Race Recap: Kilomathon 2018

On Sunday, I ran the Kilomathon (13.1km) in Edinburgh. It was the perfect day weather-wise for running but as I don’t yet trust the milder temperatures, I was boiling up and trying to rip myself out of my long sleeved top throughout the race. Note to self: Pin bib number to my vest in future, NOT the outer layer. I think it may almost be time to ditch the running tights for shorts or capris. In the meantime, if anyone has any tips for stripping whilst trying to maintain pace fire them my way!

The Route

The race in run along Edinburgh’s cycle paths and there is a big focus on running past the Royal Yacht Britannia. After the race, I was like, did we even run past it? I was concentrating so hard on racing that I completely missed it. The cycle paths were also a nightmare for the volume of runners. It was far too narrow and I felt stuck behind people a lot of the time. However, it does live up to its ‘flat route’ status!

Water Stations

There was one water station at the 6km mark. Was I hell stopping!! I skipped this as I’d carried Lucozade Sport in my bottle anyway.

Competitive Edge

0. Nil. Nada. I felt like I was the only runner out there who actually cared at all about my time. I think this is more a run ‘for the taking part’ as opposed to smashing PBs.

Atmosphere

There was a nice buzz about the race and you could feel the excitement and nervousness of other runners!

Goodie Bag

We got a buff rather than a t-shirt… boo! I’m still on the quest to get a finisher’s t-shirt in the correct size and I was hoping this race would be the one! It also included a cereal bar, electrolyte tablets, a small handheld bottle and a foil blanket, as well as a bottle of water.

Medal

It’s a good chunky medal but apparently the same as last years. It also has the 26.2km race listed on the back, which wasn’t even run this year. Recycled medals without the year of the race printed on it? Not cool in my book.

First Aid/Safety

The route was well marshalled with officials at nearly every kilometre marker. If anything was to go wrong, I think you’d be in good hands pretty quickly.

How did my race go?

I woke up with a lot of nervous energy. I always feel sick before races and constantly badger myself with thoughts like, ‘why did you sign up to do this? you could be off out on a nice stress free long run right now’. And then after I’ve been for my last nervous pre-race wee, I usually calm down. I necked a black coffee and munched down a bagel with Nutoka (Aldi’s cheapo Nutella) an hour before the race and I was good to go.

Brandon dropped me off and I headed into the shopping centre (where the toilets and registration desk were located). He told me afterwards that he felt really sad dropping me off cause I looked like a lost puppy. He was like, ‘you were with “your people” but you didn’t know anyone’. I need to make some real life runner friends!

I dropped my bag (my first ever bag drop – anxiety level 100) and then joined the really long queue for the toilets. I timed it perfectly and was heading to the start line with 10 minutes to spare. The start line was located about 200m from the centre and then I had to walk around 100m further back through huge crowds to get to my starting pen. The joys of thinking you’re running a half marathon and putting down an inaccurate predicted finishing time! The marshal holding the rope for my pen told me to ‘cheer up’. I must have looked miserable as I was trying to figure out the best way to get through the masses of runners.

The gun went just a couple of minutes after the official starting time and off we went. I went through the start line around 2 or 3 minutes after the gun. As I said above, I felt like I was stuck behind people for quite a lot of the race, however, the further forward I got the crowds dispersed and I was able to run more freely.

I wasn’t too focused on my watch but having it there to check that I wasn’t bombing it out too early on was good. I settled into a 8:00-8.07 min/mile pace for the first few miles. I was holding this well until around the 8km marker. I then started trying to figure out in miles (to go with my watch) and kilometres (the course measurement) how far I had to go and I was getting the two mixed up and miscalculating. Damn, I need to control my head when I’m running! The wheels came off around mile 6 and it started to feel really hard. I was overheating in my layers and I felt like I was running 10 minute miles through treacle. Although, again this was all in my head. Thank god for my Garmin confirming that I hadn’t actually chucked it! I clocked my fastest miles of the course on the last 3; with a 7:50, 7:34 and 7:35 to finish!

