Goring 10k

My first race of 2019 and most excitingly, with Laura and the LPPT Team F!T gang! With Storm Freya coating the U.K. with torrential rain and strong winds, I knew this run wasn’t going to be fun….

Last year they had to cancel it due to the snow, and the year before we had sunshine and warm (ish) temperatures! Now Goring is not a flat area, at all. Nestled in the South Oxfordshire countryside the only way in and out, is over rolling hills, so you can only imagine what the course was like!

We arrived, probably with more time than we needed, but it gave us a chance to get our numbers then head back to a kind family friends house, where we stayed warm and were able to use a decent loo! With time whizzing by, we soon found ourselves heading to the start line to meet some other members of the team. By now the rain had stopped, hallelujah, but the wind stuck.

We started at the bottom of the main/monster hill, which I was quite glad of, as it gets it out the way so to say. We then headed away from the village and over the main road, turning back on ourselves, through a little village, up another hill and finally back down into the outskirts of Goring, to the finish line.

It’s not an easy 10k, I won’t lie, but it is challenging and definitely makes you feel good once you’ve completed it. I definitely didn’t expect to come in under an hour, due to the weather, and the fact I’d ran 11 miles the day before. However, I surprised myself and felt good, so I powered my way through the course and was very happy with my time!

I crossed the finish line, had my chip taken off and grabbed some water, flapjack and a banana. Now the highlight, and one of the reasons I love to run this race, is because you get the most amazing chunk of flapjack from Pierrepoints Cafe, at the end! A delicious reward for all the hard work!

With the rain starting again, just as we had finished, we took a group photo and quickly marched our way back to our cars. I couldn’t wait to get home to a warm bath with a coffee and some dry clothes!

Everyone did amazing! I was so proud of each and every one of these guys, for taking this challenge on and owning it! Massive well done to you all!

My next race is the Reading Half marathon, next weekend, which I’m excited to pace my friend around and more runs with this amazing team throughout the year!

Thank you for reading and have a lovely weekend everyone!

Emma xx

Happenings 2.2.19

Hello everyone and happy February! We survived January, and that in itself is a huge accomplishment! Here’s a happenings post for you, inspired always by Heidi. Happy reading 🙂

Doing: Sat next to the fire with the rugby on, but paying 0 attention to it!

Hearing: The roaring and crackling of the fire. A sound I love and reminds me of these winter days nestled inside, as well as when I’d stand with my Grandfather watch the bonfire, in the garden.

Drinking: Water…trying to desperately get rid of this lingering headache I’ve had for the past 2 days.

Eating and Cooking: All the greens and fresh fruit. I’m really into kalettes, basically a cross between kale and a sprout, they are super delicious! Both my parents and I have been eating a lot of vegan and vegetarian meals recently. Mostly from the Happy Pear boys and I’m seriously considering buying their cookbook. We had ‘creamy’ pasta with mushrooms (my other obsession) the other night and wow it was so good! Don’t get me wrong, I still love chicken and lots of fish, but recently gone off red meat. Of course, theres always granola in a large jar, from the Run Fast, Cook Fast, Eat Slow book, which I love and sometimes a baked good in the glass cake tray on the table.

Wanting: This recent, and rather large, dumping of snow to magically disappear. I hate the winter/cold months and am desperately longing for Spring to arrive. At this rate it seems ever so far away.

Looking: Forward to a week off work. Seems like I’ve only just had some time off but its been nonstop recently and I’ve been longing for this break. Using it wisely and not planning much, doing lots of sleeping and resting!

Deciding: What to do about my long run tomorrow….first world problems! This is what I mean about the snow – annoying and plan destroying. I fear the treadmill shall be called upon, but that decision will have to wait until the morning!

Enjoying: Meeting friends for coffee and brunching! Its the one thing I really look forward to at the weekend, especially finding new places to try and not forgetting a great cup of coffee too!

Watching: Not a lot…I’m lapping up Silent Witness, which has recently returned to BBC One with new episodes, and Call the Midwife, but that’s about it! If anyone has any recommendations, please send them over!

Reading: ‘The Dry’ by Jane Harper and I actually can’t recommend it enough! I’ve also got two more books waiting to be read, which mum gave me for Christmas.

Wearing: All the layers! I bought a Sherpa before Christmas from a small company called Always more, and I’ve been living in it! Fluffy socks are high on the list too and my Ugg slippers!

Buying: My flights to Chicago for the marathon in October, and a few pairs of trainers in the January sale. Apart from that I’m still just trying to save, save and save!

Craving: Fresh fruit, probably because I’ve been full of cold recently. As well as good coffee, hearty meals and all the sourdough bread!

Loving: My heated blanket in my bed! Ha! I’m such a granny but there is nothing better than climbing into a warm bed and it does wonders for my muscles too!

Planning: Some bits to do during my week off, weekends with friends, and quite a few races!

Playing: Sleep catch up! I’ve been going to bed before 9pm recently and I can’t tell you how good it feels, even if a few nights are broken.

Savoring: The winter sun, both in the morning and evening. Starting work early, or getting out for an early morning run, means I’ve witnessed some impressive sunrises!

Feeling: Grateful. For so much and so many people I have in my life. Life is good at the moment and I’m loving it.

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading! Have a lovely rest of the weekend!

Emma xx

Happy New Year and Recent Happenings…

Hello everyone! Extremely sorry for the radio silence recently, but I have been super busy back at work, running, seeing friends and so much more. Firstly, Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful evening bringing in the New Year, and that it’s been a good one for you so far!

