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Posted on November 18, 2015

Leeds Abbey Dash 2015 Race Recap

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Leeds Abbey Dash 2015

When I woke up on Sunday morning, the date of the 2015 Leeds Abbey Dash, the last thing I wanted to do was get out of bed and run a 10k.

I couldn’t sleep at all the night before, falling to sleep around 3am. The 7:30am alarm was not welcome at all, neither was the view outside my window. It was chucking it down with rain and the wind was horrendous.

Reading back at my 2014 Leeds Abbey Dash recap, it seems it was pretty similar! I also had trouble getting a taxi! I ended up having to download Uber, which is something I’m really against due to my previous experience of an Uber, where the taxi driver spent the whole journey telling me I should get the Uber app and trying to convince me that my current taxi firm are liars. Oh, and that I should rate him 5 stars.

Apparently it was high demand, and they charged me 2.6x more than usual. So a 6 quid taxi cost me £15.

Not impressed!

So, I finally made it to the race. Luckily the rain had calmed to a steady drizzle.

The start was muddy, there was no running on the mud.

As usual, the race started in waves and we started right at the back.

The rain wasn’t bad at all by this point. I had my Garmen on and decided to do what I did with my last 10k, run at my comfortable pace for 0.9 miles, then run hard for 0.1 mile.

I knew I wouldn’t beat my previous time of 1:04 due to not going for a run in a month, but I was determined to come under an hour and 10 minutes.

Leeds Abbey Dash 2015

It was tough going! There was only one water station half way and we had to queue for a cup and then queue for someone to fill the cup. I easily lost 45 seconds for half a cup of water. I wish I hadn’t bothered looking back. I’m kind of disappointed with the water station.

The Run for All events tend to have 3 stations that give out bottles so you don’t have to stop at all.

As always, it’s the last half a mile that’s the hard is in Leeds races due to having to run up a slip road.

My garmin clocked 6.2miles and I couldn’t see the end, it was really disheartening. Finally I saw the clock – there wasn’t the usually ‘finish’ sign like there usually is so it kind of crept up on me!

Leeds Abbey Dash 2015

I finished with a time of 1:08. Which isn’t as good as my last 10k, but under an hour and 10 minutes. I’m okay with that seeing as I didn’t train!

I love the t-shirt, too.

This is the last race of the year for me. I’ve done two 10ks, a 5k and a half marathon. Same again next year?


Posted on July 25, 2015

Leeds 10k

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On the 12th July, I ran Leeds 10k. This is the second time I’ve ran it, I also ran the 2014 Leeds 10k.

I found this years so much easier than the previous years. Which was surprising as I didn’t have a chance to train for this one as the move really put me out of my fitness routine! I ran 4 miles the Wednesday before and that was it.

It wasn’t as hot as last year, which is always a plus.

I didn’t really have a plan of action. The first mile was frustrating as I was struggling getting past people and it took about 11mins 30 seconds for that mile! Just after the second mile, I decided I’d start to speed up during the last tenth of a mile. So I kept checking my Garmin and then ran as fast as I could for 0.1 miles, then went back to my normal pace.

This seemed to work pretty well. I came out with a time of 1hr 04mins 26 seconds, which isn’t my best 10k time but is 10 minutes faster than my pervious year, which is a great achievement.

I need to get under an hour though. I’m planning on doing the Bradford 10k at the end of Sept and the Leeds Abbey Dash in November. Hopefully I’ll get under an hour in the Abbey Dash. The Bradford 10K won’t be great time wise because I’m on holiday two weeks before! Terrible timing!



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Posted on November 21, 2014

Leeds Abbey Dash // A PB!

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On Sunday, I ran Leeds Abbey Dash.

I didn’t sleep well at all. I had dreams that I had been to a nightclub the night before the race and would be hungover. I must have had about 4 hours sleep – when my alarm went off, I thought I was going to cry.

I need to make a mental note that I can still run if I feel tired – because I was convinced it was the tiredest I’ve felt and I wouldn’t be able to run at all. It’s funny how you forget things like tiredness so quickly, but in the moment it feels so intense and dramatic.

Due to the roads being closed, my friend couldn’t get to my house. We decided to meet each other there. Then I struggled to get a taxi! One said they wouldn’t come and pick me up because of the race. Doom.

