Running the Road Ahead

I’ve decided to try and blog more than about once a month, but please don’t hold me to that. In the main I’ll be blogging about my journey to the standing stones of Avebury and the the back to back marathon weekends. I’ll share what goes well, what doesn’t and what I learn.

Running journey

I’m just coming back to running from three weeks off post-marathon and post shin splints. So after not really running for what feels like a very long time I was really looking forward (excited even) to getting back to running this week. Tuesday was meant to be an easy 40 to 50 minutes easy run and I managed 5.46 miles at 9:09 pace – theoretically an easy pace but it was anything but easy effort-wise. It was a real shock to the system!

It feels like I’ve lost a lot of fitness since my marathon three weeks ago, however I’m not worrying just yet as I know that if I’m sensible and I get in 4 to 6 weeks of good running then my fitness will return. I suppose at least I have a starting point and things can only get better from here.

The rest of the week was better. I was running an easy, slower pace but without the pressure to keep up with the club it was more enjoyable. On Thursday we had travelled up to the North East to see my family so I got to run on Seaburn Beach, do Riverside parkrun in Chester-le-Street and do my long run along the coastal footpath between Whitburn and South Shields.

Whilst up in the North East I also got the opportunity to visit The Ultra Runner Store in Cramlington. I tried on lots of ultra race vests and eventually settled on the Ultimate Direction Ultra Vesta, although to be honest I didn’t have much of a choice as it was the only one that fit because I’m so small. I was keen to get out and test it out but I thought wearing it for parkrun might be a bit overkill so that had to wait until Sunday’s long run.

I was pleased with my parkrun this week, it was 26 seconds faster than the previous Saturday. Obviously Riverside parkrun doesn’t have Milton Keynes’ zigzags but I don’t believe those zigzags make that much difference.

Kassia, your time in position 100 today at Riverside parkrun was 25:59. A two and three-quarters lap course and you didn’t get lapped by the leaders although it was close, very close. Well done…service powered by aql

I love running around this area, running along the coastal footpath with the incidental music of the waves crashing on the rocks below in the background whilst listening to Martin and Tom from Marathon Talk collapsing in a heap of giggles (I imagine) at the fact that Martin nearly said Daz got ‘punched’ by a horse is certainly good for the spirits. Of course once they started giggling so did I. Have you ever noticed that you always pass someone coming in the opposite direction when you’re laughing? Once again I got that look from a walker coming in the other direction, you know the one that says, “You’re laughing and running? You must be mad!”

Still I was wearing just a running vest and shorts whilst up North so I didn’t look too out of place. I can’t believe it’s the start of November and it’s still warm enough to wear a running vest rather than a t-shirt! Can you?

This week’s training:

  • Tuesday: 5.5 miles easy
  • Wednesday: 4.2 miles easy
  • Friday: 6.2 miles easy
  • Saturday: Riverside parkrun hard effort
  • Sunday: 8.8 miles easy

Until next time…

Kassia Gardner



P.S. As a parkrun run director I love visiting other parkruns. Riverside parkrun is beautiful and the team there were very welcoming. It was lovely to join them afterwards for a coffee and a cake. If you’re ever up in that neck of the woods then you should get yourself along to Riverside parkrun.

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