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Noosa National Park

My training plan should have started for Manchester Marathon by now, but all that has actually happened is my consistent running has disappeared! Whoops, looks like i’ll be doing a 12 week plan leading into Manchester!

I am currently in Australia for Christmas and after a longer than planned journey here, thanks to a cancelled flight in Singapore, I am now feeling the need to be active again.

As my sleeping is all over the place, getting up early enough to run before it gets too warm hasn’t happened yet. But yesterday I did go on a 5-mile walk, with the most amazing views.

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,I had the opportunity to do this walk 7 years ago, but I didn’t. My fear of seeing a snake, spiders and whatever else lives out here was too much. When the offer was made again, I felt the fear kick in again. But lately I have been doing a lot of reflecting and working on my mindset. So, with the mantra ‘I am stronger than I think I am.’ I decided to not pass up on this opportunity.

Don’t get me wrong, I was feeling pretty ill prior to leaving and nearly bailed last minute, but ‘I can do hard things!‘ gave me the courage to not miss out.

Walking on the sand was tough to start and then we hit the steps. How is it that you can run marathons, but steps make you feel the most unfit? We went up and up, my legs were burning, my breathing was heavy and I did wonder if I was doing the right thing. I was so relieved when we stopped for a photo on the way up so I could get my breath back.

The first section of the walk was fairly uneven terrain, so I constantly looked at the floor; 1. to make sure I didn’t trip, 2. to scan for snakes and any other creepy crawlies!

But as the walk progressed, I managed to talk my mind into relaxing and looking up. The views were incredible! Obviously, I wore my Garmin, so I liked seeing the miles tick over. It was incredibly hot and I did see some people running, which caused a tinge of jealousy. Although, after nearly tripping three times just walking I knew I would be no good at running this route!

As we approached the end, we were treated to seeing a Koala in a tree. I was so proud of myself for finishing; To be honest probably more for starting this walk.

I have a crazy mind sometimes, fearing the worse in so many situations. This often leads to me avoiding things and missing out. It’s hard to explain, as I know the feelings are often irrational. They are sometimes really stupid and for an intelligent woman, I know I should ignore them. But that doesn’t work. Instead, I am working hard to learn how to manage this negativity and I feel like this was a huge step forward.

I’m not naive to think I have conquered my anxiety and crazy mind, but I am celebrating this as a victory. I know there will be days when I don’t recognise the feelings and let them take over, probably missing a great opportunity. But lets take one day at a time!

This is a very strange Christmas for me; Where is the snow? The cold? The traditions? It may not be the same as always, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be just as good.

Hopefully, I will get some running in soon. After this trip, marathon training will commence and my weekly updates will be back. Let me know below if there is anything in particular that you would like to read in my weekly updates. Also, make sure that you subscribe so you don’t miss any updates.

Wishing you all a fabulous Christmas whatever you are doing. Here’s to an exciting new year.

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What to expect when you sign up for your first marathon

I remember saying that I would NEVER run a marathon. I ran my first half marathon and as I approached the finish line I thought I would never be able to walk again, so how people ran that distance again straight away felt crazy to me!

Well 5 marathons later, and another already booked for next year, let’s have a little look at what happens when you book a marathon.

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  1. You feel all brave and hit the button to sign up for your first marathon. The excitement is great and you are raring to go.
  2. You share your news on social media and everyone is happy for you. This is going to be SO exciting.
  3. A couple of days later, when the adrenalin has worn off, you think F*#k! What the hell was I thinking of?
  4. With the fear and negativity truly ingrained, you start to google training plans. Wow, training seems to go on forever and how can you possibly run for (insert longest training run on the plan).
  5. After choosing your training plan, you actually can’t wait to get started. The anticipation of the start date of your training cycle is immense.
  6. Prior to the start date, you think about all the things that you are going to do alongside your running; eating sensibly (possibly lose some weight), stretch daily, strength train, get lots of sleep, foam roll… the list is endless.
  7. Your start date comes and you are loving life. The first run was a dream, you got back and had a protein shake, you stretched, foam rolled, you are going to enjoy this journey.
  8. Your first long run comes and goes and although you struggled to slow down enough for a Long Run you are very pleased to get that ticked off the plan. How is week 1 completed already?
  9. 6 weeks into the plan, you are glad to have gotten over your cold. You are starting to feel tired. Stretching, what’s that? How have you not lost weight? You have only missed a few sessions off the plan!
  10. Week 11; when is this going to end. It is relentless. You are tired, your runs are getting longer. You are hungry ALL the time. You are doubting that you will ever be able to complete a marathon. You also have your longest run EVER looming and that scares you.
  11. Once your longest run is completed, you are so happy to start the taper time. Although taper isn’t all you thought it would be, as you still have to get out and run x number of days a week. Even though the mileage is coming down, some of the runs are still LONG!
  12. The final weeks before the marathon, you start to feel sluggish. How can you have just completed all of those weeks of training, yet you feel the most unfit you have in a while. Why did you sign up for this? What were you thinking?
  13. You attend the expo/your bib arrives, the excitement builds.
  14. You stand on the start line of the race, all the nerves, excitement, and anticipation. Then just as you are about the start, again, it hits you. You NOW have to run 26.2 miles!
  15. You complete the marathon. It was like a rollercoaster. You loved some bits, you were scared at some parts, you wondered if you would stay alive, you constantly wonder if it is EVER going to finish.
  16. You finish. NEVER again.
  17. You can’t quite believe what has just happened. You want to eat all the food and drink all the alcohol. You take one bite and one sip and actually you don’t want anything at all. You are walking like you have had an accident. You just want to sleep. 
  18. Well, you do want to sleep, but your mind won’t let you. Also, who knew sleeping hurt! Every movement hurts!
  19. A week later you are feeling a little lost. What do you do with all this free time that you now have?
  20. You are not quite sure how this just happened, but somehow you have just signed up for your next marathon. And so it begins again!!
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I have written about my training cycles here. I like having a read back to see the progress, or to compare cycles. I think my training cycle for Manchester Marathon should have started really, but this one will be slightly different as I think a 12 week programme is going to have to suffice.

