Saturday, 29 June 2013

Found this today...

I found this quote from Marianne Williamson today ....

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. "

Friday, 28 June 2013

Catch up time !

I know, I haven't posted much recently. A mix of it being our busiest time at work as well as being kept busy in my spare time with various house/family/running things :)

Our English summer is well and truly here..... I know it is because of the wind and rain...... none the less I have been out running. Both on my own and with the beginners group.

The beginners group really has gone from strength to strength and we now regularly have 15+ people with new people coming along each week. Next Monday I have organised an evening at a Nick Rivett Sport in Hove who have kindly offered to open the shop just for us in the evening so people can have a Video Gait Analysis of their running.

We have also had our first ever club pub run with a variety of routes so that ALL club members no matter how fast or slow could take part and this is going to be a regular monthly fixture.

I have also been off on a First Aid course organised by Run England; I now have a First Aid bumbag to run with on the beginners evenings and I'm officially qualified :)

I haven't raced since the Bedgebury Trailblazer but I have been out training 4 or 5 times a week. My next race is the 21st July (5 miles) but before then I have organised a group from our beginners evening to take part in the Race for Life. This is a great introduction to racing because it is such a positive, supportive environment and everyone gets a medal and goody bag at the end :)

I don't have any races scheduled for August or September, I tend not to book any too far in advance for these months because I don't know what my work commitments will be. (I'm typing this from a hotel room in Chester... it's a real rock'n'roll lifestyle ! - not)

Anyway, these are a couple of recent photos.... the Pyramid Orchids are in full bloom on the Downs at the moment, there seem to be more of them than normal.....

The second photo is our group for the first pub run :)

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Bedgebury Forest 10k

Well, yesterday was the Bedgebury Forest 10k. This is a race I have run for the two previous years and each year I have got an almost identical time ( 59:06 and 59:04).

Bedgebury is a bit hilly and all off road, some of it on tracks and some through grass (and I don't mean paths !) so it is slower than a road 10k.

I really wasn't sure how I would do this year. This isn't one of the races I'm particularly targeting so my "tapering" consisted of running 30 miles this week and 6 days in a row... not the sort of thing you would normally do !

I entered in a wave slower than my predicted time and I think this was a bit of a mistake. The first part is quite narrow and it was a bit frustrating getting stuck behind people who were running in groups but taking up the whole width of the path without leaving space for anyone to pass them.

This brings me to my second moan....... I don't have any problems with people wearing headphones and listening to music when they run... but having the volume up so loud that hey are oblivious to everything round them in a race is dangerous. I saw a few instances where headphone wearers were obviously unaware of the people immediately around them and switched to another part of the track causing a collision...

Anyway, I will learn for next year and make sure I'm in a wave for my predicted time :)

This is also the first time that I used the function on my watch to race against myself. I downloaded last years data back on to my watch and used that as my course. This meant that I could see at any point if I was in front or behind where I was at that point last year. I found this really useful, in someways more useful than just setting a pace time because it did take in to account the hills !

I didn't carry water with me so I did stop at the water points for a drink..... and at the second one to wash the flies down that I had ended up swallowing (not nice...)

So, I finished in 56:25 knocking 2:39 off my previous PB for the course... looks like the training is working and I'm starting to get faster :)

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