After the two disasters I was dreading running yesterday but I was also sort of excited about it. I had decided I was going to complete a run and be positive about it. I wanted to be back on track. We drove to Bolton Abbey to do the loop I described previously. It was raining which meant there weren’t many people around. We set off and I wasn’t doing too bad except on the downhill bits which scared me. In fact I think I screamed on one of them. It was fine really but I’m a wimp. I started to really struggle coming up to the aqueduct. We walked up the steps, ran across the bridge and then walked down the other side. The next bit is a bit of a slope and looking at it it just seemed impossible but it wasn’t. I felt physically just as I had on Monday when I stopped but this time I was mentally stronger and also ready for it. The next running interval was hell and then it got easier again. I managed the rest with just one additional walk up the steeped hill and then even took the last two walk breaks out. Not only did I do it, I did it faster than last time. A pace of 13.10 which considering hills I am quite happy with. So much more positive even if my legs are a bit sore today.
The lovely people at BritsRunDisney tagged me in a running Q&A so while I am thinking about running, I have answered the questions below.
Would you rather run along a beach path or a mountain trail?
Tricky. I like the idea of a nice flat beach path but I can also see the attraction of the views from a mountain trail! Both are so much better than running along a road or on a treadmill
If you could choose the flavour of Gatorade at your next race’s aid stations, what would it be?
Do we have Gatorade in the UK? I don’t like any sports drinks particularly. I hate the artificial flavour. I’ll stick to water
If you are given a $100 git card for a running store, what would you purchase with it?
I need to start thinking about the winter and I need a waterproof running jacked and some full length pants
Do you prefer to use a training plan or wake up and then decide how far or fast you want to run?
I need a plan. If left to getting up and deciding the answer will be ‘not far very slowly’. A plan motivates me because I wnt to tick off the runs one by one
Would you rather start your run with the uphill and end with the downhill or start your run with the downhill and end with the uphill?
Can I cheat on this? I’d like the hills somewhere in the first half of the run. Not right at the beginning but definitly not at the end either.
When you can’t run, what kind of cross-training do you choose to do?
Yoga is working well for me at the moment and I do like walking. I’m not a gym bunny, I get bored
What is your preference –> out and back, point to point, or loop runs?
All have their good points and it depends on distance and mood. Out and back is good for mid distance where the turning round gives me a little boost. Loops are nice but only if you just do one loop – I’d get bored having to do two or more laps of the same loop. I will try the first point to point of our training on Saturday when we need to do 9 miles. We are going to get the train out to Skipton and then run home. I like the idea of running home
If you could recommend ANY running related item to a new runner it would be?
Hm. Don’t know. A training plan and a pack of smiley stickers to mark your achievement
Do you see any wild animals while out on your runs?
Herons, ducks, swans, rabbits, deer, kestrel, lots of little birds like finches, swallows, long tailed tits…
Ever gotten lost while out on a run?
Not yet, not gone far enough yet really and it is difficult to get lost along the canal!
If you could have one meal waiting and ready for you each time you got home from a run for the next 30 days… what would it be?
A big South American brunch (quinoa and black eyed beans, fried egg, avocado and a tomatoe/ arping onion vinegarette)
Capris or short? What do you run in most?
I don’t run in shorts – shorts don’t stop my thighs from wobbling
At what mile (or how many minutes) into your run does your body start to feel like it is warming up and ready to go?
Usually after the 2nd running interval so at about 6 minutes at the minute but sometimes it takes longer and sometimes it’s only towards the end that I feel like I’m just settling into it.
What do you do with your key when you run?
I give it to Kath, she usually has pockets
If you could re-live any race that you have done in the past, which one?
I don’t want to re-live any of the races of my previous running life. They were all pretty awful. The half marathon I did was quite spectacular but it was emotional, I wasn’t prepared and it was very slow.. Hm. I have only done one race in this running life – the Leeds 10km and it wasn’t bad. I am looking forward to the Scarborough 10km on October.
What type of run is your least favourite?
Short and fast. I don’t like fast. I also panic about not being fast enough. I’m more comfortable with the idea of just plodding away and slowly ticking off the miles. I find trying to do, say 3 miles, at a fast (for me) pace quite stressful.
When you go for a run, do you leave from your front door or drive somewhere to start?
Both. Tend to start from home for the weekly maintenance runs and mix things up at the weekend
When running in daylight, are sunglasses a must or an annoyance?
I only wear them when it is really bright. I wear a cap since I’ve had my hair cut and can’t tie it back anymore and that keeps the sun off enough. The couple of times I’ve worn sunglasses they steamed up and I couldn’t see at all
When you get tired, what keeps you from quitting?
Usually Kath keeps me going but also trying to focus on why I started this in the first place and remembering how far I’ve come.
If anyone fancies the Q&A just go for it. I’m not going to tag people, it’s all just a bit of fun.