The Half Marathon

On Sunday 14th May I will be running the Leeds Half Marathon. I have no idea how I’m going to do this yet (I’m still in the mindset of, ‘oh it was Christmas last month, that justifies having another cake’), but I know that I will get round. My plan so far is to follow the Run Keeper ‘Beginner Half Marathon to finish’ training plan, which starts off at a level that I pretty much do now anyway and then seems to ramp up in March. Running buddy Hannah has a lot to answer for!

Training so far has had a slight hitch due to a sprained ankle, but it’s almost healed now.

Mr Rose completed the race last year, and if he can do it then so can I. I think my biggest challenge will be fitting in all the shorter runs in the week and then not getting bored on the longer weekend runs.

Training begins today. Eek!

Happy healthy running.

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The Running Thought Process

Let’s face it, I have a love-hate relationship with running. I love it one month, I hate it the next; I love it one day, I hate it the next; I love it one minute, I hate it the next! I can go out on a run all pumped up and ready to go, and then want to give in and turn around before I’ve even reached the end of the road. Surely I’m not the only one who feels like this? My thought process when on a run goes pretty much like this:

Start: I really need to go for a run. I’ve eaten all that *insert bad food here* today and really need to burn it off.

2 minutes in: I’m pretty much a porkier version of Paula Radcliffe. I really enjoyed the last run I went on. I’m going to get a PB today.

5 minutes in: I feel like I can run for miles. I never want to stop. I love this song. I love running. The world is such a beautiful place. Ooh, look at those pretty flowers.

7 minutes in: I’m bored now.

10 minutes in: I really want to stop. I didn’t really eat that much *insert bad food here* today. Surely 10 minutes of running has burned off at least 600 calories.

15 minutes in: Wow, I’m getting into my groove now. This rhythm feels really good. I’m still on for that PB. I wonder what 5K time you need for the Olympics. These new trainers/leggings/expensive top that I didn’t need were totally worth it.

20 minutes in: Surely it’s nearly ended now. Looks at watch and groans.

25 minutes in: I’m super fit and healthy now. I’ve run for so long I’m practically a size 8 (dreams of all the dresses I’ll look fabulous in and all the people that I’ll bump into). They’ll think ‘wow, she looks beautiful’.

30 minutes in: I’m dying. This was such a bad idea. Is it nearly over? I’m never doing this again.

End: That was totally worth it. When can I go again?
Even though there’s always at least one point on every run when I want to give up and throw my trainers away, I always go out for the next one. There’s just something about getting out and feeling a sense of accomplishment at the end. The aftermath is always worth the pain!
Happy healthy running,

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I did it!

York 10k – boom!

Preparation for the race hadn’t gone well. We’d been on holiday for 4 days before the race, had eaten our body weight in junk food and drank a considerable amount of alcohol on the evenings. Although we’d had a ball, I was slightly worried that it would impact and with training having been interrupted thanks to an operation, I was beginning to get worried that I wouldn’t get round at all.

I’ve done the York 10k before and this was Mr Rose’s fourth year. My previous time (with very little training and being overweight) was 1hr 20mins. I know that it’s ‘shockingly bad’ as one of my colleagues at work likes to remind me from time to time, but for me at that time it was good. This time around I was a lot more fit cadiovascularly and about a stone lighter, so I was fairly confident that I was going to beat my previous time. The target was to complete it in as close to 1hr 10mins as possible.

The race didn’t start well. Because of the traffic we didn’t arrive until 9am and the race was due to start at 9:30am. I was desperate for the toilet, but with the queues being literally miles long it just wasn’t going to happen. At 9:25 we abandoned the toilet queue and I had to cross my legs all the way round! After we’d given up on weeing, I managed to squeeze into the race starting pack, but much further back than I wanted. I ended up being just infant of the walkers and way behind the 1hr 15 mins pace maker. If I stood on my tip-toes I could just about see him. I knew it was bad when the woman next to me was 6 months pregnant and the person in front of me was blind and running with a buddy and a white stick (which by the way is awesome!).

