Nearly there

I did my penultimate day in this set of multiple run days today…

…which involved a step up to five laps. Another five tomorrow, and then I will be taking a break from multiple run training for a few days, before building it up again from midweek onwards.

I’ve had a fairly quiet day otherwise, just getting on with a bit of work and admin, and am now relaxing with last night’s Diamond League athletics. Really happy it’s the weekend! Will post my usual running vlogs over the next couple of days and update again on Monday.

Jelly bracelets
Bit of a flashback image for today as WordPress is refusing to load any new pictures. I took this photo of my bracelet collection in the early days of this blog. Still have them, still never wear most of them!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Oasis – ‘Roll With It’
The Midnight – ‘Crystalline’
Matthew Wilder – ‘Break My Stride’

Locked down

I did another four mile(ish)-long laps today…

…and I’m still feeling quite strong out there, although I have to say I’m a bit tired tonight!

I had a day off work today because I’m slightly ahead of schedule. I’ll get back to it tomorrow. I did do another frame for my decor project though. Four down, two to go!

It’s really interesting practising my multiple run training, but I have to say I’m looking forward to Sunday when I’ll be back to one short run per day for a couple of days.

Here in the north-east, we’re going back into lockdown from midnight tonight. A couple of friends have popped round to deliver/collect gaming stuff for Geth this evening, as that won’t be allowed from now on – no meeting up with other households. Pubs will still be open until 10pm, though, so I’m not sure how they’re going to police it. While it is worrying, it hopefully won’t last for more than a couple of weeks, and it won’t really affect me and Geth anyway because we’ve not really poked our noses out of lockdown to begin with. We won’t be able to meet up with friends for runs, but most of our running was going to be solo for the next few weeks anyway.

Just some quiet running by myself by tomorrow then… but that’s what I was planning on doing anyway!

Virtual GNR medal
I’m impressed that the Virtual GNR designed this nice blue medal to send out to finishers – it’s very different to all my previous GNR ones. Bit of a paperweight too!

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Knack – ‘My Sharona’
Timecop1983 and Primo – ‘My DeLorean’

Feeling stronger

Another set of multiple miles today…

…and so far it’s feeling really good. It’s not tiring me out or putting too much pressure on my legs, and I’m feeling a lot more confident that I’ll be able to keep going with it every hour on challenge day. I’m giving myself two hours between runs while doing this training this week, and after I’ve had a few days off at the start of next week, I’ll be practising with one hour between runs in order to replicate what I’ll be doing on the day.

In between runs, I’ve been getting on with my day job project and my decor project, which are the two other main things I’ve got going on this week. I’m really looking forward to being able to share the decor project at the weekend, once it’s all up on the wall!

Another near-identical day tomorrow. I’m (genuinely) excited!

Next door's cat
A photo from last week – this is next door’s cat, about ten seconds before he strolled through our front door while we were bringing the shopping in.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Sacre – ‘The London Marathon [Theme From The Trap]’
Queen – ‘Bicycle Race’

The good kind of repetitive

Some multiple run training today…

…and it’s going to be one of those weeks where every day is the same, in a good way. I’ve got a day job project that will last until next week, I’ll be doing multiple run training every day until the weekend, and I’ve got a house decor project that I’m working on every day as well. As such, my updates won’t be very exciting for the next few days, but I’ll be very content!

Running souvenirs
Supplies for my decor project – I’m framing lots of souvenirs that have been sitting in boxes for a while. Looking forward to getting the results up on the wall at the weekend.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Mark Knopfler – ‘Local Hero’
Sacre – ‘The London Marathon [Theme From The Trap]’
Carl Orff – ‘Gassenhauer’

A recovery Monday

An extremely gentle recovery run this morning…

…and then I spent the rest of the day doing some admin, planning out my work for the week and making the first of my running memorabilia collage frames!

I’ve also been doing a lot of recovery yoga – not the YouTube videos as I don’t want to do anything too strenuous right now, but instead just getting onto my mat and doing all my favourite stretches that help with my aches and pains, along with some foam rolling. I’ll probably do this for another day or two before getting back to ‘Yoga with Adriene’.

