Running the week

Tracy's running fingersNOW that the mid-week races have finished, normal training has resumed.

We’ve raced every Wednesday for six out of seven weeks, which has been great, but has also meant that training has been interrupted. Last week was Continue reading

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A case of mistaken identity

A case of mistaken identity

GOING into the final race in the South Yorkshire road league, I found myself leading my age category (21-25, I wish).

This was a really nice surprise. I started to think about how fantastic it would be to win. I actually had a chance of winning! Then I started to panic. What if I had a bad run? What if it all went wrong?

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Before the race with Tracy and Fiona

 

It wasn’t the Olympics or anything, but it was Continue reading

Resting and recovery

Resting and recovery

AFTER burning out during a 10k race on Wednesday, I decided to focus on rest and recovery. I took not one, not two but three days off from training.

Three days! This has never happened. I thought I would be desperate to get my trainers on and go for a run, but I wasn’t. I was so tired that I struggled just to go about my days. Every part of my body ached. I had no energy. I didn’t feel right at all. Running was the last thing on my mind.

On Friday I had a sports massage, which always helps my tight muscles, but can also be quite draining. I thought that by Saturday I would be back running. Saturday arrived and I felt Continue reading

Snickers to all this

Snickers to all this

RACING is one of the best things about running. I love it. I love the challenge of trying to run faster. I love the friendly competition. There is no better feeling than crossing a finish line, feeling exhausted but happy with a job well done. Unfortunately, last night I didn’t enjoy racing at all. Not one bit.

It was the Askern 10k, which is one of the races in my club’s championship. It had been in my diary for a while. At the start of the year I’d even marked it out as a potential PB course, a chance to break the 40 minute barrier. After taking part in the road league (four races) and another local 10k, I thought Continue reading

The South Yorkshire Road League

THE South Yorkshire Road League has to be one of the best events I’ve ever taken part in.

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It’s a series of four races, starting in March and finishing in early May. Hundreds of runners from across South Yorkshire take part. Every year it gets Continue reading

A testing run

TESTING is an important and necessary part of training, that’s what they taught me on my coaching course. It makes sense. Without testing, how would you know if you’ve improved!

Testing can take many forms. You can test by monitoring time, distance, strength, weight and much more. It all depends on your fitness goal. My main target for the summer is a 10km race in July, so I wanted to test my current 10km fitness.

It’s been four months since my last 10km race, where I ran 40:31. After so long, I had no idea what shape I was in. To find out, I decided Continue reading

What a difference a week makes

WHAT a difference a week makes. When we raced at Brosdworth last Wednesday it was snowing, cold, wet and miserable. This week, the weather has been positively tropical. This makes me happy, because it is so much more fun to run in the sun.

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Today I did a Continue reading