Lisa's marathon blog #2

Lisa's marathon blog #2

Posted on: 14 February 2017 in
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hello all!
As I am away this weekend, and Sunday is usually long-run day, I decided to complete my long run yesterday instead, and had the added bonus of running with a friend who is also entered to run the London marathon. This run was always going to be a trial for me as we had scheduled a morning run, and those that know me are aware I am not the best morning person.... but I had ensured I had an early night, ate a hearty breakfast, and completed my interval sprints the day before instead of doing my usual gym session as I thought that would leave me aching, so I thought that I was all set... I was not.

This was the most challenging run that I have completed to date! The 'nice short run' turned in to 7 miles trudging through muddy tracks up and down the mountainous hills of the North Down's and Newlands corner. My heavy, achy legs from the night before's sprints, and my lack of energy in the morning did not lend any help as I ended up walking up most of the hills, whilst my superwoman of a friend was a small spec on the horizon powering through as though it was a breeze! The first few miles were the worst that I have had for a while, and I had the sudden realisation of actually how far I had to go and how much more I could improve. Watching my friend treat the hills as if they weren't there gave me something to inspire to, and as the run went on, I swallowed my pride and began to focus on each section I DID achieve, and how easy road runs would seem if I could include more trail and hill runs into my training. After accepting defeat on the hills, I stopped beating myself up for having to walk, and actually began to settle into the run, enjoying the warm shining sun and the stunning views once the summits were reached. 
This run pushed me to my limits and left me feeling knackered and a bit out of it for the rest of the day (I have a feeling I failed to hydrate and refuel properly; rookie mistake!), but it also taught me alot about myself and my training. I am in awe of my friend and those who regularly run these trails, and hope that I can look back on this run one day and be proud of myself for having completed them myself!
The pictures below show the run in it's entirety, and you can clearly spot where the (many!) hills were! If you would like to donate to the great cause that I am doing all of this for, please click the button below, which should take you to my donation page: The York Road Project and I would thank you greatly :)