Finishing in Murrayfield Stadium was pretty cool but I think I was a little overwhelmed and didn’t really take it all in properly. I didn’t even look at the official race clock as I passed the line but I got a text confirming my chip time just moments later. My finishing time was 1:03:44. I was over the moon. I’d ran hard from the back and picked off runners, using each individual as a small goal until I reached a point where I could sit comfortably and hold pace. (Lol, it was never comfortable, but then pushing yourself to reach your goals shouldn’t be).

After the race, I ran shuffled home for 2 miles to take my total mileage up to 10. A nice Sunday long run. I wouldn’t recommend legs as a method of transport after racing hard! Organise a lift home kids. Brandon’s usually on hand with pick-up duties but this time he was following the race on his motorbike so didn’t have the car to drive me home!

I wolfed down a huge bowl of pasta at something past 11am (way too early for lunch) but I wasn’t caring after a 6.30am start! All in all, a good day and a good race.

Thanks for reading and I might see some of you in the near future at other races!

L x

Healthy and Wealthy

Since I am no longer documenting my half marathon training because I’m not running a half marathon until May and have now suitably re-jigged my training plan, I’ve had to find other things to write about. After becoming obsessed with the American tv show, Extreme Couponing, this is a topic I feel very passionately about!

I’ve not always been great at cooking and in my pre-running years before I began looking after my body, I turned to convenience foods. Ready meals that go ‘ping’ after 5 minutes were a staple in my diet. However, since I began cooking from scratch and preparing wholesome, fresh food, I get much more enjoyment from cooking, eating and my bank balance is MUCH happier. It’s saved me a fortune.

Convenience usually equals costly and yet I’ve heard the excuse ‘eating healthy is too expensive’ an alarming number of times. And it’s exactly that, an excuse! You can eat well and nourish your body properly on a budget.

Here’s some of the ways you can keep food costs down whilst still enjoying a healthy balanced diet;

  • Plan your shop before you go. Shopping on impulse or when you’re hungry means unplanned items will go in the trolley. Never wait til you get to the shop to just ‘see what you fancy’.
  • Buy frozen fruit and vegetables. This limits waste and reduces the number of times you’ll do a ‘top-up’ shop during the week as you don’t have to worry about fresh produce going off. You won’t have to pop into the local shop for some broccoli and leave having spent an extra £15 midweek!
  • Time your shop. Get to know what times of day your local supermarket reduces items and bag yourself some yellow sticker bargains. It’s also mostly perishable goods that get discounted which means you can usually whip up something healthy with them or freeze for another day!
  • Prepare your meals in bulk and freeze any additional portions rather than throwing them out. Alternatively, have your leftovers for lunch the next day!
  • Try eating vegetarian, even if it’s just once a week. Meat is usually the most expensive component of a meal and cutting this out will cut the overall cost.
  • Prepare everything from scratch. Stop buying expensive jars or packets of sauces, etc and make them yourself! You’ll save money and be more aware of what’s going into your sauces/meals.
  • Swap branded food for supermarket’s own. Very rarely will the taste difference be worth the price tag.

These are just some of the things I do to keep the cost down on my weekly shop whilst still ensuring I’m eating a healthy diet with lots of fresh food!

Keep an eye out for more tricks as I’m currently experimenting with cutting my weekly/monthly outgoings even further!

L x

Big Mistake

This is up there with one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever done but it doesn’t quite take the top spot! You don’t even want to imagine how silly I can be at times.

So as you all know I’ve been training for a half marathon for the last 12 weeks and have been documenting this weekly… Well as it turns out, I’m not actually running a half marathon in a weeks time!

What do you mean you’ve been training for a half marathon but you’re not actually running a half marathon? I know, I know.

