Sunday 17th April: #31
406 miles done and 904 to go!
Remaining runs are in the sixties now 🙂
Was sunny but really cold and windy in the shade, so I kept altering my route to stay in the sun 🙂
During my warm up, just outside my house, Shezz walked past and he wished me good luck, I asked him if he would like to join me and he politely declined.
No toots to mention, and on Km 12 I stopped for a selfie with Lord Hill and took a couple of photos, then I ran a bit faster to make up for lost time, don’t know why, wasn’t really bothered about finishing time.
My last mile was in the Quarry, was very busy there, looked like there was a dog show.
Finished 1 km away from where I started and jogged all the way home to cool down.
This morning I ran Half #32, took me 1 hour 39′, happy with that considering I ran previous one on Sunday!
Weather was perfect again, left around 10.30am and was already very warm in the sunshine. First 16k felt easy but last 5 were really tough on my legs, I would have liked more recovery time, but had to run today because of going to London tomorrow for a couple of days and then very busy at work when I get back.
I ran from home to Ditherington, Castelfields along the River, crossed the Castlewalk Bridge to Abbey Foregate, crossed the English Bridge and went back down to the River and ran in the Quarry where I took a selfie with Hercules 🙂
Then to Smithfield Rd and back home where the first loop was completed and then repeated more or less the same route.
On km 8 by the Weir I came across Lee who was running the other way and waved, and on km 21 Ian drove by and tooted.
Next one is on Sunday in five days time, my longest rest since I started my challenge.
419 miles (675km) down and 891 to go (1435km), easy peasy 🙂
Sunday 24th April: #33
#33 done, another 7k and will be a third through my challenge, 432 miles done and 878 miles to go!
A slow one today and you may ask why after 5 days rest.
I’ve been toying with the idea of entering a Trail Half Marathon in the summer, having never done one before, just to do something a bit different while covering the same distance that my challenge requires, only problem is that I have no idea if I could complete one in under two hours. So feeling rested after long-ish break and inspired by watching the London Marathon build up and start, I decided to add about 3 miles of off road running up Haughmond Hill.
Was tough and hard to keep a good pace, was worried in case I hurt an ankle or something else, had to dodge mud puddles and tree branches and sticking roots, in a few words it was bloody hard work and was glad to get back onto the road. I guess I’m a Road Runner and will always be, to the damnation of my poor joints 🙂
Started at home and ran to Ditherington, up Sundorne Rd and to the Sports Village, followed the path towards The old Shrewsbury Canal to Uffington and for a bit up Haughmond Hill, then back down again and crossed this big muddy field, and ended up at the Abbey ruins where I took a quick selfie, down the B5062, Featherbed Lane, Battlefield Link rd, Harlescott Lane, Lancaster Rd, up Mount Pleasant and down Ellesmere Rd for easy finish.
No toots today, but on mile 1 I saw Julie walking my lovely beagles and James Morgan waved and asked me which mile I was on.
Next one is on wednesday or thursday depending on work.
Lots of stretching until then and one strength training session too.
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 : £486 plus gift aid raised in nearly 4 months
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
9. To Joe Brocklehurst for looking after my legs for a discounted rate
RRR (beep beep)
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