London Marathon Postponed

As you’ve all probably heard, the London marathon, along with many others, have been postponed. To say I’m gutted, annoyed, sad is an understatement, but I know it’s the right thing. I’m sorry to everyone who has trained so hard, for it all to be put on hold.

So what happens now? Well, I plan to continue with my training. I’ve not worked this hard, put a large amount of time in and woken up at 4.30am to run before work, to let it all go to waste. I have one back up marathon – Newport Marathon in Wales – however I feel, that too, will be postponed. If that is the case, my plan is to run 26.2 miles on the day of the London Marathon around where I live. I know a few friends who plan to join me for parts and my parents will be out along the “course” to cheer me on.

The world is a funny and unknown place at the moment. I don’t like it and I hope this virus dies and buggers off soon…wishful thinking, I know!!

So, be prepared for more running spam on both my instagram and blog, because I’m not stopping until the final run is done!

Stay well everyone, wash your hands often and well, and check on elderly and loved ones!

Emma xx

Brooks Run Happy Team – class of 2020

At the beginning of the year I was chosen to be part of the Brooks Run Happy Team and couldn’t have been more excited! An absolute privilege and honour to be part of an amazing team to represent a brand I love and continue to inspire people to run.

We weren’t told much on our “invitation” except that we would be meeting in Hammersmith for an afternoon of learning, meeting the team and lots of fun! I jumped on the train mid morning on Friday, coffee in hand, having planned to meet a few of the team at Paddington. We travelled together to the venue and welcomed with open arms to this –

Goodies awaiting us, alongside a bag of kit!

With many hellos said, we all sat down to be told what to expect for the afternoon ahead. We introduced ourselves by playing a quiz game and then the “classes” began. We were mixed up into three groups and rotated our way round the three “classes” which consisted of Photography, Technology and History.

Learning all about that perfect shot!
Technology lesson!
Taking us back to where it all began!
Between “classes” we got to have a bit of fun….here I am with Jez (he runs every race in a Stormtrooper outfit – legend!)
And Dan, our very own running banana!!!

With a bit of learning done and some things to take away and put into practice, it was time to run in the new Hyperion Tempo, that we had kindly been gifted!!! We were split into two teams, we ran first and the other team did a yoga class.

Let’s go!
So lovely spending the day with this lady 🙂
An amazing bunch of people!

Back from the run, it was our turn to be treated to a easy, stretchy yoga class. An experience, to say the least, for some of the members of the team!!! Runners back, pizza delivered and eaten, we were then told more about the Brooks partnership with Parkrun – which I’m afraid you’ll have to wait a little bit long for some more information!!

Soon our day was over and it was time to head home. With a massive smile on my face and some very tired legs, I made my way to the train feeling very content and happy. I’d had the best day. It was so lovely to meet everyone and I can’t express how kind, welcoming, friendly and hugely inspiring every single person is. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year holds with them!

The most beautiful sunset in Hammersmith!

Hope you have all had a wonderful weekend!

Emma xx

Wokingham Half Marathon Recap

Sunday morning, the wind (again!) is blowing a gale and it’s raining. Yet another storm is beating us but after a good nights sleep I’m feeling rested and ready to run. It’s been a drop back week, and I have really enjoyed/needed it! 13 miles, easy, let’s do this!

I turned up at Peter, my friends house, just before 8am. We jumped into the car and made our way to his friends house, who live opposite the start line, so we were able to keep warm, dry and take full advantage of a nice toilet!!!! The race didn’t start until 10am but I hadn’t registered, so we had to make our way over a little earlier. We ended up hanging around for a bit longer than expected, and I’d wished I’d bought a foil wrap or bin bag as I felt very cold and quite miserable. Nevertheless, we chatted and soon it was time to start.

The race had a whopping 3,000+ runners taking part, and the start line was packed. Not helped by the fact we started on a small footpath and I was wedged on the edge of the grassy slope, trying not to slide down. I’d also missed the chance to use the toilet again, and I really needed to go….with no time, the gun sounded and we slowly started to filter our way over the start line. I felt mentally ready and prepared for this supposedly flat course, and enjoy some easy miles.