It’s a 13.1km race (around 8 miles) not 13.1 miles (half marathon distance) and I only just realised this week. It also happened to be the day after the cut off for updating predicted times closed. So, for the first time I’ll be racing from the back as I’m registered as running 8 miles in 2 hours.

After a rocky training cycle, tears, tantrums and stressing about meeting the cut off time, I’m definitely well trained and I’m now going into the race with a much more relaxed demeanor. Having completed a number of 7 and 9 mile runs in training, I’m perfectly comfortable with the distance and a 2 hour cut off time is more than acceptable for an 8 mile race!

I am sorry to have deceived you all for the last 12 weeks, however I have actually put the work in and will actually be running a half at the end of May this year!

I may continue to write about my training weeks but I’m also considering doing another cycle of 100 days! Keep your eyes peeled to see what’s up next!

L x

Half Marathon Training – Week 12

Monday

I went to pilates as always but my usual instructor was away on holiday. I’m not sure I enjoyed the class as much or felt it worked me as hard as normal! However, it felt good to get straight back into my normal routine after the weekend. It was also one of my favourite dinners on the menu; chicken curry with Mayflower curry sauce! If you haven’t tried it, you have to!

Tuesday

I set off after work to do my 6 mile run when I felt this awful pain down the front of my shin. I was unsure whether to stop or push myself to get the run done. After only a mile I knew I couldn’t run 6 on my leg so I turned back. My run was 2 miles in total and I was in agony! I applied pressure up and down my shin and it doesn’t feel like shin splints. I think it may just be muscular pain and my calves feel very tight. I did my usual icing routine then went for a bath using epsom salts to soothe my muscles. Fingers crossed it’s not going to affect my training the rest of the week and hopefully I can make up the 4 miles I missed on another day!

Wednesday

Yoga was just what I needed to stretch off my calf. I really noticed my progression tonight in some of the more challenging poses! I’m able to grab hold of my foot behind me now! It’s proving to me that practise and consistency can bring you success even if you’re not great at something to begin with.

Thursday

I made up the 4 miles I missed on Tuesday before work. It was my first 6am run in a while and it was a really gorgeous morning for it! I’d forgotten what the light mornings looked like. It really invigorates me and sets me up for the day when I get my workout in before work so I’m really looking forward to Spring and this becoming a regular occurance. After work I had a sports massage and we focused a lot on my left calf which was really tight. I thought I was going to be sick during it as it was so painful but it’s certainly loosened things off! Then my friend Susan came round for dinner and we had a healthy dinner (with NO wine) as she has just started going to the gym and trying to improve her lifestyle!

Friday

I ran 4 miles on my lunch break with the guys from work and we had a great little chat about running as well as finding a pretty scenic route! It’s always good to chat to others who love running as much as I do. Finding like-minded people who share a passion always ignites my passion further! I’m also happier going into the weekend knowing that I managed to salvage this week of training and I’m fully back on track.

Saturday

A much needed rest day. I attended a free course through business gateway on how to start planning your business. It was really good and I’m excited to see where it takes me! The rest of the day we spent chilling out and watching movies. I love lazy weekend days when my running volume is higher!

Sunday

I got up early enough to wolf down some breakfast before my 9 mile run! I don’t always eat before I run because I like to just get up and go but the higher mileage required me to. I had some Rice Krispies and sat and watched the end of I, Tonya. I’d started it earlier in the week but it was good to kill time whilst I waited on my meal digesting. I chose a different route than normal for my long run and with the gorgeous sunny morning, it was the right choice. I ran to and then up and around Arthur’s Seat and the views were amazing! This run had me remembering why I love to run! Afterwards, Brandon and I went to a bathroom showroom to get some ideas – god knows how we’re going to choose what we want! Then, we got a nice healthy food shop done. There’s nothing better than a fridge full of fresh, delicious food on a Sunday evening.

Hope you’ve all had a great week and your training is going well with the Spring races approaching!

