Category: Marathon

My mojo is back- hello runners knee!

Some people have or get the winter-blues, I as it happened, got the summer-blues!!!

Summer is just not my favourite time of the year. Yes, it might rain a little less, the sun is out and longer BUT it is way too warm for me!

I just can’t cope with the heat! “Heat” here in the north of England starts with 18C end usually ends with around 25C!

My, my, I sound like an old granny, but it is true. The warmer it gets, the less I want to exercise. I just can’t be bothered. I can’t get my behind up and out of the door!

Now that summer is over, the temperatures are at around 14C or less, my running-mojo has returned! Yeah!!!

It is crisp outside, the leaves are falling, the light is warmer, it is windy constantly…. yes, it might be a bit more wet and boggy, but that is OK!

I am ready to go running!!!

Unfortunately after a marathon last weekend (DT40 in Leyburn, Yorkshire Dales), I am suffering from what you call a “runners knee”!

Don’t ask me how that happened! I was a bit stiff the day after but another day later it hurt so much that I could do nothing but limp to the doctor.

“Rest it”, she said….”for 4 – 6 weeks”, she said.

Really?!?

Why now???

After a week of limping around, 1000 painkillers later, it doesn’t hurt so much anymore when I walk, sit or sleep.

Until I am able to run again, I have to survive of lettuce just to make sure, I don’t put extra pounds on.

Ha, me the little bunny…with useless legs….

But I can see light at the end of the tunnel!

Have a great one, everyone!

Franky

Quit before it even started!!!

For the first timer ever, I quit!

A couple of days ago, I finally made up my mind whether to do the hardmoors60 race or not.

For those who don’t know what the hardmoors60 is:

It is a 60 mile trail race along the Cleveland Way from Guisborough to Filey in the beautiful Yorkshire moors in the UK.

Anyway:

I woke up one morning and the urge to run further and further to push harder after a bad run, was gone. Just gone! And no matter what I did to get my running mojo back, from doing longer runs, shorter runs, road runs, different routes, running without gadgets, trying other sports, till rest and doing nothing at all…. nothing helped and my mojo remains with someone else, stomping the trails.

A lost mojo and constant little niggles here and there interfered my training so much that I didn’t think it is a wise idea to meet the others along with my husband at the start line.

It is not that I was totally lazy the past weeks, I did or at least tried a bit of running here and there and even started with hill reps (which surprisingly I really enjoy but have to stop me at some point otherwise I would have really sore knees afterwards) plus daily kettle bell sessions kept me going.

The only good thing is, I don’t even feel disappointed because I gave up/ cancelled/quit before it even started. To say it is a relieve is also not quite right, I am just fine with myself and my decision.

However, at the end of this month is another marathon in the Yorkshire Dales which I am looking forward to! Then there will be a long time nothing and on January 1st is a hardmoors30 miler, also fine with me!

I wonder…. if I am fine with a marathon and a 30 miler, maybe it was the distance I was secretly afraid  of and didn’t realize? Who knows…..

Franky

Finally ran a marathon- by accident!

Today husband and me drove to Muker to do a DT30 (Dales Trails 30km run) recce run.

We met with our friend whom we know from our weekly Saturday run in Reeth and she joined us for a couple of miles and also knew the route.

After our ways parted we made our ways armed with a description and a map towards Tann hill Inn, UK’s highest pub.

Underfoot was very wet, very muddy, very boggy, very rocky….aww very everything actually. More than once I was knee deep in mud and water!

But we made our way, we stopped a few times to take pictures, check if we are still on the right trail, have something to eat and drink.

When we reached Tan Hill Inn, it was easy. Just follow the Pennine Way back towards Muker to the waterfall. Turn left then through tiny gate. Ignore bridge, follow public footpath signs until you reach Holms Bridge/finish.

Or so we understood the description!  When we finally reached said bridge (on the way I asked some hikers if we are on the way to Muker which we were), we ran across the fields back from where we started and my running watch said what?!

26.4 miles. How could we add that much???

However. We felt great. I finally ran a marathon. Actually I thought I would feel super duper great. But all I thought was

“when I can run a marathon without feeling exhausted, surely I can run further next time I am out…”

Obviously I belong to the greedy ones, who can’t get enough. Fine with me!

But for now I have to rub a ton of tiger balm on my knee. Next weekend I am determent to run the route again!

Franky

Another kind of a shopaholic

I have a dear friend! Her name is Kerstin. I probably love her so much because she is very much like me!

Unless it comes to shopping!

When I went shopping with her for the very first time, she went in every single shop she could physically find! She lives in a very big city!!!

Since then I hate shopping and I can feel for all the men out there!!! How exhausted I felt after hours of walking from shop to shop just to see the same things over and over again!!!

I am not the type of girl who has to see all shops on this earth! When I want to buy something,  I know exactly what I want and where to get it!

No one needs countless pairs of shoes, 50 dresses, 35 jumpers or cardigans (then again… I love cashmere, as it is so nice and fluffy, so soft… and it gives you a nice hug in a cold winters night, right?!? So maybe I make an exception here) or 88 handbags…

We only have one body! Where would you put all these things??? After all, having a huge pile of clothing and accessories is just pure luxury. But that is fine!

I am not a fashion victim. Really! I never stick to the latest fashion, like wearing flokati like vests (who wants to wear a carpet, come one!) or these calf long vests with missing arms. Do you really want to look like a wizard???

I am not addicted at all! But… and now it comes:

When it comes to running clothes, “Inov-8” in particular, no one can stop me!!! I check the website regularly, check on the latest running shoes. Which ones are for road, off road, trail, fell, which one is the latest, what does it have for features, which is the lightest…

Oh and the jackets! Waterproof, windproof, colours, summer, winter, thermo, fleece… Hats and gloves. Merino is the new black!!!

I browse all the latest clothes and tools, also books and right now I am all pins and needles, waiting for my latest order which supposed  to arrive today! I didn’t even go shopping for food, because I am too frightened I could miss the postie!!! Pity I have to leave soon to pick up my little girl from school, but I could run…hmmmm….

Though I still feel ill, I got up at 6am every day to get used to it, as once I get rid of this flu, I will start running at 6am every day to train for a half marathon next year! Usually I run only 4 days a week,

but my real goal is to run ultra marathons!!! Oh just imagine what for nice things I can buy then!!!

This nice running inov-8 vest with the bottles on the front sites would suit me very well (spotted yesterday on the almighty internet). At the back I could stuff the gluten free  chia fruit gels I bookmarked… Oh and the trail shoe which is on offer at the moment would do just fine… Also maybe I should think about a “Buff” headscarf… or maybe I just stick to my cap. Although I should buy a second one, so it doesn’t get boring…

But addicted? A shopaholic? Me? Nah I don’t think so! Those sport items/clothes… THEY ARE OF VITAL IMPORTANCE!!!

Oooooh aaaaahhhhh, I think I am shaking a bit, my heart is racing… maybe it will get better when I order the latest ultra marathon book …. Where is the postie?!? I should go and check our doorbell now,  just in case, you know….

Franky