Wise words -makes so much sense. I will slow things down -definitely dont want any injuries at this point. Sticking to the plan is hard as I work shifts and -like tonight -I simply cannot be bothered to go out and run after a 12 hour shift in hospital! I then feel guilty and lazy and beat myself up. Roll on the weekend when I can really chill out and just enjoy my run. I know what you mean about "just 9 miles" --it wasnt that long ago that a 10K was a huge run for me! Now its nothing -definetly a little run when I dont have much time. Its great how my fitness has built up. From being a size 22 18 stone unhappy fat person to a size 10 10 stone happy woman!
Thats reassuring -cheers for that! I guess it helps that i really enjoy running -I dont look at my plan and think "noooo not today!" -I actually want to go out. Changing jobs soon though and different shifts will make it harder to find time but Ill manage.
Thanks Minni -thats really good to hear. I normally enjoy my runs -and being from Northumberland originally I was really looking forward to the run. I set off fine but that constant wind in my face really dragged me down and I honestly felt like i ran a marathon.
Day of rest yesterday and back into it today -off out now at 5am! Love my morning runs
Thanks so much for the encouragement -its really helped my mind. Re a training plan -I'm "following" the Asics one but I admit I am running further than it is currently telling me to do -that would have me doing 11 miles as my longest so far and I just felt ready to go further. I'm tending to go out about 3 times during the week -usually around 7 miles a time -and my long run on a Sunday -adding a mile on every 1-2 weeks. Ill check out the plans you mention above -cheers for that.
What do people tend to "eat" on the way round? I'm tending to have a gel every hour and seem fine with that (plus bit of water). Ive been advised to take a banana but I dont fancy carrying that around! Any good fuel tips?
Time wise -I'm tending to do 10mm on my long runs -im happy with that as I know its right for me. Like I say -not that bothered about time -ideally 4hr 30 would be lovely.
Running really has changed my life though. I had major back surgery years ago and I have metal rods -losing the weight has taken away all the pain -no longer carrying around that fat! Wish I did this years ago