L x

Half Marathon Training – Week 11

The 4 week countdown is on and this crazy dream of running my first half marathon just got a whole lot more real. Especially with the 2 hour cut-off time. I do not want to get taken off the course by the sweepers!

Monday

I am starting to really value my pilates class at the start of my week. I feel so at ease and peaceful in the studio. As my mileage has increased, I’ve taken a step away from the gym and the strength classes that I loved so much and it’s exciting to see my body developing strength in a very different environment. Pilates focuses on the smaller muscle groups rather than the larger ones in which you train using compound movements. There’s a great energy in the class, as a bunch of like-minded women (and some men) come together and focus on their strength. I’m finding that I’m really connecting with my body, its strengths (and weaknesses) and with the positive vibe in the room! I’m loving it and could not recommend Tribe Yoga in Edinburgh enough! It’s transformed my training and approach to my mind and exercise.

Tuesday

I really need to unsubscribe from Domino’s Pizza emails. Every bloody Tuesday I get an email reminding about their buy one get one free offer, Two for Tuesday and my willpower is tested! It’s not that I don’t love eating healthily and nourishing my body with good food, I do and I always feel 100x better for it… but I still love pizza! Can you blame a girl? Anyway, I resisted the pizza and went out for a delightful 6 mile run instead. Whilst I found it difficult at parts, I always feel good when I break 5 miles on a ‘regular day’. I love longer runs really… ok, maybe not ’til afterwards! I then scoffed down one of my favourite meals, pasta bake! It was absolutely delicious and I love love love lots of carbs after a big run.

Wednesday

I ran 4 miles into work (with a very heavy backpack). It was difficult with 6 miles on my legs from the night before. They felt heavy and were not cooperating when my brain said ‘go faster’ but it’s the kind of training I need. I need to get used to running on legs that are not fresh from a rest day as I’ll be running 13.1 miles in just over 3 weeks! That’s 7.1 miles after 6 miles with no good nights sleep, refuel and icing session in between. I also saw my chiropractor this afternoon and I always feel much better after these visits. After work I went to my usual flow yoga class and then headed home, feeling like I’d had a very productive day and had really looked after my body. The very body that’s currently doing epic things!

Thursday

This has to be one of my more pampered rest days. I was invited to a corporate breakfast at the Waldorf Astoria in Edinburgh by my boss. The full Scottish breakfast was utterly delicious! It made a welcome change from wolfing down cereal or a bagel before work. Then I went for a sunbed on my lunch break. Please don’t start using sunbeds if you’re reading this! I just felt like I needed a bit of a glow for my upcoming weekend away in Pitlochry. After work, I got my eyebrows done and after such a luxurious day it was amazing to head home, put my feet up and not have to think about my alarm going off the following day.

Friday

I was up at 7.30am to fit in a 7 mile run before driving to Pitlochry. I really wanted to run it in under an hour and I managed…just! My time was 58:58. A positive start to my weekend.

We had quad biking booked in the late afternoon and what an experience it turned out to be! We were wrong in thinking it would be cancelled due to the snow! When I was asked to do a figure of 8 on flat ground, I was pretty terrible at it. I had no control and kept jumping forwards! The first 5/10 minutes of our actual route I thought I was going to burst into tears and was seriously questioning why I’d signed up to put myself through that. However, I persevered and it (and I) got better and I ended up really enjoying myself. I was really proud of myself for sticking in even when I was scared!

Saturday

We woke up pretty hungover after a few too many glasses of wine in the hotel the previous evening but we’d planned to go to the Highland Wildlife Park in Kincraig so we had to pull ourselves together. The huge fry up at breakfast followed by multiple mini croissants and pain au chocolat may have helped! We got to the park pretty early and had an incredible day there! First we drove round the main reserve and saw buffalo, deer, polar bears and many other animals! Then we parked up and walked round all of the enclosures individually (that’s a lot of walking!!) My favourite was the red panda who was cheeky, playful and full of energy!

