10km with Dave [27th February]
I had originally planned to run a half-marathon distance and meet up with Dave for the last 10km, but bad traffic put a stop to that. We met at the start of Wakefield Thornes parkrun. Dave is over from Australia visting his Mum who has dementia and it was great to meet up and share stories over a slow run in the dark around Thornes Park and Pugneys Country Park.
28/80 [3rd March] Warwick Half Marathon
I met up with Steve and Dr Chris for the first time since my injury and Chris helped to pace me to my first sub 2-hour half-marathon since returning from my broken femur. We finished in sub 1:50. It feels great to be back and to already be posting times comparable to where I was before the injury.
29/80 [7th March] Steady, Hilly Morning
I took myself out before work last Thursday for a run around Meanwood Park and Headingley in Leeds. It’s a real benefit for running living in Leeds, as it’s impossible to avoid hills. A hilly, steady morning to add another to the total.
30/80 [10th March] Draycote Water Half
A wet and windy (45mph) morning around Draycote Water. I am practicing negative splits which means you get faster as the run progresses. I was happy to start at a steady 5:30/km, increasing to 4:50/km average for the last 5km, and finishing in just over 1:50. This run ended up being 22.5km, as the registration area was a while from the start line. I didn’t fancy walking in the cold so jogged to the start!
Next up is a run with a friend tomorrow in Leeds before a 6-hour event next week with Big Bear Events which I’m really looking forward to. I’m going to use this as a training run for London Marathon, which is now less than 7 weeks away!
A busy few weeks (and months) of running ahead, and it’s great to be back!
Thank you to everybody who has donated so far, I’m delighted to be at just over £1,600 raised already, with 4.5 months left in the challenge.