TCS New York Marathon 2017 – Race Recap

So, it’s now time to recap the actual day, Sunday 5th November 2017! If you haven’t yet my read my lead up to race day, you can here. I had opted for the Staten Island Ferry transportation, and for anyone who has a place next year, I would recommend the ferry. A word of warning; the email comes through asking you to opt for your transportation before you even know what time you are starting the race. NYRR know what they are doing, so they only offer you transportation that will ensure that you get to the start on time. […]

TCS New York City Marathon 2017 – Part 1

When something is so epic, writing a blog post about it, is SO hard. I will never be able to do this race justice! This race report is also written in parts, so I am going to show the different sections, so hopefully the time frame makes sense! Part 1 So, I am currently sitting waiting for the arrival of my family and friends, to start the final celebration of my 40th birthday, and oh boy what a birthday it has been! For many years, when anyone spoke about me approaching my 40th birthday, I always told them that I […]

New York Marathon Training – Week 11, 12, 13 and 14

Can you tell by the title that training really ramped up! I have been training, working, training, working and in-between all of this trying to sleep a little and pack up my house! It is no excuse, but something had to give and unfortunately it was this blog. But I have a spare 5 minutes (surrounded by boxes!) so I wanted to document what training has taken place! Week 11 Monday View this post on Instagram 800's at #runclub tonight, but after 18 miles yesterday, mine were all done at recovery pace. I have been surprised how good my legs […]

New York Marathon Training – Week 9 & Week 10

Life has been hectic, but training must go on. I have missed sessions, but I’ve done as much as I can, and that’s all I can do! Week 9 Monday 3.1 miles at run club consisting of hills, 400m, 800m and steps! Can you believe no picture as I left my phone at work! Wednesday View this post on Instagram [EPIC FAIL] I was supposed to be doing a tempo run tonight, so took my kit to work all ready to run home! Got changed and realised I'd forgot to pack socks!! . Call Mr W to come pick me […]

New York Marathon Training – Week 7 & Week 8

Marathon training is hard! If it wasn’t, everyone would be doing it. To make things tougher for me, I have been ill, I have started a new job, I am in the process of moving house, and this week my mother-in-law passed away. I can handle all of this, and training, but I am writing it down here, to remind myself to stop beating myself when life gets in the way of training. I have missed a few sessions, and I missed last weeks training post, so here goes: Week 7 View this post on Instagram Early morning miles today. […]

New York Marathon Training – Week 6

Finally, I am feeling a bit more like myself, and even though I didn’t manage too many hard sessions this week, I did manage to bank the miles and complete 4 sessions. Monday View this post on Instagram Another week, another run by the sea (and another gross picture of me!!! 😂) This week is probably gonna no to be about the miles rather than the times. I need time on my feet but to also let me body recover. So I started Monday the correct way with a run along #brighton seafront #loverunning . . . . #mondaymotivation #run […]

New York Marathon Training – Week 5

I know that marathon training is difficult, but this cycle seems to be challenging me no end. So, I finally got antibiotics and my sinusitis is clearing up, but training still hasn’t been easy or too enjoyable this week. I have really struggled to recover from my long run last week. My quads are really sore and calves tight, so Monday I had a sports massage and changed my 400’s on the plan to a recovery run. It was really, really slow and so hard!! Wednesday is my tempo run day, I am always apprehensive about this run! I found […]

New York Marathon Training – Week 4

I am STILL struggling with illness, my ‘cold’ has turned into sinusitis, so training this week was again tougher than it should have been. I moved my sessions around, to try to give myself an extra rest day, on the day I was fully congested, but the reshuffle didn’t work quite how I had hoped, so I still missed one of my scheduled runs. On a positive note, I managed one more session than last week! So, the sessions completed were: Monday: Mile Repeats View this post on Instagram Mile repeats with @larky_t this morning. Very unlike me, but left […]

New York Marathon Training – Week 3

After my solid training last week and pretty high mileage for me, this week has been a disaster!! My daughter had a cold, so it was inevitable that she would pass it on to me, but I didn't think it would wipe me out quite as much! I think picking it up, just as my immune system was low due to marathon training starting and the end of a busy school term, means I still have it now, and it hit me hard. I missed Monday and Wednesday sessions, Thursdays session was hard – who would think you need to […]

New York Marathon Training – Week 2

One of my biggest fears with signing up to an Autumn marathon is the fact that my routine goes out the window, as soon as the school holidays start. Last week, I was away visiting family in Scotland, but I am pleased to report I still got the miles in. It did mean I had to set an alarm a few mornings, and forego my lie in, but so be it. Marathon training is not easy! Being away meant that I got to run in the sun, by the sea, which was really lovely, and very unexpected for Scotland!!! During […]