Not quite the run I had planned Day 19 Janathon

So I should have been waking up at 5am, carbing up with some porridge and running 32 miles around Anglesey as part of the Coastal Trail Series, instead awoke in my own bed at 9am, and headed up to Axons butcher of Didsbury to get bacon, sausages, eggs & black pudding to drown our disappointment with a cooked breaky and bloody Mary’s.

I was feeling frustrated after carbing up for a few days, a lot of built up energy! So at 2pm decided to get out for a run in the sporadic snow showers. I ran out to Old Trafford and got a 10 miler under my belt. It was cold and slippy but not too bad, could feel that cooked breaky and Bloody Mary though, not such a good idea about halfway in!

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Intelligent Recovery Day 17 Janathon

Frustrating to be on a taper, and here’s hoping it is for a reason and that the Coastal Endurance Ultra in Anglesey on Saturday doesn’t get cancelled with all this severe weather, otherwise all the taper and carb loading is just going to equal extra pounds!!!

Hence today was an intelligent recovery day with a half hour session of free weights (upper body only) and a foam roller session on the legs to iron out any kinks!

Keep your fingers crossed we don’t get cancelled!!!

Just miles on the clock Day 11 Janathon

Woke up pretty tired so grabbed the bike to ride to work instead of a run, but made sure it was a run home, 7 miles each way. It’s days like these, the hard tired yards that count, pushing the body through tiredness, I just kept imagining Anglesey Ultra next weekend and how much more tired I will be!

Had to stop on my way home…..to buy onions for dinner 😉Had a lovely chat to the shopkeeper who was in awe that I was running as a way of commuting, always nice to get some positive praise along the way.

Ass Kicked Day 10 Janathon

Thank goodness my hubby suggested putting on my jacket for the morning run commute to work, I think I have been deceived by our recent mild weather and looking outside at 6.30am, it looked aok, but heading out it was absolutely freezing! A great run though, I was warm enough in my gear for the 7 mile jaunt to work, but it is a nice feeling to feel the sweat kicking in under it all! I even wore my new buff from http://www.endurancelife.com (Never Give Up is the slogan so very fitting!). I kept thinking of my monster race coming up on the 19th in Anglesey through the same website, 32mile ultra planned, so these 7 miles to work are really just base miles, so when I get tired I just think it’s only going to get harder so keep going! It’s a great reward to get to work and have a hot shower and feel refreshed and ready to take on the day.
With Bioticfit circuits planned, I cycled 9 miles to Abney Hall Park and did a monster session of circuits. James, our trainer, certainly knows how to get the most out of all 28 of us. We kicked ass doing static squats, kettle bell squats, squats with sledgehammers and burpees with a tyre to name a few killer moves. I’m feeling it in my rear this morning so it definitely works!
Relaxing on the couch afterwards hubby and I settled in to watch The toughest race on earth, with James Cracknell completing the MdS, Marathon des Sables. Considering we are eyeing it off for 2014 it was certainly educational, scary, thought provoking, but still utterly inviting in a crazy way! Deep respect for all the runners that take part, whether they actually finish or not #Respect!