Favourite running ten…

Stolen from Runner Girl Revisited with a few new questions thrown in!

1.) What is your favourite place/trail for running? I live near to Stanwick Lakes and love running along the trails around here early mornings at the weekend.  There are no cars to worry about stopping for, hardly any people so I don’t have to worry about bumping into others and it’s off-road (but still relatively flat) so much better for my joints. 

2.) What is your favourite race you have ever run? Nene Valley 10 miler – my best race by far!  It was a pretty flat course and I paced it perfectly at an average of 9m 29s pace throughout.  I felt good the entire time and that I could have carried on to complete a half marathon at this pace!

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3.) What is your favourite distance to run?
Race-wise – half marathons – testing but achievable to train for.  Does everyone answer with a half marathon?!  Running for myself though I love 5 milers.  They fit into an hour including a shower!  The perfect amount of time for a feel-good workout!

4.) What’s your favourite time of day to run?
I love early morning long runs – feeling like I’ve actually achieved something before my day has begun.  I once rang Dan to find out what he was up to after completing a 19 miler to discover he was still in bed!  But I also love my Friday after-work runs where I can race out my frustrations/happiness from the week.

5.) Who is your favourite running partner?
For my first 10k I ran with Dan and he paced me very well and kept talking to me the whole time.  I still enjoy my runs with him and it’s something healthy and fun we can do together but he’s not so keen now that I can smash his 5k time by 3 mins!  He tried to race me up a hill near to our house once not long after I joined my running club.  Until that point I had been taking the run pretty easy but this was my excuse to leave dust in his face…and I did!  I struggle racing with a partner and tend to prefer to concentrate on my running style/pacing.  However, I love having a good catchup natter with my friend Hayley on long training runs.

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6.) What is your favourite pre-run breakfast?
Breakfast of choice tends to be a toasted bagel with smooth organic peanut butter.  This hasn’t been race-tested yet though!

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7.) What is your favourite way to track your mileage?
With my trusty Garmin 405!  I am a big, big data geek and have melted down on the few occasions I’ve forgotten to put on/charge my Garmin!

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8.) What is your favourite running quote?
“No matter how slow you are going, you are lapping everyone on the couch.”

9.) What is your favourite reason for running?
To eat cake!  Haha!  Only partly true…I run mainly to set myself personal challenges that I can work towards without relying on others.

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10.) What is your favourite weather to run in?
I run best on cold windy days!  Give me winter races over Summer any day!

What are your 10 running favourites?…

Rather late goals for 2013

…Yes, I know today is the 8th April but I thought this meant that it was definitely about time I set myself some goals for this year!

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RUNNING:

Running is my number one love (Dan and Bella not included) and I could set a hundred goals for running!  I’ve chosen a variety here – running a type of race I am not used to, two are setting PBs and the last one is something I can work towards achieving on my own when I have a spare run day…

  1. Run my first trail Ultra-marathon
  2. Get a new half marathon PB (hopefully Sub 2hrs)
  3. Smash last years marathon time of 5h 6m 52s
  4. Run an 8 minute mile

FAMILY AND FRIENDS:

My family and friends are my world and especially with Mum announcing her illness at the start of the year it has really made me think about spending time with the people that are so important to me…

  1. Continue to have a ‘date-night’ one night each week with Dan
  2. Visit my parents at least once every three weeks
  3. Write more letters/emails to friends I don’t see very often
  4. Spend less time worrying over keeping people happy that I am not really friendly with and learn to say no more often13082010482

WORK AND LIFESTYLE:

I really enjoy teaching but am not very happy in my current job right now.  I have loved setting up my own blog and tracking my running/healthy living progress would also like to to try some new things this year…

  1. Schedule my time spent blogging/reading blogs so that I don’t overdo it (!)
  2. Find a job that I am happy in
  3. Try a new sport
  4. Clean at least one room in the house each week

Returning to normality

A quick catchup from yesterday’s fun and eats…

We woke up at the hotel after Amy’s wedding about 9am having neither of us had very much sleep.  We had only paid £25 for the night for the both of us and the walls were dead thin in the room so we had heard everybody’s arrival to their rooms all night long.

We packed up and headed out for breakfast.  Initially we had intended on finding a little cafe or sideshop but as it was before 10am on a Sunday there wasn’t a lot open.  Eventually we found a Co-op that made breakfast baguettes to order and Dan and I each picked up an egg and sausage bagette for breakfast.

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I needed that extra protein this morning after having had very little at the wedding.

We stopped by to see Dan’s Nan on the way home, as she lives in South Wolverhampton.  She’s always glad to see us and we try and visit everytime we are over that way.  Even though she lives a couple of hours away we’re often back to Dan’s homeland for various friend’s events or Dan heads back just to watch the footy on a Saturday!

Afterwards we headed back to Northants and were so exhausted in the car we barely spoke to each other, just singing along to the radio!

Dan had footy practice when we got back so he grabbed a bowl of cereal and headed out.  I had intended on going for a run but at the last minute decided to complete Level 2 of Jillian’s 30 Day Shred and follow this with a four mile walk so that I could call and speak to my Mum because I hadn’t spoken to her all weekend.  I think she appreciated this and it was lovely and sunny still outside.  Perfect weather for a walk!

When I got back from my walk Dan was already back from footy and requesting a pasta in sauce for tea.  I decided to cook two at once in the same pot.  Point for reference: Don’t do this again, it doesn’t work and you just end up with lots of sauce sat on top of the pasta afterwards.  This wasn’t colourful enough for me so I broke up a handful of sugar snap peas and a handful of mini corns and threw this in too and then just ate my share from the cooking jug.  The sugar snap peas and corn were a great addition but I was so full by the end of this dish I could barely lift the fork to my mouth!IMG_7064

My friend Amanda lent me about four Africa-themed DVDs last Summer before I went to Africa on a school trip with some year 11s.  Erm…I never actually watched any of the DVDs and I am seeing Amanda on Thursday for another friend’s engagement meal so thought I had better get through a couple!  Last night Dan selected Blood Diamond for us to watch from the list with Leonardo DiCaprio.  Leo has made some fantastic films in the more recent half of his career.  Dan and I are both fans of Inception, Shutter Island and Catch Me If You Can.  Blood Diamond didn’t disappoint.  I really liked this film and rated it a 9 on IMDB.  I have to rate films once I’ve watched them.  My OCD kicks in if I don’t!!!  I did however wake up briefly early this morning convinced that one of my year 10s was trying to kill me with a machine gun!  Maybe it wasn’t the best film to watch right before bed!

Dan has headed back to work today.  I still have 8 days off (I can’t believe I’ve already gotten through 10 days of holiday.  That makes me sad.  :(   )  This morning I am heading out for a 22 mile run as soon as I have blogged and let my breakfast settle.  This will be the furthest I will run before the marathon.  FOUR WEEKS TODAY UNTIL THE MARATHON!  Please bet on my finishing time, even if you don’t know me, you might win some money  :) and most of the money you bet will go towards MacMillan Cancer Care who have helped my Mum out loads this year.