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Sunday, 20 April 2014

My London Marathon Story...


The mind is a very powerful tool. It can talk you out of things you like and love to do just because it wants to. It can also make you do things you never thought were possible!!

Going back to the start...

Last year I did the London marathon, and it was the hardest thing I had ever done. After I finished I said never again. A few days later the ballot opened for this year. "Come on" my husband said, lets both enter it and I will run around with you? After a bit of talking me into it , I agreed!!

Several months later when the places were given out, I received a magazine claiming "your in" where my husbands was delivered one day later saying ''don't be blue'' essentially meaning 'you're not in'! I was shocked. My first thought was that I can not go through this on my own again.

From that day on my mind was set...

 Over the following months I made every excuse under the sun not to run. My mind was telling me I can't do it, I believed it. Long run days I was ill, short on time, or had something planned. I just hated the thought of running and hated running.

As the date got closer and closer, my guilt (for not running) continued to rise.

2 months before the marathon I knew I had to get some training in. That month was great, lots of 6 miles, an 11 and a 14. Yeah I'm on track!

Then the month prior to the marathon I got ill, became weak, tired out and exhausted. 'I can't do it' I thought 'I'm not fit enough'.. The last month was so bad, I barely made it out of the door.

Last week, just before the marathon was so much stress. Shall I do it? yes! no! I could defer it until next year?No its not fair on people who wanted to get in, lots of thoughts were running through my head, they alone wore me out.

Finally I decided to race. Everything was already planned. The hotel was booked to pick my race number up, my husband had arranged time off work, a hotel was also booked for the night before the marathon, and everybody was counting on me. Yes, yes I have to do it.


The day before race day as we travelled back down to London, I felt the symptoms of a cold. All afternoon and night I was shaking, my temperature seemingly going from boiling hot to freezing cold. Race day morning I woke up with a migraine and feeling sick. No, no I can not do it.

I did not want to let all my family down who had come to support me. My husband and 2 youngest children had planned a fun day out to watch me and all the other the runners travelling to and from tube stations along different parts of the course.

'I must do it' I thought. My only other choice was to watch the race, feel guilty about not racing and stand around feeling ill all day. I decided to do the race and promised to pull out if I felt too ill at any time.

With only minutes before making my way to the start, I found myself in the queue for the toilets which I eventually realised were women's urinals! I soon rushed off to find somewhere to have a good old fashioned wee. The thought of me using a urinal at least distracted me from my nervous state.

The atmosphere at the start was amazing and I was surprised to officially begin the race after a few short minutes (unlike last year which took me over 20). The first 5000m of the race felt slow; however I found out hours later that the pace was only a minute or so slower than my personal best for the distance! My husband thought I was going mad when I passed him a lot earlier than he expected. How can you not get carried away when there are hundreds of runners all around you with deafening support from spectators.

I just loved the first 10 miles of the race, my head was clear and my migraine had gone soon after the start.

Why had I been afraid of running and training up for the the marathon, when I was loving it so much today?

However, when I reached the 10 mile mark, the race began to get tough. I soon had to endure 3 miles of stitch followed by 13 miles of knee pain. It has taken me 2 marathons to realise why I get knee pain. Last year both went, this year only 1.

I realised yesterday that half way through my feet must have swelled with being hot, which makes your feet slightly swell making your shoes seem tighter. This year only 1 trainer was tight and painful, the knee that went. Surely when your lace goes tight it restricts you knee? Getting your trainers properly laced up is one of the small that need to be considered before a race. The second half of the race was hard work, painful and I was so pleased to push through it.

After 26.2 I realised I absolutely love running!!

Buzzing for the rest of the day, feeling very proud of myself and what I had achieved.

What could I achieved if my mind had let me train properly?

Maybe I will try and get in next year?

If you ever want to run a marathon, London is the one to try, so amazing. The crowd support is absolutely fantastic, 26.2 miles of cheering you on , (just make sure your name on your shirt). The cheering you get from everyone is unbelievable. At 25 miles I started to cry, made up with it all. I was in knee pain and the crowds were shouting my name "come on Claire"  and when I started to run again they all cheered out loud. This is simply an amazing feeling.

The water stations were all a welcome sight, Lucozade sport drink were aplenty and simply perfectly timed, and gels were spot on. I could not praise this event enough...

 A fantastic day in all...

Linking up with-

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Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Robin Hood Half Marathon...



Do you ever feel your ready to take on the challenge, but find out something is stopping you?

The Robin Hood half marathon!!

Not a good race for me
Perfect course
   Nice, flat and fast
Achievable Pb race
 Around wonderful Nottingham

Beautiful sites~

 University Boulevard, Around Highfields Lake
 Trent building courtyard at the University of Nottingham
Starting and finishing around the stunning Victoria Embankment
Amazing spectators
Over 6,000 finishes

But it just was not  my day.

Firstly I need to get out and race more, wow I was so impressed with how many runners and spectators were at this race. Only half marathons I have done are Worksop, Mansfield and Retford. Knowing I was going to meet up with some friends I expected to turn up and greet them, no way of this happening!!

It was a glorious day, the sun was shining there were thousands of runner and amazing crowds of spectators.

