Good morning! Long time no speak I know, very naughty of me.
Ikle - Have an absolutely fab wedding and please don't get too tired beforehand from running!
Everyone is still churning out the odd ultras and marathons aren't they? Jovi - you are absolutely amazing, I really don't know how you do it, and Martin just turning up and pulling off a sub 4hr. I still don't think I could do another one!
I think I am now fully(ish) recovered from the coast to coast - I felt fairly ok afterwards and then a week later it just hit me really hard and I have spent the next 3 weeks sleeping 10 - 12 hours a night and just no energy to do anything at all. I was fairly sensible (for a change) and did no exercise until last week and I've started back out from 3 miles upwards. I totally underestimated how tired my body was not only from the C2C but the 9 months I was slogging it out for beforehand. AH you say you're knackered, did you have a proper rest after your epic swim?
So I'm now just ticking over for a month or so before I start training for .........the BOB GRAHAM!!
Yes, I'm officially crazy! Me, Phil and Steve are going to do it on June 21st 2014. It is a stupid, ridiculous, mental challenge and most people don't get round the first time but I'm going to give it a bloody good go and see what happens. We have had loads of offers of support on the day and bless even Martin from here has offered. Maybe we could have a forum day out in the Lakes and all of us do one of the sections?
I'm also (can't believe I'm saying this) considering a Spring marathon to keep the speed going in my legs - which seems to have dwindled away somewhat.
Most frighteningly I am starting University on Friday to do my law degree due to the promise of a partnership with my current firm. Being a Legal Executive apparently isn't enough and so I have four years of hard work ahead. No idea how I will fit it in, ask me in 12 months when I'm in the middle of a breakdown!
Hello Thank you so so much for all the lovely texts and Facebook messages which kept me going last week but I am so pleased that I actually ran from coast to coast!
It is the hardest but also the funniest and most amazing time I've ever had, I cannot imagine ever beating the experience. I am now a little lost as I have nothing to do. What is more amazing is that my legs just kept going day after day. The first hour was always the worst and then they "kind of" recovered. Amazingly I have no blisters and just a sore toe where I collided with a stone and tendonitis. Today I feel fine, I had sports massage and there are no bumps to be ironed out but I am going to do absolutely nothing for a whole week.
We are finishing the blog tonight, I think I'll be a little lost not writing it and without my bonkers friend.
I think the total was about 186 miles over 53 hours.And can you believe - I havent lost any weight!!!
I apologise everytime I come on here about my rubbishness at posting - sorry!
Tutu - sounds like you have motherhood to a tee, I remember those days well of rushing around while they sleep. I have no idea how you fit in running so you're doing a much better job than I ever did, and he is absolutely beautiful on the photos, such a happy little boy.
Ikle - wow, wow, wow re your Ultra, amazing but aren't they fun? Much less pressure than road races. Hope the wedding plans are going well
Lou - I think you already know my admiration for you, whatever next?
Well I am currently bricking it. I start the Coast to Coast on Monday, now wondering what I have got myself into and why. What happened to the days of just simple marathon training, surely it's your fault on here? I have such a mixed range of emotions but above all now I just want it to be over with and to be sat in a pub in Robin Hood's Bay with a pint of cider - that will do me nicely
Please don't worship at my feet Susan - they hurt and I'm not worthy! I am not amazing either. I really really promise to try and visit more often, I am completely rubbish.
C2C is between 190 - 220 miles depending on which route we take and how lost we get. I went on a navigation course last week, it was great. I had no idea the things that maps can tell you. I have now got plantar fascititis in my heel which isn't great but hoping some stretches and new trainers will help it. Can you believe that only 12 weeks in that some weight has started to go - what's that all about??
I've been all consumed with training for the Coast to Coast - I underestimated how hard it would be and how it affects everything. I am only training 4 days a week but my longest runs now up to 5 hours with 3 sessions mid week. I had a major wobble/strop/threws toys out of pram last week just through tiredness, sore heel and general had enough. Amazing how just not getting enough sleep and being stressed with general life can affect running and I just had 4 terrible runs in a row and was ready to cancel the whole thing.
So I am now sleeping more, eating better and trying to be more organised and I am happy again (for now). I did my hill session this morning in beautiful sunshine and did 9 miles of hill reps - please God let them pay off as they are the most tedious and tiring thing I have to do!
Please remind me when I come up with another idea like this to not do it.....please!