Monthly Archives: September 2013
Hopefully by this time next week I may have completed my first ever half marathon – hopefully!
My blog has advertised my run ever since I signed up which seems like it was ages ago.
I am running the Royal Parks Half Marathon in London which takes me on a very scenic and iconic route through the capital.
For this run I have become a Heart Runner as I am running on behalf of the British Heart Foundation and would be very grateful if you could sponsor me.
The British Heart Foundation do great work and I am grateful and appreciative that they exist as they have helped myself and my family through some tough times when my mum has undergone heart surgery.
If you would like to follow my progress on the 6th October, the race starts at 9 am UK time. If you are in London why not pop along to the course and give your support? I’ll be the one in the Heart Runner red t-shirt and fluorescent green Nike’s
If you cannot make it in person then download the Royal Parks Half app and search for my name – from there you will be able to track my progress live via the chip in my running vest
Thanks to everyone for their continued support. I am sure I am in a good place to run and even though this tapering makes me feel uneasy and sometimes makes me doubt my abilities, I know that I can do it and with everyone’s generosity and kind words I am sure this will all give me a boost towards the finish line next Sunday.
Just when I thought I had this sleep pattern/jet lag thing sorted, last night goes and proves me wrong.
We both stayed up late (for us) and I had a cycle lesson this morning so thought that a decent night and a structured morning would get me finally back into the swing of things.
I didn’t sleep that we’ll at all and when I did nod off it was around 2:30 this morning. The alarm woke me at 7:30 as planned bit all was not well. As I just got off I was really disoriented, I didn’t know where I was (thinking I was in one of the hotels in Vancouver 😔 ) then went to get up and felt really dizzy.
I persevered and made my way to the bathroom but managed to clean my teeth and had to sit down as my head was spinning and I couldn’t focus.
I was angry and annoyed that this was the case and worried about the cycle lesson as I could barely stand let alone get on the bike in traffic!
I decided there and then to cancel the cycle lesson and head back to bed which is exactly what I did.
Richard got up around 8 (I think) and he was up around 3 again.
He let me sleep in and I thought when he came in to shower that it was about 9:30. Wrong! I woke up at 12:30!
We’ll there goes most of Saturday! I can only hope that this means my sleep pattern gets back to normal ASAP.
At least getting up this late means I should be awake and alert to enjoy tonight’s Eliane Elias concert!
Well the title says it all. It has taken a while to get back into the swing of things and I felt up to a run this morning.
I started my tapering early for the Royal Parks Half Marathon (next weekend!) and continue with this as there is no point in pushing myself too much.
It feels good to be running on my old stomping ground again but to be honest I would even swap the country lanes of England to run around Stanley park at dawn every day
I was starting to worry about whether I am up to the task of running the Half Marathon next weekend but I know that I managed 7K in Canada without worrying about it and much the same today. I only did 5K but to be honest with the jet lag I think this is sensible as my headache was a bit painful when I finished running.
I reminded myself it’s all about my mental state, I am sure my body is more than up to the task with all the training I have put in over the summer. I also remind myself how happy I was to complete 10 miles and that today’s 5K was a challenge for me a little over a year ago so I have nothing to worry about.
It has come to my attention though that the UK is much cooler than when we left a couple of weeks ago and I can start to feel the cold air filling my lungs on the run. I have to get used to the before the race as it starts at 9 am so it won’t be a particularly warm start to the day.
I am pleased with todays run and feel ok considering. I was worried as my knees were really sore on the plane as I could not get comfy – and it’s a fairly long flight.
I wanted to run more in Canada but the circumstances didn’t allow for it. It took Richard and I a while to get used to the time difference and it was the final full day in Vancouver when I felt alert enough to get out and hit the streets.
I chose not to run in Tofino as it’s very rural, lots of winding roads, lots of lake and precarious sea-side paths, not to mention the presence of Cougars, Wolves and Bears to watch out for.
Richard and I walked for miles whilst we were away and although we didn’t cycle in the end (I wanted to enjoy the views and not worry about focussing too hard on cycling) we did get around. On one day we walked to Davie Street, back to Canada Place and along the harbour before reaching Stanley Park to walk the entire perimeter along the Pacific Coast (9k) – in total I worked out we walked about 21k that day. With all the other stops, look outs, hills and trails we completed I am sure I covered more than enough to make up for not running!
I have a few more days off before returning to work so I will put in at least another run before the Half Marathon next weekend. My fundraising is going very well but there is still time to sponsor me if you have not done so already. The British Heart Foundation do such excellent work, anything you can donate will be gratefully appreciated by me and by them. Thank you.
I am however more knowledgeable about the following:
- Canada is a BIG place
- Vancouver Island and the lakes are just as big
- Canadians are friendly (some very cute) and courteous…
- Although they say fuck a lot!
- No matter how far you go you will always encounter someone from home (the barman at the lodge was from Brighton!)
- It takes several hours to walk the perimeter of Stanley Park – but it’s worth it
- Running Stanley Park at sunrise is breath-taking
- Vancouver is expensive
- Vancouver is very clean, open, breathtaking and friendly
- Met Vancouver has a lot of public art
- The seagulls on Granville Island are very pushy
- Vancouver is a city with a dark underbelly
- Tofino is a stunning place and wonderfully laid back
- The beaches are stunning and you get miles and miles to yourself
- The name Long Beach is a bit of an understatement!
- Uclulet really is like living on the edge!
- I could watch float planes take off and land in the harbour forever
- Storms in Vancouver Island are quite an event
- Finding bear prints on the beach can be a little disconcerting
- Every rustle in the woods makes you think you’ve seen a bear, cougar or wolf!
- Coffee in Canada is wonderful
- Tea (surprisingly) in some places in Canada is also wonderful
- Old American women on air planes are rude and obnoxious
- Having a flight delay because they need to fix a small part on the plane isn’t as scary as it sounds
- I absolutely loved every moment of the holiday and did not want to leave
- We are now saving our pennies to return…