With 3 miles under my belt, I came across the first incline, over one of the main roads. It wasn’t too bad, over the top and down the other side, I continued, feeling good but going a little too fast…thankfully the rain had stopped but the wind was still quite strong. Then around mile 5, I had a huge strop. The wind was strong and we were running right into it. I was swearing quite loudly, and I think the guy running next to me was having a good giggle, but he then offered to run in front and shield me from the wind. I’m so thankful for his kindness and around mile 6.5 waved him off. The next 6.5 miles were a mental battle and all I wanted to do was finish.

The course had started to double back now and continuing at a faster than normal pace, my legs felt ok. I did try to slow my pace but I was desperate to get the run over and done with, I carried on and tempted to try and get a PB. That soon went out of the window at mile 12 when I hit one of the last hills over the road bridge and up towards the finish area. Keeping my eyes on the field where everyone was, I kept my mind occupied by watching those running past me, spectators and thinking how close I was to being done. As I turned the corner, I saw Peter, I ran hard and over the finish line. Crossing with a time of 1:53:25, not a PB, but I was damn happy and so glad.

I grabbed my medal, some water and wondered over to a patch of grass to take a breath and register what just happened. I was proud of my perseverance, my battle against a very unhappy mind and legs that felt so jelly like towards the end, I wasn’t sure if they were still with me! I soon found Peter, we grabbed our bags and headed back to the car. As we were passing the finish line, I saw Jez, a fellow Brooks Run Happy Team member crossing as I passed. I shouted his name and was able to snap a quick photo before parting ways! HOW he runs in this stormtrooper outfit, I don’t know, but I take my hat off to him!

Back at the car, we were both glad to be sat down and home we headed. I felt wiped and sore. I won’t lie, I actually hated that race. I did NOT expect the hills and I still can’t get my head around it being a PB course – even though I know a few people who got PB’s….!!!

Although I didn’t enjoy the race, I do want to say a massive thank you to everyone who volunteered and helped run a very smooth and well organised race. The bag drop was extremely well managed, there were constant updates and people around to ask questions.

A massive well done to everyone who ran last weekend in the horrid weather and it looks like we are in for another battering this weekend! Stay positive and good luck!

Emma xx

My first RunThrough race!

Sunday morning, the wind is howling outside and I think I can hear rain pattering on my bedroom window. Storm Ciara is in full swing and I’m feeling smug for getting my long run in yesterday with a friend, so we didn’t have to face this horrific weather!

That said, I was signed up to run my first RunThrough race, with Laura and the LPPT team, at Newbury race course. There were three distances – half marathon, 10k and 5k. I had signed up for the 10k and everyone else signed up for the 5k. After a rare slow morning, it was time to face weather, and the racecourse! There was quite a lot of us taking part and for some it was their first 5k, which I was extremely excited about!

We gathered in one of the event rooms that had been set up for the morning, where we could safely leave bags, use the bathrooms, and take shelter from the rain pouring down and wind blowing a gale, outside. If we didn’t have this, the event would have been cancelled. We arrived a little before 10.30, enough time to collect our bibs and sort ourselves out, before warming up and setting off at 11am.

I was also super lucky to meet one of my fellow Brooks Run Happy team members – Guillaume! His wife was running the 5k and he was spectating!

We started off on time, the rain and wind had settled slightly and I felt good! This was purely 6 shake out miles after my long run the day before. The course took us around the grounds and out on a stone covered part of the racecourse. I initially thought we were doing laps of the actual course, but was nicely surprised with the route they’d planned.

Steve and I stuck together for the first 5k and I waved him off as he finished, and as I started my second lap. I really enjoy running with him, he keeps a great pace and conversation 🙂

After waving him off, I continued to feel good and ready to take on the last 3 miles. As I passed the entrance and made my way on to the racecourse itself, I noticed the wind and rain had picked up. To my right, out of the corner of my eye, I could see very dark skies and a few minutes later, a flash of lighting and rumble of thunder. I knew this wasn’t good, so I picked up my pace as the rain got heavier. It then started hailing. I continued to keep a fast pace and as I headed back towards the finish, the head wind, rain and hail was getting worse. I was using my arm to shield my face and at one point started walking, just to see if it made any difference. It didn’t! I had no choice but to keep running, I was so close to finishing now and the volunteers were wonderful at cheering us all on.

