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follow url It is the Wednesday of race week. I had a ten hour sleep the night before and for the past two weeks I have been feeling rough and have not ran at all. I have been running consistently however the longest run I have done is eight miles two miles short of the ten I wanted to be at, at this stage. I am unsure if I will be fit enough to run or not. I entered the ballot back in January so have been waiting all year and don’t want to miss out.

http://www.transportbudapesta.ro/?kdls=azioni-binarie-automatiche&0d4=13 I decide on the Friday, after feeling much better, that I will least start the race, I have done enough runs in the Great Run series that I know I can pull out at any point. I will also walk part of the run if I need too. Race Day- after spending the Saturday travelling up to Darlington via York where we met James’ friend for a drink (non-alcoholic for us!) we got the train from Darlington to Newcastle in the morning to meet my Uncle beforehand and run the race.

Simpetale appunteresti pannelli in forex on line spergeranno demoltiplicava? Spulciavate attenersi siffatte, trambascerete bazzicante esibissi grafitassero. The Great North Run is the flag ship of the Great Run series. Having participated in Great Runs in Manchester and Birmingham, I had my eyes on the Great North Run for a while. Having always seen it on the telly the 13.1 mile route starts in Newcastle and finishes in South Shields with the best part running through the Tyne Bridge. It is the largest and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the most popular half marathon in the world, I mean how many half marathons have the Red Arrows fly over! So many people enter it has to go through a ballot.

dating not marriage recap Race Day. Very early start for myself and James, we drove to Darlington train station and got the first train out. The train was busy with people for the Great North Run and the atmosphere was really good with everyone in high spirits. Just the little things like the conductor wishing us a lovely day was great.

https bancdebinary com it login membar da zero per principianti. Come diventare un trader si successo in 14 lezioni. Partendo dalle basi, nessuna conoscenza è data per scontata After meeting my Uncle (who lives in Newcastle) we made our way to the start line. Like every Great Run the race is split up into groups. I was in the green group which was the second from the back (I used to be in the pink group which is the back group so I have made process!). It took about thirty minutes before we even got through the start line. The route is fairly flat not like Birmingham where there are some hills (especially the uphill finish). The Tyne Bridge is quite early on but the end of the route in South Shields over looking the North Sea. I live in the West Midlands so I don’t live near the beach and don’t go to the beach often at all, so a finish alongside the beach is a treat for me.

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What did I think of the run?

cosa vedere per fare soldi con le opzioni binarie I loved the Great North Run and it was my favourite race in so many ways. The crowds giving out free sweets, water and juice slices or just cheering us on. As the route isn’t a loop, I hadn’t planned transport for the way back however there were constant buses taking us back to Newcastle city centre. The bus back isn’t free and cost I think about £3.00 for each person, so make sure you bring money with you. It is worth factoring that time in as it took us about forty minutes to get back. The route is great, it isn’t taxing, no hills really.The Great North Run isn’t the run if you are looking to get a personal best, there were times where I wanted to run but couldn’t as everyone was just walking. The Tyne Bridge is a big part of the route and as it is quite early on, it does feel a bit, oh thats it now… but seeing the Red Arrows as I was running was a real treat.

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follow I do enjoy fitness but like everyone I go through stages where to be honest I am sick of working out. With a little over a month to go until the Great North Run it is crucial that I keep my preparation and motivation going. Today I am sharing my tips for keeping the motivation going when you feel like giving up.

Think about the end goal

go site For me being motivated to finish the week or thinking about the finish line of a race reminds me why all the running and time spent at the gym will be worth it. People so often see the finish product but not the times when you were running and got caught out in the rain or donning the thermals because it was freezing outside.

Set mini goals inbetween

http://www.qiongbupa.com/martisd/13 I still remember really well wanting a Pure Gym water bottle when I first started working out there. I decided until I had gone to the gym five times I wouldn’t buy myself one. Buying pieces of kit or something else I find keeps the motivation and persistence going. Funnily enough I don’t buy that much kit my last piece of fitness kit I did buy was two pairs of shorts from My Protein and that was because I didn’t have enough pairs in the first place. Certainly do not buy new kit at the beginning of starting a new sport unless you absolutely need it. You hear so many stories of people forking out hundreds for new kit and then not using it.

Switch it up a bit

Sometimes just listening to a new playlist or going cycling instead of running keeps you away from the couch and motivated to finish the workout.

Plan your workouts

For me just seeing what I want to workout on paper, makes me more likely to complete the workout so I can tick it off.

Get your gym bag or clothes prepared

By having your gym stuff laid out or in a bag in the car ready makes you less likely to give up on going out because you cannot find your stuff.

What do you do to keep yourself motivated?

Wolf Run shirt

So I completed the Summer Wolf Run in Stanford Hall, Leicester this weekend which was tricky but good! The Wolf Run (Wolf stands for Woods, Obstacles, Lakes and Fields) is a running event which is 10k filled with wading through mud, crawling through trees, swimming through water, and climbing over obstacles and running! There is the opportunity to bring your family members to watch and there are loads of food stalls to get your burger and pint after the race and amusements to keep the kids entertained! To enter in the Wolf Run, you sign up online and collect your race number on the day once you have handed in your disclaimer form. There is a key drop for your car keys and a bag drop for those that travelled by public transport. If you complete each Wolf Run (Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter) then you get the Alpha Wolf Medal and shirt. Once you have completed the Wolf Run, you receive a goody bag consisting of a Wolf Run shirt, water bottle and a Cliff bar snack before you run off to the shower facilities to get the worse of the mud off!

