Still here, as usual been running little bits here and there… got a really good 0.8mile route near home which includes an awesome little hill, trying to find a way to round it up to a mile just so my runs aren’t too short. It includes this little alleyway down the back of a church. Not a dodgy dark scary alleyway, it’s quite wide and open and safe feeling… but there’s always a couple of people around… no problem I’m used to people (just about!), you know, I realise that I don’t pay quite enough council tax to demand that the roads are completely clear every time I feel like going for a run, but they’re never walking on the same side! I end up doing a little zig-zag route which I’m sure doubles the length it should be!
There’s also a gorgeous 2 mile route, all on roads but through the countryside which is lovely. If you’ve been reading for a while you’ll know my eternal internal paranoia that every single curtain I pass twitches and every teenager I jog passed is sniggering at me, so rural roads are always best for me.
Did I say we moved house? I don’t remember. Well, we did- to Ashby de la Zouch which sounds like it’s in France but is actually in Leicestershire ha! Our road runs parallel to Market Street- the main road through our pretty little town- so most routes involve it in some way. That’s fine at 8am on a Sunday morning, when there are no cars around and the only people are the greengrocers putting out their produce (I never get that, who’s buying vegetables at 8am on a Sunday morning?!). In fact that’s currently my very favourite time to run because if I time it right I arrive back home to churchbells, as there’s a gorgeous old church at the top of our road! So like when I run to music and a live track comes on and I imagine that the clapping is in fact for me, I imagine that the churchbells are ringing just to welcome me home! It’s not so great, though, at 5pm on a weekday when I get back from work and want to run before dinner, and there’s big groups of teenagers waiting for buses. None of them have actually said anything to me, and actually I don’t think I look too ridiculous any more when I’m running, but still teenagers will always intimidate me slightly I believe. A bit silly when I WORK with teenagers and am perfectly aware that most of them are harmless, some quite pleasant in fact!
I’ve decided, in my incredible wisdom, that the reason I’m a bit sporadic with my running routine at the moment, as well as my increased workload, is because I have nothing to aim for. I always seem to do better when I know there’s a race coming up. SO… drumroll… I’ve resolved to do my new local ParkRun this weekend and try to make at least a monthly routine of it AND… even longer drumroll… I’ve also signed up for a local 10k in September. Eeeek! I’m terrified already. And I made the mistake of reading the reviews of last year AFTER signing up. It seems to be very hilly but is also very local to me, starting at a local National Trust property. Being a member of the National Trust I can park there for free whenever I like so I intend to use that membership to its full and do quite a few practise runs. Although there are some lovely runs that start right at my front door there are pretty much no hills so I’m going to have to travel to get used to them again.
I’m quite excited I think. My last 10k, about 18 months ago I think, I finished last and got a time of 88 minutes. This time I’m going to aim for 70 minutes, although I might change that as I get more used to running on my slimmer body.
I sold a load of old dresses off- all size 18s and 20s. I’m now a comfortable size 14. I made £50 which I was really chuffed with (except for one stupid woman who left negative feedback, complaining of the QUALITY of a used PRIMARK dress. MORON) So that’s how I’ve invested that money, in races which in turn will hopefully lead to further slimming! I want to lost 3 more stone and I want to run a half marathon. I know I’ll get there.
So that’s a pretty lengthy update isn’t it?! Hope you’re all as good as me
HA! I just realised I posted an update called Amsterdamn without mentioning Amsterdam!! The whole reason for my rambling on different routes etc was that last weekend I visited Amsterdam with my family… me being me I insisted on taking my running kit. I like being able to say I’ve run in all these different places. My kit took up a good 50% of my case when it included the extra underwear and running shoes I had to carry (I went handluggage only). Did I run? Did I heck! Oops! When it came to it I slept in, and when you have a set time to get to breakfast for, you gotta get there on time! Then we spent the days wandering and didn’t get back to the hotel til late evening so that was that. I did lots of walking, but that doesn’t really count and I saw lots of other runners! Haha. Oh well, I’ll just have to go back there sometime soon to make up the missed runs. Yes, that’s what I’ll have to do.