Race For Life 2015 – Post-Race

Yesterday I did Race for Life. It was a 5k route, and as you may already know, I walked it due to recovering from surgery. My goal was to walk the 5k in 1 hour.

I enjoyed the route more than I did last year. I found that because I was walking and not constantly thinking ‘I really should be running’ I had more time to enjoy the park. After the first 1k we came to the toilets, I needed to go so I left the crowd and got in the que. When I came out again, I found that I was behind everyone…All 2500 people. Excluding the few people who were in the toilet still. Myself and a lovely Scottish lady set off at the same pace, and accompanied each other around the rest of the race. We kept a really steady pace and overtook quite a few of the other walkers. (I felt quite pleased about that as I didn’t want to be last…)

I did feel like I wanted to run, but I held back and settled into walking it. I felt good, I had no problems with my wounds – kind of almost scars now – other than the waistband of my trousers irritating them a little bit. I’m hoping that means I can start doing more activities…

The last little stretch to the finish me and my companion jogged to the end, with her grandchildren cheering us on. The race clock said we finished at around 1h8m, but it did take a long time to get over the start line so I was sure I had reached my target…

Race Stats

Distance: 5.2 kilometres
Race clock time: 1:08:00
Actual time: 56:25

race for life route

race for life stats

Race for Life Battersea 2015

Finished!

 

I had a really good time, and to top it all off…at the start of the race I bumped into Julie Creffield who runs the website & blog The Fat Girls Guide To Running – I may have fangirled a bit!!! I also crossed paths with her during the run 🙂 🙂 Meeting Julie really topped off my evening!

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Race for Life 2015 – Pre-Race

Today is the day. I’m going to be doing Race for Life this evening after work, I wont be running as originally planned, but I will be walking it. Possibly getting some power walking in there once I’m warmed up! (Providing my insides don’t burst out of me…)

I’m aiming to complete the 5k route in 60 minutes – this is 15 minutes longer than it took me to run it last year, but I know that my fast walk is a similar pace to my jogging pace soo…it makes sense.

My plan for is to start off gently, then once I warm up a bit – maybe after 10 minutes or so (after the crowd thins out at the start of the race), increase my walking speed and get into a comfortable faster pace. I will be listening to my Harry Potter audio book along the way, which I am sure will make the time fly by! (I LOVE HP)

You can still donate to Cancer Research through my sponsor link, every little helps!

RFL15 Pre-race

See you on the other side…

Race For Life is ON

Morning!

I made a decision regarding whether I am going to partake in the Battersea Park Race For Life.

I am still going to do it, however it will be at a walk due to having 3 holes in my abdominal wall (tis a hinderance to running!). It looks like I’ll be going it alone this year so I really appreciate any and all forms of support. Though I’m sure cancer research would benefit more from sponsorship 😉

My JustGiving page is linked in my sidebar, if you’re feeling a surplus of funds at the moment!

Runday Monday (Kinda!)

I brought my running gear into work with me on Monday, and after work I headed over to Battersea Park.

I had a backpack with all of my clothes, water, and tablet in it on my back. I’ve never ran with a pack on my back before so I found it quite difficult!

I ended up walking most of the route, I had too many issues all at once…

Running was too hard; my shoes were rubbing; the backpack unbalanced me; my earphones kept falling out; and I had indigestion.

It was not the most comfortable run I have ever done…

Distance: 2.6k

Time: 40 minutes

At this rate I’ll be completing the 5k in 1 hour 20 minutes. Not particularly good at all! I only have 3 weeks left until the run, so I’m kicking myself up the bottom and pushing myself into training.

On the plus side ‘Zombies, Run!’ episode 2 was good, I’m still enjoying that and am looking forward to continuing with it!

I’m still raising money for this run on my Justgiving page, the link is on my sidebar >>>>

I’m going to die!!!

Race For Life 2015: Trail Run

I am currently in the Scottish Highlands! I have a wonderful view of Ben Nevis and the surrounding mountains, and there are lots of paths and trails around. Soo…I decided to take advantage of the trails and go for a run (a pre-meditated decision, I brought all my running gear up here…). I took the opportunity to test run my ‘Zombies, Run!’ app at the same time.

According to the app, I was out for a total of 33:25, and did 1.75km. (That really doesn’t sound like very far for that time…especially as the app said I ran 1k in approx. 10:30. Confuuused) I just checked online, and it looks like I lost GPS signal, or an error occurred, and therefore this data is incorrect!

So, my first Kilometer was approx 10:30, then I think I was slower after that as I walked the rest of the way. I did an ‘out and back’ route, so I ran back the way I had came. I hit 1k on the ‘out’ section, went a bit further, then turned around to come back. Therefore, total distance (based on a map) I think was 2.66k. which makes much more sense paired with a time of 33:25!

Okay, so correct best estimate of stats:

Total time: 33:25

Distance: 2.66k

I ran for a total of 3 1 minute sections. not very impressive, however, I ran into a spot of trouble. Skip over this bit if you don’t want to hear about digestive issues…

I needed the toilet. Badly. So I turned around and hustled back to the lodge…thankfully, I made it back in time! I hate – and occasionally like – that running has a laxative effect…

Anywho, I would have ran more if I hadn’t had to hurry back, so I was thinking that I would go out again this week. I really enjoyed running on a trial; dodging the tree roots, running alongside a river; startling a few sheep on the path along the way. It was good evening to be outside

Weigh in Wednesday (not) … However, Race For Life 2015

Good afternoon folks!

Today I am not going to weigh in. Dundunduuunnn…

What I am going to write about, however, is my impending Race For Life 5k. Long-time readers may remember my running posts from last year, but to refresh, I did Race for Life 5k and Pretty Muddy 5k in 2014. This year, I have signed up for the Race for Life 5k again.

Location: Battersea Park, London
Date: June 10th
Fundraising page here!
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7 weeks from today! Eep!

Last year I was following the C25K programme, and I got bored of it after 5 weeks or so…typical me really. I wasn’t particularly looking forward to doing it again, so I was thinking about training myself with distance goals, and increasing how much of it I jog. Having said that, I have been out running once in the 2 weeks since I signed up…#motivationfail

I recently happened across Too Fat to Run’s Five Weeks to 5k programme…which sounded impossible to me to begin with…but after taking a look at the programme it looks doable! Alongside this, I am also considering getting the ‘Zombies, Run!‘ app to make running fun, and motivate me to get outside.

I’m looking forward to this…kind of!!