July was a much better month for running, following a dip in June I decided to try and get back into running properly. I managed 121.4 miles, so just short of 200km! This month had it all, new routes, longer runs, disgustingly sweaty circuit reps, the hottest day of the year, torrential rain. You name it really.
Getting ever closer to the 1000 mile marker. Still toying with trying to get to 1200 miles. Fingers crossed, I will definitely manage the 1000 I set out to!
Part of my bore with running, was the repeating of the same runs week in, week out. I did an 8 miler, along the Cycle Path that got diverted, so ended up at the corner of Bulldale Street and Dumbarton Road and these rather interesting sculptures. Hedgehogs on wheels, with various boats on the top?
Some creepy eyes!
Ah Shawfield, also known to have the 0.5 mile loop reps near the Greyhound stadium. 8 times in total. Don’t let the smiles fool you.
From torrential rain giving the drowned rat look to the hottest day of the year.
Top tip – always follow a sweaty run with ice-cream. Always.
I also managed my longest ever run, 16 miles. Getting on and off this chair was not particularly pretty or painfree. Hello seized up legs. Not training for a marathon, yet, that’s 2017 goal, but want to start upping how far I can run. A year ago the thought of doing a half marathon made me feel ill. This run did teach me to start researching into gels and taking on more sugar during the run itself. After finishing, I couldn’t drink enough water but equally was not hungry at all and ended up feeling like I had a dreadful hangover. Thought running was meant to be good for you?!
Does anyone have any recommendations for good gels, advice etc?
My battle with depression and anxiety, still has its good and bad days. On the bad days I try to channel it, even by doing a short run and wearing my favourite top, for SAMH. You never know who might see this top whilst you are out and who else might just get the help they need.
A brief trip down to London led to a couple of runs down there. I did find it funny how both times I got asked to give directions, when I was clueless myself. Paddington Recreation Ground was an amazing park though, a few loops to-do, a track and some fitness kit. Very popular on a Saturday morning!
Track reps continue to be difficult. I mean looking at a 400m track, it doesn’t look that big. But try doing 800m, 400m, 800m, 800m, 400m, 800m. With varying rests in between, not pretty! Yet another MRF picture with everyone smiling just because the session is over!