Back to work proper tomorrow – it will be interspersed with a few runs as I’m doing my 24-hour challenge training again this week.

GNR shirt 2020
Following on from Saturday’s 2015 t-shirt, here’s this year’s! Not a ‘real’ GNR shirt but a nice addition to the collection nonetheless.

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Knack – ‘My Sharona’
Sacre – ‘The London Marathon [Theme From The Trap]’
Toni Braxton – ‘Unbreak My Heart’
Pink – ‘Raise Your Glass’

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

Mark Knopfler – ‘Local Hero’

RED day 256

Plus bonus picture of me wearing my first ever race t-shirt, five years to the day since I got it 😀

Five year race shirt anniversary

Today’s earworm playlist:

Loudon Wainwright III – ‘Christmas Morning’
Mel Smith – ‘Another Bloomin’ Christmas’*
Traditional – ‘The Blaydon Races’
Sacre – ‘The London Marathon [Theme From The Trap]’
Westlife – ‘You Raise Me Up’
The Midnight – ‘Crystalline’

*YES I KNOW. I have no idea why my brain has decided it’s now Christmas either.

The best weekend

Just a mile (and a bit) today…

…as it’s all short easy runs until Sunday’s Virtual GNR. So excited about the race and happy that the weekend is here! I’ll be starting by getting up early tomorrow and watching the elite-only Antrim Coast Half Marathon livestream. Mo Farah is competing, so it’ll be nice to watch him run this weekend, even if it’s not in Newcastle!

Geth and I went to Asda today and stocked up on all the stuff we need for eating over the weekend (I will be doing a lot of eating on Sunday). I also finished my work for the week and am really pleased that I can have the full weekend off! Not always a given at this time of year 🙂

I’ll be posting my running vlogs over the weekend, including my Virtual GNR vlog on Sunday, and will be back on Monday with a weekend update and a race review. A virtual race is not the same as an in-person race, but it’s the closest I’ve got right now, and I can’t wait!

Protein bars
We stocked up on a ton of protein bars at Asda. Protein bars are my favourite running food because they’re basically glorified chocolate bars but you’re allowed to call them ‘healthy fuel’. I expect I’ll get through a few on race day!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Take That – ‘Never Forget’
Wiz Khalifa – ‘Black And Yellow’

A lighter day… sort of

Just a mile today…

…and then a short walk. It felt like a much lighter day exercise-wise than I’ve been doing recently! As such, I feel like I’ve got a bit of energy to get rid of, but that is best saved for the virtual race on Sunday.

I spent most of today working – I’ve had a lot of day job work this week, which is great and is keeping me from obsessing about the race too much. I also did a quick clean of my car, which I’d been putting off for months. I managed to get some of the glitter off the backseat from last year’s Christmas wrapping paper, but not all – I think it will always be glittery to some extent!

One last day of work tomorrow, and then I’ll be able to enjoy the weekend – last weekend was really busy with work and I haven’t managed to take a day off during the week, so I’m really looking forward to it!

Car bumper sticker
This bumper sticker arrived this week, so other drivers will now be able to… tell what running club I’m in 😀

Today’s earworm playlist:

Vangelis – ‘Chariots Of Fire’

Legs ready to go

One last long-ish easy run today…

…and now the next few days will just be gentle recovery mile-long runs in order to save my legs for the Virtual GNR on Sunday. I’m getting really excited now!

Other than my run and my yoga session, I’ve just spent today doing a bit of work and sorting out some pre-race admin. Same again tomorrow!

My new frames, ready for me to put my running collages together. I’m really hoping that I will actually have some time to work on these at the weekend!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Toni Braxton – ‘Unbreak My Heart’
Elvis Presley – ‘It’s Now Or Never’

And a couple of bonus tracks that Geth was humming earlier:

The Lancashire Hotpots – ‘The Technical Support Song’
Eiffel 65 – ‘Blue (Da Ba Dee)’