Run Run Run

Ran today with the Medway Runners (woop). We did a 5k route today, and I was really not feeling it at all. especially as the beginning of it was all uphill…not fun. I didn’t run all of it, but I think I did quite well bearing in mind my ankles were killing me the whole way round.

This was my first 5k since I did Race For Life in June, and Pretty Muddy in July. I was really surprised to see that I had done the route just as fast as I did then, when I was training regularly. Shock, horror, what the heck. Maybe I can run? Who knew.  We were going to do a bit less than 5k, as planned, but the lady I was running with – Ms. E – half forced me to do an extra bit to bring it up to the full 5. I’m glad she did, even though I was really tired and struggling with ankle pain.

Anywho, here’s the stats:

Distance: 5.2 Kilometers

Total Time: 47:58

Moving Time: 44:49

Average Pace: 8:41/km


13-11-14 strava splits


I have no idea how long I ran and how long I walked. But I’m okay with that, I think I did well despite walking for a lot of the uphill bits.

Hoping to go on Sunday’s run, but this depends entirely on what I have on this weekend!


P.S. It’s almost the weekend!


Race For Life: Pretty Muddy 2014

I completed Pretty Muddy today! woooooooo 

It was fun! The three of us were all really nervous before it started, we got running and that just fell away. There were nine obstacles in total, I dont have pics for all of them unfortunately, but I can sure as hell tell you about them! (if Ican remember them all!)

Obstacle 1: Hurdles

Not traditional hurdles, huge inflated pink rolls which we had to clamber over!

Obstacle 2: Pink Tyre run

This was exactly what it sounds like, some tyres laid on the floor, which you have to run through. like you would imagine for army training. except the tyres had been painted pink.

Obstacle 3: Tunnels

Some large tubes laid down which we had to crawl through! decidedly less muddy than we thought…

Obstacle 4: Army Crawl nets

blue tarp on the floor, red net above, crawl under in an army crawl. Not going to lie, I didnt army crawl. I crawled on my forearms! Still not muddy…

Obstacle 5: Mud Pools

Finally, some mud! We had to climb over a hurdle, (not inflated this time – just some scaffolding covered in fabric signs!) and land in a paddling pool full of muddy water!

Obstacle 6: Over and Under (spider web)

Rope strung across at different heights and angles, so that you have to work your way through it by going under and over. Felt kind of like a spy avoiding laserbeams. Except I could touch them and move them out of the way.

Obstacle 7: The A Frame

This old classic. Cargo net up one side, go over the top, and corgo net down the other side. These things always mess with my head a bit, and I end up feeling very unsteady on the top. we were stuck queing for this one for a bit as a poor lady was quite distressed with trying to get over it. she did it eventually, and we all cheered and clapped.

Obstacle 8: Mud. Just Mud.

We had to climb into a big inflated pool with rope strung across the top, and go under the rope while being splashed with muddy water. At this point our supporters were all around, and had mentioned to the stewards that we loved mud. As a result, we were splashed quite a lot…

Obstacle 9: Slip and Slide

The last obstacle. An inflated slide. We climbed up the cargo net on one side, swung our legs over and slid down holding hands into some mud. wooooo

Then we had a short sprint to the finish!

Total Time: 66 Minutes

Approx. Time (with stops at obstacles taken out): 56 Minutes

We did SO well. I definitely help the other two up a bit, buuut, I think they were OK with it…

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Hurdles! I'm second in on the right...

Hurdles! I’m second in on the right…

We all got DRENCHED in the mud pools

We all got DRENCHED in the mud pools




Me After


There are some more pics floating around on other devices – I’ll post any good ones!

Weigh in Wednesday

Good morning chipmunks

Weigh in today, so we know the drill.

Last week: 229 pounds (After weigh day)
Today: 231 pounds – this is defo water weight!
Next week: 229 pounds

This is annoying. I finally get under 230, and then it’s time to retain water again! Urg. As long as I eat sensibly, I should be able to get myself back under in no time.

Food: my eating has been going ok, but there’s still a lot of room for improvement. I’ve been staying within or just over my calorie limit for the majoroty of the time which is always a good thing. More of the same please! But better!

Exercise: I FINALLY went for a run last night. I felt pretty good despite having a stitch from hell…and I think it was the first time I’ve ran in the rain-proper rain not just spitting lightly. Granted it was spitting to start with then progressively got heavier. I want to get in one more run minimum this week, and a little bit of a strength workout. After which I’ll be putting myself through my paces at Pretty Muddy. I need to make sure that I don’t leave it so long before running again after doing an event. 1 month is way too long…1 week sounds reasonable though-enough for recovery time.