As I came round the corner, past the event room, to my surprise Laura and the rest of the team were there waiting to cheer me in. I was beaming with happiness and felt so grateful to all of them for standing out in the pouring rain! I ran as fast as I could, through the finish line and was immediately hugged by Laura! I was absolutely soaked but smiling so unbelievably hard! I grabbed my medal and we made our way inside.

Photos taken and flapjack consumed, we changed out of half of our rain soaked clothes and made our way back to the cars. Despite the weather, I am extremely proud of every single one of these guys. They all did amazingly well and should wear/hang that medal with pride!

Being together and part of this team is truly wonderful and we have so much fun together – both inside and out of the hub!

Home, via the costa drive through to get coffee and hot chocolates – skinny ones I might add 😉, I climbed into the bath to warm myself up.

My first experience of a RunThrough race was a brilliant one. All the volunteers and organisers were so supportive and informative. I want to send a hug thank you for not cancelling and putting together a safe and fun event – I’ll definitely be signing up for more!

Happy Sunday everyone!

Emma xx

Happenings 17.1.20

Hello Friends! Happy New Year!! A little later into January than I had planned, but its not February – so that’s a plus!!! Here’s a happenings post to start the year, happy reading!

Doing: Sat in one of my favourite cafes eating breakfast and drinking coffee after a run with a friend.

Hearing: The sound of the coffee machine buzzing away and the couple chatting with an old friend next to me.

Drinking: The most delicious soya flat white!

Eating + Cooking: Eating a LOT! Marathon hunger has smacked me in the face and I have an appetite of a horse. I’m quite glad, as I struggled last training cycle with hardly any appetite, and I’m hoping this time, it stays! I’m making sure I get a lot of iron into my diet too, as it really helps with tiredness, that seems to be quite bad at the moment.
Cooking wise, I’ve not done a lot recently, except for the girls who I nanny for. I am very lucky in the fact that I come home from work and my mum has supper waiting for me. I’m very spoilt but equally feel very guilty that I don’t contribute to cooking. However, I certainly make up for it on my day off and at the weekend!
As a household, we meal plan for the week ahead, at the weekend and generally cook a lot of veggie and fish recipes, from cookbooks, weekly recipes in The Times Magazine and a lot from people I follow on social media. I’ve been really craving all the fresh, steamed vegetables and baked fish as well as cold fruit! Very random, I know!

Wanting: Payday and January to be over…WHY is it such a long month after Christmas, total torture if you ask me!!

Looking: forward to a lie in and a quiet weekend. I haven’t had one since Christmas, and after being ill over the festive period, I feel I need a slow and quiet few days to catch up with myself and enjoy not rushing around.

Deciding: What food and drink to serve at my 30th birthday party!

Enjoying: Time to just sit and slowly eat and drink my warm coffee without any disruptions!

Watching: Silent Witness (oh Jack!!!), White House Farm (based on a true story) on ITV and Call the Midwife! TV at the moment is brilliant, especially because I save it for the end of the week/weekend to watch after my long run!!

Wearing: All the active wear! Ha! Currently in my favourite and super cozy Sarah Marie Design jumper, that I have had so many comments on!

Buying: Not a lot. As always, trying to save as much as I can.

Planning: My 30th birthday party. Hoping to finalise the plans this weekend!

Craving: Chocolate Chip Cookies!! Haha, and I have a friend who’s on the case!!!!

Loving: Running with friends! It definitely makes the miles more enjoyable and go quicker! I really struggled last week with getting my miles in and at one point really questioned what I was doing but I am super thankful to Yasmin for joining me for most of my long run and listening to me ramble!

Playing: Catch up…with life admin, sleep, tv and myself!

Savouring: The puppy fun! As full on and crazy as Mungo can be, I know this stage is short, but fun and enjoying seeing him experience the little things in life.

Feeling: Content and relaxed. I’ve felt quite anxious and tense the past couple of weeks, especially about my training. I wasn’t sure how I would mentally feel with juggling the runs, work etc and how my body would take to having the miles ramped back up. Admittedly I was very nervous, and despite a little niggle on my shin, all seems well at the moment.

This post was inspired by Heidi.

Hope you enjoyed reading and have a lovely weekend!

Emma xx