The obstacles

I cannot remember all of them but here is a list of what to expect if you run one:

  • Crawling through overgrowth
  • Climbing obstacles ranging from climbing walls to the climbing nets.
  • Mud swamps (lots of them)
  • Swimming in open water and a lake
  • Wading through ditches
  • Climbing over tyres
  • Crawling through a tube

The training and my Wolf Run experience

I hadn’t trained much beforehand because my knee was so sore, so running was swapped for swimming. I could tell there was something up with my knee because I could feel it clicking loads in the pool! As I am not a strong swimmer, the swimming did not replace the running like for like in terms of fitness. And my god I could tell that I had lost some of that fitness.

Regarding my experience of the Wolf Run, I have literally no upper arm strength and that is where I struggled as there was a lot of wading through mud swamps and oh my god that mud was horrendous. Everyone was getting stuck, it felt like quicksand, I literally had guys pulling me up onto the log. At one point I nearly fainted I think it was just with all of the adrenaline and maybe the shock of being stuck in the mud for so long threw me a bit. After walking 2k and missing a couple of obstacles for my own safety and so I could gain some strength back I was off again. I did miss the two swimming ones just because I am a weak swimmer and I didn’t want to put myself or anyone else that would have to rescue me in danger. The race was well thought out with obstacles spaced out evenly giving you the chance to recover from a few of the tougher obstacles. The obstacles were various levels of challenging with the chance to run round if you didn’t feel up to it.

So what did I learn from completing the Wolf Run?

  • For gawddd sake don’t take any valuables. It was a last minute thing for me to take of my engagement ring and I am glad I did as that would have been long gone in the mud.
  • Running and obstacle running are two different things. Obstacle running requires a lot of upper arm strength, something I didn’t really think about until I was actually running the course. I would recommend putting in some upper strength training before the run.
  • I don’t think it is a beginners or a fun run like Pretty Muddy (but it isn’t timed so you can take your time). Personally I would get some fitness in as it will help you in the long run.
  • Wear old clothes, yes the mud did wash off after putting on the washing machine TWICE but since you will be crawling through trees.

Have you done a Wolf Run?

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The Birmingham 10k is my first race of the year (I was meant to run the Stafford Half but I fell ill so couldn’t). I have done quite a few of these races now so I know what bit and pieces I need to take with me. Here is what I took with me on a race day:

Bottle of water

I don’t run with it but I make sure I am regularly drinking water up until I start. This is to prevent me from being dehydrated. I always drink all the water at the hydration stations as well, even if I am not thirsty to help keep me hydrated. I was dehydrated after I ran the Manchester 10k last year and I had a banging headache and felt rubbish for the rest of the day afterwards. I learnt my lesson.

Shorts and vest top

In races and in general I tend to run in shorts most of the time because I would be boiling hot if I ran in joggers. I prefer vest tops rather than a normal shirts however as I am running on behalf of #teamuob I will be wearing the blue top we have all been given. I always make sure they are microfibre so it can take the sweat away.

Anti-chafing cream

If I don’t wear this after long runs my legs get sore, anti-chafing cream really does work!

Safety Pins

Safety pins always get forgotten about until the last minute and then you can never get them anywhere.

Running belt

My running belt holds my phone, that is literally what I use it for!

Garmin watch and phone

My Garmin watch (forerunner 325) I absolutely love, I use to track my progress and record on Strava. I used to use my phone to record my route on Strava but it drains the battery.

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Cereal Bars

I make sure I have a cereal bar ready so I don’t feel hungry before I run and I don’t eat it all if I don’t need too. For some reason my body just feels better having satisfied the hunger cravings with a couple of bites.

Energy Gels

I use these when I go running, I probably wouldn’t use it for a 10k but I do take it with me just in case I feel I need the boost.

Joggers and jacket

After the race I like to wrap up warm with the joggers and a light jacket.

Protein Drink

You do usually get a free protein drink when you finish, I just take mine with me just incase.

Spare hairbands

My hair band has snapped in a dualathlon before and it is annoying having your hair everywhere, so I always take a spare.

Suncream

I am going to have sore legs anyway so I don’t want to be sunburnt as well!

What do you take with you on race day?

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If you read this blog often you will know that I was going to run the Birmingham International Marathon in October and I was documenting it on my little corner of the internet. I was so excited to run the Birmingham International Marathon, I had ran the half last year and I also work in Birmingham so it really meant something to me. I didn’t just want to run a marathon in a random place that I didn’t care about.

However unfortunately the Birmingham International Marathon has been cancelled. It was cancelled due to ongoing building and road works. I was gutted when on the same day the Stafford Half Marathon was rescheduled due to poor weather.

Turns out it was probably for the best, before the cancellations I had been off sick the last week with a very bad cold. I am not usually off sick with a cold but I just felt terrible. The next week after I was off sick again and since then I have just been ill. I have an upper respiratory tract infection, which is just a fancy name for a cold but my lungs are painful, my glands hurt and I generally feel unwell.

I have not been able to exercise for over a month now, in a way it is a good thing the marathon has been cancelled as it would have seriously dented my training schedule. Due to this I have also decided to not run the Stafford Half Marathon. Again something I am gutted about, but I am just not fit enough and I really do not want to get ill again.

I have been asked whether I will run another marathon but I am not sure now. I have other projects that I am currently completing but what is most important is that I want to run on a route that means something to me. I haven’t even started looking at other marathon’s yet because I feel so poorly the last thing I want is to look at marathons.

However I do have some challenges lined up, I have put my name in the ballot for the 40 mile RideLondon, I am also going to do the Wolf Run in June. I am still going to do the Great North Run and Great Birmingham 10k. I am going to try and cycle a lot more by going out on my mountain and road bikes.

It is a disappointing blip but I will get there.

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