels 30 Day Shred Level 3.  Jeez, can’t believe how hot I was afterwards, had to peel off the Viva’s! Ca’t wait to measure myself next Friday and see me progress. Only one more week to go!

Every time!

 

Let’s see how tomorrows longest run of the week goes in these new bad boys!