It’s on… it’s not on… 1,000 miles

Incase you didn’t know already… Running and numbers are my thing. Looking back at my mileage for the previous 10 years I’ve usually done 1,000 miles or more each year … and I was thinking I could just settle for 950 miles this year… that would be the sensible thing to do…

But then I was thinking… could I make it to 1,000 in 2019? By the end of November I was at about 866 miles… so it would be a nice easy 84 to get to 950… or 134 to get to 1,000.

The most I’ve run in a month this year was 115 miles in August… and on Sunday 1st December I ran nearly 12 miles with Grant, then another 6 miles or so the next day. By day 2 I’d already bagged 18 miles.

So I decided to give the 1,000 mile target for 2019 a go after all. It would mean a lot of running, around 4 runs a week, of about 30-35 miles a week, but I think I can do that.

In December I’m at about 41 miles so far, and I’ve run 5 out of 7 days so far, having Tuesday and Wednesday off.

I’ll be careful to have at least 2 days rest a week, sometimes 3, but do a couple of long runs a week to get the miles in. 5-6 miles will be my minimum distance I think

This little chart here on Garmin should keep me on track… with my annual mileage at just over 906 miles today, I have 23 days of just over 3 weeks left to do about 94 miles…

I’ll rest on Sunday and Monday this week, and aim for Tuesday, Thursday, Friday running and Sunday. My body is feeling ok with the increased mileage and I’m sleeping better (tired out). My right foot is a little sore but hopefully nothing that some rest shouldn’t be able to help.

I’m not sure if I’ll be able to make it to 1,000 miles for 2019, but knowing me and my goals I should get there unless my foot falls off / gets worse. That’s where rest and recovery will come in. And a new pair of trainers too, I’m retiring these ones as they’ve seen better days.

What do you think? Do you think I’ll make it to 1,000? Or is 94 miles in 3+ weeks too much? (I’ve been running at about 18-20 ish miles a week all year).

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80 miles in November

So my 1,000 mile running goal is off for the year. I could have made it if I ran 110 miles in November and December, but I’m November I managed only a nice round 80 miles… so I won’t make 1,000 miles for the year.

950 is a more achievable target now, so I’ll aim for that instead. That leaves me with 83.7 miles to run in December – that should be manageable.

In November I had some regular runs of about an hour with Debbie, and a couple of shorter runs and a couple of longer runs. My longest was on Thursday to round my mileage up to 80 = 10.8 miles.

I’m up in the Wick for the weekend and I’m going to run long again tomorrow. Maybe 2 hours with my friend from here. Maybe I’ll need to run round and round the town… ha ha. Maybe not. I’m sure my friend Grant will have a good route picked out for us.

Nice big skies up here, I do miss them. The low Winter sun too, it got me seeing two rainbows on the way up today. They made me smile.

As did this special pizza from De Vita’s, with EVERYTHING on it… carb loading for the run tomorrow.

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Jimmy Irvine 10k 2019

Today I had a good run at the Jimmy Irvine 10k. In ideal conditions, clear, sunny, a bit cold but not too cold, I ran the race for the 5th time. I’ve run it ever two years since 2013 and I also ran it in 2012 too. It’s a great wee event, held locally with runners from all over Glasgow and Scotland.  

Set up by the Road Runners there’s a pride for Bellas in the park – the race is well organised and you get a good T-shirt / long sleeved top for completing it.  Up to 2017 the route was different than it was today – and I have to say I liked this route better.  It starts in the middle of the park, and not far in you get a good long downhill which is then repeated twice before the end.  I took advantage of that on the first two laps, then really took advantage of it on the last lap.

I went along around 1145. Fit GIrl had driven me there and held my jacket as I ran.  We walked up to the start line and I met a bunch of my favourite Glasgow Running Club runners – the Bellahouston Harriers. Although this race is run by the Road Runners, the Harriers are my favourite club as they are so friendly and nice and encouraging.  I know a few of them, and it looks like a great club to be a part of.  (I photobombed their start line photo – eeek! Can you see me? Photo Courtesy of Gillian Glass / Bella Harrier)

Anyway, Bryan Burnett was there to do a bit of chat at the start and the end, and Jimmy Irvine himself and his wife started the race off.  There’s something special about seeing the man who’s name the race was set up in, standing encouraging the runners on.  I didn’t start too near the start, but I was close to a Harrier Anne and a few others I recognised.

As I didn’t know the route I didn’t really know what to expect, but straight away more or less we were around the corner and down our first big hill towards the elephant in the park.  I wasn’t trying to be reserved with my effort or pace, and could see my heart rate was about 160, so all fine.  My plan was to keep it about 160 for 4 miles then see what happened.