Life: things are plodding along. I’m still a bit in shock that it’s July… I’ve got alot planned for this month so am going to be a busy bee most of the time. When am I supposed to sleeeeep?? I’m quite tired alot of the time, I don’t get enough sleep through the night and haven’t had a chance to catch it up yet! Hopefully this weekend I’ll get a chance to snooze to my hearts content…

Hope everyone has a good day! If not, dont fret for it’s almost the weekend!

Pretty Muddy: Training Post

Good evening to all! 

Just a quick one from me to let all of your eager eyeballs know that I went on a run this evening. The first run since my 5k last month…

I decided to run without the couch to 5k programme, and instead listened to my 101 Running Songs album. I decided to do this because I wanted to gauge where my fitness was at after having such a long break. And also because it was raining and I wanted to do a shorter run.

Run Stats (these are all approximate):
6 min brisk walk warm up
2.5-3 mins run-quick pace at beginning then tapered off to a steadier pace
5 mins walking
3 mins run
5 mins warm down

22 mins total

All in all a pretty ok run. I’m proud of myself for actually going out in the rain to do it!

Pretty Muddy Race For Life


This has come around much quicker than I anticipated…eep!

defo need to get my running shoesies on this evening. I’m really looking forward to this, also, terrified… and I had originally planned to do some strength training to make the obstacles a bit more manageable…however that didn’t happen. I’m so awful at preparing for things! BUT, I’m still going to do it anyway. And I will end up COVERED in mud. This should be interesting…

I’m planning on getting loads of pics for this one if possible.

I’m not too worried about being under-prepared, for me this is more of a fun event rather than competitive. having said that, it would be cool to run more than I did in the 5k last month-though it will be hard to compare! I feel proud of myself for committing to do this, I’ve never really been a huge fan of anything physically difficult.

My plan:

  • Get a couple of runs in this week
  • Don’t stress – prepare the mind
  • Have fun with it

4 Days and counting!

If you can find it in your heart to sponsor a fat girl about to run an obstacle course…please do!

Weigh in Wednesday

Another Wednesday, another weigh in.

Last week: 230 pounds
This week: 230 pounds

No change…

Next week: 229 pounds

I want to break past the 230 mark!! Quite anoying as it doesnt seem to be happening. I’ll need to make sure I’m really careful with what I’m eating to make sure I go under 230. Exercise will also help for this, but you know what they say-80% of your body is down to diet.

Food: still need to learn to discipline myself at work when it comes to the office biscuits and popping to tesco at lunchtime. If I can avoid over indulging I’ll stand a much better chance at losing weight.

Exercise: desperately need to get back out there running. I’ve been finding it difficult the past week because I have a cold which-when over exerted-affects my chest. I’m going to try for a small run this week, see how it holds up, and go from there. Getting anxious about my lack of running with Pretty Muddy coming up.

Life: work is busy, I do feel as though it dominates my whole life. I spend 5 out of 7 days there, I spend 4 hours a day commuting, have no time during the week for anything else, and am spending half my paycheck on travel costs to get there. It kind of sucks. Outside of work, things are good, but I don’t feel balanced with work. Feeling like this may lead me to overeating as an escape from work. That sounds kind of stupid, but there we go.

Happy Wednesday!

Race For Life Training Week #1

In the past week I got 3 running sessions in. Quite proud of myself for that because I struggle with keeping up the motivation to go running. To get myself into 5k shape im using the NHS Couch to 5k podcast – I’ve used this before and found that it did help me to build up how far I could run, until I lost all motivation to run of course.


Run #1: week 1 of C25K – morning run – did not go well. My ankles were a major problem, they became all seized up and stiff the longer I ran. As a result of this, I only made it half way through the programme and walked for the rest of the time. At least I got out there and did half…

Run #2: week 1 of C25K – evening run – went amazingly well. I felt invincible and was smiling to myself while running. No idea why this run was so good, I just felt awesome. After this run I felt able to move to C25K week 2 early. The programme recommends completing each weeek 3 times bedore moving on.

Run #3: week 2 of C25K – morning run – had to make my route a little longer this time as I was running for longer lengths of time, and therefore getting further. The run went really well. It was hard, and my ankles were killing me, but I did all of the podcast. Yay.

So for week 1 of training, not bad. Not bad at all. I’m hoping for another good week this week!

I have some more exciting news. You may have noticed in previous posts that I’ve hinted at something pretty muddy coming up…well, me and two of my girlfriends have signed up for cancer research’s Pretty Muddy event – a 5k obstacle course for ladies. This is happening in July, a month after my work race for life 5k. I have got a lot of training to do!