Guess who’s back? BACK AGAIN….

So… little blog; its been a while hasn’t it?

A few things have changed since I last wrote a blog post…

  1. I’ve had my first running injury…
  2. That injury made me have my first ever DNF…
  3. I became extremely lazy…
  4. May have tripled in size (THUNDER THIGHS)

Back six weeks ago, I attempted to run the New Forest Marathon, and had to bow out at around the 14 mile mark. I have to say, it was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make since I’ve been running, but sometimes you need to listen to your body and cheer on your team mates at the finish line.

Today was the first time since that day that I’d ventured out running, and don’t get me wrong it was very difficult… I couldn’t breathe properly, I had to walk tons, and I still hate hills! But I did it, and I couldn’t of done it without the support of all my running club! When I first started plodding this morning I could only describe it as the scene from the Wizard of Oz, where the tin man needs to be oiled up again in order to move.

The views as ever on a social run out in the forest were amazing! At one point, we had climbed up a humongous hill (humongous to me anyway) to be greeted at the top by a misty valley. This valley, had a thick blanket of fog keeping all of the trees warm, and the tallest of pine trees were all poking out the top of the fog 🙂

I hope this is the beginning of a new chapter, I don’t want to get lazy again…or any fatter. I’ve started slimming world, I have races signed up to, I want to get back to the me that I was when I finished the London marathon (fingers crossed.)

So stay tuned, Fat girl is currently back in action, perhaps maybe this time I could be fat girl to ULTRA marathon girl…. or triathlon girl? SO MANY DECISIONS!!! …triathlon might not be a good idea, would have to learn to ride a bloody bike haha!

P.s…. If any of this post doesn’t make sense, please blame Benjamin (another new thing since my last blog post 😉 ) He likes to talk, somehow more than me!

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Foaming from the arse….

This is my rather delayed post from Sundays marathon training, but what can I say… I’ve been busy 😉

Last week was a sort of ‘rest week’ where we were able to drop our milage back down to 13 miles, only to be followed next week by a 20 mile run…. But let’s not think about that!

I’ve been struggling lately with the heat, fair skinned people and 28°C heat don’t tend to make a good combination. However, sunday, the rain returned! The whole entire time that we were running it completely threw it down, I’m surprised there wasn’t a bloke somewhere building an arc collecting 2×2 of every animal it was raining that much!

Julie planned us a route through the forest combining trail and gravel tracks, I expect if the sun was shining it would of been a beautiful run… however due to the rain, people’s washing powder was making a reappearance bubbling from what looked like our bums 😂

I have to say though…. I loved the rain, I’ve missed it so much! The pros of running in the rain are as follows:

1. You don’t get so hot and bothered

2. Splashing in puddles is so fun

3. Who knows you sweating when your so wet from the rain?

20 miles next week, BRING IT ON.

Having flash backs…

Marathon training is definitely back in full swing! Yesterday ‘the dream team’ took on a 16 mile run in the middle of the UK’s current heatwave! The first 12 miles flew by, chipping away mile by mile, however the last few miles dragged with my constant moaning and fear of throwing up…. Sorry guys….

It’s safe to say I was having flash backs to the london marathon, hopefully in September it will of cooled down slightly? Because I think it’s pretty safe to say I’m suffering with ptsd whenever I go out running in the heat…

Luckily, we have the most supportive group of runners! Always encouraging eachother, and never leaving anyone behind. Sally and Sarah both amazed me with their resilience and positivity on what was their longest ever run! I can’t wait to watch them finish the marathon, I’m sure it will be an emotional one!

As for me, it’s back to no drinking on a Saturday night…. No lay ins on a Sunday…. And not much of a social life…. BUT plenty of junk food on a Sunday night 😉

Here’s to the newforest marathon, 1 month and 23 days to go….. 😀

Note to self, must purchase running cap…. Even if I don’t look good in a hat, it’s better than spontaneously combusting….

Killer ferns….

I woke up this morning realising I have turned obese over night…. Well… Maybe over the last over indulgent weeks 😉 And its time I did something about it and sorted out my rippling thighs!!… But it is a heatwave…. So motivation is at an all time low…

This evening was a lovely social run through a very… Very… Hard newforest (and before you ask, no I’m not interested in the pigging football.) I’m not used to running in the forest and not returning home covered in mud! I’ve actually returned tonight with a dusting of well… Muddy dust instead 😂

We as a group had 2 near death experiences tonight…

1st. Ferns are apparently secret death traps that when you breathe in whatever they release it poisons you… So if I’m here tomorrow its a miracle.