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Do you agree? What other thoughts cross your mind? Are you running a marathon in 2020? Comment below and let me know.

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A blog​ post about blog posts!!

I have been thinking about upping my game in the blogging world for a while now. Why? I like writing and if you have been following me for a while, I obviously like oversharing.

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Don’t you just love a holiday and a filter!!!! hehe

I am passionate about running and hope that some of the things that I write about and share, will help/has helpe people get into running, stay motivated or just resonates with them.

So, how do I up my game? I like keeping a weekly update when I am training for marathons. Reading what others are doing is good, isn’t it? Snooping on other people’s lives is popular, isn’t it? Isn’t that why things like Big Brother and I’m a Celebrity get so many viewers!

But, when I am not training as such, I struggle to know what to write. Mainly as I don’t really think I am in an expert in anything. I’ve been researching lots on blogging and I’ve started to realise that people don’t really turn to blogs for expert advice. So, I need to remember that my blog posts are just my take on things and my experiences.

If the post topic requires an expert take or advice, I’ll research and add links to the relevant sites for you. So, I have ideas like Five things Friday, where I can share Five things that I have found/seen/listened too and things are worthy of sharing.

After Christmas, I will be starting my training for the Manchester Marathon. So my weekly updates will be back; I do this for my benefit too, as I like looking back and comparing training cycles.

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Also, if you have any ideas of things you would like to read about, please drop me an email, or leave a comment below and I’ll see what I can do.

For now, I will leave with you some linked posts that I may be of interest; I have been writing this blog for FIVE years now, but it’s only now that I have the confidence to share more!! (And yes, for your information this scares me ALOT, but it’s time to step out of my comfort zone!)

London Marathon Training 2016

New York Marathon Training

Chicago Marathon Training

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10 Things I love about the London Marathon

What could possibly go wrong? Race day disasters!


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London Marathon Expo – The Best Day EVER…

Yesterday I went to my THIRD London Marathon Expo. I have loved going every year, but yesterday was the best! The first year that I went, I didn’t really feel like I belonged there, I thought it was only for ‘real’ runners. So I looked round, but didn’t really get involved too much. My second year, I got involved in everything, but I was on my own, so it wasn’t quite the same!

This year I went with Tracy from my run club and Christine from RunMND and I had the BEST.DAY.EVER! I am like a kid in a candy shop at the expo. Everyone there is excited and scared all in one, and the place is just buzzing.

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In total I spent 4 hours there, laughed so many times and met some of the most amazing people. I will let the photographs speak for themselves.

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And lastly, to make you all laugh! One piece of advice; always pay attention when the in the Photo Booth hehehe.

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Good Luck to everyone running this weekend, run strong, run smart and enjoy it x

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MNDA: The Truth about this awful disease #9

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What are the chances?

I used to think that MND was a rare disease. That’s what we were told when my dad was diagnosed, and I remember often thinking, why him? I remember getting angry, why did he have to have the disease where he didn’t have a chance to fight!

I recently emailed my fundraising link to my work colleagues, and soon found out that within my office of 9 of use, 3 have been directly affected by MND. Within my whole school, another member of staff has lost their mum to MND. It then got me thinking, how rare is it? My husband’s best friend died of MND, my sister’s friends dad died of MND. I wrote on the RunMND page about this, and was told about how another lady worked with 10 people in her team and out of the team 6 of them had a link to MND.

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The stats are scary, and worse still is the fact that THERE IS NO CURE!

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MNDA: The Truth about this awful disease #8

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My dad left behind 5 grandchildren when he died. He has also subsequently missed meeting another 3 that have been born since. This disease robs people the chance to grow old. My niece Tia, was only 9 when my dad was diagnosed, here is her take on the disease.

I was only 9, when my Grandad was diagnosed with the devastating Motor Neurone Disease. Seeing my Grandad suffer with the disease, was the hardest thing to witness for me considering I was so young. When I first heard that he has been diagnosed I had no idea what MND was; so I wasn’t sure what the effect was … Short term? Long term? Was there a cure?

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I was very close to my Grandad, we did everything together! He was such a loving and kind-hearted man who always put others before himself. Watching him suffer day in day out was the hardest thing for our family to watch, the changes we all had to make to our lives, as well as his, because of the way that this disease was affecting him. He became unable to walk, talk and look after himself. I wish there had have been a cure.

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