Too Busy to Blog

There has actually been loads happening since I last blogged.  Can’t believe my last blog was after Manchester.

Okay, so what has been going on.  Well, lots actually.  I’ll cut to the chase so you don’t have to read lots and to be honest I get pretty tired come Friday evenings.

So, in summary we have:

Took part in my first 2 hill races.  This consists of the Krunce Series organised by the Cosmic Hillbashers.  This year they are taking place in Tyrebagger Forest which is not too far away from me.  Here is the proof 🙂

Krunce
It’s all downhill from here! (NOT) – Photo courtesy of Rod MacInnes

I bagged myself a 5k PB at Dunecht Dash.  Set off way too fast hitting the first mile at 9:32, managed to hold on a bit during the second mile for 9:45, however mile 3 hurt, a lot which is why it was a 10:22, however I managed to get up the last little hill and recorded an official time of 30:37.  Was so chuffed as I thought never in a million years would I have a time starting with 30 something.  Next aim is to go sub 30.  I know now I can do it I just need to keep my cool at the start!

At the moment I’m training for Glenmore 12 hour race, so I’m loosely following an ultra training plan.  I have St Magnus Marathon in Orkney in just over 2 weeks and I have been crazy enough to sign up for Peterhead Half next weekend.

As well as all this, I have started a new job, so there is lots to learn but I’m really enjoying it.  Looking forward to getting more into things as time goes on.

You may also have noticed that there is a lot less of me than there used to be.  I am pretty much now at the target weight I set for myself years ago when I really struggled to lose weight.  I’m in pretty much the shape I’ve ever been in and the clothes sizes are decreasing.  One problem is that I seem to have a stunning set of bingo wings (also evidenced in above photo).  Still I’m working out to mitigate as much of that as possible.

Training is going well and last week I had the opportunity to run with a wonderful group of people.  We were all supporting Ben Smith’s 401 Challenge.  For those of you who have never heard of him, check out the website:  http://www.the401challenge.co.uk/

Unfortunately due to work commitments I was unable to join Ben for the time he was in Aberdeen, however I managed to swing things so I could make it to Ellon.  In another twist of fate, Ben was forced to cancel the run as he had been having severe back problems.  You can read all about what happened on facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/the401challenge/?fref=ts

However, we decided to run for Ben since he was unable to do so.  I joined the second leg which would be for half marathon distance.  Here we are at the start:

401 Run
Running for Ben – Photo courtesy of Glynis Buchan

It was damp but the route was fantastic.  Whilst on the run I clocked up the equivalent of a 10k, 10 mile and half marathon PBs, but I suffered with the usual cramp towards the end of the run.

Mind you I’d already run Hazlehead parkrun before hand as it was Carole’s (Rosemount Raver) hen run.  Ann (Abz1903) even dressed up as an orange.  In case you are wondering, the jogscotland Hazlehead kit is, well orange.

Team Orange Hen Run
The Bride to Be and a Crazy Orange 🙂 – Photo courtesy of Tony Jones

Was a fantastic day out and I was proud to be with my friends and when I ran in Ellon, it was lovely to meet new people and run in new places.  I think we did Ben proud, and I hope I will get to run with him some time in the future when he is better.

Will do my best not to leave it so long until the next blog, but until then, happy running folks 🙂 xx

 

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