We saw monkeys, tigers, polar bears and wolves being fed! We ended up spending the majority of our day there (with a lunch stop in between) as it takes a bit of time to walk around and see everything.

After we got back to the hotel and had a nap, we headed out for dinner at Victoria’s; a well established restaurant in Pitlochry. For dessert I had the most delicious apple pie and we stopped off for some sweets at the shop on the way home. Perhaps not ideal for training but a nice treat nonetheless.

Sunday

Another fry up down – my third this week!! We promised ourselves we’d have cereal and toast but it’s just impossible to resist! We were meant to go for a Sunday roast at a local hotel but due to the snow we decided to hit the road early in case we faced hours of delays getting home. An emergency Gregg’s lunch was purchased as the thought of being stuck and hungry was not an option. It turns out there was no snow on the road, we made it home by lunch time and I’d consumed a baguette and fudge doughnut for no reason! Well no reason other than the fact they were both absolutely delicious…

After a weekend of rest and some over-indulgences, I’m looking forward to getting back to my usual diet and training hard!

L x

Half Marathon Training – Week 10

Monday

After finally recovering from my hangover at the weekend, I could feel a scratch in the back of my throat and knew that I was about to experience the cold from hell all over again (3rd time this year)! I cancelled pilates early in the morning and knew by 5pm I’d made the right decision after struggling through the day at work. It got worse and worse as the day went on and by the evening I had a full blown cold and sore throat. Why is it that when you’re ill all you want to do is curl up in a duvet, watch Netflix and eat carbs?! Or maybe that’s just me… I always remember a colleague saying to me ‘starve a fever and feed a cold’ and I certainly had to put that thought to the back of my mind to stop a carb-fest from ensuing!

Tuesday

I spent my day trying to remember what it’s like to breathe properly. I made it in to work despite feeling like I could do with a day in bed instead. I went to run my planned 3.5 miles at lunchtime but when I got outside and realised it was raining I decided it wouldn’t do me any good to get soaked and postponed until after work. Sitting thinking about a run you don’t want to do/have the energy to do is not good for you mentally! Brandon came with me and we ended up running just over the planned mileage. It was a struggle and I was only JUST able to keep up with him but having someone else there to push me when I wanted to stop was just what I needed and we got it done!

Wednesday

Another day where I just didn’t have the energy for anything. My yoga studio has a 10 hour cancellation policy which actually helped me a lot. It meant I couldn’t back out of my class later in the afternoon or I’d lose my money. I went along at 5.30pm after work and was glad of it. The studio set at 26 degrees (warm, rather than hot) was super cosy and comforting and the class focused on shoulder and hip mobility which stretched me out nicely! I left feeling a lot happier, energised and well stretched.

Thursday

I managed a 5 mile run from hell! I didn’t want to dwell on (dread) this run all day so I nipped out on my lunch break to get it over and done with. To say I was plodding round my route is an understatement! It was slow but at least I’ve been managing to get my runs done despite being unwell and not sleeping properly. I can’t afford to miss another week of training so I’ve had to test my discipline this week!

Friday

Rest day. Thank God. That’s all I have to say.

Saturday

7 miles, whilst you’re ill, in non-stop rain is not exactly what you’d call an ideal Saturday, right? Well, that’s half-marathon training for you. I had no choice but to grit my teeth and get on with it. Thankfully, I woke up pretty early and managed to get my run done before 9.30am so I didn’t have to think about it all day. However, I felt in a much better place mentally when I’d completed it knowing that I’ve managed to get through all my runs this week despite being ill!

Sunday

It was Mother’s Day in the UK so I went through to Glasgow to visit my Mum and go for lunch with her, my brother and his girlfriend! It was a lovely day and the restaurant my brother chose was fantastic. It was called Nippon Kitchen, a casual little Japanese place in the city centre of Glasgow. The food was delicious, fresh and the portions were huge. I had a chilli chicken stir-fry served on a mountain of noodles! A runner’s dream (even if it was my rest day – woops!) Unfortunately, I was way too eager to dive in and missed all opportunities to photograph my meal! I’m such a bad blogger!

