Over two third of 100 halfs challenge complete!

Thursday 18th August #65

#65 completed earlier this afternoon.

Was hard work, weather was hot so I took it easy from the start.

22 minutes slower than sunday’s race, legs still felt stiff and my aim was to just complete it safely in under 2 hours.

Started at home, and on km 1 on Hubert Way got a toot from Sam, Jodie, Owen and Luca .

Turned right on Ellesmere Rd where I got a toot from Jacko ( I think ) and on Mount Pleasant Rd from Ian Richards. 

Turned right into Ditherington past the Dana where I stopped for photos and a selfie.

Up Castle Street, down Water Lane by the Traitors Gate, along the river across the English Bridge, Coleham Head and into the Quarry.

Up The Mount where I stopped to say hello to a puppy beagle, his name was Alfie and he reminded me of my Chester when he was a little puppy πŸ™‚

On Km 13 I stopped in Oakfield Rd to meet up with Juanda, he wanted to run part of the route with me like last week.

He wasn’t ready and had to wait four minutes and by the time we started running my legs were very stiff and took me a while to get going. 

We turned onto Mytton Oak rd past the Hospital, right to Racecourse Ln, left onto Welshpool Rd, then Calcott Ln and down Holyhead Rd and The Mount.

I miscalculated the route and completed the 13 miles in Frankwell, a good 2 km away from home!!  

Which meant I had a longer cool down than usual, some fast walking and some light jogging 

851 miles done and only 459 to go!

Next one will be on Monday and not Sunday because of work commitments. 

Monday 22nd August #66

#66 completed earlier this afternoon.

Two third (-ish) of challenge completed πŸ™‚

Was very warm today, and a 12.15 start was a bad idea, but had no choice!

Very random route, mainly through town centre, the Quarry, Kingsland, Meole, Radbrook, Mousecroft, the Mount and back to Herongate.

I stopped a few times by the Castle for photos and selfies.

On Km 6 as I was running on Pritchard Way and spotted a bush with massive juicy blackberries and picked as many as I could carry and ate them as I ran πŸ™‚

On km 15 I bumped into Juanda and his family at the top of Porthill, they were walking back from the Quarry and stopped for a quick chat.
No toots till right at the end of the run.

Sam and Beth on Ellesmere Rd and as I finished my run I saw Owen and Jodie.

Only 445 miles to go, easy peasy, I can almost see the finish line πŸ˜€

Two days rest ( I actually count training day as a rest! ) and will be running again Thursday morning.


Wednesday 24th August #67

#67 done this morning, after only one day recovery, had to go today because I’m too busy tomorrow.

So it’s third one in seven days and all three completed in the same time of 1: 52′ and give or take a few seconds.

Nothing to report, no waves or toots.

Ran in Ditherington, Telford Way, Monkmoor, London rd, Sutton Farm, Town centre, Castlefields and back home.

Less than 700km to go (430 miles) and all ok and still ahead of schedule πŸ™‚

Next one on Sunday.

Sunday 28th August #68

#68 completed wearing my new running shoes πŸ™‚

I retired my Saucony shoes on friday after running 1909 km since November!

My new Adidas have a lot to live up to, they do feel comfortable and I discovered yesterday at parkrun why they are called Adidas Bounce πŸ˜€

Started just before 10.30am and was a very warm day.

After a lap of the estate I ran into town centre, up Copthorne Rd, right onto Roman Rd, left onto Welshpool Rd , past The Onslow Steam Rally (very steep climb on way back) to Ford and turned back the way I came.

Took it easy, partly because of heat, partly because of high weekly mileage (52 miles in seven days, the equivalent of two marathons!!), but was four minutes faster than previous three runs.

No toots or waves to mention (again! where’s everybody gone?) πŸ™‚

890 miles of challenge done, only 420 left.

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 Β£800 plus gift aid raised so far 
3. to Gareth Connell from Purity Lifestyle Studio in Wellington for free massage on my calves
4. Joe Williams from UKRunChat for free entry at Shrewsbury Half Marathon and for posting my blog on UkSportsChat website 
5. Up& Running shop in Shrewsbury for big discount on new Running Shoes
6. Susan Bowes for selling her extra M.Drayton 10k and Derby Half 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 also a complimentary treatment 
10. To Sandra ( my mother in law) for helping me raise from family and friends 
11. To Gareth Mapp at Lifestyle Fitness for letting me put up a sponsor form on notice board to raise cash from members and staff

RRR (beep beep)

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