No, this is not an excuse to burst into song but my take on the festive fun organised by your favourite running club.
This year I wasn’t sure of my Christmas Day availability until the day before, so a 7 mile road/railway track run was in order on the beautiful, sunny spring-like day which was Christmas Eve. A few hours later, a quick text to Nippy and it was ‘game on’ for the Christmas Day cross-country from the club.
Having had my nerve root block back in December 2017, 2018 started great with a good training month in January in preparation for the early season races. I managed to score PB’s at Ferriby 10, Dewsbury 10k & Barcelona half marathon, the good training continued up to the East Hull 20 at which I did 2:17.55 something that I’m incredibly proud of having ran most of the race on my own & also managed to produce some of most consistent mile splits ever. Shortly after the 20 things starting unravelling slightly with a bit of leg pain creeping in, after cutting short a planned long run I was concerned I wouldn’t be able to make London mara. Some shorter training runs followed just to keep my legs ticking over with the leg pain coming & going. Anyway I made the start line at London & pulled a 3:20 out the bag again something I’m proud of & so grateful to the club for the place.
On November 17th I ran in my first ever handicap winter league race. I’ve been a member of EHH since July but have never been to any club training/pack runs and have only ever been to one hill session and one speed session (both in the weeks leading up to the race) so I didn’t really know that many people. Id met a few at other races I’ve been to with my husband Martin Hardey (it was his idea to sign me up for the winter league).
Well, it certainly was a busy August for the cunning running known as Orienteering.
It started off with a week in the Lakes, sharing a cottage with four other friends from HALO – Humberside and Lincolnshire Orienteers – for the Lakes Five Day event. Cottage at Glenridding in the Ullswater valley, safely found on the evening of 27th July and snoring Mary installed in her downstairs cubbyhole – er bedroom – leading off from the lounge and an evening meal, with some alcohol, consumed.
I sat down and set myself certain targets for rest of the year after east hull 20. One of these was a sub 80 half marathon so I decided to enter two. The first one being Humber half which I knew was a tough course and then this one which was labelled undulating. I was thinking the target would probably have to achieved at the latter and having missed out by seven seconds at Humber half I was proved right.