Five Things Friday-8

Five Things Friday #8

Five things Friday #8 and I am hoping that the things I am sharing are useful.


So last week I was listening to my usual podcast on my way to work and Rob Dial started to talk about Ikigai. I found it very interesting and thought about it once I got to work. Well, my tutor group had an assembly and we had an external speaker come in.

Can you imagine my shock when she started talking about Ikigai! I’d never heard of the word and then twice in one morning! So obviously I wanted to know more about it!

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I’m now reading more about it. Maybe it will help me find my next job!

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There seem to be a few people struggling with injuries at the moment, myself included so I just wanted to share this post for anyone else that may need to read it.

Follow Friday

I know that they say you shouldn’t talk to strangers online, but I am so glad that I started following and talking to @lexielovestorun. She is an amazing runner and so inspiring. Make sure you check out her Instagram page and give her a follow. You will not regret it.

@lexielovestorun instagram profile.

The Running Awards

I was fortunate enough to attend The Running Awards last year. They have announced the shortlist for the awards. There are so many amazing people and brands up for awards, so as runners I feel it’s important for us to vote. So, take a look and vote here.

Last years Running Awards
Last years running awards


Yes, I know it’s a shocker. For the second week, I’m plugging my own photo challenge!! It’s well underway and I am loving seeing people photos. It’s all for fun and you can join in whenever you want. If you want to look at what has been posted so far, search for click here.

As always, if you have missed previous Five Things Friday posts, have a look here. Also, if you see things throughout the week that you think I should share, please let me know.

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Manchester Marathon Training Recap – Week 4

Week 4 of Manchester Marathon training started well, but a small injury is worrying me a little now. If you have missed the previous weekly updates, read them here.


I didn’t set the alarm to get up early for my recovery run, but I had put my kit out just in case I was awake. When I looked at the clock and it said 5:45 am, I really wanted to stay in bed, but I knew I would be disappointed if I didn’t get up and run.

5k was completed on the treadmill, it wasn’t anything special. I kept it slow and just got it done.


It was another early morning as I made my way back to the gym. Strength work is so important and I have just been finding the early get-ups difficult, so it was nice to get back in the gym. A sad admission, but I got a little bit excited when the gym staff told me that the gym is now open from 6 am not 6:30 am! How sad is that??

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As I hadn’t completed a long run last weekend, I decided to run longer with Christine this week. I suggested a route, which was hilly but we went for it anyway. Christine wanted to do 15 miles, but I stuck to 11. We ran 8 together, then I stopped and let her do the extra 4 miles and then we completed the last 3 together. The last mile was up a particularly big hill. It was the hill that kept on giving and I have to be honest, I walked some of it. I was so hungry by this point, I was a little grumpy and just didn’t have the resilience to conquer the hill! hehe.

Rularuns action photo.


A recovery run was much needed today, yet I really wanted to go to ‘run club’ to see everyone. Waiting until 6:30 pm is sometimes hard, it gives you just enough time to sit down after work and then it takes everything to get yourself out the door! Anyone else find this?

The session was a speed session, but I just jogged all the reps. It is so hard not to be competitive! The evening was finished with a trip to the gym – well isn’t that the way every spends their wedding anniversary!! Yes, you read that correctly, it was my wedding anniversary and I went to ‘run club’ and the gym! My husband is a lucky man! hehe

Manchester Marathon Week 4 - run club squad photo


Rest day, which was lucky as I had a very sore hip. It was painful to walk at times. I tried massaging it, stretching it and ignoring it (typical runner) but it was quite painful.


As I am not covering huge mileage on my long runs at the moment I was happy to run long again. I made arrangements to run with Sarah. Early alarm set again, I think I may have forgotten what a lie-in is now! We met at 7:00 am and I did warn Sarah that my hip was not quite right so I would have to see how I went.

