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One week from now



So this time next week I’ll either be sitting smiling that I’ve completed my 2nd marathon, or moaning about how I didn’t complete / start it.

I feel fitter than I was 12 months ago, and managed to complete Liverpool marathon (6hr 27min!) but I haven’t done any running recently and am feeling like I’m lacking in mental discipline to keep me running when when I fancy a bit of a lazy walk.

Oh, and then there’s that semi lazy part of me that wants to see if I can down grade into the half marathon.

Ah I guess we’ll see in a week.

Marathon Number Two! Join me?


Yep Literally just entered online for the Guild marathon this October.

I must admit I’m quite excited about it, and knowing what’s involved after the Liverpool Marathon last year, think this time I’ll be AWESOME! (Rather than just praying I’ll complete it!)

And the husband is happy that it’s in Preston, as this means no hotel, no carting 2 children around a strange city & no extra costs that come with carting 2 kids about for about 6 hours!

Once a Guild Year!

Once Every 20 Years

The added bonus is that as it’s a Guild Marathon I’m not going to be tempted by it until the next Guild, in 20 years time! (And I hope I’ll still be running Marathons when I’m 51 *ahem* 41)

If you’re not a Prestonian & don’t know about Preston’s Guild Celebrations then head over to the Guild 2012 site and learn all there is to know, but this video is quite a snazzy introduction to it.


I’m also quite excited to learn, from that video, that Preston is the 2012 City of Sport! That’s pretty awesome & another cool reason for the Olympic Torch to run through the town later this year!

Fancy a jog?

So hopefully I’ve sold it & you’re all lacing up your trainers as you read this post. I’d love to get a team of people together to run the Guild Marathon, of course I’d love to raise a few quid and a little awareness for Refuge whilst we’re doing it.

Is anyone game?

I’m not an elite runner, I’m a mum of two, who will sweat, swear & smile my way through all 26.2 miles of the course and possibly just moan throughout all the training.

If you’ve ever thought that you’d like to try a marathon, but the big bad London Marathon is either too far away or too high pressure, or whatever reasons have stopped you, come join me!


Ready! Steady! Get your lazy arse GOING!


I live my life a quarter mile at a time

– Vin Desil (Fast & Furious)

Seriously I actually followed the training plan today & did both running & strength workout!

My Run was actually quite hard, and I’m sad to say it’s probably because I’ve been so lazy recently, but 8 sets of 400m runs with a minute walk in between was tougher than it should have been. I got progressive slower each quarter mile and if it wasn’t for the bottle of water I took, I might have just died in the park. Still there’s time yet until the Great Manchester 10k & even more time till the Guild Marathon.

And Then…

I’ve also said I’ll join my friend @OpenSourceress in completing Tough Mudder this November.¬† You should have heard about Tough Mudder by now.

Here’s a video in case you haven’t…

But bear in mind we’re doing it in England. In November.

There will be Mud & Swearing and more Mud & Cold.



>Targets times, training & tempo


>Right, this is the post where I throw down some numbers & spend the next few months sweating & puffing & panting & swearing, certainly swearing, to get them.

So through some sort of insanity gripped moment yesterday morning I booked my place in the RunLiverpool Marathon, not only did I book a marathon place I booked myself in the 4hr group. There was method to this madness, I used to do quite a few 25 mile walks / marches as a nipper, they took between 6 & 8 hours, and everyone knows running is twice as fast as walking. Right?)
After a long shower & a goodnights sleep I wake up & start to realise that this may perhaps be a bit ambitious…
On the other hand I have just about 6 months to train for it, and if I’m honest my current running is about 50% walking at the moment, so doubling my pace, means actually running all the time.

Cathy, JogBlog on twitter, and of course author of Jog Blog, pointed me in the direction of Hal Higdon’s Marathon Training Schedules and they seem quite simple & straight forwards, as she said on twitter, they have non of the faffy 8x200m tempo rubbish, the sort of stuff I’m guaranteed not to actually do.
So the 18 week program has been logged into my Google calendar (see over there at the top right?)

But before those 18 weeks of swearing stupidity, I have the Great Manchester 10k. As I’ve quite normally booked myself into the 1hr slot for this, I’m not too worried. After yesterday afternoons run, I just have 12 weeks to double my speed & fitness to reach that goal.
I’ve found a training plan on the Nike+ site that schedules in a few 8 mile runs, and ends nicely with a 10k, so that’s been plugged into the google calendar, and it fits almost perfectly into the time I have, with about a week between the 10k & the 18 Week countdown. perhaps during this week off I’ll eat cake & beer? Probably not.

To be honest I’ve been looking at the pace calculator things you can find online & I’m a bit frightened by the pace they keep throwing out at me. But they are just numbers and I feel like I have nothing to relate them too. So I’m 50/50 on going to go out tonight & doing a mile at the marathon pace, just to put something real behind the figures I keep seeing. And possibly motivate myself to step away from OHMYGODWHATHAVEIDONE?! edge. I know there are a lot of strategies when running marathons, I keep reading things about splits & there are a few calculators that will give you a differing pace for each mile, letting you tailor it to a fast start or sprint finish, but I’m just aiming for an over all steady pace. At least I am right now, I haven’t even gotten my trainers on yet!

Anyway I digress…


            Target          dream  / real   / settle for
Manchester 10k        50min / 55min / 60min

Liverpool Marathon  4 hrs / 4:30 hrs / 5 hrs

Wish me luck?!

>9 seconds – BANK!!!



So I completed the same workout as I did last Sunday & did  5km 9 seconds quicker. I’ll bank that. Quicker is quicker after all.

So I’ve come to see the Janathon Twitter list as a double edged sword, there was the great cheers I’ve had & gave out to people, then there’s this….

I think I’ve mentioned the mersey marathon in passing before, I think I’d quite like to try it. It’s my home turf, being a scoucer at heart, but I’m 50/50 on if I’d manage to get that far. I suppose there are 200+ training days untill the 26 (& a bit) miles. Something to think about over night!

I’m realy diging how it says I’ve burnt 5,000+ calories this month.