Please accept my apologies for my negativity throughout this post. It’s no fun being sick but at the same time it shows that running isn’t as glamorous as it can be made out to be. It’s not all cute leggings and post-run cake cause you effortlessly sailed through a 20 miler and ‘totally deserve it.’ The reality is that you head out and run when you don’t want to, when everyone else is asleep, when you’re tired after a long day at work, when everyone thinks you’re mad cause the weathers crazy! You just go. You run and that’s what makes the difference. I am dedicating my time and effort to this crazy sport because I have goals I want to achieve and I wouldn’t be able to achieve them with a haphazard attitude towards the ‘hard work’ part.

Fingers crossed that I’m rid of this cold and injury-free next week!

L x

Half Marathon Training – Week 9

Monday

I went to my usual Monday pilates and after class something amazing happened to me! A woman from the class came up to me and complimented me on how quickly I’d progressed from being a complete beginner when she’d seen me in my first class just a few weeks before. She said I was now doing really well with different movements and she has no idea how much that lifted me and gave me the confidence to keep going. I started yoga and pilates and as I’ve said before I found them really challenging as a beginner and it’s great to know my hard work and consistency in attendance at class is paying off.

Tuesday

I had planned to run with a guy from work on my lunch break but the Siberian storm that has hit Scotland prevented that so I went to the gym after work for 4 treadmill miles. It was my first treadmill run for a while and I was gutted that the weather was preventing me from running outside

Wednesday

The ‘beast from the east’ continued and most people in the UK ended up with a snow day off work BUT NOT ME!! I was in work and it felt like I was the only one. This put me in a bit of a slump and whilst I am usually excited for yoga on a Wednesday, I half considered just missing class. However, I’d already paid for it so I dragged my ass along and I was so glad I did.

Thursday

There was still no chance of an outdoor workout no matter how hard I tried to convince myself it might be ok. The storm is just too crazy and it would be stupid to go out in it just to get a run in! I just managed to get to the gym and back in between blizzards on my lunch break. 4 miles in the bag.

Friday

I had originally planned to complete my final 6 miles for the week across two runs over the weekend, however, I was sitting in work and had an urge to get it all done in one run so I didn’t have to worry about trying to get out or get to the gym if the weather was unpredictable over the weekend. So, that’s what I did. My first 10km in god knows how long! It felt amazing and the runner’s high was so strong afterwards! I then went home and Brandon had cleaned the flat and set the table for a nice dinner date indoors. All I had to do was grab the wine on the way home!

Saturday

A rest day. One I was very grateful of after challenging myself the night before. I woke up super early and contemplated going to a yoga class but instead decided to enjoy my Saturday morning with no commitments, nowhere to be and I made myself a gorgeous Breakfast instead. You can’t say no to eggs and bacon on a Saturday morning! We then had our friends engagement party in the evening. Due to the weather, I had to get my wellies on to get there but we had a really fun night regardless and I met some lovely new people as well! I reluctantly swapped my Garmin for a nice dress watch before we went out which I now regret after the amount of walking and dancing I did!

Sunday

Due to 1 too many glasses of Prosecco (or Vodka – I’m not sure which) consumed the previous night, I woke up with an awful hangover. I was up at 9am to go and meet my friends for breakfast and a spa day. We went to Loudons in Edinburgh which we had to queue for as it is incredibly popular. I had sausages, scrambled eggs, tomatoes and toast washed down with a fresh apple and ginger juice. The breakfast was ok but I wouldn’t rush back and certainly would not queue for it again! The highlight of the day was our spa day at OneSpa in the Sheraton Hotel. The outdoor rooftop pool and thermal suite (with around 8 different saunas/steam rooms) was just what I needed to cure me. The hot rainfall shower with fancy Espa products afterwards was also a nice treat! After that, Brandon and I headed out to a pub quiz at a local pub with friends. I was flagging due to lack of sleep/the hangover from hell and after a couple of Rekorderlig ciders, I was ready for my bed. Another much needed rest day over.

