#37 & #38, I keep marching on ( I mean “running on “) 

No extra runs this week so Chester Half on Sunday 15th will be my 39th and not my 40th like I would have liked. I’m still one ahead of schedule and still have my two weeks break still in the bank 🙂

Saving them just in case I have an injury or will have a rest when I go on holiday, whichever comes first 😀

I’m still planning to do an extra one in next few weeks because I definitely want Shrewsbury Half ( my home race) to be number 50 and not number 49 🙂

Sunday 8th May: #37

Hot #37 !! Started early but was already too warm, even for me!
Once again I had no idea where I was going next, didn’t plan a route, just went with the flow and silly me picked quite a tough one.

I started at a slower pace today, was trying to conserve my energy plus had very little water with me and that got very warm quickly.

On km 6 got a toot in Coton hill, but couldn’t see who it was, and on km 7 along Smithfield Rd I high-fived Chris Purcell who was running the opposite way.

Shortly afterwards I stopped to take a selfie with Slinky monument and Welsh Bridge. 

Ran up Porthill and on km 11 past the Rowing Club where there was a rowing competition and had to dodge and weave past people carrying boats.

Finished just under 1:44′ and I think it’s my slowest time so far, but I need to think about the long term project plus I was saving myself for Chester Half next sunday 🙂

Next one will be Tuesday or Wednesday, not sure yet.

485 miles done and 825 miles to go 🙂

Wednesday 11th May: #38 

Today’s run reminded me why I love running.

Didn’t plan route again, just wanted to run towards Baschurch as I haven’t ran that way before, and at parkrun Rob C. suggested I run that way.

Weather wasn’t great but was ok for running, humid but the light rain kept me refreshed all the way.

As I ran past the Show Ground a heron was standing on the side of the path and flew away as I got closer to it, unfortunately I got my phone out too late to take a photo.

Later on I saw a field full of cows, some seemed amused to see me running, so I stopped and took a selfie with them 🙂

I enjoyed the scenery and stopped a few times to take photos, lots of beautiful old black and white buildings, cottages, churches, graveyards, yellow fields..

I also practised different running styles, short quick strides, long strides, cadence and different breathing techniques, heel strike, forefoot strike and on half way I ran a mile under 7 minutes to practice my race pace ahead of Chester Half.

No toots to mention today, but on km 21 as I ran past Greenfields School I saw mums and dads on the way to collecting their kids, lots of familiar faces including Joanne and Patricia. 

Almost 500 miles run to date and just over 800 left 🙂
Next one is Chester Half on sunday morning, my previous three attempts all ended at 1: 39′, but I’m confident I can beat that this year 🙂

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 : £521 plus gift aid raised 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 
9. To Joe Brocklehurst for looking after my legs for a discounted rate and offering me a free treatment next week.
10 To Sandra ( my mother in law) for helping me raise from family and friends 

RRR (beep beep)

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