Any excuse to run…!

Haven’t run for a while despite buying new warm running gear so ……

On Friday night I had plans to go to a girls night out at a spa with 9 other girl friends grazing on a few meat and salmon platters, wine and the odd glass of fizz as well as using all the facilities!

A mini bus had been booked but I had to get to the pick up point 2.5 miles away. The kids had been dropped off at Grandpa and Grandmas. My options were to get a taxi, get a bus or run with a small rucksac to the pick up point.

So believe it or not, I choose to run because I needed to do a small run.

I think I had lost my running mojo/confidence since my last 10k (5th race) on 4 October and was beginning to believe I would just give up on running.

It was just what I needed a small run testing out my legs, pace, confidence and new gear.

My conclusion …

– legs, pace (trying out sprints and longer strides) and confidence were ok.
– it’s not cold enough for my full winter running gear yet!
– need to look for a race to enter as I need more incentives to keep on running as my just giving page has not reached the target of £1650 celebrating 16.5 years of marriage of late hubby who died 1 March 2014.

Btw … The Spa evening was lovely! Cheers.



Tomorrow is another day ….

Weekend of nights out, a family party and no running …not even a cheeky 3 miler! So I think it’s going to be very tough running a couple of times this coming week….

It’s also been very emotional for me this week. The family party was good … company and banter … but I was also quiet and I so missed my late husband. The girls nights out were good and I even had a bottle of Bolly (not all by myself – honest!) with a curry… I think a first and I don’t want to do that again in a hurry! I also think I planned too much this weekend… I haven’t been out for such a long time then it all happens in the same weekend!

So tomorrow is another day and a new week so healthy eating and fitness is a must this week…. fingers crossed!


New winter gear bought …so no excuses!

My last 10k race on 4 October I discovered my summer running gear was a little cold for the beautiful surroundings of Kielder Forest…

So today I invested in a couple of items …leggings, 2 x snoods, gloves, ear warmer band, reflectors and socks all from Aldi. I’d read a review of their jackets and they said they were NOT breathable so I decided against buying the jacket and also I have a couple of lightweight breathable jackets any way…

The only thing I need is a hi vis waistcoat for the evening runs.

A bit naughty but I haven’t run since 4 October so I need to run … I have cold weather running gear now so I have no excuses ….

Think I also need to book another race soon … as I don’t want to give up on my running … just yet.  3 x 10k and 2 HM since 13 July 2014… may I need to look at a 10k race.

Got to keep on running… ☺


Kielder 10k Race Day on a cold and wet day?

Sat 4 October – Race Day

…I woke to the sound of rain – heavy rain and my heart sunk! It was race day at Kielder Forest and the weather forecast was rain, rain and more rain!

I slowly dragged myself out of bed, and woke the kids. ‘Your mad Mummy is running today and you’re going to Grandma’s house’ I said over cheerily trying to convince myself this was a good idea!

I half thought about not going then I remember I’m running for me, my late husband Nigelwho died 1.3.14  and Kidney Research UK and ….  I’d also wrote on facebook I was running the Kielder 10k so no backing out of it.

Note to self winter running gear as I have mainly vests and shorts and the weather is changing for the worse!

I dropped the kids off and then my 2 fellow runners collected me and we were on our way to Kielder Forest …. via McDonald’s for porridge!

Traveling nearly two hours on small narrow and hilly roads for a c.1hour 10k race  seemed a little OTT especially as I developed travel sickness along the way!

When we arrived, the countryside and the views were breath taking and it had stopped raining – always a bonus and the sun was out!

I bumped into friends and chatted and was jealous as they had a pass out – they were staying over night post race in a pub and having a few drinks! Why hadn’t we thought of that? May be next time?  We’ve had a pass out the night before for the Redcar Half Marathon the week before but you can’t drink the night before the race (or you shouldn’t!).

The start of the race was delayed slightly but thatbjust added to the atmosphire….. and then we were off on a beautiful scenic but hilly route.

We are three ladies who try and run together in races and we did for most of the race.

I started to feel the pain at 6.5 km and ran about 200 -300 yards behind them always keeping them in my sight. I’d play a game in my mind of slowly trying to catch them up ie when a runner in front passes a target/point say a tree, I’d count how long it took me to pass it … say 6 seconds. Then I’d look for a second marker and start counting and increase my pace so the next marker was 4 or 5 seconds away.  I was doing really well slowly catching them up with renewed energy then at 7.5km my friends had stopped as another runner was struggling with deyhdration so I too stopped to help. The girl’s lips were blue and she was staggering across the path wanting to run on. It was scary seeing her so positive she could carry on running to the end when she was all over the place.  We gave her sports drinks and gels and waited with her until a medic arrived. We all stayed for a little while longer and then we continued with the race and we all ran the last 2.5km together and finished together!

The best and unexpected pleasure was crossing the finish line and finding that my parents and my children had travelled 2 hours to see me finish. What a feeling …. so we celebrated with Hot Chocolate, hog roast bun and cake in the marquee. 


I’d finished the tough hilly course which included a stop to help a fellow runner in 1 hr 8min by the official time (or unofficially 1hr 2 mins by map my run). But it’s better to help a runner rather than go for a time.


Next race is tbc but considering I have ran 5 races since 13 July – 3 x 10k and 2 Half Marathons ..I think a rest may be needed and a few more stamina training sessions are also required!

My running is still fun and ok but it could be better.

I hope your running is good!

Keep on running….


7 months today and counting

The first of every month is a constant reminder of an anniversary I don’t want to remember.

My late husband died on 1st March 2014 and for this year of firsts it is so hard as each month begins.

I find myself hoping each first of the month flies by …but it never does.

Today the children and I spoke about having Memory Bears made out of Daddy’s shirts … they think it’s a grest idea.

Amy wants a Memory Bear made out of Daddy’s lovely pink shirts. Charles wants his Memory Bear made out of Daddy’s Blue shirts while I will have Stripey Shirts.

These Bears are being made with love for Christmas and so we will have beautiful Memory Bears made from Daddy’s shirts to cuddle.

Memories are so important but sometimes we forget so these Bears will compliment Daddy’s Clay Hand/Palm models which we all received on Daddy’s Birthday 22 August, so we can hold Daddy’s hand whenever we want to …

Goodnight and sweet dreams x


New pb in Half Marathon

I ran 2nd Half Marathons in three weeks and I managed a pb .. !

By the way I have only ran two HM, the Great North Run in 2h 17mins and the Redcar Half Marathon last Sunday in 2hrs 10 mins.

I was exhausted and enotional at the end and I even managed a sprint finish I think  … well it was a sprint finish in my head!

I ran for me, my kids, my late husband Nigel and Kidney Research UK.

Training started on 5 June 2014 and my first race was a 10k on 13 July in 59.51!

Next race is my 5th race overall and my 3rd 10k next weekend.

I love my running and at the moment,  my running is going well. How is your running?