1 Week, 2 PBs, 3 Half Marathons…

  
 
Sunday 7th of February:
Half Marathon #11 of 2016 completed, kept it at a steady pace and finished at 1:40′ 36″ 😃

Was sunny to start with, then a couple of showers, and finished with more sunshine.

Course was tough but not too hard ( easy peasy), plan was a few miles short, so added a few extras around Quarry and town centre. On Km14 past the Red Barn Teresa was having a break and waved, a few seconds later Jordan tooted and on km 15 saw Mel and Victor outside their house. 

89 more runs to go, now the numbers are in the eighties, next run on Wednesday or Thursday and then number 13 will be the first race of the season at the Wrexham Village Bakery Half Marathon in a week’s time. 

  

Thursday 12th of February:
Today I completed my 12th Half Marathon distance of 2016 in aid of Cancer Research UK. 

I said I was going to take it easy and I didn’t 😃

1:36’59” , my fastest this year and fastest ever solo run! 

Mandy Williams waved on km 2 and a few seconds later John Biffo did as well, both on Hubert Way. 

Along the A49 had to fight the cross winds and the lorries were getting too close to me for my liking! 

157 miles down and 1153 left 😁easy peasy ! 

So far amount raised including Gift Aid is £377 😃

Next run, #13 is on Sunday and will be The Wrexham Village Bakery Half, it’s a flat course so fingers crossed will try to beat today’s time!

  
Sunday 14th of February: 
#13 done, was a lucky number for me, half marathon PB and season best 1:30′ 14″ 😃

The Wrexham Village Bakery has had bad publicity in the past because of errors with the course, but I must say I was impressed by it, very well organised, well marshalled and a good course, maybe not as flat as they claim but pretty easy. Only criticism is no medal at the end, I’m sure runners wouldn’t mind paying a couple more pounds for entry fee in exchange for some bling 😃

At the start I bumped into Les Ritchie , Pam Hardy, Lyn and Gary Simpson and later on was talking to Tracey Jones from Manchester about my charity challenge.

Weather was perfect, a bit cold but sunny and was good to finally run with other runners (1016).

Started fast, and by the third mile I realised I can comfortably keep up a 4’15″/km pace

Huw Dolphin caught up with me and had a little chat with him. 

My first 10k was fast ( would have been a PB in a 10k race!) 

Got lots of encouragement and questions about my challenge from runners running past me. 

Had enough strength and energy with half a mile to go to sprint finish, I knew a PB was looming and this gave me an extra boost, but didn’t expect to finish one and half minute faster and a whole 5 minutes faster than #12 three days ago! 

Welsh cakes were lovely, much needed fuel for drive home 😃

At finish line talked to more runners, Grant from Shrewsbury Athletic Club, Les again and Kevin Smith. 

Can’t wait till my next race on the 6th of March.

170 miles done now , only 1140 to go, #14 should be on Thursday, will take it easy ( I promise 😃) 
  

Time to say my thankyous : 

1. to all who encourage me and wish me good luck, like and share my social media posts

2. to all who sponsored me so far : over £400 so far! 

3. to Gareth from Purity Lifestyle Studio in Wellington for free massage on my calves

4. Joe Williams from UKRunChat for free entry at Shrewsbury Half Marathon 

5. Up& Running shop in Shrewsbury for big discount on new Running Shoes

6. Susan Bowes for selling her extra M.Drayton 10k entry and donating the money to Cancer Research uk

7. My Family for patience and support and for listening all day to my numbers and stats 😀

8. My brother at La Lanterna restaurant for putting a poster up to raise a bit more 

RRR (beep beep)

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