2. Trains, big fast moving trains, giuliana’s spider senses were tingling and thought there was a train coming, then before you knew it (with all of us safely over the train line) BOOM there’s a train!

But other than my legs wanting to pack up, and inhaling a few flies it was again a lovely run with some of my favourite people, gotta love our club, they’re supportive, funny and an amazing bunch of people 🙂

P.s. Any of you out there with camalbaks…. I now no how to stop it sloshing 😀 😀

My first rr10…

“Do an rr10” they say….. “It’ll be fun” they say…

Tonight, was my first ever rr10, a bunch of free races that happen on a couple of Wednesdays a month. I have been part of the club for two years now and have always been too scared to take part… Why? Because what if I’m last??, that’s blooming why!!!

Of course, I was not last, but I was slow… I’m pretty sure I spotted a sloth over taking me at one point! The hills on the course were evil, whoever said ‘hills are friends’ is a liar… They deplete your energy levels after the first mile, no mars bar was brining me back from that hill! Despite my constant moaning the race went really quite fast, so fast that I did my sprint finish before I’d even reached the finish line! It was still down the road, around a few bends and over a little hill away haha!

I reached the end, looking like I’d been dipped in a pool of sweat and painted red, probably with about 10 half alive flies attached to my face… I smelt that bad that honestly there was roughly three flies circling my head space.

But… Looking back…. It wasn’t THAT bad, you never no, might see me at the next one 😉

Note to self, must get quicker and invest in multiple sweat bands…. I’m gonna look so sexy hahahaha

When all else fails… Run.

There are times in life, when you recieve news you never believed you’d have to hear. And when those times come, what do you do? Some people eat chocolate, listen to music, binge drink down the pub… I guess I write blogs and run?

This Tuesday, the hardley social runners took on the lepe loop! I have only done this run once or twice…. I was not expecting to run through what felt like a jungle built up of mainly stinging nettles!!

Although, despite the nettles making your legs look like you have some strange skin condition, it’s actually a lovely route. You run through a corn field (actually wheat) then down to the beach where Ray and Linda even went for a dip in the sea!!…. Surely that water is colder than the North Pole?? On the way back to the pub we ran across some stepping stones…. And yes, I had a ‘danii’ moment… Where I wondered if the stones had always been there? Apparently not. Julie took the mick (as usual) saying that they were a ‘stepping stoneous’ a rare rock formation made into perfect concrete circles…. I am a twat aren’t I?

But it was a lush run on nice summer evening, my club as always managed to cheer me up when I didnt no how to put a smile back on my face.

This post, is for lewie. Thankyou for encouraging me every step of the way to my marathon, thankyou for listening to me moan about how bad my legs and feet ached while you were in a hospital bed, but most of all thankyou for being an amazing friend. You were an inspiration to every single one of us, I will always and forever miss you.

Follow the leader…

I don’t know why but since Endure24 on the weekend, I feel like I’ve been walking around like a zombie still half asleep from exhaustion. I may be 23, but my body is no temple and has the physical age of a 90 year old.

So, race updates, I currently have 3 on the horizon! I have another team event slightly like Endure coming up in august that I’m very excited to inform you all about when the time comes. This week I’ve also signed up to take part in Hell Down South, part of the Hell runner series, a gruelling 10 mile course with hills of hell and bogs of DOOOOOM in late November (must remember to pack thermals). And last but by no means least, I have another marathon on the cards…. balls.

I obviously have forgotten about all the weeks and weeks and WEEKS of training that a marathon takes, so much so that I think the training plan should have started a few weeks back… whoops. I followed the crowd and signed up for the new forest marathon, there is a big bunch of Hardley runners taking it on, so at least I wont be alone out there with my running family by my side 🙂 I plan to enjoy this marathon more than London, its quieter, nicer scenery and I will not make the mistake of removing my beloved headphones. The thing is I have definitely got the time to train for this marathon, after all I have next to no social life and I don’t have a boyfriend getting in my way (although for any single readers, the position is open and offers may comment below, wink wink) so I plan to smash this marathon and really enjoy myself 🙂

So here is to the next few months of training! I shall be Fat girl to maybe a six pack girl….. HAHA NOT, I like cheese too much.