L x

Half Marathon Training – Week 8

How am I 8 weeks into training already?! The time seems to have flown by and now it’s really not long (6/7 weeks) until I take on my first half marathon! Here’s how my second week back training after my shin splints went;

Monday

I was super tired by forced myself to go to pilates after work as I can really feel it working and always have that ‘sore in a good way’ feeling the next day, so I knew it would be worth it. No run as I’d just ran 3 days consecutively last week.

Tuesday

I ran 3.18 miles on my lunch break with a colleague from work and whilst it wasn’t the fastest time it was a gorgeous day and we ran a pretty scenic route. I was happy to just get out, stretch my legs and I found I had a deeper appreciation for my running than when I’m watching the clock. It was all going so well until Brandon brought home cookies and I couldn’t control myself!

Wednesday

I ran 3 miles on my lunch break again, solo this time! It was another gorgeous day and I even stopped to snap a picture at the river as it was so nice. After work I went to my yoga class. Whilst I’m still really unflexible, I’m making improvements and feeling better each week that I go back. It’s also great for my mind. I leave feeling light and relaxed. It’s almost like my Wednesday night class is my little retreat; a time and space where I can escape from everyday life for an hour and I love it! Apparently, yoga doesn’t stop cookie binges though…

Thursday

A well deserved rest day after a good few days running and time spent on the mat! I went for a sports massage after work. I love them and feel like a new woman afterwards but I always leave feeling really dizzy and lightheaded. Does this happen to anyone else? I had thought it could be due to lying face down for an extended period of time. I also managed not to binge when I got home – success!

Friday

I ran into work this morning – adding on a little to my commute otherwise it would be a very short run! It ended up being 3.1 miles and I ran completely pain free despite carrying extra weight with my bag on my back!

Saturday

I got up at 7am to squeeze in a 3 mile run before I went to get my hair cut! It went well and I even had time to ice my shins quickly before grabbing a shower and leaving the flat! I’m really trying hard with recovering properly and stretching, etc after runs even when I’m short of time. At the hairdressers I got around 10 inches chopped off my hair and will be donating it to The Little Princess Trust, who make wigs for kids and young adults who have suffered hair loss due to cancer or other illnesses. It felt really strange at first but I’m getting used to my short hair and my head feels so much lighter! It might even make me faster…  Brandon and I then went out for drinks with family and met some friends after. Too many cocktails were consumed.

Sunday

I woke up feeling pretty hungover but after a cup of tea, a bagel and a nap I started to feel a bit better. Admittedly, we spent most of the day on the sofa until it was time to head out for our meal. Brandon had organised a 5 course tasting menu at a local seafood restaurant, The Kilted Lobster as part of my Christmas. I had been looking forward to it for ages and I always love date night!! We don’t go out for dinner often as we try to cook healthier meals at home the majority of the time but it’s such a treat when we do. The food was gorgeous and the paired drinks matched perfectly with each dish! I even found myself enjoying white wine for the first time in ages. As we were both working the next day it was home to bed for an early night afterwards!

I’ve clocked up around 12 miles in total for this week which I’m aware is not a lot when I’m running a half marathon in 6 weeks time but I’m conscious of re-building my mileage slowly as I don’t want to end up injured again! Fingers crossed it all goes to plan.

L x

Half Marathon Training – Week 7

Monday

I went to pilates as normal and really felt the burn on my core. I’m hoping that all this work on my core will improve my running form and in turn prevent injuries in the future. That’s what all my research tells me anyway but only time will really tell.

Tuesday

We didn’t celebrate Pancake Day like the rest of the world. Other than Brandons jokes about my lack of *ahem* chest, I tried to block out the fact that it even was Pancake Day as I’m trying really hard to improve my diet at the moment and could not cope with all the Nutella pictures on social media. I did however manage my first run and it was pretty much pain free! 2.35 miles. It wasn’t very far but it’s a start.

