I love running early morning - it's so peaceful. I live in between Poole and Bournemouth so early morning running along the sea front is gorgeous. I have a young family too (well, not that young anymore - my daughter turns seven next weekend) so getting my long run done and dusted at 6am Saturday morning makes the weekends much easier to juggle.
I tend to just have a cereal bar if I'm doing anything up to say 8 miles or so. For anything into double digits, I have two weetabix - I find it fills me up enough to give me the energy I need to complete the run but without making me feel too stuffed so I then have to wait around til I digest some of it. It's nice and quick and does the trick for me!
Finally starting to get over this hideous cough and cold I picked up in Altrincham a couple of weekends ago - not had a virus this bad in a long while. Went out for a slow and gentle five mile run last night to get the legs working again - felt tough! So annoyed as I had just got my base mileage back up so I was doing three mid-week runs of between 5-10 miles plus a long run of half marathon at the weekend in preparation to start the schedule at start of December and now feel like I've lost it all. Hopefully it won't take too long to get back up again (well, it better not as only three weeks or so til the 18 week schedule starts). Need to be sensible though and not push myself to get straight back up though as don't want a relapse!
Right - after much schedule and races research, I've decided to plump for the Hal HIgdon Intermediate II schedule. I followed the Intermediate I schedule at the start of this year and I loved it and the II version follows a similar pattern but with longer and more runs. Looking forward to the step up in intensity and I have slotted in a couple of races along the way. I'm based in Dorset so have the Blackmore Vale Half in February (which is very hilly so good strong legs required) and the Mad March 20 miler in March (surprisingly!).
The last schedule I followed only had 2 20milers in it so definitely wanted to incorporate at least 3 this time round with a few 17-20s thrown in too for good measure. I found the last 6 miles so much more difficult than I thought in Rome.
My hubby may well sign up too and run the marathon - he hasn't run in a while but has decided that if he can get himself up to 10 miles by Christmas, he'll start a 12 week programme at start of Jan and join in.
Now I just need to kncok this chesty cough on the head by 2nd December and remind my legs of what running is as I haven't been able to get out for a fortnight because of being so ill.
It's a lovely course - they used to run it on the summer solstice in the evening but have swapped their dates around this year so this is the first winter outing of the race that I'm aware of. Not sure how that will change the course but when I did it last Spring it was beautiful - quite a varied course - part through forest, part through park and part through the golf course at the end. Really friendly atmosphere.
Got trapped in Altrincham at the weekend following the storms down south - all trains from Picadilly to Euston on the Monday were cancelled until late afternoon so had an unexpected extra day up there. Saw lots of the route going to and from Altrincham and Manchester centre for various wedding fayres etc. Not sure how impressed my sister was by the end of the weekend when I kept talking about how I would be running along various routes etc instead of focussing on her wedding planning!
Now have come home with an absolute humdinger of a cough/cold so haven't run for just over a week all in all. Still coughing my guts up and wheezing so definitely no run for me this weekend -
It's not the most scenic route by any stretch of the imagination but every road we went along had some sort of childhood memory for me - be it passed my Grans' houses, my sister's flat, my old school, various old haunts. Literally going to be a trip down memory lane for me - while making new memories at the same time.
Got my copy of P&D book last week - looks a bit more intensive than the Hal Higdon one I followed at the start of this year for Rome. Not sure whether to have a go or stick with the next level of Hal Higdon (Intermediate II). Have struggled to get my legs and running fully recovered after the cobbles of Rome so worried about taking too big a step up. Time to get planning I think. On the hunt for various Halfs and 10 milers to slot in along the way.