After finally getting there, I found my friend and we stood waiting for the start. As there are so many runners at Leeds Abbey Dash (over 12,000), it starts in waves. We were in the last wave so didn’t cross the finish line until there was 15 minutes on the clock.

I started off steady as I usually really struggle with the first couple km, it was okay though – I tried to push a bit around the second km.

I didn’t see the marker for 3km, so was surprised to see the 4km mark. Good, almost half way there. Although I knew that meant the incline was right in front of me!

I kept it steady and just after 5km, there was water handed out in plastic cups. I drank some but most of it went over my face and t shirt as I didn’t want to stop running.

I missed the 6km marker again – I have no idea how! So I was so happy when I saw the 7km.

I started to really feel it in my legs when I got to 8km. I felt fine breath wise, I wasn’t out of breath at all, but my legs were another story. They started to feel really heavy and I wanted to push harder, but I was afraid that I’d get too out of breath and have to stop.

I’m really not good at pushing my limits and need to be a bit braver at pushing myself harder. I always go for the safer options, which is to run at a comfortable pace.

The 9km sign was in view and I knew there was another incline coming. This is the worst thing about Leeds races, on the last km there’s an incline up a slip road and although it’s not massive, when you’re already exhausted it’s just not what you want when you’re on mile 6.

After what felt like hours, I finally saw the finish line and passed it! I got my t-shirt and waited for my friend.

I didn’t get a text message with my time, I thought that I had done better than Leeds 10k but not as good as Bradford 10k.

When I got home, I checked my results online and then checked the results from my previous 10ks and found that I had PBed!

  • Bradford 10k 01:14:48 (16th March 2014)
  • Leeds 10k 01:14:35 (20th July 2014)
  • Leeds Dash 01:14:01 (16th November 2014)

For some reason, I thought I ran Leeds 10k in about 1 hour 18, but actually ran it faster than my previous one. I know it’s not massive increases in speed, but I’ll take anything I can get at this point in time!

I’ll be running the Bradford 10k again next March and would love to be around the 01:10:00 mark!

Here’s the race data from my Garmin ūüôā

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Posted on November 17, 2014

Running Update // 10k Done!

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Hi everyone!

Here again with another update of how I’m doing fitness wise.

I ran 4 miles on Thursday – I was tempted to go bit further but I was strapped for time as I attended a blog event in the evening and also I didn’t want to push it too much because of the 10k yesterday.

It wasn’t my fastest run but I wasn’t pushing too hard, I didn’t want to overdo it in case I injured myself.

On Sunday I ran the Leeds Abbey Dash, which is a 10k run. I’m happy to say that I got a PB! I didn’t even realise until a few hours after. I then went back and looked at the chip time on the other 10ks I’ve ran this year and discovered that I knocked 34 seconds off my previous PB. I’ll write more about it in a separate post.

I wasn’t expecting to run it faster as I don’t feel I trained hard enough in the speed department! My next 10k is in March and I want to knock some more time off. I plan to use this blog as motivation, and the people writing other running and fitness blogs. If I could run it 4 minutes faster, I’d be really happy. Let the speed work begin!

Now that it’s over, I’m going to go back to running 3 miles at a time and working on pushing myself to go faster.

Over this week, I started doing some of the P90 workouts. As I’ve not been losing weight, I want to work on gaining some muscle and toning up to see if it helps. Also, an extra 30 mins of being active a day has to help.

The workouts are tough in places, but doable and leave me feeling like I’ve really worked my arms and legs after.

I’m excited to start seeing some changes in my body.

Food wise, I’ve been eating really well. The naughtiest thing I’ve even in the past two weeks is two slices of toast I ate when hungover. I’m eating more fruit and drinking less alcohol. That, paired with the toning work doing should help me shift some of this lbs that I’m struggling to get off.

If that doesn’t work, I don’t know what will!


Posted on November 10, 2014

Running Update // Comments when out running.

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6 days until my 10k!

I’ve only been on 2 runs this week because of work. I ran 5 miles on Tuesday and then yesterday I ran 4 miles.

I did want to go longer yesterday, but I was hungover so really struggled.