The race started bang on 12 and my first mile ticked off at 7:25 min miles… probably a bit too fast… and not long after when I was running back into the park from Mosspark Boulevard, I started to feel it.  I’d been gliding along outside the park… HR 160 … then as I climbed up the gradual climb back into the park… I started to feel an uncomfortable stitch like pain on the right side of my neck… I was overdoing it.  About 2 miles in I decided I would ease off a bit. I wanted to enjoy it and if I was in pain I wouldn’t.

Up around the corner to the right, getting cheered on by the marshalls and support… I eased off up the uphill, and towards the turning point. Tania was there cheering people on – she said I was looking good – that I very much doubted. I felt a bit better and knew the route was to go up a bit more so settled back in and kept going. I passed Anne there and gave her a high five. Up the hill, past the start line, and then around the corner to go down the hill again…I also saw LInda from work and gave her a shout out.

I was a little worried the first time, in case I’d slip. It was cold and there were pin needles all over the ground… but by the second time, I let go a bit and did my usual of letting my legs open up and fly down the hill.  I guy next to me did the same and we flew down the hill, back towards the elephant again.  Great fun.  I passed the 5k marker in a bit over 24 minutes and I figures that perhaps a sub 50 might be on the cards. I didn’t expect that, but then it’s not often I push myself to run fast, and today was going well.

Along the straight near the finish line and I saw Fit Girl who got a few snaps of me… and good ol’ Bryan Burnett cheered me on.  

Out towards the exit of the park again… and I heard someone who sounded like she was pacing or coaching someone else to push it on up the hill and out the park… ‘run on your toes up the hill’ the coach said… it turned out it was Kirsteen and Efric from the Prosecco Panthers from Bothwell.  Efric helped Kirsteen to get a great time and push her through feeling sick…. well done to them both.  I helped Janice by pacing her a few years back and the race reminds me of her a bit.  Today’s weather was a lot nicer than that day.

Along Mosspark for the second time and I was feeling a bit better now… nice and steady still, HR 160… in the park again and right past Tania and the turn point again.  Past the start line and I was feeling ok. I encouraged someone to keep going up the hill, then I decided I’d push myself a little on the big downhill this time.  

I really let go this time…nice and fast, legs open wide and I passed quite a few people who must have wondered what I was on (the hill was the answer). I high fived a little girl who had her hand out…maybe she helped me stay strong.

A marshall said I was looking fresh and as if I’d just started…but I certainly didnt feel like that. I met a friendly guy called Freddy who said he was pleased that we’d managed not to be lapped…and we ran in the vicinity of each other until the end I think.  I had about a km to go and since I’d pushed down the hill I decided I’d try to keep the pace going.  1km = about 5 minutes… I figured I could keep this up for another 5 minutes. I noticed my cadence was high around 185-187 ish – all good to help me run fast.

My HR went up to about 170 ish… past the Palace of Arts with about 0.3 miles to go… I looked at my watch and I think it said around 46 or 47 minutes… sub 50 was most definitely on!  

I ran strongly towards the football pitches…. and managed to overtake a few people in the last stretch. I didn’t hear this, but apparently Bryan Burnett called my name out and did a week shout out for me… :-).  I was feeling good and running strong…

The first ever 10k race I did was in 48:15 eleven years ago when I was 28 and as I was running towards the finish line today, my watch ticked past that, but only just.  I crossed the line in 48:38 and had a really good run (once I’d eased off and got rid of the stitch / pain in my neck). At the end I met Fit GIrl and saw Harrier Paul Clawson for a wee chat – he did it in 37 minutes, just 3 weeks after running the Frankfurt Marathon.  Good going Paul. 🙂

I picked up my goody bag from Bella Road Runner Louise, and got my long sleeved Jimmy Irvine top too.  Then I went over to Freddy and said well done for his run.  I’d pushed myself to the limit and done as well as I could.  Ideal conditions.  My average HR was 164 (90%) and my max was 183 (100%). I think it was about my 15th fastest 10k and not far off the time I did in 2017 at the same race.  

Those who know me know that I don’t often push myself to run fast, but it’d good when I get to do it every now and again.  After it I stretched and drank some water….then back home for a shower, before lunch at the irresistible Moyra Janes…. 

