That's great Lotte, just what I needed, thank you! My long run is mostly going to be on a Tuesday as I have most of the school day child free so can fit it in with limited effect on everyone else (some effect on work, and general household stuff, but there are always compromises...!), but there are a few weeks when I'm really going to struggle to get out at all. The worst one will be when I'm working 3 days and then husband is working all weekend. I should be able to get out on the Tuesday, and a short one on Sunday if husband gets home for a short while and is feeling very generous, but that might be it. Not great, but it is what it is!
I don't think I can really justify and expensive bag as I'm not sure how much use it will get, but I'll have a look at the decathlon offerings, and may look on eBay, gumtree etc as you never know what people are selling!
Thanks Tangy. We have a decathlon just down the road so I'll have a look in there. I think they actually had that bag when I looked a few months ago, so will be annoying if they don't have it now! I just looked at the website and rather entertainingly the sports bra I really like is called 'first crop top'!
I don't think I'm going to be able to fit in any long back to back runs anyway as my husband is also training for a long sportive on his bike the weekend after my race, so our weekends are divided, and time is tight! I did 4 miles the day after my 14 last week, and I worked for 12 hours yesterday after my 18 on Tuesday, and must have walked quite a few miles during the course of the day so maybe that counts for something!
I reckon I could manage 20 or 22 having done 18 last week, but should I just keep trying to go a bit further each week and then stop a week before?! I'm going to try and get a cheeky 3 miles in this morning before a meeting, and will aim for 8ish tomorrow, and then might get a quick one in on Sunday since it's Mother's Day - but it's also Isabelle's birthday so there might not be time!
So, shock horror, I actually need some running advice! ( it feels slightly wrong to type that whilst sitting here with a glass of wine after a rather long day at work, and absolutely no running, but there you go!).
I've gone public with my 'race' plans and have got my first sponsorship money so now I feel I need to get a little bit serious about how to get this thing done. So...35 miles in about 7 weeks. Last week I did a long run of 14 miles, and 38 miles total. This week I've done a long run of 18 miles (the furthest I've ever run!!), and will try and get another one or 2 shorter runs in. I'm not sure how long my long run should get, or quite how many miles I should try and do - any advice? Realistically I won't be able to get in more than 3 runs a week due to our work, but hopefully one of those can be as long as I want - or can manage!
I also need some kind of bag to carry water, a map, phone, but I hate running with rucksacks. Has anyone tried a cheap running vest bag thing like the decathlon ones? The race is in May so I don't anticipate having to carry lots of spare clothes, so I don't think I need anything too big.