On Saturday night, I wanted to enjoy a glass of mulled wine with the finale of Dr Who, but somehow ended up drinking cider too and playing Call Of Duty. Idiot!

On Tuesday while I was running, a passed of group of boys. One of them yelled at me ‘run faster, fat arse’. Why are people such idiots? Why do people think that it’s acceptable to yell things like that at people. Clearly I know that my arse is fat, which is why I am running.

Humans are just evil sometimes – yelling comments at strangers to impress their friends? I almost turned around and punched them in the face but I didn’t want to lose any more seconds off my already slow pace. Also I’m a wimp and if I got into a fight I would probably cry.

Today when I was running, a man yelled something at me too. Something like ‘go on, girl’, in a patronising way. It’s always men that seem to yell things at women.

Why do they think it’s okay? Are some¬†men so idiotic that they think it’s a normal, acceptable thing to do?

Then we wonder why women can feel so self conscious about running outside and are afraid of what people will think. Most people probably won’t think anything. Maybe ‘Go you, I wish I had the motivation to do that”. I know when I see people running, I feel jealous that I’m not running!

It’s just a pity there are some morons that think ‘I’m going to yell some inappropriate comment at this woman because I’m a knob’. Wankers.


Posted on June 28, 2014

How I Trained For a 10K Run in 2 Weeks.

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Well, this makes me feel better!
I was getting panicked about my upcoming 10K. But looking back on my calendar, it turns out I only trained 16 days for my last one. I didn’t run at all from the 10th Janurary 2014 until the 1st March and my 10K race was on the 16th March.
I had it in my head that I had trained for months. Ha. 
Most 10k training plans are around 8 weeks long. But this goes to shows that you don’t need to train that far in advance. I mean, you should, if you want a decent time. But it’s not a necessity.¬†
I would say that when I started training for this, I was probably just as good as a beginner. I had been slacking on running and had lost my fitness. 
In 16 days, I had been able to shave off almost 2 minuets off my average pace!

My 10K Training Plan

Let’s look at my pre-race runs in a little more detail:
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Posted on March 17, 2014

My first 10km race experience

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Woahhh, time to dust the cobwebs off this blog, hey? It’s been a while and I’ve been guilty of neglecting this blog and focusing solely on my main blog.

On Sunday, I ran a 10km race.
This is the first 10km I’ve ran. The only over races I have ever ran in are 3 Race for Life events, but the last one I did was easily 3 years ago.
It started at 9am and we got there in plenty of time. The first thing I noticed was the amount of people warming up and running around the city beforehand.
Race for life events are very light hearted, with many people walking most of it in fancy dress and having fun while raising a bit of money. I didn’t expect a 10k to be that much different. I knew there would be serious people wanting to hit their personal best, people that have trained hard and long, but I thought there would be a lot more people that were taking a laid back approach to it.
I think If I had known this, I might have tried a bit harder to work on my speed.

I started running in July and quickly built my stamina up. I ran 10 miles within a month. It took me 2 hours and 17 minutes. I never thought I would be able to run 1 mile, never mind 10 and I was so surprised how quickly I was able to build up a decent distance.
Building up speed is a totally different story.
I’ve never been good at sport. As a child, I did ballet, tap and jazz dancing as well as swimming outside of school. I was never fast at swimming and I was never flexible enough for dancing. I’ve got my dads old, stiff bones and I can only touch my toes with my legs straight if I stretch and train myself to do it for a couple of months.
I’m just not built for sport.
It was the same old story in school, I was never the first to be picked for teams in PE and I could never get that bloody ball in the basket.
When I was 11, I was part of the school hockey team. We would play against other teams in our area. I was the goal keeper. Do you know how many games we won??
NONE. NOT ONE. A full season, we did not win one game.
I was taken out of the ‘goalie’ position the following year and just kind of ran around hoping nobody would hit the hockey ball in my direction.
And then I quit.

My commitment. 
I’ve decided to work on my speed.
I’m going to aim to run a 5k race in June in under 30 minutes, which is a sub 10 minute mile.
The fastest mile I’ve ever ran was 10:18.
I’ll be researching how to increase my speed, which will probably include a lot of interval training. I have no idea how easy/hard it will be as how I have never been concerned with how fast I can run.
I’ll keep you updated…


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