Trying to look & feel badass before my first ever attempt to run 4 miles ON MY OWN! Im scared and my thighs hurt like crazy, but fingers crossed I can do more than a mile – that’s all I managed to do a week ago today on my own… Let’s go!
— UPDATE —
So I only managed to do 3 miles in 40 minutes. Not very happy with myself but hey, at least I went out and tried my best. Did the run in Crystal Palace park, my first ever time there so wasn’t quite sure what to expect! It was pretty damn hilly on some places and my thighs started aching as soon as I started running. Not ideal and during the first mile I really considered giving up. But then I started to imagine my team bangs girls cheering me on in my head and just as I hit the 2nd mile I came to this beautiful open space with pebbles on the ground, massive archers that apparently are remains from the old palace, green grass on both sides of the massive path and the sun shining straight at me. Luckily this amazing remix of a Wiley song came on and I just felt invincible!
I ran up the hill, down the hill, round the corners and just as I hit 3 miles my phone rang and fucked up the mental state I had worked up in my head to be able to carry on running for another mile despite my legs feeling like they were gonna collapse underneath me. I won’t lie, I felt like punching the person who had called me in the face, but then calmed down and decided to head home since it was getting a bit darker.
I guess 3 miles on my own isn’t too bad… Slightly enjoyed I didn’t do 4 but tomorrow is a new day and if my legs don’t kill me I will probably give it another go!
I stumbled through the door 10 minutes ago, got changed into my running gear, having a quick cuppa, then heading out to do my first ever attempt to run 4 miles with the oh-so-lovely Dani. It’s been a goddamn shitty day, so hopefully I won’t die or break a leg, and fingers crossed Dani will go easy on me. Will update post-run so we can see how it panned out. Wish me good luck!
— UPDATE —
I DID IT!!!!!!! Despite a shitty day, a painful & bloated stomach, getting lost on my way to see Dani, the rain and the wind I managed to run 4.16 miles in 56 minutes and 34 seconds (I reckon it was 54 minutes with all the faffing around before we started running but you know…) There were no stops, no walking, just RUNNING FOR ALMOST AN HOUR!!! It might sound like nothing to more experienced runners, but for me, who did 1.16 miles 5 days ago and almost died I think it’s a massive improvement, never thought I would be able to do it, and now I am super proud and happy! Massive thanks to Dani & her sweet sweet booty in front of me that kept me motivated when I thought my legs would turn into spaghetti! Now I need to stretch a little then it’s bedtime. Sweet dreams!!!
As you know I was incredibly ill last week and I foolishly thought that I had recovered, which I have – but maybe not as much as I would have hoped.
Either way, with the thoughts of this silly half marathon in mind and massive guilt plus panic over not having started my training yet, I decided to go for a run today. The weather in London is beautiful and I was very much looking forward to hitting the pavement with my gorgeous new running shoes.
Sadly, this run didn’t quite turn out the way I wanted it to. As soon as I had run about 0.25 miles the snot just started pouring out of my nose (I know, not a very good look!!). I didn’t have any tissues on me, so I tried to sniff it up as much as I humanly could.
Annoyingly, this resulted in my entire nose being so blocked up that I could hardly breathe. After about 0.75 miles it started venturing down in my throat, so it became more and more difficult to breathe and it just felt like my entire head was clogged up with snot. I tried to push on, but as soon as I got to a bit over a mile, the snot won. I walked for a little while, hoping my body would absorb it all, but sadly it didn’t.
Safe to say I wasn’t too happy about this at all. But I figured that a little bit of running is better than no running at all. Plus, considering how hilly my neighbourhood is (as in – we got a lot of hills!) I did manage to work up a bit of a sweat running up and down and up the hills.
Official training with the girls starts in January, so I have until then to make sure I can run about 3-4 miles with ease. I guess it’s all about taking it one mile at the time for now. I am pretty confident that I can manage that, as long as the snot & the illness stops cramping my running style. Fingers crossed that I’m right!