10k-tastic

If March was the month where much travel occurred, April was the month where I jumped back into my groove and dug myself deeper. Yes, readers, it was the return of the 10k.

 

I started March feeling all delicate and slow, and was doing 5 or 5.5k runs in about 30 mins. It felt like that distance was now my top line, and to push past it was too hard, I didn’t want to, where was my chair to sit down in going to make me too tired.

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But then I returned to my running club, and my whole world changed. Well, the world that I’d created throughout March whereby it was ok to ease off the running. Don’t get me wrong, I know it’s ok to ease off the running, but sometimes my mind is split in two: one half shouting ‘come on get out there! Go get those endorphins!’ and the other whispering ‘or you could just stay here. In your armchair and your robe. It’s enough for you to reach over for more chocolate caramel shortbread’, and for some reason the whispering is louder than the shouting.

 

So when I rocked up one Wednesday and found the group who was now my pace, and they said they were doing 10k/6 miles, my heart fluttered a little bit. But I took it nice and steady, and before I knew it (well, actually after an hour and a few stops to catch my breath after the hills), the 10k had been smashed! And nothing bad happened: I didn’t get a stitch, the baby didn’t fall out, I didn’t fall down in a daze after 5.5kms. I did go home feeling like I’d run 10 miles not 10k and have to go to bed early.

 

There was a bit of distance between my running pal and I …. and the rest of the group!

There was a bit of distance between my running pal and I …. and the rest of the group!

So three days later I ran it again. Some of our friends were doing a charity event where they covered 200k in one day:  they did one 10k run followed by a 40k cycle, and then repeated it four times in total. So, like the heroes we are, SB and i joined in. For one 10k. Yep – I told ya: heroes 😉 Some other friends joined in for a run and cycle, or did all the cycling, and there was a core team of about 10 who did the whole day.

 

It was a really good day, despite the pouring rain the whole way around. The adrenaline and good will helped us all – those who were feeling tired because they were doing the second of  four 10k runs, and those who were (pregnant and) a little out of shape.

 

Running slower = easier for running selfies. #veryimportant

Running slower = easier for running selfies. #veryimportant

Since then the 10k has enthroned itself as the staple of my training again, and it feels gooooood.

 

And in other news, could this weekend be any more exciting?? An royal baby and The Fight of The Century. I mean, I for one couldn;t wait to get up at 5am to see the richest sportsman alive win more millions. As if I did: we recorded it, and when it came time to watch it the next day, I was banished from the living room because I talked too much. So I went and got me some cake.

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But seriously, this weekend had something for everyone. Sports, rivalries, bright lights, pretty dresses, new babies, baby names, gambling, Royal Family, celebrity endorsements (for the fight anyway…). What a time to be alive.

 

Ellie B

What I’m Loving Friday – 7/6/2013

Goooooood afternoon!

Today was a great day to venture out of the office have tea and sandwiches with a friend in my favourite cafe in Durham: Flat White. This is the one place you can get a decent coffee in England (ok, maybe the North East. England is quite big).

Last night I went to my pole class at Tempest Dance, and assisted with the classes before hand. It’s awesome to see some of the beginners start to understand their bodies and what they’re capable of. Strength develops quickly, but flexibility takes some time so we always focus on some serious leg stretches in our cool down to help this. This also helps my tight calves and hamstrings from all the running (thumbs up for cross training)!

And without further ado, here’s what I’ve been loving this week!

  • Mugs. Choosing what mug I have my afternoon coffee in is one of my delights (simple things). It’s a careful selection based on my mood and aspirations at the time. Here are favourite mugs which are always in the running: recently I’ve been favouring my Royal Wedding mug to support Kate during the last month of her pregnancy. I’m sure she’ll be in touch to say thanks, not that I expect it – just a diamond-studded crown will do.
The wine glass is there as it's my fave wine glass. I'm never not the mood to be the world's best 30 year old.

The wine glass is there as it’s my fave wine glass. I’m never not the mood to be simply best 30 year old.

  • Bruno Mars. Fast becoming my favourite boy-man singer, and this song has a Summer vibe which I’m loving. Gilly P and I were chatting about the mixed tape phenomenon which is no more thanks to digital music. Remember when you used to help your friends through a rough patch, like a parental divorce, by putting your soul into a cathartic mixed tape of the saddest songs ever? Or bare your soul to your sweetheart by sending them a mixed tape predominantly made up of songs from the Romeo & Juliet soundtrack? What do kids to today? Send a sympathy Instagrammed “selfie” via Facebook?
This is my "I'm very concerned for you, but I can't help but look sultry" face.

This is my “I’m very concerned for you, but I can’t help but look sultry” face.

You’re my Number 1 **pout**

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • My bag that’s a Dog. For me, Summer means one combination in particular: cute dresses and my dog-bag. We’re not allowed dogs because we rent, and also because “one day we might move back to Australia” (both boring arguments), so I have to content myself with my dog-bag. She has a name: Saffy. it’s a rip-off of my step-mother’s dog Sassi in Sydney. Saffy doesn’t bark, I don’t need to clean up after her, and she’s very considerate to hold my phone and cash. It’s not *quite* the same as Sassi, but until I have persuaded my husband, and my own logic, that we should get a dog, Saffy will do.
Sassi.

Sassi.

Saffy was so happy at lunch time today.

Saffy was so happy at lunch time today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Local Running Clubs. Today I received an email from our Club Secretary about  a 3 week course designed to improve running form, which I’m really excited about. Apart from encouraging you to exercise and introducing you to like-minded people, running clubs are a great way to learn about such courses and improve your form. I love the camaraderie that comes with being in a club, and seeing a familiar face as you’re battling through a race. Most clubs cater for all levels, but can definitely point you in the right direction if they don’t. UK people can find their local club here.
  • Mr & Mrs Carter. Beyonce headlined a charity gig in London last weekend called Chime for Change to promote women’s education. It was such a worthy cause, and one I support wholeheartedly, but I’m not ashamed to admit that I was VERY excited to see what Beyonce had to show for herself (FYI – I wasn’t there… I was watching from my couch). She wasn’t much for the audience chat, but made up for it when her hubby came out to rap during “Crazy In Love”. Many people don’t get the Carter fascination, so for those of you out there, here it is: they got the cool, they got the swagger, they got the $$, they got the rhythm. Got it?
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Mr & Mrs Carter just rapping together. This is why they’re cool. I photographed this from the TV. This is why I’m not.

Now I’m off to run up and down some hills, as per my promise earlier on this week. What a fool I was for actually posting a training plan.

Happy Friday!