Pics from track on Thursday. The stopwatch on my G-shock hasn’t been touched since I ran the London marathon last year but I had to erase it before the session! Boo!
We did 8 x 400’s at a steady pace. I experimented going around the third bend, it was so tough but I’m alive!
Times: 1:25, 1:24, 1;25, 1:24, 1:23, 1:23, 1:16, 1:15.
Have a great Saturday people :)
I Love Wednesdays
As you may or may not know, me and Shameek started our own running crew in Hackney Wick on Wednesdays. RDCY Hackney.
There’s been ups and downs but I know that I want to make it work and continue to see and run with my friends every Wednesday. For the last couple of months I’ve had really bad days on Wednesdays but when the clock strikes 6 it all starts to get better. The anticipation grows and I can’t wait to lace up with my crew.
We’re small, there’s about 6 regulars including myself and Shameek but so much quality there. Lemara and Ounie (above) took to the crew in the best possible way and keep it going now. They’ve never let me down! It’s with people like this that the foundation for an empire are made from.
Charlie Dark, founder of Run Dem Crew often reminisce of the early days of his crew, where him and 6 friends would meet in his kitchen and then run a small loop of Victoria Park. I now know what those memories are like too. I experience it every Wednesday when we’re all chatting pre-run in my living room.
We’re only just getting started, I can’t wait to see what the year has in store for us.
2 races that changed my life.
Being Sick (a year old intro)
(image credited to the NHS)
I really don’t like being sick. I have this perfect vision of myself (if I don’t believe this rubbish, then who the hell will?!) but when I’m sick that confidence takes a knock. I feel weak and a lesser version of myself, I bloody hate it.
^ I typed that up some time last year, in December I think but I never actually posted it. I guess the sickness just passed but I kept it in my drafts, just in case. Well now I have a reason to use it again. Last weekend I came down with Conjunctivitis (or Pink Eye). No I do not know how I got it. I went to the pharmacy and got some eye drops to cure me and stuck to the dosage. Then I got Laryngitis (there’s a pattern here somewhere). I’m not sick with both and trying to recover.
I’m highly contagious so can’t be around anyone, although my Girlfriend seems to be immune to all of this (for now) and haven’t really found the strength to run. This means I haven’t been able to go to work, see my friends, celebrate their birthdays or see my crew. It’s dark, dark days! I’ll get better though, I know I will. Whilst I’ve got all this time at home I’ve been catching up on a lot of tasks I had to do, writing up versions of my CV and Portfolio so all is not lost!
When I recover though, I’m hitting the road.
A Weightless Weekend
You’ll understand the title at the end, it was just a regular 2 day weekend. You know? A weekend…but I did get up to 3 different activities from Saturday to Monday and it felt like a fitness treat!
I kicked off Saturday with an unexpected 11 mile run with Toby, Steve and more crew. We met at 1948 and were testing out a possible new RDC route to the lovely heights of Primrose Hill. We were expecting the run to roughly be 7 miles. Now i’m not blaming anyone but lets say that for one reason or another, we had ran 6 miles by the time we got to the top of the mount!
Read more or click the crew!
Guest post from my Mum
image credit to heiress
Sometimes my Mum sends me nice little e-mails that boost my spirit and this is one that really hit home. I remember when we had a London fitblr meetup earlier in the year and one topic that we could all relate to was making our parents feel proud. Finally feeling accepted by them, being viewed as successful by them. Starting, during and finishing our weight loss journeys I feel that a lot of us (that have been overweight for a long time) crave that acceptance and ‘proud feeling’ from our parents that we finally get when we change our attitude. Read what my beautiful Mum had to say about what she thinks of all of this running stuff!
As you know I am not a member if any social media sites, but after reading Lemara’s race report filled me with so much pride that I am tempted to join one just to send on for others to enjoy!
I can totally relate to her journey, after completing my first 10k earlier this yr, following your recommendation on my own! I experienced the same result with you placing medal round my neck! I know exactly how she felt, like an Olympian!!
I am soo proud that your young crew has been able to motivate others and achieve what you have done.
I had a tear in my eye both for runner and leader.
I await Shameek’s report from Florence after visiting there in Sept. I’m sure he smashed it!
I wish you both the best of luck and look forward to our next run together..
You v v proud