This meant that when we crossed the starting line I found myself in the unusual position of overtaking people. I’m much more used to it being the other way around, but I quite enjoyed it. I flew past a few people until I overtook the 1hr 15 mins pacemaker about 3km in. I was really conscious of not going too fast but my thought process was that I felt really good and if I had to slow down towards the end then I could because I’d already banked some good times.

I felt like I was flying until about 8km where the course started to come back on itself and you could run next to (but in the opposite direction to) the people that were 1km ahead of you. Talk about demoralising! My legs gave up a bit and I lost some time. Passing a rhino and a storm trooper did wonders for my confidence though and as the finishing line came into sight with about 200m to go I gave it a sprint finish. Cue some very VERY ugly-faced puffing and panting official race photographs!

My unofficial time for the York 10k was 1hr 3 mins and 10 seconds. This was the time that RunKeeper gave me. I ended up being pushed to the outside line a few times and the data said I actually ran 10.84km in an official time of 1hr 8 mins. I’m sticking with the fastest time (obviously); it’s what I train to and is accurate.

I’m so so pleased that I managed to complete it that fast. Never in a million years did I think I would run a 10k close to an hour. It’s given me a really strong possibility of running a sub 1hr next year. It just goes to show what you can do it you put your mind to it. At the beginning of the year I could barely run to the end of the road and yesterday I ran a fast 10k no problem. There’s also no doubt that the Treadfast classes have helped with the hills.

I’m seriously investigating the triathlon next. I don’t think travelling to events is really viable with baby Rose, so York based ones are definitely the way forward for me. I need to get something in mind quick to keep me motivated.

Happy healthy running.

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Running Podcasts

Now it’s no secret that I love a good playlist when running. I wish I could be one of those people who is content with listening to the sound of the world go by and their heavy breathing. Sadly, I’m not one of those people and I need some serious entertaining on a run to get by.

After a recommendation from Mr Rose I’ve recently branched out into listening to podcasts during running sessions. I started with Serial, which I absolutely LOVED. Series one was all about the possible wrongful conviction of Adnan Syed, a high school student who, in 1999, was convinced for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hay Min Lee. The podcast guides you through all the different aspects of the case and by the twelfth episode I was convinced that the guy was innocent and furious at the gross miscarriage of justice that happened. I’m actually still following the story and because of the questions the podcast threw up Adnan has been granted a new trial (which I hope Serial will also document).

After being immersed so much in the first series I was looking forward to the second, but this one didn’t live up to expectation. It focused on the story of Bowe Bergdahl, a US military man who abandoned his post and walked off into the desert only to be captured by the Taliban. After nearly five years in captivity Bowe was rescued and season two of Serial focuses on his story after he was charged by the US Miliarty. Even though my interested was piqued after loving ‘Homeland‘, I wasn’t that interested in the military details of the story and found that my runs became that little bit harder because I wasn’t engaged in the narrative.

Then happenstance led me to stumble across a new podcast that I’ve been listening to for the last couple of runs. The Running Commentary is a podcast from comedians Paul Tonkinson and Rob Deering. I’ve started from the beginning and in the bits I’ve been listening to they’ve been gearing up for the London Marathon just gone. I wasn’t expecting much, but I absolutely love how the podcast works. It’s basically just the two of them going for a run with microphones and having a chat on the way round. To me, it feels just like going for a run with a couple of friends. It won’t replace running partner Hannah obviously, but it’s nice to feel like there’s someone there with you as you pootle along.

In the episodes I’ve listened to so far they’ve been dishing out running tips, as well as commentating on what they see as they go by and giving some information about themselves and their running history. I’ve found it really motivating to know that Rob Deering didn’t start running until he was 35 and was overweight beforehand (he’s far more self-deprecating with how he describes it). I’m really looking forward to listening to the rest. It’s exactly what I need: that little bit of extra motivation to get me out the front door.

