Archive for November 16, 2016


body crying in pain
for this torture to stop
mind says no, go, go
through the searing
burning feeling deep
inside strong muscles
the finish line
is in sight and one
final lunge of the body
and you are over
the finishing line at last


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Why this runner loves the LDWA…

Posted: November 16, 2016 in Uncategorized

Excellent blog on the virtues of LDWA events for runners

lizzie running

It may seem a little odd for a keen runner to be extolling the virtues of a walking organisation; however, I feel every long distance runner could benefit from a little bit of the Long Distance Walkers Association (or LDWA) in their life. Although set up as an organisation for walkers, the LDWA welcomes runners at its Challenge Events, which generally range from 20 to 100 miles and take place throughout the UK. These events normally involve following a description of the route to navigate your way through the glorious British countryside, with regular checkpoints (every 5 miles or so) providing the opportunity for rest and refreshments. Here are 10 reasons why I think every runner should give an LDWA event a try:

  1. The Friendly Atmosphere

    LDWA events often operate staggered starts; you simply turn up, get yourself organised and head off once you are ready. There is a strong…

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Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Went for a run round the block and tried some slow sprints on Old Guy Road. Nothing in the tank and didn’t enjoy it. Hard work today but you have to take the bad days to appreciate the good ones. Still I’ve got my first sprint session out of the way and I’m hoping they’ll get easier and faster in the future.

But every cloud has a silver lining. A friend texts me to say that whilst the run might not be fast my times for miles are quite consistent. This puts a different light on my run and I feel a lot happier about it now. I’ve got a nice little route to train on for speed and I’ve set myself a decent benchmark. This will be hard work but I can do it and get faster.