Early on I could feel it, but it wasn’t too bad. Around 8 miles, it started to be quite painful. Sarah went off to do some solo laps of the lake we were at, whilst I stretched. We had to get back to where Parkrun was starting, so I said I would try to run that part, but I would have to give Parkrun a miss. We slowed down and jogged back. I was surprised that my hip seemed to ease a little. So, like most runners, I pretended that I wasn’t injured and joined in with Pakrurn anyway. You would all do the same, wouldn’t you?

We took it very easy, but by the end my hip was sore. As we were finishing the run, I focussed on where the discomfort was. I realised that the tightness was coming from my side as well. I spoke to a friend of Sarah’s, who helped me stretch my side. Ouch, that’s all I can say!

Manchester Marathon Week 4 - Long run selfie.


Originally, I had planned to run the Junior Parkrun with my daughter. I thought running slowly would help my legs, but even after lots of stretches my side/hip said no way. Instead, I had to just be the proud mum at the side as my daughter collected her half marathon band.

So, an enforced rest day, but a fair bit of stretching trying to ease my side.

Overview and Stats

I am gutted to be nursing a little injury as I feel like I was working hard this week and right back ‘on it’. I purposely didn’t step up my mileage too quickly for exactly this reason, yet still seemed to be injured. Annoying!! I hope it eases quickly.

Manchester Marathon Week 4 - weekly total

27.5 miles banked for week 4

Who knows what will happen in week 5, I’ll just have to take it day by day.


Five Things Friday #7

Five Things Friday is still going and I think I have found some good things to share this week. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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Super Halfs

I feel like I totally missed this, so apologies if this is old news for you! As you know I am a sucker for a challenge and have shared my desire to complete all the World Marathon Majors. Well, last week when I was at the Running Show Alistair told me about the Super Halfs challenge. It’s a half marathon challenge, featuring FIVE half marathons in some pretty cool cities; Lisbon, Prague, Copenhagen, Cardiff and Valencia.

When I looked into it, you could get a series pass and you have 36 months to run all of them. Unfortunately, this has now sold out, but when you register they give you a passport number, so you can keep track of any that you enter independently. It looks awesome and I know that I would love to run some of these half marathons and eventually run the whole series! When am I going to win the lotto!!!

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Power Hour Podcast

I have been following The Runner Beans for years now. I love her honest nature. Well, Charlie is on the Power Hour Podcast this week and it is a really good listen. So, I know I have shared in previously but check out the Power Hour Podcast.

Five Things Friday #7 - Power Hour Podcast

Improve With Luke

If you are like me and possibly almost every runner, you are not so great at stretching. I am currently struggling with a tight right hip so my go-to is @improvewithluke. The videos are very clear and just help remind you of stretches to do.

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🔹𝐓𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐇𝐢𝐩 𝐅𝐥𝐞𝐱𝐨𝐫𝐬🔹⁣ ⁣ This is a very common problem, especially with how much time we spend sitting down vs moving! 🏃‍♂️⁣ ⁣ People might know that they need to work on some stretching and mobility 🧘🏻‍♂️ for tight hip flexors, but what might not be so obvious is the importance of improving spinal stability / core efficiency. ✅⁣ ⁣ Your psoas (hip flexor) attaches to all of your lumbar vertebra, and therefore plays an important role in stabilisation of your lumbar spine. ⁣ ⁣ If you don’t create good, efficient spinal stabilisation through the rest of your core muscles, you’re psoas can become overly tight to compensate for this… 🤷🏻‍♂️⁣ ⁣ So if you’re struggling with tight hip flexors and stretching doesn’t seem to be working, you want to spend some time on improving your core efficiently too…⁣ ⁣ 1️⃣ – 𝐇𝐢𝐩 𝐅𝐥𝐞𝐱𝐨𝐫 𝐒𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐜𝐡⁣ 🔸 Great for improving the flexibility of your hip flexors (psoas / illiacus)⁣ ⁣ 2️⃣ – 𝐃𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐁𝐮𝐠𝐬⁣ 🔸 Builds core strength and efficiency⁣ 🔸 Moving the legs means it’s harder for the psoas to overly contract ⁣ ⁣ 3️⃣ – 𝐑𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐞 𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐤⁣ 🔸Great for improving core efficiency⁣ 🔸Developed core stretch whilst challenging lumbar/pelvic stability ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ Remember to never push into any pain or pinching ❌ and get professional help if you’re dealing with ongoing pain / injuries ✅⁣ ⁣ ⁣ Please tag any friends you think might find this useful, and as always any questions please comment below 👇🏻⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #improvewithluke – ‘Free your Limits’ #TightHips #HipFlexors #HipFlexorStretch #HipMobility #CoreStrength #corestrengthening