Beef Stroganoff followed by a big chunk of lemon mirangue pie – two dished my Mum used to make, and four years since she passed away.  I didn’t meant for that to happen, but it seemed like two fitting things to eat today after the run.  
The mirangue pie in there is so tasty.  There was a new fresh one waiting when we left – just look at it! Look at the size of it! £4 a slice!
Anyway, before the race I wasn’t sure if I was up for it, but I’m so glad I did.  A nice wee well organised friendly and local event. I hear that the Harriers got first male and first female so well done to them.   My calves were a bit tight after the run and my voice seemed to go a bit, with a bit of a sore throat… running fast is hard and I know it is.  But it’s worth it every now and again.

My splits ended up being 7:25, 8:03, 8:19, 8:11, 8:10, 7:33 And a 6:17 sprint to the end – and i managed to get a negative split just… it must have been pushing on mile 5 and used the last hill to really let go and try to make up some time before pushing before the end. A nice simple goodie bag.
I finished 50th female out of about 263 (top 20%). 
 Well done to everyone else who did the run today – I doubt I’ll leave it another two years this time – I think I’ll be back in 2020.  
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Got my number

Got my number for the Jimmy Irvine 10k.

It’ll be my 3rd time running it I think… and the weather looks like it’ll be just right. Cloudy and cold but fine.

Good luck to anyone racing this weekend and if you’re at the Jimmy, I’ll see you there – say hi!

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Wk45 into Wk46

Last week I did 3 runs of about 15 miles and a strength session. A bit of a slow start to the week and an end to the week with what feels a bit like the start of some sort of cold… it’s not started properly yet and hopefully won’t. I’ll try and eat and sleep plenty to see if I can fight whatever it is off.

The sunrises have been nice this week, and if they’re not a reason to get up and train, I don’t know what is.

Here’s my plan for training next week, depending on how I feel I might take more rest days or change it up a bit.

Mon: Strength / Coaching PM
Tue: Run
Wed: Strength / Coaching PM
Thu: Run with Debbie & lunchtime 5k
Fri: Strength
Sat: 4-8M (or rest)
Sun: Jimmy Irvine 10k

I had a nice weekend this weekend, spending time with friends and family. No running but plenty of chat, fun and rest. And I finished something I’ve been working on for a while now (more about that later).

I feel a bit like I’m limping into winter with my training, but I’ll take it as it comes and keep it ticking over. I don’t like the cold, so today I got my winter running gear out so at least I’ll be warm on the run. Trousers, long tops and reflective gear.

Today we had a nice breakfast at the boathouse in Rouken Glen Park then went a walk around the park I always say I should get to know that park better by running in it I should do really.

Next Sunday I have the Jimmy Irvine 10k again, should be fun. No pressure, let’s see what happens, as long as the lurgy stays away. Great fun November. 😂

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Rainbow Lux Glass 🌈 like and share

Anyone who knows me or follows me in here knows how impartial I am to a wee rainbow, and why. I won’t go into it again… but what I would like to share with you is a little shop online that I love.

Rainbow Lux Glass… is run by Kelly in Southampton, and she makes lovely glass items, including lovely rainbows and rainbow themed gifts along with other glassware she makes. Ideal for Christmas, or just to have as nice things in your house or as nice presents for others.

One Christmas someone got me a medium sized rainbow, and that same year I decided I’d get 8 people who had been there for me in my life, a nice little rainbow – a wee rainbow thanks. You know who you are. See more here:

Then since then I’ve bought a few more mini ones for others who are special or who have been there for me.

They’re so pretty and special, and when you order you get a wee free gift / surprise in the box too – the attention to detail Kelly does is brilliant.

She makes each and every order special and It would be great if you could follow or share her work / shops. The links to them are below:

This Christmas, why not buy some of Rainbow Lux’ rainbows to brighten up other people’s lives. 👍🏻 🌈

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1,000 mile goal might be out the window

In October I managed to run 76.3 miles… the first month in a long time where I did round it up to the nearest 5 or 10 miles. And I’d had quite a bit of a well needed rest at the start of the month, so lost out on 15-25 miles in the first week.

Up to last month I was on track for my 1,000 miles in the year, but it might now be out of the window… unless I can plan and deliver and pull back some big mileage in November and December.

I’ll need about 110 miles a month, which is achievable – I did those distances in August. So we will see. This month might be a make or break it.

So I’ve created a plan, which will get me there if I follow it. 4 runs a week. I’ll need to run with others and on my own.

Or, if it starts to look unachievable, I’ll suffice with about 950 miles for the year. I’m not too confident that I’ll get the miles below in, so maybe the 950 will happen instead. We’ll see.

Whatever happens, running with sunrises like this one will be worth it.

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