Winter Running and Spring Plans

I can’t believe I haven’t blogged about running since Christmas! I’ve been so busy over the last few months, working full time at my ‘proper job’ for six months whilst fitting in marathon training and all the other things that make up life. Must do better!

Anyway, I’m so happy to be able to have plans for spring after coming back from the injury that stopped me doing much running at all for the second half of 2015. I’m now training for the Paris Marathon, but have decided (almost certainly) to defer my London Marathon place until next year – just because I don’t want to risk setting myself back by attempting two marathons in three weeks. Yes, I did Berlin and York two weeks apart in 2014, but I was fitter then! Plus running London in 2017 will give me something to look forward to (and train for) next spring.

I must admit I was quite nervous about the first event I took part in since being injured, the Brass Monkey Half Marathon in York last month. A year ago I ran this in 1:52 even though we had to walk a few icy bits. This year I decided to err on the side of caution and run it at marathon pace, i.e. nine minute miles. I just wanted to get round and finish with nothing hurting, which is what happened, so I was a happy bunny!

Brass Monkey 2016
A happy bunny. Or should that be monkey?


Then last week I took part in the Snake Lane 10 (that’s miles rather than kilometres) at Pocklington. This is a really popular local event that sells out fast! As I was still feeling injury-free and had done some marathon training I decided to go for it and try my best, but the weather was so windy it wasn’t a great PB day for anyone. I came in a couple of minutes slower than last year at 1:26, but I haven’t attempted to run that far at that pace since last year’s Snake, so I was OK with that. My legs felt tired but not painful afterwards, so that’s more progress and a good marathon training exercise. It was also great to see my Twitter friend Katie Holmes, aka @RunYoung50.

A bedraggled me and Katie showing off our Snake 10 mugs!
A bedraggled me and Katie showing off our Snake 10 mugs!


So now it’s only five weeks to Paris. I’m really looking forward to it. I worked in Paris for a while in the 90s and know the city quite well, so it will be fab to run around all the amazing and familiar sights.

Paris Number JPEG


After Paris, presuming I’m still feeling OK, I want to have a go at getting under 1:50 a half marathon, so I’ve entered the North Lincs Half in Scunthorpe in May four weeks later. I wanted to do this last year, but it clashed with the Ravenscar Coastal Half (another fab event). Possibly slightly less glamorous than Paris, but there’s a stadium finish and they give you cake at the end, so that’s two things in its favour! And between Paris and Scunthorpe I’m taking part in a brand new event right on my doorstep, the Vale of York 10, which starts and finishes at Rufforth aerodrome, just three miles from where I live. I thought that would be a good training exercise for North Lincs. It’s organised by the same people (Racebest) who put on the Vale of York Half, which I did in 2014 and thought was a fab event. Unfortunately I had to pull out last year due to injury, but hope to be back this year.

That’s all for now. I don’t want to enter too many events at the moment as I don’t want to risk setting my hamstring off again. I had hoped to do another ultra this summer, but will have to see how I feel after Paris. If I do it definitely won’t be as hilly as Calderdale! I hope your running plans for 2016 are going well too – good luck with whatever you’re training for.