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Happy Running

After my fantastic run on the Thames path last weekend, I’ve had another good week of running and marathon training.  Again, I’ve been to BMF 3 times but I also added a run on Thursday where I was happy enough to include 3 speedy mile laps in the middle of my run. My fastest was 7.42 which I will log for magic mile team GB, although I might try to have another go as I’m sure all out I can beat that!

Today I was back on the Thames path for another long run.  I ran downstream this time and on the south bank of the river where the path follows it closely.  My legs weren’t as fresh as last week after speedwork on Thursday and a harder BMF class yesterday but was happy to be only a bit slower paced than last week over my 17 miles.  Kingston to Putney then back to Hammersmith and home.  Very different scenery this week, at some times easy to forget you are running so close to London.

towards Richmond

Talking about happy running, Bupa Running are celebrating the world’s happiest run – the Bupa Great North Run, tomorrow.  (I’m going to have to run it now sooner or later!) They’ve set up a tumblr page where runners can share their pictures of their training and of race day and would love runners to have a look and send in their pictures via Facebook and Twitter using the #BupaGNR and #happiestrun hashtags.

As an added charity incentive Bupa will be donating £1 to their charity partner, Diabetes UK, on behalf of the first 2000 people to share their experiences on Twitter and Facebook with the #happiestrun hashtag.

Bupa Running are also highlighting some of the great charity work that people are doing, using distance races to raise money for so many great causes. For example comedian Patrick Monahan is running the GNR to raise money for Zoe’s Place, a baby hospice in Middlesbrough. Patrick has made a  video  of how he plans to make the race as much fun as possible! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EieJZaEjeDQ&list=PL58D9450B2C34283E&index=1&feature=plpp_video

Good luck to everyone running the GNR tomorrow and to everyone else training and running in upcoming events.  Don’t forget to share your experiences with Bupa running #BupaGNR #happiestrun and spread the word if you are running for a good cause.  I won’t be joining you tomorrow but do have the Ealing Half and Royal Parks Half in 2 and 3 weeks time.

Happy Running!


On the up!

Many thanks for your comments, suggestions and support after my last post. I hope I haven’t put anyone off training for a first marathon too much! It’s a journey after all so there are obviously going to be one or two ups and downs (if it was easy, everyone would be running marathons!)

After last weeks down this week things are definitely on the up! I am now running in my widest fitting running shoes, going commando and strapping my rib cage with plasters to avoid chafing and I’ve bought myself a Camelbak so I don’t have to get angry with my water bottle. Most of all I’ve sorted out my head, which was the main problem.

This week I went to BMF three times, in place of my midweek runs, where we had some laughs and I was happy to realise that I still have some pace in my legs. We also had some great post BMF coffees sitting in the sunshine by the Serpentine where we put the world to rights. Thanks team, head sorted and motivation restored.

I also got some fantastic marathon training advice for long runs from Rosie. Get a train or get dropped off miles from home and run back. Then there is no way to take a short cut, miss out a lap or give up (unless you find a handy passing taxi!) and every step of the run is a step nearer home. She also suggested getting a train out to Teddington and running the Thames path back to central London.

So started my research into the Thames Path and on Saturday morning I got the tube out to Canary Wharf and ran the 14 miles of Thames path back to Hammersmith.

morning sun over Canary Wharf

Tower Bridge and The Shard coming into view

the end in sight at Hammersmith Bridge.

Plus an extra mile towards home by which time it was getting warm and I decided I was far too hot and knackered to make it all the way home so rang my husband to come and get me!

A brilliant run, my best long run and furthest distance ever. I ran alone and without music but didn’t feel all the miles because for 2 1/2 hours I was happy to view the wonderful sights of London, smile at other runners and dodge tourists.

It’s a fabulous route following close to the river all the way apart from a few parts in deepest Fulham. I am only sorry, as a runner and a Londoner, I’ve not run any of the Thames path before. Now I’m off to plan the next one!