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February Photo Challange

So this is a little premature, but it is about to start! So each February for the last two years I have run a little photo challenge on Instagram. Basically I suggest a theme every day and we post a photo linked to the theme and use the hashtag #rularunsphotochallenge. It’s just for fun, so if you fancy joining in, make sure you are following me on Instagram. It doesn’t matter if you don’t do it every day, just jump on and join in when you can.

A Summer on Track with Hayley Carruthers

So there you have it, another Five things Friday complete. If you missed last weeks, click here.

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Manchester Marathon Training Recap – Week 3

A little change for week 3 marathon training. Also, a bit of a drop back week unintentionally but week 3 training for Manchester Marathon is complete! If you have missed the previous weekly update, read then here.


My run club sessions are on a Monday and a Thursday. I usually attend both sessions, but now that I run both Saturday and Sunday, and I am back working 4 days a week, I am having to rejig my running sessions.

I thought that if I missed run club and do my recovery session on the treadmill before work, I can spend Monday evenings with my husband. I had thought about setting the alarm clock for before work today, but I was shattered. So I took a rest day instead.


After laying out my kit the previous night, I woke up at 4 am, but was shattered so rolled over and went back to sleep. So, I hopped on the treadmill after work to get my first run of the week banked.

I was lacking in motivation and could have easily missed this run. As mile 1 seemed to go on forever, I did wonder if I would be able to complete all four miles. As the run progressed, I actually started to enjoy it and was disappointed when I had to finish on four miles (dinner was ready!)


Wednesday is now my day off from work, so I arranged to meet up with Christine. She suggested that we run 6 miles, which was fine with me. She was doing miles before meeting with me but didn’t manage to bank as many as she had hoped for.

My new style ‘wing it’ plan meant that I could say “don’t worry, I’ll run more with you”. 8.5 miles later and half marathon distance for Christine, we stopped for our cuppa and toast.

I thoroughly enjoyed the run, chatting away not worrying about pace or distance.


Another day when I could have quite honestly skipped this run. I was tired after work, but I have learnt that you have to just keep turning up. Consistency is key with marathon training.

I thought that the session was 400’s, so was a little shocked when I found out we were doing LONG hills! We were running a new route which was just over a mile rep.

I was running with Demo again and working hard. Although I think I probably worked too hard on the first lap as I got slower and slower with each rep!


Rest day!


No Parkrun for me this week as I had a hair appointment. Even though my hair desperately needed doing, I was a little disappointed to be missing it. I am enjoying Parkrun a lot at the moment.

After a fairly busy day, I decided to use the treadmill. I had planned to run a 10k, but after a mile and a half, I started to feel a little dizzy. I had little energy and felt all out of sorts. I slowed down to a walk with the hope that I would be able to carry on after my walk. I tried running again, but I just didn’t feel right, so I called it a day at 2 miles. Not ideal, but it’s important to listen to your body.


I was going to the National Running Show today, so knew that fitting in a long run was going to be tough. My daughter was adamant that she wanted to run Junior Parkrun before we went to Birmingham, so my run for today was just 2K.

Overview and Stats

Weeks like this is when you start to worry about the ‘Wing it‘ plan. If things don’t go to plan, you usually have a coach reassuring you! This mileage is way down on previous cycles, but I have to remember that I still have time. I need to get some more long runs under my belt, but I have time. I don’t need to panic just yet!

21 miles banked for week 3.

Looks like some hard work is needed this week, but on to week four, we go…