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Thursday 21 March 2013

Week 14, Day 3: Bikini Hills, Shooting Pains & Blame

Week 14, Day 3

Goal: 9 miles at 8:30 min/miles
Actual: 9 miles at 8:30 min miles

Checked Garmin every now and then but ran this session by feel – by what I thought was 8:30 min/mile. Not far off. Looks as though I’m getting better. However looking at mile paces, it looks as though I only really got 2 of the miles close to 8:30 – the others were a bit of a way on either side. However, I consoled myself that the gradient chart looks a bit like a bikini – I must have slowed down on the uphills and sped up a bit on the downhills to get the right pace. (Points finger of accusation at the hills)

I had faint shooting pains up right leg and a dull ache on right knee. I considered cutting the run short at the 4 mile point, but recognised the pains for what they were – my back was tightening up again rather than anything serious. I’ve got a physio appointment tomorrow which I’d booked a while ago at Sarah Connor’s advice – to get checked out before the marathon and it looks as though it’s come at the right time. I’ve also got a sports massage next Tuesday but I’m hoping that (faint hope) it won’t be too horribly painful and also that we can agree beforehand that no elbows are to be used. However I’m pretty sure that won’t agree to this. But it’s worth asking, right?

I’ve also woken up with a cold. Again. Yet again the finger of blame is coming out and I’m pointing it firmly at my 3 year old who seems to be bringing home every cough, cold and sickness bug from nursery. We’re all taking so many vitamin pills in my house at the moment, we rattle.

Distance: 9:07 miles
Time: 1:16:44
Avg pace: 8:27 min/miles

I went for the subtle approach last night. Yes I KNOW how stupid I look.


  1. you look like you've been extreme caving! What do you wear for summer running?

    1. Ha ha! Yes I do a bit! ... May have gone slightly overboard with the neon ... I can't wait for Summer. I tend just to wear a vest and capris, in fact the least I can get away with as I tend to overheat! It's SO glamourous this running lark! ;)

  2. Loving the outfit! Wearing mismatched clothing is one of my favourite things about running, I feel like different rules apply! Good luck with the running, hope your cold disappears soon!

    1. Thanks Heather! Definitely! I'm SO glad there are no running fashio police othersie I'd be probably locked in one of those cupboards at the back of a gym with all of the spare PE pants and lost property!

  3. Love the outfit- you'll be lighting up Paris with flashes of neon as you fly round! Hope you're enjoying the start of your taper :)

    1. I am SO enjoying the start of the taper! In fact I'm celebrating with another cold!! Nooooo! (cough, cough, blows nose) ... but at least it's in the taper now. All of the huge long runs out of the way!