Mine started off on a high, and has continued to since. I started my training for the Reading Half, which is in March and I’m mostly really enjoying attending the long runs with Sweatshop, in Reading. My friend has asked me to pace her again, and this time she wants a sub 2 hour, which I believe is very possible! She’s come on leaps and bounds with her running recently, and I’m really proud of her!

Last weekend I hosted a friend, Cortney, from Canada and who also ran the New York City Marathon back in November. We had a little reunion with Charlie and Anna, which included Cortney’s first Parkrun and brunch, a visit to Oxford, a long run then hot yoga and eating all the typical ‘British’ meals! She’s back in April, I’m so excited and I am counting down the months!

Riding a high from a brilliant weekend, I was then hit by a nasty cold, which seems to be doing its rounds. I took a step back from my training and focused on sleep…what I could get of it, anyway…Feeling rotten and working with two very energetic children was a challenge, but the oldest took great joy in taking care of me! I enjoyed a gentle early morning run with Charlie, which felt good to blast some cobwebs and get the legs moving. Before I knew it, the weekend was here again, I was feeling better and ready for the fun plans I’d made.

On Saturday, Charlie and I ventured up to Birmingham to attend The National Running Show. The second year and boy what a bigger, and better, show it was! We arrived early, and I’m glad we did because within an hour, it was heaving and stalls were starting to sell out of their stock. We browsed a little, bumped into friends, then listened to a talk by Alexandra Cook (@thesportsdietitian) which I really enjoyed and suggest you check out her blog for some winter running tips and much more!

It was wonderful to meet a lot of people I follow, who follow me and who I have daily contact with, on Instagram. A very good but tiring day, followed by an evening catching up with a best friend of mine, Becky!

After an early, and solid nights sleep, Becky and I made our way to Windsor to meet a friend. We went for a beautiful, sunny, yet cold run along the Long Walk, followed by brunch at Millar’s Eatery, which I’d seen a friend visit. The food was delicious, coffee very tasty and it was so nice to just sit and chat. If you’re ever in Windsor, check it out!

Ending another fun weekend with a very early night, ready for a packed week at work and training schedule. Thank you to everyone who made my weekend the best! Enjoy your evening and thank you, as always, for reading.

Much love,

Emma xx

Westin Rise and Run photo shoot

Saturday morning, 4am, and I’m climbing into a car with Charlie, about to head off to London to be part of a very exciting photoshoot! All I had been told was to wear a pair of black leggings, so was very excited to see what the day had in store! It was cold and wet as we made our way to our meeting place, outside the Tate Modern. Here we congregated with a few other runners/friends of Charlie’s and waited for the film crew to arrive.

Once we had been briefed on the plan for the day, we headed to a van where we could keep our bags, stay warm and wait to be called to start the shoot. I’m so thankful for all the layers we were given, along with a Westin t-shirt to wear and a pair of New Balance trainers.

We started, and spent the first few hours of the morning, on the Millennium Bridge, where lots of photos and some filming was taken. It was freezing cold, but so quiet, empty and we got to witness the most beautiful sunrise. After a breakfast and coffee break, we split up and made our way along the Thames to Blackfriars Bridge and Southbank. Here more filming was done, individually and in the group. When we weren’t in front of the camera, it was really nice to chat to everyone and get to know them a little more. We spoke about our year of races and running triumphs, along with plans for 2019, both running and in general life.

Around lunchtime, the final shots were taken and we were ‘dismissed’ from our running duties. We made our way back to the van to collect our belongings and said our goodbyes.
I really enjoyed being part of this shoot for Westin Hotel’s new running club, Rise and Run. They’re about to open a new hotel on the Thames, and will offer a free monthly running club, starting on the 8th January! You can find out more information, times, the location and sign up, by clicking this link – https://www.runwestinlondon.co.uk/
I know Charlie will be there for the first 5k run, so if you can, why don’t you take yourself down. I wish I could be there!

Thank you, Charlie and Westin, for a fun morning of running and meeting new friends! Wishing you all the best with your new hotel and the running club!

Emma xx

Marlow Santa 5k Fun Run

This has become a bit of a tradition between Charlie and I over the past two years, and one I hope to continue! Last year we ran the Reading Santa fun run, so decided to branch out a bit and try the fast selling Marlow run, and we weren’t disappointed!

Charlie is currently training for the Phoenix Marathon in February, which she’s bossing, and decided to do most of her long run to Marlow, where I met her with our Santa costumes and race numbers. I decided to head to Marlow early, not only to find a parking space that I didn’t have to pay for, but to log a few extra miles myself. We met in the park and suited ourselves up before heading to the start line.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The race started just outside the park, a countdown started, the horn sounded and we were off! Unknowing to myself, and my legs, I was about to run some very fast miles to keep up with Charlie! My legs felt like lead but I dug deep and I’m hugely proud of myself for pushing so hard. And to be honest, it felt good. My next goal is to work on my speed and get a little quicker, and why wait, I’m taking a few actions for that to start now!!

I liked the course, it took us up the main street in the town, then out towards and down roads off the main road, through a few housing/business estates and back onto the main street into the park. The marshalls were great, cheering us on, along with the crowds. Some people were playing Christmas music, everyone made an effort to dress up (including dogs and children), and all together, it was a much enjoyed event!
We crossed the finish line and made our way to get our medals, banana and water. They’d made a conscious effort this year to ‘go green’, using paper cups for water and handing out bags to recycle our Santa outfits in.
Before heading to brunch, we ended with a few easy/recovery miles around the town then back to the car. A total of 11 miles, I was happy with that!

Did anyone else run a Santa fun run this year? If not, do you have one coming up? They are great fun and usually are raising money for a great cause, I’d highly recommend!

Emma xx