An update

This time in three weeks we will be on a plane to Disney World! Eeeeek! 

So hi… it’s me! I haven’t updated in a while. I’ve just been leaving it to Gideon to keep you informed of his London Marathon training and not saying much myself, but I’ve now realised it’s only 1 week until my first 5k of the year and only 4 weeks until my first 10k of the year! I figured it was time to tell you whats been going on!

Firstly, I have been running! Though probably not as much as I should be in order to prepare for these races. Next weekend we are doing the St David’s Day races in Cardiff. I’m doing the 5k and Gideon is doing the 10k. I’m thinking the 5k will be absolutely fine. I know I can run 5k and I’ve done it several times in training, so no issues there. It certainly won’t break any records, but i’ll get around the course, and look at the swell medal they are giving out this year! Yes please!

Pic curtesy of St. Davids Day 10k fb page

The problem I think comes with the Winterpark 10k in Florida on March 25th. Again, another awesome medal- so I want to do it. However I’ve struggled to push my training up past the 5k distance as of late. I can’t really pinpoint why this is if i’m honest. It’s definitely part laziness, but also my legs seem incredibly stiff at the moment every time I go out, which doesnt help matters. I’m planning a 4 mile run tomorrow and I think if I can get that done comfortably then i’ll continue on training for it and hopefully do the race. Again it certainly won’t break any records, but I should get round. 

The only other thing that worries me about it is the heat. The last race we did in Florida was so so warm- unbearably so. I don’t know if I can cope with that again. Those were unseasonably high temperatures though, and this race does take place very early in the morning, so hopefully it won’t be quite so bad. But still, the thought of it does worry me somehow. We get there a week before the race, so plenty of time to aclimatise to the temps. I think the best option is just going to be to do some training runs and see what it’s like. If I can run comfortably in it then i’ll do the race, if I feel it’s to uncomfortable then I won’t, or i’ll walk it. 

Anyway. In 3 week’s we’ll be on a plane, which is so exciting. It’s come around so quickly and I just can’t wait to get out there now and have a proper holiday! Gid will have lots of London Marathon training to do, so we are hoping to get out on some of the new balance trails and do some reviews for you guys. We also have plenty of meals planned and are staying in a hotel we havent been to before, so expect plenty of disney related content when we get back!  So excited!!!!

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Gideon’s London Marathon 2017 training recap: Weeks 11 and 12!

Hello Everyone! I hope that you are all well and have had a lovely weekend! Here is my training recap for the last 2 weeks ūüôā

Week 11 РW/C 6th Feb 

Monday: Rest Day (we watched the superbowl so were a little tired)

Tuesday: Rest Day

Wednesday: Gym Session – Strength training

  • ¬†10 min¬†warm-up on bike
  • 3 set of 16 leg Press @ 30kgs
  • 3 set of 16 Shoulder press¬†@ 25kgs
  • 3 set of 16 leg extensions@ 25kgs
  • 3 set of 16 Arm Curls¬†@ 20kgs (10kg each)
  • 10 min cool down

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Thursday: Run – 1 mile tempo run – 10.59 mins

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Great evening for running, though utterly freezing!

Friday : Gym Session – Cross-training

  • 10 min warm-up on bike
  • 25 mins on Cross-trainer
  • 10 mins cool down on bike

Saturday:  Rest day 

Sunday:  Run Р4 miles Р46.31 mins

Week 12 : W/C 16th Feb

Monday : Gym Session

  • 10 min warm-up on Treadmill @ 3.6mph
  • 20 mins on Cross-trainer – 2.07 miles
  • 1800 meters on Rower – 9 mins 4 seconds
  • 3 set of 16 shoulder press @ 25kg
  • 3 set of 16 Leg Press @ 30kgs
  • 10 min cool down – 1.56miles on bike

Tuesday : Run 

  • 45 min run – ¬†4.1 miles

Wednesday : Gym Sessions 

  • 10 min warm-up on Treadmill @ 3.6mph
  • 2 mile run on Treadmill – 20mins 47secs
  • 2 sets of 8 – Squats with a 20kg bar
  • 3 set of 16 shoulder press @ 25kg
  • 3 set of 16 Leg Press @ 30kgs
  • 10min cool down

Thursday: Rest Day 

Friday: Long Run! 

So today was supposed to be my longest run to date 17 miles, unfortunately it didn’t quite go to plan. Body was feeling great, breathing was on point so was the pace but at 9 miles a dog on an extendable lead thought it would be fun to run in front of me. In an attempt not to go straight over the top I thought I could dodge and tweaked my knee. I stretched for a little bit and attempted to run it off but it was still hurting so I abandoned the run at 11.31 miles.

 

So I was a little disappointed by this but I have time to get these miles under my belt and not to risk injuring myself any further.

Saturday : Rest day

It was such a lovely day in Swansea so I decided to test my knee out and help loosen those achey muscles Amy and I had a lovely 3 mile walk.

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So moving on to this week, I am planning to do my 17 mile run in at some point, fingers crossed this one goes better!!

I’m running the London Marathon in April for Children with Cancer UK. If you would like to sponsor me you can visit my sponsorship page here. Just £10 helps fund tissue research to help fund treatments for childhood cancer. Thank you. 

 

Gideon’s London Marathon 2017 training recap: Week 10.

Hello All! I hope that you have all had a nice week, here is my re-cap of week 10 of my London Marathon training, sorry it’s a couple of days late!

Week 10 РW/C 30th January 

Monday РGym

  • 10 min warm-up on bike
  • Treadmill – 18mins – 1.41miles
  • Fast mile on the cross trainer – 8.43mins
  • Leg press- 3 sets of 16 @¬†30kgs
  • Shoulder Press – 3 sets of 16 @ 25kgs
  • 10 min cool-down on bike

Tuesday РRun 

Good run today, 2.12 miles which took 23.01 mins with an average pace of 10.50 min per mile.

Wednesday – Rest day

Thursday – Long Run!

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Kit for my long run prepped and ready to go (with a cheeky chocolate milk for after).

Today I conquered my longest run to date, 14 miles and it wasn’t a pretty one! The weather here in Swansea was absolutely horrible, 30 mph winds, rain, cold but even though this wasn’t my best or fastest run it was still my longest and I am super proud!

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Longest run ever!!!

Friday РRest Day 

Saturday – Meet the Experts!

So as you all know as I don’t shut up about it, I am running the London Marathon in April for an amazing charity called Children With Cancer UK. On Saturday I was in London for the London Marathon “Meet the Experts day” where the London Marathon team put on seminars to help you prep for the big day covering multiple aspects such as fundraising, training and nutrition. I will recap the day in more detail in a separate post, but it was a great event and I also got to meet some of the charity representatives from Children with Cancer UK who gave me helpful tips and info to help with my fundraising. I have a virgin money giving page, which you can access here if you would like to sponsor me. We are also planning on doing a car boot sale to raise some extra funds, and a competition where you can guess my finish time and win a prize!

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Sunday – Lazy Day

As we were in London we took the opportunity to spend some time with Amy’s Aunt and Uncle, enjoying good food and of course watching Wales in the Six Nations.

A quieter week is on the cards this week, with a very-short long run of only 4 miles to help me recover adequately for next weeks 17 miler! I’ll be supplementing my running this week with some time in the gym to build some extra strength.

I’m running the London Marathon in April for Children with Cancer UK. If you would like to sponsor me you can visit my sponsorship page here. Just £10 helps fund tissue research to help fund treatments for childhood cancer. Thank you.