Wednesday 

Again, we’re not overly big on Valentines Day. You must all think I’m miserable and don’t celebrate anything – it’s not the case, I promise! We just stayed in and actually ate dinner at the table, which is a rare occurrence for us on a daily basis. Brandon cooked us steak (to perfection) and then we accidently drank 2 bottles of red wine and consumed an entire box of chocolates. Lily O’Brien, it’s all your fault… But they were delicious and we halved every single one. How cute!

Thursday

I had intended to go to yoga after work but if I’m being honest I was too hungover. I then said to myself I’d go for a run but I ate crisps and cookies instead. I’ve been a bit of a disaster and not running has knocked me off track with my diet quite a bit. I felt really guilty so I… kept eating more of course!!! Not a good day.

Friday

I’ve managed to get up in time to make myself scrambled eggs in the morning for the last couple of days and it’s a nice little treat during the week. I ran 2.7 with one of the guys from the office. It was a nice easy run and we ran his route so it was nice to do something different from my usual routes! I’m just glad I’m getting back into it, slowly but surely.

Saturday

A day spent doing nothing is sometimes required. Brandon and I ended up watching a lot of How To Get Away With Murder, I ran 3 miles and we got our food shop done. It was a nicely productive day despite not doing much!

Sunday

I ran 3 miles in the morning then we went through to Glasgow. The initial purpose of the trip was for a show at the Pavilion; a talk with Ant Middleton from SAS: Who Dares Wins but we had a very busy day too! We went to my Mum’s for coffee and pancakes – delicious! Then we headed into the West End as I wanted to try Paesano Pizza. OH. MY. LORD. It did not disappoint. It was genuinely the best pizza I’ve ever tasted outside of Italy! The show afterwards was also really good. Ant (ex-special forces) was raw, genuine and his message was very inspiring. He spoke a lot about maintaining a positive mindset and it kind of spurred me on to pull myself out of my little post-injury slump.

All in all, not a bad week. I need to get myself together on the nutrition front and start fuelling my body properly for running again but I’m grateful to be back logging some miles, even if it’s not a lot.

L x

Half Marathon Training – Week 6

Please accept my apologies for the lack of… anything interesting in this post. As I haven’t been running I didn’t want to do a day-by-day breakdown as I have done throughout my training cycle but I still wanted to keep you all semi-updated. It’s also made me wonder if all I talk about is running because I feel really boring without it in my life.

I went to pilates on Monday and then my warm yoga class on Wednesday and have found that I’m improving in both and increasing my flexibility week to week. I can even touch my toes when bending over and can almost put my hands on the ground now!

I have taken (grudgingly) a total rest from running and have been icing (with my frozen peas) my shins every night when I get in from work. I’m currently cursing every runner I see out of jealousy that they are fit and uninjured (not that I’d wish this on anyone)!

On Thursday, I relaxed a little and went out for dinner with a friend to a new restaurant chain that’s just opened in Edinburgh, Vapiano. It’s an Italian, where you order your food with the chefs and they swipe the card you’re given and then you pay for your meal by presenting your card on the way out. The concept originated in London and I can see how it’s cool down there where everything’s so fast paced and busy but up in wee Edinburgh, we just found ourselves in an empty restaurant and having to get up and order our food as well as collecting it when it was ready. Not so cool.

I was really hungover on Friday and ended up spending my entire weekend doing nothing and eating shit food. Less than the ideal scenario with a half marathon 8 weeks away! On the plus side, I discovered How To Get Away With Murder on Netflix and now I’m hooked on that which is absolutely fine as I love having a TV series to watch!

I did attempt to go for a run on Saturday but after about 10 metres I could feel the pain in my shins and knew it was just too soon!

Next week will be my comeback week. Fingers crossed!

L x