Post We Own The Night Endorphins

And this GIF above where our endorphins are running high after the We Own The Night race this past weekend is a very accurate example of how I feel about the fact of being done with marathon training AND my Masters Degree next Monday! (also, Peggy’s look at me & Cata is pretty damn priceless! HAHAHA!)

Training week 17 - 1

ANYWAY! Week 17 of training was not very exciting due to my Runner’s Knee injury plus being crazy busy with my MA project. The week slightly overlapped with the previous training week due to the bank holiday, so I did the 7 miles (instead of 12) on the Monday, then decided to run my 5 miler on Wednesday to give my knees some time to rest before the 10K race on Saturday night.

Training week 17 - 2

I hated every single step of those 5 miles on the treadmill and I didnt feel like it was helping my knees in any way whatsoever apart from forcing me to keep a steady pace. Felt pretty bummed out after the session and went home to RICE my knees, which made them look far worse than they felt I promise.

Training week 17 - pre race gift

I got a nice little pre-race treat from Vita Coco to help me keep hydrated for the We Own The Night race – THANK SO MUCH! Wasn’t a big fan of all of them, and I still need to try the coffee and mocha flavours, but I would definitely invest in getting the peach&mango one as a post-exercise drink if my little wallet could afford it.

Training week 17 - 3

Then Saturday came and we ventured out in the crazy weather to run We Own The Night in Victoria Park alongside 10’000 other women. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the race this year as last year it was a bit of a let down.

The events leading up to the race were promising and even though I wasn’t invited to all of them, they gave me a good feeling about the race overall.

Training week 17 - 4

And WOW! THEY DID OT DISAPPOINT THIS YEAR! I almost feel like I should dedicate a whole post to this race, mainly because I feel like it was such a phenomenal improvement on last year and I felt genuinely happy that they had taken so much feedback on board and really tried to make it better this year.

WELL DONE NIKE and the team who organised it this year. You really pulled it off!

Training week 17 - Peggy

I ran the race with my friend Peggy the whole way through and I loved every second of it.

The pre & post area of the race was great and felt like a mini festival, the race itself was dope and I loved how they played with lights and sounds, Cheer Dem Crew at the 4th & 8th KM was EPIC and made me so happy and overall I really feel like this ended up being one of my most enjoyable races of all time!

Plus Peggy got a PB and Cata got a PB and I think it just helped putting us on a positive note a week before our big day.

Training week 17 - 5


And if that wasn’t enough, the exact distance I ran the race in also helped me reach 1000 miles ON THE DOT 7 days before the marathon. What a milestone! (That is around 1610KM for those of you who don’t do miles…!!) Who would have thought I would achieve this in 2 years – Im still gob smacked about it!

So, with race day in T-6 days, this is what I am hoping my week will look like:


TUE: 3 miles
WED: 4 miles
THU: 2 miles



Before I started running I always felt like I had so much on my plate, that I didn’t really have time for things like exercise or general “me time”.

Unhappy Orsii
Looking back on it, I gave up a lot of things simply because I had the mindset of “I don’t have time”, which actually wasn’t true in hindsight, but I guess it was more convenient to say that rather than having to deal with certain things.

Since I started my training again in Jan 2014 – despite sometimes not really being up for the run ahead, Ive stuck to every single session in my schedule before getting injured. When I wasn’t up for it or felt like I didn’t have time, Ive told myself that its essential “me time”, and that it’s not something I can allow myself to compromise on.

I’ve also tried to incorporate a bit of “me time” outside of running, giving myself the time to do things like painting my nails, or putting on a face mask, or just having a slightly longer shower.

Might not sound like a big deal, but I never really used to allow myself that time to kind of treat or take care of myself.

And what I have realised is that taking those 1-2 hours to run, or 20-30 min to paint my nails, or to put on a face mask actually makes me happier and more productive than just constantly sitting inside, in front of my laptop, and neglecting myself.

At first I felt a bit guilty, and the last two months of my training schedule when I’ve had so much on with my MA project, I struggled with the mindset of allowing myself to have that time.

But overall, I think it has really helped me stay more focused and to be much happier than when I’ve been in similar busy situations or periods in the past.

The more I get used to doing it, the more important I think it is to allow yourself to have that time that you spend on yourself and your well-being, WITHOUT feeling guilty or stressed about it.

It doesn’t have to be in the form of running or painting your nails, it can be whatever you want!

Orsi Heart Tee

Seeing the improvements in my fitness has also opened up my eyes for how much healthier other aspects of my life have become, and as a result, things like being able to focus on work have become better because both my mind and my body are happier.

People said training for my first marathon and finishing my final MA project would be very difficult, and it really has been! But at the same time, I think running has kept me in check and forced me to be way more disciplined and healthy during the last stages of my MA than I’ve ever been before.

So ultimately, both have been experiences that I’ve really enjoyed, and that probably wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t allow myself the time to enjoy them both.

ninja turtle smoothie

Week 16 was a relatively quiet training week, mainly because Im still suffering from Runner’s Knee which means I can’t really follow my training plan. I’ve been trying to be as healthy as possible though as Im aware of the fact that Im not moving and running as much as I should be – and this have included drinking my green smoothies!

Mid week swimming

Keeping fit has meant swimming once a week and trying to get in as many runs possible without hurting myself. I have to say that I really liked the mid-week, early morning swim!

Training week 16 - 2

On Friday I attempted to run 5 miles, which went ok but I did it on a treadmill at the gym since its much softer to run on treadmills and I am trying to save my knees for the big day. No pain but I did run at a ridiculously slow pace – and the whole experience was mind-numbingly boring!

Training week 16 - 3

Went back three days later and attempted my 12 miler – but I couldn’t quite make it that far as I started feeling my knees close to 7 miles, so I decided to stop as I just don’t want to push it too much this close to the marathon. Was sweating buckets – I can’t get my head around why people choose to run in the gym instead of outside!

Overall though, if it wasn’t  for my bad knees I would be inclined to say that I feel like I’ve finally gained back the fitness I lost in the second half of 2013. Running 7 miles on a treadmill was incredibly boring, but I felt strong mentally and fitness wise – just need to try to keep my fitness level up now the last 12 days before the race!

The plan is to continue to swim and run on treadmills all the way up to the Friday before the race – however – with my BIG final deadline for my MA being the same day, I am slightly worried about how I will have time to run and finish my project…

Anyway! This weekend I have a race scheduled in, and the rest of my training week will be something like this:


MON: 7 miles – Done
TUE: REST – Done
WED: 5 miles – Done
THU: REST – Done
FRI: REST – Done
SAT: We Own The Night – 10K Race – Done