If you know of any other podcasts that are great, please leave me a comment below. I’ve really enjoyed listening to something other than music. I was thinking I might branch out into an audio book next. Has anyone tried that?

Happy healthy running.

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Running Playlist

I’ve needed some extra help in the motivation department (as I’m sure you’ve read in my other posts) and I particularly need help with motivation when running on a treadmill. I think it’s that I have the numbers right in front of me and I tend to clock watch. I know I’m going to be running on a treadmill quite a lot over the summer and so have updated my running playlist.

I’m always having a google around for people’s running playlists, so thought I would share mine in the hope that it gives someone a bit of inspiration or for someone to have one of those ‘oh I love that song – I’d forgotten all about it’ moments.

It’s on a shuffle, so comes in no particular order. I’m spontaneous that way!

  • ‘Dear Future Husband’ by Meghan Trainor
  • ‘Uptown Funk’ by Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars
  • ‘Mr. Brightside’ by The Killers (a uni anthem)
  • ‘Running” by Naughty Boy
  • ‘Sax’ by Fleur East
  • ‘Shake It Off’ by Taylor Swift (classic)
  • ‘Alive’ by Sia
  • ‘Life’s a Bitch’ by Shooter (which always makes me feel a tad sad!)
  • ‘I won’t’ by Little Mix
  • ‘Weird People’ by Little Mix
  • ‘Wild Ones’ by Rita Ora
  • ‘Boom Clap’ by Charli XCX (what kind of name is that?!)
  • ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams
  • ‘Shut Up and Dance’ by Walk the Moon
  • ‘Coming Home’ by Sigma and Rita Ora
  • ‘Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself’ by Jess Glynne
  • ‘Hold Back the River’ by James Bay
  • ‘Keeping Your Head Up’ by Birdy
  • ‘Bang Bang’ by Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj
  • ‘Hero’ by Family of the Year
  • ‘Problem’ by Ariana Grande
  • ‘Titanium’ by David Guetta
  • ‘You Belong With Me’ by Taylor Swift (classic)
  • ‘My Life Would Suck Without You’ by Kelly Clarkson
  • ‘Stronger’ by Kelly Clarkson
  • ‘Heartbeat Song’ by Kelly Clarkson (I like her for running; she has good scream it in your head songs)
  • ‘Sk8er Boi’ by Avril Lavinge (because in my head I’m 12)
  • ‘Rather Be’ by Clean Bandit
  • ‘Buddy Holly’ by Weezer
  • ‘Footloose’ by Kenny Loggins
  • ‘Hold My Hand’ by Jess Glynne
  • ‘Up’ by Olly Murs
  • ‘Stitches’ by Shawn Mendes
  • ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’ by Justin Timberlake
  • ‘Hair’ by Little Mix
  • ‘One Dance’ by Drake
  • ‘Tears’ by Clean Bandit
  • ‘Cheap Thrills’ by Sia
  • ‘Treat You Better’ by Shawn Mendes
  • ‘We Don’t Talk Anymore’ by Charlie Puth
  • ‘Lush Life’ by Zara Larsson
  • ‘Just Like Fire’ by Pink
  • ‘Shake It’ by Metro Station
  • ‘I’ll Be There For You’ by The Rembrandts (the Friends theme)
  • ‘Roar’ by Katy Perry
  • ‘Vacation’ by G.R.L
  • ‘Pretty Brown Eyes’ by Cody Simpson
  • ‘Wake Me Up’ by Avicii
  • ‘Black Magic’ by Little Mix
  • ‘Lips are Movin’ by Meghan Trainor


This massive list implies that I go running a lot. I don’t really, but like to have an array of songs so that I don’t get bored. Even when I go running with someone I have one earphone in to know when to start/stop the intervals so it’s nice to mix it up with some music.

I also refuse to apologise for my absolutely appalling taste in music. There were two that I was too ashamed to even put on the list. I can’t possibly admit to listening to a bit of Britney and One Direction!
If you have any suggestions, please let me know. I’m always looking to expand 🙂

Happy healthy running.

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