 Off I set wanting to break records ( only my PB records though ) I felt great up to 6 miles, not to fast and not to slow and on time for a pb at half way, that is if I could pull a little time back in the second half. At around 7 miles I slowed for a drink, energy drink station just what I needed. Then a man cut in front of me forcing me to stop, not a problem, usually but this time was different, my knees just felt like they locked.

 Trying to talk myself out of the problem I tried to carry on running, but how do you run when you can not straighten your legs? shuffle, yes shuffle around the next 6 miles. After slowing and shuffling, feeling sorry for myself and drinking to much I then got stitch, arr how can this be happening to me?

The only thing that got me to the end was knowing my family was waiting for me at the end. Oh well I have another half marathon or 2 to plan before London Marathon.

 Got home and slept all afternoon,,, onwards and upwards.

Same thing happened as in London, thought it was my trainers then but now find out not. Husband checked it and found out I have some weak spot to work on, lots of squats... 6 months to improve for London as I never want this to happen again...

Watch out Nottingham, same time same place next year, I am coming to get you and after my shiny new PB

Hahaha



Thursday, 13 June 2013

Favourite Maxi Skirt And My Sons Big Race...



Outfit~
  
Headband ~ Poundshop
Top ~ Sportsworld
Necklace ~ My old shop
Skirt ~ Primark
Shoes ~ Crocs
 
 
Can you believe it was wonderfully warm at 4 o clock yesterday and we go 5 minutes up the road to watch my youngest sons first big race, (fastest kid in town) and it was so windy!! followed by a rain storm!!
 
 
3 races he was suppose to do, bless him :( . 
 
 
I can say honestly he didn't get the best start, stumble at first but he gave it his all, (saving himself for the last race) and still won his race... yeah...hope you heard me shouting son?  then it rain, pored and then belted it down....
 
 
So glad we had the car for shelter!! as we were of to visit my parents afterwards...
 
 
So instead of running against the best in each group, and getting his true position, he got a overall position on his time...
 
 
5th....  well done son~ ( N ) xx his finish was amazing, he dipped like a true professional at the end and he is only 10!!
 
 
Ekk we love a good competition in our family and this was is his first big race against children his age,,, in other news I could not be bothered to exercise yesterday!! do you ever get them days where you just need a little motivation?  My knee is still in pain from my fall :( !!
 
 
I want to get fit and need to be more organised but yesterday  I had a lovely day just chilling, and sleeping!! and a few glasses of wine last night, I really don't feel like it today!! but I must make myself go for a run after lunch.
 
 
I really should give up cake if I really want to run faster but,,,, it tastes so good!! and the chocolate cream muffin my husband brought me yesterday was amazing.
 
 
Hay ho summer is coming, a beach body really would be great so I must keep this in mind ......
Linking up to~


Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Yeh 10 Minute PB : Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop...

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday hosted by Clairejustineoxox and judyh-jsthoughts where you can link up your Wordless / not so Wordless Wednesday photo posts each week...

P.B 1 hour 58 minutes 42 seconds

Monday, 2 July 2012

Olympic Torch And The Mansfield Fun Run 2012 : Creative Mondays Blog Hop..

Guess who got to hold the Olympic torch yesterday?



Hello and welcome to Creative Mondays hosted by Clairejustineoxox and Judyh-jsThoughts where you can link up all your creative post each week.... what have you all been up to this week?

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Morning : The Gallery...

Over at The Gallery this weeks theme is morning.

This is my morning so far..

Breakfast eaten.
Tea drank.
Orange juice drank.
4 kids lunch boxes made.
1 hubby's lunch box made and waved of to work.
2 oldest lads waved of to school.
2 youngest children breakfast severed.
2 youngest walked to school and me ready for a run on way to school.
5 and half miles ran (which I am feeling really pleased about after a 5 miles race last night).
More breakfast tea and orange juice had.
5 min's on computer!!!!( well long 5 min's)
Ironing pile started !!

Rinse and repeat tomorrow morning...







Whats your morning been like so far???

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

The Photo Gallery: Week 99 Action....

Over at The Gallery this week the theme is Action for us to interpret the theme any way we like ....

For us we are a family who love to run me, my husband,my 2 oldest boys are all runners ....

My first race about 7 years ago

First fun run my son won about 2 years ago

Little 2 training up


Something we love to do as a family



We have to go out in the pouring rain


And spend hours in a park waiting to watch them racing
Another hobby we have been taking up is bike riding,although I find this more dangerous!!





I have been taking my little to out and on Saturday I fell of my bike whilst standing still smashing my knee cap on the floor 4,days later I still can't run with the pain....I so miss running...

Off to try again this morning ...

Monday, 16 April 2012

Instagram And Creative Mondays Blog Hop Week 16....




Hello and welcome to Creative Mondays hosted by Clairejustineoxox andJudyh-jsThoughts where you can link up all your creative post each week.... what have you all been up to this week?
Been a busy few weeks with all 4 children off school and my husband having a week off work.We've had Easter,a birthday,day trips out,learning my youngest two to ride their bikes ,races and even started painting my bedroom yesterday but now can't rest until it's done!!

I've not been very creative this last to weeks due to not much time although I have been enjoying taking photo's on my new phone so here is my last 2 weeks in photos...





















Now it's your turn to show us what you've been up to....

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